I just saw a TV ad for a new game that the Virginia Lottery has put out. It's worth noting before you read this that I am not opposed to the lottery and I support a look at expanded gaming as a way to help fund more of Virginia's budget.
But with its new game the Virginia Lottery has gone too far.
Called "Match 3" the game offers a second chance drawing if you don't win a prize on the scratch-off. The 2nd chance drawing is a $50,000 college scholarship. There are 20 scholarships available to celebrate the lottery's 20th anniversary.
This is a very crass move by the lottery. Who is likely to play a game offering a college scholarship as a prize? In my opinion, it would be mostly families who couldn't afford to pay for college for their kids. Which basically makes this a lottery game specifically targeted at the poor and the uneducated. Appalling.
Also disturbing is how this appears to be a pattern coming from Governor Kaine. Abuser Fees. Repealing the estate tax while trying to increase the sales tax. Lottery games targeting the working poor. The list goes on and on. If Tim Kaine doesn't want his legacy to be the greatest assault on the working poor of any recent Virginia Governor he should step in and stop this game immediately.