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How many people are obsessed with the lottery?

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Posted: December 10, 2012, 10:22 am - IP Logged

Hi everyone,

I'm just wondering how many people are obsessed with the lottery. I go back and forth on this. Sometimes I get to be a bit manic about my obsession with winning the lottery and am not realistic enough about the fact that I would have a much better chance of being hit by lightening than actually winning the lottery. Other times it seems that I can't imagine not winning the lottery someday. When I feel more desperate about my life then it seems I have to buy tickets of some form daily. When my emotional state is a bit better it seems that I am able to get more of a handle on things and do not play daily. There really isn't a day that goes by when I don't seem consumed by the lottery even if I'm not playing that day. I now all the odds of my state scratch tickets as well as knowing the odds of PB, MB and my state games.  I still make sure my bills are paid first so I would never spend money I don't have on the lottery.  Since I have severe anxiey and depression (have always worked in low paying jobs) it would be nice to just be able to hide from the world forever if I won and be able to help my family. Financial security seems out of the question for me unless I win a lottery so that's why I keep the dream alive.

    four4me's avatar - gate1
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    Posted: December 10, 2012, 10:33 am - IP Logged

    I have met more people who say they dont play the lottery than people who say they do.

    Big John says. You don't hit the number. The number hits you!!!!

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      Posted: December 10, 2012, 10:48 am - IP Logged

      I have met more people who say they dont play the lottery than people who say they do.

      Think he's just talking about peeps on this site.

      What do you mean by obsessed. Plays or spends alot. I always play my nums but don't  spend much.

        Lucky Loser's avatar - bucks
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        Posted: December 10, 2012, 10:55 am - IP Logged

        Hi everyone,

        I'm just wondering how many people are obsessed with the lottery. I go back and forth on this. Sometimes I get to be a bit manic about my obsession with winning the lottery and am not realistic enough about the fact that I would have a much better chance of being hit by lightening than actually winning the lottery. Other times it seems that I can't imagine not winning the lottery someday. When I feel more desperate about my life then it seems I have to buy tickets of some form daily. When my emotional state is a bit better it seems that I am able to get more of a handle on things and do not play daily. There really isn't a day that goes by when I don't seem consumed by the lottery even if I'm not playing that day. I now all the odds of my state scratch tickets as well as knowing the odds of PB, MB and my state games.  I still make sure my bills are paid first so I would never spend money I don't have on the lottery.  Since I have severe anxiey and depression (have always worked in low paying jobs) it would be nice to just be able to hide from the world forever if I won and be able to help my family. Financial security seems out of the question for me unless I win a lottery so that's why I keep the dream alive.

        Well, I can see that you're not obsessed with it because you take care of bills and business first. Don't get so caught up in the "it's my turn", "why did they win", "he's too young to have won" type scenarios. Everything happens for a reason. Just because you haven't surely doesn't mean you can't or won't. Might just be a personal test of your PATIENCE...focus on passing it instead of how hard the test is... and best of luck!!!

         

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          Posted: December 10, 2012, 11:09 am - IP Logged

          Well, I can see that you're not obsessed with it because you take care of bills and business first. Don't get so caught up in the "it's my turn", "why did they win", "he's too young to have won" type scenarios. Everything happens for a reason. Just because you haven't surely doesn't mean you can't or won't. Might just be a personal test of your PATIENCE...focus on passing it instead of how hard the test is... and best of luck!!!

           

          L.L.

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            Posted: December 10, 2012, 12:13 pm - IP Logged

            Well, I can see that you're not obsessed with it because you take care of bills and business first. Don't get so caught up in the "it's my turn", "why did they win", "he's too young to have won" type scenarios. Everything happens for a reason. Just because you haven't surely doesn't mean you can't or won't. Might just be a personal test of your PATIENCE...focus on passing it instead of how hard the test is... and best of luck!!!

             

            L.L.

            Hi L.L.

            Thanks for your response. I'm always happy for people who win the lottery because it's a life changing experience for anyone.  We seem to be in agreement about a personal test of my patience, lol. I know that some people can play for years on end and not win anything and others can play once and win the big one, it's all random. Thanks for your kind words. I always enjoy reading your insightful responses/posts. Good luck to you too.

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              Posted: December 10, 2012, 2:03 pm - IP Logged

              Everyone playing  the lotteries dreams of winning big but it's not a substitute for the work and effort one has to put forth to have a better life.

              * you don't need more tickets, just the right ticket * 
              * your best chance at winning a lottery jackpot is to buy a ticket * 
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                garyo1954's avatar - garyo
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                Posted: December 10, 2012, 2:49 pm - IP Logged

                When the change bucket looks full I play; if it is empty, I rarely buy a ticket. When I do play, I enjoy programming and turning the numbers inside out.

                Einstein was wrong. Insanity is playing new numbers and watching the old ones come up!

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                  Posted: December 10, 2012, 3:24 pm - IP Logged

                  From what I've read, you know how to set your priorities straight and that is to your advantage. Have faith and keep your dreams alive - no matter what they are.

                  And always remember that in this life... everything is possible.

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                    I really think Shy Guitar maybe needs to take a break from the lottery. It sounds like it is making you more and more unhappy. If you want to win because it will enable you to hide away, I think there are some more serious issues going on there. I really urge you to talk to a professional and/or take a break. It may be hard for you to move out of your low paying job because employers sense a low self esteem issue. You mentioned before that you have a college degee so maybe focusing on getting an entry level position could be an improvement for you. Forget the lottery for a while. I think you need to break the cycle you are in.

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                      Posted: December 10, 2012, 7:03 pm - IP Logged

                      This is the 20 question checklist from GA. It applies to all gambling, not just lotto. Granted with the lotteries the potential payout relative to the buy in offers way more bang for the buck.

                      Are you a compulsive gambler?

                      Answer all 20 questions below and view our comments based on your answers.


                      1.Did you ever lose time from work or school due to gambling?YesNo
                      2.Has gambling ever made your home life unhappy?YesNo
                      3.Did gambling affect your reputation?YesNo
                      4.Have you ever felt remorse after gambling?YesNo
                      5.Did you ever gamble to get money with which to pay debts or otherwise solve financial difficulties?YesNo
                      6.Did gambling cause a decrease in your ambition or efficiency?YesNo
                      7.After losing did you feel you must return as soon as possible and win back your losses?YesNo
                      8.After a win did you have a strong urge to return and win more?YesNo
                      9.Did you often gamble until your last dollar was gone?YesNo
                      10.Did you ever borrow to finance your gambling?YesNo
                      11.Have you ever sold anything to finance gambling?YesNo
                      12.Were you reluctant to use "gambling money" for normal expenditures?YesNo
                      13.Did gambling make you careless of the welfare of yourself or your family?YesNo
                      14.Did you ever gamble longer than you had planned?YesNo
                      15.Have you ever gambled to escape worry, trouble, boredom or loneliness?YesNo
                      16.Have you ever committed, or considered committing, an illegal act to finance gambling?YesNo
                      17.Did gambling cause you to have difficulty in sleeping?YesNo
                      18.Do arguments, disappointments or frustrations create within you an urge to gamble?YesNo
                      19.Did you ever have an urge to celebrate any good fortune by a few hours of gambling?YesNo
                      20.Have you ever considered self-destruction or suicide as a result of your gambling?YesNo

                      http://www.gamblersanonymous.org/ga/content/20-questions

                      Those who run the lotteries love it when players look for consistency in something that's designed not to have any.

                      Lep

                      There is one and only one 'proven' system, and that is to book the action. No matter the game, let the players pick their own losers.

                        maringoman's avatar - kobold
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                        Posted: December 10, 2012, 9:03 pm - IP Logged

                        The way I do it is by purposely skipping games. Like last saturday I had already picked my PB numbers on the slip but never brought the slip to the store. My numbers never came. They never come. When that  happens I feel like I cheated and got away with it.

                        I know I would be seriously depressed if they ever came and I had skipped playing that time. But if that happened, it would be a one time thing that a good therapist can help deal with.

                        Good luck man

                        It's a futile effort.


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                          Posted: December 10, 2012, 9:11 pm - IP Logged

                          Hi everyone,

                          I'm just wondering how many people are obsessed with the lottery. I go back and forth on this. Sometimes I get to be a bit manic about my obsession with winning the lottery and am not realistic enough about the fact that I would have a much better chance of being hit by lightening than actually winning the lottery. Other times it seems that I can't imagine not winning the lottery someday. When I feel more desperate about my life then it seems I have to buy tickets of some form daily. When my emotional state is a bit better it seems that I am able to get more of a handle on things and do not play daily. There really isn't a day that goes by when I don't seem consumed by the lottery even if I'm not playing that day. I now all the odds of my state scratch tickets as well as knowing the odds of PB, MB and my state games.  I still make sure my bills are paid first so I would never spend money I don't have on the lottery.  Since I have severe anxiey and depression (have always worked in low paying jobs) it would be nice to just be able to hide from the world forever if I won and be able to help my family. Financial security seems out of the question for me unless I win a lottery so that's why I keep the dream alive.

                          LOL........I have an actual black book full of stuff I'd like to buy, vacations I want to take, houses in cities I like to live, how I'd divide up my cash....between family, friends, charities, and investments......obsessed??...Obsessed???......Obsessed is NOT the word for what I am about winning the lottery.......Im super seriously stalking a jackpot......


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                            Posted: December 10, 2012, 9:13 pm - IP Logged

                            This is the 20 question checklist from GA. It applies to all gambling, not just lotto. Granted with the lotteries the potential payout relative to the buy in offers way more bang for the buck.

                            Are you a compulsive gambler?

                            Answer all 20 questions below and view our comments based on your answers.


                            1.Did you ever lose time from work or school due to gambling?YesNo
                            2.Has gambling ever made your home life unhappy?YesNo
                            3.Did gambling affect your reputation?YesNo
                            4.Have you ever felt remorse after gambling?YesNo
                            5.Did you ever gamble to get money with which to pay debts or otherwise solve financial difficulties?YesNo
                            6.Did gambling cause a decrease in your ambition or efficiency?YesNo
                            7.After losing did you feel you must return as soon as possible and win back your losses?YesNo
                            8.After a win did you have a strong urge to return and win more?YesNo
                            9.Did you often gamble until your last dollar was gone?YesNo
                            10.Did you ever borrow to finance your gambling?YesNo
                            11.Have you ever sold anything to finance gambling?YesNo
                            12.Were you reluctant to use "gambling money" for normal expenditures?YesNo
                            13.Did gambling make you careless of the welfare of yourself or your family?YesNo
                            14.Did you ever gamble longer than you had planned?YesNo
                            15.Have you ever gambled to escape worry, trouble, boredom or loneliness?YesNo
                            16.Have you ever committed, or considered committing, an illegal act to finance gambling?YesNo
                            17.Did gambling cause you to have difficulty in sleeping?YesNo
                            18.Do arguments, disappointments or frustrations create within you an urge to gamble?YesNo
                            19.Did you ever have an urge to celebrate any good fortune by a few hours of gambling?YesNo
                            20.Have you ever considered self-destruction or suicide as a result of your gambling?YesNo

                            http://www.gamblersanonymous.org/ga/content/20-questions

                            I love these little personal quizzes....I answered a resounding no on all questions....


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                              Posted: December 10, 2012, 9:15 pm - IP Logged

                              This is the 20 question checklist from GA. It applies to all gambling, not just lotto. Granted with the lotteries the potential payout relative to the buy in offers way more bang for the buck.

                              Are you a compulsive gambler?

                              Answer all 20 questions below and view our comments based on your answers.


                              1.Did you ever lose time from work or school due to gambling?YesNo
                              2.Has gambling ever made your home life unhappy?YesNo
                              3.Did gambling affect your reputation?YesNo
                              4.Have you ever felt remorse after gambling?YesNo
                              5.Did you ever gamble to get money with which to pay debts or otherwise solve financial difficulties?YesNo
                              6.Did gambling cause a decrease in your ambition or efficiency?YesNo
                              7.After losing did you feel you must return as soon as possible and win back your losses?YesNo
                              8.After a win did you have a strong urge to return and win more?YesNo
                              9.Did you often gamble until your last dollar was gone?YesNo
                              10.Did you ever borrow to finance your gambling?YesNo
                              11.Have you ever sold anything to finance gambling?YesNo
                              12.Were you reluctant to use "gambling money" for normal expenditures?YesNo
                              13.Did gambling make you careless of the welfare of yourself or your family?YesNo
                              14.Did you ever gamble longer than you had planned?YesNo
                              15.Have you ever gambled to escape worry, trouble, boredom or loneliness?YesNo
                              16.Have you ever committed, or considered committing, an illegal act to finance gambling?YesNo
                              17.Did gambling cause you to have difficulty in sleeping?YesNo
                              18.Do arguments, disappointments or frustrations create within you an urge to gamble?YesNo
                              19.Did you ever have an urge to celebrate any good fortune by a few hours of gambling?YesNo
                              20.Have you ever considered self-destruction or suicide as a result of your gambling?YesNo

                              http://www.gamblersanonymous.org/ga/content/20-questions

                              Perhaps there should be a 21st question: Do you belong to LP?   Wink