Lottery: A tax on people who are bad at math.
Marx was wrong, religion isn't the opiate of the masses; lottery tickets are.
Working at a convince store in the past I observed people who could ill spare $10 or $20 buying putting every spare dime into scratch-off tickets. Even worse whatever was won on these would be used to buy a continuously diminishing supply to buy still more tickets. Of course everyone traded stories of the few who "hit it big" almost like a religious litany.
So let's look at how much a modest $20 per week lottery habit adds up to:
So my state's scratcher's games pay out an average of 69% meaning that your $20 is now $13.80 but you just have to go back and get some more tickets to "win big" so now your $20 is $9.52. I'll give people an overly large bennifit of the doubt that they stop there.
So our hypothetical modest lottery player is paying the state $10.48 every week or $544.96 every year.
So combined with last week we are up to a total of $1844.96 from brown bagging it and failing to contribute to a non-mandatory state tax.