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Article: Lotteries still directed to poor

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sirbrad

http://www.findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_g1epc/is_tov/ai_2419100738

 

"This could be your way out."

Or as in most cases, could be your way back in even deeper debt...

 

"What they did not say is that the odds of winning the lottery can be as much as 20 million to one, ridiculously higher than the casino slot machine odds of 20 to one."

Now even higher, almost 200 million to one I think!

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tntea

It is sad to see the money some people spend on the PB and what little or no return they get...

It is not usual to see  $20 to $200 bucks spend on one draw...

I have  run lots of  five-line tickets from one person to tell them they didn't even have the powerball for $3.

 

 

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sirbrad

Yeah sounds like me, especially a lot in the past before I studied the lottery exclusively. I have wasted more money that I should not have on the powerball alone. Problem being that you get in even more debt, and want to play even more hoping for some kind of return. You just have to bit the bullet, and keep playing over a long period of time, and try not to spend too much. Either that, or don't play and lose all chances of being a millionaire. Personally I cannot "afford that."

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justxploring

We all have our vices and toys. Some people smoke, some go to Happy Hour and some of us buy a few lottery tickets every week.  I agree it's a problem for a few, but for others it's a chance to beat the odds. I just wish they'd stop creating games with more numbers to get higher jackpots. I'd rather see a winner twice a week win $3 million than one person win $40 million after several rollovers.

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ryanm

  We'd all like that.  Unfortunately, there's no lottery game that would produce high enough sales to support such winnings.  If the all jackpot games got hit at the starting level every drawing, they'd either go bankrupt or convert to small top cash prize games (such as Iowa's $100,000 cash game) out of fear of going bankrupt.

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bellyache

I agree justexploring, some of us like playing the big jackpots even if the odds are really stacked against us. I think that when it comes to playing the game, you've got to know your limits and how much you can spend without going over your means.

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RJOh

State lotteries didn't invent gambling, they just offered people who would gamble anyway a chance to lose their money to the states.  Gambling was never just for the rich, so no one should be surprised that poor people like to gamble too.  True the chance to win millions of dollars for a one dollar ticket might be very attractive to the poor, but it's attractive to the rich too. 

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psykomo

State lotteries didn't invent gambling, they just offered people who would gamble anyway a chance to lose their money to the states.  Gambling was never just for the rich, so no one should be surprised that poor people like to gamble too.  True the chance to win millions of dollars for a one dollar ticket might be very attractive to the poor, but it's attractive to the rich too. 

RJoh::::::::::::>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Gambling........is a game, THANKsss for this carefication>>>>>>>>>>>>

but, when will we ever LEARN?????????????????? this game take'sssss

MONEY...........THE RICH democrats & republicans can AFFORD ........IT!!!!

LOL.................(only play what you can afford  & what's FUN to YOUUUU)

PSYKOMO 

 

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psykomo

State lotteries didn't invent gambling, they just offered people who would gamble anyway a chance to lose their money to the states.  Gambling was never just for the rich, so no one should be surprised that poor people like to gamble too.  True the chance to win millions of dollars for a one dollar ticket might be very attractive to the poor, but it's attractive to the rich too. 

RJoh::::::::::::>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Gambling........is a game, THANKsss for this carefication>>>>>>>>>>>>

but, when will we ever LEARN?????????????????? this game take'sssss

MONEY...........THE RICH democrats & republicans can AFFORD ........IT!!!!

LOL.................(only play what you can afford  & what's FUN to YOUUUU)

PSYKOMO 

 

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RJOh

State lotteries didn't invent gambling, they just offered people who would gamble anyway a chance to lose their money to the states.  Gambling was never just for the rich, so no one should be surprised that poor people like to gamble too.  True the chance to win millions of dollars for a one dollar ticket might be very attractive to the poor, but it's attractive to the rich too. 

RJoh::::::::::::>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Gambling........is a game, THANKsss for this carefication>>>>>>>>>>>>

but, when will we ever LEARN?????????????????? this game take'sssss

MONEY...........THE RICH democrats & republicans can AFFORD ........IT!!!!

LOL.................(only play what you can afford  & what's FUN to YOUUUU)

PSYKOMO 

 

Not every democrat & republican is RICH, a lot of not so RICH democrats & republicans also like to play the lotteries.

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ayenowitall

"The Illinois lottery put an ad on a billboard above a poor Chicago neighborhood with the slogan, "This could be your way out." What they did not say is that the odds of winning the lottery can be as much as 20 million to one, ridiculously higher than the casino slot machine odds of 20 to one."

Who is Tina Gianoulis, what is her expertise about lotteries, and where is she getting her information?

According to the North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries, Duane V. Burke, CEO & Chairman Public Gaming Research Institute, Inc, thoroughly debunked this myth when he testified before the Public Sector Gaming Study Commission on August 20, 1999. In his "Top Ten Myths about Lottery (and Why They Are Not True)", he stated in reference to Myth #5: That billboard thing in Illinois:

"This myth, like most urban legends, is perpetrated for its sensationalism and does not reflect factual accuracy about the lottery industry.

We who support the state lottery industry take every opportunity possible to correct the bad press lottery has received due to erroneous reporting about billboards placed in Illinois in 1986. Opponents charged the Illinois Lottery with targeting advertising specifically to a poor neighborhood with a billboard picturing a lottery ticket and the wording "Your ticket out of here."

In reality, the billboard read "How to get from Washington Street to Easy Street" and was only one of hundreds placed in various locations (in a variety of income level neighborhoods) with the street name changed for each. The Washington Street location was on the main access road to Chicago Stadium and was chosen simply to reach an entertainment-seeking audience."

http://www.naspl.org/burke899.html

Ms Gianoulis' version makes a sensational story, but it's not quite true.

aye'

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