Gilda Jacobs, president and CEO of the Michigan League for Public Policy, which advocates for economic opportunity for low-income families, said the idea of winning a lottery appeals to lots of folks, regardless of income levels.
“People say, ‘Why not me? Somebody’s got to win,'” Jacobs said.
She has objected to a flood of bills introduced in the state Legislature to strip away lottery winnings from those who have sought public assistance in the past. Since the state is actively promoting the purchase of lottery tickets on one hand and saying ‘tsk, tsk’ to some lottery players on the other, it amounts to hypocrisy.
“You have these very attractive ads that show all these people winning the lotteries and living in paradise and we say ‘no, no, no, don’t do that’ when we encourage people to do that,” she said. Jan. 12, 2016 — Lansing State Journal