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What do you think?

September 02, 2007

Editor's note: Each week, The Herald-Mail invites readers to answer poll questions on its Web site, www.herald-mail.com. Readers also may submit comments about the poll question when voting. Each Sunday, a sampling of edited reader comments will run in The Herald-Mail.

There were three poll questions last week. The first question was: On Friday, the Mega Millions jackpot was over $200 million and Powerball was over $300 million. When do you play the lottery?

"Love this free country of ours where gambling is illegal almost everywhere because the government must protect fools from gambling all their money away, yet the same fools can spend every last dime on lottery tickets at the local Sheetz. Is it any wonder that in the near future, China will be the next superpower with the way this country approaches everything. If they did something as simple as legalize online gambling, the amount of revenue our government could get from that is enormous."

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"I use my money wisely. I use my brain. The worst thing that can happen to a gambler is to WIN because then, he or she thinks they can keep winning. My grandad was ADDICTED to gambling and after a win, he'd have 25 losses, then another little win, then 30 losses, etc. He died a poor man. I voted 'NEVER.'"

"People have a choice with what they do with their money. And they also have the responsibility of accepting the consequences for what they do with it. Just like any other action a person takes. I, personally, have rotten luck, and the odds are just so staggering to begin with - I steer clear of the 'make the government rich' scheme that is the lottery."

"Bottom line, people should be allowed to do what they want with their money. If they want to gamble, they should be allowed to. Government should be everyone's mommy and daddy."

"Gambling has been around since history has been recorded. It's viewed as a form of recreation and we find it at theme parks where you win stuffed animals, bingo sponsored by churches, etc. The lottery is merely another form and people are addicted because they have a dream that if they keep trying, they are going to hit it big and they will have no more concerns. They are delusioned. Of course, many people who hit it big spend it quickly and end up where they started. It is still a dream of many and is played out in the movies and the press."

"As far as the lottery is concerned, I urge all people to read the story of one Jack Whittaker before you go out and spend another dime on the lottery."

"The government and some of the rich make their money from gambling. The rich provide the horses, dogs and casinos where people place their bets and the government collects the taxes. Casinos owned by some of our American Indian tribes have helped them go from rags to riches, which is a good thing. I think gambling can be good in some cases and bad in others. It all depends on the person."

"Playing the lottery is voluntary taxation. Why would any intelligent person want to do that?"

"I do not play the lottery because it's like throwing money down the drain. People who usually play the lottery often use their household money, i.e., cut back on clothing, savings, etc. Your chances are better taking the money and putting it into a savings account. Watch it grow, and it's money you were using to gamble."

"Playing a lottery is more entertainment, or just plain wasting money than gambling. In gambling, you have a chance. One in 35 million is not a chance, it is a dream. My son and I split $5 of tickets and we talk about how we will spend and invest the windfall. As long as you don't spend more than you can afford, I think it is fun - and I don't mind the state getting my lottery money."

"The lottery is a way to help nonprofits provide extra revenue to support services. While I do not play, I feel that at least some of the money gets to organizations that can use it to help others. However, gambling will be in this state within 12 to 18 months. The state needs to help increase revenue."

"Bottom line, if someone wants to gamble all their money away let them. Just make sure the taxpayers don't end up supporting them. You gamble your money away and don't have enough to eat, you starve. That simple. I am all about letting everyone do whatever they want to do as long as it doesn't infringe on the rights of others. Which is why I find it ridiculous how everyone wants the government to do everything, thereby creating higher taxes for the rest of us. Whatever happened to fend for yourself, do for yourself???? Our constitutional fathers would roll over in their graves if they saw the mess we have created."

The second question was: The resignation of U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales is ...

"It is about time. This guy make a laughing fool out of himself trying to cover up lies and mistakes his department made. In the 'real' world, he would have been fired. But then, look who his boss is and you know why he kept his job for so long."

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