While Massachusetts state government already pushes $20 scratch tickets and offers Keno games every four minutes 1500 times a week in almost 8000 locations across the state, new Treasurer Steve Grossman has declared it is not enough. In an Associated Press story, Grossman said he and his newly appointed Massachusetts State Lottery Executive Director Paul Sternburg are
“exploring social media as part of a wider strategy to boost sales, from selling tickets at Logan Airport to enlisting lottery sales agents who speak languages other than English to reach immigrant communities.”
As recently as 35 years ago, government ran aggressive campaigns (like the commercial below) to encourage citizens to build financial security by buying savings bonds. Today, government continues to expand a failed policy that preys on low-income people and traps them in even deeper personal debt. Steve Grossman is better than that. We as a people are better than that.