The lottery has been so ingrained into American culture, many don’t consider it gambling. But make no mistake about it, it is.
The dictionary definition of gambling is playing games of chance for money. Multi-state lotteries like Mega Millionsand Powerball, the ones millions of Americans lined up to buy tickets for this week in hope of winning a record jackpot, are certainly games of chance. Plus, even at $1 or $2 a ticket, these games are played for real money.
They fit the dictionary definition of gambling to a tee.
Of course, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with trying your luck for a buck or two with the opportunity to win $1.6 billion out there. There’s also nothing wrong with a tax-paying American adult using a portion of his or her disposable income to buy a few more tickets while chasing the big payday. It’s called responsible gambling, and it involves playing games of chance for money within your means.
Problem gambling is the opposite of that, where players chase losses, gamble with more money than they can afford to lose, and don’t know when to stop.
The highs and lows of gambling can be quite addictive, and problem gamblers tend to chase the endorphin rush gambling provides no matter what the consequences.