Is the Washington State Lottery really worth the gamble?

The Puyallup Post

 

Joe Dennis

Reporter

For about 400 years the U.S. has conducted some type of a lottery.

This lottery has served different purposes throughout time, not only in the U.S. but internationally for centuries.

Ever since it was permitted by the British Empire the lottery has had a notable and positive impact on the U.S.

As early as the 1600s, the lottery has aided the U.S. economy in many ways. In 1612, it raised money for the Virginia Company of London after permission was granted from King James I. England soon accused this lottery of stealing money from the country and immediately shut it down.

It was impossible for England to control the lottery as time wore on, especially during the American Revolution. The American colonies used the lottery and the money gained from it to help support independence for the U.S. The lottery can even be thanked for assisting in our nation’s independence.

However, the lottery hasn’t served just as a form of gaining independence. In the 1800s the lottery was used to help rebuild states ravaged by the Civil War.

Almost 30 years ago, Washington state Lottery was signed into effect. The Washington Lottery was created amidst a recession throughout most of the nation’s economy.

Contrary to popular belief, the funds appropriated by the Washington Lottery are used toward the state’s educational system.

Ever since its creation in 1982, the Washington Lottery’s revenue has been dedicated solely to schools or educational programs that serve the community.

The lottery scholarship provides anyone who meets the requirements with the necessary funds to get through college or any other means of higher education. An applicant is chosen at random, based on the state’s lottery system.

The lottery gives people a sense of anticipation and enjoyment that provides hope or financial gain.

It’s not unheard of for co-workers to join a lottery pool. They will split the winning proceeds.

In the U.S., 43 states and territories currently participate in a government-operated lottery program.

All lottery programs by law require participants to be 18 years or older.

The lottery in the U.S. provides more money to states for financial improvements than most charity organizations.

It not only gives people an outlet of entertainment but also a way to improve the U.S. economy.

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