State Lottery Keeps Rolling Out New Scratch-Off Tickets

On Tuesday the Arkansas Lottery rolled out five new scratch-off tickets that sell for anywhere from $2 to $10 each.

Unlike some state lotteries, the Arkansas Lottery relies very heavily on scratch-off tickets for revenue.

As we have written before, scratch-off tickets are controversial, because they are tied to problem gambling and gambling addiction.

A 2015 study in Canada described them as “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.

Expensive scratch-off tickets — like the Lottery’s new $10 ticket — are particularly controversial, because they prey on the poor and desperate by offering long odds on big jackpots.

People who spend $10 on a single scratch-off ticket lose their money two-thirds of the time.

The Arkansas Lottery has a history of rolling out new lottery games more regularly than any other state lottery we know.

From the start, the state-run lottery has used a steady stream of new games and expensive marketing campaigns to bolster sales and entice people to buy lottery tickets.

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.

Majority of Americans Believe Abortion Should Be Illegal in Most or All Cases: Gallup

This week pollsters at Gallup published yet more evidence that Americans do not support abortion on demand.

Recently we wrote about a Gallup survey that found Americans are split on the morality of abortion.

Gallup reported 47% of Americans surveyed believe abortion is morally wrong while 44% believe it is morally acceptable.

This week Gallup released a second set of survey results showing most Americans (55%) believe abortion should be either completely illegal or legal only in a few circumstances.

According to the poll, 20% of Americans believe abortion ought to be completely illegal, and 35% say it ought to be legal only in a few circumstances.

The poll also found nearly half of all Americans (46%) consider themselves pro-life.

Public opinion polling has shown over and over again for many years that Americans do not support abortion on demand.

A recent poll by CBS News found most Americans believe abortion ought to be either completely illegal or legal under fewer circumstances than it currently is.

Time and again surveys have found Americans oppose abortion on demand —  particularly in Arkansas.

These findings just go to show that slowly but surely we are winning the fight to protect innocent human life.

Read Gallup’s full list of survey questions and responses here.