Category Archives: Lottery Business Practices

Lottery Rigging

U.S. Senator John Thune, a Republican from South Dakota, has sent a letter demanding a hearing to the leaders of the Multi-state Lottery Association. He claims the lottery association has done little to assure that the theft cannot occur again. …

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Battle of kottery game suppliers

In a display of just how competitive and nasty the lottery business can be an employee of Scientific Games in Alpharetta, Georgia downloaded thousands of computer files, which included intellectual property, trade secrets, contracts, marketing and sales plans and data …

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Massachusetts Lottery

Once again Massachusetts tops the lottery sales charts with sales over $5 billion last year. The individual sales average was $740 per capita, with 50 communities (lower incomes) topping $1000 per capita. A total of $3.6 billion was paid out …

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FL Lottery shuts down more stores after fraud allegations

This article by the Palm Beach Post documents the Lottery’s scramble in Florida to shut down certain stores after a previous investigation by the paper revealed fraud going on between store owners and Lottery players, allowing some players to win an …

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Series delves into business practices of OR lottery

This must-read series from OregonLive details the business practices of the lottery in Oregon and reveals quite a bit about the Lottery- a public policy and a program created and supported by the government. In the first installment, the author explores the …

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Survey of literature on the economics of lotteries

Below is a survey and summary of the many existing works regarding the economic impacts of lotteries in the US. It underscores the need for more unbiased research in this area, as well as giving an informative look into the …

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Investigation of Iowa Lottery shows improvements need to be made

This in-depth, exhaustive study of the Iowa shows that the lottery has to make improvements to protect its customers and its integrity. The author uses the investigation to create a list of improvements the lottery can make to improve. Take …

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Lottery tickets may soon be purchased with credit cards

A recent rise in online gambling has caused some states to allow consumers to purchase lottery tickets online. However, as this article explains, this allows problem gamblers to rack up huge amounts of debt more quickly and more easily. 2013 …

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Lotteries seeking ways to sell lottery tickets at ATM machines

State lotteries are constantly looking for new ways to get citizens to lose more money more frequently. Below is a Request for Proposals issued by the Minnesota Lottery to review methods to sell lottery tickets at ATM machines. Lotteries seeking …

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Online lottery sales, meant to draw in younger gamblers, draw opposition

Lotteries tell the public “people are gambling anyway” but there is no question that lotteries are actively targeting and creating new gamblers to get them to lose their money. In this story, the Maine Lottery Director describes the strategy: “While our …

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New York’s Latest Way of Enticing its Citizens to Lose Money

The latest ad campaign for the New York Lottery consists of the slogan: “Be Ready.” According the New York Times article below, the message of the campaign is that “anyone who plays the instant games…ought to be prepared to win …

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Try the “Get Rich Lottery Simulator”

The Get Rich Slowly blog recently had a post about the lottery and called it “an investment of fools.” It also includes a “Get Rich Lottery Simulator” which demonstrates each person’s 1 in 175,000,000 chance of winning. Brought to you …

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Texas Lottery 2010 Study Shows the Lottery Squeezing More Money Out of a Smaller Amount of People

This 2010 Texas Lottery Commission report finds that the percentage of Texans using the state’s lottery has plunged to one-third, the lowest level ever measured. The decline in fiscal 2010 — from 41.7 percent of residents to 33.8 percent — …

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Despite their status as a public agency, state lotteries join casinos in using the most predatory business practices in America. Lotteries collect 80 percent of its profits from the financial losses of 10 percent of its users.  Researchers Charles Clotfelter and …

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