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Lottery ticket in get-well card wins man $7 million

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a scratch-off lottery ticket is really a poor choice for a gift. maybe as long as it is a relative it can be justified somewhat. but what are you really giving someone. 99 times out a 100 it will just be a small token amount or more than likely just a worthless piece of cardboard. someone previous said check it first before giving it, which of course is ludicrous. if by some miracle it is a big one who's going to actually follow through with the giving of it. if it is a loser or a break even situation it seems like a shallow gift to give someone a already scratched card. better idea would be a 3 or 6 month advance draw ticket on a cash 5 drawing or similar type of game. but, people are lazy when gift shopping and although the intentions may be good the result may cause consternation and resentment.

That may be true but lotteries often has promotions around special occasions suggesting scratch-off as stocking stuffers at Christmas and lovely sweetheart gifts at Valentine and etc.  I do think the givers should know the persons well enough to know they would know how to check and cash in the tickets if they had any value.

 * you don't need to buy more tickets, just buy a winning ticket * 
   
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    "I don't play the lottery at all, but my father is a retired hospital administrator-turned-avid Lottery player,"

     

    Joseph Amorese of Easton, Pennsylvania

     

     

    I'll bet, if you'll pardon the pun, he'll play many lotteries from now on!

    Why, myturn?  He and his wife are now able to retire and live a comfortable, within reason, lifestyle with this hefty net amount.

    Cheers

    Having several millions of dollars in my financial accounts means receiving several valuable services each day!

    Disney

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      Why, myturn?  He and his wife are now able to retire and live a comfortable, within reason, lifestyle with this hefty net amount.

      Cheers

      I'd still play, out of habit and out of fun.

      If you can afford it, why not? As long as you don't play astronomically higher wagers.

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        Posted: March 30, 2015, 3:03 pm - IP Logged

        Great story congrats to the winner.


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          That may be true but lotteries often has promotions around special occasions suggesting scratch-off as stocking stuffers at Christmas and lovely sweetheart gifts at Valentine and etc.  I do think the givers should know the persons well enough to know they would know how to check and cash in the tickets if they had any value.

          real surprising that the lottery would suggest such a thing. do you think it might be because they are the ones selling them. i stand by my claim that it is a bad idea. do what you want and suffer the repercussions when someone hits a big one. 95% would be kicking themselves and lose sleep over the fact that they could have held that ticket and would say probably to themselves what rotten luck, the one time i could have won and i gave it away. meanwhile, the recipient will be buying new cars and houses. living it up like diamond jim brady and you'd be lucky if they tossed you a bone.

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            a scratch-off lottery ticket is really a poor choice for a gift. maybe as long as it is a relative it can be justified somewhat. but what are you really giving someone. 99 times out a 100 it will just be a small token amount or more than likely just a worthless piece of cardboard. someone previous said check it first before giving it, which of course is ludicrous. if by some miracle it is a big one who's going to actually follow through with the giving of it. if it is a loser or a break even situation it seems like a shallow gift to give someone a already scratched card. better idea would be a 3 or 6 month advance draw ticket on a cash 5 drawing or similar type of game. but, people are lazy when gift shopping and although the intentions may be good the result may cause consternation and resentment.

            What are you really giving someone? A few minutes of entertainment, and a non-impossible dream of sudden wealth.

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              What are you really giving someone? A few minutes of entertainment, and a non-impossible dream of sudden wealth.

              This thread reminded me of when I was going back to school some years ago and money was tight and couldn't afford much in the way of Christmas presents.  Depending upon how much I had to spend, I'd buy several runs of five tickets for my folks (figuring that within the odds on the tickets, at least one "should" be a winner.)  My reasoning was what can you buy someone of that age that they'd enjoy and appreciate?  Mom already had a lifetime's worth of knick-knacks and I would have had to had been a millionaire to get my dad a "toy" that he would've liked. 

              I don't think they ever won much at all on the tickets, not even the face value of them, but I do know they enjoyed the gift.  We'd all be opening our presents, a furious storm of flying wrapping paper amongst "Ooohs" and "Ahhs" and I'd see momma find her envelope with the scratch tickets.  She'd stop w/ the other presents and get her purse and find a coin and start scratching, her head down and intent on revealing the numbers.  Dad would look up and whisper "Is that for both of us?" with the beginning of annoyance that she was scratching "his" share, too.  "No, don't think so." mom would reply.  "I saw an envelope just like it w/ your name on it." Pop would start rummaging around his stack of pkgs. until he found his tickets.  He'd use the back of a blade on his pocketknife to scratch away the latex covering on the numbers, both of my folks oblivious to everyone else, even those thanking them for what they had received from them.  (they loved to gamble)

              As I said, they never won much of anything (on the tickets I bought them, they had much better luck on their own purchases), but they seemed to appreciate the gift.  I'm sure this man's dad was glad his son won big, just as I would've been if my own folks had.


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                Never thought they could sell $25 tickets at a dollar store. You could fill half a shopping cart with that.


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                  This thread reminded me of when I was going back to school some years ago and money was tight and couldn't afford much in the way of Christmas presents.  Depending upon how much I had to spend, I'd buy several runs of five tickets for my folks (figuring that within the odds on the tickets, at least one "should" be a winner.)  My reasoning was what can you buy someone of that age that they'd enjoy and appreciate?  Mom already had a lifetime's worth of knick-knacks and I would have had to had been a millionaire to get my dad a "toy" that he would've liked. 

                  I don't think they ever won much at all on the tickets, not even the face value of them, but I do know they enjoyed the gift.  We'd all be opening our presents, a furious storm of flying wrapping paper amongst "Ooohs" and "Ahhs" and I'd see momma find her envelope with the scratch tickets.  She'd stop w/ the other presents and get her purse and find a coin and start scratching, her head down and intent on revealing the numbers.  Dad would look up and whisper "Is that for both of us?" with the beginning of annoyance that she was scratching "his" share, too.  "No, don't think so." mom would reply.  "I saw an envelope just like it w/ your name on it." Pop would start rummaging around his stack of pkgs. until he found his tickets.  He'd use the back of a blade on his pocketknife to scratch away the latex covering on the numbers, both of my folks oblivious to everyone else, even those thanking them for what they had received from them.  (they loved to gamble)

                  As I said, they never won much of anything (on the tickets I bought them, they had much better luck on their own purchases), but they seemed to appreciate the gift.  I'm sure this man's dad was glad his son won big, just as I would've been if my own folks had.

                  heavens to murgatroyd. all you did by giving them this shallow xmas gift was overshadow all the other normal gifts from more thoughtful people by giving them an instant gambling game on that glorious day. your father casting aside the other gifts to get at his scratch tickets speaks volumes about the dysfunctional family you must have. simply put, getting more excited about a rasher of scratch tickets over other gifts kind of ruins the day for most. poorest choice of a gift you can make. too lazy to shop for a normal gift on that day i guess.

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                    heavens to murgatroyd. all you did by giving them this shallow xmas gift was overshadow all the other normal gifts from more thoughtful people by giving them an instant gambling game on that glorious day. your father casting aside the other gifts to get at his scratch tickets speaks volumes about the dysfunctional family you must have. simply put, getting more excited about a rasher of scratch tickets over other gifts kind of ruins the day for most. poorest choice of a gift you can make. too lazy to shop for a normal gift on that day i guess.

                    Who are you to judge someone like that???

                    Did you not read that Mom didn't need anymore knickknacks that would not mean much to her, and he didn't have enough money to buy Dad a toy he would like?

                    He gave them gifts that they truly enjoyed, so Mom and Dad obviously didn't think they were the "poorest choice of a gift".

                    CAN'T WIN IF YOU'RE NOT IN

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                      This thread reminded me of when I was going back to school some years ago and money was tight and couldn't afford much in the way of Christmas presents.  Depending upon how much I had to spend, I'd buy several runs of five tickets for my folks (figuring that within the odds on the tickets, at least one "should" be a winner.)  My reasoning was what can you buy someone of that age that they'd enjoy and appreciate?  Mom already had a lifetime's worth of knick-knacks and I would have had to had been a millionaire to get my dad a "toy" that he would've liked. 

                      I don't think they ever won much at all on the tickets, not even the face value of them, but I do know they enjoyed the gift.  We'd all be opening our presents, a furious storm of flying wrapping paper amongst "Ooohs" and "Ahhs" and I'd see momma find her envelope with the scratch tickets.  She'd stop w/ the other presents and get her purse and find a coin and start scratching, her head down and intent on revealing the numbers.  Dad would look up and whisper "Is that for both of us?" with the beginning of annoyance that she was scratching "his" share, too.  "No, don't think so." mom would reply.  "I saw an envelope just like it w/ your name on it." Pop would start rummaging around his stack of pkgs. until he found his tickets.  He'd use the back of a blade on his pocketknife to scratch away the latex covering on the numbers, both of my folks oblivious to everyone else, even those thanking them for what they had received from them.  (they loved to gamble)

                      As I said, they never won much of anything (on the tickets I bought them, they had much better luck on their own purchases), but they seemed to appreciate the gift.  I'm sure this man's dad was glad his son won big, just as I would've been if my own folks had.

                      Nice story mike. My wife buys me scratchers every Christmas.

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                        real surprising that the lottery would suggest such a thing. do you think it might be because they are the ones selling them. i stand by my claim that it is a bad idea. do what you want and suffer the repercussions when someone hits a big one. 95% would be kicking themselves and lose sleep over the fact that they could have held that ticket and would say probably to themselves what rotten luck, the one time i could have won and i gave it away. meanwhile, the recipient will be buying new cars and houses. living it up like diamond jim brady and you'd be lucky if they tossed you a bone.

                        "95% would be kicking themselves and lose sleep over the fact that they could have held that ticket and would say probably to themselves what rotten luck, the one time i could have won and i gave it away."

                        People who feel that way should never give out lottery tickets as gifts even to themselves.

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                          Who are you to judge someone like that???

                          Did you not read that Mom didn't need anymore knickknacks that would not mean much to her, and he didn't have enough money to buy Dad a toy he would like?

                          He gave them gifts that they truly enjoyed, so Mom and Dad obviously didn't think they were the "poorest choice of a gift".

                          i judge what i see as an absolute waste of common sense when it comes to gift giving. it's a long way from surmising that "mom" wouldn't like or want another knickknack to coming to the decision that a scratch ticket or two is something that she would want over all the other items in the world whether expensive or inexpensive. if it was only the 3 of them opening presents (maybe as a stocking stuffer joke gift) it could be justified. but what about other family members giving real gifts and not saying anything until they got in the car on the way home and commenting "i can't believe mom and dad threw our presents (which were more thoughtful and useful) off to the side and immediately started a scratch fest to see how much money they could win. sonny boy ruined our christmas with that shallow gift that dominated the day. last time we're coming here for christmas.  or something like that. mom and dad may have liked it being alleged gamblers, but it is poor form to give those especially on that day.

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                            heavens to murgatroyd. all you did by giving them this shallow xmas gift was overshadow all the other normal gifts from more thoughtful people by giving them an instant gambling game on that glorious day. your father casting aside the other gifts to get at his scratch tickets speaks volumes about the dysfunctional family you must have. simply put, getting more excited about a rasher of scratch tickets over other gifts kind of ruins the day for most. poorest choice of a gift you can make. too lazy to shop for a normal gift on that day i guess.

                            At least my folks didn't raise an a-hole like yours did.


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                              "95% would be kicking themselves and lose sleep over the fact that they could have held that ticket and would say probably to themselves what rotten luck, the one time i could have won and i gave it away."

                              People who feel that way should never give out lottery tickets as gifts even to themselves.

                              they definitely shouldn't give them out to other people, that's the point of this. but why not to themselves. anyone who would be thrilled about giving away a major lottery prize should (i agree, not buy them)