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Re: The Mega Million Winner

Postby Nyarlathotep » Tue Feb 06, 2018 7:52 pm

I don't know if they really need to publicize the person though. Hard to explain whatI mean, but I'll try.

Some of the casinos around here like to publicize it when some schmuck hits a few hundred bucks playing slot machines, their sign will show something like "Joe Blow $500 Jackpot Winner!" for a few days after. Even in a two horse town like Carson City, it's very unlikely that Joe Blow is someone I will know and that the name will mean anything to me. Could be anyone's name, that isn't what they want me to take away from the sign. What they want me to take away from the sign is that someone won money at their casino, in the hopes that I will be innumerate enough to think that makes me more likely to win there and therefore give them my money.

It's the same principle with this lottery winner, just with more money involved. It doesn't matter WHO won the money, for publicity purposes, only THAT they won it.
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Re: The Mega Million Winner

Postby Abdul Alhazred » Tue Feb 06, 2018 11:09 pm

gnome wrote: Of course, I already think of it as a tax on people that are bad at math, as Bill Nye once said ...


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Re: The Mega Million Winner

Postby Anaxagoras » Tue Mar 13, 2018 3:22 am

The judge is going to let her remain anonymous.

Also, $560 million = $264 million after taxes. The government wins twice!

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Re: The Mega Million Winner

Postby Doctor X » Tue Mar 13, 2018 4:57 am

I always love the "THE GOvERNmentz GoonnA Take HALF" complaints.

Fine.

Give me the other half if you do not want it.

Part of the problem is the brother of a Senate President won . . . twice. So there is this whole fear the lotteries are "rigged" whether or not any actual evidence--beyond Whitey Bulger--exists of such. However, I do not agree with the states that demand the publication of such. All you are doing is placing a huge ass target on a citizen.

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Re: The Mega Million Winner

Postby Rob Lister » Tue Mar 13, 2018 10:00 am

Doctor X wrote:I always love the "THE GOvERNmentz GoonnA Take HALF" complaints.

Fine.

Give me the other half if you do not want it.

Part of the problem is the brother of a Senate President won . . . twice. So there is this whole fear the lotteries are "rigged" whether or not any actual evidence--beyond Whitey Bulger--exists of such. However, I do not agree with the states that demand the publication of such. All you are doing is placing a huge ass target on a citizen.

--J.D.


Welcome to infamy. Seems to me that part of the game. Not that I much care.

As to the taxes: sometimes, when the jackpot gets high enough, it seems like the odds of buying a ticket are worth it. But after taxes it almost never is. Almost. I've heard of schemes where profit happens. Not gonna look though.

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Re: The Mega Million Winner

Postby gnome » Tue Mar 13, 2018 12:40 pm

Even in such schemes, there's gotta be better ways of making money.
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Re: The Mega Million Winner

Postby Abdul Alhazred » Tue Mar 13, 2018 1:06 pm

Once I was a programmer on contract where the client was the New York State Lottery. It was business IT stuff, nothing to do with running the lottery itself.

Nevertheless, part of the (short term) contract was that we would not play the lottery for 5 years.
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