Would you knowingly take advantage of a malfunctioning lottery machine?

Asked at Massachusetts Street on December 23, 2005

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

“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.”

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

“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.”