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3.09.04

Why not have a state lottery?

The people who run the lottery in our neighboring state of Georgia have come up with a pretty novel idea.

It would make it possible for people anywhere in the country to play their lottery without so much as setting foot inside the Peach State--wouldn't even have to crank up the car, much less drive a considerable number of miles for a chance to hit it big, to strike it rich.

Georgia wants to make its lottery tickets obtainable on the Internet! They're still checking on whether it would violate some federal law, but it's full steam ahead.

Now, that's innovative thinking. Given its past history and mystifying reluctance to let us even vote on whether to have a state lottery, our legislature would probably try to make it illegal for tar heels to do that, even.

The Palmetto State just bought a fancy-schmancy and very expensive piece of equipment for its Medical University of South Carolina. Paid for it with lottery money. Maryland built the new Camden Yards baseball palace for the Orioles with lottery money.

In the Old Line State, depending on which ticket you buy, you designate what you want the proceeds spent on--education, highways, medical care, whatever.

We hear excuse after excuse coming out of Raleigh on why North Carolina should not have a lottery.

It certainly could use the money. Well, it *does* have a lottery--only the money is going to other states.

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