The Lottery Is a Predator

Gawker explains why lotteries are simply a tax on people who are bad at math. It would be funny if it wasn't so regressive

The odds of hitting the Mega Millions jackpot are now close to the odds of the proposition, "One single person in the United States of America, chosen at random, will be given a large sum of money." And the act of buying a Mega Millions ticket is comparable to a belief that that one person in America will be you. A form of mental illness, in other words.