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Are you interested in playing Powerball or another multi-state lottery game?

I am a University of Alaska Southeast Master of Public Administration degree program student taking Economics and Public Policy this semester. My class semester project is to examine a current economic issue from an economist’s viewpoint. I chose to examine the current state budget issue and the pros, cons and feasibilities of Alaska participating in a multi-state lottery as a partial budget solution.

The first question in the feasibility of the idea is whether there is sufficient desire among Alaska residents to play in a multi-state lottery such as Powerball. If no one wants to play there is no reason to consider the option. I created a Survey Monkey survey designed to determine if there is interest for such lottery games in Alaska. I noted in the introduction to the survey, if there appears to be sufficient desire for Alaska residents to participate in a lottery, I will follow-up and present my findings to state legislators for them to consider. I posted a link to the survey on my public Facebook page (Tracy Hammonds Hansen) or you can go directly to the survey at Please consider responding to my survey and giving me your honest answers. The survey contains 13 multiple choice and yes/no questions. It does not take long to complete. Thank you in advance for your response.

Tracy Hansen,



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