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Powerball Pork


It is truly incredible that the Powerball Lottery tomorrow evening will likely approach $1.5 billion, which testifies to the long odds of winning the prize. The exceptional prize level also testifies to how much money is taken in by states that have lottery games. Early on, most states that enacted lotteries earmarked the revenue for a very good cause: education. But big jackpots raises the question of whether the dollars are really going to our schools. I checked around and found that yes, many states do allocate the “net” proceeds to education. But not surprisingly, just as many have veered away from the intended cause and either spread the revenue around for not such good causes, otherwise known as pork, or just dumped it into the general revenue bin for state bureaucrats to spend to their hearts content. I bring this to your attention because this country’s educational system is broken, and some states can’t even spend lottery dollars for it. According to recent global survey’s by the education firm Pearson the US ranked 17th among the top 20 developed countries, only beating Hungary, Slovakia, and Russia. Education needs to become a top priority, and thus far I haven’t heard boo about it from the Democratic or Republican candidates. What a sorry state of affairs. Gotta wrap up now so I can hurry down to buy my Powerball ticket!


Anthony LoPinto Anthony LoPinto Founder SelectLeaders, LLC

Anthony LoPinto, a Real Estate exclusive Executive Search Consultant, brought together Real Estate’s premier professional associations and media company. A jobsite was envisioned to provide one, industry-wide career destination to attract, the highest caliber talent into careers in Real Estate.

This unique alliance – SelectLeaders Real Estate Job Network, was launched in 2002. Its distinctive advantage remains: members of the Professional Associations in our Network control, or direct, over 90% of U.S. Commercial Real Estate. Talent comes from 12 real estate exclusive sites, and jobs are posted on all 12 sites, creating unparalleled value, and unequalled access to the real estate community.


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