So the Mass Lottery (like many other states, I presume) is currently advertising for people to buy lottery tickets for Christmas.  You can buy them as last minute gifts for the holiday parties you are too busy to truthfully prepare for.  Get them for people you don’t know what to get for them.  Yankee Swap/White Elephant.  Stocking stuffers.  Etc.

But my question is, are lottery tickets really a good gift at Christmas?

I mean, not much thought goes into getting them.  And if the tickets aren’t winners, how lame is that?  And if one of the tickets wins big, then what?  Isn’t the person who bought the ticket entitled to the winnings?  Would the receiver of the lotto share the loot?  I see this scenario causing much more holiday jeer than cheer.