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Lottery Promos and fuel prices


Last Edited: October 12, 2005, 9:23 am

Morning blogsters:

I see on one of the threads that the lottery states have begun promotions to offset the loss of sales, which they're naming fuel prices to be the cause.  I've wondered sometimes whether maybe there's so much lottery sales they don't need to do such things.  Even in good times you'd think it would have been gooder if they did promotions.

Dunno.  But I'm betting these fuel prices are going to bring about a lot of changes in the way 'Mercans behave.  Some of the changes will probably be positive, long-term, while on the short term I'd expect we won't like some of them, unless we happen to be the type people who enjoy seeing a lot of negativism in attitude and ripping up the rules on some things environmentally.

Might be high fuel prices will nudge things over the top for some actual changes in the freight hauling arena, force those guys to do their hauling locally and let the trains do the cross-country stuff.  That would bleed into a lot of other positive changes, including healthier railways. 

Maybe even a slight return of economical passenger service.  They'd still be as slow as they used to be, but maybe there wouldn't have to be so much security as trying to fly somewhere. 

Anyway, I'd surely like to see some of those promos with NM lotteries.  But I look for them to be cutting off arms and legs over at the Lottery Authority before they'd turn loose of the potential dime a ticket and imagination to try something innovative.

Nice morning here, not so cold as the past few days.




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ToddComment by Todd - October 12, 2005, 9:42 am
You certainly like to "Rip" on the NM Lottery a lot. Personally, I don't think they deserve that. They don't have the enormous resources of a state like California, yet they still manage to do a good job.

Everyone thinks the grass is greener on the other side, and it looks like that may be the case here. I know you may disagree, but that's my opinion, for what it's worth.

Hope you don't mind the critique.

Comment by Rip Snorter - October 12, 2005, 9:47 am
Morning Todd:
Thanks for the opinion.
Not atol... you feel free to comment just any old time. We don't need to agree.
ToddComment by Todd - October 12, 2005, 9:52 am
Thanks. I love that pic with the four sombreros on the train.
Comment by Rip Snorter - October 12, 2005, 9:57 am
Thanks. It came off a postcard. Pics made during the Villa misfortunes. Scanned it in after my last visit to Palomas.

As for the NM Lottery Authority and my comments on it. There aren't enough NM Lottery users visiting this site to fill the bottom of a shot glass. But even if there were the Lottery Authority'd spend about as much time worrying about my opinions as I spend worrying about theirs.

They'll survive my barbs and never feel it.

ToddComment by Todd - October 12, 2005, 10:06 am
We really see this thing from totally different persepctives. From what I have experienced in my dealings with Mr. Ross, he seems to care very much about what people think of him and the NM Lottery. I have never met the man, but from our interactions, he seems the type who wants to please people, almost to a fault. Also, the fact that he is one of the few state lottery personnel -- in any state -- to come on these forums publicly and interact with the members here is a testament to his desire to reach out to players and be a truly GOOD organization.

With the exception of their @!%$# computerized drawings, I wish more lotteries were like the NM Lottery.
Comment by Rip Snorter - October 12, 2005, 10:17 am
I don't know anything much about WriterRoss as a person. I do know that he has to function within an organization. Whatever he might be as a personality probably carries as much weight within that organization as my opinions influence anyone who reads my blog, or my comments on the threads. Which amounts to just about nothing worth mentioning.

New Mexicans all have their own bodies of opinion about the Lottery Authority, based upon their own experiences with it and their observations formed at a Convenience Store level. If they love what they see there's nothing I could say to change it. If they think it appears to be a slipshod lot of bumblers, I couldn't convince them otherwise with shining praise.

But that's just my view. Everyone's welcome to their own.


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