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"What If Lotteries Were Made Illegal"

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Posted: February 16, 2012, 12:54 am - IP Logged

Similar to the era of Prohibition, what if public outcry and government intervention outlawed the gambling industry, including all the state run lotteries.

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Would you try to find another venue for your lottery fix? Perhaps look for, or even form your own numbers racket?   Type

 

Do you think this would be a good moral step forward for our country, or see this as "Big Government" butting their nose where it didn't belong?

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    Posted: February 16, 2012, 1:07 am - IP Logged

    If government went through with this act It would be one of the most idiotic laws passed since marijuana prohibition back in the 30's, especially from a tax and revenue point of view. That being said I feel there would quickly be an rapid influx of organized criminal groups running numbers rackets all over the states. Similar to the Chicago mafia in the early 1900's

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      "Numbers", "The Number", or "Policy" still exists today.

      Outlawing lotteries would definitely increase it - a player is going to find the action, and the "Outfit" knows this all too well.

      I grew up in Northern New Jersey (way later than the early 1900s!) and it was a very common sight to see kids go into a candy store, by a newspaper (they were 5 or 10 cents then), open it to the next to last page to see the last three dollar digits at the racetrack and either say, "Yea!" or "Aw s***"".

      The tracks varies so as not to leave the chance for any collusion.

      Those who run the lotteries love it when players look for consistency in something that's designed not to have any.

      Lep

      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.


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        Posted: February 16, 2012, 2:03 am - IP Logged

        I personally would be looking for the action. Obviously, as with the Prohibition era, there would be pools of unsavory sharks out there looking to take advantage of you, and separating you from your money.    Poke

         

        Probably the best way to find one of these number clubs, would be word of mouth from local acquaintances.  I do not consider myself to have a gambling addiction, I just really enjoy whole process and have fun with it. And of course I'd like to get filthy rich at it along the way.   Hyper

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          Posted: February 16, 2012, 4:41 am - IP Logged

          Every participating state's economy would tank if such a thing were to occur.  So this is very unlikely.

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            Posted: February 16, 2012, 7:10 am - IP Logged

            me thinks mcginnin56 needs to stay out of the magic mushroom patch if he knows whats good for him LOL


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              me thinks mcginnin56 needs to stay out of the magic mushroom patch if he knows whats good for him LOL

              Thanks for your magical insight hearsetrax, I'm sure your speaking from much mushroom "experience".   Crazy

               

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              I'll let you get back to bed.......must be tired after all that thinking.  Bed

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                Posted: February 16, 2012, 7:38 am - IP Logged

                I would not look for a lottery fix.  I would probably spend that money on something else, maybe a couple more trips to Wheeling Island to play the dogs.

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                  Posted: February 16, 2012, 8:35 am - IP Logged

                  Every participating state's economy would tank if such a thing were to occur.  So this is very unlikely.

                  It is with NoShame that I totally agree with you on this one! It's all about the MONEY.    I Agree!

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                    Posted: February 16, 2012, 9:58 am - IP Logged

                    Every participating state's economy would tank if such a thing were to occur.  So this is very unlikely.

                    Unil this latest wave of gambling with the river boats and such, historically every time there was a gambling craze in the US it lasted about 20 years and then was outlawed all together, except for Nevada and horse race tracks.

                    Ticonderoga, San Francisco, Hot Sroings, Arkansas, and others were popular gambling places, icluding French Lick, Indiana, which was very popular with celbrities and gamblers.

                    Those who run the lotteries love it when players look for consistency in something that's designed not to have any.

                    Lep

                    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.


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                      Posted: February 16, 2012, 10:17 am - IP Logged

                      Unil this latest wave of gambling with the river boats and such, historically every time there was a gambling craze in the US it lasted about 20 years and then was outlawed all together, except for Nevada and horse race tracks.

                      Ticonderoga, San Francisco, Hot Sroings, Arkansas, and others were popular gambling places, icluding French Lick, Indiana, which was very popular with celbrities and gamblers.

                      Thanks for the historical prospective Coin Toss. Thumbs Up

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                        Posted: February 16, 2012, 10:57 am - IP Logged

                        Similar to the era of Prohibition, what if public outcry and government intervention outlawed the gambling industry, including all the state run lotteries.

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                        Would you try to find another venue for your lottery fix? Perhaps look for, or even form your own numbers racket?   Type

                         

                        Do you think this would be a good moral step forward for our country, or see this as "Big Government" butting their nose where it didn't belong?

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                        If you were not able to gamble anymore, how would you instead spend that discretionary money?     Roll Eyes             What?

                        Once the door was opened to create extra revenue for states, there is no looking back. Those making the public outcry will be crying even louder when they find out they will be taxed at a higher rate to make up for the lost revenues. And just like during Prohibition when the profits went to organized crime, so would the gambling profits.

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                          Posted: February 16, 2012, 4:17 pm - IP Logged

                          Once the door was opened to create extra revenue for states, there is no looking back. Those making the public outcry will be crying even louder when they find out they will be taxed at a higher rate to make up for the lost revenues. And just like during Prohibition when the profits went to organized crime, so would the gambling profits.

                          Exactamundo. It is practically impossible to wean the government off of a revenue source once they latch onto it and find somewhere to spend the money and then start projecting what they'll get from it next year and allocate and spend it this year because it's an "emergency".

                          Then, if the revenue source is lost, they'll have to find some way to "pay for it".

                          That's where we come in.


                                                                       
                                               
                                                                   

                           

                           

                           

                           

                                                                                                                             

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                            Posted: February 16, 2012, 6:04 pm - IP Logged

                            "Numbers", "The Number", or "Policy" still exists today.

                            Outlawing lotteries would definitely increase it - a player is going to find the action, and the "Outfit" knows this all too well.

                            I grew up in Northern New Jersey (way later than the early 1900s!) and it was a very common sight to see kids go into a candy store, by a newspaper (they were 5 or 10 cents then), open it to the next to last page to see the last three dollar digits at the racetrack and either say, "Yea!" or "Aw s***"".

                            The tracks varies so as not to leave the chance for any collusion.

                            harry's candy store,franklin+loudon philly pa.(no longer exists, i mean the entire neighborhood)

                            many times we saw the cops come and close his store,haul him off to jail.maybe late w/ his payoff ?

                            he was always back the next day,maybe it was all a dog +pony show on payoff day,

                             and they were just giving him a ride to keep the $ safe,harry did'nt have a car,

                            and many times i seen him waiting for a bus carrying a big suitcase,i know it was full of cash. LOL

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                              Posted: February 16, 2012, 6:11 pm - IP Logged

                              Every participating state's economy would tank if such a thing were to occur.  So this is very unlikely.

                              I Agree!

                               

                              ..most states without big industry would be dessimated financially without the lottery proceeds.

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