Charles Butler hannibal at
Sun Dec 19 18:28:30 EST 2004

> That kind of thing was a hot button for me for years too, coming from a
> different background - as a math major, and coming from three
> generations of semi-pro gamblers on my mother's side of the family, it
> used to drive me CRAZY when people I knew (especially people I knew who
> really couldn't afford it) bought lottery tickets. I would argue myself
> blue in the face trying to tell them that if you're going to gamble, for
> Pete's sake don't choose a game where you have no control and the house
> has the biggest edge in recorded history.

I've never been able to bring myself to buy a national lottery ticket,
though occasionally tempted, because I've never been able to forget Dr
Johnson's description of it as 'a tax on fools'.


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