This cartoon reminds me of a series of conversations I had with friends when the National Lottery started. It just seems such a stupid way to waste money. You were better off giving 50p to the charity of your choice and throwing 10p down the drain every week than you were playing the lottery.
Now, of course, the government have taken the money as an extra form of tax. In a way that's a tax on greed, which kind of makes sense. In another way it's the government shafting those who are vulnerable to such greed, which is bad.
Gambling. Poor value addictive entertainment, comparable to watching Big Brother. Throwing money down the drain (as long as you watch) or giving it away is better entertainment value.