Someone said to me, ‘My friend is a good person, so she deserves to win the lottery.’


I don’t see what the argument is here. That’s not how lotteries work. Winning or not winning the lottery isn’t related in any causal relationship to moral worth, other than perhaps inversely through fraud. Those two points just don’t reflect each other.

The Christian Bible has a good bit on this. ‘Give to Ceasar what is Ceasar’s; give to the Lord what is the Lord’s.’ Generalized, things can be different. One thing might not affect another. Moral goodness, the Lord’s affair, has little to do with money, Ceasar’s.

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