It seems the North Carolina Education Lottery is on to something here. It’s heading in the right direction with its latest innovation, scratch-n-sniff barbecue lottery tickets (“Smell like victory? Maybe. Smell like BBQ? Definitely,” Sept. 1 news article).
I suggest that the lottery carry its creativity a step further and make those lottery tickets edible. That would almost totally eliminate the concerns of those who think state lotteries take food off the table of the poor.
Just think about it. When a ticket is determined a loser (as most are), the purchaser could simply pop the ticket in his mouth, chew and eat it, similar to a piece of beef jerky. The retailers could even provide a small table of condiments (sale, pepper, ketchup, mustard) for added service.
An educational lottery that not only gives purchasers a brief moment of hope, but feeds them as well. North Carolina would be the first in the nation, possibly stimulating all kinds of ingenuity and capitalism. Isn’t America great?
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Douglas W. Melton