Thursday, April 17, 2008

Lottery = Unfair Taxation on the Poor

Lotteries long for 'jackpot fever' - Lottery Post: "To lottery players, $100 million ain't what it used to be.
A seven-month streak of jackpots that were big, but not gigantic, has sent traditional lottery sales plummeting in many states.
In the past six months, Mega Millions sales are down 30% in Texas compared with a year earlier and 38% in Massachusetts. Powerball sales are off 6% in Wisconsin.
The USA is suffering from 'jackpot fatigue,' lottery officials say.
'There was a time when $50 million created a stir. Then we needed $100 million,' says Bobby Heith of the Texas Lottery. 'Now even that's not good enough.'" The Lottery Like Powerball with 147 ,000,000 to 1 Odds have raised jackpots , but too many people are not winning anything but 3 to 7 dollars.. The poor are sucked into paying for everything the states can't pay for that is why sales are down . Many people have told me they would rather see 300 people win 1 million rather than one person win 300 million ..Think about it I think the lottery will be a victim of their own success... Whats the odds of that ? I was looking around and found other people have requested what I wrote about in this post. They anwser people like talking to children in 3rd grade.. I HAVE A GAME IDEA; YOU SHOULD GIVE 200 PEOPLE $1 MILLION EACH.
We do get mail from persons offering ideas that promise to double or triple our sales in the game. We also get a lot of mail that starts - "Everyone I talk to agrees that Powerball should pay more and smaller prizes, who needs $XXX million!!!" These writers usually get extremely angry when we try to explain why their idea won't work - so we prefer to use this standard response. Please accept this response with our apologies for not recognizing how very right you are:
(1) If you are sending in a game idea with no demand for payment: Thank you for your idea and comments, we will certainly pass it on to the design team; will run it by our very expensive patent law firm for a review of other possible patent infringement ideas (so we don't get sued); and then will develop and run qualitative and quantitative research to test the concept with a mix of players.(2) If you are sending in a game idea and demand payment: Please understand that we cannot accept game ideas. If you have faith in your idea you may consider seeking a patent on it (at least $10,000 and two years) or you can submit the idea to a state lottery's advertising agency. You can contact your local state lottery to find a contact for their advertising agency. The agency understands the process of reviewing your game design idea and can also assist you in protecting your idea.(3) If you believe that we should pay out $1 million prizes to lots of person: After players told us that in focus groups, we actually started that game. No one played. Lotteries need to create a variety of games that appeal to different players. Powerball is a game that appeals to those players who want to play for large jackpots. There are other games that offer better odds (and so, lower jackpot amounts). Sales for a Powerball drawing can vary from $16 million to $200 million. You might guess which jackpot levels bring the most sales. Players vote with their dollars on the jackpot levels they prefer and we must listen to our customers. Powerball is actually two games in one – a big jackpot game and a big Cash 5 game. By adding the Power Play option, a player can even increase the Cash 5 part of the game to a $1 million cash prize. Players who want to play for that prize level – at much better odds – can do that in Powerball and, with the Power Play, can actually redesign the prize structure to fit their wishes. See what I mean.. Hah !

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