from a pretty good Psychology Today article here:
This left me incredulous and little ticked off, though it took me a moment to understand why. Soon enough, I figured out why that is one of the stupidest justifications I've ever heard!
Here's my explanation...You ready? Here goes:
DAYDREAMING IS FREE.
You don't have to buy a lottery ticket to daydream about what you'd do with the winnings! And even if wasting a couple dollars every so often won't hurt your finances--I can think of a grad student and blogger who would be happy to have those couple dollars! ;)
YOU KNOW WHAT ELSE IS FREE? TALKING.
Whether you're talking to family, friends, or accosting random people [who may think you're weird--but who cares? They're strangers!] on the sidewalk, talking doesn't cost a thing! In fact, 'shooting the breeze' is not only free--it's pretty much worthless (outside of any enjoyment you get from it).
Here's the skinny:
If you play the lottery, you're guaranteed to throw money at the state government--which could be considered voluntarily paying extra taxes--every time you buy a lottery ticket! Even worse, the small cost damages the poor more than the wealthy (though the damage is not as severe as has been reported). In return, you have a vanishingly small possibility that you might get a significant payday.
Or even worse: you might actually win!
Don't play the lottery. Nothing good comes from it--even if you do win the jackpot! Playing the lottery is definitely NOT a part of the Millionaire Mindset!
This whole discussion of the lottery reminds me of one of my favorite commercials ever:
"I want to show you something. It's my shocked face."