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Is It Time For A National Lottery?

Updated on June 12, 2015

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Is it automatically bad,

Gambling for a worthy cause?

Legislatures have voted for lotteries.

Millions of hopefuls send in hard-earned cash.

A few win BIG and it encourages others to also try.

Did some children go hungry to buy chances?

Should Congress approve a national one?

They haven't paid the nation's debt.

Perhaps a "chance" to pay it?

Is it only 380,000,000 of us who have a chance to win a National Lottery, or will others around the world want to have chances, too?
Is it only 380,000,000 of us who have a chance to win a National Lottery, or will others around the world want to have chances, too? | Source

The pros and cons are well known. but.....

My wife's grandfather promised her that "Anything good will only come to you, if you sweat for it."

I tell her she needs to jump up and down for 15 minutes before she mails in her next entry in the Publishers Clearing House sweepstakes. After all, her grandfather was a very wise man, and he was almost certainly right.

Now the thought occurs that lots of folks are literally jumping up and down for chances to win the big state lotteries, the Power Balls, the mega this and mega that, those lotteries that state legislatures have approved in hopes of funding worthy if Las Vegas had not given bettors enough chances to fork over millions!

Each time a state legislature, or a savvy indian tribal council, goes through the process of approving a lottery, the same pros and cons, of why they should and shouldn't do what some others have done, get played out again and the votes are sometimes "go for it" and sometimes "avoid it like a plague"....the latter with the admonition "Don't you know it causes addiction?"

Perhaps it is time to take that same debate to the national level?

The 113th Congress of these United States of America did nothing to lower the national debt. in fact they increased it by a trillion dollars or so. The 114th Congress is off to a ruining start, too. It is typical to pass new, higher limits on how much the nation's debt can grow "in order to to honor the good faith and credit of the country."

I propose a national debate on the solution, and to get such a debate heated up I suggest one part of the debate be whether or not to approve a National Lottery to pay down the National Debt.

With a prize big enough, proponents could even argue that "Foreigners will flock to our sellers and help pay off the debt that right now only Americans owe!"

That a National Lottery might compete with state lotteries would be a given, and might result in some in Congress voting to defeat such a proposal because it would "hurt" their own states' fund raising efforts. Other representatives in Congress would vote down a National Lottery on the same basis that their own state legislatures voted down their state's lottery initiatives.

In short, the proposal of a National Lottery of The United States would not pass, but the debate about one would and should highlight the question of what else, if anything, should be done to pay down the out-of-control national debt that is like a dragging anchor on the national economy.

If your state is one of the few that has truly benefited from a state lottery, how about hit up one of your representatives in the Congress who has publicly expressed their "deep concern" about the national debt, to propose a National Lottery and put some air-cushioned, fat feet to the fire?\

Who would sell the tickets? I would suggest that the Postal Service sell them. Oh, I know the lines are already long at times and sometimes they are long while clerks visit with patrons. USPS gives preference to hiring veterans. Our veterans need jobs. Congress forced some of the USPS debts by ruling that the USPS pay in advance/deposit large sums ahead of insurance and pension obligations, to the point that USPS could no longer afford to do so. Having the funds and extra hires from a National Lottery could work down both the National Debt and the USPS debt while possibly improving service and shortening lines..

Alternatively some presidential candidate just might make the idea of a National Lottery a campaign proposal, if for no other reason than to emphasize their own concern over the national debt. Such a proposal would attract a lot of attention, and perhaps even several million votes, at least from voters anxious to have another chance to come out a winner, too.

Do you have a better idea? If so, let's hear it.



© 2015 Demas W. Jasper All rights reserved.

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      Demas W Jasper 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      aviannovice - Deb, I give you permission to copy this and send it to anyone who might act on the idea. As for sending it to the White House, I would do it, if I thought anyone would even add it to the list the National Debt is languishing on now.

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      I like the idea. You should submit a letter to the White House suggesting same.

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      Dora Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      You certainly make us think--at least about the national debt. We really shouldn't forget it, and if not a lottery what? Looking forward to part II.

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      Demas W Jasper 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      I added the part about paying off the debt of the U. S. Postal Service and I sure hope to have some pro and con comments from followers of this topic.

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      Demas W Jasper 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      The next part of this Hub should be a chart of how many states have a lottery, and how many think it is working as proposed.

      If education is worthwhile funding and something more is indeed needed, then lowering what the federal government has to pay in interest on our debt might just be worth funding too.

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      Rebecca Mealey 2 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      This is an interesting idea, and one I have never thought about. I'm not much of a lottery player myself, but I like some of the things our state has used it to fun....specifically education.