John Piper, the founder of, has issued a blistering condemnation of the lottery, stating that he believes that gambling endeavors are “destructive to people’s lives.”

On an episode of his podcast posted Monday, Piper, an author and chancellor of Bethlehem College & Seminary in Minneapolis, Minnesota, was asked to elaborate on earlier comments he made in which he concluded that the lottery involves preying on the less fortunate.

The Don’t Waste Your Life author said he believes the lottery deceives the poor into “get rich quick” efforts. He revealed that the less fortunate often sacrifice at least 6% of their annual income on the lottery.

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