|Posted: February 23, 2004, 11:07 am - IP Logged|
There are no Lottery Player Associations operating in America, but there probably should be. This is something I've been kicking around for a few months now, but I have no idea what the legalities might be for such a project. I would think you'd run into severe opposition from whatever state you were trying to organize; the lottery business is a very powerful lobby.
It could be argued that, since the lottery games are designated as a "voluntary" or "sin" tax, states need these players' associations to safeguard the interests of the constituency. Otherwise, we're forced to accept taxation without representation, which is defined as "tyranny", which is prohibited by the United States Constitution.
Another viable argument would be that, since the commission essentially has a monopoly on the lottery games, a players' association is necessary in order to institute an acceptable system of checks and balances. That is, to ensure the players were properly represented in the actual draw process, in addition to security personnel and accounting firms.
We certainly need such an organization in Indiana, but I'm sure that any state could see benefits from it.