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Promised Answers, Then No Answers – UPDATE On Why Lottery Sales Continue In A Pandemic

Why is the state selling lottery tickets now?
Written by Brian Tarcy

On Tuesday, March 31, Cape Cod Wave Magazine began reaching out to state officials for an answer to this question: Why is the state still selling lottery tickets during a pandemic?

We reached out to the office of Governor Charlie Baker, the state lottery commission, and the state treasurer’s office. No one responded.

We then posed the question in an essay we posted, and we kept asking.

On Wednesday, we were connected by a staff member of Senator Julian Cyr’s office to Alethea Henry, Communications Director for the office of state Treasurer, Deborah B. Goldberg. Henry wrote us and said, “Someone will be back in touch once we’ve had a chance to discuss with the lottery.”


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We did not hear back. We emailed Thursday morning. Thursday afternoon, we reached Andrew Napolitano, Deputy Communications Director, by phone and he said he knew of our question and had a statement for us. He needed our email address, he said.

We sent our email address. We did not get the statement.

When we asked by email on an update, Napolitano wrote at 4:20 p.m. on Thursday, “Yes, I will circle back shortly.”

We did not get the statement. We wrote again later that night. We wrote to Napolitano on Friday. We called him on Friday.

We have heard nothing more.

See also, Why Is The State Still Selling Lottery Tickets – An Essay 

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About the author

Brian Tarcy

Brian Tarcy is co-founder of Cape Cod Wave. He is a longtime journalist who has written for the Boston Globe, Boston magazine, the Cape Cod Times and several other publications. He is the author of "YOU CAN'T SELL RIGHT FIELD; A Cape Cod Novel." He is also the author or co-author of more than a dozen mostly non-fiction books, including books with celebrity athletes Cam Neely, Tom Glavine and Joe Theisman. His previous book was, "ALMOST: 12 Electric Months Chasing A Silicon Valley Dream" with Hap Klopp,who created the iconic brand, The North Face.
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Brian is a long-suffering Cleveland Browns fan with a long-running NFL predictions/political satire column connecting weekly world events to the fate of his favorite team, now at

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