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    Lightbulb Official NetBuilders Lottery



    The introduction!
    The NetBuilders lottery is something I was thinking of since the start of $NB. Like in real life you can become very rich without a lot of work -- but you can lose money too. The only thing is that this money is virtual, so in my opinion it's worth trying it.

    The game!
    Since it's just a start, there will be 100 numbers. Every member that wants to participate should pay 10 $NB per number with a maximum of 5 numbers per round per member.

    The jackpot!
    It would be cool to have some donators, but I guess people prefer playing the lottery and might win, than win nothing at all -- That's why all entries (all the 10 $NB) will go straight to the jackpot.

    The money!
    The first round, entries will only cost 10 $NB and you're only able to play 5 times. This might change as we're growing in the game. But since there are 100 numbers to choose from, and choosing 1 number costs 10 $NB this means the jackpot will be on 1000 $NB for the first round (Maximum, since there might be only a few people who play).

    The manager!
    Since I'm going to manage the game by myself and spend some time with sorting everything, I'm taking 5% off the jackpot for myself every round. I'm sure other people want to manage the game with me, or alone -- it's all fine, but you can only become manager after playing the game for a while and after you built some reputation on the forum.

    The helpers!
    I might need some help, ofcourse those people will get paid -- but not from the jackpot, but from the money I earned through posting on NetBuilders Or maybe some people might do things for free (like designing).

    Cheating?
    There is almost no way to cheat for me, I'll write all my earnings and expenses in the lottery thread. The jackpot will be on top so you see if it's cool enough to participate or not.

    The donators!
    The lottery threads should be readed a lot (for example rules, jackpot etc) so it will be possible for hosting companies, social bookmarkers, directory submitters etc. to advertise with a banner in the topic in exchange for some $NB for in the jackpot.

    Automatic!
    I'm sure there is an addon for this game on vBulletin, but it isn't a cool one. You play, but nobody knows you do and it's not cool to 'not-congrats' people if they won since it's not good shown. Here it will be cooler because of the social contact, and the members discussing between eachother etc

    How will the winning number be chosen?
    I'll go to Random.Org and click the 'generate' button. The number shown will be the winning number (it might be that the winning number wasn't chosen, than the money will go to the round after that) and since I'm not playing I don't care who has the winning number -- this game isn't about friends who win, it's about playing a fair game between NB'ers

    The questions?
    If there are any questions/suggestions, please make them in this thread. Before the first round will start, I'll listen to some suggestions of other members who might help!


    There isn't a better forum available for this in my opinion, so that's why I'm posting this in the business category. Please move the topic if it belongs somewhere else (thanks NB staff!)

    The values I posted are not sure yet, these might change since it's just what I think is the best to use -- but you could be smarter than me so please tell me.
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    I am in and I will play or I will love to be a donator ( how much is minimum donation) . It will be great to help you and If you like my work then send me some good pennies from your account to my .

    I am in .

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    Quote Originally Posted by badmash View Post
    I am in and I will play or I will love to be a donator ( how much is minimum donation) . It will be great to help you and If you like my work then send me some good pennies from your account to my .

    I am in .
    WooHoo But to answer your questions:

    The minimum donation is 1 $NB, as every extra donation is appreciated (and will have your name posted in the topic -- That's the least I can do ). But ofcourse to get your banner in the topic, it will cost more, I'm thinking about 25 $NB or more (I'm still thinking about how successfull this could be.. or how unsuccessfull it could be ).

    I'm going to make something nice for the 100 numbers (I'm thinking about some type of bombs or balloons with the number in, and everytime somebody buys a number - from 1 to 100- one balloon or bomb will get something on it so the number dissapears a little bit) or I'm searching for somebody who can make something nice for it (I think I would like what Jorge05r would create for this).

    And to start off, I'm going to throw in my 100 $NB in the jackpot, as some sort of kick-off donation But that's not for now, there are still some days left before the first round will start
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    How will the winning number be chosen?
    I'll go to Random.Org and click the 'generate' button. The number shown will be the winning number (it might be that the winning number wasn't chosen, than the money will go to the round after that) and since I'm not playing I don't care who has the winning number -- this game isn't about friends who win, it's about playing a fair game between NB'ers

    *Replied with this because I got the question via PM*

    *I've now also added it to the thread on top*
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    Is that legal ? It seems that we are still on a US server and I remember of this post from Will:
    $NetBucks - Important Notice

    Anyway it's good idea

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    As long as NetBuilders is hosted on an American server and $NB can be traded for real money, I'm sorry to say that this isn't legal.
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    Gosh that would suck All my ideas for nothing, but if it isn't allowed than it isn't.. It could be fun though I'd like to see how many people would actually enjoy this game before really 'closing' this idea down... If almost everybody would think this is a cool idea and would play with the game, there should be another solution available -- but if only a few people would participate it wouldn't be a problem for me to shut it all down ofcourse...

    Greetz and thanks for your inputs!
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    Aquarezz - The idea is good, and the vbCredits ($Netbucks) system even has a built-in function for that; I've left it disabled because of legal questions, as I'm not sure we're legally allowed to use it.

    I'll have to wait for Will to see about this, but now he's busy with some upgrade.

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    Does it change the legality if ultimately the lottery donates proceeds to charity after the winnings + Aquarezz's overhead are removed? similar to the bingo-cult here in the south?
    Anyway, if you do it, am all-in
    Cheers,
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    Quote Originally Posted by javanx3d View Post
    Does it change the legality if ultimately the lottery donates proceeds to charity after the winnings + Aquarezz's overhead are removed? similar to the bingo-cult here in the south?
    Anyway, if you do it, am all-in
    Cheers,
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