In his blog "IS THIS CHEATING?" AILA member Gregory Siskind warns of "many companies sending in multiple H-1B applications for the same employees." Siskind speculates that the reason employers filed multiple applications is to improve the odds that at least one of the applications would be selected in the lottery. "The sole goal is to increase one's odds at the expense of others," writes Siskind.
USCIS could have avoided this lottery sham by giving preference to the higher-paid applications. But USCIS stated that they deem hotel clerks equally qualified as genetic researchers. USCIS has already completed their lottery, gambling away another 65,000 U.S. jobs, in spite of qualified Americans available to fill them.