Jerry's idea was tried Regarding Jerry Flint's Better Idea for Ford (see WAW - July '00, p.23): You may be interested to know that something like the approach was actually tried around 1889. The French firm attempting to dig a canal at Panama was desperate for capital, so the government allowed them to include lottery prizes randomly distributed with stock certificates in a new issue. While most of the investors lost all of their money because the stock became worthless when the company failed, a few of them struck it rich! Doug Dickson