Saturday, December 3rd, 2016

Bruce Murphy of Milwaukee Magazine wrote about one of the worst addictions of the legislature this week, and it isn’t booze. In 1987, state legislators created the Wisconsin lottery but were morally queasy about the spectacle of government trying to hook people on gambling. So the law included a unique provision that said no public […]

Somebody should tell Fond Du Lac to grow a spine. Banning cigarettes in all workplaces, including taverns? Show some guts. Ban smoking everywhere within the city limits. Just do it. Smoking is bad. Really bad. When I visit Fond Du Lac, I don’t even want to smell third-hand smoke for fear that I will drop […]

The Tomah Journal is with me on abolishing the lottery. The Wisconsin Lottery invites us to “celebrate 20 years of fun with us!” But is the lottery’s 20th anniversary really a cause to celebrate? Or should it trigger scrutiny of a government program that, broadly speaking, transfers wealth from the poor to the more affluent? […]

The state lottery is a bigger rip-off than you think. I fear a one-armed bandit much less than the two-faced shakedown. Print this entry

According to Rod Stetzer, it doesn’t matter. By the time you feel like dealing with your gambling itch by scratching, the prize is gone. The lottery’s Web site, Wilottery.com, lists 46 current scratch-off tickets, which the lottery also calls instant tickets. Of those, four games have all of their top prizes gobbled up. You can’t […]

As the state lottery celebrates its 20th anniversary, it faces more than a challenge from State Senator Fred Risser: When the Wisconsin Constitution was amended 21 years ago to allow the lottery, opponents added restrictions that ban Internet sales, which other states increasingly are allowing. “I have an off-line product, and it’s an online world,” […]

The Wisconsin Lottery is about to get a boost in advertising money from the state government. You know the old saying, you gotta spend money to make money? According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the lottery is going to be able to spend 63% more to get the mathematically challenged to become degenerate gamblers. On […]

The Wisconsin Lottery is about to get a boost in advertising money from the state government. You know the old saying, you gotta spend money to make money? According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the lottery is going to be able to spend 63% more to get the mathematically challenged to become degenerate gamblers. On […]

Prince put on a pretty good show. The lovely Doreen from Waukesha has given up on the game and is headed to the stores. Meanwhile, I’m stuck wondering how the Wisconsin Lottery can afford to advertise during the Super Bowl. Buy Wisconsin Stuff Now! Print this entry

Prince put on a pretty good show. The lovely Doreen from Waukesha has given up on the game and is headed to the stores. Meanwhile, I’m stuck wondering how the Wisconsin Lottery can afford to advertise during the Super Bowl. Buy Wisconsin Stuff Now! Print this entry