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mini casinos – the solution to bad local government?

I was reading this article over the weekend. Very interesting. It seems that a loop hole in sweepstakes law has allowed this category of businesses to pop up, sell you an entry to a sweepstake – and then allow you to sit down and “play a game” to see if your sweep stake won. There is no skill. The sweepstakes is predetermined – you can just press a button and see the results if you like. But people are flocking to these things especially in America’s great bankrupt retirement belts, where the lure of the “game” brings them in in droves. Go read the article and see for yourself. – Its on its way to being a multi billion dollar industry.

Ofcourse its legally on thin ice. precedent cases site the mcdonalds monopoly sweepstakes in support.

But it got me thinking. Anyone who lives in the city like i do (and maybe the suburbs these days too) is well familiar with the tax on the ignorant that has over taken our local corner markets and shops – where you go in for milk and end up behind a 10 strong line of lottery ticket checkers and keeno zombies.  The state rakes in billions from this addiction – all going back to the state in some fashion. We all know how that story ends. It just another feeder line to the bluberous, utterly disfunctional and out of date government system.

Ask yourself this – do you really trust your local government to spend your tax dollars properly? I dont. I see evidence every day. YMCA closures, poor street management, bloated use of public resources for things like police details, indecision on key issues, education in absolute chaos and so on.  I’m no aspiring politician believe you me, but it dont take an Einstein to realize that we can be doing alot better.

So i am going to open a sweepstakes center in southie. I am going to give all the proceeds back to projects in the community that are crowdsourced by the participants in the sweepstakes. Its simple. Come in the shop – buy your sweepstakes – and select your top 3 local projects that are on the monthly ballot for funding. At the end of each period – each project receives a charitable donation from the shop. Simple as that. New computer room at the library, roof for the Y, improvements to the parks.

you and i both know it would work. It would take the money from the fat cat misappropriators downtown, it would go straight back in to the community and at a level that is meaningful and dramatic.

It would be very hard for any authority to argue against that.

who’s in?

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