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Posted - Tuesday, March 6, 2001 - 9:45 PM
Revised - Friday, June 8, 2001 - 11:15 AM
However, the second sell-in-sheet she was going to print was going to show how many prizes were "actually" printed and how many tickets were "actually" printed. Ms. Cloud said the second sell-in-sheet would be out 3 weeks after the game began and would show "actual" figures for the players.
This is an excerpt from the transcript showing Ms. Clouds testimony ...
Well, it's June now and the problem is, she's never produced a single solitary "new" sell-in-sheet for any of the new games since then. Plus, she's still using "approximate figures" on the sheets she produces. The TLC has deleted invaluable player information on their promotional pieces and are selling a product without disclosing pertinent data.
I still believe this information should be available for players and it should be available at the very location where they purchase the lottery products. What do you think?
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The Bottom Line
On Jan. 31, 2001, the Texas Lottery Commission requested an "emergency meeting" with their Legislative Leaders to advise them that they have "reason" to believe they need to start deleting, from their promotional brochures, how many scratch tickets are printed and how many prizes there are for each prize category. Whether you are a scratch player or not, the point is, the TLC is attempting to hide information that they don't want readily known and there is no excuse good enough to permit this action. And I can assure you, they don't have a legitimate reason anyway - which you will determine on your own when you read the testimony.
I feel strongly that we, the People of Texas, must not allow this. I believe Retailers must be able to disclose this information when players ask and certainly prior to selling the tickets. The TLC is attempting to take this information from the Retailers and I firmly believe the TLC is totally out of line.
Please know - there are consumer laws that require sellers to disclose mileage before selling a car - I feel the same law should apply to the TLC and their scratch off tickets. If a player wants to know how many winning tickets were printed AND how many total tickets were printed prior to purchasing them, then they should have a right to that information and it should be available at the very location where they purchase the tickets.
This is, in a nutshell, is what's going on and we need to speak up.
To Read The Details
To read the transcript from the "Emergency Meeting" where the TLC explains why they want to make this change, click here. (I can't begin to tell you how impressed I was with the questions and comments the Legislative Leaders made while listening to this testimony. They are sharp.)
To read the letter I wrote and mailed last week to the Legislative Leaders regarding the testimony and my opposition to this change, click here. (Requires Adobe Reader) - Note, portions of my letter may not make sense to you unless you've read the testimony.
I am providing one very powerful e-mail link that is
I guarantee, if everyone of you will just send a message, the TLC will
Here is a special link to the
Why Is The Commission and Commissioners
They are not included for these reasons - (1) The Commissioners did not stand up to Linda Cloud and say on behalf of the players and myself (with regard to my fax suspension and my being a "media") - "Look, I know you don't like what she tells the people. But let's face it, she does post drawing results nightly for our players, she does post the winning retailer information for our players, she does post the press releases for our players, and she does publish a publication regarding the Texas Lottery every other week for our players. - So, don't you think we should see to it that she gets the same timely information from the Commission that we provide for everyone else who publishes this information for our players?" I ask you, why waste our time expressing our concerns to them - obviously, it won't do us any good - it didn't do us any good when we objected to adding those 4 balls. (2) The Commissioners don't play the games. They were shown the printed pieces and yet they didn't catch the flaws or ask any questions like the Legislative Leaders did, so - why waste our bandwidth?
We need a big response. Would you please help me spread the word about this and ask your friends to send an email too. That is, if they believe the TLC should be open and up front with us! My sincere appreciation for any consideration you give this matter.
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