NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- In Oregon, the state where I reside, if it weren't for the state-sponsored lotteries, there wouldn't be enough funds to take care of the services that the state provides. Every time someone participates in the Oregon State Lottery, the state government is a winner. That's because a healthy percentage of the money goes to create jobs, schools, parks and watersheds.Perhaps most importantly of all, the money doesn't go anywhere else. It stays in, and is used for, the citizens of Oregon. More than half a billion dollars in profits moves through Oregon's economy every year, supporting projects big and small. So when people participate, they at least feel they're contributing to the well-being of the state in which they live their lives.
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