What the Bible says about The Lottery

“Labour not to be rich: Cease from thine own wisdom” Proverbs 23:4

   When the Lottery was started in our state many promises were made to the voters (I voted against it). One of them was that so much money would be set aside for education, with that the lottery was born. What people did not realize was for instance; if the lottery created $100 million dollars for education, then $100 million would be taken out that was originally going to education and it was used for something else. So the lottery did nothing for education.

Does God’s word say anything concerning the Lottery or gambling? The answer is yes! The Lottery is based on getting rich for nothing; it’s about greed, taking over a million to one chance to make one rich quick.
God’s word says:
“…But he that maketh haste to be rich shall not be innocent” Proverbs 28:20

God designed men to work by the sweat of his face (Genesis 3:19) that he was to earn his wealth, even when Abraham rescued his nephew Lot, the kings in the area wanted to reward him, but Abraham refused saying: I will not take anything that is thine, lest thou shouldest say, I have made Abram rich Genesis 14:23

     Many people believe if they won a lot of money, they would do good things with it. When someone actually wins the Lottery, disaster will follow in one form or another. This is because God has principals concerning money and its purpose, and they are not followed they will not be innocent regardless if they are Christian or not. God tells us that Wisdom is the principal thing not wealth. If a person desires wisdom as he would hidden treasure he/she will be better off.

“For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through many sorrows”                                                                                  I Timothy 6:10

     A sad testimony is when I see God’s people lined up buying lottery tickets. They are more concerned with their own greed than they are being a light to their neighbor.  What are some of the testimonies from those who have won the lottery? Read from just a few of the majority of those who “Won the Lottery

Story #1 - Jack Whittaker, winner of the richest undivided lottery jackpot in U.S. history, was of a boisterous, happy-go-lucky guy in a big cowboy hat who loved his family, work and God. Although Jack was already a wealthy contractor, Whittaker became an instant celebrity on Christmas Day 2002 after winning a $314.9 million jackpot. He took his winnings in a lump sum of $113 million after taxes, and promised to donate one-tenth to his church and contribute to other causes.
     Although he did give millions to churches, within a year he had become a frequent guest at strip clubs and carried huge amounts of money because of his new high risk gambling. Then his home had been broken in to and a friend of the family was murdered.
      Two lawsuits were in process, one concerning two men who were thrown out of a night club at his request. The second is by three women who claimed he assaulted them at a racetrack.  Jack has been arrested twice on drunk driving charges and has been ordered by the court to enter drug rehab. Dec. 22 his granddaughter was found dead after she had been missing for three weeks. Jack’s wife said she wished they had never bought that ticket.

Story#2 - Evelyn Adams, who won the New Jersey lottery twice (1985, 1986), to the amount of $5.4 million. Today the money is all gone and Adams lives in a mobile home. "I won the American dream but I lost it, too. It was a very hard fall. It's called rock bottom," says Adams. "Everybody wanted my money. Everybody had their hand out. Adams said that if she had the chance to do it again she would had been much smarter. Since she won it twice it would prove that she would have made more mistakes. "I was a big-time gambler," admits Adams. "I didn't drop a million dollars, but it was a lot of money. I made mistakes, some I regret, some I don't. I'm human.

Story#3 - William Post won $16.2 million in the Pennsylvania lottery in 1988 The events of tragedy followed:
• A former girlfriend successfully sued him for a share of his winnings. It wasn't his only lawsuit.
• A brother was arrested for hiring a hit man to kill him, hoping to inherit a share of the winnings.
• Other siblings pestered him until he agreed to invest in a car business and a restaurant which failed and nearly destroyed their relationship.
• Post spent time in jail for firing a gun over the head of a bill collector.
• Within a year, he was $1 million in debt.

Post admitted he was both careless and foolish. He eventually declared bankruptcy. Now he lives quietly on $450 a month and food stamps. "I wish it never happened. It was totally a nightmare," says Post.

Story#4 - Willie Hurt of Lansing, Mich., won $3.1 million in 1989. Two years later he was broke, divorced and charged with murder.

Story#5 - Charles Riddle of Belleville, Mich., won $1 million in 1975. Afterward, he got divorced, faced several lawsuits and was indicted for selling cocaine.

Story#6 - Janite Lee won $18 million in 1993. Eight years after winning, Lee had filed for bankruptcy.

Story#7 - Billie Bob Harrell Jr, played the Texas Lottery and won $31 million. He believed that the lottery would be the answer to his problem. Later he would find it would be the one thing that would destroy his life. It would be in the form of a winning lottery ticket. Harrell, a religious man, had been laid off from a couple of jobs in the past few years. Twice a week he'd scrape together a few spare dollars to purchase a couple or so lottery tickets. His days of buying tickets finally paid off, transforming Harrell into a millionaire overnight.
Life had been tough, but he had persevered through the worst of it. "I wasn't going to give up," said Harrell, then 47. "Everyone kept telling me it would get better. I didn't realize it would get this much better." It was great. Harrell purchased a ranch. He bought homes for himself and other family members. He and his family got new automobiles. He made large contributions to his church. If members of the congregation needed help, Billie was there.
      Then reality struck, Harrell discovered that his life was coming apart almost as quickly as it had come together. He loved being the role of an easy touch. But everyone, it seemed, family, friends, fellow worshipers and strangers was putting the touch on him. His spending went out of control
      On May 22, 1999, 20 months after hitting rock bottom, Harrell locked himself inside an upstairs bedroom of his fashionable Kingwood home and pressed a shotgun barrel against his chest and fired.  Billie Bob Harrell was gone, and so was the fortune, and even the family that had rejoiced with him when the shower of riches had first rained upon them. A struggle has caused a division between the children and grandparents, who cannot even agree on whether Bob committed suicide. Shortly before his death, Harrell confided to a financial adviser: "Winning the lottery is the worst thing that ever happened to me."

Conclusion

God’s word tells us: There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death Proverbs 14:12

     The Lottery has no friends; it brings death and destruction to those who play. One has to look at the untold millions of dollars that the lottery is keeping and where does it go? The only way to destroy this evil habit is to outlaw it or don’t play it.

She (wisdom) is more precious than rubies: and all the things thou canst desire are not to be compared unto her. Length of days is in her right hand; and in her left hand riches and honour.                                                                                                                   Proverbs 3:15 & 16

The greatest decision one can make and get real treasure is to have a right relation with God through salvation.

How does anyone get to heaven?

     First realize that they cannot get to heaven on their own merits. The Bible says that “For all have sinned and come short (that means everybody can’t get to Heaven on their own) of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23)

Jesus Christ (who is the Son of the living God) came to earth and was born of a virgin woman (therefore he was not born of the curse of mankind) he lived a sinless life and died on a cross for all the sins in the world. Three days later, God the Father raised Him from the dead. He was seen of 500 witnesses and returned to heaven. God’s word says that if we believe these things and call upon the Lord, we will be saved. Romans 10:9 - 13