Your lottery odds are worse than you think
The Boston Globe - 07/22/2016
“Reasonable consumers would not equate a tie with a win,” said Mark Gottlieb, the executive director of Northeastern University School of Law’s Public Health Advocacy Institute, which opposes lotteries as a regressive tax. “In most games and sports there are three categories for play outcomes: wins, losses, or ties. When the payout is equal to the wager, that is a tie. Nobody has won.”
The lottery defends its calculations, and said players are well aware that winning back the original bet is counted as a win.