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If I were running my states lottery I would...

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Posted: September 25, 2016, 3:01 pm - IP Logged

I don't remember the last time we did these.  I have already opened a Forum for Michigan.

Feel free to either open a forum for your state or post here.

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    Posted: September 26, 2016, 7:08 am - IP Logged

    I Would raise the Pick 3 and Pick 4 payouts $5000/$10,000 Dance

    Come or Lottery office stop being so CHEAP P***ed

    Let it Snow Snowman

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      Posted: September 26, 2016, 7:40 am - IP Logged

      Mandate the use of ball machines.

      Live Televised/streamed drawings.

      Increase payout ratios (this one would problably end my tenure in the job quite quickly!)

      Eliminate pre-tests.

      Introduce parimutuel payouts (prize pool divided by number of winners) and thereby eliminate blocking of numbers.

      Negotiate a huge salary, many perks, and a generous golden parachute for myself!

      "There is no such thing as luck; only adequate or inadequate preparation to cope with a statistical universe."

      ~Robert A. Heinlein

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        Posted: September 26, 2016, 9:07 am - IP Logged

        If I ran Texas Lottery....

        I would drop Cash 5 with it's pitiful "jackpot" of $15,000 or so, and bring in a Quinto game. $50,000 with 1 in 100,000 odds. AND, keep it a dollar a ticket. AND, only 2 draws a day, not 4.

        Then, drop the 4 draws a day for P3, D4, and AoN and go back to 2 draws a day.

        CAN'T WIN IF YOU'RE NOT IN

        A DOLLAR AND A DREAM (OR $2)

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          Posted: September 26, 2016, 11:33 am - IP Logged

          SCEL

          I would give a free ticket for every 4 tickets purchased on Cash 5, Lucky for Life, Mega Million and Powerball. Buy 4 get one free.

          Every champion was once a contender who refused to give up.-Rocky Balboa

          “Don’t let someone who gave up on their dreams talk you out of going after yours.” – Zig Ziglar

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            Posted: September 26, 2016, 11:55 am - IP Logged

            SCEL

            Cash 5--change it to a rolling Cash 5

            Start it at $50,000 and let the jackpot roll until someone wins it like NC and GA.

            Every champion was once a contender who refused to give up.-Rocky Balboa

            “Don’t let someone who gave up on their dreams talk you out of going after yours.” – Zig Ziglar

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              Posted: September 27, 2016, 7:47 pm - IP Logged

              I would not do this.

              Since Friday, three convenience stores in Anderson have sold top prize winning tickets worth $250,000 each.

              The winning locations are the One Stop Food Mart on Jackson St., the Stop-A-Minit #20 on the Hwy. 28 Bypass and the QuikTrip #1106 on Liberty Hwy.

              Why put 3 winning tickets in the same city when you can spread them around?

              Every champion was once a contender who refused to give up.-Rocky Balboa

              “Don’t let someone who gave up on their dreams talk you out of going after yours.” – Zig Ziglar

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                Posted: September 27, 2016, 7:56 pm - IP Logged

                I would get rid of the pre and post tests, and lock the machines and ball sets in a vault with a live feed that records the rooms with a security guard monitoring the video feed.

                This would save tons of payroll employing dozens of people wasting 10 hours a day or more man handling machines for no good reason whatsoever. Also saves money for new machines since they wear out the machines before their time with all those dumb tests.

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                  Posted: September 27, 2016, 8:00 pm - IP Logged

                  I would not do this.

                  Since Friday, three convenience stores in Anderson have sold top prize winning tickets worth $250,000 each.

                  The winning locations are the One Stop Food Mart on Jackson St., the Stop-A-Minit #20 on the Hwy. 28 Bypass and the QuikTrip #1106 on Liberty Hwy.

                  Why put 3 winning tickets in the same city when you can spread them around?

                  This makes no sense. What is it exactly you wouldn't do, you never specified?

                  You have no control over who is lucky, whether they live in the same city or elsewhere! Crazy

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                    Posted: September 27, 2016, 8:02 pm - IP Logged

                    I would not do this.

                    Since Friday, three convenience stores in Anderson have sold top prize winning tickets worth $250,000 each.

                    The winning locations are the One Stop Food Mart on Jackson St., the Stop-A-Minit #20 on the Hwy. 28 Bypass and the QuikTrip #1106 on Liberty Hwy.

                    Why put 3 winning tickets in the same city when you can spread them around?

                    Were they scratch off tickets?

                    CAN'T WIN IF YOU'RE NOT IN

                    A DOLLAR AND A DREAM (OR $2)

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                      Posted: September 27, 2016, 8:09 pm - IP Logged

                      Scratchers are distributed with no particular destination, some big winners can show up in bunches in one location, or spread out. 

                      It's like averages.  Like 1 in 4 average doesn't mean every 4th time like clockwork, it can happen 4 in a row and then no wins for four events, or two wins, no wins for two weeks, and then 7 wins in one week. In the end, it averages 1 in 4.

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                        Posted: September 28, 2016, 8:09 am - IP Logged

                        This makes no sense. What is it exactly you wouldn't do, you never specified?

                        You have no control over who is lucky, whether they live in the same city or elsewhere! Crazy

                        I think the lottery decides where to put winning scratch off tickets.  SC usually put them near the GA or NC border, Columbia or Horry (Myrtle Beach area) county.  When you control where clusters of winners are, you do control who wins.  IMHO

                        I also need to say I don't buy scratch offs.

                        Every champion was once a contender who refused to give up.-Rocky Balboa

                        “Don’t let someone who gave up on their dreams talk you out of going after yours.” – Zig Ziglar

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                          Posted: September 28, 2016, 8:12 am - IP Logged

                          Were they scratch off tickets?

                          Yes.

                          Every champion was once a contender who refused to give up.-Rocky Balboa

                          “Don’t let someone who gave up on their dreams talk you out of going after yours.” – Zig Ziglar

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                            Posted: October 9, 2016, 6:31 pm - IP Logged

                            Virginia: I would add a 2-ball and 5-ball numbers game like Pennsylvania and Florida have. I would also increase the lower-tier prize payouts on jackpot games to at least 25% of the odds.

                            Today's winning 3-ball is going to be a number between 000 and 999.

                            In a lot of states, lotteries benefit education. That makes the REAL winners the only people who can't play!

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                              Posted: October 9, 2016, 6:39 pm - IP Logged

                              Hmmmm, I see some good proposals here but, I'd vote hands down for amber123's and helpmewin's ideas. Yes Nod

                              Small games, frequent wins, and regular payouts 'cause.....

                              There are seven days in the week...'Someday' isn't one of them.

                              #lotto-4-a-living