What Is The Difference Between Lottery And Gambling?

Gambling is a game of luck and uncertainty, which involves placing a bet, with all the other players agreeing to put their possessions at stake, in exchange for a chance to win the booty. The players can put up anything valuable as stake, such as cash, agricultural lands, or any precious gems that they may have at the moment. Ultimately, the winner in gambling sweeps the booty that was put at stake by the rest of the players, without compensating them for what they lost.

Casinos, card games, slot machines, horse racing, poker, and bingo are some of the most popular forms of gambling. In fact, lottery is one of the most popular forms of gambling, preferred by a middle-class person, which requires the participant to buy a lottery ticket of his choice and wait until the lot is made and the winner is declared. Lotteries offer varying amounts of prize money or gift item that is pre-decided and mentioned on the lottery ticket.

Although gambling is highly popular in several parts of the world, yet, it is strictly forbidden in the Islamic nations because Islam considers gambling to be an absolutely unethical practice, something which is equivalent to committing a big sin, and must therefore be avoided.

Although gambling is considered to be a sin by Islam, many other nations in the world patronize gambling and lotteries. In fact, gambling is considered to be a highly fun-filled and entertaining experience, that is quite important from the tourism perspective and draws huge crowds from across the globe, as is seen in the case of the casinos in Las vegas. Several nations of the world including Spain, France, Canada, Belgium, U.K, and even U.S are therefore seen encouraging gambling and the proceeding from the lotteries and casinos are donated for the development of public infrastructure.

With almost everyone craving to gather some easy money, the trend has also been noticed in developing nations of the world, where people are struggling to meet their ends. In spite of their poor financial condition, a good portion of the monthly earnings in invested in lotteries and gambling in the hope of striking gold. The chances of winning the lottery is very remote and the money so collected from the sale of lottery tickets is used for public works, just like the taxes paid by us. We can thus label lotteries as “tax on stupidity” or tax that is levied on our stupid investments.

Gambling has almost become an obsession with people. This can sometimes, take a very ugly shape when individuals start suffering from an insuppressible urge to gamble, a disorder named as “compulsive gambling”. This is a psychological disorder and the patient becomes so obsessed and addicted to gambling, that he needs rehabilitation and therapy to restore a state of normalcy.

Playing gambling at the cost of someone’s hard earned money or possessions is absolutely unethical. Instead, lottery and gambling can be played purely for fun, using less valuable gifts and token amounts as this will not harm anyone and everyone can enjoy the game irrespective of whet