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Definition of State Lottery

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This statement makes me believe?

I will beat the odds [ 4 ]  [50.00%]
I will never play again [ 1 ]  [12.50%]
I feel stupid for playing [ 0 ]  [0.00%]
Harvard Grads don't need to play [ 1 ]  [12.50%]
Playing the lotto helps my community [ 1 ]  [12.50%]
Why don't I have a basic education [ 1 ]  [12.50%]
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Posted: October 11, 2006, 12:33 pm - IP Logged

state lottery : n. A regressive tax imposed by the state on those of its citizens it has failed to provide a basic education on the laws of probability. Usage: "You don't see many Harvard graduates waiting in line to buy lottery tickets." Related quotation: "I never play the lottery because I figure I have about the same chance of winning whether I play or not." - Fran Liebowitz

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    Posted: October 11, 2006, 1:47 pm - IP Logged

    I play the lottery because I think it is something fun to do with the money that I have.  I am not concerned with what someone from Harvard does with his or her money.  You do have to purchase a lottery ticket to have a chance at winning Mr. Liebowitz.-weshar75

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      Posted: October 11, 2006, 1:52 pm - IP Logged

      Playing lotteries is gambling, the fact that these games are run by the states don't make them taxes.  People who don't want to spend money gambling can chose not to play, they can't do the same with taxes.

       * you don't need to buy more tickets, just buy a winning ticket * 
         
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        Posted: October 11, 2006, 2:09 pm - IP Logged

        Quote  "I never play the lottery because I figure I have about the same chance of winning whether I play or not."

        This make about as much sence as "a cow jumping over the moon"

        how can you win if  you don't play.

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          Posted: October 11, 2006, 2:28 pm - IP Logged

          Another fine example of a  "First Class Idiot" walking around in Public..

          "Attention all Mathematicians: Check your degree at the door because when it comes to whole numbers you are the Amateur"

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            Posted: October 11, 2006, 2:33 pm - IP Logged

            oh yeah forgot to mention I voted that I will beat the odds..dont know who Fran is..dont really care..

            "Attention all Mathematicians: Check your degree at the door because when it comes to whole numbers you are the Amateur"

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              Posted: October 11, 2006, 2:37 pm - IP Logged

              I didn't graduate Harvard, but I did attend a seminar there.  I just heard the same thing from a neighbor. He's very rich and gambles on cruises every week but won't spend a dime on the lottery. I think he mainly goes for all that free food!

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                Posted: October 11, 2006, 2:44 pm - IP Logged

                oh yeah forgot to mention I voted that I will beat the odds..dont know who Fran is..dont really care..

                To add a comment:

                Just FYI, she's actually a very intelligent journalist.  I don't agree with her views all the time, but she's no idiot.

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                  Posted: October 11, 2006, 2:47 pm - IP Logged

                  well that explains it..I never believe anything they write anyway..lol

                  "Attention all Mathematicians: Check your degree at the door because when it comes to whole numbers you are the Amateur"

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                    Posted: October 11, 2006, 6:39 pm - IP Logged

                    The poll needs another choice, "Regardless, someone will beat the odds." 

                     "You don't see many Harvard graduates waiting in line to buy lottery tickets."

                     I don't entirely agree with that. I had many years of casino work and saw pit bosses with very little formal education watch very educated people get financially torn to shreds by the games.

                    I remember one old timer saying he'd rather see some "Einstein with a degree in probablilites from an Ivy League school" come up to a game than anybody else. (They think they can beat the game).

                    Regardless of any form of gambling, when people get hooked on it education means absolutely nothing.

                    PS

                    When those bosses themselves got off work, what did they play? They bet sports and played KENO. That's right, the game with absolutely the worst odds in the house, KENO.

                     Here's anothe definition for lottery:

                    An voluntary tax on people who are exceptionally bad at math.

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                      Posted: October 11, 2006, 6:41 pm - IP Logged

                      I would have chosen "That statement is stupid" if it was an available choice.

                       

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