"Don't they know how idiotic buying lotto tickets is? Don't they know they are just throwing their money away? It is a stupidity tax." That quote was from a banker sitting near me at work a decade ago. He was upset that his hometown of Greenwich, Connecticut was overrun with people from New York City (especially the poorer areas of the Bronx) coming to buy Powerball tickets.
Portsmouth, Ohio, once known for making things (steel, shoes, bricks), is now known for drugs, and labeled by some as the “pill mill of America”. The city peaked at 40,000 people in 1940, and as it emptied of factories and jobs – some made obsolete, some moved away – it also emptied of people and hope.