Letter: Lessons can be shared from Kansas Lottery distribution

Need exists to donate proceeds to boost state education

The beginning of the second semester is the time I give my math students a lesson on the lottery to learn about combinations. At this time, I am always reminded of the promises made by our legislators who wanted to create a state lottery in 1987 promising good fortune for all Kansans in all sorts of ways.

Sadly, it turned out most of the lottery profits go towards economic development. The typical Kansan will have no access to much of this money unless they are in business and can obtain a loan or grant. I wish my brother-in-law was on the commerce board. My lesson in mathematics turns into a civics lesson — don’t trust the government.

Missouri advertises that all lottery profits go towards education. Wouldn’t it be nice if the Kansas Legislature made a similar move giving Kansans what was promised years ago before the lottery began? Why not give all Kansans equal access to benefits from the lottery profits and keep the money above the table where all Kansans can see it?

RANDY HALL, Sabetha

 

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