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Created: March 16, 2000
Revised: April 13, 2013 - 4 PM
Responding to a Cease and Desist Letter (Kelly Cripes)
I uncover questionable employee behavior ... Read their communications.
Amazing yet hurtful discoveries ... Posted 4/21/13 ... Click here.
(4/22/13 - 11 AM - Added vital information that should
have been included in original posting. It's clearly marked)
About That NEW Lotto Texas Rule - The One That Screws Us Players
Clearly this rule is by the state and for the state - no where does the people fit in.
I predict the Commission will adopt this new rule on Friday, Jan 11, 2013. How very sad ...
Click here for details.
Will Texas Honor The Rule and The Face Value of My Scratch Tickets
This letter was submitted to Gary Grief - Director of the Texas Lottery. 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
Meet Kelly Cripe - The New Spokesperson For the Texas Lottery
She's the person who decided I didn't need to receive public
information that I pass along to you every day!
Posted 5/30/12 - Q & A Added 6/5/12
Texas Player Buys 7 Quick Picks, Receives 7 Identical Tickets
An Unbelievable Story - Posted March 15, 2012, 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
A Very Interesting Update Coming
4/13/13 - Update to yesterdays posting regarding reading the disclaimer. FINALLY someone was able to read it and told me what it said. I can only trust they were right! The disclaimer says,
* Pari-mutual prize = total prize allocation divided equally among multiple winners.
I did enjoy reading the variety of comments you all sent in. Actually, some were extremely funny and a good laugh is good for the soul - especially mine. So thank you - we all had a little fun with this. Also I haven't been able to reply to all of you and for that I'm sorry. Sometimes I get more than I can handle and right now is one of those times. Please let this posting serve as my THANK YOU for writing. OK???
4-12-13 - This afternoon I received from the Texas Lottery a press release and an email with the below graphic embedded into the email.
Ms Cripe responded rather quickly - she said, "It's on our website http://www.txlottery.org/export/sites/lottery/Documents/retailers/lotto_texas_how_to_play.pdf"
So I clicked on the link she provided and found the below graphic was sideways on the page and I still could not read it.
Frustrated, I then sent Ms. Cripe a final message which said, "Still can't read it - not only is it too small but it's sideways on the TLC web site and very, very difficult to read. Don't worry about it - obviously it's too much trouble for you to handle. I'll ask my legislator if he/she can read it for me. Then maybe I'll post on my site and ask if any of my readers can read it. This way I'll know if I am the only one who can't read it. I need to know what it says FOR A VERY SPECIFIC IMPORTANT REASON."
Can any of you help me??? Tell me - what does the disclaimer say?????? You have 3 ways to read it - click here to read the press release, read it below, or go to the TLC website as I was instructed to do ... http://www.txlottery.org/export/sites/lottery/Documents/retailers/lotto_texas_how_to_play.pdf"
Can you read the disclaimer (lower left below)?
Finally determined this is what the disclaimer says ... hope I'm right!
April 9, 2013 - Last night's Texas 2 Step jackpot was advertised at $825,000 which was too low. For this game, the amount advertised is a "guaranteed" amount, which makes the amount advertised a big deal. The Texas Lottery has the freedom to advertise whatever amount they want BUT they are suppose to be honest and fair with the amount they advertise. They have become quite lax which is NOT good.
Yesterday, at 3 pm, I asked the TX Lottery what draw sales were so I could compute the amounts but they did not provide me with the information I needed to compute the jackpot. So, at 4 pm, I filed a complaint with the State Auditors Office in hopes that they would get the jackpot amount increased. My first complaint read ...
By draw time last night, the jackpot amount did not increase and there was a winner. I then sent a second - follow up - complaint to the State Auditors Office. It read ...
This morning I obtained official sales figures for Texas 2 Step. As it turns out, the amount allocated from sales to pay a jackpot winner was $10 more than I estimated last night - The Texas Lottery had $868,512 to pay a winner but advertised the jackpot at $825,000. The winner will only receive the $825,000.
Folks this is wrong. Executive staff assured the Commissioners many years ago that they would be fair in their "advertising" figures when the jackpots are "guaranteed." This is NOT fair in my opinion.
You all need to speak up - contact your state legislator and tell them that you would appreciate it if the Texas Lottery would quit low balling advertised jackpot amounts. They were overly conservative in the the advertised amount and they knew exactly what they were doing as is shown on their jackpot estimation sheet. In the end, they were "over" by $43,502. The jackpot should have been advertised at $850 and this would have been fairer.
April 4, 2013 - Commentary/Opinions by Dawn Nettles ...
You see, $3.1 million is how much the Texas Lottery will be overpaying last nights (04/03/13) Lotto Texas winner.
I just got off the phone with a player who wanted me to explain to her how and why I say the Texas Lottery is short to fund last nights win by $3.1 million. In the end, she suggested that I tell you once again WHY - she thought you should all read or hear this. So here goes ...
Last night, the Texas Lottery advertised the jackpot at $7 million. The figure, "7 Million" represents how much a person would receive IF he was paid over a 25 year period. To get a return of $7 million over 25 years, the lottery has to invest $5,300,800. The $5.3 million is the "cost to fund the jackpot."
Now - there were 4 draws leading up to this win.
The third draw was advertised at $6 million and from sales the Texas Lottery had $596,620 to set aside to pay a winner. No one won so $571,544 + $483,058 + 596,620 was carried forward to pay a winner.
The forth draw was advertised at $7 million and from sales the Texas Lottery had $512,406 to pay a winner. There was ONE winner so the Texas Lottery had $571,544 + $483,058 + 596,620 + $512,406 = $2,163,629 FROM SALES to pay THE winner.
But wait a minute ... That's not enough to pay the winner because it costs $5,300,800 to get a return of $7 million. So the Texas Lottery has to make up the differences and so they take their profits - state money to the tune of $3,137,171 - to pay this one player. They are honoring what they advertise.
Imagine, if the Texas Lottery simply operated within their budget and advertised an amount they could rightfully fund from sales, the state would have MORE money. Perhaps Governor Perry could have offered MORE money to assist in catching these people before MORE harm comes to more innocent people. Perhaps this could reduce security costs and give people peace of mind by seriously enticing people to come forward.
If by chance you are thinking that lottery money is used only for education, remember, lottery money only reduces the amount the state has to put into the school fund. Lottery money is not in addition to the amount budgeted for the schools - lottery money frees up money that WAS intended for the schools budget.
But NO, the Texas Lottery has an ego and that ego has cost the state $70,949,024 JUST since July 31, 2010. Personally, I'd fire any person who cost me this much money when clearly they didn't have to. Sounds like bad judgement calls to me. Anyway, here is a list of the lucky wins who were needlessly but luckily overpaid ...
07/31/10: Deducted <$1,188,788> from School fund or TLC operating account to fund
Imagine ... the state so generously gave or paid 23 people an extra $70,949,024 ... but not equally! If I were one of these people, shoot I might be tempted to sue the state for discrimination! <grin>
And folks, these overpayments have been going on for a long time. This is just the "recent" amount!
Change of subject -
At this point, I am in shock at my findings - I'm shocked that certain individuals still have their jobs - and I firmly believe that when I finish - which I hope will be within the next two weeks - that you will wonder the same thing that I wonder. I believe we need an unbiased outside investigation into the failed actions of some executive staff members and I believe the legislature needs to get answers fast.
In a nutshell, the Texas Lottery has needlessly thrown away $70 million (Lotto Texas), $2.8 million (Texas 2 Step), given "merit raises" and promotions where I seriously question the "merits" given, and needlessly lost hundered of thousands of dollars which I plan to show you.
Please bear with me on this story- it is not an easy one to write and I MUST have every detail documented.
Another change of subject - Lotto Texas multi draw feature ...
OK - enough for today. I will be posting my story in the very near future - so watch for it. You all need to see how they work in Austin.
March 15, 2013 - Comments and opinions by Dawn Nettles ...
The rule appeared in the March 8, 2013 edition of the Texas Register but so far, the TLC has not issued a press release plus they've failed to make this substantive rule change highly visible on their web site. Many years ago Commissioner Tom Clowe ordered staff to make game changes highly visible on the agency's website so the public would know that they have a right to speak up. But Commissioners Clowe and Cox are no longer there so the TLC has returned to keeping secrets. And boy, do they ever have secrets!!!
At any rate, they don't want your input - they just want to increase the number of draws per day in hopes that you will lose more money. What's interesting about this change is that they issued a press release regarding Supporting National Problem Gambling Awareness Week while increasing gaming here in Texas so they can make more money. Talk about hypocritical!
Did you know that we currently have 64 draws per week and IF they increase Pick3 and Daily4 to 4 draws per day, then we will have 88 draws per week?
You need to comment ... tell them what you think. Here's how ...
Just a little bit about the failure to reconcile the prize payment account - this is an unbelievable story.
However, after much ADO, the file format was changed so you can read it now. This was also the meeting where the TLC proposed a change for Lotto Texas. If you go read the transcript, please note the commissioners just listen to staff's request to change Lotto Texas and ask very little.
Not only did they not post the transcript in a user friendly format but the TLC also refused to post the investigative Audit Report regarding the failure to reconcile the prize payment bank account.
Again after much ADO, the Audit Report has been posted for all to read. (The "much ADO" means that I had to contact legislators to get results)
At any rate, the failure to reconcile the Prize Payment account resulted in the loss of hundreds of thousands of dollars. It was revealed when the State Auditors office received a complaint in Nov 2010. The complaint read ...
Complete details are forthcoming ... so that you know, I'm having difficulty obtaining all documents needed to complete my story. But it's coming very, very soon. Do know though, NO ONE HAS BEEN HELD ACCOUNTABLE for the losses that started in 2006! Stay tuned ....
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