Letter of the Day (Jan. 14): Lotteries

  • Updated: January 14, 2013 - 10:25 AM

Maybe there are other ways of paying out lottery winnings.


Co-winners in the Powerball lottery jackpot (Nov. 30, 2012).

Photo: David Eulitt, MCT

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If I were running the show, instead of one Powerball winner getting $40 million (the starting jackpot), there would be 40 winners getting $1 million each. When the lottery picked six balls, the first million would be given away to anyone with the matching numbers. Another six balls would be picked for the remaining money, and so on down the line until the money was gone. No person in this world needs $40 million at one time, especially when a huge lump sum goes out in taxes. If people knew there would be 40 winners instead of just one, ticket sales would increase, and the wealth would be spread around a little more. The same could be done with each Powerball drawing, depending on the pot available.


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