New Jersey Adds Absolutely Useless Internet Component To Lottery
from the um.--but-why? dept
You may remember the New Jersey Lottery website because of their slightly disturbing practice of requiring your mother’s maiden name to sign up for a “VIP membership” online. Now, however, they’ve gone a bit further in misunderstanding the point of the internet. Apparently, after reading all the stories about how online gambling is the big thing these days, someone at the NJ Lottery decided it was time to add an “online component” to their offerings. Of course, whoever decided to do so didn’t seem to spend much time figuring out what that internet component should be. If you buy a certain instant lottery ticket in New Jersey, you get a “second chance to win!” by going online and playing a silly game that isn’t a game at all, because the results are predetermined. Even better: you don’t have to go online at all. You can just ask the guy who sold you the ticket to scan it and see if you’re a winner. Also, you can’t buy the tickets online, or claim your winnings online – you have to go back to the store for that. In other words, the online component is completely meaningless. It’s just there so you can go online and watch a little game blip across your screen. Of course, for the privilege of nothing in particular, the tickets cost $4, which seems a bit steep.