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Would you knowingly take advantage of a malfunctioning lottery machine?

Asked at Massachusetts Street on December 23, 2005

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“I wouldn’t do it. I would be tempted, but my conscience would get the better of me.”

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“Yeah, I’d do it. The lottery deals with such large sums of money that don’t really seem to belong to anyone, so it kind of separates you from the guilt of someone being wronged.”

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“No. It would be free money, but not fair money.”

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“Yes, I would, because that money doesn’t come from some sacred charity. The lottery takes advantage of people’s inability to achieve their hopes and dreams for a profit, so I wouldn’t feel bad.”

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enochville 9 years, 11 months ago

No, because I don't gamble. Period. Even if it is a sure thing.

DaREEKKU 9 years, 11 months ago

Heck yeah I would! I wish I would have paid attention to it myself! School is expensive!!!! It's not OUR fault that the machine/people screwed up! That's not bad karma, that's a stroke of pure luck!

rockchalkjayhawk 9 years, 11 months ago

to everyone who said it was bad karma:

you have been watching too much My Name is Earl!

jonas 9 years, 11 months ago

Shame on you LJWorld. First there were furries, now we're supposed to believe that congress with automatons is supposed to be acceptable?! What kind of sick, perverted thoughtline is that? Not only would you, but would you have the dominating power in a relationship? I tell you. . . .liberal media!

christie 9 years, 11 months ago

Oh I'd buy ticket after ticket after ticket and I'd sleep like a baby after cashing in.

BrianR 9 years, 11 months ago

I don't know enough about lottery machines to know if one is malfunctioning or not.

nlf78 9 years, 11 months ago

It depends on the amount of money we were talking about, but if I knew about it, then yes, I would do it. But how do you really find out about a malfunctioning lottery? Really, you'd have to be playing it EVERY day or EVERY drawing and I don't have that kind of money to spend like that.

killjoy 9 years, 11 months ago

No, but sometimes...late at night....I'll drive clear around a roundabout....the wrong way.

Tony Kisner 9 years, 11 months ago

Seems fair, the state has set up a regressive tax system that entices the least able to invest their bread money into the slightest of chance that they will "win" big. State sponsored gambling is the first malfunction.

beatrice 9 years, 11 months ago

Interesting to see how many would take advantage of the system if given the chance. Is it any wonder that cheating in schools is rampant, that big businesses have thieves as CEOs, and that people who steal music on-line justify it by saying they are "sharing." While there haven't been that many responses today -- many off work, I take it -- it looks like more people were actually against regifting than taking the money and running. Justifying the taking of money from a broken lottery machine is a slippery slope, so lets continue this game to find out how far we would slide.

Do you knowingly lie on your tax return? Do you think it is okay to cheat in school if you feel it is in a class that has little benefit for your future plans? If given too much change back at a store, do you keep it? Does it matter if it happens at a Wal-Mart or a Mom and Pop shop? Do you think it is okay to take an extra newspaper or two from a machine, since they are all there in a stack for the taking? Would you keep a bag of money you knew fell off the back of a armored bank vehicle? Would you keep the entire bag of toys if it feel off the back of Santa's sleigh? Would you illegally run a wiretap on people you don't like, just because you are President?

I don't really believe in Karma, but I do feel there is something to the idea of what goes around comes around (because even if driving on the wrong side of a roundabout, killjoy, you are still driving around it).

(And with that, I shall step off my soap box of moral superiority. Also, please note that I didn't actually answer the question myself. I have never been in that situation, so I can't say for absolutely positive that I wouldn't grab some cash myself.)

staff04 9 years, 11 months ago

One of my old roommates used to refer to the lottery as the "stupid person tax."

killjoy 9 years, 11 months ago

I loved Shirley Jackson's, "The Lottery". Love the ending

lunacydetector 9 years, 11 months ago

if you do your own tax returns (which i tried a couple of times in my life) and you screwed it up, it is the state and the federal government who are the LAST to tell you that you made a mistake that you overpaid.

would this be reason enough to justify playing the pick3 with an advantage because the state screwed up?

lunacydetector 9 years, 11 months ago

if you do your own tax returns (which i tried a couple of times in my life) and you screwed it up and paid too much, it is the state and the federal government who are the LAST to tell you that you made a mistake that you overpaid.

would this be reason enough to justify playing the pick3 with an advantage because the state screwed up?

Ceallach 9 years, 11 months ago

Since I do not play the lottery in any of it's forms I doubt that the occasion will ever arise :) I'd like to think that I would not. However, since I have not quite reached perfection, I'll just say probably not.

ms_canada 9 years, 11 months ago

OMB - can I ask you please not to invade Canada, at least my corner of the country, BECAUSE, I like you and I would hate to have to change my feelings toward you. Besides, I don't like the darkness, too many boogymen lurking there. I get scared. And besides it would take your Army 38 hours to get to Edmonton from Houston, I believe you said.
But, hey, listen, if you find that 1927 movie, you could bring that and we could watch it and forget about the dominating. :o)

beatrice 9 years, 11 months ago

Is it morally correct to remove two of even_money's posts before noon on the eve of Christmas eve? Who let the Grinch into the control room? Geez, doesn't D.R. ever take a day off? For the love of all things good and proper, ease up on the censor button!!

staff04 9 years, 11 months ago

Quick poll:

Who is at work today?


Who has the best holiday arrangement at work?

I'm here until 2pm, and then I'm free until Jan 3rd--offices closed.

BTW, I'm going to be invading Kansas shortly. Prepare thyselves for my presence...

Purell 9 years, 11 months ago

stealing is stealing. Doesn't matter how much or who from.

There is no, "yeah, but in this case..."

ms_canada 9 years, 11 months ago

OMB - before watching the movie, we could make maple syrup toffee to munch on and we could always ask my favourite hockey player Robbie to join us. He separated his shoulder and is out of the game right now. He doesn't like candy so that would leave lots of yummy maple toffee for us. Who needs to dominate the world when there is maple toffee around. Although, I am thinking, hmmmm, there might be many out there who would want to dominate us just to get at the toffee.

ms_canada 9 years, 11 months ago

Oh, yes and before making the toffee, we should really go to the nearest lottery machine to check the functioning. We might need to buy more maple syrup to appease the invaders.

beatrice 9 years, 11 months ago

"You can be insulting all you want, but nothing you've said removes your original comments." That is right. Only David Ryan can do that.

"Who we are is what we would do when no one is looking." I hope no one is looking when I'm on the can, but is that really who I am?

staff04: I'm at work, and you're benefits so have mine trumped. I get Monday off, and am taking Tuesday -- that is it. Enjoy your time!

beatrice 9 years, 11 months ago

TOB: who you callin' a "you'ns?" (That might be a fightin' word, but I'm not sure exactly.)

And you are correct, I didn't read the article. Heck, I barely read the question. Truth be told, I never read the articles. I actually never learned to read. I'm sorry. Perhaps I will learn someday, maybe if I ever get access to a computer and that internet thing, I will learn.

Now, what really has my knickers in a twist is Arschloch claiming that Will Ferrell isn't funny!!! Have you not seen the comic masterwork of "Old School", or the seasonly appropriate "Elf"!!! When I saw Elf I laughed so hard milk came out my nose, and I didn't drink any milk that entire day!

ms_canada 9 years, 11 months ago

prospector - interesting article in USATODAY on 12-21-o5 by John G. West of Discovery Institute for Science & Culture. I quote just a bit of it: "Those who think they can stop the growing interest in intelligent design through court orders or intimidation are deluding themselves. Americans don't like being told there are some ideas they aren't permitted to investigate. Try to ban an idea, and you will generate even more interest in it. Efforts to mandate intelligent design are misguided, but efforts to shut down discussion of a scientific idea through harassment and judicial decrees hurt democratic pluralism. The more Darwinists resort to censorship and persecution, the clearer it will become that they are championing dogmatism, not science.

cowgomoo 9 years, 11 months ago

Someone desperately needs more cowbell.

massst 9 years, 11 months ago


beatrice 9 years, 11 months ago

To blame Will Ferrell for Bewitched is like questioning the acting ability of Dustin Hoffman because of Ishtar. Remember, Bewitched stunk even when Ferrell wasn't on the screen -- I mean, really, was Nicole Kidman worthy of an Oscar here? She played Sabrina as if the witch were retarded.

Now Arschloch, go rent Elf, and then laugh, and laugh, and laugh. You will then see that all is "okay" with Mr. Ferrell. I agree with cow: More cowbell, more cowbell!!

classclown 9 years, 11 months ago

You people just don't get it do you? Bewitched stank not because of who was in it, but because it was yet another stupid remake of an old tv program. It stank because movie makers no longer have any originality in them and almost everything is a remake of an old movie or and old tv show. The cheesier the old show and the even cheesier they can make it the better.


beatrice 9 years, 11 months ago

I do get it, cc. Bad scripts stemming from bad ideas about remaking something rather than being original usually make for bad movies, no matter who is in them. Thus, to blame Will Ferrell for Bewitched is just wrong, wrong, terribly wrong, as I pointed out. Instead, he should be praised -- according to our group lottery decision here today -- for taking the money and running!

So, have you seen the latest King Kong yet?

classclown 9 years, 11 months ago

Will Ferrel is a lot like Adam Sandler. Funny and great in one movie, yet ignorantly lacking in humor in another. Anchorman was his best I think.

The only remake of a tv show I would want to see would be "The Munsters". I really liked that show though I would worry that they would screw it up. If they were to do it, I think Brad Garret would be perfect as Herman Munster.

ms_canada 9 years, 11 months ago

Gee whiz, prospector, I was not trying to start an arguement. I do not agree with all that Mr. West said, but I think the statements that I quoted speak for themselves. People do not want to be told what to think or what to investigate. I was not really quoting West for the purpose of dispute about creationism or evolution, I just was agreeing that scientists will persist in their studies no matter what any judge says. And I think that you, as a scientist would agree with me and West that no judge will halt the advance of science. Is it not true that the average thinking person on this earth does not really want to be told what to believe or what not to believe. That is all I was saying.

bearded_gnome 9 years, 11 months ago

lottery=tax on dumbth...right.
no, wouldn't knowingly take advantage of defective machine, regardless of the moral/greed/choices of others and the government, if I steel, i am will not do.

my values are worth more than a little copper.

today mud...tomorrow=wind and snow...more mud then...oh boy!

wonder how Even_Money got posts removed on this? btw: EM, how's that vacation thing happening?

OMB, if you do the whole world-domination thing, can I be in charge of: writers; mental health; and all forms of communications? that would be way fun.

and I think we should institute a form of domination over mexico: tax them for the cruddy so-called mexican food sold in this country and make them pay for the real thing to be replacing it! and dominate Canada, yeah! MSC, if we did, we could wipe out all them wacky laws that're startin' to creep in up there...

free socialized maple syrup for the world's population! there ya' go!

also, we could dominate hawaii, and force the export of hawaiian shirts to all the former tin-horn dictators, starting w/ Saddam!

Merry Christmas to all who keep Christmas in your hearts! to the others, I do respect your beliefs, if you live by them!

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