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Is the Texas lottery a tax on the poor?

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The Texas House of Representatives has voted to reapprove the state lottery commission after a measure to disband the games of chance failed to get enough votes.

Opponents of the lottery complain it unfairly preys on the poor by enticing people with too little to risk too much on the long odds of winning.

Studies that suggest high priced 'instant' games are more popular with players who have less to spare seem to mirror lottery sales with the vast majority spent on instant tickets priced at five dollars and above.

But players say they're old enough to make their own decisions and will find something else to play if the lottery goes anyway.

Lottery opponents say they won't give up the fight and will work to find ways to replace the school funding that the lottery provides to improve their chances of winning next time.

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