Gut Rumbles

September 28, 2005

rumor mongering?

I can't believe that poor, dumb black people would do such a thing. No way.

When Georgia first started a lottery, black people bought tickets by the bushel. In fact, some of them bragged about being "players," whatever the fuck that means. (actually, I know what a "player" is. That's a dumbass who spends $100 every week on lottery tickets.) When they didn't win, they had it all figured out. It was a racist plot, the lottery was rigged, and a black person couldn't win.

I am a gambling man. I had the nerve to ask this question to some of the more militant losers. "The lottery pays $600 on every $1,000 bet. Nobody needs to rig that game. What for? The state is getting THEIR vigorish no matter who wins. If you bet against those odds, you're gonna lose. It's a sucker bet, and YOU are suckers for taking it. Why would the state "rig" a lottery that's already rigged from the get-go? But it's somehow "racist?"

To them it was. That's how stupid some people are.

And at the risk of being called a racist again, I'm gonna say--- black people are inclined to that kind of reaction. I'm getting sick and tired of that shit, because I believe that people make their own luck, and black people could do the same if they stopped seeing the racist booger-man every time they turn around.

Does racism exist? Sure, it does. But NOT in the Georgia lottery and anybody with half a brain should understand that fact.

Of course, anybody with half a brain wouldn't spend $100 dollars a week on lottery tickets, either.


Lotteries always have, and always will be an idiot tax. The odds are better of being run over by a bus, surviving it, stealing the bus, driving it into a bank, and making off with the loot.

Posted by: Mr. Lion on September 28, 2005 11:31 AM

My first cousin, who lives in Stilson GA, stps at the Swamp Fox everyday. Two years ago he stopped purchased gas, smokes and beer, he had about three dollars coming back for change. He then purchased three lotto tickets, that saturday night, when they draw the numbers, we woke up sunday morning and one of his tickets had all six numbers, he won 10.6 million dollars on three dollars spent, and yes, he is white, Cat

Posted by: catfish on September 28, 2005 01:19 PM

I belong to a lottery pool at my work. Sure, it's a sucker's bet but it's still fun and somebody always wins.

Also, have you noticed that unsuccessful blacks are victims and successful ones are Uncle Toms?

Posted by: Daniel Medley on September 28, 2005 01:25 PM


Be careful who you are in that lottery pool with. Those "pools" are usually lawsuit waiting to happen (speaking from experience). People get greedy, things happen, etc. Besides, it only takes ONE ticket to win it.

The only way to increase your odds of winning are to play the exact same numbers over a VERY log period of time. Even then, you'd still most likely be able to pull off what Mr.Lion was talking about.

Posted by: LC Corey on September 28, 2005 02:41 PM

Yeah, I understand where you're coming from. We all have this thing we've signed and everyone sees the numbers before they've been drawn.

I know it doesn't increase the odds but I don't have to drive 150 miles to go get the tickets either.

Posted by: Daniel Medley on September 28, 2005 03:12 PM

Playing the exact same numbers every time will not increase the odds. The odds are exactly the same every time. Every lottery draw has all of the numbers in the pool, or hopper, or whatever you call that thain. Here in Florida it's something like 13-million to one.

Posted by: Juan Paxety on September 28, 2005 03:37 PM

Here in Tennessee the odds are about 126 million to 1...several state lottery. The odds of being struck by lightning? About 1 in 280,000 or so.

I guess you might be safer, but poorer, by being in a convenience store buying lottery tickets during a thunderstorm.

Posted by: Wayne on September 28, 2005 04:22 PM

Here in Callyfornia only Mexicans win the lottery.

Posted by: Bob on September 28, 2005 04:25 PM

Calculating the odds on a lottery ticket is like reading the nutritional information on a bottle of beer - it misses the point. The main benefit of playing the lottery is the thrill of being IN THE GAME. Winning's just a nice bonus. Pathetic? Maybe, just like drinkers look pathetic to non-drinkers, and smokers are pathetic (or worse) to non-smokers. It's a vice, and needs to be managed like any other vice. You stick to your poison, and leave me to mine.

Posted by: John Stephens on September 28, 2005 05:54 PM

Most people have trouble visualizing very large or very small numbers. Back when the Florida lotto had odds of one in 14 million, my daughter asked me what that meant. I told her to imagine Tampa Stadium, which sat 70,000. Odds of one in 70,000 would mean that one person in the stadium would win. Now imagine 200 Tampa Stadiums in a row. At four per mile they would stretch 50 miles. One chance in 14 million is the chance that your seat will be chosen out of all those seats in all 200 stadiums.

The current odds are one in about 24 million, so increase the stedium count to 342.

As Voltaire said, a lottery is a tax on stupidity.

Posted by: Ernie G on September 28, 2005 06:17 PM

If the government tried to tax the public to raise the same money that is taken in by the lottery it would be an outcry that it was taxing the people who can't afford to pay the taxes. I don't play the lottery but I suport having it. It means that some of these that claim they don't have the money to pay taxes are actually contributing something in the way of their money towards the expense of state government.

Posted by: GUYK on September 28, 2005 07:22 PM

I usually play $2-3 a week between Maryland and Mega Millions. That doesn't break me, and I don't expect to win anything (see above posts about odds).
BUT somebody has to win something. I have as good a chance as the next guy. I might be the 100 millionth guy, but I might be next.
For less per week than I can buy a pack of cigarettes here, I'll put in my couple bucks.

Posted by: Horrabin on September 28, 2005 07:28 PM

Anyone that puts their money in the lottery that should be used for living expenses should be in the nut house. I'll buy a couple every few months if the gas bill comes out at an odd number of dollars. My chance of winning is the same as anyone that buys a ticket. Most of the money spent on the lottery by people who can't afford it was spent on the numbers racket before the lottery bagan. At least now some of the money goes back to the people. Actually all of the money ends up back to the government in one way or the other.

Posted by: scrapiron on September 28, 2005 08:39 PM

What brought it home to me was standing in line in a 7-11 in Texas. The lady in front of me bought about $15 in grocery items- bread, milk, etc.- and then spent $50 for lottery tickets.

Posted by: Mark on September 28, 2005 10:08 PM

The lottery: "The government's tax on people who can't do math".

Posted by: William on September 28, 2005 11:23 PM

My dad used to play the daily numbers and hit it a few times. Then he did the math. He quit playing 'em but still followed them.

He kept track on a desk calendar, adding up what he would have spent and subtracting what he would have won. He proved to himself that he was saving money by NOT playing.

Considering that the state pays $500 per $1 wagered on 1000:1 odds, it's a sucker bet. Even the illegal numbers games pay off better than that. Or so I'm told.

Posted by: StinKerr on September 29, 2005 03:03 AM


When one of the old Ohio scratch off games came out in the mid '80s, there was a while where the bundles of tickets paid out more than the bundle was worth (ex: 200 tickets at $1 a ticket and the avg. payout was like $200 more) I had a friend that would go into the local 7-11 and buy the entire pack. He came out way ahead for the first day or two of the game, then the Lottery commision pulled all the remaining bundles & re-issued new tickets.

I watched him do it once, but I was still in high school, so I didn't have the cash to take advantage of it. Darn it!

Posted by: RickR on September 29, 2005 08:24 AM
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