The Ethics of State Lotteries

Is it ethical for the government to run a lottery? Is the government profiting from people’s ignorance? If so is that unethical? What about how the lottery is advertised?

Is it unethical to take advantage of people’s mathematical ignorance? What about casinos?

“Government should not be in the business of exploiting the cognitive deficiencies of its citizens for monetary gain. Right? But state lotteries do just that.”

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