Hmmm: Cory's piece for Tor.com is interesting. I got the distinct impression he's bumped into Sarah's views, but can't pin it down to an individual quote. And, taken them on board, to boot. The poker analogy certainly holds more water than the lottery one does, IMO.
Maybe for start-up strips, the lotto works. But not for OotS. And, Erfworld, too.
Plus, I loved the idea of Belkar nicking off with the Arkenstone. To be honest, I think he'd have quite a job hiding that from Haley