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US lottery operators worry as fewer millennials line up to play

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The Virginia Lottery has tried to make things easier for players in an increasingly cashless society by allowing debit card purchases

A bigger problem is cashing in wins.  Stores in Arizona only have to pay up to $100 and even that is a hassle for small retailers.  Ironically, Arizona lottery tickets can be purchased with credit or debit cards at stores, but the lottery commission offices will only accept cash because they want to have cash reserves to pay off winning tickets.

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    Hold on a minute there Kemosabe. It was an opinion and only an opinion.You not seriously suggesting that l should not have one, or are you? In the past you have flaunted your prediction hits,am l and others to assume that you predicting those hits but are NOT playing those games only later to say " darn, l should have? People who live in glass houses should not throw stones. That is not a suggestion.Wink

    After commenting on your opinion about "jackpot hunting", I said seriously, do you really expect to win a PB or MM jackpot hopefully indicating to you I was kidding. Don't take it personal because it wasn't a knock on your opinions.

    "In the past you have flaunted your prediction hits,am l and others to assume that you predicting those hits but are NOT playing those games only later to say " darn, l should have?"

    Now you must be kidding, because a lifetime prize ratio under 50% is nothing to flaunt. If anything, my predictions hit ratios proves how extremely difficult it is to win the Georgia All-or-Nothing jackpot. The odds against winning that $250,000 jackpot are 1 in 2,704,156 whether I predict one, four, on no games every day.

    Maybe I should ask the difference between opinions and alternate facts?

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      Quite amazing you somehow strawmanned that into an attack on women. You must not be a very good attorney. I'm guessing you work in doc review or something inconsequential judging by the time you have to spend on an lottery forum arguing with people over any slight or perceived slight (not just based on this post, but your posting history)

      "You must not be a very good attorney."

      LOL There are millions of people claiming to be Internet lawyers and a few gullible people believing them. Ever wonder why so many people are scammed?

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        I think the millenials can understand the math and they know the odds are bad.  How many times do you have to buy Powerball or MegaMillions tickets and get nothing back to realize there are better ways to spend your money.  The lotteries have not helped by making the odds increasingly worse every several years to pump up jackpots. 

        With that said, I enjoy playing despite knowing that the odds are remote that I'll ever win a life-changing prize.

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          After commenting on your opinion about "jackpot hunting", I said seriously, do you really expect to win a PB or MM jackpot hopefully indicating to you I was kidding. Don't take it personal because it wasn't a knock on your opinions.

          "In the past you have flaunted your prediction hits,am l and others to assume that you predicting those hits but are NOT playing those games only later to say " darn, l should have?"

          Now you must be kidding, because a lifetime prize ratio under 50% is nothing to flaunt. If anything, my predictions hit ratios proves how extremely difficult it is to win the Georgia All-or-Nothing jackpot. The odds against winning that $250,000 jackpot are 1 in 2,704,156 whether I predict one, four, on no games every day.

          Maybe I should ask the difference between opinions and alternate facts?

          Ah Stack.You missed it entirely. I started with the word " Kemosabe." That should have told you something.Big Smile ...at least telling you that l did not take your post personal.l threw that bit back at you to see your reaction.LOL

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            The lotto is basically the lotto. It promised nothing in the beginning in Babylon and it still promises nothing. But when you start talking oh jackpots of 500 million well you're setting a pretty high standard on what profitable should be. Hey, forget 500 million I'll settle for a million. I'd be cool with that. Even 250,000. Sure Fine What's the big deal. Gimme I'll take it with a smile on my face and jump for joy too. I mean am I right or what. Greed is not good for all.

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              Ah Stack.You missed it entirely. I started with the word " Kemosabe." That should have told you something.Big Smile ...at least telling you that l did not take your post personal.l threw that bit back at you to see your reaction.LOL

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              Peace.

              I saw it and it reminded me of a very old "joke"; "why did the Lone Ranger shoot Tonto?" so I wasn't sure.

              "In Navajo, on the other hand, “kemosabe” translates as “soggy shrub.” If this seems an odd thing for faithful friend Tonto to call the Lone Ranger, perhaps he was just repaying the Ranger's long-standing insult. “Tonto,” after all, is a Spanish word meaning “stupid.”

              I'm trying to figure out there are any arguments on this topic because if millennials are not playing lottery games, the lotteries ought to introduce games that appeal to that age group.

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                I saw it and it reminded me of a very old "joke"; "why did the Lone Ranger shoot Tonto?" so I wasn't sure.

                "In Navajo, on the other hand, “kemosabe” translates as “soggy shrub.” If this seems an odd thing for faithful friend Tonto to call the Lone Ranger, perhaps he was just repaying the Ranger's long-standing insult. “Tonto,” after all, is a Spanish word meaning “stupid.”

                I'm trying to figure out there are any arguments on this topic because if millennials are not playing lottery games, the lotteries ought to introduce games that appeal to that age group.

                Widen your search- in fact try and look up of all places a site called: The stack exchange- that word in the Ojibwe dialect, the verb means " he who looks on in secret. "  nifty huh? 

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                  "You must not be a very good attorney."

                  LOL There are millions of people claiming to be Internet lawyers and a few gullible people believing them. Ever wonder why so many people are scammed?

                  Coming from the stink stack guy I outed months ago as a fake law professor. See Ya! Well some of us have jobs and careers to go to...later. I am always amused by the resentment of a very few nuts on this forum to professionally educated women. I guess it makes them feel even smaller.

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                    How about paying out more money for the winning numbers? a 50% return (sometimes less with taxes taken out) is horrible.

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                      How about paying out more money for the winning numbers? a 50% return (sometimes less with taxes taken out) is horrible.

                      Though I said I wouldn't harp on CA lottery anymore, when I saw the paltry sum paid out for five numbers on the lottery this past weekend it was ridiculous just over $92K whereas all other states pay out $1 million pre-tax. 

                       

                      OTH back to your post, why should they pay out more, too many hands in the till so to speak.

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                        CA Mega Millions is what I was talking about.

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                          Though I said I wouldn't harp on CA lottery anymore, when I saw the paltry sum paid out for five numbers on the lottery this past weekend it was ridiculous just over $92K whereas all other states pay out $1 million pre-tax. 

                           

                          OTH back to your post, why should they pay out more, too many hands in the till so to speak.

                          Yeah.. I mean, it might not be beneficial for them to pay out more money but as a person who enjoys playing the lottery- it really ticks me off that the payout structure is so darn low. I wish there was a legal alternative with better payout. For example, The Pick 3 lottery pays out 500 to 1 on a straight when the odds are 1 in 1000. I would like a payout of at least 800 to 1 and any casino/betting establishment placing those odds would still be making a decent profit. Again, nothing legal that I know of like that exists, unfortunately.

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                            CA winnings are parimutuel. That's why they are what they are. Blame the legislature, not the lotteries.

                            Basically lotteries pay out roughly 50%. It's always been that way as far as I know. Lotteries are in business to make money. Profit is not a dirty word. It's how any business survives. They start paying out 80%, then they won't be around long.

                            Yeah, we all want more money. But, it's not like they're hiding anything. When I buy a ticket, I know what I'm getting if I get lucky. I'm ok with that. If I don't like what I'm getting if I get lucky, then I won't buy the ticket.

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                              Coming from the stink stack guy I outed months ago as a fake law professor. See Ya! Well some of us have jobs and careers to go to...later. I am always amused by the resentment of a very few nuts on this forum to professionally educated women. I guess it makes them feel even smaller.

                              "stack guy I outed months ago as a fake law professor."

                              Then it should be very easy for you to just show everybody when and where I claimed to be a law professor.

                              "I am always amused by the resentment of a very few nuts on this forum to professionally educated women."

                              You don't even have enough sense to check the gender box on you profile and besides this is an Internet message board, you can pretend to be anything you want. Just like the President said, you could be a "guy sitting on their bed who weighs 400 pounds."

                              And again, it's an Internet message board, you can't prove you're not. LOL