Someone once said, “Rich people have the stock market, and poor people have the lottery.” I don’t own any stocks.
My experience shows that new lottery games have lots of winners while the games are new. The winners trail off as time passes. Manipulation? Every lottery retailer I asked, over the years, agreed that there are more winners when the games are new.
The lottery draws used to be held live on television. Now the draws are done behind closed doors. The draws are closely monitored—or so they say. Sometimes (human beings) + (lots of money) = corruption. For the sake of transparency, why not go back to having the draws live on television? Lots of poor people would watch.
I have no proof for the following, but I think the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Commission (OLG) can manipulate winning numbers. It’s all done by computers. The OLG can tell where and when a winning ticket was bought. Can the OLG tell which numbers are picked before the draw, and then make sure none of those numbers wins the jackpot? This, of course, drives up the jackpot. The higher the jackpot, the more tickets people buy. The more tickets people buy, the more money OLG makes. And when the OLG has made enough, they allow the winning numbers to come up from a ticket someone bought. Manipulation would also explain the many winners when games are new.
“Oh, but the numbers are drawn randomly,” they say. Really? How do you program randomness into a computer? Everything a computer does is the result of a program someone created. Isn’t programming randomness an oxymoron?
Thinking that the OLG manipulates the numbers does not stop me from buying lottery tickets. One day I hope to win so I can buy some stocks.