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Do you ever feel like you're wasting money when playing the lottery?

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Posted: September 9, 2010, 4:35 pm - IP Logged

So you have been playing the lottery for as long as you can remember and haven't hit the jackpot. Looking back at how much money you have spent and not winning a significant amount, do you ever get the feeling that you are wasting money and that you will never hit the jackpot?

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    Posted: September 9, 2010, 4:49 pm - IP Logged

    No. A dollar and a dream.... I like to dream.

    Also, even though I rarely play P3 or P4, I spend a fair amount of time playing around with picking numbers and trying to find a little system for those games because it's fun.

    CAN'T WIN IF YOU'RE NOT IN

    A DOLLAR AND A DREAM (OR $2)

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      Posted: September 9, 2010, 4:57 pm - IP Logged

      So you have been playing the lottery for as long as you can remember and haven't hit the jackpot. Looking back at how much money you have spent and not winning a significant amount, do you ever get the feeling that you are wasting money and that you will never hit the jackpot?

      Good question. My answer is a qualified No.  Since the more you spend the greater your chances of hitting a jackpot, if you spend more than you can afford at the expense of necessities, you are not really "wasting" money, but you are definitely being irresponsible.  My rule of thumb for poor people is to spend no more than they can earn in ½ Hour per week, and for others, no more than they can earn in 1 Hour per week.

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        Posted: September 9, 2010, 5:07 pm - IP Logged

        No, I never let myself get down like that.

        Whenever I'm feeling a little down from a losing streak or whatever I just turn in my desk chair and open the front window and observe all the beauty before me as I gaze in wonder looking down the holler and at the forest covered mountain ridges surrounding me.

        I then chug a big old glass of Jack and hang my old Remington 870, 12 gauge out the window and start blasting away at all the old junk cars and trucks in my front yard while screaming Yeeeeeee haaaaaa at the top of my lungs. I always feel better after that.


                                                     
                             
                                                 

         

         

         

         

                                                                                                           

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          Posted: September 9, 2010, 5:11 pm - IP Logged

          We can't win all the time but when you do win it feels good.

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            Posted: September 9, 2010, 5:13 pm - IP Logged

            Well thats a picker upper from ridge runner

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              Posted: September 9, 2010, 5:28 pm - IP Logged

              yeah i feel like this when i lose ....but i immediately try to avoid negative thoughts

              Positive thinking is the best and also removes stress which is good for general health

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                Posted: September 9, 2010, 5:51 pm - IP Logged

                yeah i feel like this when i lose ....but i immediately try to avoid negative thoughts

                Positive thinking is the best and also removes stress which is good for general health

                Blasting the old junk cars and trucks in your front yard with a shotgun from the front window works wonders for stress too. I've found it to be way better than positive thinking.

                Actually though, it's the most fun with the .50 Cal Desert Eagle. I love the sound of a .50 Cal in the morning... sounds like... victory.


                                                             
                                     
                                                         

                 

                 

                 

                 

                                                                                                                   

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                  Posted: September 9, 2010, 6:37 pm - IP Logged

                  I'm not  wasting  money cause I have a gambling budget  so it doesn't interfere with  my  bills every 2 wks  I  put $40 aside  for lottery

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                    Posted: September 9, 2010, 8:11 pm - IP Logged

                    Twitch I get annoyed sometimes .... but its only a dollar or two and what does that really get these days

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                      Posted: September 9, 2010, 8:22 pm - IP Logged

                      Think of it like paying for insurance? You never know when your going to need it.

                      Hopefully you get the "hit" instead of being "hit".


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                        Posted: September 9, 2010, 9:28 pm - IP Logged

                        So you have been playing the lottery for as long as you can remember and haven't hit the jackpot. Looking back at how much money you have spent and not winning a significant amount, do you ever get the feeling that you are wasting money and that you will never hit the jackpot?

                         do you ever get the feeling that you are wasting money and that you will never hit the jackpot?

                        I feel everyone should crawl before they walk. Stop wasting your money on odds that are as comparable to getting hit by lightning 3 times in a row. Start with the P-3, and work your way up.

                        As far as I know, no one has successfully proven they've made a living off the P-3 with only 1 in a thousand for a straight hit, much less hudreds of thousands and even millions and hundreds of millions.....lol....ha ahahaha aha aha aha ahhha ha aha ah

                        If you decide to ignore everything written here, at least do me one favor. When buying a PB or any other ticket as high as this, or even close, just buy a QP. Because when you factor in those astronomical odds, Luck has a major part. No system will ever be able to cover that many variables.

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                          Posted: September 9, 2010, 11:10 pm - IP Logged

                          I feel great when PLAYING the lottery and buying tickets, then it falls flat when I check them....... 

                          Crappy, only one winner out of a bunch of tickets.

                          But wait.......  It just jumped up to near record levels. And they have a possible doubler on the jackpot....

                          I'm feeling better already!

                          Possible over 300 grand on a pick 5 game and 169,000 to 1 odds.....

                          I'm feeeeling gooood!

                          http://wilottery.com/lottogames/badger5.aspx

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                            Posted: September 10, 2010, 7:35 am - IP Logged

                            So you have been playing the lottery for as long as you can remember and haven't hit the jackpot. Looking back at how much money you have spent and not winning a significant amount, do you ever get the feeling that you are wasting money and that you will never hit the jackpot?

                            I don't as the UK lottery takes a percentage of each lottery ticket sold and donates that percentage to charities and good causes, so in a way when I play and don't win, I know I have done my part in helping a good cause seeking financial help. Plus I know sooner than later my time to hit big is on the way, its all about being patient.

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                              Posted: September 10, 2010, 1:15 pm - IP Logged

                              I agree, the odds are stacked against winning, but people DO win the lottery. There was a discussion about this subject one night on a San Francisco radio station call-in show. A lottery player on the east coast won a huge jackpot after using his last dollar to buy a single ticket. The discussion centered around the prudence of buying lottery tickets when that money could be used for other purposes. The announcer (personally, I think he just wanted to stir up controversy. 'Slow news day...) derided the man's decision to gamble with his last buck. To me, it's something that our society has embraced with great fervor: The expenditure of non-discretionary funds on games of chance. I can see if folks have a couple of dollars to spare, they may buy a lottery ticket. However, when people gamble the rent money, it's time to reconsider just how dangerous gambling can be. I used to drive each night down to the San Francisco Bay Area, and on the side of the freeway the billboards rented by casinos depicted the face of "Marney Twoddlesnort" beaming as she held her winnings. People are convinced that they too will be able to win big money in that fashion. What the sign says right below her smiling face should truly be a glowing testament to the dangers of government-sanctioned casinos/lotteries. There's an 800-number to call for problem gamblers.   Our state has adopted a lucrative means to collect huge amounts of money on one of the oldest scams around. My wife saw this happen in Vietnam, where casinos drew-in dirt poor farmers and factory workers to wager what little cash they had on the off-chance that they might win. Her mother was addicted to that chance, and they suffered financially as a result of her addiction. Lotteries et al are a means for the state to gain financially from their citizen's addiction to wagering. With the odds set exponentially higher against winning, most smart people would eschew wasting their money chasing such an illusive dream.