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(AZ Family)   We're not saying the lottery is rigged, but one convenience store in Phoenix sold six winning tickets this week, each worth 1-million dollars. "This is definitely a unique situation"   (azfamily.com) divider line 3
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2012-04-28 10:24:50 AM
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dervish16108: Giltric: No some people buy multiple tickets with the same numbers in case they win the 100 million jackpot and 4 other people come forward as winners, they walk with 10m for each ticket instead of 20m total. The jackpot is divided by the number of wining tickets.

I think that's pointlessly excessive. Even winning 1-2 million dollars, you can invest the money so you never have to work hard in your lifetime.

Of course, 10 million would ensure that scenario even better.

I still think it's pointlessly excessive.


Depends on where in your life you are. For most middle class people $2MM would pay off the mortgage, student loans, the kids college education and any other debts. It'll reduce their anxiety but it's not going to be a dramatic life-changer, not like say winning $100MM, where you can hire a lawyer and an accountant and wall yourself off from the world knowing you're set for life without having to make many compromises.
2012-04-28 09:36:09 AM
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If it's scratchcards then yeah, they're definitely rigged. I worked for a certain lottery company (not on the gaming side though) and they knew what the prize payout was for every box of tickets sent out and the positions of the winning tickets in every box. The algorithms for distributing prizes between tickets are deterministic - not random - and keeping track of that is pretty straightforward. If an area hadn't had a winner recently then they could route boxes with winning tickets their way - they have to keep the buzz going.

Casinos do the same trick with their card shoes: stack the deck to keep the numbers of winners manageable.

I'm honestly surprised that anyone thinks these processes aren't managed. Do you think gambling companies leave their bottom line down to chance when they don't have to? Luck is for suckers.
2012-04-28 09:10:31 AM
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Evil Mackerel: Remember that Sliders episode where if you won the lottery you were killed as a means of population control?


I very vaguely remember that.

I remember an episode where America was the Communist nation and Russia was the Democratic one
 
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