Why Lottery Play Should Be Avoided at All Costs

Lottery is a form of gambling whereby numbers are drawn to determine the prize winners. While lottery games are fun and exciting, they can also be addictive. Often, people who win the lottery find that their lifestyle drastically changes, and they end up worse off than they were before winning. This is why lottery play should be avoided at all costs.

The word “lottery” is thought to come from Middle Dutch loterie, a calque of the Old French word loterie (“action of drawing lots”), which itself is likely a calque of the Latin verb lotire (“to divide”). Early lotteries were organized to raise money for town fortifications and to help the poor. The first European state-sponsored lotteries were launched in the Low Countries in the 15th century.

One of the biggest problems with lottery is that people are sold the lie that money will solve all their problems. The Bible is clear in the commandment not to covet anything that belongs to another person (Exodus 20:17). Lotteries are an especially common source of temptation to covet money and possessions, since the prize is often a substantial sum of money.

Many players have trouble figuring out which lottery tickets to purchase in order to increase their odds of winning. According to former PriceWaterhouseCoopers CPA and Mergers & Acquisition Specialist Jared James, choosing the right game will depend on a player’s prize goal. Whether it’s paying off debt, investing some of the winnings, or saving a portion for later, players should have a goal in mind and play accordingly.