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Forum Post: If you won the lottery (major jackpot)

Posted 12 years ago on Dec. 5, 2011, 12:40 p.m. EST by theCheat (85)
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what would you do with the money?



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[-] 3 points by WarmItUp (301) 12 years ago

I would not play the lottery as it is another tax on the poor by the 1%, the majority of people who play the lottery are poor minorities. It is another way to get money from poor people to pay for things republicans aren't willing to fund such as education. most lottery money goes to fund education. so basically we are taxing the uneducated masses to fund an educations system that was gutted by the republicans.

[-] 1 points by theCheat (85) 12 years ago

Lotteries are voted on by the general population, is that not part of the democratic process that OWS is going after? By your statements you are saying that not only are they poor, they are stupid too and because it is primarily minorities who play they are poor and stupid. That will get you labeled a racist real quick.

[-] 1 points by Frizzle (520) 12 years ago

It's pretty understandable that poor people are most drawn to lottery. If you don't have much, then the idea of winning seems very appealing. It's naive, but that's not limited to poor people. Rich people just fall into other naive traps like wasting money on flaunting their wealth.

[-] 1 points by WarmItUp (301) 12 years ago

sorry but those are the real demographics of who plays the lottery, I am from a state who just spent a year studying the demographics of who plays the lottery as we consider whether or not to introduce the lottery into our state. And the findings were very, very clear. The "education" lottery as it is now being referred to, has its majority customer base as high school or lower education and is predominantly African american and Latino. IT does not sound like a destructive thing to spend a dollar on a lottery ticket, but the study showed that many of these people actually spend thousands of dollars they shouldn't be spending, by buying a few tickets a day. I used to be for the lottery til I learned about who it hurts the most. and they justify it by saying education funding was cut so we need to find another source of income. so yes poor uneducated people are now conned into making up the balance of education cuts, as rich people almost exclusively don't buy lottery tickets. chances of winning the big games are over 1 in a billion, you have a better chance of finding buried pirate treasure.


[-] 2 points by metapolitik (1110) 12 years ago
  • Take Over the World and End all Wars, Hunger and Poverty

    • Institute a New Green Economy & End ALL Non-Renewable Energy Dependance

    • Create Human Colonies & Terra-Forming Operations on Mars

    • Institute Metapolitical Democracy

    • Write a Sonnet


[-] 0 points by fandango (241) 12 years ago

What prevents you from writing a sonnet now?

[-] 1 points by metapolitik (1110) 12 years ago

I'm a bit pre-Occupied @ the Moment.

[-] 0 points by fandango (241) 12 years ago

Yeah, sure.

[-] 1 points by kingscrossection (1203) 12 years ago

Put half in a ten percent interest investment and spend the other half on toys that pay the one percent

[-] 1 points by nucleus (3291) 12 years ago

Buy some politicians, have them pass legislation that funnels tax dollars to me and exempts me from taxes.

[-] 1 points by randart (498) 12 years ago

I would assure myself an income that would allow for a fairly comfortable life. Once that has been done I would help out a few loved ones so that their bills are not a burden and after these basics are done I would establish a scholarship for those who are intelligent but their only sin is being born poor. I would set up a small loan program for people who are trying to make a business work as long as they are serious about it.

I would help the poor as best as I could figure out how.

[-] 1 points by theCheat (85) 12 years ago

I agree with most of this and would do pretty much the same thing, but I would change 1 thing; scholarships for middle class kids instead of poor. Why? I have a college age daughter who does not qualify for so many scholarships due to race, ethnicity, or family income. I agree with the loan program, but how does that mesh with the OWS message of the "banksters" and the loan system?

[-] 1 points by randart (498) 12 years ago

There is a program for small loans in Africa. I can't remember the name of the organization but it was based on a voluntary pooling of money for people to lend out at a fair interest rate to poor people who are doing good things in Africa. It may have been in all third world countries but they didn't offer it to the poor folks living in America. Some of the micro loans were only about $100.00 and the system seemed to work well. Maybe we could do the same sort of thing here too.

[-] 0 points by simplesimon (121) 12 years ago

I thought about this for along time and I figure I will spend every single penny of it until it is gone, then I will apply for welfare. That's what a lot of people do.