Although the game seems to be anathema to communist philosophy, representing the worst of the capitalist diseases, the communist countries have found lotteries and football pools to be good sources of income, many of which are used to sponsor the sport.
The reason playing a lot is illegal because it has become associated with crime.
It’s inevitable ; where vast sums of money change hands on a fortuitous basis, fraud, trust deceit, protection, corruption and corruption are sure to emerge.
Unfortunately for proscribers, the game is too popular to be stopped, and crooks will flourish in an illegal atmosphere. There are obvious parallels with the American prohibition.
The player na ‘f is ignorant of what is going on around him for some of his cash. He does not suspect that fellow players in casinos or fun fairs may be “buddies”, or paid school employees to encourage him to play more.
Or that the horse he has supported may be coated, or that other players in a private game may be “hustlers”, skillful operators getting a living from social gaming gatherings — or it may be that sharp maps and mechanics of dies exist, or that equipment can be rigged in the most expensive and scientific way.
It will not be known that casino ownership in Las Vegas has been frequently decided by the ruthless troop war and that large sums have been paid to government officials and police chiefs for permits and protection.
Is playing immoral?
Players would say that the bet in moderation does not hurt anyone, that it provides fun, that all life is a game anyway; and that, properly organized, playing could provide income for the state and the charities.
Anti-gambling opinion would indicate that playing to causes superior misery, to the gambler and his family; that besides the game even in moderation provides the income for the underworld.
The late former President Kennedy was of the opinion that the profits of the game were directly a corruption of financing which, in turn, directly undermined the American society.
Christians would argue that life is not a game and that the state and charities should not accept money gained through the misfortunes of the individual.
These arguments are about the practical implications of the game but do not answer the question if gambling is inherently immoral. Catholic and non-Protestant churches express firm opinions, and few clergymen categorically state that gambling is morally wrong.
Indeed, church raffles are not unknown.
The majority of players are not concerned with ethics. They will continue to make their bets, lose some money, and consider it well used.