"However noble may be the cause toward which the revenues are directed, [lotteries] foster an indigence of soul that must be overcome if democratic liberty is to thrive. In the service of revenue, they undermine the very idea of an extended temporal horizon — without which rational action becomes wholly inconceivable."
Putting the conspiracy theory part of the article aside, it is a very interesting article. I also have wondered with this lottery mania over the last week if as a Problem Gambling Counselor we will see an increase in clients? When we ask the "gambling history" question are we going to hear a lot of "I dabbled here and there, but during the big $580 Million Mega Millions things changed."
Estimates are that Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney is worth around $520-600 Million.