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Originally Created: March 16, 2000
Updated: Feb 11, 2016
Revised: 02/11/16 - 10:45 am
(2/11/16 - Added editorial on Money Mania ticket under "Trick Ticket #2"- date in red)
(2/10/16 - Added .gif showing money bags on Payday ticket)

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- Part 8 -
The Tax Break Shenanigans of J. Winston Krause

In 2008, Commissioner Krause sued the IRS to get a
refund of interest and penalties he had paid for a disallowed
deduction and income. The disallowed deduction ... he
bought Canadian dollars for $20K; claimed he paid
$2.8 million; he showed a loss of <$2.7 million> yet
he had sold the Canadian dollars for $19.5K. A 2010
5th Circuit of Appeals quote ... "Krause's Tax
" A very interesting and telling story
about the man who Chairs our Lottery.
Part 8 Posted April 6, 2014
A Must Read For Texas Players.
Click graphic above ...


Dallas Morning News Reported TX Lottery
Director Gary Grief Was Less Than Honest

We've got a lottery director who will do anything to screw
consumers just to make more money for the state - termed
"easy money." Our lawmakers need to take action. I'd think
Grief's role with MUSL (Powerball) is being scrutinized by
the other states too. If Chuck Strutt took a fall for the
jackpot fixing scandal, then Grief should be right behind him.
It's very difficult for players to trust someone who does not
tell the truth. This story has gone national and is an
embarrassment to Texas. 1/16/16. Click here


- Attention All Players -
Please Sign This Petition

A client in the Fun 5's lawsuit started this petition
and is gathering signatures. You do NOT have to be
involved in the Fun 5 case to sign it as the petition
is calling for our elected officials to give us an
HONEST lottery and FAIR games of chance.
This is something we all want and we don't have
it. Our elected officials are the ONLY ones who
have direct oversight of the TLC and CAN
change things. Posted 01/18/16 - Click here




The largest lottery jackpot in
U.S. history.
See how much
you would win if you won the
$1.3 billion Powerball jackpot

Plus other explanations to cover
your questions. Revised 1 AM - 01/10/16
Click here


Key Lottery MUSL Director
Out Due To Jackpot Fixing

An AP Story -12/23/15 - Click here


Texas Lottery/G-Tech
Deceiving Players Again

Deceptive advertising regarding receiving
FREE promotional Lotto Texas tickets.
Unbelievable! See it to believe it.
I think the AG would go after any
business in the private sector for this.
Posted 12/05/15 - Updated 12/06/15
Click here


Powerball's Obnoxiously
Harder To Win Now

Read all the fine details of the rule
change plus some tidbits they
don't want you to understand. New
game begins Click here


Texas' Fun 5's
Scratch Tickets

Fun 5's Scratch
Tickets Not Paying
Face Value of Winnings

See it for yourself. Includes
all details. Click here.

Fun 5's
Questions & Answers

Everything you have been
asking me is covered here!
Posted 9/21/14.
Click here.

Media Coverage - Fun 5's
This is NOT all of them!

ABC - KTRK TV Houston
NBC - KXAS - Dallas
Houston Chronicle
Dallas Morning News
Kens5 - San Antonio - TV.
Dallas Observer
Click 2 - Houston
Fox News
Fox 7 - Austin
Austin American

Good Morning America
(Can't find link)
Channel 11 TV -
Fort Worth - 10/21/14

Courthouse News

Houston Chronicle
Dallas Morning News,
Courthouse News,
Dallas Morning News,
Houston Chronicle,
4 Traders
Courthouse News
News Journal
WacoTrib (AP)


- Jilted Players -
Monopoly Millionaires Club

3 Separate Editorials -
Jan 5, 9, 14, 2015, Click here
NBC, Channel 5, DFW
- by Ken Kalthoff, click here
Past Monopoly Drawing
Results, Click here
Hoosier Lottery Losing Money
(So is Texas), Click here
Official Game Rule (As of
Oct 29, 2014)(word), click here
MMC Audience Selections
Procedures, click here (pdf)
Future participating
states - Click here (pdf)
Draw Sales by State,
Click here

Financial Re-cap of Draws,
Click here

(Watch here for additional
documents to be posted


- Meet Kelly Cripe -
The Spokesperson
For the TX Lottery

She's the person who decided
I didn't need to receive public
information that I pass along
to you every day!
Originally Posted 5/30/12
- Click here -
My response to Cripes
Cease & Desist Letter

Posted 4/21/13,

Click here

We've never seen Cripe
on TV - See the "test"
interview she did prior
to being hired. (A wmv
file - should open in
Windows Media Player
Posted June 23, 2014
Click here

About Texas Triple
Chance Three
Separate Postings

With this letter, I've done
all I can do - Posted
1/30/14. Click here

Is this game a true
lottery game? Is it
legal? Posted
1/20/14, Click here
"Secretly" Proposed.
Details New Game.
Posted 1/7/14,
Click here

Unbelievable Duplicate
Quick Picks

Louisiana players buys 4
tickets, all tickets have
the same numbers.
Very sad. (Nov 7, 2013 -
Updated Nov 12, 2013)
Click here.

Did Gary Grief Lead
The Commissioners
Believe All or Nothing
was born in Texas?

And about that highly
publicized "liability"
Posted 6/8/13.
Click here

Houston Chronicle
Exposes Mr. Grief's
Contractions Regarding
All or Nothing

Here's the answers to all
your questions and the
REAL truth (6/5/13)
Click here

Will Texas Honor
The Rule & The Face
Value of My Scratch

This letter was submitted
to Gary Grief - Director
of the TLC. I'm asking
that my winning tickets
be paid - Unbelievable
story and only the tip
of the iceberg regarding
Texas scratch tickets.
After you read the letter,
tell me - do you think
it's a winning ticket?
Should they pay me?
Posted 12/10/12.
Click here

Texas Player Buys
7 Quick Picks And
Receives 7 Identical

An Unbelievable
Story - Posted 3/15/12,
Click here

Lottery Terminals
Err - Here is
Absolute Proof

Posted 7/12/07 -
Don't let this happen to
you. Check your own
tickets! Click here
Very Interesting.

Editorial & Opinions by Dawn Nettles


2/10/16 - A few topics to cover today. 1) the TLC is currently selling two trick scratch tickets;
2) another lawsuit was filed; and 3) Denice Deckard's petition.

What is a "trick" ticket?
It's a scratch ticket with a design where players will notoriously discard winning tickets thus increasing
the unclaimed prize fund. "Trick ticket" is what I named such tickets - it is not an official name. Also
it's important to note that to me, these tickets are not "deceptive" tickets because the instructions clearly
state what constitutes a "winning ticket" and where to scratch the ticket.

The Texas Lottery has sold "deceptive" tickets too. To me, "deceptive" means play areas are not
marked so players will fail to uncover all of the symbols. So that you know, I have called their attention to
"deceptive" tickets in the past but they did NOT take action. They just continued to sell the tickets
knowing players were being deceived as the states unclaimed prize fund grew at the expense of the
players. Sounds familiar, huh?

Anyway, let me show you what they are selling now that I take issue with - clearly, they are trick tickets.

Trick ticket #1 - $200,000 Double Payday


Players look at new
scratch tickets to see
how to play them and what
the play style is. By that I
mean, they determine if it's
match a number, a tic-tac-toe,
match 2 or 3 symbols, find a
digit/graphic, crossword,
bingo game, etc.

Player are accustomed to extra
features that sometimes are found
on scratch tickets. By that I mean,
they are aware that sometimes
there may be a small play area,
usually a box or a circle, to
scratch that contains either an
instant win or a multiplier.
Unfortunately, players often miss
these little games and discard
winning tickets. Anyway ....

$200,000 Double Payday, is
a "trick" ticket. This is because
players have NEVER seen
a ticket where there was a game
on the back side of the ticket to play.

As a result, players are throwing
the tickets away statewide
without ever playing the
game on the back.

Below is the back of the
$200,000 Double Payday
showing the unexpected game.

Often times, they throw in two
"tricks" on a ticket. Such is the
case on this particular ticket.
I call this a double whammy!

If you'll notice, the symbols
on the back side are little
pictures/graphics of various
things - stars, cherries, bells,
crowns etc. On this game, they
threw in a bonus symbol,
specifically a gold bar. This
means if you uncover a gold
bar, then you win instantly.

But players will fail to see the gold bar
because they are busy concentrating
on finding 3 like symbols. Players
have been conditioned to believe IF
there is a special instant win symbol
on a ticket, it will be highly visible
and explicitly defined

In fact, this very ticket has such a
symbol on the front side. The main game
is a "match a number" but if you reveal
a "money bag," then it's an instant win. And
the "money bag" is extremely visible
as it's all numbers in the play area.. See ....

Anyway, players do fuly expect a
symbol to literally stand out so it's
identified instantly as they scratch
the ticket like you see above.

But as you can see, players will invariably
miss the bar - as shown above. Notice, too,
the player didn't even uncover all three symbols
in the line because again, he thinks he's looking
for three (3) like symbols. He thinks a special
symbol would be highly visible IF there is one.

(Above is one of about 10 tickets that I've
picked up where the player failed to see
it was a winning ticket. Very sad.)

Do understand, the ticket is
NOT deceptive as the instructions
are very clear. It's what you'd call
a "legal trick ticket!"

When there's an "instant stand alone win"
.... symbol on a ticket, the lottery should
use a number symbol when the ticket
consists of all graphics. By the same token,
they should use a graphic symbol when
the ticket consists of all numbers in the
play area. This would make the win
highly visible. And they do
this on many tickets.

Examples of trashed winning
tickets is on the opposite side.
Notice the symbols are all
graphics as is the special winning
symbol. This should NEVER be
allowed in any scratch ticket design.

Back side of #1747

$200,000 Double Payday
Started Jan 18, 2016.


- Examples -

Winning tickets
where the player failed to
identify it as a winning ticket.

- Game #1354 -
Last day to redeem prizes was July 2015
Total unclaimed prizes: $3,711,557

Game #1747
Trick ticket currently selling.

(Started Jan 28, 2016)


In My Educated Opinion

What I've described here is a proven strategy for selling
"winning tickets" with a high probability that many
"prizes" may never be claimed under these specific
conditions. They do this in hopes of increasing the
unclaimed prize fund. Basically, they're gambling
using these "tricks" for financial gain.

And it works.

After the Fun 5's lawsuits conclude, I'll show you just
how many tickets have been "trick" tickets.

My Prediction
The unclaimed prize money on this ticket will be colossal.

FYI - The unclaimed prize monies are included as income
for each fiscal year. Clearly an incentive to continue
producing such tickets!


Trick ticket #2 - $500,000 Money Mania

The next ticket, $500,000 Money Mania,
is a $20 ticket that started 02/01/16.

Players have always received at least the
cost of a ticket should it be either a
"winning ticket" or a "break-even" ticket.

But they changed up on this ticket.
You can only imagine how players feel by
spending $20 then getting a ticket that
could return a mere $5.

The calls I've taken from irate players and the
comments I've heard in the field are unbelievable.
Players are angry. I'd bet the TLC is hearing about
it too but I'd also bet they'd never fess up. Just like
they did on the Fun 5's ticket. I'm sure you remember,
they said they had received "few complaints." Hogwash.

For this ticket, the TLC is bragging that every ticket in
a pack is a "winning" ticket. And that my friend, is NOT
true. Tell me, if you spend $20 and get $5 back,
what did you "win?" Me ... I'd say I lost $15!

The truth is, this ticket is really a $15 ticket. But by collecting $20,
gross FY sales increases. Again, it's all for the love of money and
is clearly another way to report deceiving sales figures.

02/11/16 - Added after original story posted - Ooops, I forgot to
tell you the "trick" on this ticket aside from the cost! Notice the two
circles on top left and right - one says "Bonus" and the other one says
"Money Mania Number." Well, the "trick" on this ticket that will
inflate the unclaimed prize fund (not everyone will know every ticket
is a winner
) is that the "Money Mania Number" is another number
to match in the main body of the ticket. Players invariably fail to
look for the extra number and trash their tickets. I think players
forget and the state profits from their error.

The TLC has learned from other tickets with this
feature that it's a money maker design/feature.

Many thanks to those of you who reminded
me what I forgot to tell other players!

BIG news - another lottery lawsuit has been filed ...
A player in Iowa is suing MUSL and has named the Iowa lottery as a co-defendant. The player won $9 million and collected it. Then he learned that there was a "jackpot fixing" issue and it was him who won the next jackpot after the fixed jackpot was "supposedly" won. Therefore, he believes his jackpot should have been bigger. And he is dead right!

I'll bet there will be more winners come forward and they should.

Besides us Fun 5 players who should win our legal cases, this player should definitely win his legal case too. Watch/read the stories. Click here & click here

If you don't know about the jackpot fixing, here is a link to one of the stories on it. Click here.

Denice Deckards petition calling for an honest lottery, fair games of chance and a management shake-up ...
After this posting, I hope ya'll will really see a need to sign the petition. So please sign it. Denice wants to hit 10,000 signatures - she's at approx. 8200 now - I think. Help spread the word - OK? Here's another link to copy and paste in emails or social media.


If you want to go there now and sign it yourself, click here.

That's all for today.


01/08/16 - Today I posted a story about the largest lottery jackpot in U.S. history - the $800 Million Powerball jackpot. Here you see how much you'd win if you won and why there's not been a winner before now. Click here to read.




Continued....click here


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Dawn Nettles
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