One of the few things that folks on the Left and the Right have agreed on in recent years is that the state lottery is a bad idea, that it preys on low-income families and is an inefficient and unreliable way to raise money for the operations of state government.
A coalition of unlikely suspects from policy groups on both sides of the political spectrum worked hard against the lottery for years, managing to keep it out of North Carolina until Democratic leaders of the General Assembly twisted and bent the rules to narrowly pass it in 2005. And shame on them for doing it.
Since the lottery was created, the same groups that opposed its creation have worked against efforts to weaken restrictions on advertising or increase how much was spent on convincing people to throw their money away.
If you want to know why, read Sarah Ovaska’s report from 2012 on who plays the lottery and how it effects their lives.
Just a few years ago a Locke Foundation report rightly proclaimed that “Data confirm that N.C. lottery remains a poor bet for education funding.” The Civitas Institute and even Americans for Prosperity weighed in with similar views.