Neil wrote: It is claimed that lotteries hurt the poor. Perhaps, but as a Chinese coworker once cleverly argued, they are beneficial because they give them hope. It all depends on how one defines "hurt."
And defines "hope."
Lottery will not hurt the poor but the idolatry of covetousness will.
"The couple reported income of about $43 million for the two years."
Romney would not be able to receive this teaching from Jesus either.
"Then Jesus beholding him loved him, and said unto him, One thing thou lackest: go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross, and follow me." Mk 10:21