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I am trying to make a fortune game decide answers at random, but be mad if someone asks something about the lottery.  I am very close, but just can't seem to finish this up.  What am I missing?

#Clear the Windows command console screen
Clear-Host

#Define the variables used in this script to collect player inputs
$question = ""   #This variables will store the player's question
$status = "Play"  #This variable will be used to control game termination
$randomNo = New-Object System.Random  #This variable stores a random object
$answer = 0  #This variable stores a randomly genrated number
$time = (Get-Date).Hour  #This variable stores the current hour of the day


#Display the game's opening screen
Write-Host
Write-Host
Write-Host
Write-Host
Write-Host "               W E L C O M E   T O   T H E   W I N D O W S"
Write-Host
Write-Host
Write-Host
Write-Host "            P O W E R S H E L L   F O R T U N E   T E L L E R"
Write-Host
Write-Host
Write-Host   
Write-Host "                         
Write-Host
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Write-Host
Write-Host
Write-Host
Write-Host
Write-Host
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Write-Host
Write-Host
Write-Host " Press Enter to continue."

#Pause script execution and wait for the player to press the Enter key
Read-Host


#Clear the Windows command console screen
Clear-Host  

#Provide the player with instructions
Write-Host
Write-Host " The fortune teller is a very busy and impatient mystic. Make"
Write-Host 
Write-Host " your questions brief and simple and only expect to receive"
Write-Host
Write-host " Yes / No styled answers. Also do not ask me if you will win"   
Write-Host 
Write-Host " the lottery or not.  I am tired of that one"
Write-Host
Write-Host
Write-Host
Write-Host
Write-Host
Write-Host
Write-Host
Write-Host
Write-Host
Write-Host
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Write-Host
Write-Host " Press Enter to continue."

#Pause script execution and wait for the player to press the Enter key
Read-Host

#Continue game play until the player decides to stop
while ($status -ne "Stop") {

  #Ask the player the first question
  while ($question -eq ""){

    Clear-Host  #Clear the Windows command console screen

    Write-Host

    $question = read-host " What is your question? I hate questions about the lottery! "
 
  }
  $question = ""  #Reset variable to a empty string


  #Using the Random object, get a random number between 1 and 4
  If ($answer = "lottery") { "What the heck are you doing?!?!?! I told you I hate lottery questions! Please restate the question."}
  else { 
  $answer = $randomNo.Next(1, 5)}
  
  #Select an answer based on the time and random number
  #If it is the afternoon the fortune teller will be a little cranky
  if ($time -gt 12) {
    Write-Host
    if ($answer -eq 1) { " Grrrr. The answer is no!" }
    if ($answer -eq 2) { " Grrrr. The answer is never" }
    if ($answer -eq 3) { " Grrrr. The answer is unclear!" }
    if ($answer -eq 4) { " Grrrr. The answer is yes!" }
  }
  #If it is morning the fortune teller will be in a good mood
  else {
    Write-Host
    if ($answer -eq 1) { " Ah. The answer is yes!" }
    if ($answer -eq 2) { " Ah. The answer is Always" }
    if ($answer -eq 3) { " Ah. The answer is uncertain!" }
    if ($answer -eq 4) { " Ah. The answer is no!" }
  }}


  Write-Host
  Write-Host
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  Write-Host
  Write-Host " Press Enter to continue."

  #Pause script execution and wait for the player to press the Enter key
  Read-Host

  #Clear the Windows command console screen
  Clear-host

  Write-Host

  #Prompt the player to continue or quit
  $reply = read-host " Press Enter to ask another question or type Q to quit."
  if ($reply -eq "q") { $status = "Stop" }



#Clear the Windows command console screen
Clear-Host

#Provide the player with instructions
Write-Host 
Write-Host " Very well then. Please return again to get all your questions"
Write-Host " answered." 
Write-Host
Write-Host 
Write-Host
Write-Host
Write-Host
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Write-Host  
Write-Host 
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Write-Host
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Write-Host
Write-Host
Write-Host " Press Enter to continue."

#Pause script execution and wait for the player to press the Enter key
Read-Host

#Clear the Windows command console screen
Clear-Host  

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Question by:tomtom9898
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Dale Harris earned 2000 total points
ID: 39719513
Here's some minor corrections:

#Clear the Windows command console screen
Clear-Host

#Define the variables used in this script to collect player inputs
$question = ""   #This variables will store the player's question
$status = "Play"  #This variable will be used to control game termination
$randomNo = New-Object System.Random  #This variable stores a random object
$answer = 0  #This variable stores a randomly genrated number
$time = (Get-Date).Hour  #This variable stores the current hour of the day


#Display the game's opening screen
Write-Host
Write-Host
Write-Host
Write-Host
Write-Host "               W E L C O M E   T O   T H E   W I N D O W S"
Write-Host
Write-Host
Write-Host
Write-Host "            P O W E R S H E L L   F O R T U N E   T E L L E R"
Write-Host
Write-Host
Write-Host   
Write-Host                       
Write-Host
Write-Host
Write-Host
Write-Host
Write-Host
Write-Host
Write-Host
Write-Host
Write-Host
Write-Host
Write-Host " Press Enter to continue."

#Pause script execution and wait for the player to press the Enter key
Read-Host


#Clear the Windows command console screen
Clear-Host  

#Provide the player with instructions
Write-Host
Write-Host " The fortune teller is a very busy and impatient mystic. Make"
Write-Host 
Write-Host " your questions brief and simple and only expect to receive"
Write-Host
Write-host " Yes / No styled answers. Also do not ask me if you will win"   
Write-Host 
Write-Host " the lottery or not.  I am tired of that one"
Write-Host
Write-Host
Write-Host
Write-Host
Write-Host
Write-Host
Write-Host
Write-Host
Write-Host
Write-Host
Write-Host
Write-Host
Write-Host
Write-Host
Write-Host
Write-Host " Press Enter to continue."

#Pause script execution and wait for the player to press the Enter key
Read-Host

#Continue game play until the player decides to stop
while ($status -ne "Stop") {

  #Ask the player the first question
  while ($question -eq ""){

    Clear-Host  #Clear the Windows command console screen

    Write-Host

    $question = read-host " What is your question? I hate questions about the lottery! "
 
  }
  


  #Using the Random object, get a random number between 1 and 4
  If ($question.contains("lottery")) { "What the heck are you doing?!?!?! I told you I hate lottery questions! Please restate the question."}
  else { 
  $answer = $randomNo.Next(1, 5)}
  
  #Select an answer based on the time and random number
  #If it is the afternoon the fortune teller will be a little cranky
  if ($time -gt 12) {
    Write-Host
    if ($answer -eq 1) { " Grrrr. The answer is no!" }
    if ($answer -eq 2) { " Grrrr. The answer is never" }
    if ($answer -eq 3) { " Grrrr. The answer is unclear!" }
    if ($answer -eq 4) { " Grrrr. The answer is yes!" }
  }
  #If it is morning the fortune teller will be in a good mood
  else {
    Write-Host
    if ($answer -eq 1) { " Ah. The answer is yes!" }
    if ($answer -eq 2) { " Ah. The answer is Always" }
    if ($answer -eq 3) { " Ah. The answer is uncertain!" }
    if ($answer -eq 4) { " Ah. The answer is no!" }
  }


  Write-Host
  Write-Host
  Write-Host
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  Write-Host
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  Write-Host
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  Write-Host
  Write-Host
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  Write-Host
  Write-Host
  Write-Host
  Write-Host
  Write-Host
  Write-Host
  Write-Host " Press Enter to continue."

  #Pause script execution and wait for the player to press the Enter key
  Read-Host

  #Clear the Windows command console screen
  Clear-host

  Write-Host

  #Prompt the player to continue or quit
  $reply = read-host " Press Enter to ask another question or type Q to quit."
  if ($reply -eq "q") { $status = "Stop" }
	$question = ""  #Reset variable to a empty string
}#end the first while loop


#Clear the Windows command console screen
Clear-Host

#Provide the player with instructions
Write-Host 
Write-Host " Very well then. Please return again to get all your questions"
Write-Host " answered." 
Write-Host
Write-Host 
Write-Host
Write-Host
Write-Host
Write-Host 
Write-Host
Write-Host
Write-Host  
Write-Host 
Write-Host
Write-Host
Write-Host
Write-Host
Write-Host 
Write-Host
Write-Host
Write-Host
Write-Host
Write-Host
Write-Host " Press Enter to continue."

#Pause script execution and wait for the player to press the Enter key
Read-Host

#Clear the Windows command console screen
Clear-Host  

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This now works.  You had the question turning back into "" right after asking a question, and you were closing the loop too soon.  Overall, great script!  I enjoyed it!

Regards,

Dale Harris
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by:Qlemo
ID: 39719950
Gosh. The answer is never!
May I suggest some improvements? For example, I  would do the mood stuff more like this:
    #If it is morning the fortune teller will be in a good mood
    #If it is the afternoon the fortune teller will be a little cranky
    $mood =  if ($time -gt 12) { ' Grrrr.' } else { ' Ah.' }
    $text = @('no!', 'never', 'unclear!', 'yes!')[$answer-1]
    Write-Host "$mood The answer is $text"

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And instead of writing several lines with Write-Host, I would do
Write-Host @"

This is a line

Another line
"@

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by:tomtom9898
ID: 39720044
Fantastic, knew I was missing something!  Thanks again for the help!
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