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Originally Created: March 16, 2000
Updated: April 2, 2021 - Early AM -
(Corrections made to 3/31/21 entry)
- 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
Chicanery" 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 ...
- Director Gary Grief's Favorite Pastime -
Traveling The World For Free
A minimum of 105 trips at a cost of a minimum
of $160,000. An unbeliebable story - Click here
Unsuspecting Player Receives Duplicate Quick Picks
& Are Texas Lottery Quick Picks Truly Random?
Unbelievable - Some lottery software allows lottery terminals to
print duplicate quick picks. Posted Nov 3, 2016. Click here
Beware - This Could Have
A Most Intriguing Email
A Second Letter Has Been
By Using My Fun 5's Deposition,
Playing the Lottery is
As it appears in The Intercept
Texas' Fun 5's
TX Supreme Court Hears
The Lawyers Blog
Media Coverage - Fun 5's
Director Gary Griefs
Duplicate Winning Numbers
Lottery Lawsuit Granted
Virginia Player Receives
Texas Player Buys
Will Texas Honor
Editorial & Opinions by Dawn Nettles
4/2/21 - I errered on the 3/31/21 posting below - I said they sold 1.5 million Powerball tickets but that was an error. I accidentially picked up sales rather than the number of actual tickets sold. Powerball tickets are $2 each so this means TX only sold 760,014 total tickets on 3/31. The corrected sentence is marked in red below.
3/31/21 (Minor edit 4/2/21) - Just a quick note .... Many of you have pointed this out to me so let's just share it so everyone can see it .... Talk about "another" coincidence .... Hmmmm ....
Imagine - one number differences in all 5 numbers drawn in 2 Step ... FYI ... there are 1,832,600 total combinations. Unbelievable!
I've been following the lottery since 1992 and I've never seen ANY retailer sell as many jackpot winning tickets as Winners Corner has been selling. I guess it's another coincidence that the winning tickets - of recent - are self pick tickets too. They sold a jackpot winning ticket for All or Nothing tongiht - 3/31/21. For this game, since it began, the 3/31 win was the 117th win out of a total of 10,452 total drawings! (Very few jackpot winners - sad but true)
And one more thing worth mentioning .... for tonight's (3/31/21) Powerball drawing, TX had three 4+1 winning tickets and ALL 3 (100% of the winning tickets) were Power Play tickets meaning the prizes were $150K each. The odds of winning the 4+1 prize is 1-in-913,129 and TX only sold 301,198 PowerPlay tickets. All total, they ONLY sold 760,014 million Powerball tickets which includes the PowerPlay tickets. ($1,520,028 in sales). (Corrected this sentence on 4/2/21)
Can you imagine - they only sell 750K tickets and 3 of those 750K tickets matched 4+1 numbers with odds of 913,129-to-one for that one prize. WOW!
Not only that, but 50% of the 4+0 winning tickets were multiplied too. There were eighteen 4+0 winning tickets and nine of them were multiplied meaning those 9 tickets were worth $200 each. (FYI - The odds of winning 4 + 0 is 36,525-to-one.)
Folks there are 292,201,338 combinations in this game and the few tickets TX sold had this many that were purchased with PowerPlay .... WOW ... What are the odds????
We have no way of confirming how many winners there really are for any of the games. We have to take the TLC at their word. Should you wonder why any lottery would ever consider inflating the number of winners - if they did or ever have - would be to increase the payouts so they can say they return 50% of sales to the players. This would be the incentive for increasing the payouts and number of winners.
01/18/21 - What a year 2020 was. I don't know about you, but I'm soooo glad it over.
I have a number of things to report but I'm only going to cover one today because everyone needs to know about this. And I do hope that you will take a minute of your time to speak up.
The Texas Lottery has QUIETLY proposed a rule change for Lotto Texas, TX 2 Step and Powerball. It's a very simple change - they are removing the draw days and draw times from the official game rules. Instead, they want the rule to read, "Lotto Texas base game drawings shall be held each week on the days and at times specified by the executive director." (Same language for TX 2 Step and Powerball rules) This is so very wrong.
When I said, "quietly" - 20 years ago the Commissioners and members of the legislature instructed the Texas Lottery that when they wanted to change a game rule, they MUST make it highly visible on their website so players would know and players could comment.
In this case, there was no press release and the only thing highly visible on the TLC website is that horrible pop up telling us there's a jackpot alert which we all already know. They are enticing spending that many players can't afford.
Did you know, on each games separate webpage, there's no link to its official game rule? Sad but true. To find the rules, you have to HUNT it down using the Site Map.
Anyway, now you need to ask yourself WHY would they want to remove - from an official game rule - when a game will be played? Since 1992 - Lotto Texas has been played every Wednesday and Saturday at 10:12 p.m. Texas 2 Step started out on Tuesday's and Friday's but the draws were moved to Mondays and Thursday to accommodate Mega Millions.
They DO have a reason - they just didn't want anyone to know WHY. So ... I'm going to tell you .... here's the big secret ....
They plan to play Powerball 3 times per week
The reason ... MORE MONEY - meaning they expect you to spend more and lose more. It's requiring at least 30 consecutive draws for the jackpots to climb to an amount where sales begin to explode. As it stands today, the next PB draw will be the 36th consecutive draw with no jackpot winner and the jackpot is $730 million. Yet, on Jan 13, 2016, on the 20th consecutive PB draw, the jackpot was advertised at $1.5 Billion. For that one draw, they sold 635.2 million tickets (sales was $1.2 billion) and there were 3 winners. (Links to sales pages so you can see and compare draw sales is at the end of this story)
Who knows ... maybe this story will stop that plan to conduct 3 Powerball draws per week. If enough of you speak up it might stop it!
The purpose of this story is to address the proposed rule change to remove from the OFFICIAL Lotto Texas, TX 2 Step and Powerball rules exactly when drawings will be held each week. Rules should be INCLUSIVE of all pertinent information. In case you don't understand the severity of this change - imagine if you will, the Lotto Texas jackpot could climb to $47 million after 74 consecutive draws again and Director Gary Grief, if he wanted, could halt the draws. They could keep the prize money for a while longer. And they are known for keeping prize money longer than they should! In fact, I have another story forthcoming about this very issue.
Bottom line, the Commissioners should NOT adopt this rule and it is NOT too late to comment even though the comment period is technically over. But you have to tell the Commissioners so when they meet, they'll have heard from you before they vote. That is, IF the Commissioners "really" receives their emails and the TLC doesn't delete them.
Here's the Commissioners individual email addresses should you want to write them separately or you can simply click here and the email will be pre-addressed and ready for you to write and send. All you really need to say is that you oppose the proposed rule change for 401.305, 401.312 and 401.317 - that is - if you oppose it. This also gives you an opportunity to share your complaints ... you know, those that you share with me me! I've included one elected official on this email because he sits on the Committee with direct oversight to the TLC.
Commissioner Mark Franz
Commissioner Jamey Steen
Commissioner Erik Saenz
Chairman Robert Rivera
Commissioner Cindy Lyons Fields
TLC General Counsel
Finally, here's links so you can see what I'm talking about with regard to sales "exploding." If you study these pages, you can see how bad PB and MM sales have declined over the years. You'll find links on each of these pages to previous years draw sales.
PB draw sales, click here
In concluding this writing, you have to speak up to be heard, otherwise, they think nobody cares.
9/28/20 - I received an email yesterday that everyone should go read. It's extremely well written, funny and informative. Click here.
9/5/20 - Let's compare a decade ago to now .... I'm showing this is because our lottery director is proudly announcing that it's been a decade since players were able to play for a jackpot this size. WHAT? I guess he forgot the purpose of Powerball and Mega Millions was to offer players large jackpots. Huh?? Is he still delusional?
What happened? Looks like Texas is the ultimate loser of revenue. But we all really know the answer to this question ... 54 balls - the state is the "benefactor" of Director Grief's refusal to give the players the matrix they asked for even though Commissioner Clowe told them to change the game to 50 balls.
Just so ya'll know, Mr.Grief use to tell the Commissioners and the Legislature the reason for the decline in Lotto Texas sales is "player fatigue." I assume he is still telling them the same thing - how could this be when he just issued a press release saying how popular this game is? Sounds like propaganda to me.
8/17/20 - After posting yesterday's story - so many of you have asked about previous Lotto Texas wins - how many draws per roll and what were roll sales. Well, it occurred to me that I have all this information posted. You can find a re-cap of all wins since April 12, 2008 by clicking here.
I also posted a spreadsheet (pdf) showing all wins between 1996 - 2003. You'll find the link on the same page.
I also have all draws/rolls since 2000 posted on a series of pages, but to go to the beginning year 2000, would not be easy because my site was moved to a new server and the addresses are case sensitive. I was not consistent in renaming the new carry-over pages. I need to correct that then give you links.
If you want to see the first page postd in 2000, click here. The names of the pages are all "prizepayouts" then in order by a, b, c, d, e .... The problem is that some addresses start with a capital "P" and some aren't plural - if you know what I mean. For now, it'd be easier to simply review the win since April 2008!
Now read on about Mr. Grief being delusional!
08/16/20 - About the Lotto Texas game that has now gone to 62 consecutive drawings .... Imagine, there's been 61 drawings with no jackpot winner. This is pure rape.
Texas Lottery Director Gary Grief said, "Lotto Texas has been on an exciting run and now the jackpot has emerged as the largest on the continent, said Gary Grief, executive director of the Texas Lottery Commission. This game has always been a favorite among Texas Lottery players, and we know they will be thrilled to play for one of the largest prizes in the world. We want to remind our players to play responsibly. It only takes one ticket to win." Click here to read press release.
I don't know of any other way to describe Director Gary Grief other than to call him delusional - much like many of our elected officials.
Is my name calling appropriate? Let's verify ....
There is not ONE lottery player on this continent
No more so than are "older people" willing to
These statements are the absolute
But The Truth Is, Lotto Sales Suck.
Ticket Sales By The Draw
By getting press coverage, Grief hopes to bring in
Imagine, Grief is bragging about this $32 million jackpot
You keep asking me .... Are they cheating?
So you do the math. I'm not really sure if I should
YES, I'm mad that the lottery can get away with this. But
Ya'll better vote all of them OUT of office!
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