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Powerball Mania Takes a Toll on Poor Players

Here’s a story about the affects of the lottery from this week’s edition of Ministry Briefing:

George Loewenstein, a professor of economics and psychology at Carnegie Mellon University, and other researchers found in one study that people made to feel poor bought more lottery tickets. The findings, he said, “suggest that lottery tickets provide an escape from the feeling of poverty.” 
See full article from the L.A. Times here. Some of the findings from the article:
  • “What if?” – people play with small odds of what MIGHT happen
  • Odds of winning at about 1 in 292 million
  • Harmless entertainment? Sin? Taking advantage of the poor?
  • John Piper: it’s ‘spiritual suicide, a kind of embezzlement, and foolish’ []
  • Lower income spend more on lottery tickets
Why it matters:
  • Why they really buy? HOPE
  • What we offer: HOPE
  • What is YOUR view of the lottery?
  • What would YOU do if someone in your church won the lottery and gave the tithe?
  • What would the CHURCH (Big C) do with 1.5 BILLION dollars? Would it make a difference?
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