Million to One: Criticizing the Framework for State-Sponsored Lottery Schemes

Adrian Brennan-Evans - UC Davis School of Law
Vol. 56
June 2023
Page 2137

This Note critiques the legal framework of the California State Lottery and inquires whether the Lottery’s exemption from the state’s broader prohibition on other lotteries generates harmful consequences for the public. Additionally, legal frameworks that may have disproportionate economic impacts on individuals of lower income ranges deserve focused criticism to ensure that less inequitable means of achieving the same economic, social, or legal goals are not available. The California State Lottery, despite its long history of supposed legitimacy, should not be exempt from this criticism.

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