Is gambling in any way contrary to Buddhist philosophy?
I am aware of the scriptural prohibitions (viewtopic.php?f=77&t=13330&p=174426&hilit=gambling#p174426
), but they seem to be culturally, rather than philosophically or doctrinally, based.
As someone who aspires to experience śūnyatā but without going down the monastic path, what's wrong with playing a game of poker for money among friends?
And what's wrong with buying lottery tickets? Suppose I won the jackpot, would those anti-gambling Buddhist groups refuse to accept a donation from me?