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Is it game over for the Texas Lottery?

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Bondi Junction
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Posted: August 12, 2014, 5:02 am - IP Logged
If Texas scraps the state lottery, you can always play another state lottery.
 
The Massachusetts State Lottery offers a subscription service, which is open to all residents across the USA.
 
Players can subscribe over the phone and your Season Tickets will be mailed to you. 
 
Players can purchase Season Tickets for 3 months, 6 months, or 12 months.

We all get a lot out of lotteries!

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    Posted: August 14, 2014, 5:07 pm - IP Logged

    I have a hard time believing that the Texas Lottery will discontinue. Like most other lotteries, the Texas Lottery appears to be expanding its offerings: last year, they moved from drawing Pick 3 and Pick 4 from two times per day to four times per day ... but still nothing on Sundays. Revenue increased by $180 million from 2012 to 2013; I wonder to what level the two additional numbers games drawings affected the revenue increase.

    Today's winning 3-ball is going to be a number between 000 and 999.

    In a lot of states, lotteries benefit education. That makes the REAL winners the only people who can't play!

      Bondi Junction
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      Posted: August 20, 2014, 1:56 am - 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.

      Tell them you will spend the money on other state lotteries?

      We all get a lot out of lotteries!

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        Posted: August 20, 2014, 2:55 am - IP Logged
        Tell them you will spend the money on other state lotteries?

        No, just tell them you won't vote for them in the next election and if they're not in your district, inform them that you will donate to their opponent's campaign.

        I still maintain this is much ado about nothing - they bandied this about a few months back and after the outcry, dropped the idea like a hot potato.  They have a LOT of money invested in the lottery infrastructure - all the promotions and lotto machines, to name a couple of things.   As also has been noted, they'd have a significant budget hole to fill if they stopped the cash cow. 

        This really has me worried - I toss 'n turn every night for two or three seconds fretting over it.


        A people that elect corrupt politicians, impostors, thieves and traitors are not victims...but accomplices.
         - George Orwell

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          Posted: September 8, 2014, 12:40 am - IP Logged

          One thing is for sure - the Texas Lottery needs to be better managed. It's really pretty mediocre for a state with such a large population. I checked out their website thoroughly and wasn't impressed.

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            Posted: September 8, 2014, 2:00 pm - IP Logged

            One thing is for sure - the Texas Lottery needs to be better managed. It's really pretty mediocre for a state with such a large population. I checked out their website thoroughly and wasn't impressed.

            What makes it "mediocre"? Their % of prize allocations are in line with most states and better than some.  The website was recently redesigned and while I liked the last version, this one loads fairly quickly (about the same as the N.C. site) and is easy to navigate.  Other than the latest kerfuffle w/ the Texas ledg and lottery commission, I don't recall any huge controversy with the Texas Lottery - the head guy resigned ten yrs. or so ago over some miscalculation about a JP payout and around the same time there were some accusations about improper campaign donations and conflict-of-interest (and I don't think anything came of it), but other than that, I don't recall any scandals, at least none in the last ten yrs.

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              Posted: September 9, 2014, 1:07 pm - IP Logged

              Quite a few Texas scratchers have weak payouts compared to other major state lotteries, considering the cost of the cards. Just one quick example:

              Millionaires Club (Texas $50) 3 Top Prizes of 7.5M; 102 2nd Prizes of 10K.

              World Class Millions (Mass $30) 4 Top Prizes of 15M; 36 2nd Prizes of 1M.

              $10M Cash Spectacular (Georgia $30) 5 Top Prizes of $10M, 36 2nd Prizes of 1M.

               

              The $50 Texas card doesn't pay nearly as well as the cheaper $30 cards from the other states. The 2nd prize of only $10K is a joke compared to the $1M 2nd prizes on the other two cards. Remember that Texas has the second-largest pool of lottery players in the nation, and a population of about 10 million more people than Georgia and Massachusetts combined. 

              With such a high card price and enormous player pool, one has to wonder where all the money is going. It's apparent that not that much is going to the players. Other major lotteries are paying out more to the players, and still doing a good job of funding state programs.

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                Posted: September 9, 2014, 5:41 pm - IP Logged

                I never play those high dollar scratch tickets, so I didn't compare against other states.  OTOH,  since you don't live in Texas, you don't have any true gripe about it, do you?

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                  Posted: September 9, 2014, 7:50 pm - IP Logged

                  From a few years ago, but I doubt much has changed:

                  The 10 States That Pay Out the Biggest Lottery Jackpots

                  Texas is #4.  Here's a more recent one with a more current breakdown of where the money goes:

                  10 states with the biggest lotto jackpots

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                    Posted: September 10, 2014, 1:30 am - IP Logged

                    Considering the fact that Texas easily has the 2nd largest population of all the states in the country, behind only California, they should be ranked #2 in jackpot payouts.

                    In scratch game payouts, they're lucky if they're in the top ten. Definitely an underperforming lottery for such a large state, which is one of the main reasons the legislature is scrutinizing them so carefully.

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