Several proposals for financing the first flight with a lottery have
come up. There are a couple of people working on this concept. So far
nobody has put together a complete business plan for a world-wide lottery,
so we haven't made any progress in that arena. I like the idea of making
the lottery tickets look nifty enough that the ticket itself would be a
nice souvenir. (The illustration at the left doesn't quite do it.)
One word of caution if you want to do the research to figure out all
the legalities of running a lottery: A seat on the first manned Artemis
Project to the moon is priced at US$1,000,000,000, cash up front; and the
price goes up as we get closer to flight. Seats on later flights should be
considerably less expensive.
I haven't been working this one myself because I don't know anything
at all about lotteries; I've never even bought a lottery ticket.
The drawback to using a lottery to finance the first flight is that it
wouldn't establish a supporting economic infrastructure. On the other
hand, the assets in place after the first flight might be enough to assure
continued development, so if someone can put together a full business plan
on this, we can probably find a way to make it work.