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What's wrong with a fixed lottery?

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I recently made this post in a thread about fixed lotteries, but nobody answered. Does anyone have any thoughts on this?

Exactly what does it mean for a lottery to be fixed?

When a lottery puts a particular scratch-off series on sale, they already know exactly how many tickets will be sold in that series and exactly how much they'll pay out. The only mystery is who will be lucky enough to win which prizes. The same holds true for raffle games.

Now, if a lottery were to somehow control the outcomes of computer drawn or ball drawn Pick 3, Pick 4, Pick 5 or Jackpot games in order to achieve that same certainty about payouts, would it necessarily be wrong for them to "fix" the game in that way? Why would it be acceptable for raffles and scratchers, but not for the other games?

Just wondering....

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LOTTOMIKEComment by LOTTOMIKE - January 5, 2007, 3:07 am
simply because the ball draws outcome is not known and millions could be won on a number.a computerized draw the winnings could be kept to a minimum because the lottery could set the computer to make the winning number the least bet on number day after day induring maximum profit.a good idea for the state but bad for the players.with ball draws this simply cannot happen.with computerized draws the ability to manipulate or control the outcome or cheat the players is much greater.the word deceive would be a better word for me to use.
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LOTTOMIKEComment by LOTTOMIKE - January 5, 2007, 3:12 am
also the raffle and scratchers have a predetermined amount of winners so its more easier to fix the numbers games because its not predetermined unless the draws are computerized maybe.with ball draws its live and the power is with you the player.i could go bet on 486 twenty times and win 10 grand.with computer draws they could keep track of player bets and say well we don't want this guy to win on all these 486 that he bets so we are going to set the computerized draw to determine a winning number today to be one no one bet on or bet on the least.its possible........
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ayenowitallComment by ayenowitall - January 14, 2007, 9:21 am
MIKE,
Thanks for your responses, but you're begging the question. I'm asking why would it be wrong for a lottery to "fix" any game in order to make sure they only have to pay out a limited amount on a limited number of tickets. Lotteries commonly limit the number of tickets they will sell on a particular number combination and they also make payouts parimutuel in some games when there are numerous winners of a particular prize category. I'm asking why this is acceptable to lottery players in some games and conditions, but not acceptable with others. No lottery exists to operate at a loss, so players shouldn't assume that lotteries have to offer them a chance at unlimited winnings.

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