It’s tough to have any kind of gambling game that has some measure of dignity, but the N.C. Education Lottery, copying other states, has come up with a doozie: There will be barbecue-scented scratch-off tickets involving a whiff of a chance winning up to $25,000.
So we’re going to try to merge one of the state’s points of culinary pride with something that is decidedly not a point of pride – a state lottery. (The Indiana lottery offers bacon-scented tickets promoted as “Bringin’ home the bacon.”)
We’ve long opposed the lottery as a bad bargain no matter how much money it raises for public education. But, OK, it’s legal and people are free to play it. But barbecue-scented tickets? Do lottery officials really think people are going to be lured into a game because the ticket reminds them of chopped ’cue?
Not unless they can put it on a hamburger bun and eat it.