Play the Lottery for Free Gasoline

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Following the example of desperate car companies and brothel owners, Sacramento State Senator Dean Florez floated an idea to attract new people participate in the state lottery: instead of just giving away money to the winners, give away free gas!

Florez tells the Times:

"As we look for ways to think ‘outside the box’ to make the lottery
attractive to new players . . . it seems to me that this is one idea
that should be given serious and prompt consideration," Florez wrote,
adding that lottery players would find an offer of gas "a tantalizing
prospect in today’s energy market."

Even ignoring the obvious transportation related problems with the Florez plan (aren’t we allegedly kicking our addiction to oil and focusing on reducing vehicle emissions) this is still just a bizarre idea.  Given that a sizable portion of the population doesn’t own a car, is the best way to get them to play the lottery to offer them a prize for which they have no use?

  • I glad to see your blog the UK lotto is offering gas or gifts along with lotto tickets..

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