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Key Lottery MUSL Director
Out Due To Jackpot Fixing
An AP Story -12/23/15 - Click here
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
Harder To Win Now
Read all the fine details of the rule
some tidbits they
want you to
game begins Click here
Texas' Fun 5's
Fun 5's Scratch
Face Value of Winnings
for yourself. Includes
Questions & Answers
Everything you have been
asking me is covered here!
Media Coverage - Fun 5's
This is NOT all of them!
ABC - KTRK TV Houston
NBC - KXAS - Dallas
Dallas Morning News
Kens5 - San Antonio - TV.
Click 2 - Houston
Fox 7 - Austin
Good Morning America
(Can't find link)
Channel 11 TV -
Fort Worth - 10/21/14
Dallas Morning News,
Dallas Morning News,
- 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)
states - Click here (pdf)
Draw Sales by State,
Financial Re-cap of Draws,
(Watch here for additional
documents to be posted)
- Meet Kelly Cripe -
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
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
With this letter,
I can do -
Is this game a
lottery game? Is it
1/20/14, Click here
all tickets have
the same numbers.
(Nov 7, 2013 -
Updated Nov 12, 2013)
Exposes Mr. Grief's
All or Nothing
answers to all
Will Texas Honor
The Rule & The Face
Value of My
This letter was
Gary Grief - Director
of the TLC. I'm asking
that my winning tickets
be paid - Unbelievable
story and only
of the iceberg
tell me -
do you think
it's a winning
they pay me?
Texas Player Buys
7 Quick Picks And
Receives 7 Identical
Story - Posted 3/15/12,
Err - Here
Check your own
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
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
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
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
instant win or
Unfortunately, players often miss
these little games and discard
winning tickets. Anyway ....
$200,000 Double Payday,
a "trick" ticket. This is because
a ticket where
there was a game
on the back
side of the ticket to play.
As a result, players
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
things - stars, cherries, bells,
crowns etc. On this game,
in a bonus symbol,
gold bar. This
means if you uncover
bar, then you win instantly.
But players will fail to see the
because they are
finding 3 like symbols.
conditioned to believe IF
there is a special instant win symbol
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 ....
do fuly expect a
out so it's
the ticket like you see above.
But as you can see, players will invariably
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
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
it was a winning ticket. Very sad.)
Do understand, the
NOT deceptive as the
are very clear. It's what you'd call
a "legal trick ticket!"
there's an "instant stand alone win"
on a ticket, the lottery should
number symbol when the ticket
of all graphics. By the same token,
a graphic symbol when
the ticket consists of all
numbers in the
play area. This would make the win
highly visible. And they do
tickets is on the opposite side.
the symbols are all
is the special winning
This should NEVER be
in any scratch ticket design.
Back side of #1747
$200,000 Double Payday
Started Jan 18, 2016.
- Examples -
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
Trick ticket currently selling.
(Started Jan 28, 2016)
In My Educated Opinion
What I've described here is a proven
strategy for selling
a high probability that many
may never be claimed under these
conditions. They do this in
hopes of increasing the
fund. Basically, they're gambling
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.
The unclaimed prize
this ticket will be
FYI - The unclaimed prize
are included as income
fiscal year. Clearly an incentive
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.