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?