Is it a sin to go to the casino/play the lotto?


#1

Sin or no sin?

I need a financial boost/miracle.


#2

Gambling and the lottery are not the answer. They wouldn’t be in business if they lost money. (Not sure on the issue of morality.)


#3

Gambling is usually Not sinful, but it is sinful in the following circumstance: when you gamble away money that ought to be spent on your needs and the needs of others. Here’s what the Catechism says:

“Games of chance (card games, etc.) or wagers are not in themselves contrary to justice. They become morally unacceptable when they deprive someone of what is necessary to provide for his needs and those of others. The passion for gambling risks becoming an enslavement. Unfair wagers and cheating at games constitute grave matter, unless the damage inflicted is so slight that the one who suffers it cannot reasonably consider it significant.” CCC 2413

In your situation, it honestly sounds to me like you are gambling with money that you Need to spend on other things. You should only gamble with your “play money,” money that you have left over after necessary expenses are paid.


#4

The odds are quite against you.

Not really a way for a “boost”.

And casino’s can be not the place to hang out - not saying it is per se wrong to go to one ever - but there can be other problems too such as over drinking or not good culture …

As to the morality of games of chance:

Catechism:

2413 Games of chance (card games, etc.) or wagers are not in themselves contrary to justice. They become morally unacceptable when they deprive someone of what is necessary to provide for his needs and those of others. The passion for gambling risks becoming an enslavement. Unfair wagers and cheating at games constitute grave matter, unless the damage inflicted is so slight that the one who suffers it cannot reasonably consider it significant.

scborromeo.org/ccc/p3s2c2a7.htm#2413


#5

My opinion is it may not be sinful if done moderately and responsibly. Meaning the money spent does not take away from financial obligations in any way. I’ll buy a lottery ticket every now & then, but it comes from spare money, not money obligated anywhere else, including support of our parish & charitable giving.

I don’t care for casino gambling mainly because I don’t like casinos. Too noisy and an overload on the senses for me, the bells, clanging, lights, music overwhelms me too much. But again I don’t believe gambling in inherently sinful if done without harm to financial obligations.

I do believe however, it is something that can get out of hand very quickly for some people who see it as an opportunity to make money.


#6

So true! If you really need the money, gambling away what money you have is pretty stupid.

We buy $1 lotto tickets about once a month for fun. It would be even more fun to win, but we know the odds are against it. For us, it’s cheap entertainment. For someone else, it might be a sin.


#7

Gambling is basically another avenue of donation.

Might as well give it to charity instead, at least some good comes out of it and God will likely bless you as a result.

As others said, it’s sinful when you are depriving your family out of things by using that money on it. Bad idea to even start as once you get hooked you become a slave to sin, and Satan is such a cruel master.


#8

I suspect that you have many other ways to get your finances in order. First look at your spending habits (and borrowing/credit habits). If you really have spending and debt under control, look for ways to increase income. Yeah, I know, it’s easier said than done, but you are more likely to make money by taking a better job, or a second job, than by gambling.

If you are officially below the poverty level, you may be eligible for government assistance or reduced utility bills.


#9

So the first part of your question is easy. Catholics can gamble. I was taught poker by priests during my discernment of the priesthood. Our parish priest leads a bus trip to a casino once a year.

The second part of your question makes the water dangerous. Anyone who gambles out of desperation does do unwisely, foolishly and potentially sinfully.
There are fantastic water and light shows in the desert built by this.
Playing games if chance designed for you to lose because you are desperate and need money. Is plainly wrong.


#10

So its not really sinful to gamble at casinos, but probably sinful to own or operate one?

Thats the way I see it anyway, the cheating thing goes both ways, if the owners are ‘rigging’ the games so the players loose more often than the house, that is cheating on an immense scale.


#11

No, it’s not cheating. The odds are known. The odds favor the house by a small margin. You are paying for entertainment. Yes, for some people, gambling is a form of entertainment.


#12

It’s not cheating. There is no deception. Games of chance favor the house.


#13

For our very first wedding anniversary, I was taking my wife to Las Vegas. The day before we leave, we went to confession and Mass (It was a long flight out there).

After Mass, we asked the parish priest for a blessing us on a safe journey. He asked where we were going and we told him Las Vegas. He gave a hearty laugh and said there was nothing wrong with gambling, but make sure “to tithe a portion of the winnings to the Church”:smiley:


#14

And when you loose, still tithe your normal amount with what is left.


#15

Priests probably have a better idea than many lay people about what’s sinful & what’s not - & many know how to have fun. We used to know a fun priest who had to to go Las Vegas on business, so he did a little gambling on the side. He lost money, and by the time he went to Mass he only had a $20 bill left - but didn’t notice until he was in the church. He felt funny not putting something in the collection plate, so in went the $20. After Mass he went to the priest, introduced himself, and asked for change so he could get a meal. :smiley:


#16

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