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Socially Responsible Approach to Gambling

Monday, September 29, 2008
“Residual value games” are an enlightened form of gambling, in the sense that they preserve the fun and hope part of gambling, but through a kind of built-in forced savings/mechanism. They replace the impoverishing effect with a wealth-building effect..

A SQUARE :: 29Sep08 Socially Responsible Approach to Gambling
Category SRI
Author Sona Blessing
A gambler pays one dollar for a lottery ticket, even though its expected payout is, let us say, only 50 cents. He does this not out of stupidity or ignorance, but because the variable he is interested in optimising is maximum payout, not expected payout. His utility function is non-linear, probably not even continuous
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