Back in the 1991, the citizens of Texas State finally came to the conclusion that Lottery had to be legally approved and since then more and more followers got addicted to this traditional game. As majority of you would know, Texas State Lottery is all about fundraising and it has to be mentioned that in these 20+ years more than $13 billion was granted as a charity to different funds including those of veterans, poor, etc… But most importantly this money was devoted to the foundation school funds. However, suddenly happened something no one would foresee.
State lawmakers of Texas unexpectedly shut down the Lottery on Tuesday, April 23. This was a shock for everyone. As it appeared, the whole morning the members of the House were thinking how to find a substitute for all kinds of games of chance. The main problem they faced, when considering abolishing the State Lottery was that the schools received great deal of funding from this source and they had to completely reexamine the budget.
Right after the tea party lawmakers mentioned Texas State Lottery as a “real tax on poor” the republicans voted 82-64 against the Texas Lottery Commission. The majority of the opposition was the first-year republican representatives. The lunch break turned out as quite a battle; party leadership was trying its best to convince them to change the votes. And this was not in vain as re-authorization of the Lottery Commission for another 12 years was accepted with the votes 91 to 53. On Wednesday lottery was back on the Texas market. After all it is not that easy to find a new source in the sum of $2 billion for the state revenue, is it?
Even though buying a lottery ticket in Texas is still possible there are still many questions that remain unanswered. Should it be used as a funding for the schools? Is it of profit or not for the economy in general? And should it be kept for another 12 years for sure? These were the main question that the House had to face in the past week. As we see, the answers are positive for now, but something insinuates that there is going to be a discussion about all of this soon again. The real debate here is not so much about whether or not the Lottery is moral but whether the budget of Texas can survive without it.