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Sunday, October 21, 2007


Posted By on Sun, Oct 21, 2007 at 9:17 AM

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Interested in the state lottery? Then you'll want to read this NY Times special on Gtech Holdings and Scientific Games Corporation, the big players in the lottery system and games market. Read about corruption. Read about the money they spend to put lotteries on the ballot (I bet their people have Lt. Gov. Bill Halter's phone number). Read about declining results on other lotteries. Read a tiny bit about the lottery machines - nothing more than keno, bingo and slot machines, really -- that have been devised to increase revenues from lagging conventional lotteries.

Which causes me to think: If a state lottery also means a lottery machine that spits out a cash reward when the right numbers or symbols pop up on a screen, what would stop the state from building a giant building that housed thousands of these machines, plus lottery wheels, where a bouncing ball determined the number chosen, and lottery tables where you rolled six-sided cubes with numbers on each side to determine the winning lottery numbers? You could attach a hotel so people could sleep briefly between their lottery wagers.

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