Lawmaker opposed taxing lottery sales

The central government knows how to make a bad deal worse. A proposed change in sale taxes would impose the levy on the sale of lottery tickets.

Now lottery tickets are a bad deal because much of the money spent goes to charities and social causes under the control of the Junta de Protección Social. Consequently there is a much smaller payout to lottery ticket purchases.

In addition, many tickets, perhaps some winners, remain unsold each week, and any prizes generated revert back to the Junta.

Michael Arce Sancho, a lawmaker, has presented a motion that would keep lottery ticket sales free of sales tax. The prizes, including the big ones, are tax-free to winners, although there has been some discussion in the government to change that.

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