Half a croissant, on a plate, with a sign in front of it saying '50c'
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Replace "light" with "sausages" and this may work...

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Altruistic Lottery Tickets

Not for your benefit.
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Many lottery consortiums fund charities and community programs.

Altruistic Lottery Tickets are sold alongside their ccommercial brethren in the same draw.

Pay your money and get your Charity Ticket, which serves as the receipt for your deductible donation. Write off the money on your income tax.

Write the name of the charity you wish to benefit on the ticket slip you hand to the cashier.

If the ticket wins, the winnings go to the charity you nominated.

Only legally-registered charities can benefit from this.

(Inspired by an original idea by [FlyingToaster])

8th of 7, Jan 10 2011

Charity Tickets Charity_20Tickets
[FT]'s original idea [8th of 7, Jan 10 2011]


       Why not cut out the middle-man and give your money directly to charity? They'll get more.
Loris, Jan 10 2011

       // lottery tickets could be used for voting //   

       Er, what's the difference ?   

       Oh, wait. If you buy a lottery ticket, your life might improve. The chance is small, but it's there.
8th of 7, Jan 10 2011


       Plagiaristic Borg [edit: okay: "lazy"], I *thought* those sentences sounded familiar.
FlyingToaster, Jan 10 2011

       If you win then donate the winnings you will need to pay tax on the incomne; there is a cap to home much donation you can deduct.   

       I wonder if you give the winning ticket to a representative of the charity if you can dodge the tax bullet?
bungston, Jan 11 2011

       How come people downvoted this?
pashute, Apr 10 2016

       //How come people downvoted this?//
Well, I did 'cuz the lazy arse' Borg cut'n'pasted the first 3 paragraphs from my idea; dunno'bout anybody else.

       [edit: came across this idea a couple years later, while rummaging around : I actually didn't bone it, but I will return the favour at some point in time]
FlyingToaster, Apr 11 2016


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