From a human rights perspective, a lottery is the best kind of tax because it involves absolutely no coercion. No one’s property is confiscated. No one is forced to pay for someone else’s benefits. Lotteries involve no parasitism. Several states in the USA use a lottery to raise revenue. Florida’s lottery raises more than $2 billion a year.1 Other state lotteries also raise large sums. 1e an emerging economy that limits spending and privatizes wherever possible, it might be possible to raise all the funds that are needed to run government by using just a lottery and user fees, thus doing away with the need for coercive taxation.


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    Record-Breaking Lottery, Daily Tax Report (BNA), January 19, 1990, at H-2.Google Scholar

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  • Robert W. McGee
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  1. 1.Andreas School of BusinessBarry UniversityMiami ShoresUSA

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