The effects of the Tennessee lottery are about more than just money for your
state. This lottery could affect taxes, education, increase ticket sale through other state
residents and reduce business for non-ticket venders around the state.
With the on going crisis of trying to find a solution to Tennessee's educational
system, the state has voted to use the lotteries profits instead of an increase in taxes.
Scholarships and grants are the main purpose for the lottery and proceeds will go towards
thousands of high school graduates that meet the standards of the lottery scholarship
program. That is "graduating high-school seniors must have a 3.0 grade point average or
score a 19 on the ACT in order to receive up to $3,000 in scholarship funds per academic
year"(Gerlock 1) Most immediately, the Lottery is charged with raising at least $88 million by
July 1 in order to fund scholarships for an estimated 65,000 students expected to attend
Tennessee colleges and universities next fall.
(Nashville 1) "Any additional money raised will
go to pre-K programs and funding construction of new elementary, middle and high
schools" ( Franacell 14). A smaller percentage of money will go towards, transportation,
prison construction, and economic development.
There are also several obstacles that the lottery will have to overcome
if they want to keep most of the people happy, gambling addictions is one obstacle.
Likely, the poor citizens will be addicted to the lottery more so than the higher income
citizens. Poor citizens will try to " strike it rich" or win enough to pay the bills. This will
affect not only them, but their families as well. In many cases, money spent on lottery
tickets can be a loss of food or other necessary items for the family. Wealthy people also
realize that a lottery...