Contrary To What You Have Been Led To Believe, Powerball Doesn't "Really" Help Our Schools - See Why ... Do Not Buy Double Match #1872 & Cashword Multiplier #1866 - All Top Prizes Have Been Claimed ...



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Originally Created: March 16, 2000
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- Part 8 -
The Tax Break Shenanigans of J. Winston Krause

In 2008, Commissioner Krause sued the IRS to get a
refund of interest and penalties he had paid for a disallowed
deduction and income. The disallowed deduction ... he
bought Canadian dollars for $20K; claimed he paid
$2.8 million; he showed a loss of <$2.7 million> yet
he had sold the Canadian dollars for $19.5K. A 2010
5th Circuit of Appeals quote ... "Krause's Tax
Chicanery
" A very interesting and telling story
about the man who Chairs our Lottery.
Part 8 Posted April 6, 2014
A Must Read For Texas Players.
Click graphic above ...

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About Lone Star Line Up
A TX Lottery Promotion

The TLC claims they do not know how many
Lone Star Line Up tickets are sold each day.
Plus they reported conflicting sales figures for the
FREE Pick3 and Daily 4 tickets that players
receive when they purchase the $5 promotional
ticket. Posted 1/22/17 Click here.

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Unsuspecting Player Receives Duplicate Quick Picks
& Are Texas Lottery Quick Picks Truly Random?

Unbelievable - Some lottery software allows lottery terminals to
print duplicate quick picks. Posted Nov 3, 2016. Click here

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Interesting
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Texas' Fun 5's
Scratch Ticket Lawsuit

Fun 5's Scratch
Tickets Not Paying
Face Value of Winnings

See it for yourself. Includes
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Fun 5's
Questions & Answers

Everything you have been
asking me is covered here!
Posted 9/21/14.
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Good Morning America
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- Meet Kelly Cripe -
The Spokesperson
For the TX Lottery

She's the person who decided
I didn't need to receive public
information that I pass along
to you every day!
Originally Posted 5/30/12
- Click here -
My response to Cripes
Cease & Desist Letter

Posted 4/21/13,

Click here

We've never seen Cripe
on TV - See the "test"
interview she did prior
to being hired. (A wmv
file - should open in
Windows Media Player
)
Posted June 23, 2014
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Unbelievable Duplicate
Quick Picks

Louisiana players buys 4
tickets, all tickets have
the same numbers.
Very sad. (Nov 7, 2013 -
Updated Nov 12, 2013)
Click here.

Virginia Player Receives
Duplicate Quick Picks

Read March 27, 2016 entry
on "Continued" Daily Page
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Texas Player Buys
7 Quick Picks And
Receives 7 Identical
Tickets

An Unbelievable
Story - Posted 3/15/12,
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Will Texas Honor
The Rule & The Face
Value of My Scratch
Tickets

This letter was submitted
to Gary Grief - Director
of the TLC. I'm asking
that my winning tickets
be paid - Unbelievable
story and only the tip
of the iceberg regarding
Texas scratch tickets.
After you read the letter,
tell me - do you think
it's a winning ticket?
Should they pay me?
Posted 12/10/12.
Click here

Lottery Terminals
Err - Here is
Absolute Proof

Posted 7/12/07 -
Don't let this happen to
you. Check your own
tickets! Click here
Very Interesting.


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08/22/17 - Couple of things of importance .... Powerball jackpot and Cashword Multiplier ...

First, regarding the Cashword Multiplier story posted 8/13/17 ...
I showed you packs of tickets activated by retailers through July 31, well here is an Excel file showing what's been activated through Aug 14, 2017. Remember, the game was to be pulled on July 11 and G-Tech reps were to pick these tickets up during their next visit which should have been within 2 weeks of July 11th. Well, so much for removing the game from point of sale because all top prizes have been claimed. Click here to open the Excel file to see that another est 200 packs were activated through Aug 14, 2017.

Second ... about the unrealistic idea that you help schools when playing Powerball ....
I want to address the idea that Texans have that "at least the money I "over" spend buying Powerball tickets helps the schools." The lottery wants you to believe this but I want to show you something few people either realize or don't know so you can re-think the notion that the money you spend on Powerball "helps" our schools. The truth is - both Powerball and Mega Millions has been very bad for Texas no matter how much they tell you is sent to the "schools." Let me explain.

Did you know that people who win large sums of money generally give back to their communities. They buy fire trucks, build parks, add on to schools and hospitals, help the needy, give to the SPCA, Children's Hospital, St. Judes and I could go on but hopefully you get the idea. So - having said that - did you know that since Texas started playing Powerball, Texas has sent an est $528 million out of state to fund jackpot winners who did spend their winnings in their communities. It did NOT help Texas in any way, shape or form.

At the same time, the $528 M is a little less than what the School Foundation Fund received from Powerball sales but still, to me, for Texas, Powerball has been a loss of revenue for the state. Just imagine what Texans could have spent helping their own cities had Texans won this prize money. (The winner is suppose to receive 34% of total sales and the schools are suppose to receive 38%)

Texas has only had 2 Powerball jackpot winners - in 786 drawings - in which $127 million came to Texas to fund those two players. One ticket was sold in Princeton the other in Bell. But, as you can see, this is nothing compared to the money Texas sent out of state to pay jackpot winners.

Now imagine .... had all this money been won in Texas on Texas games, then Texas would've been much better off in so many ways.

Please ...
Don't overspend trying to win the jackpot - remember, IF GOD INTENDS FOR YOU TO WIN - or if - IT'S YOUR DESTINY TO WIN, then you only need one ticket.

I do have one good thing to report ...
Powerball sales are down indicating Texans are wising up to the extreme odds and the reality of winning. In Jan 2016, Powerball had a $500 million jackpot and Texans spent $27 million for Powerball tickets. This past Saturday night, the Powerball jackpot was $535 million but Texans spent $15 million. Still too much but an improvement of spending discretionary money!

Please understand - there are 292 million Powerball combinations and ticket sales aren't even putting a dent in covering all combinations meaning it's not likely there will be a winner tomorrow night. I hope there is so players nationwide will quit blowing money they don't have.

And by the way ... the jackpot was not raised from $650 to $700 million because sales were driving it - they had $22 million in excess jackpot funds from Saturday's nights drawing.

Finally ....
Yes, I am working on FY17 sales. Due to some "pencil pushing," I am completely re-doing my FY page.

08/19/17 - There are no top prizes remaining on scratch game Double Match # 1872. The stores were notified on August 15th via their lottery terminals to pull this game IMMEDIATELY but some stores in my area have NOT pulled them yet. Tell your retailer he can pull up his notice by "special functions" then "mail." He needs to look for the message that says "No Top Prizes" in the subject line. Use up and down arrow keys to select the message. Here's the notice ...

FAVOR - This time would you let me know which stores tell you it's not their job to pull tickets - rather - it's G-Tech's job? All you can do is tell your stores that there's no top prizes on this ticket and the Texas Lottery has told them to pull the game. It's not FAIR to sell these tickets to fellow players who most likely have no idea they can't win the top prize. We must be persistent on this issue because both the Texas Lottery and G-Tech really don't want to pull games with no top prizes.

It is my understanding that investigators with the Texas Lottery were suppose to be in Dallas this past Wed, Thurs, & Fri checking on my complaints (and four others) - I explained this issue in my 8/13/17 posting below. Unfortunately, my brother got sick last Sunday and was in the hospital all week. I've been gone more than here so I have no idea what's taking place in the field. This is also why I was slow posting this past week. Anyway, I will find out what they learned about retailers who didn't know how to check mail, are not removing tickets and about the reps who lied to stores about my filing a complaint.

If you didn't read about the Cashword Multiplier story, read on ...

08/13/17 - About my banner telling ya'll not to buy Cashword Multiplier, #1866 ...
I wanted everyone to know that all of the top prizes in this game had been claimed - you don't have a chance of winning the "big one" so I don't recommend that you buy them.

I had hoped that ya'll would report the stores that were still selling this game to the TLC. Instead, I think most of you reported it to me.
And I do appreciate it. I encountered much of the same thing that ya''ll reported - stores refusing to remove this ticket from their dispensers insisting that it's G-Techs job. Also you reported that stores had no idea that the TLC instructed them to pull the game. This has been an ongoing issue with me for a long time as it is just another way the TLC cheats players - in my humble opinion.

My posting this story is long overdue ... let me give you a little history so you'll understand the issue better ....
Years ago the California lottery was sued for selling scratch tickets where all the top prizes had been sold. The players complaint was that they'd purchased scratch tickets but NEVER had a chance to win the top prize because they had all been cashed in. Yet players could visibly see a product to purchase that said loud and clear to them ... "Top Prize $250,000" or "Win $30,000" or "Ten $1,000,000 Top Prizes" etc. Fraudulent information was being displayed - CA players felt cheated and rightfully so - so they took matters into their own hands with this lawsuit.

Examples of "highly visible" ... These are TX Tickets ...



When all the other states saw what was happening in California - they immediately took action to prevent this from happening in their state. THREE major changes were implemented ...

FIRST...
Lotteries made arrangements with their scratch ticket vendors to guarantee a strategic placement of top prizes in the shipment of each game. They made sure that top prizes would go out "gradually" to retailers throughout the life of the game.

The Texas Lottery, in January 2001 (I believe this date is correct), GUARANTEED the legislature that there was NO way TX could lose money on the scratch tickets. They explained that each shipment coming from the printer was divided into 6 groups and each group contained 1/6 winning tickets and 1/6 losing tickets.

In explaining this to the Commissioners, TLC staff used Hershey Kisses divided into 6 groups explaining that G-Tech would not move to the second group to ship until all had been shipped from the first group. This convinced the Commissioners that the state would face no liability in selling scratch tickets. I was there that day.

SECOND ...
They would print a disclaimer on all tickets that said, "Games may be sold even after all top prizes have been sold."

THIRD ...
They began alerting retailers when all prizes had been claimed on a game via the lottery terminals. In the message, they also instructed retailers to pull the ticket from Point of Sales IMMEDIATELY. Of course, this falls on deaf ears at both the retail level and G-Tech rep level which is what I'm finally trying to change.

Here's a copy of the notice sent to retailers via their lottery terminals when all top prizes have been sold ...

While this notice IS sent to the retailers .... It is totally ignored and the TLC knows it ...
Neither the Retailer nor the G-Tech reps will pull the tickets from POS. Reps, if questioned, explain that players want to win the low tier prizes and they explain that the game doesn't "officially close" for another 45 days or the date shown on their "End of Game" notice. (Shown in a minute)

Reps are also aware that retailers don't check their mail and in many cases, don't even know how. (You can help educate the retailers ... To check their mail - tell them to select "Special Function" then select "Mail' on their terminals to read messages sent by the TLC)

The TLC has convinced the legislature ...
That ALL attempts are made to pull tickets with no top prizes remaining so players aren't being deceived. When a legislator learns that one of his constituents is buying tickets with no top prizes available, he contacts the TLC for an explanation. The TLC explains the procedures to him and the TLC blames the retailer for not doing their job. Which is a HUGE lie because they know the retailer depends on G-Tech reps to pull tickets.

The bottom line -
Neither the Texas Lottery nor G-Tech wants these tickets pulled - they want the sales (money) instead.

I have a file full of tickets I bought that I shouldn't have been able to buy because there were no top prizes available. The only reason I haven't already posted them is because the stores that sold them to me - and ONLY these stores - will get into trouble. They'll receive an ugly warning letter and so far I haven't wanted to expose them.

Is the Texas Lottery really doing all they can to remove scratch tickets with no top prizes remaining?
NO. Absolutely not.

Here's 90% of a solution ....
1) At the same time they send the message to the retailers to pull a game because all top prizes have been claimed, they should not allow new packs to be activated by any retailer. This would immediately solve 90% of the problem. But the Texas Lottery has never done this ... proving my claim that they want the sales (money) rather than the integrity ...

The game in question today ... #1866 Cashword Multiplier ... was to be pulled on July 11, 2017. But ...

Look at this file - Excel - where you will see that nearly 4000 packs of game 1866 was activated between July 11th and July 19th.

Look at this file - Excel - where you will see that another 1000 packs were activated between July 20 and July 31.

You can use these two Excel files to check your stores to see when and IF they've activated packs after the date they were suppose to pull the game. Again, remember, these games were to be pulled from POS (point of sale) on July 11, 2017. IF the Texas Lottery was serious about pulling games or doing all they can to pull the game - then why would they allow stores to activate new packs of games that are suppose to be pulled?

So that you know - they can cease pack activations in less than a minute. They do it when stores are robbed and this is a daily occurence. Activations and validations on stolen or damaged packs are prevented. They also prevent activations when they find errors on games where they want them off the streets immediately.

2) The End of Game Notice found in the stores is extremely misleading and I think it's done this way on purpose. Let me show you
what I mean ...

This is what the posted End of Game Notice says on #1866 - Cashword Multiplier ...
(NOTE - Like Press Releases, this Notice is NOT dated, unbelievable!)


Notice the column titled "Pre-call" - it says "N/A." The "N/A" means all top prizes have been claimed and retailers have been notified to pull these games. But no where does the notice say or explain this - perhaps if it said "immediately," it might be better understood.

But then you see a date under "Call Date" which means that the reps "could" start picking up the games on this date BUT they still have until the "Official Close of Game" date to have all tickets in. As you can see, this notice does NOT make it clear that retailers are to pull the game from POS. On games that are "supposed to be pulled from point of sale immediately," perhaps it would be clearer to the players and the retailers to pull the game IF it simply said to remove the game. Huh?

The truth is, on games with No Top Prizes remaining, the only date that should appear would be the End Validations date.

FYI - This is what the notice says pertaining to the column heading and the dates shown on the flyer ...


As you can see, the TLC releases conflicting information. Imagine that ...
On one hand they say, "pull from POS immediately " then at the same time, they display an "End of Game Notice" that says the ticket can be sold all the way up to the "official close date." I wonder, which is TRUE?

Regarding the 45 days to pick up tickets ...
The TLC "claims" this much time is needed to pick up games. Since G-Tech reps are required to visit each store every two weeks, there is NO excuse for not picking up games with No Top Prizes. But, like I've said, they don't do it and they don't WANT to pull games.

Speaking of deceiving ...
I just love it when I hear reps and the lottery tell the Commissioners and the Legislature how popular particular games are - especially the Bingo, Cashword and Lotteria tickets. I'll tell you WHY the lottery loves those games - they bring in LOTS of unclaimed prize money that the state spends however they want and that money is counted as "sales" in the FY figures.

Interesting stories to share with what's happened to me in the last four weeks over game #1866 - Cashword Multiplier ....
1) I had troubles in two stores when I was trying to just tell the store that they were supposed to pulled the Cashword game. I called the Texas Lottery in front of two store managers so they knew firsthand that I complained.

2) I had two stores accuse me of filing a complaint against them when I did NOT file a complaint. In response to these 4 incidents, I mailed a complaint to the Texas Lottery. Their G-tech rep literally lied to them when they said I filed the complaint. I'm waiting for my name to be cleared. TLC investigators are investigating. Anyway, here's the letter I sent to the Texas Lottery. Click here

3) I was in a Tom Thumb store and was getting ready to tell the Office Manager that, "as of last night, I noticed she was selling a scratch ticket ...." but was immediately interrupted .... she said, "I heard all about you this morning from my G-Tech rep and she told me not to believe or do anything you say."

"WOW" is what I said! So another letter was sent to the Texas Lottery which gives the details.

At one point during this ordeal, even a staff member of the Texas Lottery told me by phone that, "Retailers don't have to pull this ticket." He said, "My records show game 1866 can sell through August 25, 2017 - it still has low tier prizes remaining." The reason he said this to me was because I was insisting that he take a complaint that a particular store was selling this game with complete disregard to the message sent via the lottery terminals to pull the game. He said he had no knowledge of any such message via the terminal.

I just shook my head in disbelief. At the end of our conversation, he said he's check on it and get back to me which he did. Moral to this story is that it appears not only are store clerks not trained on their terminals, but TLC staff are not well trained either.

Interesting experiences of stores selling games with no top prizes ...

One time I told a clerk he was suppose to pull a game because there were no top prizes remaining - so he pulled it. Then the next time I was in his store he told me I got him into a lot of trouble because his G-Tech rep told him that SHE was the only person who could pull tickets. To this day, he refuses to pull games. (She must have been a real bitch! <grin>)

Another time I told a retailer he was suppose to pull a ticket because all top prizes had been claimed. He didn't believe me so we agreed I would prove it to him by calling the Texas Lottery to confirm it. We called and he found that he really was suppose to pull the game so he did. Unfortunately, what happened next was nothing short of CRUEL. He received an ugly letter from the Texas Lottery telling him he was in violation of his contract and this was his first warning. He requested that I never call the TLC again!

An interesting observation of a G-Tech rep pulling a game WITH top prizes still remaining ...
The ONLY ticket I ever saw pulled FAST was a $50 ticket that still had top prizes remaining. The rep appeared in this store the day the "Call Date" was issued. The retailer BEGGED to keep his $50 tickets to sell but the Rep refused. She told him, in front of me, that they had orders to get this game off the streets IMMEDIATELY. Imagine that!

I'm slow .... I realized later that he must have had the pack with the multi-million winner in it. If I had been sharper, I'd have bought those tickets! Of course, this is just what I thought - I have NO proof of any kind.

In concluding today's long overdue posting ...
Game #1866, Cashword Multiplier, should NOT be selling in ANY retail store in TX. If you see a retailer selling it, do call me or email me with the location selling the ticket.

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