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  • Gaming the Lottery

    The Palm Beach Post analyzed the Florida Lottery's 20-year database of winners and applied mathematical analysis to reveal that some people were winning the lottery too often, exposing fraud and forcing the lottery to make changes.
  • State of Play

    With little to no public disclosure, the corporation that runs lotteries for the four Canadian Atlantic provinces embarked on a speculative -- and potentially risky -- hunt for new business oportunities online and overseas.
  • Snake Eyes

    Washington Monthly examines state lotteries and their effects. It also looks at the HOPE program, which helps finance higher education for students in Georgia with lottery money. Yet, it contends that lotteries compromise values, feed a very dangerous industry, and end up snuffing out the success of even well-intentioned initiatives.
  • Confronting the numbers

    In this three-part series, the Pittsburgh Tribune Review investigates the state's corrupt lottery system. In particular, the author writes about the lottery system's relationship with senior-citizens programs and poor neighborhoods and about why Pennsylvania got a lottery in the first place.
  • The Numbers Game (State lotteries: a ticket to poverty)

    The New Republic explores the advertising campaigns of state-run lotteries that often target the poor and uneducated. Many ads are misleading, but lottery commissions are not subject to ad regulations. A fascinating look into state- sponsored gambling and the private companies (usually GTECH and Automated Wagering International) that run many of the state lotteries.
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    In a six-month, state-by-state investigation, Money attempted to expose the inner working of the $32 billion national lottery industry.. The article revealed that states keep only about 34% of lottery revenues, devoting the rest of their take to prizes and administrative costs. Moreover, the 37 states (plus the District of Columbia) that have lotteries generally use the proceeds to plug budget gaps, not to cut taxes. And in most cases lottery money is not used for education, despite laws to the contrary in 18 states and promises made in dozens of states' lottery advertisements. During the past decade, Money found, lottery states have devoted a slightly declining share of their budgets to schools; in contrast, the proportion of state spending dedicated to primary and secondary education in non-lottery states edged up. (May, 1996)
  • B.C.-based foreign lottery schemes target U.S. Seniors

    Lotteries have become a major source of revenue for cash-strapped governments. They have also become a major target for con-artists, telesharks and boiler-room operators who offer elderly Americans access to lottery markets they wouldn't normally have, and then take them for every cent they can. The Vancouver Sun set out to peel back the layers of World Project Management Ltd. and to put a face to the man who runs the operaton. (Oct. 31, Nov. 1 - 3, Dec. 22 - 23, 1995)
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    Controversey hits after ongoing reports of state officials taking trips at taxpayer expense. They say the trips are "educational." So ABC 6 News sent two undercover producers to document exactly what state lottery officials did on a tip to Las Vegas, supposedly to study lotteries. It was a three day conference, but they billed the state for a six day trip. Out fo the entire trip, one official spent just 2 hours in the lottery classes. Another spent 20 minutes. The fallout of the story led to tow proposed laws for reform, and one lottery official was stripped of his raise. (Nov. 22, 23, 24, 27 & 28, 1995)
  • Everyone's a Loser

    The Washington Monthly looks at the marketing schemes implemented by state lotteries. Critics say that the state targets specific people, and preys on their weaknesses.
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    New York Times Magazine analyzes the current gambling craze sweeping the U.S.; gives perspective to government's rush to sanction gambling,the outbreak of lotteries and casinos and the way gambling has become family-like as opposed to its former seedy image, July 17, 1994.