LETTER: Lottery win coverage sends dangerous message

Feb. 22, 2013 @ 05:00 AM


To the Editor:

This letter is in response to a recent Herald article, "Southern Lee assistant principal wins $25,000 in lottery drawing."

I'm happy for Mr. Dossenbach, who won money in the lottery. However, what kind of message is he sending the students with whom he works — that playing and "hoping to win" the lottery is the way to pay off mortgages and loans rather than hard work?

Maybe schools do benefit from the lottery, but it also creates a mindset that if I play it enough, good fortune will finally come my way (not to mention how it feeds into gambling addictions). We all know the odds of winning are minuscule.

In my opinion, this is a dangerous message for young people to hear, and I'm disappointed that Mr. Dossenbach chose to brag about his winning in a newspaper article.

Kenneth Smith

Editor's note: The article from Mr. Dossenbach’s lottery winnings was provided by the N.C. Education Lottery.