do you believe in miracles?? in ALOC A blog by alocispepraluger102 Posted 5 Jan 2012 I very much agree. My wife and I reside in a low income neighborhood and we see people buying lottery tickets all the time. Usually the purchase is $3 worth of gas, $10 worth of cigarettes (which is basically a pack) and $7 worth of lotto tickets paid for with a $20 bill. The lottery system is nothing more than legalize gambling and false advertising. I cringe every time I see billboards claiming millions of dollars for schools from the lotto. In my home state of Michigan, it is not as simple as that. While it is true that the lotto contributes millions to the School Aid Fund (SAF), every year the government pulls other funding sources away from the SAF for the same amount that the lotto puts in, so the net effect of the lottery on funding is essentially zero. Neat, eh?