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This may be too big of an idea, but...

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The idea of the Powerball and Mega Millions states joining forces on something has been floated around for a while. I've also seen the success of the Millionaire Raffle here in PA. And we've all seen how big jackpots get people out buying tickets in droves. So, how about this.

A $20 Raffle with 500,000,000 tickets being sold in every Powerball and Mega Millions state (maybe even Florida), and among those:

  • 10,000,000 tickets will win $100 (Odds are 1:50)
  • 100,000 tickets will win $10,000 (Odds are 1:5000)
  • and 3 very lucky people will win the grand prize of $1 BILLION CASH (Odds are 1:166,666,666.6)
  • Tickets will be sold over an enitre year with a drawing on New Years Eve.
  • Tickets will be numbered as such : Letter from A to E, then 8 digits, i.e. A12345678.
I know, this may be unfeasible, or even irresponsible. But that's not the purpose of this post. The purpose is asking you; would you buy a ticket?
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i'd buy a few

spy153's avatar - maren

you have put some serious thought into this jimmysand. My question is why?

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If only 500,000 tickets could be sold, and it were multi-state, how would we know when all of the tickets were sold if the terminals cold only communicate within each state?

dvdiva's avatar - 8ball

The big problem with pre-printed tickets is scams. McDonalds plus numberous state lotteries have had to many problems with it.

Only way it would work would be like the original lottery tickets in the 70's. Tickets have random numbers on them and a ball drawing on the date picks the winner. Knowing modern lotteries in the US though the Billion would be an inflated annuity like Pepsi Billions. Cash prizes are reserved for the more sensible lotteries in Europe, Canada and just about everywhere else. 

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The big problem with pre-printed tickets is scams. McDonalds plus numberous state lotteries have had to many problems with it.

Only way it would work would be like the original lottery tickets in the 70's. Tickets have random numbers on them and a ball drawing on the date picks the winner. Knowing modern lotteries in the US though the Billion would be an inflated annuity like Pepsi Billions. Cash prizes are reserved for the more sensible lotteries in Europe, Canada and just about everywhere else. 

They aren't pre-printed, they would printed by the terminal.

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If only 500,000 tickets could be sold, and it were multi-state, how would we know when all of the tickets were sold if the terminals cold only communicate within each state?

Good question. Maybe each state would hook up their terminal to a central computer. Or maybe something else. I never thought of that.

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 The El Gordo does fine in spain but with all the loteries available in the U.S. and Canada I simply don't think players could wait a year.  

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BobP

  I LOVE IT !  MAYBE YOU SHOULD KEEP THIS IDEA AWAY FROM NASA OR THEY'LL USE IT TO  FINANCE THE SPACE PROGRAM!   Idea

 

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Someone is going to ask if they can get in on it online.  

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  I LOVE IT !  MAYBE YOU SHOULD KEEP THIS IDEA AWAY FROM NASA OR THEY'LL USE IT TO  FINANCE THE SPACE PROGRAM!   Idea

This gives me an idea.  Why not allow all the gov'mt agencies to run lottories for their money?  Just think; no taxes!  After all, isn't the lotto a tax on the willing? 

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congratulations, u won a scholorship for 1 of your kids.

 

oh and to the OP,

where do i buy a ticket?

 

or they could add a prize option, u play ya regular lotto, and one of the prizes is an entry into the new years lottery. 

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