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There's nothing wrong with the lottery

It is tracking what every other lottery has done in every other state. The first few years produces a windfall for the schools, but as interest fades, the lottery has to keep increasing prizes and inventing more and more games to maintain or renew interest. Overhead costs climb, money to the schools drops.

Meanwhile, those first few years of fat, juicy windfall prompt the state legislatures to cut funding for education because all of the money the lottery was providing.

It's a vicious circle (as in circling the drain) and the amount of money provided to the schools will keep dropping as time goes by....

....but that doesn't stop every convenience store in Columbus County from being jam-packed the day the TANF or unemployment arrives.

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