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Italian parishioners asked to donate lottery cards

October 19, 2015

A Catholic parish in northern Italy, facing budget troubles and special expenses, has asked parishioners to donate lottery tickets.

The parish of San Martino, in Cigola, announced a collection of "scratch and win" tickets this past weekend. "We all know we need help," the announcement read. The parish is facing a large bill for repairs on the church roof.


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  • Posted by: Gil125 - Oct. 20, 2015 6:39 PM ET USA

    Indeed, mario.. Well said. As my older daughter, a college math teacher, says, the lottery is s tax on people who are bad at math. People like this pastor.

  • Posted by: mario.f.leblanc5598 - Oct. 20, 2015 2:56 PM ET USA

    One need not be a mathematician to understand that a donation of the PRICE of the tickets would be much more useful for the parish. Let's hope the parishioners will be generous in the most efficient way!