I actually haven’t even finished reading this story yet, but it’s been interesting enough that I’ll post it, conclusion unseen.
It’s interesting that the main protagonist even touched on whether or not gaming a system (once he’d figured it out) was ethical or not. But either way, the initial cost needed to do so does nothing to counter the argument that lotteries are a tax on the poor.
I may post an edit after I finish reading. (But probably not.)