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

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State lotteries claim to be good for education and the general wellbeing of citizens. But are they? (Spoiler alert: No.) Connect with Last Week Tonight online... Subscribe to the Last Week Tonight YouTube channel for more almost news as it almost happens: www.youtube.com/user/LastWeekTonight Find Last Week Tonight on Facebook like your mom would: http://Facebook.com/LastWeekTonight Follow us on Twitter for news about jokes and jokes about news: http://Twitter.com/LastWeekTonight Visit our official site for all that other stuff at once: http://www.hbo.com/lastweektonight
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Spanky The Irishman (1 day ago)
My largest concern is about the destination of all that money. I think it's all a large scam and some assholes are somehow lining there pockets while others are getting poorer on every lottery ticket transaction. I call for transparency. Where's the money motherfuckers? I'll bet it's more than 68 billion. Also what about the robbery called taxes paid on lottery winnings? What a bunch of horseshit. Fuckin scammin government pricks.
Shane Mc Gonnell (2 days ago)
I get what John is saying but before the lottery was basically taken over by the government another group used to run it, it’s called the Mafia. And “numbers” was their primary money maker. Who would you rather be running this? The government or a bunch of vicious gangsters?
Ashley Goodrich (4 days ago)
The kids are still dumb in Tennessee.
draggy76 (6 days ago)
Honestly. Don't fully blame the slot machines maker or states.... Blame the weak willed morons who want to try to get rich quick crap... people with no brains like that need to starve out. You want to do helpful shit they it says it goes to and save money? send some in as a donation to the schools / etc. Morons...
Dominic Bazinet (7 days ago)
Lottery is a tax on stupidity
peace chan (8 days ago)
The lottery = real life loot box
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Scrambled 59 (9 days ago)
96,000 (BUH BUH BUH)
EveryThingGirl238 (10 days ago)
I find I get addicted to something for a week or month, then I move on. Such as my cat figure collections. I have over 20 of them now, and find 'Okay, don't want anymore'. I used to drink soda, then I started to have stomach problem, quiet soda and haven't had a craving since. I used to be unable to put down my laptop to do anything, much like my sister now, now I can easily shut it down to do homework, sleep, eat, or take a piss when needed and not rushing through it thinking I 'missed something'. Might be the reason why I never got into the lottery. Sure I played games on PoGo like it, and I felt the probability of be winning that game was better than the real thing. I've wanted to once play it, but the thought was fleeting and I just looked at the machine wondering what I'd do with the money, before going home to watch Supernatural. I see these machines everywhere, and know 1. I have no luck what so ever after a few near misses with almost breaking my bones and/or dying. and 2. I just don't see the appeal in taking a 0.00000001% chance of even winning when I have better odds playing a Monopoly game and have better fucking chances of winning that lottery.
Wyvern Apalis (18 days ago)
Wait wtf is the compression format they are using for their videos
RC R (18 days ago)
"new hampsheer"
thestig7423 (24 days ago)
like if youre here because of idubbbz
DynaMike (24 days ago)
I only buy lottery tickets when it's $500,000,000 and above. I look at it as a fun thing to do. And considering that people always win, there must be more people getting struck by lighting while they're being eaten by a shark.
tekbarrier (25 days ago)
$300-something million jackpot? Recent $1.6 billion jackpot: hold my beer
Isabel Kalestiantz (26 days ago)
i live in oregon. honestly ive had sort of a problem with gambling since i was in hs and started spending money from my first job on loot boxes and rng games. soon as i turned 18, i realized i could play scratch tickets. should probably work on that before i turn 21 and can play video lotto :/
Adel Mohamed (26 days ago)
F lottery, anyone who play lottery is a [email protected]#
Alexander Wolfsberg (1 month ago)
Who spends money on porn anymore lol
Summer sun (1 month ago)
Educate me, Papa John
Only in America... States become as capitalist as companies. Money speaks higher 👆
One person won 1.6 billion dollars. Don't care how much taxes they have to pay, they're making off with an absolute fortune. One person, one ticket that costs $2 won 1.6 billion. They became an instant billionaire
Daniel Ortman (1 month ago)
Low corporate taxes is something most of the world’s richest and most productive countries have in common.
Kamsat Gozegelen (1 month ago)
Not funny amk
Chris Geisler (1 month ago)
My odds of getting rich at my currebt job: 1 in 999 trillion. I'll play the lotto, thanks.
ioana ilea (1 month ago)
So wasn't Carlin right about America being just a slot divided between corporate masters?
ioana ilea (1 month ago)
Americans are incredibly naive though...gulllible if *those* commercials work on them.
Adina Badea (1 month ago)
Ryan Crist (1 month ago)
Why do you think major video game companies have been making record profits by adding harmful gambling mechanics (lootboxes) into their biggest if not all games? Because children are notoriously prone to gambling addiction, and these companies know it. Before long they will have spent hundreds of dollars on a single games microtransaction gambling lootboxes in a game that is barely worth the 60 dollar pricetag! It is not out of the ordinary to spend over a thousand dollars on a single pathetic videogame. It is madness. There is currently a huge fight about gambling in videogames right now. Your kids are being subjected to gambling addiction as early as they can comprehend how to hold a fucking Playstation controller, yea... pretty damn young. Counties in Europe have already outlawed lootboxes in videogames such as Belgium and Netherlands. Please support their fight and don't let our next generation become completely psychologically damaged by age 16 just from playing some video games. Be a part of your child life. Get i volved with videogames with them. So you can restrict them from playing games with lootboxes in them. And teach them why it is so bad. Please, for the love of your kids, your wallet, and the gaming industry as a whole. See, they make the games more boring, more of a grind, and generally less fun all-the-while dangling lootboxes in your face as a way to get through the grind more easily. It's psychological warfare. Why do you think it is so lucrative? Lootbox gambling prevents the need for video game devs to spend time and money making a good, solid, fun and compelling gaming experience when instead they can just put a slot machine in it and design some half-assed grindy gameplay to psychologically berat you into submitting to gambling to get through the "boring" parts, maybe help you "win" the game for you even, to help you get through those "nasty unfun parts!" They preach like they are offering us a solution to this terrible problem of the slow grind of gameplay, when really the problem was designed by them in the first place to get us to spend money on gambling lootboxes! It'd be like if your mugger offered you a ride to the hospital after having stabbed you. Like "oh thanks, dude!" But that's not all... he'd expect you to pay him for the gas to drive there plus a tip for his inconvinience. Lootboxes are a cancer among video games and will become a psychological issue for young kids and problem gamblers. The major companies pushing this shit like EA, Ubisoft, Activision-Blizzard, Warner Bros, Take Two Interactive... they are all just the worst and no matter how many times they saw otherwise, they know that it is gambling. They know, and they don't care that your child is gambling away your money on pointless 1's and 0's. Lootboxes are a true evil and deserve unlawful status. Videogame violence used to be flaunted around as the strawman for why youth gun violence happens. Well, unregulated gambling targeting our kids is an ACTUAL serious problem in video games that could have massively negative consequences to those kids and families hit hardest by unregulated gambling in videogames. If you used to stand up against violence in games, you have no business not standing up now. Do something against these bastards. Support something that actually matters in video games and the world. If things continue the way they do, the number of problem gamblers is going to increase in the coming decades as much as the number of opiate addicts has this decade. Stop lootboxes. Kill them. Tell your representatives to make them illegal forever.
Anonymous (1 month ago)
lottery is a tax for idiots
Ruben (1 month ago)
4:05 wtf why did Trump dub that?
c a t (1 month ago)
14:12 That happens in Scandavian countries; you have to go to a special warehouse to get high proof alcohol and spirits. And its run by the government, and its revenue probably goes at least in some form to education. Search ''Systembolaget''.
Jacopo Barberis (1 month ago)
To be honest I’d much rather have gambling outright illegal and ads about Vodka paying for education. If the funding is the same at least people are spending money for a good, lottery is basically spending money to lose money. It’s as if you had a liquor store where you could trade an entire vodka bottle for just one shot
okbluzman79 (1 month ago)
I just Googled lottery intervention and damned if I didn't get the same thing Oliver did 2+ years ago! LMAO!!!!!!
jokerhalo1 (1 month ago)
I don't play ever play the lottery because I know it is a waste of money
Abraxas Prime (1 month ago)
AlmostSober (1 month ago)
At least horse racing has lower jackpots... But you can win fairly often.
Jonathan Marks (1 month ago)
Who else watching this in 2018
unguidedone (1 month ago)
can you remove teh audio for this video and overlay a non censored one? this BEEPS are fucking annoying censorship is cancer
Jose Salabarria (1 month ago)
false hope is better than no hope...
Megazone Music (1 month ago)
01:13 * F*ck you Evolution!!!! * LOL
Mike Lowrey (1 month ago)
I bought a Mega Millions ticket for $10 when the jackpot was at 1.6 billion. Guess what? Didn't win, and that $10 probably would've been better off in my 457 plan.
Stefan Cao (1 month ago)
“Education Lottery” Are you kidding me? Are you kidding me? Are you fucking kidding me?
Self Made (1 month ago)
Trying to win is like : trying to have anal sex with an ant while swiming in lava ...
Kellic AnonymousTiger (1 month ago)
Everything in moderation. Everyone knows that lotteries exist. There is ZERO need to advertise them other than to get folks who have a gambling addition to come in. There is nothing wrong with state lottos. There is something wrong about actively advertising it. I play once every few months and drop a $20 on it knowing I most likely won't win jack. But there have been a few times I've gotten a few hundred so long term I probably have broken even. But no one should ever count on a lotto as being anything other than a game. I mean I spent some time thinking of what I could do with 1.6 Billion....after taxes about 990 million. I could finance a trilogy of movies. DC meets Marvel so we can piss off both fanbois. =D Or Die Hard meets Lethal Weapon meets Predator. Because John McClane and Martin Riggs going after a Predator sounds nuts and exactly what I want to see. Or John Oliver: The movie....played by Rowan Atkinson because.....Rowan Atkinson
Know your limit. Play within it.
Andre Parker (1 month ago)
haha who else is watching in 2018 where the mega-millions lottery got up to $1.6 billion ?? :0
Cody Roberts (1 month ago)
Ha ha MONTANA gots no sales tax suckers!
Cody Roberts (1 month ago)
In montana they got a casino on every corrner some times 2 all full of those poker and keno machines. Then the tweekers dump 100 of dollars in em just spun out
95blckfirebird1 (1 month ago)
Shamem..its Palestine not Isreal!
Foxy Tay (1 month ago)
John Oliver for President
Barth Slung (1 month ago)
Let's be real, those machines are doing nothing to that woman. That woman is doing that to her own family. With probable addiction it is definitely an objectively bad move on the state of Oregon w/o question, but a majority of the blame should be on her.
Tomket cz (1 month ago)
Trying to get rich by winning a lottery Is Like Trying to commit suicide by flying on plane.
TC Goosen (1 month ago)
What à legend
Jasper Thompson (1 month ago)
“Need a smoking Quitline? Here! Have a cigar!”
Koogan H (1 month ago)
....or people shouldn't play Lotto and spend their money responsibly
Aaron Self (1 month ago)
I'm going to be honest, I have zero sympathy for the woman who gambles away her food and rent money. Stop trying to blame other people. You fucking played. You put your money in. You lost. You came back a week later and did it again. She's pathetic. Not a victim.
georgegeorgex (1 month ago)
3:34 is somebody "shooshing" the audience?
Auroara Winberg (1 month ago)
So I only play when the jackpot is at least 300 million. If I don't play, I can't win. And if I won it would make a huge difference in my life. And you can't win if you don't play.
Shitty Name (1 month ago)
Lmao 321 million is huge..
Mike Wilhelm (1 month ago)
5:07 I thought at the end of the montage, It would show a shot of StarWars "Never tell me the Odds!"
Chris Sparks (1 month ago)
So if you're chances of winning are 1/176 million, does that mean if you got 176 people to each buy 1 million tickets, that you're chances of winning are 1/176?? lol
savagedragon79 (1 month ago)
Gonna be 2 billion this week!
Rasulbek Rakhimov (1 month ago)
$1.6 Billion now. Good luck yall
ClayZ (1 month ago)
Tom Cruise looks like Tig Notaro
grtyuj (1 month ago)
when he was talking about education there it kind of reminded me of this simpsons clip https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SMFiQ-Auj3M
Stuey Collins (1 month ago)
John Oliver is not funny, clever, wise or entertaining. He merely has a high-energy delivery and a scouse British accent, which some Americans are entranced by.
ryan storkson (1 month ago)
Stuey Collins nah dudes fucking hilarious
randomperson8571 (1 month ago)
"44 states have lotteries" Hawaii is blacked out as "not one of them" hahahahahahaha we have too many other problems
julian lives (1 month ago)
washington state's mega millions is in the billions right now, and i work as a cashier, and it's kinda amazing to see how many people funnel how much money in these tickets. 40 dollars go in and MAYBE 2 dollars come out.
Elias Davalos (1 month ago)
He's right about the Oregon lottery being everywhere. There's even a Chinese restaurant where the back room is full of Oregon lottery shot machines and across the street is a pub that sits next door to an Oregon slots lottery building. They literally are everywhere
Junaid Desai (1 month ago)
Lottery - legal scam John Oliver rules
starquant (1 month ago)
Just in case you didn't know. Here are the stats on winning the lottery. If you buy one ticket every week, then your numbers will come up once every 17 thousand years. You actually have more chance of being hit by a bus, than having a winning ticket. Just to let you know how impossible it is...countries from Overseas are betting on a winning ticket to punters that will never have a chance of winning .. EVER. The reason women play slots is because it's the one place outside the home where they can have a night out, can relax, have a drink in public not be judged and labelled a whore... and BANG there goes your inheritance.
Maou Takumi (1 month ago)
I never play a game where my chance of winning is less than 50%
Punk Punkson (1 month ago)
I can really appreciate his humor when hes not being a political hack ;)
Twilight City Studios (1 month ago)
Came back here because of the mega millions going over the $1 billion mark right now.
repzard99 (1 month ago)
Hey Oliver very old vid, i know there isn't much point. I love your show man, but would have liked a mention that although New Hampshire had the 1st lottery and though there are other ways to find support like a sales tax which there is none. New Hampshire's lottery actually does fund education, and are one of the top ranked in education for the Nation.
Wesly Z (1 month ago)
SJersey sucks for lotto commercials, we get NJ and PA. PA will run anywhere from 3 to 7 different adds concurrently.
Reflect Worship (1 month ago)
great show
Lauren Doe (1 month ago)
Not only does lottery money NOT truly assist school funding, it motivates people to vote against school levies because they believe these are not needed.
Traffic Time (1 month ago)
the lottery... a tax on morons...
Raymond Foster (1 month ago)
can LWT please do revisited to the past stories??
Joker (1 month ago)
This is a matter of bunch people with no self control and imagination. But we blame the people who allowed the lottery? Now this is pathetic. These people are no victims of nothing, no one cheat them of nothing, they weren’t forced to play and you can be sure that they are not forced to keep playing. Don’t blame the system for your stupidity. If they were to sale you a granate to play with it and it kills you, it’s your fault. You aren’t kids. People are just too easy to manipulate nowadays, it isn’t even funny anymore.
Chad van dyke (1 month ago)
i grew up in oregon and worked at a place that was a front for these video lottery machines. the law prohibits more than 5 machines per establishment so my employers built 3 separate "bars" in one building to have as many as possible. sold the minimum amount of food/drink to qualify as a "bar" or "restaurant" or whatever. within crawling distance there were at least a dozen other of these places. watched people put their rent money in it over and over. kicked people out at 1am and saw the same people there at 6am the next day, waiting to play the same machine again. shit is videoCRACK
Booty Eater (1 month ago)
Is no one going to address there’s still people paying for porn? That’s the real story here.
Buff Natsuki (1 month ago)
You say oregon has a lot? Once i went to vegas, and there was a CASINO INSIDE A CVS IM NOT SHITTING U
Edward Francis (2 months ago)
Did the writers of this piece seriously not realize that many states ARE involved in the sale of alcohol? Pennsylvania is one of them... Only place you can buy liquor wine or beer in PA is in a state-run liquor store.
llinkii (2 months ago)
slots machines are banned in switzerland since over 15 years :D we are just so futuristic xD
Nathan Yuen (2 months ago)
All I'm saying is that the first thing I saw in Canada was a huge casino
Surgé Land (2 months ago)
Suddenly Shirley Jackson isn't so unbelievable.
Plum Popz (2 months ago)
My grandma is addicted to a lottery called joker. Which is so ironic, because joker literally means “you lose”
life42theuniverse (2 months ago)
176 million to 1 ...so If everyone in america played completely random distribution of numbers 2 people may win per draw
Murtuza Bhabhrawala (2 months ago)
I want an Indian version of this show with Shekhar Suman as Host
Frank Bowman (2 months ago)
My dad's co-worker won the state lottery, and within two years, he and his wife had burned through all the money (14 million) AND had run up debts. They eventually had to return and work at the factory, and took side jobs, as well. The money stress caused them to divorce, and they even became substance abusers, all because of that damned lottery ticket. It's like the fucking monkey's paw!
Little Pig (2 months ago)
Fun fact: You’ve got the same chance of winning the lottery as having all the letters of the alphabet in your name. Twice!
L J (2 months ago)
The promise of getting something for almost nothing. The American Dream. Saving is so blasé. Addiction equals impoverishment, legal or illegal.
lol nope (2 months ago)
1 like= 1 dollar towards the budget of Slum Shark Gillionaire
Peter Vesalius (2 months ago)
But, haven’t we stop paying for music and porn in this day and age??
Gary Oesterle (2 months ago)
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 (2 months ago)
And telling you this does nothing to decrease my odds of winning. It merely increases yours.
James Edwards III (2 months ago)
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 (2 months ago)
Pretty much.
lol nope (2 months ago)
Oh, okay, so the state most famous for gambling basically disallows its own government from owning any sort of gambling business?
James Edwards III (2 months ago)
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 (2 months ago)
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 (2 months ago)
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 (2 months ago)
I don't even remember the last time I played the lottery.
Chris Lettig (2 months ago)
Spartacus (2 months ago)
12:11 needs two hands... impressive 😉

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