The Nation: Pie in the Sky

When Cleveland's newspaper strike began on Nov. 1, the Ohio Lottery Commission faced a challenge: how to spread the news of the winning numbers every week without newspapers. A federal statute prohibits announcing lottery results on radio or television.

The commission has come up with a variety of imaginative answers. It has sent town criers in colonial garb through downtown streets to call out the jackpot numbers. A cowboy has attached the winning figures to his saddle and galloped around a central square shouting:

"The numbers are coming!" Bikini-clad women from a model agency have braved December blasts to stand coyly beside...

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