Who is John Koza?

2009/12/30
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The man behind scratch-ticket lotteries wants to redesign presidential elections

Dr. John Koza, creator and chairman of National Popular Vote, is a pioneer in his field—not political science but computer science.

John Koza invented the scratch off lottery ticket and made a fortune lobbying state governments to use it.Koza designs computers that he hopes will in turn design their own inventions without “being encumbered by preconceptions that limit human problem solving….”

While a graduate student, Koza created a board game called “Consensus” about presidential elections.

When it didn’t catch on, Koza blamed his failure on the Electoral College and decided our method for electing the President needed to change.

But Koza’s first political claim to fame—and fortune—comes from co-inventing the scratch-off lottery ticket and then lobbying state governments to sell them.

With his scratch-ticket payoff, Koza has funded not only National Popular Vote, but has become a generous donor to far-left and even Socialist political candidates.

Dr. John Koza, creaJohn Koza invented the scratch off lottery ticket and made a fortune lobbying state governments to use it.tor and chairman of National Popular Vote, is a pioneer in his field—not political science but computer science.

Koza designs computers that he hopes will in turn design their own inventions without “being encumbered by preconceptions that limit human problem solving….”

While a graduate student, Koza created a board game about presidential elections.

When it didn’t catch on, Koza blamed his failure on the Electoral College and decided our method for electing the President needed to change.

But Koza’s first political claim to fame—and fortune—comes from co-inventing the scratch-off lottery ticket and then lobbying state governments to sell them.

With his scratch-ticket payoff, Koza has funded not only National Popular Vote, but has become a generous donor to far-left and even Socialist political candidates.

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12 Responses to Who is John Koza?

  1. [...] This post was mentioned on Twitter by SaveOurStates.com, SaveOurStates.com. SaveOurStates.com said: Who's trying to undermine Federalism? Meet John Koza, NPV founder and scratch lotto inventor. http://ow.ly/1mJeS4 [...]

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  3. uberVU - social comments on 2010/01/04 at 12:44 PM

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    This post was mentioned on Twitter by SaveOurStates: Who’s trying to undermine Federalism? Meet John Koza, NPV founder and scratch lotto inventor. http://ow.ly/1mJeS4

  4. [...] but it isn’t now). NPV is not part of a mass movement; it’s a collection of lobbyists paid with lottery royalties. On the other hand, there is a group of Americans who understand deep down that this nation was set [...]

  5. [...] and real-world outcomes. Perhaps this is understandable, since the man who came up with the idea, John Koza, is a computer scientist best known for inventing the scratch-off lottery ticket and then [...]

  6. [...] for election shenanigans. But the National Popular Vote organization, run out of California and funded with lottery ticket royalties, isn’t backing down. On the other hand, some legislators who briefly cosponsored the bill did [...]

  7. GregComlish on 2010/12/01 at 10:09 AM

    John Koza is a successful innovator who invented the genetic algorithm and the scratch off lotto ticket. Forty years ago he made a board game about the electoral college. These are the only facts in this blog post. Everything else is just far-fetched and baseless claims and innuendo about Koza's motives.

    I understand Trent's desire to attribute nefarious motives to his adversaries, but shouldn't those alleged motives have a modicum of credibility?

    • Trent on 2011/02/02 at 4:49 PM

      You should do more research, Greg. You obviously don't know Koza the way I do–but it's all online, he's talked about the different things I mention in various web interviews and such. And I hold no grudge against him save that he's wrong–on this and on his support for far, far Left political policies in general.

  8. [...] far-left from Dr. John Koza. Check out “Does Koza ♥ California GOP?“ and “Who is John Koza?“ for the full scoop on Koza’s background pushing scratch-ticket lotteries and National [...]

  9. [...] may cast a critical vote on AB 459 as soon as tomorrow and Dr. John Koza couldn’t be happier. This isn’t his first foray into matters of the state. He has succeeded in [...]

  10. [...] Popular Vote is a San Fransisco-based organization founded and funded by Dr. John Koza. It is also the name of Dr. Koza’s proposal to use state legislation to create an agreement [...]

  11. [...] give away their electoral votes to the candidate who wins the most popular votes nationwide. The founder of NPV described it as an “end run” around the [...]

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