Posted: Saturday, August 14, 2010
Revised: Sunday, Aug 29, 2010 - Added Update story
Revised: Monday, Aug 30, 2010 -
Posted actual figures for Lotto Texas win on 8/31/10

Update To My LotteryPost Story
LotteryPost Re-Wrote The Original Story They Had Posted Titled ...
"2 quick Lotto Texas winners put state in bind"


Did lotterypost.com get a warning letter from the Dallas Morning News?

I'll bet they did otherwise Todd (lotterypost) wouldn't have re-written the story!

Included in this update are the reasons for the big fuss about the TLC being
short to fund Lotto Texas wins ... 3 of them now. July 31, 2010; Aug 11, 2010 and
Aug 28, 2010. After reviewing the facts and "budgets," YOU decide if it is a
"big deal" for Texas to overpay jackpot winners by <
$5.89 million> in 4 short weeks.

lotterypost.com would have you believe it's not a big deal and
that I don't know what I'm talking about ... So again I'll say, you decide.



Update to Aug 14, 2010 posting that can be found below this posting
- Opinions Are Those of
lottoreport.com, sibkkc.ru and megaplier.org

On Friday, August 13, the Dallas Morning News ran a story regarding two Lotto Texas jackpot wins - in just 10 days - where the state was short to fund by $3.4 million.

Lotterypost - Todd Northrop - took the copyrighted Dallas Morning News story and posted it on his web site but he changed it. Obviously, he didn't want his visitors to read what had actually been written about me - rather, he wanted to instill his own opinions.

I don't really know what his motives are - I have my suspicions but at this point, that's about all it is - suspicions.

I do intend to pursue this issue. It will take time to fully investigate but I'm on it. Anyway ...

On Aug 17, I saw that Todd had re-written the story, removed the Dallas Morning News credit line but kept the headline and kept quotes that he obviously did not obtain. I can say this because there's a quote from me and I did not speak to him to give him the quote!

Additionally, Todd added this statement ... "Although Nettles tries to make a case that the Lotto Texas jackpot calculation takes money away from revenue already earned, her conclusion is seemingly unsupported by revenue figures."

Well, it doesn't take an idiot to figure out that if sales don't support a win, a lottery would have to take funds from somewhere to pay the win. Needless to say, this reduces profits. The Texas Lottery will tell you that it is their duty to MAKE money for the state.

If Todd (lotterypost) had posted the stories printed in the Houston Chronicle and San Antonio Express News from the week before, then you'd have read where members of the Texas Legislature are upset about this. As they should be.

Lotto Texas sales are not down because of Mega Millions or Powerball. Sales are down because the Texas Lottery would not give players the game they wanted to play - pick 6 of 50. Players quit and/or reduced their spending back in July 2000 - the first time the TLC changed the Lotto Texas game.

Because of Todd's additional comment and because I don't want players misled, I'm going to show you exactly how the dollars are suppose to be spent as per the rule. Hopefully, everyone will be able to understand - BUT- you MUST understand ONE thing first. And that is ...

Each game is a "separate" business. Each game has its own earnings
and it has its own "budget." This is true for Pick3, Daily4, Cash5,
Texas 2 Step, Lotto Texas, Mega Millions, Megaplier, Powerball
and each and every individual scratch ticket. There is NOT
suppose to be any "co-mingling" of funds between the games.
Remember, each game is a "separate business" and has a "budget."

Now that you understand this, let me show you the Lotto Texas "budget,"
and exactly how the money is earmarked.

Lotto Texas Budget For
Aug 11, 2010 - $6 Million Lotto Texas Win

3 Consecutive Draws - sold a total of $4,800,859 for the 3 draws.
50% goes to the state - 50% goes in the prize pool to pay ALL winners.

Gross Sales $4,800,859 - 100% of sales -
Players Share
"Prize Pool"
$2,400,429.50 States Share
Where The $$ Go
$2,400,429.50
Jackpot Winners Share
From Sales
(.4047%)
$1,942,908 38% of total sales
goes to schools
$1,824,326
Low Tier Prizes Share
(.0953%)
$457,521 5% of total sales
goes to retailers
$240,043

Please notice that the
percentages do equal 100%.

7% of total sales
goes to TLC
$336,060

Now, here's the actual expenses incurred for these 3 draws

Players Share
from Sales 50% - Budget
$2,400,429.50 States Share
From Sales 50% - Budget
$2,400,429.50
Jackpot Winner Receives $4,129,116 Over budget -
Paid to winners
<$2,173,066.50>
Low Tier Prizes Won $444,380 Balance of sales for TLC
to pay commitments
$227,363
Total paid out in prizes

$4,573,496.50

38% of total sales
goes to schools
$1,824,327
Over Budget

<$2,173,066.50>

5% of total sales
goes to retailers
$240,043
7% of total sales
goes to TLC
$336,060
Negative Balance
From Roll (3 draws)
<$2,173,067>

Now lets look at the July 31, 2010 $21 Million Win


Lotto Texas Budget For July 31, 2010
$21 Million Lotto Texas Win

18 Consecutive Draws - sold a total of $32,040,916 for the 18 draws - 100%
50% goes to the state - 50% goes in the prize pool to pay all winners.

Gross Sales $32,040,916 - 100%
Players Share
"Prize Pool"
50%
$16,020,458 States Share
Where the $$ Go
50%
$16,020,458
Jackpot Winners Share
From Sales
(.4047%)
$12,966,959 38% of total sales
goes to schools
$12,175,548
Low Tier Prizes Share
(.0953%)
$3,053,499 5% of total sales
goes to retailers
$1,602,046
- - 7% of total sales
goes to TLC
$2,242,864

Actual Expenses Incurred For These 18 Draws

Players Share
from Sales - Budget
$16,020,458 States Share
From Sales - Budget
$16,020,458
Jackpot Winner Receives $14,155,747 Over budget -
Paid to winners
<$1,208,683>
Low Tier Prizes Won $3,073,394 Balance of sales for TLC
to pay commitments
$14,811,775
Total paid out in prizes

$17,229,141

38% of total sales
goes to schools
$12,175,548
Over Budget

<$1,208,683>

5% of total sales
goes to retailers
$1,602,046
7% of total sales
goes to TLC
$2,242,864
Negative Balance From Roll <$1,208,683>

Lotto Texas was won again on Aug 28, 2010 and the TLC is
short to fund
the winner by <$2,279,721>.
Here is the "budget" (monies earmarked) and again I ask you,

who will NOT receive their share from sales?


Lotto Texas Budget For Aug 28, 2010
An Advertised $8 Million Lotto Texas Jackpot

5 Consecutive Draws - sold a total of $8,278,615 for the 5 draws
50% goes to the state - 50% goes in the prize pool to pay all winners.

Gross Sales: $8,278,615 - 100%
Players Share
"Prize Pool"
$4,139,307.50 States Share
Where the $$ Go
$4,139,307.50
Jackpot Winners Share
From Sales
(.4047%)
$3,350,355 38% from total sales
goes to schools
$3,145,873
Low Tier Prizes Share
(.0953%)
$788,952 5% from total sales
goes to retailers
$413,930
- - 7% from total sales
goes to TLC
$579,503

Actual Expenses Incurred During These 5 Draws

Players Share
from Sales - Budget
$4,139,307.50 States Share
From Sales - Budget
$4,139,307.50
Jackpot Winner Receives $5,630,076 Over budget -
Paid to winners
<$2,280,726>
Low Tier Prizes Won $789,957 Balance of sales
for TLC to
pay commitments
$1,858,581
Total paid out in prizes

$6,420,033

38% from total sales
goes to schools
$3,145,873
Over Budget

<$2,280,726>

5% from total sales
goes to retailers
$413,930
7% from total sales
goes to TLC
$579,503
Negative Balance From Roll <$2,280,726>

Which obligation will not be met from Lotto Texas sales?
Are they taking "profits" from another game to pay these expenses?
As per the rules, they are not suppose to.
FYI - The only games with "excess funds" is Megaplier, Pick3 and Daily4.
These games are not returning 50% of sales to players.


Contrary to what you may read at lotterypost concerning the plentiful monies - the TLC is suppose to live within its budget. They have expenses and obligations from total sales for each game. The state can not afford these losses. But more importantly, there should never be a "loss."

I can assure you, successful businesses do not ROB PETER TO PAY PAUL. The TLC is taking PROFITS that the state is counting on and using it in other areas. The state NEVER thinks it has enough money - Let me ask you a question - do you ever have enough money???? Are you satisfied with what you have? Do you knowingly, purposely and graciously OVERPAY for things you buy?

While lottery players may LOVE being overpaid by the state, it is not right nor is it good business. There is nothing wrong with the state seeing 50% of sales and they SHOULD see their share of sales. It is my humble opinion that if they are not returning at least 50% of sales for each game, then they are srewing the people. All they have to do is pay "pari-mutuel" prizes which means - divide a set percentage of sales for each prize level and pay the winners accordingly.

Right now, Megaplier, Pick3 and Daily 4 are the only games not returning 50% of sales to the players. And I feel strongly that this is wrong. I suppose those few at lotterypost think its OK to take excess monies from Pick3 to pay Lotto Texas winners.

Between 1992 and 2006 (I could be wrong on the end date) - Lotto Texas players did not see 50% or 55% of sales like the TLC led you to believe. I fought this deception and was finally successful - they no no longer hold 2% in reserve for Lotto Texas.

For anyone who may question this - may I suggest that you go to the rules (1992, 1996, 2000 and maybe 2003 Lotto Texas rules) and add up the allocations for the 3 of 6, 4 of 6, 5 of 6 and 6 of 6 and you'll find that they equal 98% NOT 100%. Just in case anyone needs a refresher, .

The reason players didn't see their "quoted" share of sales is because the TLC would withhold 2% from the players share of sales just in case it was needed to fund the $3 and $5 guaranteed prizes. At one point, they had so much in reserve that the legislature made them transfer funds into the General Revenue fund.

Having said this - let me clarify one thing for the record. Because the TLC was "guaranteeing" jackpots, they were short to fund many wins by over $70 million dollars. They used the 2% (reserve money) for those wins - again - the TLC did NOT have to do this because the rule at that time stated it was a "jackpot based on sales" meaning a winner was only due the amount of money that was set aside (allocated) for his win. But I suppose one could say that they had to "honor" the amount advertised.

After changes were made allowing the TLC to guarantee the advertised amount, they overpaid winners by another $30 million. All in all, the TLC overpaid Lotto Texas jackpot winners by $100 million before 2006.

I was present when members of the House Licensing and Administration learned of this and I can tell you, they were sick. I have a lot of information about these overpayments posted on my website.

FYI - The TLC just changed the Mega Millions rule. In case you didn't know it, Mega Millions jackpots will no longer be "guaranteed" - the winner will receive his percentage of sales and at that, he won't receive it all because they are "rounding down" to even millions. This usually leaves hundreds of thousands of dollars in the lottery's bank account!

Why Todd - who is supposedly a private lottery playing citizen who maintains a very elaborate, successful lottery website - would allow his visitors to be led astray regarding TEXAS tax-payer money is beyond me. His statement, "although Nettles tries to make a case that the Lotto Texas jackpot calculation takes money away from revenue already earned, her conclusion is seemingly unsupported by revenue figures" shows his ignorance. The Texas Lottery is here to make money, not foolishly throw away profits from other games. And if the revenue is coming from their operating budget, then they clearly have too much money and can afford to reduce their allocation from sales - give more to the schools.

It is also beyond me that Todd (lotterypost) offers links to purchase lottery tickets on line for $2 each when he knows full well that should you win and the lottery finds out how you purchased your ticket and that you paid $2 for it, then they won't pay you your prize. Your prize money will go into the unclaimed prize fund!

Why would someone who is a "fellow player" put you at risk of not collecting your winnings?

In case you didn't know this, it was alleged by the NJ Consumer Affairs Division that Todd had violated the NJ Consumer Fraud Act. I believe he agreed to pay $35K but did not admit guilt. Complete details can be obtained by reading this. (pdf) This is an OFFICIAL document that was filed on June 23, 2004 in New Jersey.

FYI - The link to purchase online lottery tickets at lotterypost.com also allows you to purchase Texas Mega Millions tickets online with megaplier - but the costs would be $4 per ticket!

I wonder, how much money does Todd make from the sale of online, illegally purchased lottery tickets? Did the NJ AG not make it clear to him that he could not do this when they went after him in 2004? Of course, the link to purchase US lottery tickets is registered to someone overseas. Maybe this makes it legal.

It is also beyond me that Todd Northrop purchased "megaplier.com" on Oct 16, 2003 (late night) or Oct 17, 2003 (early morning) which was the very day the TLC signed the agreement to join Mega Millions and offer Megaplier. How on earth did Todd Northrop - a private, lottery playing citizen from New Jersey - have the insight to buy this domain name before the Texas Lottery ever made it public?

Equally important, why is the TLC after my megaplier.org domain name and not after Todd's megaplier.com name? I bought megaplier.org on March 25, 2004 after I realized the TLC did not want it because they had not purchased it nor had they purchased megaplier.net. Commissioner Clowe instructed staff to purchase "whatever domain names" the TLC needed for Mega Millions in Sept or Oct 2003. Yet they didn't buy the names - a clear indication to me that they didn't want them - but now they do - not Todd's - just mine.

When I discovered the name "meagplier" was already in use by Todd Northrop prior to the TLC's filing for a mark on the name - according to the paperwork I have from the US Trademark Office - I bought it to show profit loss on the game - I honestly believed the TLC had no interest in the domain name. Now, 6 years later, the TLC is trying to take it away from me claiming I bought it in "bad faith" and am making a profit from the name. Not so folks!

The truth is, they don't want me giving ya'll public financial data on megaplier and are trying to get it off the net. Enough of this - I didn't mean to get carried away.

I'll say one thing about Mr. Northrop, he sure is FAST. Did you know he can post drawing results from 44 state lotteries in a matter of minutes. Gawd, it takes me 2 to 5 minutes to post TX games and I'm usually the first one up! While he denies having any connection to any state lottery, one sure has to wonder about this since he can post so many drawing results in such a short length of time. Shoot, how does he get the info so fast?

Not only does he pull off this miracle, but he displays all of Texas' games logo's on his drawing results page. WOW - The Texas Lottery doesn't allow anyone to do this. But they do at lotterypost.com. Why is this?

I think I have all of Todds emails to me and someday, for grins, I'll share them with you. He hasn't liked me from day one and it is very obvious. Maybe this is why the TLC allows him to show their copyrighted logo's!

One more thing - for those of you who have written me with regards to the negative postings at lotterypost about me, please understand, I can not control what is written about me. It appears lotterypost is the ONLY media where you will read negative things about me or my work. But, for those of you who have asked that I stand up and defend myself, well, here it is! I realize he won't let you post a defense of me so this is the best I can do.

I'm not trying to start a cyber war - I just want ya'll to be aware that the advice you may get at lotterypost may not be the best advice nor the most factual. Especially when it comes to taxpayer MONEY and the altering of copyrighted stories. Now I can only wonder how many other stories he has "altered."

Related Links For Tracking Lotto Texas Money
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LotteryPost.com GUILTY of Misleading Its Readers

They took a Dallas Morning News Copyrighted Story,
changed it and posted it ... Shame, shame ...

They want you to believe that the way they presented the story
is how it appeared in the paper ... They just lost creditability...


The Story As It Appeared in the

Dallas Morning News



Here is the copyrighted story as it actually appeared in the Dallas Morning News ...
You will see what lotterypost.com changed at will ... it's clearly marked ..
Ask yourself, why would lotterypost.com change this paragraph about me (Nettles)?

2 quick Lotto Texas winners put state in bind

12:00 AM CDT on Friday, August 13, 2010
By CHRISTY HOPPE / The Dallas Morning News

to see the story as it appeared in Dallas Morning News

AUSTIN – The luck of lottery winners is picking up. For the state, not so much: It has taken a $3.4 million hit in just the past 10 days.

Since July 31, someone has correctly picked the six Lotto Texas numbers twice, but the state sold an insufficient number of tickets to fully cover the advertised prize.

Bobby Heith, a spokesman for the Texas Lottery Commission, said the state account holding lottery earnings will cover the winning tickets. Overall, it has been a good year, with Lotto Texas proceeds up 33 percent over the same period last year, he said.

In fiscal 2009, all lottery ticket sales garnered $3.7 billion – $201 million coming from Lotto Texas.

Lottery expert

The above paragraph (in bold) was
replaced with this paragraph at lotterypost.com

"

See my comments below story ...

"That's like saying we're getting paid $1,000 a month and spending $2,000," she said.

Nettles has been a strong proponent of basing a winner's take on the amount of ticket sales.

But Lottery Commission members have decided, as a way to generate interest and fuel sales, that each new Lotto Texas game should begin at $4 million and grow in increments of at least $1 million per drawing, even if ticket sales don't necessarily cover the prizes.

"Lotto Texas has a very, very loyal following," Heith said. "We want to provide them with the game they want. We design games, all of them, to generate revenue for the state of Texas to support education."

Supporting education doesn't mean taking money away from revenue already earned, Nettles said.

"The state needs that money, and in this case the state is being shortchanged," she said. "They should be operating within their budget. They need to pay a winner based on what sales are."

On July 31, the winning ticket was advertised at $21 million, leaving the state with a $1.2 million prize deficit. On Wednesday night, a winning $6 million ticket was drawn, leaving the state with $2.2 million to make up.

The Lottery Commission used to operate a reserve account to make up such differences. That was depleted in May 2009 and wasn't replenished. The two most recent winning tickets are the first for which the general lottery fund is making up the deficit between sales and winnings.

To lotterypost.com from

Mr. LotteryPost (Mr. Todd Northrop) - you cannot take a "copyrighted" story and change it to say what you want it to say then post it as if this is the way it appeared in the newspaper. You have purposely and maliciously misled your readers with regard to me and the story as it appeared.

With the exception of the one paragraph shown above, it is word for word identical to the Dallas Morning News story that ran on Friday, August 13, 2010.

My educated guess is that you will be hearing from the Dallas Morning News in the VERY near future about your changes to their copyrighted story. They don't take kindly to having their stories changed. Plus, you failed to include a link to the story which makes matters even worse for YOU.

As for me, I take offense to what you have written as I am not "anti-lottery" - I voted for the lottery and I play the games. I do not spend as much money as I use to, but I still play them because even I know, you absolutely cannot win IF you do not have a ticket. And, I am a BIG Pick3 player.

I do, however, oppose people who lie. I also oppose lotteries who offer unfair games of chance which the Texas Lottery has so graciously bestowed upon its citizens. Each change to Lotto Texas was made in an attempt to make winning more difficult so they can "make more money" for the state. Every attempt has FAILED to produce higher sales - and I told them each time they would fail.

"local newspapers" are not the only ones who call me. Ask USA Today, Maxium Magazine, CBC (Canada), Ohio Ombudsman, Washington Post, New York Times plus a host of other newspapers, TV stations and radio stations from all over the country.

You have confirmed, once and for all, my suspicions that your visitors can not believe what they read at your site. Your credibility just went down the tubes.

I expect a retraction and an apology. I can not speak for the Dallas Morning News but I can assure you, they WILL want something come Monday morning - you can take this one to your lottery bank!

To lotterypost.com readers

At this time I want to finally thank all of you for the continuous stream of messages sent to me over the years about lotterypost.com and their ugly comments about me. I appreciate your attempts to post "defenses" for me but I've always known that lotterypost.com - like the lotteries - only want you to know what they want you to know. They do not want to give anyone sibkkc.ru's web address nor do they want anyone to "think" that I might know what I'm talking about with regards to lotteries.

As evidenced by this latest stunt, I can only advise you to "not believe everything you read and hear on the news - especially lottoerypost.com!"

It's a shame too - lotterypost is an excellent web site - it's just sad that those who post messages are not "real" lottery players and obviously, lotterypost.com has a hidden agenda whereas I only fight for the rights of the players and the retailers.

Folks - I'm certain that Todd won't post your remarks on his changes to the Dallas Morning News story but I will. So - share your thoughts with me and I'll post them below.You've been asking me for a place to vent, well, here's your opportunity.

Email your comments and I'll post them




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