Why Lottery Should Be Regulated


Lottery is a game wherein people have the chance to win something, usually money. It is a tradition that dates back centuries. In fact, it is mentioned in the Bible and Roman emperors used to give away slaves and property through this method. According to the government’s online info library, lottery was even used in colonial-era America to fund projects like paving streets and constructing wharves.

Although the game has its share of critics, most people are willing to play it for the chances of winning big. They see it as a low-risk investment, where they can win big amounts with only a small amount of risk. The villagers in the story, however, have a different view. They believe that if they don’t participate in the lottery, they will suffer from dire consequences.

The story begins with the villagers gathering around a shabby black box in the middle of the town. They put their paper slips inside and wait for the results. The villagers seem quite devoted to this ritual, which is surprising given that they have never won the prize. The box itself is almost falling apart but the villagers are unwilling to replace it. This shows the illogic of their loyalty to this ritual and the skewed way in which they view it.

Whether or not they are aware of it, the villagers are actually participating in a form of hidden tax. By purchasing a ticket, they contribute billions to state revenue. This is money that they could have saved for their retirement or children’s college tuition. This is why many people argue that lottery should be regulated.