Arkansas Lottery Still Banking On Expensive Scratch-Off Tickets

Over the years we have written time and again about expensive scratch-off tickets at the Arkansas Lottery — tickets that sell for $10 or $20 apiece instead of $1 or $2.

Scratch-off lottery tickets are controversial, because they are associated with problem gambling and gambling addiction.

In the past, researchers have compared scratch-off tickets to “paper slot machines.”

A 2018 study published in the Journal of Behavioral Addictions found a link between how often a person played scratch-off tickets and the severity of a person’s gambling problem.

High-dollar scratch-off tickets are even more controversial, because the combination of long odds and big jackpots may encourage people to buy them out of desperation.

For example, in November of 2021 the Arkansas Lottery rolled out its “$1,000,000 Riches” scratch-off ticket.

The ticket sells for $20. The odds of winning the top prize of $1 million are approximately 1 in 800,000.

Scratch-off tickets like this one offer big payouts to people who may be living on very little money.

That means they are likely to entice people to play the lottery out of desperation in hopes of “hitting it big.”

Statistically speaking, a person who spends $20 on one of these scratch-off tickets has a two-thirds chance of losing.

Right now the Arkansas Lottery sells several varieties of scratch-off tickets for $10 and $20 each.

The vast majority of the money the Arkansas Lottery makes from scratch-off tickets pays for prizes for a handful of lottery players. Very little goes to Arkansas’ students.

As long as the Arkansas Lottery continues to operate this way, it will keep preying on the poor and desperate, and the Lottery’s scholarship funding will remain low.

Planned Parenthood to Spend $16M on Pro-Abortion Advertising

This spring Planned Parenthood Federation and Planned Parenthood Action Fund announced it would spend a total of $16 million on pro-abortion paid media advertisements.

According to a press release, the multimillion dollar ad campaign will “educate and increase urgency around the abortion access crisis facing the country.” The ads reportedly are intended to reach minorities and young adults across the nation.

This is not the first time that Planned Parenthood has used its financial resources to promote its pro-abortion agenda.

In April, Family Council reported that Planned Parenthood has spent nearly $3,000 electioneering in Arkansas this year alone.

In 2020 Planned Parenthood Federation announced it would spend at least $45 million in an effort to unseat pro-life lawmakers and elect candidates who support abortion.

As part of that plan, the group used its PAC in Arkansas to support candidates for state and federal office.

Despite significant, pro-life victories, Planned Parenthood remains active in Arkansas and elsewhere, and it could show more activity in the coming months.