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RYAN BAKKEN: Elections should use lottery tickets to boost participation

Published 04/28/2012, Grand Forks Herald

For the ultimate in suspense, look back to last month when the Mega Millions lottery jackpot reached $656 million. That would have been the ultimate door prize. Across the land, coworkers pooled their $1 bills to form lottery consortiums, with hopes of becoming instant retirees. The chance at vast riches drove 100 million people to buy Mega Millions tickets. That’s about half of the country’s adult population. So, what if a lottery ticket was free just for showing up at an election? Turnout would be astronomical, right?

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