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Why are the National Lottery balls made in the US?


Marcos the black

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I was watching the news tonight on RTE and the story about the 6 or the 9 ball came up and it was stated that the "error" would cost the National Lottery 54,000 Euro as they are going to pay out on both sets of winning numbers.. Ok, so I don't do the lotto, but congrats to any who are going to benefit from the error..

http://www.irishtimes.com/news/consumer/national-lottery-confirms-error-in-saturday-s-draw-1.1355042

But something that I thought was totally disgraceful and was totally just brushed over, as a "by the way" was the fact that the balls used in the show are made in the US.. Yes, the balls are made in the US and then imported into Ireland!!

Seriously, is there no company in Ireland that could be found to manufacture these? I have no idea how many are used on an annual basis, but even if it created 1 job, wouldn't it be better to give it here in Ireland than to give that job to America..
We're trying to convince the world that "Ireland is open for business" and then we outsource what would seem to be a very simple task (even though they got it wrong).
What a ridiculous situation? Is this "Contract" tendered for? Are there other examples of jobs that should be kept at home and are being contracted out to external economies?
 
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The Owl

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There are an awful lot of balls in the U.S. If they kept them there it would be grand, but they do insist on exporting their balls all over the world.
 

Marcos the black

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There are an awful lot of balls in the U.S. If they kept them there it would be grand, but they do insist on exporting their balls all over the world.
But they are making a balls of making the balls.
 

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It was amusing at the end, when asking for answers from the lottery re: the balls and graphics errors. The lottery responded by saying the graphics errors were down to RTE and nothing to do with them :)
 

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even if it created 1 job
Pathetic. No. We have much higher aspirations than that as a nation and we're not about to lower ourselves to that level of desperation. Besides, that's a completely bogus statement. Sure, a war would create more than a few jobs. A miserable attitude.
 

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The Irish lotto ball industry is in terminal decline. Surely by buying Irish we would see a 'bounce' in the market?




Ahem.
 

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Because we have no manufacturing industry to speak of anymore. We're totally reliant on outside manufactures for nearly everything used in this country.
 

ManOfReason

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I believe the whole National Lottery - paper, machines etc, come from the same US company. Do you really want some gobsite in Kerry making the balls, particularly if he got the contract because his uncle was a FF TD? Bertie, or his kids, would have won the lottery every week.
 

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I'd say the Lotto feckers are delighted with themselves. A 4-minute advert during the 9 o'clock news would cost how much?
 

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Creating jobs at home that could be done cheaper abroad is only going to create a situation where the jobs finally leave when it's much cheaper to do it abroad. We ought to be about creating jobs that only we can do. That's called sustainability.
 

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The Irish lotto ball industry is in terminal decline. Surely by buying Irish we would see a 'bounce' in the market?




Ahem.
Yes, only the balls should bounce, eh?
 
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I was watching the news tonight on RTE and the story about the 6 or the 9 ball came up and it was stated that the "error" would cost the National Lottery 54,000 Euro as they are going to pay out on both sets of winning numbers.. Ok, so I don't do the lotto, but congrats to any who are going to benefit from the error..

National Lottery confirms error in Saturday

But something that I thought was totally disgraceful and was totally just brushed over, as a "by the way" was the fact that the balls used in the show are made in the US.. Yes, the balls are made in the US and then imported into Ireland!!

Seriously, is there no company in Ireland that could be found to manufacture these? I have no idea how many are used on an annual basis, but even if it created 1 job, wouldn't it be better to give it here in Ireland than to give that job to America..
We're trying to convince the world that "Ireland is open for business" and then we outsource what would seem to be a very simple task (even though they got it wrong).
What a ridiculous situation? Is this "Contract" tendered for? Are there other examples of jobs that should be kept at home and are being contracted out to external economies?
There have bern State lotteries in the US for yonks and, presumably some company has cornered what is actually a very small business- no company in Ireland could set up a production line of one.
 

Marcos the black

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Pathetic. No. We have much higher aspirations than that as a nation and we're not about to lower ourselves to that level of desperation. Besides, that's a completely bogus statement. Sure, a war would create more than a few jobs. A miserable attitude.
Yes, of course we should have higher aspirations but with 14+% unemployment I would have thought that well, every bit helps. I still don't see a reason why the National lottery would import these from the US or any other country for that matter.
 

Astral Peaks

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Creating jobs at home that could be done cheaper abroad is only going to create a situation where the jobs finally leave when it's much cheaper to do it abroad. We ought to be about creating jobs that only we can do. That's called sustainability.
Only we can do? Such as?
 

Deep Blue

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I believe the whole National Lottery - paper, machines etc, come from the same US company. Do you really want some gobsite in Kerry making the balls, particularly if he got the contract because his uncle was a FF TD? Bertie, or his kids, would have won the lottery every week.
Ha! You've just reminded me of a man I knew who helped run the local Bingo once.

When his family turned up to play (on their free books) you knew you wouldn't be winning anything-- not even the Christmas Turkey in the raffle...;)
 

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These balls have to be manufactured to within extremely tiny tolerances unsing very specialised manufacturing equipment. It's not just a case of getting some little printing company to paint a few numbers on some ping pong balls.
Christ, I hate this kind of shrill, uninformed bollox.
 

Astral Peaks

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That type of 'self examination' can make you go blind, dirty fecker .
The sport hasn't been the same since she retired!
 

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