What have we learned?
IF WE WIN is an ongoing research project, meant to raise and explore a broad set of questions that live with us in the distance between money and wealth. While this project does not hope to find definitive answers, you will find pieces of the data collected here, in order to better inform your own questions, and to allow you to sit with the uncertainty they bring in the company of others who have done before.
Most of the data collected comes from a performative exchange: 3 participants at a time are given a lottery ticket with a top prize of no less than $25,000 per person; in return, they agree to each set down in writing a plan for spending their winnings. If they win, the ticket is theirs to cash. If they lose, the ticket enters the archives of the research project, along with the written plan.
You can see excerpts from the archives below,
Researchers or Artists interested in accessing raw data from participants (with personal details withheld) may contact the artist directly.
Participants in IF WE WIN are offered the chance to add research questions to the piece, which are (gradually) answered here below.
SO WHAT IS THIS ANYWAY?See above
IS IT OVER? DID I MISS IT? HOW DO I GET A SLOT IF IT'S ALL BOOKED UP?The Telelibrary is an ongoing, by-appointment performance. New Open Hours are posted regularly. To be the first to know when that happens, join the waitlist.
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WHAT IF I WANT TO ADD MORE THAN ONE PERSON?The Telelibrary invites you to recall the last time you and two or more people tried to decide together on a restaurant.
IS THIS EXPERIENCE CHILD-FRIENDLY?The System has been informed that every child is unique, special, and remarkable (and your child even more so). As such, it is difficult to determine how they may respond to any given theme which may be explored in your session, (or how willing they are to navigate a telephone-based experience). While content-warnings and considerations are available (see "more info about accessibility"), it may prove instructive to consider the following scenario: You have just entered a used book-store. Books of every kind cram the shelves and lay in stacks on the floor, and there's no telling what you might find in the first one you pick up. You think someone is burning incense, but you can't quite say what the scent is, and though there's a bell to ring for assistance, you have no idea who will show up if you ring it. Now imagine that your child is with you. Are you excited to share this space with them? What kind of conversations might you need to have before, during, or after you do so?
WHERE CAN I FIND MORE INFO ABOUT ACCESSIBILITY OR CONTENT CONSIDERATIONS?You can a basic answers about accessibility here. Further details about FAQs or the Telelibrary experience are available by request. While a sense of discovery and the unknown are important parts of your session, the Telelibrary seeks to make itself accessible to as many persons as possible. You are invited to email any questions, concerns about content warnings or accessibility, or requests to email@example.com.
HOW DOES PAYMENT WORK?The Telelibrary is performed for one caller at a time, and each caller creates their own experience. Sessions are offered on a Pay-what-you-wish basis, with contributions made after your experience is complete. At the end of your session, you will receive instructions for making any contribution you think is fair based on your experience, your support for the project, or your ability.
NO, BUT REALLY — WHAT IS IT?"No further details will be provided. Grab a slot below and find out
Unanswered Research Questions
What are the Demographics of who is buying tickets?
What if someone unbanked wins the lottery?
Has anyone faked a ticket?
Is this gambling?
Who Plays the lottery (demographics)?
What is the average spending on lotto tickets?
What are the thresholds like for losing money?
Bonus play again?
Did a game theory experiment in "Soviet Russia" prove that people will always accept what they are given?
What % of people are pathological gamblers? Is it genetic?
How do I avoid fees at my bank?
Is there a bird-name for ROSCAS?
What are the statistics of how long/severe income inequality must be before revolution starts, historically?
How common is fraud in the lottery? Is there a black market for stolen tickets? How does lottery fraud compare to vaccine card fraud?
When countries get rid of pennies/small currency units, is there a surplus/deficit?
How hard is it to steal stolen pennies?
What does "refinancing a mortgage" even mean?
Can you make a good playlist about money?
Does the "Happiness Treadmill" apply to lump sums, or annual incomes?
What is the average medical debt?
How much does Gus (the groundhog) cost? Is Gus trademarked? How many Gus' have there been?
What is the long term viability of Crypto? What's the point of it all?
What is the population of Greenland? Sierra Leone?
Does America have a credit score?
Where does the CEO of the Pennsylvania Lottery live?
What type of art does Mike make?
What determines the end of a scratch lottery game?
How often are top prizes unclaimed?
When the United States pays interest on its national debt, who is that interest going to?
How much of our national debt is to China? How much of their debt is to the United States?