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Nebraska bill requiring disclosure of lottery odds advances

Apr 9, 2019, 7:32 am

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Nebraska LotteryNebraska Lottery: Nebraska bill requiring disclosure of lottery odds advancesRating:

LINCOLN, Neb. — Nebraska lawmakers have advanced a bill requiring the state lottery to prominently disclose the odds of winning the biggest available prize in its game advertisements.

The measure won first-round approval Monday on a 38-0 vote.

The bill by state Sen. Suzanne Geist, of Lincoln, is designed to help players understand the astronomical odds of getting a big payoff and discourage people from playing when they can't afford it.

The chances of winning would have to be displayed in a "clear and conspicuous manner" and would have to be at least 35 percent as large as the biggest font used in print advertisements. For online advertisements, the odds would have to be disclosed in at least 10-point font.

Two more votes are required before the bill goes to the governor.

What do you think: Is this law needed to keep people safe from buying hard-to-win lottery games, or is it a colossal waste of time because everyone already knows the lottery is really, really hard to win?


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4 comments. Last comment 3 years ago by Coin Toss.
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TheMeatman2005's avatar - lightening
Brooklyn, NY
United States
Member #169716
October 29, 2015
1534 Posts

I think it's a good idea to discourage the newcomers. Those that think.....Hmmm, I'll just buy a lottery ticket and strike it rich!

The veteran players are well aware of the slim-to-none odds, but most keep playing anyway. We know that someone is going to win eventually, so why can't it be me?

One day, I hope to be hit by lottery lightning while being attacked by a shark while on dry land!

The Meatman 🥩🍗🍔🍖🍤🌭

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    cottoneyedjoe's avatar - cuonvFT

    United States
    Member #197030
    March 28, 2019
    832 Posts

    If the NE legislature wants to discourage people from playing the state lottery, they should also remind players of this story: https://www.lotterypost.com/news/323879

      music*'s avatar - DiscoBallGlowing
      Fresno, California
      United States
      Member #157849
      August 2, 2014
      3959 Posts

      Lincoln, Nebraska.  February 22, 2006, A big day for Power Ball for eight winners. The total prize was $365,000,000.00   There is a video on Amazon called, "Lucky". That shows one of these winner's life. Quang V. Dao and family.

       Lincoln was first named by the Railroad Company, "Lincoln Station".

       "We are all in this together!" 

        Coin Toss's avatar - shape barbed.jpg
        Zeta Reticuli Star System
        United States
        Member #30469
        January 17, 2006
        11598 Posts

        Aren't the odds printed on the back of the play slips and scratchers?

        This article lends credence to the saying that the N on Nebraska's football helmets stands for "Knowledge"

        Those who run the lotteries love it when players look for consistency in something that's designed not to have any. So many systems, so many theories, so few jackpot winners. 


        There is one and only one 'proven' system, and that is to book the action. No matter the game, let the players pick their own losers.