Posted by: Chris Maloney | April 1, 2012

Mega Millions: Will lotteries and gambling go online?

A map showing U.S. states currently offering P...

A map showing U.S. states currently offering Powerball and Mega Millions, as of June 2009. Red states offer PowerBall, blue states offer Mega Millions, and fuchsia states offer both. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Mega Millions: Will lotteries and other gambling move to the Internet? –

If any one you just wanted the answer, it’s yes.  In the Christian Science Monitor, it’s clear that the Justice Department has removed any federal blockade of online gambling.  With state budgets strapped, it just makes sense that online gambling will take off.  The real question is:  how do states who don’t promote online gambling keep their citizens from gambling in states that do?  It isn’t going to happen.

Is it ok to abuse addictive gambling addicts by presenting them with 24/7 access to their vice?  Well, we do it for nicotine and alcohol.  We worship workaholics and all my hyperthyroid patients who can work three jobs until their thyroids fry are in much demand.  Would it be bad to have obsessive-compulsives in charge of airline safety?  It would mean delays while they touch the fuselage thirty-seven times, but none of us would die.

I do think it’s abusive for governments to use gambling addiction to fund state programs.  But if we’ve reached a point where our choices are to cut the food for the elderly or to allow addicts their vices, I suppose that’s where we are.  But I think there should be a “jackpot option” that allows a winner to throw a pie at their elected official of choice.  Then at least everyone would have some skin in the game.


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