NASHVILLE (BP)—As two winners of the $588 million Powerball jackpot prepare to split the winnings, new discussion is emerging of President Obama’s views of the lottery as a “troublesome” form of “regressive taxation” harmful to the poor.
During a “Chicago Tonight” interview as an Illinois senator, Obama spoke against the lottery in that state, new blogosphere discussion is pointing out. Particularly, a blog by Ed Stetzer, president of LifeWay Research, links to the 2000 interview. Responses to the blog indicate Obama’s view likely resonates with Southern Baptists.
“One of the concerns I have obviously is the disproportionate number of people who consistently buy lottery tickets tend to be lower-income and working class people who can least afford it,” Obama said in the interview, available on YouTube.
The record Powerball set off a ticket-buying frenzy in late November, reaching as high as 130,000 tickets sold per minute.
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