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Old 05-27-2013, 09:21 AM
 
Location: Not where I want to be
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Who here plays the lottery games?

When you play, do you actually think you're going to win? Or are you just paying (and giving your money to the state) for the heck of it?

Do you play the same set of numbers always? Or do you just let the computer do a quick pick for you?

Do you play the scratch offs?

How much do you play each week in total?


And, please, no comments that "the lottery is a stupid tax" or "the lottery is a tax on stupid". That comment is old, tired, and unoriginal. Thank you.
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Old 05-27-2013, 09:34 AM
 
Location: MMU->ABE->ATL->ASH
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I do MM & PB when the jackpots get over $200M
No, But its fun to think about it for few days of what I would do with all that money, Its entertainment.
No, Computer picks them.
No.

$20/week when the jackpot is big, $0 when its not.
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Old 05-27-2013, 09:44 AM
 
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Hmmm. If all the old, tired, and stupid stuff were thrown out, there would be many fewer posts all over the place.

We have two annual subscriptions. My wife picked the numbers for one, and I picked the numbers for the other. But she didn't like two of the numbers I picked, so she changed them. It's $104 a year. Anything we win is a tax deduction up to that amount. Pretty cheap for the free dreams. Probably put about $75 worth of powerball and scratch-off tickets into Christmas stockings each year. I don't partake myself, but the rest of the family is turned every 365th morning or so into excited and busy little beavers for 10-15 minutes. It's just a silly holiday tradition/ritual, but what's wrong with that?
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Old 05-27-2013, 06:25 PM
 
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I've spend $2 on lottery tickets in the last 20 years. I bought one the day I turned 18 just to mark the occasion. Then 8 years later a coworker pressured me into throwing a dollar into the office pool.

Now, when I have an extra dollar laying around, I put it in my Diet Coke fund. Then I "win" a nice cold drink on a hot day!
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Old 05-27-2013, 06:58 PM
 
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Play only mega millions when it goes over $50 mil. Quick picks. Played powerball when it got over 200, but rarely since they doubled the price.
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Old 05-27-2013, 07:08 PM
 
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I worked for a guy years ago that won the lottery twice (3mm and then 20mm). He won both times with quick picks and he had a great line when it came to picking games to play: "Don't play any game that won't change your life!" Scratch tickets with a maximum prize of $100, 500 or even $5000 won't make a difference in most people's lives so why play?

My own rule before jumbo jackpots was I never played any game with a jackpot that wasn't over my age, meaning as I aged I would play less! Of course the jumbo jackpots wrecked that theory because they climb so fast. I never play smaller games/keno/scratch tickets but did have 11 tickets in the big 600mm draw. I don't like the $2 tickets with Powerball either. I know they boosted the prizes but who buys tickets dreaming of getting 4 numbers of the 6?

I do know this......If I did win a big jackpot I would never play again!
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Old 05-27-2013, 07:25 PM
 
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I play $2/ week when the jackpots exceed $100M. I have no real expectation of winning. However, we get a lot of entertainment thinking about how we would spend that much money.

Actually, it would be a blast to win all that money ... AND die broke, giving it all away $1k at a time to whomever we DARN well please.
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Old 05-27-2013, 08:42 PM
 
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When you play, do you actually think you're going to win? Or are you just paying (and giving your money to the state) for the heck of it? I always think I'm going to win.

Do you play the same set of numbers always? Or do you just let the computer do a quick pick for you?
Quick picks only.

Do you play the scratch offs? No

How much do you play each week in total? It's not a weekly thing -- we only play when we hear the jackpot is crazy high. And we get our tickets at the donut shop. We buy a ticket and two donuts. Even if you don't win a jackpot, you have donuts -- I call that win!
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Old 05-27-2013, 09:11 PM
 
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I play when the jackpots are big. I dont ever really expect to win, although I did win $3,000 some years ago. The entertainment value is worth more than the money I spend on the tickets.
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Old 05-29-2013, 12:39 PM
 
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I play Powerball and MM when the jackpot is large. Quick picks only-I would not want to see my numbers come in if I did not play one week Scratch offs now and then when I have some extra money. Usually $2 or $5.Sometimes $10 or a holiday one if we are on vacation somewhere else. I have won $500 on a $2 s/o and $400 on a $5 s/o recently.
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