What does Gurbani, the Sikh scripture and Gurmat, the Sikhism code of conduct or Reht Maryada advise Sikhs about gambling? Does fundraising count as gambling. Is it OK to buy a state lottery ticket to fund public schools, or enter a raffle to sponsor a charitable organization, church or gurdwara?
I think we have to consider the motive for participating in a lottery or raffle, take a close look at whether a budget is adhered to, and consider whether a compulsive desire to play is involved. When making a decision it's important to differentiate between gambling, entertainment, and fund-raising.
These are my thoughts. What are yours? Do you think buying lottery tickets is gambling? Does it matter? Is there a better choice? Tell us what you think.
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