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Lottery fever hits students

April 4, 1997

University does not take an official position

Kevin Johnson / The Baylor Lariat

A Convenient Food Mart employee displays a $5 lottery ticket on Thursday.

By Elizabeth Case

Lariat Reporter

When the Texas Lottery reaches the $20 million mark, spending one measly dollar for a slip of paper with lucky numbers on it seems to make perfect sense.

However, the ethics behind the lottery are a point of contention for students and faculty alike.

Dr. Jimmy McCluskey, dean for student development and services, said the University does not take an official position on the lottery.

McCluskey said he personally he does not indulge in the lottery.

'I am against gambling and do not feel that it is morally right,' said McCluskey. 'It preys on those who can least afford it.'

McCluskey's sentiments were echoed by Merrick Matthews, a Roundrock senior.

'It encourages people who do not have the income to try to get a quick fix,' Matthews said. 'I have never participated.'

James Miller, a Texarkana senior, feels differently.

'You need to have your name in the pot to win,' Miller said.

Miller buys lottery tickets frequently but has only won three dollars.

'The scratch-off tickets are more profitable,' said Andrea Ayala, a Roundrock senior. 'The first time I bought one I won $60. I saved my money and only bought one more, which was not a winning card.'

Some people wait until the lottery is more than a certain amount before they buy a ticket.

'I buy two tickets everytime the lottery is over 20 million,' said Bryan Bozeman, a Wylie junior.

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