Lottery ticket sales are big business, and proceeds from the Maryland Lottery support services and programs such as education, public health and public safety. What could possibly be wrong with this?
Scripture does not explicitly oppose gambling, but are there biblical principles that could apply here? Consider the parable of the talents (Matthew 25:16) for an example of biblical stewardship. Another question to consider: Is gambling a personal matter, or are we responsible for its social effects? Studies have linked gambling to addiction, poverty and crime, but does that make purchasing a lottery ticket a bad thing? Lottery tickets are a path to quick riches (for the one-in-176 million), but where else might this path lead? (1 Timothy 6:7–10)