Initial thoughts on buying lotto tickets at checkouts

I don’t think it’s good to be encouraging people to treat lotto as part of their weekly grocery shopping.

Personally I think lotto is the least harmful type of gambling and yes, buying a lotto ticket is a personal choice. However gambling also has a direct influence on those personal choices. It uses a kind of reinforcement schedule that maximises the chances of that personal choice being made again and again. Now it will be even more effective, because you don’t need to make an active decision to walk over to the lotto counter.

Yes it will be more convenient for some. But do we really need to make it as easy as possible for people to spend part of their weekly grocery budget on lotto?

And you know what else? No matter where you sit on this, at least people are talking about issues that are important. That’s instead of who’s tricky, and who has made a mistake in some speech, and which MPs the internet party has been talking to, and other stuff that turns non-politics-obsessed New Zealanders off politics altogether.

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