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Lottery is ‘predatory’ toward the poor: Expert delivers scathing indictment of game he calls ‘a lie, a con’

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A Mega Millions lottery ticket purchased in Maine was worth a staggering $1.348 billion this past Friday night. 

The winning jackpot is the fourth-largest the world has ever seen and the second-largest in Mega Millions game history, as FOX Business reported.

While many people play the lottery with dreams of financial freedom and an escape from their current reality, one national expert is sounding the alarm about the practice, saying “predatory” gambling is America’s “most neglected major problem.”

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Les Bernal is national director of Stop Predatory Gambling, an organization headquartered in Washington, D.C.

“Through its advertising and marketing of lotteries, state governments have turned a nation of small earners — who could be small savers — into a nation of habitual gamblers,” Bernal told Fox News Digital by email.

Bernal also said that over the next eight years, the American people are “going to lose more than $1 trillion of personal wealth to commercialized gambling, at least half of which is being extracted by state lotteries.”

He added, “If you could just cut that…

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