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What happened to Lotto education funds?


With all the bickering about not having enough funds to fully support education in New York state, I am a bit perplexed about how this came to be.

To my recollection, when Lotto first came to New York, it was supposed to fund education. What happened?

With so much money being made from these gambling games, educational funding should never come into question. There is more money being made today with this gambling issue than ever before.

Why are we even questioning funding? Lotto was started because of the government needing funding for education.

I’ll tell you what happened: GREED (government redirecting enormous educational dollars). People got greedy and started funneling the funds elsewhere, and educational funding got lost in the transition.

Today, I tend to believe that there is an epidemic in our presence, and it is called gambling. There are more gambling games funded by New York state than in any other time in history.

There’s Lotto, Mega-Millions and Power Ball. There is also Pick Three and Pick Four numbers, which were daily; now it’s twice daily (midday and evening).

There are also countless numbers of scratch-off tickets for sale. You can also play whatever game you want to play in advance mode.

This means that once the store has you, you can advance your play on all of them so you don’t miss out. There’s so much gambling opportunities sponsored by New York state that most stores have their own section for this, like tobacco and alcohol (which is another issue).

I looked up the word epidemic in the dictionary, which states “affecting or tending to affect a disproportionately large number of individuals within a population, community or region at the same time.” Does this apply? Of course it does.

That’s just one of the definitions. There are more, very similar explanations in the dictionary on what epidemic is; you can look it up. If this isn’t what is going on, then I will apologize for my error.

I believe that New York state needs to wake up from its sleep and get back to funding what is most important to our communities: education. I could write much more on the subject, but I don’t want to miss putting in my numbers for the day. As W.C. Fields once said, “There’s a sucker born every minute.” I say, “Get the lollipops ready.”

Robert Domena


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