Rav Avigdor Miller on Playing the Powerball Lottery

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Q:
What does the Rav think about a Jew buying a lottery ticket? 

A:
Let me tell you something. If you buy one lottery ticket and you get busy davening to Hakodosh Boruch Hu that He should help you, there’s nothing wrong with that. 
But don’t buy any more. Once you get into that intoxication – it’s like drinking whiskey. You’ll get drunk and you can get lost in it. So one is enough. You can do one in ten years, if you want. And each time, be mispallel. Ask Hashem to help you. And if it’s bashert, you’ll get it.
                                                           TAPE #E-213

 

Q:
Would the Rav advise me to buy a lottery ticket?
A:
 Last week somebody asked this question. If you want to buy a lottery ticket, you should do it only once. And what you should do is to make a lot of tefillos beforehand. Before you buy that ticket pray to Hashem. A lot of davening – a few months of being mispallel.  And after that one time, forget about it.
                                                     TAPE #E-214