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America needs a National Lottery!

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Posted: September 9, 2004, 1:11 am - IP Logged

The UK National Lottery has raised 16 Billion pounds for 'Good Causes' (see link below). The US could raise billions of dollars to fund public health. Yes, most states have lotteries, but competition is good and some people may play both.

http://www.national-lottery.co.uk/player/p/goodcauses/fundraising.jsp


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    Posted: September 9, 2004, 3:57 am - IP Logged

    As the Massachusetts State Lottery can be played from any state in THESE GREAT UNITED STATES it could be called America's National Lottery!


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      Posted: September 9, 2004, 11:19 am - IP Logged

      What they need is a lottery that spreads the top prize to many different winners if the prize gets extremely large.  Say if a Mega Millions pot reaches $ 50 million or more, have a special drawing where the five-ball winners split the jackpot.

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        Posted: September 9, 2004, 11:40 am - IP Logged

        I like Mega Millions and Powerball as the "US national lotteries".  I think it would be terrible to have one lottery covering every state, because either the odds would be too long, or the jackpots would never get very big.

        Teaparty, please don't post that response about the Mass Lottery every time a thread like this comes around, because I'm not in business to provide free advertising for the Massachusetts Lottery.

         

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          Posted: September 10, 2004, 4:29 am - IP Logged

          Judging from the millions of people around the world who play the green card lottery, the US governments could make billions running an 'America Lottery'.

           

          Official USA Green Card Lottery
          Your chance to Live, work and Study in the USA
          http://www.usafis.org/_sys/EN/yourchance.asp

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            Posted: September 11, 2004, 2:41 pm - IP Logged

              A national lottery should never occur.

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              Posted: September 11, 2004, 4:37 pm - IP Logged

              If it was done right, I think it would be great.

              You are a slave to the choices you have made.  jk

              Even a blind squirrel will occasioanlly find an acorn.

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                Posted: September 11, 2004, 5:07 pm - IP Logged

                we don't need a national lottery.  that would eliminate the fun of seeing people cross state lines to piss away hundreds, maybe even thousands of dollars at a microscopic chance of early retirement.

                I've redone my website.  Go to www.dr-ew.com.  I kept a lot of the old stuff, and I've added some new stuff.  Look for more new stuff in the coming weeks.

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                  Posted: September 11, 2004, 5:12 pm - IP Logged

                  Didn't they have a National Lottery in late 30's until mid 70's?



                  I think it was called The Draft!!



                  J/King - seriously the draft is nothing to joke about.



                  National lottery ... BB is too greedy now. And money raised would not go to what they say it was going too.

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                    Posted: September 11, 2004, 5:57 pm - IP Logged

                    A government that can give everything to you can take everything away.  We don't need another lottery.  The track record of state lottery organizations has been miserable.  Why take this greed and corruption to a higher level?  The state lottery organizations start out with good intentions and slowly but surely run the whole thing into the ground seeking higher profits.

                    Here in Texas the TLC was supposed to spend the proceeds on education, but it goes into the general fund.  They claim the proceeds from the lottery are too undependable to build into an educational budget.  Which is probably a good argument. 

                    In their quest to get higher jackpots, the Texas Lottery Commission created a 44/44 monster that is virtually unwinnable given the population base here in Texas.  It is a credit to the average Texan that they haven't taken the bait and have left the Lotto game in droves.  There is a rumor that Texas might junk the 44/44 game and go back to the old 50 or 54 number game.

                    The only game that is growing in Texas is Pick 3.  This is because the player has a reasonable expectation to win.

                    A national game would have to be based on an astronomically insane odds system to give the jackpots an opporunity to grow.  What do you want?  Two or three bonus balls with a 100 number field to boot?  Given the population of the U.S. at the moment, which is approaching 300 million, that is what would have to be devised to make the game profitable for the government.

                    Leave well enough alone and don't give the government any ideas.  Be careful what you ask for, you might get it.

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                      Posted: September 11, 2004, 7:13 pm - IP Logged

                      Orangeman,

                      You NAILED it when it comes to how the states use the lottery revenue.

                      The lottery starts as a way to supplement the budget, and buy some products and services that the state would otherwise be unable to afford.  That's why education is such a great use of the money - because the regular budget delivers all the basic services, plus the lottery revenue provides EXTRA THINGS that are not in the regular budget.  (Upgraded buses, newer books, after school programs, etc., etc.)

                      But what happens over the course of several years is that the lottery revenue BECOMES the budget for education.  The government takes all the tax revenue that was being used for education and spends it on other wasteful things that some special interest group wants, and the lottery revenue is then relied upon as absolutely necessary just to get the basic things that education needs.

                      At that point (when the lottery revenue becomes essential in order to meet basic needs), that's when the lottery starts monkeying around with stuff like the computerized drawings - in order to squeeze every last dollar out of the games - to the detrement of the lottery players.

                      Also, some would say they change the drawings in order to make sure there are fewer big payouts.  I'm not saying that I do or don't agree with that, but it certainly raises the possibility that it could happen, and that's a bad thing.

                       

                      Check the State Lottery Report Card
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                      Sign the Petition for True Lottery Drawings
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