Do you play the lottery?

by Iamallcool 30 Replies latest jw friends

  • StephaneLaliberte

    I buy one or two per month.To be honest, I see it as a type of charity. One that allows millions, including myself, the right to dream of "what if". And every time someone wins, I am happy I could be part in giving one person and his family the possibility of being financially independent. Having the ability for a no body to suddenly be part of the 1%.

    The odd thing is, I still don't believe it to be wrong even by WT definition as I don't trust an imaginary force. I don't see how this could be considered coveting.

    And yes, I will go to the casino once in a blue moon, however, than again, I have a set budget and never exceed it. To me, this is entertainment that is a little more expensive than spending an evening at the theatre.

    I'm not promoting gambling, for many, it can become a problem that ultimately leads to poor quality of life and even death. But so does over eating. We need balance.

  • StephaneLaliberte

    By the way, I was reading an article about why gambling is bad.

    *** w11 3/1 p. 14 Does the Bible Condemn Gambling? ***
    This obviously is contrary to the Bible’s counsel that a Christian should “do hard work, doing with his hands what is good work, that he may have something to distribute to someone in need.” (Ephesians 4:28) And the apostle Paul specifically stated: “If anyone does not want to work, neither let him eat.” He added: “They should eat food they themselves earn.” (2 Thessalonians 3:10, 12) But might gambling be considered legitimate work?
    Today, WT forgot about those words. they built Bethels that need to be sustained by donations and distribute next to nothing to the ones in need. Paul here was bragging about sustaining himself.

    So, the argument they used to condemn Gambling is actually condemning them. 

  • smiddy

    If your not in it you cant win it

    I have won $13,600 on KENO 7 spot jackpot

    And $2000.00 on a store syndicate with the lottery

    plus plenty of smaller prizes.


  • Witness My Fury
    Witness My Fury

    Treat it as a fools tax and that you are donating to charity / good causes then spending on it doesnt seem so bad.

    Most i've won is 2 x £25 on the same draw, my return rate must be very tiny though, but it gives a dream if nothing much else.

  • Da.Furious
    I play sometimes when jackpot is high. But thinking of getting on it regularly. This will be offset from my KH contributions. At least in the UK the some of the lottery funding goes to good cause.
  • LisaRose

    I feel the lottery is a tax on people who are bad at math. You odds are better playing the slots, or better yet, the stock market.

  • Stealth
    $1 can buy a lot of hope!
  • redvip2000

    My office has a pool when prizes get over $150 million.

    On occasion i do buy one or two tickets for Megamillions, although the odds are simply ridiculous. I try to play the Pick 6 game more, since the odds are much better and the prize although smaller, would be enough to change my life.

  • Unprodigal Daughter
    Unprodigal Daughter

    There is a trend in our area for groups of JWs to have poker and drinking evenings. I'm sure they're not playing for real money but I always thought it was hypocritical as they'd soon judge you if you were seen buying a lottery ticket.

  • James Mixon
    James Mixon

    My JW daughter missed out on this "

    employees. She was ask to join the pool but no way I'm a JW.

    City of Hope in Duarte, 17 hospital employees won 44 million.

    See articles, search City of Hope employees won the lottery, 44 million 1990 in

    Duarte Calif.

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