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Posted 8/24/17 , edited 8/24/17
Putting aside the numerous scientific problems that render this whole question moot out of the gate and just assuming a complete fantasy scenario on a single timeline ala Back to the Future:

Asking "should it be illegal" indicates a point where time travel technology exists, is readily available and everyone is aware enough of it to propose a law to begin with. Such a world would be in a state of unending chaos to begin with if the human race had not already wiped itself out.

The lottery would be the least of anyone's concerns. If they even still existed to have concerns. >.>


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Posted 8/24/17 , edited 8/25/17
I'll use the time machine to buy early stocks in google, apple, microsoft, and amazon. Winning the lottery is for less ambitious people.
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I'm sure that there are lots of things that someone would like to regulate or forbid, if the things were possible. For example, I am sure that someone will pass a law against drones as soon as there are enough complains about running into airplanes and/or being used by peeping toms. Do an internet search for dumb laws still on the books
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I heard of a short story, can't remember the name, where the lottery is a trap for the government to catch time travelers.
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I think, if that ever is discovered, then it would be a good debate. Until then, we have more important things to think about. Unless...it's happening right now...oh god...
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Just imagine. You're selfish enough to use time travel for personal gain, and then you wind up accidentally ending "the literally everything." I'd never forgive you.

Time flows in one direction. It should only flow in one direction. Although, you (and time) would probably be okay if you skipped ahead of a dentists appointment or something like that.
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Posted 8/24/17 , edited 8/25/17
Well, if the public found out about it, that certainly would be cheating. If you remember in Steins;Gate, Okabe wisely opted to win the third place prize in order to not draw attention. That said, it doesn't exist and if it did, there's no way anybody can find out about it.
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Yes, í dont want to have á repeat of Back to the Future!
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Posted 8/25/17 , edited 8/25/17

runec wrote:

Putting aside the numerous scientific problems that render this whole question moot out of the gate and just assuming a complete fantasy scenario on a single timeline ala Back to the Future:

Asking "should it be illegal" indicates a point where time travel technology exists, is readily available and everyone is aware enough of it to propose a law to begin with. Such a world would be in a state of unending chaos to begin with if the human race had not already wiped itself out.

The lottery would be the least of anyone's concerns. If they even still existed to have concerns. >.>




So we meet again, last we met was on the abortion debate.
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Posted 8/25/17 , edited 8/25/17
Two things come to mind:

As others have pointed out, there's not really a way to "police" time travellers, as far as we can tell, supposing time travel is even possible. But also...

Why would a time traveller want to go back in time to win our out-dated money that they can only spend on stuff from this time period? I mean, what could you possibly want to buy with our money that you couldn't just steal or get more easily in some other time? Thinking of it another way, what I said, "hey, you can go back in time to the Roman Empire and win the lottery there." Awesome. Two billion in ancient Roman money. What are you gonna buy? A chariot? A palace with no a/c or electricity? Maybe it would be fun for a little while, but you would miss your smart phone pretty quick, I think. You might decide to...fake your death...so you could come back...wait, don't a lot of lottery winners end up committing suicide or something? WHAT IF THEY WERE JUST TIME TRAVELLERS FAKING THEIR DEATHS AH
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Posted 8/25/17 , edited 8/25/17
Sounds cool but that would be cheating.
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If you are able to travel into the past you should have no need to win the lottery. Your a great little inventor, sell your craft and you'll get even more money then you could if you won in the first place.
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Posted 8/25/17 , edited 8/25/17
heck no! something tells me when time travel has finally been discovered that's going to be the first things people do. although, all these billionaires who's to say they haven't already and just keep it quiet so the world won't be riddled with billionaires and the money will be proven useless. next up would be changing history, instead of tearing down, tearing out and/or burning books they could legit make it so that it never really happened.

then the government would make it illegal so we couldn't travel back in time and undo the chaos and mayhem (even possible stupidity) they did.
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