It has long been established that lotteries disproportionately affect the poorest members of society. Given the low chances of winning, lottery players would be better served saving and investing their money, rather than playing the lottery. Saving and investing is what the wealthiest members of society do, and that is in large part why they are wealthy.
I don't think it's a waste of money. You're just adding to the chances that someone will win a lot of money. The hope is that it will be yourself but that's the price you pay for the odds of winning. This is a good way to possibly change someone's life drastically.
It is not a waste of money. This will be a life changer to anyone who wins the jack pot. What if the winner is a friend or a neighbor ? A fellow Hoosier or neighboring Buckeye? or just a stranger passing through?
This opportunity could stimulate a local economy. Bringing $540 million to Wayne county could publicize the area and also touch lives of people within such area. So it a good game, that may help someone living in a local area. Whereby such person life could spun growth in the economy of that area.
What's a $2 or $1 bet on changing your life. The fantasy is what makes us all rush out and buy a ticket when the jackpot gets ridiculously high. We don't want to be left out. Fantasy and the possibility of change is what drives us as individuals, so don't rain on mine or anyone else's parade.