Local man gains trademarks for ideas
KINGMAN Gerald Blasco has some good ideas for helping the economy ideas good enough to get him trademarks from the state of Arizona.
One is for a Social Security Lottery.
"I came up with the idea last September," Blasco said.
"I called 15 senators and representatives and notified them that $4 billion per year in additional money could be generated by people buying Social Security lottery tickets. Price of the tickets would be $2.50 apiece with $1 going back to the winner tax free to help generate more sales."
Blasco proposes $1 from each ticket sale going to Social Security with 50 cents being a handling fee. Drawings would be held twice weekly in a Powerball-type format and the amount in the "jackpot" would be proportional to ticket sales.
Forty states have the necessary equipment to get involved immediately.
The remaining 10 states would enter via mail orders, he said.
Blasco designed a Social Security Lottery T-shirt in September. He gained a trademark for his idea on Dec. 15, 2004 when Secretary of State Jan K. Brewer signed an Arizona Department of State trademark to him pursuant to section 44-1445 of Arizona Revised Statutes.
The lottery would pump much-needed money into the troubled Social Security system without raising taxes, Blasco said.
Brewer also signed a trademark for Blasco on Dec. 6, 2004 for his idea for a National Debt Lottery. It would operate in the same manner as the Social Security Lottery with a Powerball-type drawing for a multi-million prize based on sales of tickets at $2.50 each.
Winnings would be tax-free to help spur further ticket sales, he said.
Blasco estimates each state would average $100 million per year in revenue from ticket sales. Multiply that figure by 50 states and one can see it making a dent in the national debt.
In April 2004, Blasco took a motorcycle trip to Mexico for dental work. It led to an idea that gained him another trademark from the state.
"The wind kept blowing my feet apart, so I designed leg straps to keep them in," he said.
His biker's leg strap idea hasn't yet caught on, nor has he been able to sell his lottery ideas. Blasco holds exclusive rights to all three and he can lease or sell them outright.
"I've designed T-shirts since 1988," Blasco said. "I've done logos for restaurants and lounges in the east.
"But I haven't been successful because I have no money to buy the necessary advertising to get the ball rolling."
He holds one other trademark for a "Sit Here" T-shirt he designed in Ohio, but the trademark has since expired on it, Blasco said.
Blasco was born in Youngstown, Ohio. He was a pipe fitter/welder and union man for 35 years until retiring in 1998 when emphysema made it impossible for him to continue working.
He said he worked in Tucson in 1992 when he obtained an Arizona driver's license. He was working in Las Vegas five years later when it became time to renew the license, so he drove to Kingman to get the renewal.
Blasco had passed through Kingman on other occasions. But he took some time to look around in 1997 and decided to retire here in January 1998.
He enjoys riding his 2003 Honda 600cc motorcycle for recreation now. In addition, Blasco likes to shoot billiards.
Blasco said 28,000 people across the United States know him as "Bigfoot" from his many years as a union worker. He wears a size 14W shoe.
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