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Is it game over for the Texas Lottery?

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Posted: August 3, 2014, 12:15 pm - IP Logged

Put removal on the ballot. If the voters still want it, then keep it. Govt can't regulate what people do with their own money. If that money is not spent in Texas, it spends in OK or LA

 

 

You'd think the issue should be that simple...that's too much common sense for local or state govts.

That is how Louisiana got its lottery, the legislature, even those opposed, decided to put it on the ballot and let the people decide, and 61% of us said yes. If Texas decides to shut down its lottery, Louisiana is more than happy have the money, we were before Texas started a lottery, and our casinos are happy to take Texas money too.

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    Posted: August 3, 2014, 12:50 pm - IP Logged

    That is how Louisiana got its lottery, the legislature, even those opposed, decided to put it on the ballot and let the people decide, and 61% of us said yes. If Texas decides to shut down its lottery, Louisiana is more than happy have the money, we were before Texas started a lottery, and our casinos are happy to take Texas money too.

    Can we send the rest of the Katrina refugees, too? We can bring some with each charter bus headed to the casinos. We need room for our new Central American 'refugees'. Thud

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      Posted: August 3, 2014, 1:07 pm - IP Logged

      Can we send the rest of the Katrina refugees, too? We can bring some with each charter bus headed to the casinos. We need room for our new Central American 'refugees'. Thud

      Boy, ain't that the truth.

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        Posted: August 3, 2014, 1:17 pm - IP Logged

        some of the bible thumpers down here get their panties in a knot

        I'm not defending religious groups wanting to abolish the lottery, CT,  but it should be noted that one of the more vocal opponents of the lottery is the Texas chapter of the NAACP.  They're the ones saying it's a "tax on the poor" and "discriminates against minorities".

        I'm not too worried about it;  if 60%+ of the voters wanted the lottery in '91 (voting for an amendment to the Texas Constitution), I don't see how that number could be less today.  I think it would be political suicide for a legislator to vote to abolish the lottery.

        If any Texans here wish to contact the members of the committee, here are their Texas Govt. official pages.  There's a link at the top for an email contact form.

        Senate:

        Sen. Larry Taylor

        Sen. John Whitmire

        Sen. Eddie Lucio, Jr

        Sen. Kelly Hanc*ck

        Sen. Charles Schwertner

        House:

        Rep. Senfronia Thompson

        Rep. Garnet F. Coleman

        Rep. Rick Miller

        Rep. Giovanni Capriglione

        Rep. John Kuempel

        NOTE: As you can see, I had to amend the name of one of the Senators.Embarassed

        EDIT TO ADD:  LP "snipped" out the email address.  Oh well, if you want to contact Sen. Kelly, you can search for him on the Senate website.  Sorry 'bout that.

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          Posted: August 3, 2014, 1:21 pm - IP Logged

          I can't STAND POLITICIANS!!!!!!!! The VOTERS wanted the lottery in Texas, they voted on the issue to approve it!!, but leave it to a bunch of elitist in the Texas Legislature to take it upon themselves to believe they know what's best for the hapless souls of Texas. Their so called logic is so flawed! They say that the Texas Lottery financially hurts the most vulnerable right? So how would raising taxes to try and offset the lost revenue not also financially hurt the "most vulnerable"? The Texas Lottery has been around for 20 years years, so where is the data to back up the claims by the lottery critics that the Texas Lottery is "financially hurting the most vulnerable"?

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            I can't STAND POLITICIANS!!!!!!!! The VOTERS wanted the lottery in Texas, they voted on the issue to approve it!!, but leave it to a bunch of elitist in the Texas Legislature to take it upon themselves to believe they know what's best for the hapless souls of Texas. Their so called logic is so flawed! They say that the Texas Lottery financially hurts the most vulnerable right? So how would raising taxes to try and offset the lost revenue not also financially hurt the "most vulnerable"? The Texas Lottery has been around for 20 years years, so where is the data to back up the claims by the lottery critics that the Texas Lottery is "financially hurting the most vulnerable"?

            If Texans are willing to bend over for politicians, they are bound to get screwed. Seriously they should throw all those politicians out of office, the first opportunity they get. Sadly, we know that's not going to happen, because the moment those same politicians, throw out these words, ..Libs, Dems, RINO, Repubs,Tea P etc to the public, they tend to forget what they are supposedly fighting for and start fighting each other. Hit With Stick Chair Bash Bang Head

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              Posted: August 3, 2014, 2:42 pm - IP Logged

              Even Texas isn't dumb enough to get rid of over 4 billion dollars a year in revene ! Rick Perry isn't that dumb , well maybe he is !!!

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                Even Texas isn't dumb enough to get rid of over 4 billion dollars a year in revene ! Rick Perry isn't that dumb , well maybe he is !!!

                The Dumbest State in America: West Virginia

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                  Even Texas isn't dumb enough to get rid of over 4 billion dollars a year in revene ! Rick Perry isn't that dumb , well maybe he is !!!

                  Actually, Rick Perry has nothing to do with this. It the Texas LEGISLATURE.

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                    Actually, Rick Perry has nothing to do with this. It the Texas LEGISLATURE.

                    'Zactly and I deleted a comment that explained that to him b/c I decided it wasn't worth explaining it to him.  No need to buy someone books if all they're going to do is chew the covers off 'em.

                    I have absolutely zero love f/ Perry, but as you've pointed out, he has nothing to do with this.

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                      Posted: August 3, 2014, 3:36 pm - IP Logged

                      Instead of taking taxes on the games, justifying the toleration by taking more money from the players, they should eliminate all taxes and maximize the payouts. The lottery should not be a money machine for itself or anyone else, but the players. The solution is to guarantee best payouts, mainly in the smaller prices. The weakest play to win, let them win.


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                        Posted: August 3, 2014, 7:06 pm - IP Logged

                        Since the main objection seems to be that low income people spend too much on lotteries, why not change the games to target millionaires?  For example, replace the traditional 50c/$1 daily Pick-3 game with "The Daily GetAway."  They could play up the fact that a win in this game would easily pay for a couple weeks of gambling in exotic places like Vegas, Macao, or even Monte Carlo!  The game would look much like the original, with the exception that the price of a straight ticket would be upped to $50,000, and the payoff to $25,000.  Big money people probably wouldn't be interested in the "nickles & dimes" of box hits, so that could be dropped.  It would be interesting to see how many tickets would be sold on opening day!  Smile

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                          Posted: August 3, 2014, 11:01 pm - IP Logged

                          Well, it will be Dec 1 before the committee has to report their findings. Plenty of time for me to hit it big and retire. LOL.

                          And if not, and Texas no longer has a lottery, then Oklahoma becomes my lottery state.

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                            Posted: August 3, 2014, 11:28 pm - IP Logged

                            Well, it will be Dec 1 before the committee has to report their findings. Plenty of time for me to hit it big and retire. LOL.

                            And if not, and Texas no longer has a lottery, then Oklahoma becomes my lottery state.

                            I hear ya,man.  You live up in N. Texas, don't you?  I am about sixty miles or so from the OK state line, so I guess I would have to make the RT trek every ten drawings/ five weeks.

                            I still doubt they'll end it.

                            EDIT: Just dawned on me - if you won, you'd have to pay out an extra 5.5%, think it is.  I wouldn't want to pay that, but...I wouldn't cry about it if I did.

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                              I hear ya,man.  You live up in N. Texas, don't you?  I am about sixty miles or so from the OK state line, so I guess I would have to make the RT trek every ten drawings/ five weeks.

                              I still doubt they'll end it.

                              EDIT: Just dawned on me - if you won, you'd have to pay out an extra 5.5%, think it is.  I wouldn't want to pay that, but...I wouldn't cry about it if I did.

                              I live just off I-35 North of Fort Worth.

                              Yeah, I thought about the extra taxes. I'm with ya, really can't see them shutting it down. Money talks and BS walks.

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