The Dallas, Texas, branch of the NAACP has called for a ban on the state lottery, claiming that it is a drain on the finances of low-income people, and especially minorities, who can least afford games of chance.
Chapter President Juanita Wallace said many people have spent all their hard-earned money in hopes of striking it rich, but instead, the lottery has left their finances in shambles.
‘It’s an addiction,‘ she told CNN.
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Wallace said one man she knew died last week without health insurance because he withdrew all of the funds from his policy to buy lottery tickets.
One of NAACP’s major concerns is that the lottery specifically targets African-Americans, as well as people who are poor and ‘uneducated.’
Overall, Texans have spent a whopping $3.3billion on lottery tickets so far this year, according to CBS DFW.
A spokeswoman with the Texas Lottery Commission rejected allegations of racism, saying the Texas lottery does not market any differently from one demographic to another.
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