Goshen News, Goshen, IN

October 13, 2012

Merry Mitch and his band of buddies strike again

— The Goshen News of Oct. 4 included this statement in an article about leasing the Indiana lottery: “Camelot Global Services, which runs the national lottery in the United Kingdom, claimed the agreement proposed by the state encouraged bidders to set expected revenue levels artificially high.” Agreed.

It’s my belief that the Hoosier Lottery net income per Indiana resident has never exceeded $40. Officials with the Indiana Lottery claim that net income can be increased to $300 million in five years. That’s highly unlikely given that fiscal 2012 net income was $188 million. The fiscal 2012 net income figures out to less than $30 per Indiana resident.

How many Indiana counties voted “no” in the 1988 referendum to allow the lottery and other forms of gambling in the state? Can you name them? Send your response to the address below by Oct. 29.

— Ralph Spelbring

P.O. Box 113

Elkhart, IN 46515