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Carinthium comments on Lotteries: A Waste of Hope - Less Wrong

28 Post author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 13 April 2007 05:36AM

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Comment author: Carinthium 23 November 2010 06:09:58AM -1 points [-]

Isn't the obvious conclusion that it would be best for the world if lotteries were banned in as many countries as possible?

Comment author: David_Gerard 23 November 2010 12:50:40PM -1 points [-]

Only if you don't consider other effects. People like gambling, and making gambling illegal consistently has the effect of driving it underground and funding organised crime. If you don't have something like a lottery, people come up with equivalents themselves. There appears to be a demand for gambling of all sorts; making it illegal doesn't make the demand go away.