May 5, 1934 - Editorial - Easy is the Descent, by George Lorimer
One of the curious evidences of mental strain and lowered morale caused by a protracted period of hard times is a growing sentiment in favor of publicly supported lotteries or other legalized forms of gambling. A committee in one state has actually reported in favor of a lottery, the mayor of one of our cities favors it, and the idea has been seriously proposed to the Ways and Means Committee of Congress.
Gambling as a state function is, of course, nothing new. Nero amused and excited his subjects by giving them such prizes as a house or a slave. (pg. 26)