|Posted: December 21, 2007, 7:40 pm - IP Logged|
As past discussions at Lottery Post have shown, everyone has their own opinions of what is good vs. bad with a lottery. Taken as a whole, what the class is doing is a good thing to elevate the discussion.
BTW, I also have some problems with the survey, in that NJ is at the bottom. I personally think that New Jersey has an excellent lottery, with the exception of its pari-mutuel payouts for Pick 3 and Pick 4. The fact of no state tax on lottery prizes is a big plus that should elevate it, and even though it's a factor in the rankings, NJ is still at the bottom.
The study is not really done from the standpoint of a lottery fan, with the exception of the computerized drawings thing. I think (from a lottery fan's persepctive) that more weight should be given to the game mix itself. Having every type of classic lotto game is important - Pick 3, 4, 5, and 6, with Pick 5 and Pick 6 being compounding jackpot games. Also, the inclusion of midday games is a big plus that should elevate a state.
"The study is not really done from the standpoint of a lottery fan, with the exception of the computerized drawings thing."
"Odds printed on front or back of ticket -- 5"
"Annuity amount or cash value on ticket -- 2"
We walk into a store, go over to the lottery terminal and ask the clerk for $1 QP Lotto ticket and hand them a buck. We look at the ticket and see the Jackpot is $3 million, the pretax cash value is $1.5 million, and look at the back of the ticket and see the odds of winning the Jackpot are 14 million to 1.
After looking at the ticket we decide it's a terrible bet and ask the clerk for our buck back. The clerk gives us that "you must be stupid" look and points to all the brochures and pamphlets right in front of the terminal that clearly explain all the odds and how the payouts are distributed. And since the Jackpot is subject to change, we should have asked the clerk for the amount update before buying the ticket. These 7 points should be awarded to lotteries that clearly give out that information before the ticket is sold.
"Subscriptions offered? -- 1"
Is there a lottery that doesn't offer future draw play on their play slips?
They obviously mean 6 months or 1 year subscriptions that are geared for people that play the same set of numbers in every draw, but some offer subscriptions at a reduced rate. If somebody is going to play the same set of numbers in the next 104 draws, why is it a bad thing when a lottery offers to sell those tickets for less than $104?
"If offered, is credit card payment OK? -- 2"
As if people can't withdraw money from credit cards and write a check or buy a money order with it.
"Bonus – 5 : Maryland was the only state we could find that allows players who win the top prize in a game that offers an annuitized prize (e.g., “Weekly Grand”) to change the way the prize is awarded to a cash payments. "
From the Ohio Lottery website, Classic Lotto, rules and regulations, Sec. H, part 2: "Commencing with the date of presentment of a valid winning grand prize jackpot ticket, and for sixty calendar days thereafter, claimants may choose the cash option value instead of thirty annual installment payments."
I don't have the time to research every state lottery website, but I would find the time if I wanted to accurately report the statistical evaluations of state lotteries. Even without looking, I'm pretty sure each state lottery site provides at least a link to a site that has all that information.
The report was on Disclosures and Fairness Issues done by a group of people having very little if any experience playing lottery games or with any form of gambling in general. Do people really buy $20 worth of lottery tickets and then ask "how do I play, how much can I win, and what are my options"?