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Old 04-01-2012, 12:19 AM
 
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I spent $4 on two tickets and I think I won $7, so I got my money back plus $3. I rarely buy lotto tickets or scratch-offs. It just doesn't appeal to me.
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Old 04-01-2012, 04:33 AM
 
Location: Schertz
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I finally played my first lotto. Had played scratch offs before but never a lotto. Didn't win a thing other than a nicely colored piece of paper with a bunch of numbers on it.

But my SILs got it down. I'm pretty sure she's still playing the same $10 she started with when she bought a few tickets 2yrs ago. She's wins and uses those winnings to "play or save," as I call it, for the following weeks game. So she's just reusing the winning money over and over. Sometimes she hasn't won anything and another time she's one a good chunk of change to pay off some stuff. My brother said she won a good amount this go around. Granted not a millionaire status but it's a little something.
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Old 04-01-2012, 10:06 AM
 
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I think I heard here in SA one person match 5 of 5 numbers, but just missed on the big one.
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Old 04-01-2012, 10:44 AM
 
Location: South Side
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There was a girl I work with whose boyfriend bought his "last ever scratch off ticket" and ended up winning $10,000.
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Old 04-01-2012, 11:11 AM
 
Location: San Antonio
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As an office, we bought $220 in lotto tickets, just went and "collected" the winnings, $21. Went ahead and put it all into the next drawing (who wants to do the math required to divide according to input on $21?????) NOT ME!

Funny thing was, the girl at the Valero where I checked my tickets said "hey, would you be interested in a Texas Lotto for $10, I hit the wrong button by mistake"....BOUGHT IT!!! Maybe God is DIRECTING me to accept this, but what the hey....it is $10 and I have certainly wasted that much on dummer things.....LOL
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Old 04-01-2012, 11:48 AM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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The title of this thread should be 'How much have you San Antonians waste on TX Lotto tickets?'

Seriously, don't complain about gas prices or anything else if you can afford to throw away your money on lotto tickets!

Not only are the odds seriously against winning, those few who occasionally win a few bucks have usually spent more than their winnings on the tickets over time.

Vegas wasn't built on winners...

Cheers! M2
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Old 04-01-2012, 12:01 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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Another reason to be smart and save your money instead of wasting it on the lotto...the

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More bad luck for lottery winner - San Antonio Express-News

AUSTIN - Willis Willis, cheated out of a million-dollar jackpot, went to the Texas Lottery Commission on Monday to see if there was a way to get his money.

Instead, his lawyers said, commission attorneys told the 67-year-old Grand Prairie man that they consider the jackpot winner to be a store clerk who was indicted last month and charged with fraudulently claiming the prize.

"The lottery commission for the first time today informed Mr. Willis that they consider the lottery agent who stole his ticket to be the winner of the lottery ... because the clerk who stole the ticket, the agent of the lottery, signed the back of it," said Sean E. Breen, one of his lawyers. (Full story at link)
Willis had given the ticket to Pankaj Joshi, a store clerk, to check to see if he had one. Joshi told Willis he had won $2, then kept the ticket and cashed it in himself. The Lottery Commission paid him $750,006 after taxes, then he disappeared. He has been charged with claiming a lottery prize by fraud, a felony, and is considered a fugitive.

With three-quarters of a million dollars of Texas' money, he can sure afford to hide in comfort for a while!

Cheers! M2
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Old 04-01-2012, 12:13 PM
 
Location: TX
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Zero for us. I stopped buying Lotto tickets years ago when they lowered the odds of winning...I suppose so the state would make more money for pork barrel projects. Also they weren't giving money to the schools, like they told people when they were trying to get voters to vote for the lottery BS. Your odds are greater of having a large wad of money drop from the sky.
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Old 04-02-2012, 12:46 AM
 
Location: San Antonio
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Spent $2. I usually say double or nothing. Double the odds of winning. Even though not by much. I only play 2-3 times a year anyways. I figured I spend that amt anyways if I go by a bag of chips and a soda.
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Old 04-02-2012, 06:43 AM
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I've actually never purchased any lotto, ever. I'm 25 and just see it as a waste. Yeah the hype is fun and exciting, but in the end, we are just spending money on a piece of paper with hopes & dreams. If you have the money and want to do that, go for it. But for me, I just want to save those few dollars over the years, and maybe have that for more important use. Who knows, maybe one day I'll try it, but till then, I'll keep blowing it other random stuff ;-P
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