In Products on December 1, 2009 at 3:01 pm

A more exciting state or national lottery, inspired by Borges’ story The Lottery in Babylon. When you buy a ticket, you sign your name and agree to accept whatever prize you get.  You do this because some of the prizes are bad: you have to pay a fine, or get your head shaved in public, or spend six months in a medium-security prison, or watch as your car is set on fire.  Among the good prizes are not just large amounts of cash, but special perks, the right to be called “Dr.”, to be seated first in any restaurant for a year, even certain government posts.


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