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Robert Catena, an Orange County businessman has just won the $1,000,000 prize in the Million Dollar Raffle. Robert discovered that he was the winner when he looked in the newspaper on sunday morning. According to him, at first he couldn't believe it - "I stared at the numbers for about 30 minutes, I couldnt believe it". Now he is planning to invest some of the money in his business and to improve is house. Congratulations Robert!

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Triple-Action Lottery Plan

California Beach What follows is my proposed triple-action lottery plan, the first such lottery plan in the world, which will greatly increase and possibly double a state’s yearly lottery revenue. My original Twenty Numbers, a lottery-type contest produced by Marden-Kane, Inc., was the first lottery-type ticket printed by computer. Twenty Numbers preceded California’s successful state lottery by several years. In fact, the basic format of the California state lottery appeared first in the original of my Scarne’s Complete Guide to Gambling in 1961.

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In spite of its early success, the state prize award structure used by ‘California and copied by various other states can stand considerable Improvement to help increase ticket sales. The faults I find with the present-day state lotteries are as follows:
1. There are too few big prize awards (winners) to satisfy the average ticket buyer.
2. A $50,000 first prize is fine, but the 90% drop from $50,000 to $5,000 for second prizes and the 90% drop from $5,000 to $500 for third prizes and still another 90% drop from $500 to $50 for fourth prizes does not make for a good lottery. In most foreign government- run california lottery, the percentage drop from one prize to the next lower prize is seldom more than 50%. My proposed weekly prizes are: $50,000 first prize, $20,000 second prize, two $15,000 third prizes, two $10,000 fourth prizes, etc.
3. In addition to the weekly drawings and in an attempt to stimulate ticket sales in the state lottery, states run an additional drawing every several weeks at the discretion of the state lottery commission. These are called “Bonus drawings,” “50 Millionaire drawings,” or ‘Super drawings,” depending on the state in which the california ticket identification is held. These additional Bonus drawings fail to achieve their purpose of promoting additional ticket sales because the method of determining the tickets eligible for these drawings eliminates about 98% of the tickets at the very outset. Here is an example of what a lottery-ticket buyer must go through in order to enter a Bonus drawing. To enter a Bonus drawing, a ticket holder must first match the first two digits or the last two-digits of the six-digit weekly winning number. Then he must watch the newspaper for an announcement of the semifinal drawing in which a three-digit number randomly drawn will appear. If his last three digits match the semifinal number, and if his first or last two digits make him eligible in the first place, he is eligible to enter the Bonus drawing. This is a complicated procedure for the average lottery-ticket buyer to follow and results in player lack of interest. Under my proposed triple-action lottery plan, weekly tickets still sell for 50 cents and a state may make use of its own format in determining the winning prize awards. Each 50-cent ticket has a chance to win three different prize awards in three different drawings. In short, it is possible for a 5OØ ticket to win (1) the weekly $50,000 top prize; (2) to win the monthly top california lottery prize award of $5,000; and (3) the giant sweepstakes with a top prize of $250,000 to $500,000 or more, depending on the total number of tickets sold during the month.

In my triple-action lottery plan, each 5OØ lottery ticket carries a six-digit number as a weekly lottery ticket number which is eligible for the prize awards for the date marked to the right of the weekly lottery ticket number. In addition, there’s a second six-digit number, the monthly lottery ticket number, and the date of that drawing is noted at the right of the monthly lottery ticket number.

California Lottery Plan

Under the proposed plan, the state lottery and sweepstakes would pay back to the ticket buyers 50% of the gross take. The Puerto Rican lottery, the oldest legal lottery under the American flag, returns 68% of its gross take in prize awards. The illegal numbers racket pays back 50% of its take. In order to be competitive, a state should pay back 50% of its gross take. Lottery ticket buyers, like all other gamblers, are a realistic lot. They care little who runs the game or who gets the profits; all they are interested in is winning and getting a fair california lottery history shake for their money. All other considerations, such as helping the elderly, education, and state institutions are irrelevant.

1. For each million weekly 50 triple-action lottery tickets sold, the gross take is $500,000. Based on this figure, Scarne’s proposed lottery system would pay back 1,009 weekly cash awards for every million tickets sold, for a total payback to winners of $200,000 or 40% of the gross take.
2. Out of the remaining 10 percent or $50,000 for each million lottery tickets sold weekly, Scarne’s proposed lottery system would pay back ten monthly winners, divided as follows: One $5,000 winner and nine $500 winners for a total of $9,500.
3. In addition, all winners of the monthly lottery are to be entered in the giant sweepstakes, whose top prize award may total $250,000 to $500,000, or more.

Now, let us say the winning six-digit number selected at the official weekly lottery drawing is 123456. The 1,009 weekly lottery prize awards totaling $200,000 for every million tickets sold would be divided as follows: