New Jersey has taken the live drawings for the state lottery off of television and placed it on the internet. Many regular lottery players are upset about this, it seems.
“I like to see them pull it so they don’t have the chance to switch it,” said one eighty-year-old player. “Older people don’t trust the system. We know what happens.” She doesn’t own a computer, nor do her friends, and they all say they won’t play the lottery again until they can watch the drawings on their televisions. Indeed, the New Jersey Lottery is getting many such complaints, and expected them.
Because the people most likely to play the lottery are poor, badly educated, ill-informed, dumb, or all of the above, that’s why. As a group, people who have home computers are more affluent, educated, and smart enough to know that wasting money on a multi-million-to-one chance at striking it rich is a sucker’s bet. In fact, if the state really cared about fairness and compassion, it would keep the lottery drawing off of TV for good, so that the most gullible and vulnerable players, like the complaining octogenarian and her friends, would stop spending money on tickets they couldn’t afford.
Maybe, if it really wanted to do the right thing, New Jersey would end the regressive lottery entirely, and instead of picking up revenue from state-sponsored gambling by citizens on food stamps, its legislators would have the courage and integrity to raise taxes on the people who could afford it! You know—like the ones who don’t play the lottery?
Nah. The Lottery’s internet stream is broadcast quality and soon it will be made available to TV outlets, it tells us. State officials are cutting a deal with WNET that will allow the station to incorporating the live stream into its NJTV programming.
So not to worry—all the New Jersey citizens who have no business gambling away their money will soon have the TV feed they need to feel secure about it. Because they are, you know, morons. And the great State of New Jersey wants to keep them happy, trusting, and poor.