As I recall, the South Carolina Education Lottery was not only a great success, but far exceeded the funds it generated in a much shorter time period than anticipated.
Did the lottery ever result in the forced purchase of a lottery ticket? Has lottery revenue been beneficial to educating our student population?
I have never read an article in which anyone complained about having their education financed, nor have I heard of a winner who regretted the windfall. The state of Georgia was forced to take down their billboards that thanked S.C. for educating their kids.
No one will be forced to participate in casino gambling: It is a choice for those that enjoy it. Can anyone suggest a better way to quickly generate funds to repair S.C.'s deplorable roads and bridges as well as provide much needed employment opportunities in the casinos but also increase visitor spending for all aspects of our tourist industry?
Ask local hotels, restaurants, merchants, golf courses, entertainment venues, etc. for their opinions.