I play the lottery on occasion, but I believe Bill Whittle is 100% correct on this. The lottery is not just a 'regressive' tax on the poor, it's a set of cement shoes on your dreams. Playing the lottery is like selling your dreams for false hope.
That said, spending 3 bucks a week while you continue to play, is not the end of the world. It's when you replace determination and hard work with a ticket, that you have killed your dreams.