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Posted April 14. 2013 2:58PM

Steven Rosenfeld - Lotteries: They prey on the poor and trash the economy, and political leaders don't care

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State lotteries amount to a hidden tax on the poor. They eat up about 9 percent of take-home incomes from households making less than $13,000 a year. They siphon $50 billion a year away from local businesses—besides stores where they’re sold. And they are encouraged by state-sponsored ads suggesting everyone can win, win, win!