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A recent study estimates that poor people spend 9% of their income on lottery tickets, which is a staggering amount. Poor people are desperate to climb out of poverty, and the thought of winning the lottery is an easy fix. But should state lotteries be banned because of the disproportional impact they have on the poor? The Dallas Chapter of the NAACP says yes:
The Dallas Chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) says that it wants to put an end to the Texas lottery. The organization says that the lottery takes money out of the pockets of the poor and minorities.
“It’s an addiction,” chapter President Juanita Wallace said. “Many, many people have actually spent all their money in hope of getting out of a situation, when in fact, they’re getting themselves into a worse situation.”
President Wallace mentions a man who died without health insurance last week after spending a lot of his money on lottery tickets.