Disclaimer: Although the question about the permissibility of participating in a lottery has been asked and answered on this forum - my specific question has not been answered with clear sources.

Question: Where is it mentioned that it is permissible to purchase a single lottery ticket, but not to purchase more (presumably because then you don't believe in the divine intervention and instead are leaving it up to statistics)

I am looking for a clear source that i can look up

thank you.

  • By how much is the chance that you'll wint the lottery increases if one buys 2 lotteries? - dinonline.org/2017/01/15/can-jews-buy-lottery-tickets -
    – Shmuel
    Commented Nov 7, 2023 at 17:58
  • @Shmuel i don't see how the link you attached addresses the question of only buying a single ticket
    – The Targum
    Commented Nov 7, 2023 at 18:20
  • "chances of winning are very low, therefore he is just taking a chance that maybe from shomayim they will let him win." - even if you buy two tickets.
    – Shmuel
    Commented Nov 7, 2023 at 18:46

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The Rebbe mentions on video - 7 Tishrei 5752 to a gentleman who asked about playing the lottery that he can play, but advises to only purchase a single ticket.

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