I favor consumption-based taxation and taxation based on one’s inabilty to do math. The average state-run lottery keeps 50% or more of the value of tickets bought. Most states have multiple lottery games running at any time, so it isn’t a problem to have multiple games. The problem is where to sell the tickets. One could go to commission sales, and give 5% of the sales price of the tickets to convenience store owners. We already have the infrastructure to do this, and it’s just a question of adding another game.
Were it allowed, I would be sorely tempted to have slot machine parlors much like those on military bases abroad at every Social Security office. They need not be large, twenty machines or so. Maybe the lottery ticket sales and slot parlors could be combined. Ticket sales at government offices would not have to pay the 5% commission because the person tending the slot parlor would be on salary, or at least an hourly wage.
The reason that I call for a national lottery is not entirely because I am a crackpot, but because people feel like they need to get something in return for their tax dollars. A national lottery could compete favorably with state lotteries by paying out a mere 75% of what is collected in ticket sales.