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Originally Posted: August 23, 2012
Revised: June 5, 2013


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All or Nothing

- Sales Suspended 6/3/13 - 11:40 AM -

Without any fanfare, the TLC suspended All or Nothing sales today.
They issued the following press relase at 4 pm, June 3, 2013 -
as you read what they want you to know, my comments,
explanations and opinions will be in blue italics!

TEXAS LOTTERY TEMPORARILY SUSPENDS SALES FOR ALL OR NOTHING GAME

(AUSTIN) - June 3, 2013 - The Texas Lottery today announced that it has temporarily suspended sales for the popular All or Nothing draw game. (Game not popular - If anyone thinks selling an average of 34,682 tickets per draw is successful and popular - well, then I suppose I'm off base.)

GTECH Corporation, the lottery operator in Texas, notified the commission of a game design issue related to the current game structure, caused in part by player propensity to play certain number combinations in the game. To remain consistent with its mission of generating revenue for public education, the Texas Lottery will evaluate placing limitations on wagers that can be purchased for any number combination in the game. The practice of setting liability limits is common in the lottery industry for games that offer guaranteed prizes. ("Guaranteed prizes" is a liability for any lottery and the practice of guaranteeing any prizes for any game should be outlawed by the state. They should NOT be allowed to "set liability limits" while advertising a top prize of $250K when this may not be true which is what this sounds like they are wanting to do. This game with its 4 draws per day is entirely too much. Not only that - but they are also getting ready to conduct FOUR Pick3 and Daily4 draw daily too.)

“We have been advised of this game design issue and, in an abundance of caution, we have temporarily suspended sales for All or Nothing to evaluate the situation thoroughly,” said Gary Grief, executive director of the Texas Lottery. “While we review this matter, we will honor all prizes for All or Nothing tickets that have already been purchased by our players.” (I think he's saying no more sales for now but NO ONE will answer this question. It should require a rule change for what I think they are wanting to do.)

“The Texas Lottery is intensely committed to our mission to generate revenue for education in Texas,” said Grief. “Although there have been no negative financial consequences to the state as a result of the identified game design issue, we will take any and all necessary steps to protect the financial interests of the state of Texas.” (They didn't expect to have what FEW winners they actually had - they expected to offer a game that you could not win.)

All or Nothing is played by selecting 12 numbers from a pool of 24. The game offers a variety of prizes. Players can win the game’s top prize of $250,000 by matching all of the 12 numbers drawn by the Texas Lottery or by matching none of the 12 numbers drawn.

Players have readily embraced the game and its unique playstyle. Sales for All or Nothing, launched on Sept. 9, 2012, have exceeded expectations, and in its first eight months, the game has generated sales of $62.5 million and $36.7 million in prizes to players. (If you want to see how they really fared rather than to believe this propaganda, click here for the financial picture. As you can see from their numbers, which I do agree with, $62.5 in sales but winnings of $36.7 is far MORE than a 50% return to the players which is why they've done what they've done now. Understand - this means the lottery's share was $25.8 million and they have to pay their costs from this $25.8 million - ie ... retailer commissions, G-Tech, advertising etc - Yet they want us to believe the game is "PROFITABLE?" )

- In Conclusion -
Because they sell multi draw tickets, it stands to reason that
they will have to conduct draws to support the advanced sales.
Then we'll see what happens.

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Here's the answers to all your questions and the REAL truth
(6/5/13 - 4 PM - Revisions and edited 2 AM - 6/6/13) ... Click here

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All or Nothing
A New Texas Lottery Online Game

Ticket sales begin Sept 9, 2012 - first drawing will be Monday, Sept 10, 2012

Cost of Single Play - $2

The Texas Lottery (TLC) will draw 12 numbers from a pool of 24 numbers.
There will be 4 drawings each day - Monday through Saturday
(10 AM, 12:27 PM, 6 PM, 10:12PM)

The object of All or Nothing is to select (match) as few
OR as many of the numbers drawn.

Players MUST select 12 numbers - or if purchasing a Quick Pick,
12 computer generated numbers will appear on the lottery ticket.
(It is nearly impossible for anyone to select 12 numbers between 1 - 24
and NOT match any number from 12 numbers drawn. Think about it.
Most players will sucessfully select 5, 6 or 7 numbers.
)

You win absolutely NOTHING if you match 5, 6, or 7 of the numbers drawn.

Prediction: Many players will NOT understand or believe that matching 5, 6 or
7 numbers pays nothing. I believe this will result in arguments with store clerks.
I just hope it doesn't ever turn violent. I also believe that calls to both the TLC
and to me will be plentiful - players will be thinking/complaining that they
got screwed by the store clerk on his payout.

All prizes are guaranteed prize amounts. Like the Pick3 and Daily 4 games,
there is no breakdown of allocations from sales for each prize level.

Prize Chart for All or Nothing is as follows ...

Match Odds Prize
0 Numbers 1 in 2,704,156 $250,000
1 Number 1 in 18,779 $500
2 Numbers 1 in 621 $50
3 Numbers 1 in 56 $10
4 Numbers 1 in 11 $2
5 Numbers Not a winner Not a winner
6 Numbers Not a winner Not a winner
7 Numbers Not a winner Not a winner
8 Numbers 1 in 11 $2
9 Numbers 1 in 56 $10
10 Numbers 1 in 621 $50
11 Numbers 1 in 18,779 $500
12 Numbers 1 in 2,704,156 $250,000

Comments, Opinions & Predictions
by

The Texas Lottery states in the rule that this game will "result in an
estimated $40.5 million for the first five year period.
" Please notice ... it is
not clear as to whether this is profit - meaning excess funds for the state. The
Texas Lottery is notorious for quoting sales, not the bottom line which is
the most important factor of any business.

It is my opinion that clearly it will not be "excess funds" for the state
as those who choose to play this game will simply reduce their
spending on the other games that they were playing.
It will not generate new income or players.

This game - with its $2 price tag and extreme high odds - will ultimately
cause players to quit playing all games in shear disgust of constantly losing.

Prediction - The biggest "profit" to the state from All or Nothing will be to the
unclaimed prize fund. This game will NOT be understood by the majority of
those who play the game as it goes completely against the concept of any
lottery game. Unclaimed prize monies is an expected and vital revenue to the
state even though they claim it's not. (I will be showing you a lot about the
unclaimed prize monies when I complete my scratch ticket story
)

Many of you have written me with ugly comments regarding the Texas Lottery
offering this game, particularly opposed to the 4 draws per day and to the cost of
the game. You've also commented about my silence regarding the proposed rule and
asked why I didn't post a notice about it. The reason is simple - it would have been
a complete waste of my time and your time because the TLC doesn't care what
you want or what you think. They will give you what they want you to have
and when their ideas fail to increase revenues, they explain to the Legislature
and the Commissioners that it was done in such and such state successfully
which lets the TLC off the hook. (The TLC tells the Commissioners and
the Legislature this even though sometimes the "success" was short
lived - but they always leave that tidbit out. Imagine that!
)

I will be tracking the money as I do on all games and I will be posting it.
So only time will tell. I believe we will see sales decline on all games as players
will switch games in hopes of winning $250K - which very, very few will ever win.

As for the retailers - the ones that I've spoken with are most unhappy
about the new game. They already see that most of their players are
not going to understand the game and will make many mistakes on
their playslips costing them time from "paying customers."
Many retailers have spoken up with regards to the cost and
the fact that players cannot afford what they already spend.
Ironically, some have actually said that they are tired of seeing
people chase dreams that don't ever seem to come in.

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Did Gary Grief Lead The Commissioners To
Believe All or Nothing was born in Texas?

And about that highly publicized "liability" problem.
Posted 6/8/13 - Click here

Houston Chronicle Exposes Mr. Grief's
Contractions Regarding All or Nothing

Here's the answers to all your questions and the REAL truth
(6/5/13 - 4 PM - Revisions and edited 2 AM - 6/6/13) ... Click here

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