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View Poll Results: Most Lottery/Gambling Winnings
$1 - $100 24 39.34%
$101 - $1,000 10 16.39%
$1,001 - $10,000 14 22.95%
$10,001 - $25,000 1 1.64%
Higher than $25,000 5 8.20%
I never won anything 7 11.48%
Voters: 61. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 07-16-2007, 11:23 PM
 
Location: Spots Wyoming
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It’s a voluntary tax and the money goes to the state for something ~ anyone really know what the state does with your money?
One state I lived in wanted to start the Lottery. They advertised that the money would be used to improve the schools. The people voted it in.

Two years later, because the schools had money coming from that source, the state lowered it's support by the same number that the lottery was bringing in. So the schools are not getting "Extra" money now. Just the same amount that they used to get.

In my state, we do not have a lottery. But I frequently visit a neighboring state that does. Each trip (about once every 2 or 3 weeks.) I purchase one ticket. Can't win if you don't play.
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Old 07-17-2007, 12:22 PM
 
Location: Ohio, but moving to El Paso, TX August/September
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Lottery tickets! Do you buy em’ and do you win? I’ve got some “special” numbers but they never come up with anything. However we (wife & I) keep buying the tickets. They say you’re more likely to get hit by lightning ~ well I’ll stand in the rain if it would help me win just one good PowerBall.

It’s a voluntary tax and the money goes to the state for something ~ anyone really know what the state does with your money?

Nope, we don't play the lotto in my house.
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Old 07-17-2007, 12:39 PM
 
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If... there were three hundred 1 million dollar winners instead of one 300 million dollar winner I'd start buying tickets.
Hey, that is a great idea. I'll write the AZ lottery board. I can imagine that they will have a million reasons why that won't work, but I'll write them anyway.

My son tells me that Wisconsin has a lump sum lottery jackpot for Wisconsin residents only. It only has one prize. I believe it is $250,000. That might be nice here in AZ.
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Old 07-17-2007, 03:28 PM
 
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Default I Wrote To The Lotto Commission..

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Hey, that is a great idea. I'll write the AZ lottery board. I can imagine that they will have a million reasons why that won't work, but I'll write them anyway.

My son tells me that Wisconsin has a lump sum lottery jackpot for Wisconsin residents only. It only has one prize. I believe it is $250,000. That might be nice here in AZ.
I wrote to the lotto board with your suggestion. I'll post when I get an answer.
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Old 07-17-2007, 03:39 PM
 
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Default Here's what the AZ Lotto Commission says...

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Lottery tickets! Do you buy em’ and do you win? I’ve got some “special” numbers but they never come up with anything. However we (wife & I) keep buying the tickets. They say you’re more likely to get hit by lightning ~ well I’ll stand in the rain if it would help me win just one good PowerBall.

It’s a voluntary tax and the money goes to the state for something ~ anyone really know what the state does with your money?
Here is the rundown:
Education $335.28 million
Health and Welfare $133.52 million
Protection and Safety $62.40 million
Economic Development Fund $35.56 million
General Government $37.38 million
Inspection and Regulation $6.65 million
Natural Resources $5.18 million
Local Transportation Assistance Fund $443 million
County Assistance Fund $114.39 million
Heritage Fund $202.37 million
Mass Transit $18.75 million
Clean Air Fund $.5 million
Court Appointed Special Advocate Fund (Unclaimed prizes) $16.17 million
State General Fund $1.5 million
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Old 07-17-2007, 04:17 PM
 
Location: Looking over your shoulder
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Default Thanks azloafer

Wow that’s a lot of money and some of those agencies I’ve never heard of, much less care to give money to for keeping them operating.
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Old 07-17-2007, 05:21 PM
 
Location: Under the SUNNY WARM SUN ....
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All it takes is one dollar to win!
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Old 07-18-2007, 09:34 AM
 
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Default Arizona Lotto Commission Answers My Letter

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If... there were three hundred 1 million dollar winners instead of one 300 million dollar winner I'd start buying tickets.
HERE IS THE ANSWER THAT I RECEIVED TODAY:

We currently offer a chance to win $1 million for multiple persons every draw - no need to wait until $300 million. Last draw, three persons won $1 million each in cash.

When we do reach a new record jackpot, we turn on a feature to award lots of cash (it should average about $1 million) to lots of players (it should average around 50 or more persons winning $1 million in cash on that draw).

You can see that no one really cares about these prizes. Even those who say it would be a good idea, don't pay any attention to them! END
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Old 07-18-2007, 09:50 AM
 
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Interesting reply from Az Lotto. I don’t know about the “we turn on a feature to award” comment however. I didn’t know that they could turn on/off “features” and that disturbs me a little. Reminds me of the shell and pea game in a dark alley, now you see it now you don’t.
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Old 07-18-2007, 10:09 AM
 
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Interesting reply from Az Lotto. I don’t know about the “we turn on a feature to award” comment however. I didn’t know that they could turn on/off “features” and that disturbs me a little. Reminds me of the shell and pea game in a dark alley, now you see it now you don’t.
I felt the same way. What allows them to turn this so called feature on? That means that it is OFF until they want it on! Was this a slip of the tongue?

I recall that about a year or so ago someone was caught cheating. The story went like this: The lotto person told his friend to go buy 1,000 tickets at a certain place, like Circle K. The person then went there and bought the tickets and won. The sale of 1,000 tickets alerted someone else that this was not an ordinary sale. The people were arrested, but I never heard what happened. What struck me about this story was that the lotto person could tell anyone which retailer to go to before the drawing! If he/she knows where the winning ticket will be purchased, what else do they know? Doesn't that seem strange that they would know where the ticket will be sold?

I think that the answer that I received from the lotto commission told us a little more than we were supposed to know!!!
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