playing the Florida lotto really gambling? Isn't playing the Florida lotto a 'get
rich quick' form of investing just like playing the stock market?
Even if I lose, doesn't the money I put into the Florida lotto go towards
schools and education? I don't see the problem with putting a couple
bucks a day towards winning the big one."
Over the past year it seems as if the lotto craze and lotto jackpots
have been increasing around the country. The sad thing is that most
of the people who play the lottery do not realize that they are
wasting their time and money. The really sad thing is that most
of the individuals who play the lottery are the individuals who
cannot afford to be playing the lottery. God has blessed every person
who has extra money to put towards the lottery and we are called
to be good stewards of what we have been blessed with. We are going
to be accountable for all of our blessings including our finances.
If we truly have faith and trust in the Lord, we know that the Lord
will provide for all of our needs if we follow His plan for our
Today, people are playing to get rich because they believe that
money will make them happy. We all have seen that is far from the
truth. I suppose they have never taken a good look at all of those
wealthy Hollywood celebrities; if money makes you happy, then every
rich celebrity must be happy, RIGHT? God tells us to be happy in
the Lord. Be happy just knowing the fact that you are one of God's
children and you will live a happy life. " The blessings of
the Lord makes one rich, and He adds no sorrow to it." (Proverbs
10:22). Luke's Gospel also tells us to be careful not to get caught
up in the worldly desires," No servant can serve two masters;
for either he will hate one and love the other, or else he will
be loyal to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and
mammon" (Luke 16:13).
In most people's lifetime well over a million dollars will pass
through their hands. God is going to ask you how you used it. Were
you a good steward with all you have been blessed with? Many gamblers
and lotto players tend to be stressed financially. The reason they
are not financially stable is because the usually make poor choices
when spending the money they have (ex. buying lotto tickets every
day when they never win). Statistics have even show that most people
who win the Florida lotto usually spend all the winnings and are broke again
in a short span of time. Again, showing that the reason they are
not rich is not because they don't have money, but because they
are not good stewards of the money they have and spend it foolishly.
"It is required of stewards that one be found trustworthy"
(1 Corinthians 4:2). God wants to trust us with an abundance of
finances, but we first must be accountable for what we have presently
been blessed with.
In playing the Florida lotto, even when I lose I am at least putting money
towards education in my state. That is good, right?
The truth is that in many states, including Florida, no less than
1% and no more than 3% of the dollars spent on tickets go towards
education. That is a bad return on your dollars spent towards education.
When more people play the Florida lotto the jackpot increases and your
chances of winning decreases dramatically. When more people play
the Florida lotto and nobody wins, the jackpot will increase at a more rapid
rate. As the jackpot gets greater, so does the number of players;
when the number of players increase your chances of winning the
bigger jackpot get smaller. That is not fair! It is said that you
have a better chance of getting struck by lightning, TWICE, than
winning a big Florida lotto jackpot. That is what I call foolish spending.
You would have better odds betting $1.00 a day, every day, that
you will get struck by lightning than to bet a dollar a day that
you will pick the right lottery numbers.
In short, playing the lotto is a waste of money. It is like throwing
a dollar, or two or three, out the window each day because you know
the chances of you winning are so minute. If you know this fact
and still continue to play, you are not being a good steward of
what God has blessed you with. If you are not good with little,
you should not be blessed with much. When reading the Book of Matthew,
we read the Parable of the Talents where three servants had been
blessed with talents. Each one used the talents differently over
the period of time. Two of the servants returned to the their lord
with more talents than they had been given to start. Their lord
took the talents back and said, "Well done, my good and faithful
servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler
over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord." The third
servant returned to his lord, not losing his talents by playing
the lotto, but with the same amount of talents as he was given.
His lord responded with, " You wicked and lazy servant, you
knew that I reap where I do not sow, and gather where I have not
scattered seed... For to everyone who has, more will be given, and
he will have abundance; but for him who does not have, even what
he has will be taken away (Matthew 25:16-30). We must be smart with
all of our blessings, even our extra two or three dollars each day.
If you were to have placed all of your lost lotto money, the money
you bet and did not win, into a more intelligent and profitable
investment, what would you have today lying around as extra cash?
When you do the math you will see that playing the lottery is in
no way a form of investment; it is foolish spending. If you played
only two dollars a day over the past two years you would have close
to $1000.00 extra dollars today to spend or invest. Instead, some
will continue playing the lotto hoping to hit it big someday as
they scrape by paycheck to paycheck trying to figure out what is
going on with their finances.
As you can see, this writer is convinced that gambling, betting
and playing the Florida lotto are all a waste of hard earned money and prove
us to be unfaithful stewards. God has blessed you with so much just
by the fact that you are reading this off the Internet. Be grateful,
be thankful and be a good steward.