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Lotteries may gamble on Internet

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Posted: April 25, 2005, 6:07 pm - IP Logged

You need to be careful playing MegaMillions and Powerball with Internet companies.  There is one that doesn't pay full value if you win.  This company, which shall remain nameless, only pays up to $1 million on the top prize. If you had won $205 million on Megamillions, you would only receive 1 million if you had bought a ticket through that company.  That is because they don't actually  purchase the tickets in the state in which they are played.  It is an internal game, which should be illegal.  Read the fine print before sending money to these ripoff companies.

Some of the online casinos are the same way.  If they don't like the fact that you won something, they say in their fine print, that they don't have to pay you. 

Beware . . .

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    Posted: April 26, 2005, 12:06 am - IP Logged

    I dunno too much about those "gray-area" companies. I would only play online if it was my states lottery organization.

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      Posted: April 26, 2005, 12:23 am - IP Logged

      I would love to be able to punch in my CT purchases online.  Quick, easy, convenient...just bad news for a lot of mom n pop stores that do a big part of their business on lottery sales.

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        Posted: April 26, 2005, 1:26 am - IP Logged
        Quote: Originally posted by JAG331 on April 26, 2005


        I would love to be able to punch in my CT purchases online.  Quick, easy, convenient...just bad news for a lot of mom n pop stores that do a big part of their business on lottery sales.


        do you think there making a killing on lottery sales......  my friend says he get 6 cent a ticket hardly worth the effort. the big money comes from them selling a big winner and even then that might not ever happen.
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          Quote: Originally posted by four4me on April 26, 2005



          Quote: Originally posted by JAG331 on April 26, 2005


          I would love to be able to punch in my CT purchases online.  Quick, easy, convenient...just bad news for a lot of mom n pop stores that do a big part of their business on lottery sales.


          do you think there making a killing on lottery sales......  my friend says he get 6 cent a ticket hardly worth the effort. the big money comes from them selling a big winner and even then that might not ever happen.



          I go to a mom n pop store in town to pick up my tickets...two aisles, maybe 300 sq ft.  Not a gas station.  You hardly see anyone buy anything but Pick 3 or Scratchers.  6 cents on the dollar adds up, especially compared to the profit they make when that bottle of ketchup or package of noodles on the shelf finally moves.

          I'm not saying they make great money, but I think it's a significant percentage of income for many small retailers across the US...and I'll bet they'll put up a fight when the lotteries try to cut out the middleman with Internet sales.

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            Posted: April 26, 2005, 9:53 am - IP Logged

            Yes in that respect i think your right i know many people are at the mom and pot stores to get products and the come on lottery purchases aren't the main staple. Here in Maryland almost every place that sells lottery tickets has some sort of line at the ticket counter wether it be a big jackpot or not. People are drawn to many places because of the lottery and if they were taken out of the loop because of Internet purchases then they would definitely suffer.


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              Posted: April 27, 2005, 4:49 pm - IP Logged

              Better Maryland than NY.

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                Posted: April 28, 2005, 7:16 am - IP Logged

                it affects different places in different ways....


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                  Posted: April 28, 2005, 10:10 am - IP Logged

                  I'm not totally in favor of the idea.

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                    Posted: April 29, 2005, 12:35 am - IP Logged

                    me neither.....

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                      Posted: May 1, 2005, 8:32 pm - IP Logged

                      I'm in favor at this moment...so I wouldn't have to go out to the store!

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                        Posted: May 1, 2005, 9:51 pm - IP Logged
                        Quote: Originally posted by JAG331 on May 1, 2005


                        I'm in favor at this moment...so I wouldn't have to go out to the store!




                        . Good for senior citizens who have a computer, disabled people, working people with little time, people who impatiently turn around and head home because of long lines, etc...

                        ... oh and for lazy people like meself


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                          Posted: May 2, 2005, 4:15 pm - IP Logged

                          We'll see what happens.

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                            Posted: May 6, 2005, 10:59 pm - IP Logged


                            this would be good for older people.....

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                              Posted: May 7, 2005, 12:50 am - IP Logged


                              this would be good for older people.....



                              ... and younger people too. Computers I'm sure are mostly used by Generation X. The lotteries might wanna cater to the youngin's 18+, just like that cigarette dude Joe Camel.