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The Lottery: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)

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L J (14 часов назад)
The promise of getting something for almost nothing. The American Dream. Saving is so blasé. Addiction equals impoverishment, legal or illegal.
lol nope (7 дней назад)
1 like= 1 dollar towards the budget of Slum Shark Gillionaire
Peter Vesalius (8 дней назад)
But, haven’t we stop paying for music and porn in this day and age??
Gary Oesterle (9 дней назад)
The Secret: As everyone knows, the odds of any individual number coming up is as likely as any other. What people don't realize is that there are patterns of numbers or "arrangements" of numbers that come up far more often. If you focus on a pattern rather than the individual numbers, you are more likely to win the lottery when your pattern comes up. You just have to buy multiple tickets that fit the "pattern". Make sense?
Gary Oesterle (9 дней назад)
And telling you this does nothing to decrease my odds of winning. It merely increases yours.
James Edwards III (10 дней назад)
Lotteries are just moneymaking slush funds for greasy politicians. I grew up in Las Vegas and i got to see a lot of gambling firsthand, which is why i don't do it. In Nevada, State lotteries are still illegal, and im with them on this issue. Originally Nevada upheld the ban on lotteries because the Mob had a monopoly on all gambling, and state legislators did not want government officials getting involved in any way shape or form with the mob or their rackets. As i understand it, to this day elected officials are uniformly disbarred from gambling by the Nevada Gaming Commission and can face jail time for gambling in any way.
James Edwards III (5 дней назад)
Pretty much.
lol nope (6 дней назад)
Oh, okay, so the state most famous for gambling basically disallows its own government from owning any sort of gambling business?
James Edwards III (6 дней назад)
No, i don't think there are. State run casinos would be a direct violation of Nevada State Law, and the Nevada Gaming Commission is pretty draconian. As far as i know, all of the casinos are, more or less, privately owned. Im not sure what they are doing up in Reno, as I've never been, but im pretty sure its still the same deal as in Las Vegas, being that they are both in Nevada. Im also not sure what they were doing in New Orleans these days. Interestingly, a few years ago i found out that there is a small "casino" here in Sacramento. Which i thought was weird, but i don't honestly know what California's take on gambling is anymore. I THOUGHT casinos were outlawed, which is why all of the casinos WERE on the Nevada side of Stateline, but its been a long time since I've lived in Vegas and things may have changed.
lol nope (6 дней назад)
James Edwards III So now, are there state run casinos, like there are in Ohio? Or are casinos run privately (not necessarily by the mob)
James Edwards III (6 дней назад)
That is correct. At the time the mob ran all of the casinos. The state did not want a state-run lottery because, as a form of gambling it would compete directly with the casios, which meant that government officials were even more likely to be sucked into the world of the mob and be corrupted. The mob was fine with the ban because they did not want a state-run lottery competing with their casinos for the same cash. The ban was meant to help keep politicians and vice separate as much as possible. Most Las Vegas locals who want to play a lottery just take the drive to Stateline (Or Prim of you hold to the old name, or play Fallout New Vegas) and buy lottery tickets there. Consequently, Stateline leads California in lottery sales.
Jack Jack (11 дней назад)
I don't even remember the last time I played the lottery.
Chris Lettig (12 дней назад)
DABC
Spartacus (13 дней назад)
12:11 needs two hands... impressive 😉
Steve Scott (13 дней назад)
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Nick Walsh (14 дней назад)
Education? Entirely irrelevant. Those children are better used to purge the heretics and mutants and burn the xenos in the name of the God Emperor. TO THE STARS!
Gabe (15 дней назад)
I don't really like the tonight show, but fuck state run lottery
Larsen Villaranda (16 дней назад)
it's not a poor tax specifically, it's a tax for people for don't know math as someone once said.
Marilyn Newman (18 дней назад)
I played 3 times, won 5 bucks.
Pirate jack With a prate hat (19 дней назад)
Last week tonight was canceled because John Oliver quit because it was him who won the lottery
A Acord (20 дней назад)
Alabama is in the liquor business. In Florence al 38464 they built a side walk to the abc store from the projects. http://alabcboard.gov/
Phillip Sardinha (21 день назад)
Its just a way to tax the people that wont lead to another Boston Tea Party...if only King George knew about lotteries...
B. Chan (24 дня назад)
Here in Vegas, literally every convenience store has slot machines. Most grocery stores as well
Gisi (25 дней назад)
I’m from South America, my mom and his entire family are addicted to gambling. We lost too much and suffered from that addiction. And they don’t recognize that is a problem :( . I never gamble and I’ll never do it. I saw how destructive is on a poor family and how hard is for those who can’t do anything to fix it.
alexanderthekev (25 дней назад)
The lottery is a stupid tax, stupider you are the more you pay
irllcd13 (27 дней назад)
Is anyone else not particularly impressed by the lottery raising $5 billion for education over 20 years, especially in a populace state like New York?
ben P. (27 дней назад)
I'm from georgia and both me and my college roommate have free tuition from the state lottery it's called the Zell Miller scholarship. People choose to play the lottery it's their choice and it actually benefits people like me
who8myfish (28 дней назад)
First rule of gambling: House never loses Second rule of gambling: House always wins
Archduke (28 дней назад)
9:09
Torterra (1 месяц назад)
If I’m EVER going to spend money on lottery tickets, that number isn’t getting any higher than say $20 to $30, maybe not even. When you spend over fucking $2,000, you might as well light up the oil drum because it’s gonna be pretty useful going forward.
imaloony8 (1 месяц назад)
I work at a casino. I know how this works. I'm actually shocked by the number of my fellow dealers who do gamble. Like... seriously, you see how this typically goes man.
Luiz Fernando do Nascimento (1 месяц назад)
Here in Brazil it's even worse: they don't even need to promote any good cause. People buy lottery as it is.
Tony Campbell (1 месяц назад)
All those folks who lost their retirement pensions back during the Main Street marches vs. Walstreet calposue. Someone always getting caught bad insider trading and money laundering affiliated with Wall Street so tell me again how great the Stock market is lol
MiserableOldFart (1 месяц назад)
Lotteries exploit the working poor to keep taxes down on the rich. It's funny, though, that the states are bigger crooks than the Mafia their lotteries were supposed to replace..
Steve Cooper (1 месяц назад)
thank you for being a kid who is being cheated by DeVos (yup spelled like that)
Paul TheSkeptic (1 месяц назад)
Bad for winners? I'd like to put that to the test.
RpiesSPIES (1 месяц назад)
Grey Goose is gross.
Glenn Goryl (1 месяц назад)
Sure there's a better reason. Winning.
Alexander Stone (1 месяц назад)
thats was my being built school spring creek. not in it anymore
Hello World (1 месяц назад)
"I'm strapping a penguin to my chest and I'm taking to the skies; fuck you evolution! I DECIDE WHO FLIES!" -John Oliver
Christopher Barrows (1 месяц назад)
It would be really great if they just made it lots easier for many people to win much smaller, far more often...right?
roku omg omg (1 месяц назад)
What's all this "we" shit he's been an American for like four days?
Rezareth (1 месяц назад)
You might want to have a look at the date on which the previous videos were uploaded (or google him) before making such ridiculous claims.^^
Stars Stripes (1 месяц назад)
FROM 2:25-2:40 IS THE FUNNIEST SHIT .... & what Oliver does after lmfao
OmnissiahZelos (1 месяц назад)
Uh she choose to play the game *rolls eyes* no sympathy, stay away from the machines.
Déa Lepage (1 месяц назад)
Ha at the end when he’s saying it’d be so ridiculous if the state owned liquor store and their revenue would fun schools... that’s literally how it works where I live, Quebec. Every liquor store is government owned and the revenue goes to keeping them running and the province. So yeah, in Quebec, drinks are responsible for our free health care and good cheap school systems 😂
Ron C (1 месяц назад)
John Oliver is such a queer. This guy paid $87,000 for Russell Crowe’s jock strap. Dude your gay. I mean total flamer. I bet he sniffs it every night, while jerking it.
K.A. GORDON (1 месяц назад)
If I won the lottery big I would offer free spay and neutering for all animals in all countries and maybe get a used prius. Being a buddhist, monetary gain should be used to better life not show what a selfish glutton one is. Currently I dont play the lottery and I have only gone to the casino once and won 24 dollars. Self-control cannot be understated.
Heinz Guderian (1 месяц назад)
If someone thinks that the lottery is good because it creates money for certain causes, then we should legalize all drugs and tax them.
How about the people getting ssi and using that money to buy lottery tickets and complaining that they are homeless? And other people who actually need ssi and or ssd don't get it.
xXXDumbWordStupidNumberXXx (1 месяц назад)
The charity strategy is basically the same as the scratch cards on Ryan Air. If you're going down to the standards of Ryan Air; Stop it.
Rycore XIII (1 месяц назад)
*E V E R Y B O D Y S A W I N N E R*
truthseeker010101 (1 месяц назад)
It’s strange. Portland has tons of poker machine outlets and strip clubs but a non existent night life. They have a few good real poker tourneys. Not machines.
Jonny-5 (2 месяца назад)
The statistic "lower income families spend a higher percentage of their income on the lottery" is absolutely meaningless. If two people buy a $1 lottery ticket, one of whom makes $10,000 a year and the other making $100,000 a year, obviously that $1 is a higher percentage of the poorer person's income. It's a misleading statistic that says absolutely nothing.
Jeronimo Tamayo Lopera (2 месяца назад)
SAD.
World Citizen (2 месяца назад)
That means Jewish fucking Americans more than ever before. Good look Americans
Jason Mitchell (1 месяц назад)
World Citizen jews...
Alexander Wellin (2 месяца назад)
Uhh, this is awkward... That last part about state-controlled liquor and advertising the good that comes from the revenue.... Yeah... North Carolina does that too.
Nx Doyle (2 месяца назад)
There are two major differences between my experience of the lottery systems in Australia and the United States. 1) The ads for the lottery are all about the win, with no soft lens 'values based' ads touting the amount of money going towards education. It's not that revenue from what governments in Aus used to call 'racing and betting' is not used for public services. It's because there's no need to say so. OECD nations already allocate money from the public coffers to health, education and infrastructure. Only in America does the poverty tax aka the lottery have to let you know that. Because it ain't coming from many other places. 2) Lottery winnings are smaller in Aus. It's only 25 million people strong. But what you win, you keep. No tax.
Nx Doyle (2 месяца назад)
Lotteries are most popular in those places where people are overworked, underpaid and the general happiness indicators are poor. That makes America the perfect candidate. The so-called "greatest nation on Earth" is only greatest in its own head, which, incidentally, you're far more likely to get a bullet in if you live in America.
Ali Supreme (2 месяца назад)
No, he made that penguin dream about flying.
jay hathaway (2 месяца назад)
the best thing about this show is the applause. im not truly alone
jay hathaway (2 месяца назад)
ill throw my hat in da ring, i once drove from massachusetts (the best state) to seattle, along the way my car broke down and when i pulled off the freeway and pushed my car for a mile i ended up at a diner that had a huge sign FREE BEER i went in asked they said as long as u play slots we provide free beer, within ten minutes i won 600 dollars, i used it to fix my car and spent the rest on slots, left town broker than i arrived
jay hathaway (2 месяца назад)
thanks a lot dicks. now i want a mazda with a moon roof 8:42
jay hathaway (2 месяца назад)
yeah its a 3 year old video, but as usual oliver and crew make a great point, why not spread the winnings out to people who spend all their money on tickets, make more medium range life changing jackpots, instead of 5 10 billion dollar prizes. and stop giving it to charities and whatever else they brag about. actually try acytually spreading the wealth
muhu_88 (2 месяца назад)
I am starting to think the US the the most corrupt of the first world countries.
whatwhen999 (2 месяца назад)
students aren’t seeing that $68B. i went to my district’s headquarters as of late and they have reclining chairs and FOOT RESTS. none of the tables in my humanities class are the same, but yeah the people that are getting paid 10 times more than the teachers can have foot rests.
lawrence legend (2 месяца назад)
what's that sucking noise at 3:35, kinda weird
RoofToilet1107 (2 месяца назад)
@2:15 Don't forget Pennsylvania's lottery. Our state lotto's slogan is "Benefits older Pennsylvanians every day"
Josh Schultz (2 месяца назад)
As a philosophy major I loved the reference there haha
S3AN TH3 BOSS (2 месяца назад)
I love how when he said video games, he puts a picture of a black Xbox 360 on the screen.
Kail Habib (2 месяца назад)
I bet the ppl who disliked this video r ppl who constantly go broke playing the lottery. Every morning b4 work we stop at a gas station for food and drinks and every morning, the same woman comes in for over and hour & goes back & forth from her car to the store counter to buy more & more lottery tickets. Socially acceptable addiction.
b dog (2 месяца назад)
I live in Oregon, and don't even notice those machines - but, then again, I'm not a sucker.
Dank Memeatron (2 месяца назад)
I live in South Carolina. North Carolina's shadow. One of the 50% of states
Mentagasm (2 месяца назад)
I live in Illinois. Our lottery a nice chunk used to go to the schools Not anymore.
Brekner Catalin (2 месяца назад)
The real question is: why do so many people think that playing the lottery is their best chance at making money? As a normal person, i can't see how anyone who understands the odds would ever play the lottery. If you wanna win at least try sports bets or something , the odds are much better....
May the Science be with You (2 месяца назад)
People are dumb. They Play what they are used to. Here in Europe we have the national loteries and the Europe wide Euro Jackpot. The Euro-Jackpot has usually a higher pay out, and even better the odds are alot better than the state lottery. Still people who are used to playing the state lottery keep on playing it, even if the Jackpot in the Euro-Jackpot is at 90 million while the state lottery at 1 million. People are slaves of habit. Even 80+ year old people keep on playing lottery still hoping to win before they die, wasting a fortune throughout their life. But even with better odds, playing any sort of gambling is super dumb.
Anne Kautzi (2 месяца назад)
Honestly in Oregon it's so horrible. They are in every bar and Chinese restaurant it's hard to escape them.
UNICORN lover lol (2 месяца назад)
When ur at school and u got 10 buck "when our coworker comes 8n and tells everyone to f then self's "
andrei i (2 месяца назад)
blaming the evil state for installing evil slot machines is like blaming evil spoons for getting fat
juan jansen van Rensburg (2 месяца назад)
Lottery is a tax on people who are bad at math
Christian Cowandy (2 месяца назад)
Leave your wife for Amber without a prenup, kinda like Johnny Depp and Amber Heard 🤔🤔
Aristotle Quintana (2 месяца назад)
Lol I live in Illinois
11S53 LIAW ZHONG-WEI (2 месяца назад)
The lottery that matters most is the sperm and egg lottery.
Christopher Geschke (3 месяца назад)
My college education was mostly funded by the state lottery. Hope Scholarship in And cutting corporate taxes is good for businesses and attracts new business to move to your state, which increases jobs. What's the downside again?
Christopher Geschke (3 месяца назад)
Why do able, independent, free thinking Americans need protection from $1 scratch offs? Can't we decide what to spend our money on without some nanny telling us no? I thought it was right wing evengelicals that moralized about shit like this. What ever happened to personal responsibility? SMH 🙄
Collex (3 месяца назад)
Seems to me the problem is not that States run gambling, is that they run it badly. I live in Quebec, Canada. All gambling is state-run. Lottery? State-run. Casinos? Owned by the province. Video-poker machine? Profits split between the bar owner and the province. Heck, if you want to have a raffle, if the cash value of the prize is over a certain amount (I think 1000$ but not sure) you have to get a license. But never does the province advertise it as "Money for education." The justification is "If not us, then corporations or worse, criminals. At least here all the profits goes back to the province, and a portion of them are earmarked for ressources to fight against gambling addiction." Our province also controls the sale of alcohol and has state-run liquor store.
stargasm420 (3 месяца назад)
I’m going to start playing the lottery
sTmPanda (3 месяца назад)
My dad once got mad at me for not playing the lottery the day after I quit my job. "If you don't play you can't win" yeah.. well my $2 can buy a weeks worth of eggs that don't need false hope to feed me.
Bennett (3 месяца назад)
Crazy to find an episode not littered with trump
May the Science be with You (2 месяца назад)
Crazy, this video was uploaded in 2014.
Selvatore bonucci (3 месяца назад)
Bill Nye said " the odds of winning a lottery ticket is like playing the russian rullet game with a revolver that has 200 million chambers, all loaded with bullets , except just a one empty chamber, and not dying.
May the Science be with You (2 месяца назад)
If only. The average IQ would make a big jump up.
Aneesah GIlbert (3 месяца назад)
I have a friend who is in her 40's that is addicted to cigarettes and lottery tickets and she buys them at the same newspaper stand.  She spends almost 30 dollars.  And if she wins on a scratch off she uses that money to buy more tickets. Sad reality. Poor people tax.
Asmo day (3 месяца назад)
lottery play with the hope of the poor we shoulb be ashamed that ur gouvernment use it again us to get money....
May the Science be with You (2 месяца назад)
It's what the people want. That's why they voted for a guy like Trump. That's why they don't want social justice and equality. That's why they don't want rich people to be taxed. The American dream is to win the lottery and eat all of it while looking down on all those losers whom you've left behind. The lottery is a perfect analogy to the system. Lots of poor people pay in, so that one person can become super rich.
Ahmad Awwadeh (3 месяца назад)
This is why Islam prohibited: 1- Gambling. 2- Drinking alcohol. 3- Usury ( Which banks do to people who are in need). and this is why many governments, banks, businesses, and many others fund media and even wars to fight Islam. I believe all religions did a favour for the communities and made us civilised people as most of us now a days by teaching the old and the new generations humanity, principles, and planted in people the self monitoring because we believe that God (Allah) is watching us and that there will be a reward ( heaven / Jannah ) or even a hell for the people who really really deserve it. I am not saying that people can not be civilised or good without religions, I am saying religions started it and are still helping, but of course media focus on the odd and rare cases. And I know that many people had ruined religions by doing the wrong things by the name of the religions. I hope my comment will not create hate, because at the end I watched the video to laugh same as everyone else. And I respect and love all of good people regardless of their religions or believes. peace for everyone 👽 🧕🧔👱‍♂️👱‍♀️🤵👳‍♂️💂‍♂️
h h (3 месяца назад)
Yet if you read the back of the ticket it says, if you have a gambling problem please call said number on the slip.. so its known to already be a gambling game cause you put money in and never get it back unless you win, sounds like a gamble to me. So I only play once in a blue moon. in reality though if everyone pitched in a dollar in the US you will get 300 Million, hand that to one person and then do it again 300 million times and everyone in the US will be millionaires, everyone is a winner now.
Jeffrey Tan (3 месяца назад)
How can a Palestinian from Gaza buy a lottery ticket and win the prize ? First he a muslim and he can’t gamble second he is from Gaza where strict Islamic Law rule
May the Science be with You (2 месяца назад)
WTF are you talking about? I told you that different Muslims believe in different things. Not all Muslims are fundamentalists. The majority are moderates. Christians are also forbidding you alot of things. Are you that dense.
Jeffrey Tan (2 месяца назад)
May the Science be with You that why Muslims are always ridiculous forbid us non Muslims on everything yet themselves
May the Science be with You (2 месяца назад)
First, not all Muslims are fundametalists. Many Muslims also drink alcohol. Second why do you think he covers his face?
pforce9 (3 месяца назад)
I would blow a third on booze and drugs, a third on pussy and probably just waste the rest on nonsense.
UtAnimeAlpha524 4 (3 месяца назад)
At 1:21 he looks at his croch what is it 😏🤔😑😐😕🙁☹️😰😨😣😖😫
Ty Cobb (3 месяца назад)
9:10 I wanna know what happened to that woman who spent her grocery money on the lottery
Doubtful Guest (3 месяца назад)
0:27 He's talking about New York here, right? Idk if winning the lottery is prerequisite for this behaviour in New York.
LodanSD (3 месяца назад)
I've spent exactly $97 of my own money on the Lottery, I've won exactly $18, I've spent exactly $12 of Lottery Winnings on the Lottery, and I haven't bought any tickets of any sort in the past 12 years. As long as you keep accurate track of your spending, you'll know when to stop.
Lisa Hoffman (3 месяца назад)
Everyone in America, Canada, and elsewhere who's not in a position of privilege is controlled and has been for a long time.
Caleb Silvers (4 месяца назад)
Hiw fucked is it that as soon as i watched this i went and blew 200 on lotto.
Mel Gibson (4 месяца назад)
In Canada the government does run the liquor stores
Amen Assefa (4 месяца назад)
"Fuck You, Evolution. I decide who flies"
Calib Furry Tour (4 месяца назад)
Furries don't have human faces as part of their suit! XD
Gzus70 (4 месяца назад)
whoa hold the fuck up you can't blame a video slot or poker machine for someone being a piece of shit with no willpower who fucks themselves and others over. If anything we should use these machines to filter out the worthless trash that circulates through our world
AtheisticConclusion (4 месяца назад)
I don't know if this has been pointed out, but crossed fingers isn't the universal sign for lying at all, it's the universal sign for hoping for a certain outcome, which could be that someone buys the bullshit you said, or not getting caught for something (which would have been a more accurate way to spin it) but what he said is Ridiculously disingenuous.
Mr Bun Bun (4 месяца назад)
I guess i'm lucky the lottery is against my religion

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