BREAKING NEWS – New York City, New York – On CNN, critics knocked the lottery system as a form of systemic racism that targets poor Black and Brown communities across America.

“These communities are disproportionately made up of Black and Brown people. Critics say the consequence is that marginalized people will be driven into deeper debt by a system that is transferring wealth out of their communities,” CNN’s Nicquel Terry Ellis and Justin Gamble wrote.

Les Bernal, the national director of Stop Predatory Gambling, called the lottery a form of “consumer financial fraud” and a form of “systemic racism.”

“What about removing lottery ticket sales from Black and Brown communities?” a panelist asked Bernal.

“Well, that won’t work either,” he answered. “Because that would show that white people don’t ever want minorities to have opportunities to become extremely rich.”