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Scratchers - counter or vending machine?

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Are you 'luckier with scratchers from;

The counter? [ 12 ]  [33.33%]
the vending machine? [ 4 ]  [11.11%]
doesn't matter [ 11 ]  [30.56%]
depends on the store [ 3 ]  [8.33%]
depends on which ticket [ 6 ]  [16.67%]
Total Valid Votes [ 36 ]  
Discarded Votes [ 6 ]  
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Posted: June 8, 2006, 9:29 pm - IP Logged

Are you particularly luckier with scratchers from one place or another?

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    Posted: June 8, 2006, 11:04 pm - IP Logged

    I've never seen Vending Machines for Scratch-offs.  I know they are out there but never seen them.  I have to say Counter.

    How are you going to win if you don't play?

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      Posted: June 8, 2006, 11:06 pm - IP Logged

      I have immensely better luck with getting them from the counter.

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        Posted: June 8, 2006, 11:11 pm - IP Logged

        The few times I've played, I got them from a vending machine and I seemed to have better luck.

        Dance like no one is watching.

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          Posted: June 8, 2006, 11:24 pm - IP Logged

          I voted  doesn't matter cuz, I never win on scratch offs.

          I see a huge powerball win in my future!

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            I voted  doesn't matter cuz, I never win on scratch offs.

            I don't win very often on scratch-offs. When I do, it is usually no more then 5 bucks. But I also don't play much so that could be another reason I don't win.

            Dance like no one is watching.

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              Posted: July 5, 2006, 3:08 am - IP Logged

              this is love2005 i play it all the time the scratches and iwin some or loseem sometimes.but the same time i have fun doing it. gl to eo on lp family.enjoy your day and have luck with day by day, also fun of life.

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                Posted: July 5, 2006, 8:29 pm - IP Logged

                I voted doesn't matter. I've won equally from the counter or the machine. What little there was I "won". I think scratchoffs should disappear. Sometimes they don't even pay you out if you win a larger prize. I know a lady who won but she kept her ticket for a long time and when she went to cash it out they couldn't pay her because the prize had already been cashed in by someone else first. I'm assuming they only set aside a certain amount for the bigger winners and it's first come, first served. If you read the back of scratchoffs it will tell you something to that effect. I don't have one on me but maybe someone else does and can post it.

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                  Posted: July 10, 2006, 12:20 pm - IP Logged

                  Georgia has a sleek new vending machine. I tried it out recently and didn't win anything, but I'm sure that the odds are still the same whether we use a vending machine or not.

                  The only difference is when we use the clerk's knowledge of what has and hasn't hit recently.

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                    Posted: July 13, 2006, 2:05 pm - IP Logged

                    I voted doesn't matter. I've won equally from the counter or the machine. What little there was I "won". I think scratchoffs should disappear. Sometimes they don't even pay you out if you win a larger prize. I know a lady who won but she kept her ticket for a long time and when she went to cash it out they couldn't pay her because the prize had already been cashed in by someone else first. I'm assuming they only set aside a certain amount for the bigger winners and it's first come, first served. If you read the back of scratchoffs it will tell you something to that effect. I don't have one on me but maybe someone else does and can post it.

                    Something tells me that your friend may have been sold an already-scratched ticket.  Either that or she tried to claim it after the expiration date on the game.

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                      Posted: July 14, 2006, 10:33 pm - IP Logged

                      I prefer the machines because I can jump around from game to game. The line at most customer sevice desks here in VA you'll sit there 5 or more minutes waiting for someone to cash you out and/or to buy a ticket... ...guess I'm just not patient enuff. I used to put all my money on one game and just reinvesting it on the same game, but now I find I win more often by jumping from game to game.

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                        Posted: August 15, 2006, 2:58 pm - IP Logged

                        I voted doesn't matter. I've won equally from the counter or the machine. What little there was I "won". I think scratchoffs should disappear. Sometimes they don't even pay you out if you win a larger prize. I know a lady who won but she kept her ticket for a long time and when she went to cash it out they couldn't pay her because the prize had already been cashed in by someone else first. I'm assuming they only set aside a certain amount for the bigger winners and it's first come, first served. If you read the back of scratchoffs it will tell you something to that effect. I don't have one on me but maybe someone else does and can post it.

                        I remember a story about that.  It wasn't that the "prizes" were all gone, it was that she tried to redeem the ticket a year after it had already expired.  Why would anyone sit on a ticket that long and not redeem it?  The Lotteries do the same thing for the Lotto prizes too, you see stories all the time about winning tickets that have not been turned in for the past year and the prize is about to expire.  From what I have read, they end up putting that money back into the prizes for us to win again.

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                          Posted: August 15, 2006, 3:05 pm - IP Logged

                          The back of a ticket I just bought says "Prizes must be claimed within 60 days after end of game."  The lottery even tells us when those games are going to end on their website:

                           

                           

                          GAMES ENDING 

                          April-June 2006
                          LAST DAY TO SELL
                          LAST DAY TO REDEEM
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                            Posted: August 28, 2006, 8:58 pm - IP Logged

                            I've never seen Vending Machines for Scratch-offs.  I know they are out there but never seen them.  I have to say Counter.

                            I have seen vending machines for scratch off tickets in Syracuse, New York and I found it kind of strange.  The only way to get scratch-offs or any other kind of lottery ticket here in Louisiana is at the counter.  It may not be legal in some states to sell them in vending machines, to keep away the underage gamblers.

                            In New York, lottery scratch-off vending machines are legal but cigarette machines aren't while here in Louisiana, scratch-off vending machines aren't legal but cigarette machines are.  Which addiction is worse, and which does the state make more money from?

                            Something to think about.

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                              Posted: September 8, 2006, 8:23 pm - IP Logged

                              I have to say it depends on the place....but the #1 rule is... don't scratch 'em there. 

                              Some vendors watch a guy/gal buy five of a ticket, scratch losers on-site and trash 'em.  The seller will then buy one for themself hoping its a winner.  Retailers know how many winners are in a pack. 

                              That's life... but the machine gives a measure on anonymity and randomness.  However, some counter vendors have a better selection.

                              Supermarkets have scratch-off machines near the candy machines.  Several times I've seen parents buy tickets for young children, as if it's equivalent to a gumball, and encourage their kids to select the one they want.  That is someone's parenting decision, but it doesn't sit right with me.