You could make an argument that gambling is a regressive tax on the poor; you could make an argument that gambling bankrolls projects that benefit society. But at what point does the negative outweigh the positive — and at what cost?
Do you play any lottery games? No, I don't feel lucky in that regard.
Do you view scratching tickets as gambling? Sure it is. You pay for taking a chance.
How big a problem do you think gambling is in today's society? I think among certain groups of people who can easily get addicted to the whole thing, it could be a serious problem.
Where do you think the state's lottery money goes? Parks, I assumed.
What's the first thing you'd do if you won Powerball? Pay my mortgage.
Do you view scratch tickets as a form of gambling? No. You scratch a ticket, you don't pay five dollars and maybe you win something. You just scratch.
How big a problem do you believe gambling is in our society? For some people, but not all. It's not a huge thing.
Where do you think Colorado's lottery money goes? Not to us. Somewhere completely different, that no one knows.
What's the first thing you'd do if you won Powerball tomorrow? Buy something. I don't like bills, so I try not to have them.
Do you play any lottery games? Why or why not? Yeah, once in a while — scratch-off mostly. I like them because when a new game comes out, there's more winners.
What's the biggest win you've ever had? Seven hundred dollars.
Do you view scratch tickets as gambling? Well, hell yes!
How big a problem do you think gambling is in our society? I think that there's a problem with it. A lot of people have a problem with it. It's like taking a drug because they get that adrenaline rush from winning.
Where do you figure the state's lottery money goes? Probably not where it's supposed to [go]. At least a percentage of it, I'm sure, is not going where it should be. Where it's going, only they who know, know.
What's the first thing you'd do if you hit the Powerball jackpot? Pay off my fines and get my [driver's] license back.