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Poll - PB & MM vs a National Lottery

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Is a National Lottery preferable to proliferation of Multi-State Lotteries

Yes [ 10 ]  [40.00%]
No [ 11 ]  [44.00%]
Indifferent [ 4 ]  [16.00%]
Total Valid Votes [ 25 ]  
Discarded Votes [ 1 ]  
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Posted: July 3, 2006, 9:30 am - IP Logged

Someone on one of the threads observed it would make more sense to dissolve the Multi-State Lotteries and create a single lottery run as a national, similar to the Irish and UK. 

Tickets for the hypothetical National US lottery would be sold in all states, tickets available in Post Offices, National Park Service offices, National Forestry Services offices, Bureau of Indian Affairs offices and all state and local government offices supported by Federal funding and grants.  That funding and those grants would be contingent upon cooperation and participation.

The ticket-sales would be handled by off-the-shelf technology, as opposed to renting it from multi-billion dollar gambling operations such as G-Tech, so's to reduce the cost of the operations and increase prize values.

I think it's an idea the Feds should explore.  It's a means of transferring the corruption and sleight of hand money-raising to a broader base where all are able to contribute despite the desires of the states.  Aside from helping pay for the countless Federal programs received by the states it would serve to remind states and locals of where the money's mostly coming from.

Any state wishing to not participate need only refuse Federal funding to their states.

I like it. 

 

 

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    Posted: July 3, 2006, 9:36 am - IP Logged

     
    Something tells me people in New Jersey would really welcoime something like that right now.

    LOTTO USA 

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      Posted: July 3, 2006, 10:42 am - IP Logged

      So, also, might the people in Nevada, Utah, Alabama, Mississippi, Alaska.

      J

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        Morrison, IL
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        Posted: July 3, 2006, 12:13 pm - IP Logged

        You left out Arkansas, Hawaii, Wyoming, and Puerto Rico.

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          Posted: July 3, 2006, 12:16 pm - IP Logged

           
          Those people haven't had a lottery availavle to play, New Jersey is a different story - here it is and the <POOF>, it's not available, at the whim of a governor.

          Quite a difference between going to the closest lotto retailer every day for years and then having to go to another state. People in Nevada, for example, are used to going to California to play lotto. 

           

           

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            Posted: July 3, 2006, 4:42 pm - IP Logged

            I love the idea Jack...it would certainly help the government...as long as the states get a cut too.

            The North Carolina Education Lottery - so much a joke that here are their mascots:

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              Posted: July 3, 2006, 5:33 pm - IP Logged

              I love the idea Jack...it would certainly help the government...as long as the states get a cut too.

              cps10:

              The states already get a cut in the form of grants, supplements, income taxes from Fed employee taxes, roads, police and police equipment, prisoners from mandatory sentencing laws, Homeland Security, Social Security incomes, all manner of pieces of Federal largess, aid to the arts, University grants, Federal officers.

              The states can get their cut from in-state lotteries.

              I'm digging in my heels on this.  I ain't letting no state force its way up to the trough to swill out of no Federal Lottery.  This ones for FEDERAL officials at all levels to waste.

              If the states want to waste some let  them eat cake by increasing the annuity times on their own lotteries so's to make the jackpots appear larger.

               

              Absorb the good, ignore the bad, weigh the ugly.

              It's about number behavior.

              Egos don't count.

               

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                Posted: July 3, 2006, 5:45 pm - IP Logged

                Good point...just what we need is to have the Feds waste more money...LOL

                Maybe I can sell them a $25,000 ball-peen (sp?) hammer...

                The North Carolina Education Lottery - so much a joke that here are their mascots:

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                  Posted: July 3, 2006, 7:19 pm - IP Logged

                  I'm surpirsed at the No votes....

                  Wouldn't 50 state participation make the jackpots bigger? 

                  If there was a national lottery, why keep Mega Millions or Powerball?

                  What? 

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                    Posted: July 3, 2006, 10:05 pm - IP Logged

                    I'm surpirsed at the No votes....

                    Wouldn't 50 state participation make the jackpots bigger? 

                    If there was a national lottery, why keep Mega Millions or Powerball?

                    What? 

                    Heck Coin Toss,

                    Any votes at all comes as a surprise to the old guy who started the poll.

                    Thanks for the post.

                    At the moment my wiggling antennae tell me I'm personisimo NON gratisimo grande.

                    Some of my posts are quite possibly responsible for the breaking of a sensitive heart because they were seen as pure D meanness.  Which has never been seen nor heard tell of before on LP.

                    Personisimo non-gratisimo grande.

                    Heck, here I was thinking I was too old, that I'd broken my last heart along the forgotten trails of yesteryear.  Hmmm or yestermonth, anyway.

                    The Unrepentent and Unforgiven Personisimo Non-Gratisimo Grande.

                    Nobody much gonna post on my threads.

                    Nobody much gonna vote on my polls.

                    Aw gee.

                    Thankee for sticking your neck out, Coin Toss, you and cps10.

                    I'm joking, of course.  While crying inside.

                    Jack

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                      Posted: July 3, 2006, 11:23 pm - IP Logged

                      My vote is yes. I think all non-gambling states should join too some day.

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                        Posted: July 3, 2006, 11:24 pm - IP Logged

                        in one respct i could see a national lottery if the pots were distributed differently than the current mega and powerball.

                        if they were kept the same i could see my hopes of ever winning dwindle further in the mix of players attempting to win. A game of this nature would put litterally millions of bets out per week if not more.

                        it's bad enough competing with california for the pot of gold since they joined mega.

                         

                         

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                          Posted: July 3, 2006, 11:30 pm - IP Logged

                          lobbyist   keeps the lottery out of 2 states    your plan removes that problem

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                            Posted: July 4, 2006, 12:41 am - IP Logged

                            in one respct i could see a national lottery if the pots were distributed differently than the current mega and powerball.

                            if they were kept the same i could see my hopes of ever winning dwindle further in the mix of players attempting to win. A game of this nature would put litterally millions of bets out per week if not more.

                            it's bad enough competing with california for the pot of gold since they joined mega.

                             

                             

                            That could be a real problem, thinks I.  It probably could be delt with using 2nd tier prizes, but since, in the unlikely event such a thing as this ever transpires, they ain't gonna ask our opinions.

                            Likely they'll hire the same mistake-makers responsible for what we don't care for in MM and PB to try to surpass themselves on a national game.

                            I voted 'Indifferent', but I don't suppose I actually am.  I don't harbor any idealistic fantasies that a national game would be a far sight better, but it would be different.  And maybe whatever fight precedes the event will bring some of the things that ought to have people dissatisfied out into the light for examination.

                            Thanks for the post, Larry.

                            J

                            Absorb the good, ignore the bad, weigh the ugly.

                            It's about number behavior.

                            Egos don't count.

                             

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                              Posted: July 4, 2006, 12:42 am - IP Logged

                              lobbyist   keeps the lottery out of 2 states    your plan removes that problem

                              Thanks for the post fxsterling

                              J

                              Absorb the good, ignore the bad, weigh the ugly.

                              It's about number behavior.

                              Egos don't count.

                               

                              Dedicated to the memory of Big Loooser