Tuesday, March 18, 2008

The State of Florida Acting as Predicted

Go back and read my December 21st Post in which I pointed out one of the key dangers of state-sponsored gambling: when the state decides it needs more revenue from the gambling, it must either:

(1) attract more gamblers

[that is, attract gamblers from other types of gambling or get lotto players from other states to play its state game--in other words, compete];

(2) create new gamblers

[namely, "children" who have just turned 18, the legal age--in other words, get new people hooked on the "drug" like any smart pusher would];

(3) create more profitable games

[in other words, create games that are more addictive and that pay less--in other words, cheat the people who are already addicted--make them pay more, but give them the same return or less],

or (4) do a combination of one or all three of the above.

Well, the state of Florida has decided to do # 3--create more profitable games--create games that are more addictive and that pay less.

The new lotto scheme is to get you to pay an extra dollar or an extra 2 dollars to increase your lotto jackpot--if you win. The dollar adds an extra ten million to your jackpaot (if you win); the two dollars add an extra 25 million to your jackpot (if you win).

For example, if the jackpot is posted at 3 million dollars--

$1 = chance at a 3 million dollar jackpot
$2= chance at a 13 million dollar jackpot (in other words, add 10 million for that extra buck)
$3= chance at a 28 million dollar jackpot (in other words, add 25 million for the extra 2 bucks)

Okay, let's agree on something--you are not going to win. Well, you have a one in about thirteen million chance of winning, which is roughly a zero chance, but if you play into their scheme it will now cost you 2 dollars or 3 dollars to play--lose--on Saturday and Wednesday nights.

What's really happening here?

Well, we all know that big jackpots attract more players, right? So how does the state get a bigger jackpot? A bigger jackpot that will ALWAYS be there so that the state can always have more players? You got it--give the WINNER a chance at an extra ten or twenty million for that extra one or two bucks.

So with this new game, three things are going to happen.

1) The state of Florida will reap in millions and millions from players because it will always have big jackpots and therefore lots and lots of players.

2) The state of Florida will reap in millions and millions from the extra buck and two bucks that the thirteen or so million losers will pay just to lose.

3) You will get used to paying 2 or 3 dollars for your weekly (losing) lotto ticket--then the price of a single ticket will eventually rise and you won't feel it at all.

In short, it will cost you more and you will reap the same thing--nothing. Zero. In other words, the state has just created a more profitable game, not for you, but for themselves.

Yes, you say, but Preston, we are not getting the same return. We are getting an extra 10 or 25 million dollars. It's worth the extra few bucks.

No, you are wrong. You are going to lose, and one lucky guy is going to win. And when he wins, I want you to go up to him and ask him to share that 25 million with you and see what he says.

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LEXIS-NEXIS--"By day, P drives a school bus in Miami. But his vocation? He's a gambler who craves every opportunity to steal a few hours to play the numbers, the lottery, at the Indian casinos. Allen has a narrative voice as compelling as feeding the slots is to P." Betsy Willeford is a Miami-based freelance book reviewer. November 4, 2007

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Preston L. Allen is the recipient of a State of Florida Individual Artist Fellowship in Literature and the Sonja H. Stone Prize in Fiction for his short story collection Churchboys and Other Sinners (Carolina Wren Press 2003). His works have appeared in numerous publications including The Seattle Review, The Crab Orchard Review, Asili, Drum Voices, and Gulfstream Magazine; and he has been anthologized in Here We Are: An Anthology of South Florida Writers, Brown Sugar: A Collection of Erotic Black Fiction, Miami Noir, and the forthcoming Las Vegas Noir. His fourth novel, All Or Nothing, chronicles the life of a small-time gambler who finally hits it big. Preston Allen teaches English and Creative Writing in Miami, Florida.