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Should lotteries offer discounts on multiple tickets?

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  • Damianov, Damian S.

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In a complete information setting we show that the standard lottery–in which each lottery ticket is offered for the same price–is an optimal fundraising mechanism in the presence of strong asymmetries in the way bettors value the prize and the public good provided with the lottery proceeds. When participants are more homogeneous, it is optimal to offer discounts for the purchase of multiple tickets.

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  • Damianov, Damian S., 2015. "Should lotteries offer discounts on multiple tickets?," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 126(C), pages 84-86.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolet:v:126:y:2015:i:c:p:84-86
    DOI: 10.1016/j.econlet.2014.11.002
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    1. Damianov, Damian S. & Peeters, Ronald, 2017. "On the disclosure of ticket sales in charitable lotteries," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 150(C), pages 73-76.
    2. repec:bla:ecinqu:v:56:y:2018:i:3:p:1562-1584 is not listed on IDEAS

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    Keywords

    Fundraising mechanisms; Complete information; Asymmetries; Lottery ticket discounts;

    JEL classification:

    • D44 - Microeconomics - - Market Structure, Pricing, and Design - - - Auctions
    • D64 - Microeconomics - - Welfare Economics - - - Altruism; Philanthropy; Intergenerational Transfers

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