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Baby It’s Cold Outside

The operator of Britain’s National Lottery issued a new scratch-and-win game. The theme of the “Cool Cash” game was winter temperatures: tickets were winners if the scratched-off temperature was lower than the figure shown on the card. But players couldn’t figure out whether or not they had won. “I phoned [the lottery] and they fobbed me off with some story that –6 is higher, not lower, than –8,” complained one woman, “but I’m not having it.” The lottery got so many similar calls that they gave up and canceled the game. (RC/Manchester Evening News) ...Dumb: Players not understanding basic math. Dumber: A lottery operator which doesn’t already know players aren’t any good at math.
Publication Date: 25 November 2007
This story is in True’s book collection, Volume 14.

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