Having acquired the knowledge to compute the probability of winning any particular lottery, I have generally scoffed and referred to them as a "fool's tax." I look at casino gambling the same way...no game is fair in the mathematical sense, and this is why casinos generally look like palaces. But, I have seen my mother return from shopping, and she can barely wait to sit down and commence to scratching her tickets...she honestly reminds me of a drug addict getting high after being without for a while. But, it brings her happiness and hope even if I am sure she has paid dearly for it over the years, if it was all totaled up. I have told her about the probability of winning, and how small it is, but she will say her chances of winning are better than if she didn't play at all. So, given that she isn't spending enough to harm herself, I have decided to just let her have at it without being any more of a buzzkill. What are your thoughts on lotteries?