LOTTERIES by Ann E. Weiss


Who Wins, Who Loses?
Age Range: 12 - 16
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 A look at a phenomenon that--thanks to government support, misleading advertising, and eager public cooperation--has become this country's number-one growth industry. Local raffles, generally to raise money for specific purposes, have been held since ancient times, weathering (as Weiss shows) almost continual corruption and controversy. Today, legalized gambling--run by churches, Native American tribes, municipalities, states, and soon, perhaps, the federal government--is widely seen as a source of easy money for education and social programs: essentially, a disguised tax that people will line up to pay. Weiss sounds a strong cautionary note, suggesting that the benefits of all these billions don't outweigh their cost. Recognizing that lotteries are here to stay, she proposes a few sensible reforms: limiting top prizes; toning down the advertising; and using warning labels to show that participants need more to come out winners than ``a dollar and a dream.'' Source notes; short bibliography; index. (Nonfiction. 12-16)

Pub Date: Aug. 1st, 1991
ISBN: 0-89490-242-3
Page count: 112pp
Publisher: Enslow
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1st, 1991