MIS-Marketing by the dream merchants: the case of state lotteries
Joag, Shreekant G.
Mehta, Subhash C.
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The paper pleads for a total review of state operated lotteries in India. The idea of state run lotteries came with the laudable objective of mobilizing surplus money in the society by exploiting the gambling instinct and employing it for social good. In the process of translating it into practice, however, the whole purpose has got distorted. Today, we are crowded with state run lotteries that are tapping the poor segment which, in fact, needs to be protected and leaving out other richer segments that need to be tapped to bring about social equity and justice. Further, the undue competition has resulted into excessive and wasteful marketing expenditures with little, if any, net gain from the whole effort. There is, therefore, an urgent need to have fundamental rethinking on this whole issue.
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