Dr. Phil and Professor Hoover

Scott Hoover, W&L associate professor of business administration, got Ralph Nader’s support in his campaign against the Virginia Lottery during a segment of the Dr. Phil show Friday. Hoover, who filed suit at the lottery, was featured in one segment of the show that dealt with how people had fought the system. Some of the transcripts are on the Dr. Phil site.

Hoover reiterated his claim about the lottery:

“There is no doubt in my mind that I was cheated by the Virginia Lottery,” Scott says. “In the Beginner’s Luck game, the grand prize was $75,000. The data I looked at said it was a good investment. There’s something very wrong when the lottery’s Web site says there are six grand prizes remaining when there were actually zero. The odds of winning the grand prize in the Beginner’s Luck game were one in 367,000. When I was buying tickets, the grand prize that I was after was not available. What I’d like to get from the lawsuit is a change in the lottery so that it’s fair to everyone who plays it.”

And Nader agreed that state lotteries have engaged in the kinds of practices that Hoover identified:

“About half the states that sell state lotteries are doing this. They’ve already had the top prizes claimed, and people are still buying these tickets, thinking the top prizes are still there. That’s about as clear of a deceptive practice that you can have.”

If you missed the show, you can take a look at Scott’s segment on Tuesday, September 30, at 9:55 a.m. and again at 12:05 a.m. in Huntley 230.

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