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Guys, with the topic of private lotteries been illegal, i will like to add the following. If you had the cash will you lobby lawmakers in the U.S into passing a law or amending the law so that private lotteries that compete with the state can become legal in the U.S..Will you do it if you had serious cash, I mean incredibly wealthy? I would perhaps not here in the States but abroad...

 

pumpi76

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If I had that kind of cash, why would I lobby for private lotteries...unless I was the one that was going to own and run it ?

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Guys, with the topic of private lotteries been illegal, i will like to add the following. If you had the cash will you lobby lawmakers in the U.S into passing a law or amending the law so that private lotteries that compete with the state can become legal in the U.S..Will you do it if you had serious cash, I mean incredibly wealthy? I would perhaps not here in the States but abroad...

 

pumpi76

No.

But I'll agree one of the ways a person could become incredibly wealthy would be through operating a private lottery and not getting thrown in the slammer for his trouble.

Jack

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A couple of generations ago gas stations, truck stops and rural eateries frequently had the moral equivalent of scratchers stashed behind the counter somewhere.  They called them punch cards.  A place might cost a dime or quarter, and a person might win a buck, a double-sawbuck.

A cadre of guys went around the country selling them to the gas station owners, storekeepers, hash-slingers, who'd make a profit, as would whomever the drummers were (route guys, sort of) who sold them.

I don't know when they vanished.  My impression was they were honest and straightforward, generally.  That one of the squares had a double-sawbuck in it, etc.  But everyone made money on them except the person who paid a pittance to punch a square, and an awfully lot of people paid for those squares with the change they had coming back.

I'd guess there was probably a Rocco somewhere behind it all, but I never heard of anyone getting prosecuted for punch cards.

However, nowadays it might get a businessman 2-10 in the big house for doing it.  In those days the competition might break the legs of the route man, but they weren't the same folks who own all the prisons.

Jack

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