Scratch-and-Win to Support Opera Companies?

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

An interesting option to help nonprofit arts organizations with particular needs is through a state or federal lottery, writes Fred Plotkin. Here's why.
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New Jersey's Privatized Lottery Didn't Meet Targets for its First Year

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Governor Chris Christie privatized the state lottery last year to make the system more profitable but the operator is running up higher costs and bringing in less revenue.


The Takeaway

What Would You Do if You Won the Lottery?

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Last night’s Mega Millions lottery prize hit $636 million. Imagine that you won hundreds of millions of dollars. What would you do with that money? One study shows that many people who win between $50,000 and $150,000 end up going bankrupt. So is coming into so much money so fast a blessing—or a curse in disguise? Susan Bradley, executive director of the Sudden Money Institute, explains the biggest downfalls winners experience.

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Freakonomics Radio

Would a Big Bucket of Cash Really Change Your Life?

Thursday, September 26, 2013

A 19th-century Georgia land lottery may have something to teach us about today's income inequality.


New Jersey News

Christie Defends Private Lottery Contract

Thursday, April 18, 2013


New Jersey's Democratic Congressional delegation has asked Attorney General Eric Holder to review a Christie Administration deal to have a private firm run the state lottery.


The Brian Lehrer Show

Open Phones: How Detailed Are Your Lottery-Winning Plans?

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Pedro Quezada from Passaic just won over $330 million from Powerball and, so far, hasn't announced his plans beyond buying a new car and never getting up at 5AM to open his bodega again.  What about you? How detailed have you gotten in what you'd do with future winnings?  Are you like the school principal on a recent This American Life episode who can go on for minutes with how you'd solve your community's problems with the money?  Do you have a long, long shopping list?  Share your plans, call 212-433-WNYC, 212-433-9692.

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The Drawbacks of Quick Draw

Thursday, February 21, 2013


New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is betting on the Lottery to boost the state's coffers. As part of his budget proposal this year, he's calling for an expansion on the Quick Draw game, by allowing smaller Lottery vendors to start selling those tickets. But the proposal is not without controversy.


The Takeaway

If We Had a Billion Dollars, We'd Buy Unicorns and Trips to Space

Thursday, November 29, 2012

This week, the Powerball reached $550 million, the highest it's ever been. And last night, two lucky ticket holders - in Missouri and Arizona - won the jackpot. But how does one even begin to spend $550 million? The Barenaked Ladies came up with a pretty good list of what they'd buy if they had $1 million. And it got us to thinking: What if we remade their song, but replaced word "million" with "billion." And so we have, with the help of Takeaway listeners, real people on the street, and fun facts about how much you can really buy for a billion dollars.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Freakonomics: Lottery for Savings

Friday, April 06, 2012

Stephen J. Dubner, host of Freakonomics Radio, talks about the latest edition of Freakonomics Radio and whether America's enthusiasm for lotteries can translate into a higher savings rate. 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Open Phones: How Would You Spend Your Half Billion?

Monday, April 02, 2012

Even if you didn't win big in Friday's record-setting Mega Millions jackpot, we'd like to know: how would spend half a billion dollars if you had? What's the most selfish thing you'd do -- and the most selfless? Buy a car; and start a foundation? Travel the world; then donate to a charity? Give us a call 212-433-9692, or post here!

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The New Yorker: Fiction

A. M. Homes reads Shirley Jackson

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

A. M. Homes reads Shirley Jackson's short story "The Lottery."