Director, Commonwealth Policy Center

The Kentucky Lottery has a new CEO. His name is Tom Delacenserie, and his goal is to grow the Kentucky Lottery to  $1 billion. This is another way of saying, he wants Kentuckians to lose more money. We should be asking if its good policy for the state to be involved in an industry that brings addiction to many and causes the majority of participants to lose money. For most of our history we've known that gambling isn't good. It undermines thrift, savings, and the idea of working to receive one's bread. At best, gambling is a shell game that takes from one person and gives to another without working for it. For these reasons, playing the lottery should be discouraged, no matter how much fun or what good cause it might support.