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Lottery scratch games still being sold after jackpots are gone

Topic closed. 21 replies. Last post 9 years ago by MaddMike51.

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Member #20982
August 29, 2005
4715 Posts
Posted: July 1, 2008, 3:02 am - IP Logged

If you have a top prize available, I am sure many more players are willing to spend the $20 - to take the chance of hitting it.   Why does anyone want to spend $20 to hit a smaller prize when another game might still have a Million Dollars for the same price?

I disagree with pulling the game just because the top prize is won.    The solution is rather simple, if the top prize is $1,000,000 for a $20 ticket.   Then someone wins it and the next prize is $500,000, the ticket price should be cut in half ($10).   And so on, until all the prizes are gone.

very good idea true critic....

    justxploring's avatar - villiarna
    Wandering Aimlessly
    United States
    Member #25360
    November 5, 2005
    4461 Posts
    Posted: July 1, 2008, 3:56 am - IP Logged

    I rarely buy scratch tickets, but I always assumed people checked first, since the amount of top prizes available are listed, at least they are on the FL site.  I don't even play them & I check!  LOL 

    I agree with GameGrl and would be very satisfied making $10,000 with a $20 investment.  Sure people want a shot at the big prize, but with such high odds, I'm sure most people are just happy to get their money back! 

    I don't think the idea of cutting ticket prices in half would ever work.  All the thousands of retailers would have to be notified and then there would be additional work involved.  Too complicated.  Having a second chance drawing is always a nice bonus, however.

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      Member #13130
      March 30, 2005
      2171 Posts
      Posted: July 1, 2008, 5:44 am - IP Logged

      The lottery plans to sell X number of tickets at Y dollars per ticket, minus W dollars of prizes and other expenses, and keep Z dollars of revenue. There seems to be this notion that they are in business to provide money to gamblers. The lottery's job is to collect more money besides what the state can collect from the voters in taxes.

      Demanding that the scratch-off games be pulled once the top prize is claimed is a sure way to cause those top prizes to 'drift' towards the last packs printed, or "Oopsie, we had a 'bad run' in that game. Seems the printer neglected to include a top prize ticket".

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        Member #15989
        May 24, 2005
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        Posted: July 2, 2008, 8:47 am - IP Logged

        Hey Sorensonfan41, are you willing to share the information about which tickets have the best chances? Sure would save me a lot of time, and if not, I understand. Mainly interested in $5 games up to $20. Thank you.

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          Zeta Reticuli Star System
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          Member #30470
          January 17, 2006
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          Posted: July 2, 2008, 10:20 am - IP Logged

          Selling tickets for an advertised top prize that no longer exists is almost as bad as selling tickets for a top prize that never existed.

          Both are false advertising.

          Selling tickets for a top prize that never existed is a flat out scam.

          Selling tickets for top prizes that have all been paid out gives lottery players the perception that the lottery is out to scam them.

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


          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.

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            Member #60337
            April 14, 2008
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            Posted: July 4, 2008, 8:05 am - IP Logged

            Any state lottery is the quickest way to rip people off than any other way.It's not gas,food or any other way...

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              Member #58528
              February 18, 2008
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              Posted: July 4, 2008, 7:51 pm - IP Logged

              I'm pretty sure the lotterys sell enough losing tickets to offset any losses they might have by pulling the game after they sell all of the top prize tickets.I know I buy a hell of lot more losing tickets than I do break even or winning tickets.For every winner they sell there are a lot of losers.