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Do you count the lottery as part of your charity plan?

Topic closed. 6 replies. Last post 9 years ago by diamondpalace.

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August 17, 2007
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Posted: January 6, 2009, 10:24 pm - IP Logged

I usually donate $30 a year to charity(Health related charities).  Wouldn't the lottery be part of a charity since it's going towards education?

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    United States
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    May 21, 2008
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    Posted: January 6, 2009, 11:49 pm - IP Logged

    I think since the main lure of the lottery is to win money for yourself (charity is a bi-product) it does not classify the same.

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      October 16, 2005
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      Posted: January 7, 2009, 4:58 am - IP Logged

      The IRS certainly doesn't think so. If you feel better knowing that half of what you spend goes to a good cause that's fine. If you expect anyone else to  think any differently  about your lottery spending than they would if you bet the same money at a casino I expect you'll be disappointed.

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        Member #9517
        December 10, 2004
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        Posted: January 7, 2009, 5:02 am - IP Logged

        With regards to the lottery wins, I am the charity here.

        Of course I may give something to other charities as well if I hit the jackpot. Big Smile

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          Wandering Aimlessly
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          November 5, 2005
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          Posted: January 7, 2009, 5:24 am - IP Logged

          I think it's more of a voluntary tax than a charity.  Charity is usually something you give without expectations.  I mean, if you give $10 to a food bank, what do you expect to receive in return? But everyone who buys a lottery ticket is hoping to benefit from the purchase.

            Bondi Junction
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            December 24, 2007
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            Posted: January 8, 2009, 10:39 pm - IP Logged

            As lotteries do raise revenue for public education and other public projects it can be considered a charity. In the UK, 28% of revenue raised by lottery sales goes to "Good Causes".

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              Dallas, TX
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              April 12, 2008
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              Posted: January 8, 2009, 11:58 pm - IP Logged

              Winning jackpot first, charity last, in between all the spending spree and traveling. :D