"Just this past week, a half billion dollar Powerball jackpot has been the stuff of everyday conversation"
Lottery is covetousness. Covetousness is sin.
Government approved covetousness is the mark of a sinful nation under the wrath of God.
Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour's. Exodus 20:17.