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Helping the Poor in America

July 08, 1986

With the homeless still sleeping on the streets, with old people still eating dog food, or no food, with charities and cancer research still begging for funds, is it not altogether obscene that the lottery gives one person $15 million?

Does anyone believe that fewer lottery tickets would be sold if the big prize was only, say, half a million dollars?

Would the lottery, letting most of its revenue be at least a little mindful of the needy, not then be serving a far, far more sane and humane purpose? Or is it all just show biz?

DEAN M. NORTON

Los Angeles

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