|Posted: February 3, 2006, 2:48 pm - IP Logged|
JimmySand9 is absolutely correct with his point about sales and half truths. And this is another opportunty to drive home the point about the Hoosier Lottery operating in secret. I have asked to see Hoosier Lottery sales figures and to date I've received no response to that request. In the past other people have asked as well and the Hoosier Lottery steadfastly refuses to disclose the sales figures.
The most famous case involved the Indianapolis Star newspaper who asked to see the sales figures and the Hoosier Lottery refused to disclose them. The Star sued the Lottery and won. In fact the judge who heard the case completely rejected the Hoosier Lottery's argument and ordered them to pay the Star's legal fees!
This information is critical becuse as JS9 points out it will show how many people are playing what games and that will give us all a much better perspective on the payouts.
But even more importantly it will go to the very heart of the cut-off number issues. Have enough players bet on 9999 (or other numbers) to reach the so-called $2 million liability limit the Hoosier Lottery put forth in their response to Four4me. Or as the response from the Executive Director to me indicates, is the Hoosier Lottery simply cutting off numbers because the sales won't support paying a winner.
Once again this is incredible to me. The Hoosier Lottery says; we have poor sales so we cut off betting on certain numbers because if they hit and we have to pay out a prize we won't be able to make a profit.
That is completely different from cutting off numbers becasue they hit the threshhold for a mandated liability limit.
Money frees you from doing things you dislike. Since I dislike doing nearly everything, money is handy. - Groucho Marx