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

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mo. ack (20 hours ago)
Can he talk about lootboxes
Frank Garrett (1 day ago)
Who gives a shit you Limey fruit. I guess we would all be happier if we were all taxed to the hilt and getting a stipend from the government whilst we toil on government work farms for 20 hours a day.
mag dangus (3 days ago)
Don't contribute to the lotteryyyyy heee it's not good for you it's not good for meee
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Kronus (8 days ago)
So wait this guy just said that governments miss manage money collected by state lotteries, yet he wants a socialist government where everything is ran by the government? Interesting
warheadthrashmetal (7 days ago)
1. name me a news institution in the US that isn't biased. that fact is, mr. oliver's bias isn't your own and so you don't like it. 2. your political affiliation is of no interest to me. your dog-whistle anti-socialism (the target of my comment in the first place), however, shows to me that your knowledge on the concept is limited, your opinion on the matter is close-minded, and that you have no intention of changing that in any way.
Kronus (7 days ago)
+warheadthrashmetal it can't be quality journalism if it's opinionated. About the awards, yes this show is funny, that is the only reason I watch it, its not always accurate but I don't expect it to be because it's a comedy show. Trans men have won woman of the year...awards are given out based on quality of the show not how accurate the facts are. I am not a republican by the way.
warheadthrashmetal (8 days ago)
are they not? that's not the impression i get. dumb jokes and exaggerative similes aside, it seems to be well-researched. and the show has won awards not only for comedy, but also for quality journalism.
Kronus (8 days ago)
+warheadthrashmetal that's what the channel is about though, his statements are not backed up by any extensive research or evidence
warheadthrashmetal (8 days ago)
everything sounds interesting when you oversimplify
JadeWarrior (8 days ago)
I really wish they could keep the lottery. More money to things that need it, and you might win. It sounds great. Unfortunately, nothing ever goes to plan.
Thomas Pastor (10 days ago)
Hey, at least
Son of a BITCH ! ! (12 days ago)
Quit gambling for long enough to buy fucking slot machine.
Patrick Haynes (14 days ago)
Oregon lottery!!!!!
casey hoffman (16 days ago)
Do we still spend any money on music and porn John? Seems like a loose argument at 1:40
J Tex (16 days ago)
The lottery is a legalized scam.
Paul Mitford (24 days ago)
America sinks further down the shit trap while a few lucky billionaires fleece their moron countrymen of their last dollar.
Norma Leigh Naughty (24 days ago)
Funny thing, I had a brand new bottle of vodka sitting next to me on my desk... Cheers John!
Kenneth Brown (26 days ago)
I spent $12 on California's $3 Winner Wonderland scratchers and won nothing. The next ticket after that I think was a free ticket win. I was legitimately pissed off.
Poldovico (27 days ago)
Well, Mussolini did always call the lottery "the idiot tax".
Poldovico (27 days ago)
Which, just for clarity's sake, means maybe DON'T borrow a page from Mussolini when deciding state policies.
J. C. (29 days ago)
3:35 Is some asshole in the audience actually hissing at "Amber?" What the fuck? Grow up, you annoying little child.
Mister Grape (30 days ago)
Sorry for my ignorance but I never understood that lottery intervention commercial. Can someone explain it to me?
warheadthrashmetal (8 days ago)
life isn't going well, the lottery will intervene and make things better (assuming you win, which you won't)
Kip Loretta (30 days ago)
I bought a ticket today
drew (1 month ago)
I don't play the lottery or gamble for the same reasons I don't drink, which is why I thought your last comparison was pretty great. Simply put, I don't have a moral objection. I just don't trust myself to gamble or drink responsibly so I abstain altogether.
Event Horizon (1 month ago)
To be fair. That woman talking about the slot machines is obviously pretty fcking stupid. Not that makes the slot machines or lottery better.... But she IS stupid.
Richard Patik (1 month ago)
This is the American Dream being marketed to regular and poor people. The state hooks them on this most insidious of addictions. They claim it goes to help education while cutting corporate taxes by diverting the money, as in North Carolina.
Sleepless Dreamer (1 month ago)
they gotta find some way to tax the poor. thank you for being a friend. lol
Paper St. (1 month ago)
And try to find and actual corner in a swimming pool
Paper St. (1 month ago)
In California....it's absolutely reprehensible. No. I remember when the lottery was initially approved...even non-gamblers were for it. And now...where's the goddamn money???? Yeah. It's all fermenting in the corner of some lobbiests swimming pool
Paper St. (1 month ago)
As well as pretty projects and skimming....but only look up Bell County in California
Odessa Ciella (1 month ago)
Your teeth mate
T Series (1 month ago)
In pa the lottery benefits senior citizens every day cause we have so many freaking old people here.... let’s get scratching
Mutton (1 month ago)
The only lottery I play is the Euro-millions free lottery. The most you can win is £10,000 and you need to get all 5 numbers right but hey it's fun, still gives me the thrill of entering a lottery and I don't waste any money on it.
Edward Sutton (1 month ago)
I think that the lottery in itself is fine. It's gambling, as with any other form of it, and it help raises funds for the state, but I think that adverts like the one at 3:37 are pretty heinous as playing on someone's hopes, not some silly fantasy, for monetary gain is just downright evil.
MR Farina (1 month ago)
idubbbz on the same topic & funnier: https://youtu.be/3WYHtQprLaA
Ali Epstein (1 month ago)
Wow everything sucks.
tripleustudios (1 month ago)
i'm from Illinois. they are fucked
tripleustudios (1 month ago)
don't always agree with johnny O but this is SPOT on
DVFDrinkOrDie (1 month ago)
Hey... Nevada does have a lottery just not tickets; its statewide networked slot machines with jackpots several hundred million dollars sometimes. When I lived there a motel housekeeper making $6 an hour won over $500 million dollars on a $3 bet. She bought a mansion and the hotel she worked for then gave her coworkers a 10-fold raise and college tuition for all their children.. Whether its good or bad for your society all depends on what you do with the winnings.
4:10 🌠🐟
Randomness (1 month ago)
Oliver: *brings up Illinois* Me someone from Chicago: Fucking knew it
Brett Kane (1 month ago)
But what if we added food sales (another necessity bought in spades by Americans) to the other American things?
KNACK warrior (1 month ago)
Gambling addiction hotlines would be so much better if every fifth caller was a winner.
EnVec0 (1 month ago)
I went into a strip club in Oregon with some friends and noticed a guy in the corner using the slot machine. He was fixated on the slot machine and nothing else.. clearly had a massive gambling problem.
Tila Hooper (2 months ago)
Can I get an Amen!
Spanky The Irishman (2 months 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 months 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 (2 months ago)
The kids are still dumb in Tennessee.
draggy76 (2 months 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 (2 months ago)
Lottery is a tax on stupidity
peace chan (2 months ago)
The lottery = real life loot box
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Scrambled 59 (2 months ago)
96,000 (BUH BUH BUH)
EveryThingGirl238 (2 months 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.
Top Kek (2 months ago)
Wait wtf is the compression format they are using for their videos
RC R (2 months ago)
"new hampsheer"
thestig7423 (2 months ago)
like if youre here because of idubbbz
DynaMike (2 months 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 (3 months ago)
$300-something million jackpot? Recent $1.6 billion jackpot: hold my beer
Isabel Kalestiantz (3 months 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 (3 months ago)
F lottery, anyone who play lottery is a [email protected]#
Alexander Wolfsberg (3 months ago)
Who spends money on porn anymore lol
Summer sun (3 months 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 (3 months ago)
Low corporate taxes is something most of the world’s richest and most productive countries have in common.
Kamsat Gozegelen (3 months ago)
Not funny amk
Chris Geisler (3 months ago)
My odds of getting rich at my currebt job: 1 in 999 trillion. I'll play the lotto, thanks.
ioana ilea (3 months ago)
So wasn't Carlin right about America being just a slot divided between corporate masters?
ioana ilea (3 months ago)
Americans are incredibly naive though...gulllible if *those* commercials work on them.
Adina Badea (3 months ago)
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Ryan Crist (3 months 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 (3 months ago)
lottery is a tax for idiots
Ruben (3 months ago)
4:05 wtf why did Trump dub that?
c a t (3 months 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 (3 months 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 (3 months ago)
I just Googled lottery intervention and damned if I didn't get the same thing Oliver did 2+ years ago! LMAO!!!!!!
jokerhalo1 (3 months ago)
I don't play ever play the lottery because I know it is a waste of money
Abraxas Prime (3 months ago)
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AlmostSober (3 months ago)
At least horse racing has lower jackpots... But you can win fairly often.
Jonathan Marks (3 months ago)
Who else watching this in 2018
unguidedone (3 months 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 (3 months ago)
false hope is better than no hope...
Megazone Music (3 months ago)
01:13 * F*ck you Evolution!!!! * LOL
Sabre Mike (3 months 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 (3 months ago)
“Education Lottery” Are you kidding me? Are you kidding me? Are you fucking kidding me?
Self Made (3 months ago)
Trying to win is like : trying to have anal sex with an ant while swiming in lava ...
Kellic AnonymousTiger (3 months 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 (3 months ago)
haha who else is watching in 2018 where the mega-millions lottery got up to $1.6 billion ?? :0
Cody Roberts (3 months ago)
Ha ha MONTANA gots no sales tax suckers!
Cody Roberts (3 months 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 (3 months ago)
Shamem..its Palestine not Isreal!
Foxy Tay (3 months ago)
John Oliver for President
Barth Slung (3 months 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 (3 months ago)
Trying to get rich by winning a lottery Is Like Trying to commit suicide by flying on plane.
TC Goosen (3 months ago)
What à legend
Jasper Thompson (3 months ago)
“Need a smoking Quitline? Here! Have a cigar!”
Koogan H (3 months ago)
....or people shouldn't play Lotto and spend their money responsibly
Frank Garrett (1 day ago)
Yes, in a savings account that pays you one quarter every month.
Aaron Self (3 months 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 (3 months ago)
3:34 is somebody "shooshing" the audience?
Auroara Winberg (3 months 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 (3 months ago)
Lmao 321 million is huge..
Mike Wilhelm (3 months 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 (3 months 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 (3 months ago)
Gonna be 2 billion this week!

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