Pathological liar and religious crank Roy Masters excoriated the Us government for its involvement in the lottery claiming it was dangerous for man to place himself under the law of chance or for the state to sanction such behaviour. But religious people do something far worse,namely they place themselves under the law of faith which is the biggest gamble of them all.
Religion has always been hard on gambling and yet it urges its followers to place and entrust their lives on an unknowable entity from another dimension. I would sooner take my chances on the lottery.
Someone called the lottery the idiot's tax but at least people have a choice about playing the lottery unlike paying taxes so if the State has to be funded by one or the other the lottery is preferable.