KNWA: Pimping for the lottery? | Street Jazz

Monday, April 26, 2010

KNWA: Pimping for the lottery?

Posted By on Mon, Apr 26, 2010 at 10:48 AM

It has long been said that lotteries are a tax on the stupid - yes, I can hear the swells of the choir, with the patriotic hymn, “In America we can ‘invest’ our money any way we want to . . .’ (and people actually do use the word invest) - but one doesn’t usually hear folks in a position of influence (outside of the Lottery Commission) pushing the lottery as hard as the on-air folks at KNWA.

From puff pieces on location at stores where folks can buy Powerball tickets (“What would you do if you won the prize money?”) to anchors talking about buying lottery tickets, the on-air personalities carry on with all the gravitas of sixth-graders on laughing gas.

“What Would You Do With $250M?” is the headline on the piece which is on their website. The reporter talks to several folks about what they might do if they won the lottery. It ends with the statement:

So, for a dollar some people could really be buying a ticket to paradise.”

One waits in vain for the piece about folks who spend far more than they should on lottery tickets, or those sad individuals who actually plan their retirement on winning the lottery.

For many, buying an occasional lottery ticket is a harmless lark, but for too many (a story that one probably won’t see reported on KNWA anytime in the near future) hundreds of dollars a month get spent on the damn things.

What’s your deal, KNWA?


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