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Any tips on scratch offs

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ONEDAY's avatar - DiscoBallGlowing
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Posted: July 2, 2004, 1:49 am - IP Logged

I was thinking about playing, it seems $2 tickets are best bets, though $5 and $10 have slightly better odds..but what about those odds..1:4, does that mean in theory you will win 25 times out of 100..I have seen players at stores get 10 tickets and win nothing in a row. 

what about rolls, how many in a roll? 200 games? if 1 in 4 applies there should be 50 winners per roll, but probaly 40 of those wins are for $1 or $2.?

Should you buy more then a few tickets from the same game at the same time, or better to buy from differnt stores..also it seems the high traffic stores have the big winners..I know more people more tickets are sold, but i am thinking maybee the lottery rewards those stores with more sales with better rolls then say stores with smaller traffic?

If you had a $100 what would you do play instant or pick 4?

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    Posted: July 2, 2004, 2:51 am - IP Logged

    It depends on the scratch of game as to whether or not to buy or play. Some scratch of games have lots of small high tear winning tickets.  Some games who have $1000 top prize they might have twenty of these tickets floating around in your state. Whereas the high tier 5 and 10 dollar tickets might only have one or two top tier prizes with smaller prizes thrown in. Scratch or odds are misleading because there could be eight winners in a row and twenty losers in a row. Winning at these games is more about being in the right place at the right time. I have seen a couple of old retirees who would buy whole books of tickets and scratch every ticket maybe they would win the money the spent and maybe not. These were 1 dollar tickets with a top tier prize of $1000. cost 100 dollars a book or roll. There might be anywhere from 1 million to ten million tickets printed for these smaller prizes. The only good thing about scratch off's is somebody dventually wins the top tier prize. Bad part is more people walk away with a looser. They are designed to generate large capital for the state.

    If your good at picking numbers the pick 4 game and match 5 games is where the moneys at and of course megamill and powerball. 

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      Posted: July 7, 2004, 1:37 am - IP Logged

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        Posted: July 7, 2004, 3:13 am - IP Logged

        There were no Powerball jackpot

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          Posted: July 7, 2004, 3:50 am - IP Logged

          I don't play scratch-offs, you have no control over your choice of tickets. Your betting that the one retailer out of thousands that you are buying your tickets from has the big prize winner. If you plan on playing scratchies, check with your lottery commision to see what prizes have already been won. Why buy a scratch-off if the jackpot prize tickets have already been sold.

          That some control if you're going to play any type of lottery. 

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            Posted: July 7, 2004, 5:53 am - IP Logged

            i have a tip.. dont buy them

            the prize amounts they have now dont even excite me.. its like 4 top prizes of 30,000 and everything else is 5,000 and lower.. they used to have 3 prizes of 50K, 25k and 10k.. apparently the lottery commission realized people dont like to buy a ticket after all the top prizes have been won. hence the new crappy prize layout

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              Posted: July 15, 2004, 1:52 pm - IP Logged



              Last week i went in a scratch ticket rage and spent $500. I bought 5 ten dollar tickets and only got 10 bucks back. Then i got a lot of 5 dollar tickets and got almoast nothing. This is definitly not a good time to play scratch in Massachusetts. There is nothing out there mayby during christmas there will be some prizes around.

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                Posted: July 15, 2004, 2:01 pm - IP Logged

                I generally don't buy

                 

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                  Posted: July 15, 2004, 2:34 pm - IP Logged

                  People have luck at different things, take those scratch offs with game show wins for money prizes and you see people who have been on the show more than once and here you've maybe sent in tickets and never had one ticket chosen, or you see someone on there who says they sent in only one ticket and it was picked, I think it's a luck thing, that's not meant for everyone. I've read the odds on the back also and can but 20.00 worth and never get a winner.

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                    Posted: July 15, 2004, 2:38 pm - IP Logged
                    Quote: Originally posted by tony2222 on July 15, 2004


                    Last week i went in a scratch ticket rage and spent $500. I bought 5 ten dollar tickets and only got 10 bucks back. Then i got a lot of 5 dollar tickets and got almoast nothing. This is definitly not a good time to play scratch in Massachusetts. There is nothing out there mayby during christmas there will be some prizes around.


                    wow..the most I could ever spend is 5-$2 tickets!

                    have a great winning day!


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                      Posted: July 19, 2004, 5:58 pm - IP Logged

                      Scratch tickets actually have the highest payback % of lottery games (not counting video lottery, etc.) Just make sure you avoid ANNUITY-ONLY scratches (still a big problem in NY and Massachusetts).

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                        Posted: July 19, 2004, 11:48 pm - IP Logged

                        Many different theory's on scratch tickets. All of the above are valid points on the subject. it comes down to the right place at the right time. the overall odds of say 1 in 4 is a winner, is based upon the TOTAL number of wining tickets (whether it's a dollar, or two, five, ten, twenty, etc) VS. the total number of tickets produced. That does not mean there will be a definate winner each four tickets. I live in Mass. and play pretty heavily, so heavily in fact, that I have bought at least 30 books over the years of all different denominations and entered all the results in my computer on a spreadsheet. One thing I can tell you is that it is NOT random!!! They know exactly what they are putting in each book. I can tell you that there is a 90% chance of getting the following winners if you buy a 10 dollar book of scratch tickets in MA. which consists of 100 tickets. total cost $1,000.00: you will get 27 winning tickets comprised of 10 ten dollar winners, 5 fifteen dollar winners, 8 twenty dollar winners, 2 forty dollar winners, 1 fifty dollar winner, and 1 hundred dollar winner. for a grand total back of $565.00 total. So your average loss on a ten dollar book is $435.00.  Approximately one out of every ten consecutive books will have a winner larger than 100.00 and when it does happen, it could either take the place of a lower tier prize in the book, ie: only 9 ten dollar tickets instead of 10. or it could be in addition to. I have had both. I have seen 15 losers in a row, and I have seen 5 winners in a row. You're best chance of increasing your odds on scratch tickets is if you work in a store, and can keep track of the customers buying a lot of a particular game and not winning, then try them yourself, but beware, if just one customer walks out without scratching first, there goes your tracking. :)

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                          Posted: July 20, 2004, 12:06 am - IP Logged

                          I don't do Scratch Offs

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                            Posted: July 20, 2004, 12:18 am - IP Logged

                            one night at my old work, a lady bought approx. $550 worth of tickets "looking for the $100 winner". she wound up winning back $235.  net loss for her of $315.

                            I've redone my website.  Go to www.dr-ew.com.  I kept a lot of the old stuff, and I've added some new stuff.  Look for more new stuff in the coming weeks.

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                              Posted: July 20, 2004, 12:19 am - IP Logged

                              one night at my old work, a lady bought approx. $550 worth of tickets ($5 and 10 tickets) "looking for the $100 winner". she wound up winning back $235.  net loss for her of $315.  long story short, don't spend more than $3 on a ticket.  This lady bought almost 2 books of this one game.

                              I've redone my website.  Go to www.dr-ew.com.  I kept a lot of the old stuff, and I've added some new stuff.  Look for more new stuff in the coming weeks.