Yesterday we talked about the amount of money Arkansas’ lottery has fleeced from its people. Today I want to highlight that, once again, Arkansas’ lottery commission is back at work adding more lotteries.
The latest addition to the list of lottery “games” is Cash 3—a type of lottery in which the person purchasing the lottery ticket selects 3 numbers; if their 3 numbers are drawn, they win. Overall, a person’s odds of winning various prizes range from 1 in 167 to 1 in 1,000; you can read more about Cash 3 and how it works by clicking here.
The lottery commission isn’t stopping at Cash 3 either. They’re already promising that Mega Millions, a multi-state lottery similar to Powerball, is coming this year.
We’re coming up on the 1 year anniversary since the Arkansas legislature established the lottery commission, and already we’ve seen more lotteries rolled out more quickly than any other state in the country.
Here’s the bottom line: Arkansas’ lottery is taking money hand-over-fist, but only a quarter of all that money will actually go toward the college scholarships Lt. Governor Halter and others touted so heavily. The rest of it will go back to the lottery itself, and if adding more games is going to equal more money, then you can bet that we’re going to continue to see more and more games added until our state is awash in a sea of gambling.
Jerry is the founder and president of Family Council. He began Family Council in 1989 after a successful effort to amend the Arkansas Constitution to prevent the use of public funds for abortions. He and his wife reside in Little Rock. They have four sons.