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# Scolding Informative Lottery Ticket Gambling Cure

Each losing ticket gives a lesson in how futile playing the lottery is.
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To try to buy my soul back after that last lottery idea, this one would use pictograms or ideaograms (I think that's a word) to illustrate how futile it is to play the lottery.

You would scratch off the losing ticket indicator and it would show for instance a kid playing in a sandbox with an arrow pointing to one grain of sand saying "This is your chance of winning, the other grains of sand are the other tickets out there." Or it would show a graph of what would have happened if the buyer invested that dollar in the stock market, or put the time walking to the store to get their booze and lottery ticket into learning a useful profession.

Sort of like those bottle caps with facts on the underside.

 — doctorremulac3, Jan 12 2016

Every 10th ticket should have a message saying "YOU'VE WON!!!" when you scratch off the strip with, in small type below "Of course you haven't won, you idiot - you could play this lottery every week for a million years and never win"
 — hippo, Jan 12 2016

Also some of the tickets could have information about the fate of many winners. For example I saw somewhere that 70% are broke within 7 years. 90 percent of lottery winners say five years later that they wish they hadn't won.
 — scad mientist, Jan 12 2016

I've also heard about people winning millions and gambling it all away. Don't need to be a rocket surgeon to figure out that loser's psychological problems.
 — doctorremulac3, Jan 12 2016

 And coincidentally, my brainiac cousin (who's made millions developing, patenting and selling vaccines for the agriculture industry, yes I'm bragging) posted this link on my Facebook page to a very clever observation somebody made:

 "Actual lottery math:

 \$1,400,000,000 lottery divided by 318,900,000 people equals \$4.39, enough to buy everybody in the united states a calculator."

Although after taxes there's probably only enough left for a pencil and paper. Still, you'd be better off investing in that.
 — doctorremulac3, Jan 12 2016

 //ideaograms (I think that's a word)//

Missed it by >that< much.
 — MaxwellBuchanan, Jan 12 2016

I think ideaograms are much more interesting and informative than idiotgrams.
 — pocmloc, Jan 12 2016

 // ideaograms

Sounds Irish.
 — tatterdemalion, Jan 12 2016

 //Whereas the placebo of buying a lottery ticket might actually affect mental health and psychosomatic feedback enough to greatly improve quality of life at a fraction of the cost.//

 I was thinking about that, the psychological benefit of at least having a moment of joy in an otherwise hopeless life....

You make a solid point B. Gotta give it to you.
 — doctorremulac3, Jan 12 2016

 //70% are broke within 7 years. 90 percent of lottery winners say five years later that they wish they hadn't won.//

Ahem.
I would like to volunteer as test subject when looking for exceptions to those rules if I might.
 — 2 fries shy of a happy meal, Jan 13 2016

 Whether or not the following would have any attention paid to it is irrelevant to its truth:

"If you play the lottery, you probably won't win. If you don't play the lottery, you CAN'T win."
 — Vernon, Jan 13 2016

 "If you win the lottery, you won't win." would be an interesting slogan.

I shouldn't be such a lottery basher. It gives some people pleasure. I know, "Christ Doc, make up your mind already." right?
 — doctorremulac3, Jan 13 2016

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