New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is betting on the Lottery to boost the state's coffers. As part of his budget proposal this year, he's calling for an expansion on the Quick Draw game, by allowing smaller Lottery vendors to start selling those tickets. But the proposal is not without controversy.
According to the governor's office, the move would generate some $24 million a year for the state's education budget.
But critics of lottery games say they disproportionately affect minorities and the poor.
"The government would say that, you know, we open retail locations where there is demand," explained Matthew Vaz, a lecturer in the History Department and a Public Scholar at the Colin Powell Center at the City College of New York. "But it seems rather clear that the poor are becoming trapped in a lottery lifestyle in many cases."
Listen to Host Richard Hake's full interview with Matthew Vaz above.