Note I don't agree with Pastor Brian D. on everything but thought this would be interesting to post. For poor people the Lotto can be very attractive and seen as the only way into any financial security.
Trust me when you wonder if you will be having to hitchhike because your car died and you can't afford to repair it or food is in short supply, paying just two dollars for a lifetime of riches is enticing to people. Someone close to me plays the big jackpot Power Balls--they aren't saved. I have sinned and had to repent before, in getting a Lotto tickets in the past. Sometimes I have to hustle them away from the counters full of Lotto ads and those scratch-off tickets. I don't always succeed. They don't understand my guilt over gambling.
Sadly it is a way to bilk the poor of more of their limited money. I commend him for his comments about work, but many people today are losing trust in the whole employment system after multiple lay-offs. For some there isn't much hope of economic stability. There are many who can't find work or can't do so physically. However gambling as a general rule should be avoided. I had weird thoughts about the Lotto, how they have at least 100 drawings a year in most states that make someone a millionaire, wouldn't most of us know a millionaire then that won the Lotto? You know sometimes you wonder if something is just a scam to give the plebes false hope. Is that too cynical? Are Lotto jack-pots really being paid out? What do you think about paying the Lotto?