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By Jeremy Schiffres, Daily and Sunday Freeman, Kingston, N.Y.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Throwing money away

I came across a story this morning that began with the sentence "Despite the recession, New York lottery sales continued to rise."

Despite the recession? No. I would venture to guess lottery sales are rising because of the recession.

Some people will do anything for a possible fast buck when times are tough, and, sadly, pinning their hopes on big wins in long-odds games is one of those things.

A friend of mine has referred to lottery games as "a tax on the poor." That's a bit of an exaggeration, but there is some truth to it.



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