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Who jumps border to buy Lotto tickets?

Topic closed. 42 replies. Last post 11 years ago by derek7.

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How far do you drive?

1/2 or less [ 10 ]  [35.71%]
1/2-1 hour [ 7 ]  [25.00%]
1-2 hours [ 8 ]  [28.57%]
2-3 hours [ 1 ]  [3.57%]
Over 3 hours. [ 2 ]  [7.14%]
Total Valid Votes [ 28 ]  
Discarded Votes [ 6 ]  

United States
Member #23806
October 16, 2005
188 Posts
Posted: January 27, 2006, 1:03 pm - IP Logged

I drive 1 1/2 hours to the Indiana border to buy Power ball tickets sometimes.  My friend thinks im crazy.. but Lottery I guess is my hobby so I want to play!  I mean if my friends cross the border to buy Fireworks.. then im going to cross the border and play lottery!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Columbia City, Indiana
    United States
    Member #2978
    December 9, 2003
    381 Posts
    Posted: January 27, 2006, 1:21 pm - IP Logged

    I drive about an hour and twenty minutes to Sturgis, MI to get my MegaMillions tickets. I only go when the jackpot reaches eighty million or more. Hopefully, I'll be making that trip again pretty soon; I still have a few winners I need to cash in. Nothing major, but it's probably enough to pay for my gas up there and back.

    My friends and family also question the wisdom in making such a trip. "Why don't you just put that money into PowerBall tickets, and keep the money in the state of Indiana?" My response is always the same. "First of all, because the PowerBall jackpot isn't as high as MegaMillions and, secondly, screw the state of Indiana."

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      United States
      Member #23806
      October 16, 2005
      188 Posts
      Posted: January 27, 2006, 1:52 pm - IP Logged

      Whats wrong with the state of Indiana? I was born in Indianapolis.  I get my tickets at South Bend right when you hit Indiana.


        United States
        Member #1826
        July 11, 2003
        2645 Posts
        Posted: January 27, 2006, 1:56 pm - IP Logged

        It's just a half-hour to the New Jersey border, but I don't have a car so my dad has to drive me. And well, he has some kind of aversion to the Garden State.

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          United States
          Member #17830
          June 27, 2005
          309 Posts
          Posted: January 27, 2006, 3:02 pm - IP Logged

          No lottery here in Alabama, so I've got no choice but to drive. Both the Georgia and Tennessee states lines are a little less than two hours drive from where I live, with Georgia being a little closer. Florida is about 4 hours away, so I don't make it there very often.

          Over the past three months I've been to Georgia 5 times and and to Tennessee 3 times.


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            free2_be virgo
            United States
            Member #3458
            January 22, 2004
            1256 Posts
            Posted: January 27, 2006, 3:17 pm - IP Logged

            I live 35 miles from Augusta,GA,and go get tickets whenever I feel like it.I can actually do better winning on theirs than SC!

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              Zeta Reticuli Star System
              United States
              Member #30470
              January 17, 2006
              10460 Posts
              Posted: January 27, 2006, 6:55 pm - IP Logged

              We live in a Mega Milliobns state bordering two Powerball States. If we happen to be in one we play Powerball, but have never made the trip just to play Powerball.  

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                Wandering Aimlessly
                United States
                Member #25360
                November 5, 2005
                4461 Posts
                Posted: January 28, 2006, 12:07 am - IP Logged

                Never travel to buy tickets.  If I lived further north, I'd probably drive to GA to buy a MM ticket once in a while, but in GA you can only purchase advanced plays for 10 draws (5 weeks) unless it's changed since I last checked.  Not really worth the trip.  FL is a very long state and I live on the SW Coast, so I don't bother since it would be about 6 hours, which is crazy.  I'd be spending over $75 in gas roundtrip. Most of the time I buy my tickets locally, within a couple of miles.


                  Coastal Georgia
                  United States
                  Member #2653
                  October 30, 2003
                  1866 Posts
                  Posted: January 28, 2006, 12:27 am - IP Logged


                  I go to SC when the PB is large ( like now- it is $135MM ).

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                    Member #17096
                    June 11, 2005
                    225 Posts
                    Posted: January 28, 2006, 3:12 am - IP Logged

                    Save Gas

                    There is no need to jump borders or drive anywhere to buy lottery tickets. The Massachusetts lottery offers a subscription service you can use from the privacy of your own home. There are no residency requirements, you can live in Hawaii and play the Massachusetts lottery games. You can order your subscription by telephone, they have a toll free number. They send the subscription by UPS, so they charge $4 for that, they can't send them by the postal service.

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                      United States
                      Member #17834
                      June 28, 2005
                      2083 Posts
                      Posted: January 28, 2006, 3:30 am - IP Logged

                      kool goldrush...I live here in CT...Mass. is about 45 mins away. I have never played MM but, was thinking of trying it this year since I'm only a state away. I do go to NY and NJ to play when I'm in the area. I drive for 5 hours every year to MD just to get Fireworks so driving for a lottery ticket to become a milionaire in a lottery my state doesn't offer is worth it to me.

                      I think I have a better chance of winning playing in another state then the one I live in...LOL

                      I have won in NY & NJ and  last year when I was in MD I won 100 bucks on a scratch off and hit a straight with bonus they were running on the play 3...I still have to turn that ticket in but, I won't be going there again till April..on my yearly trip....


                      Good luck to everyone!!!

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                        Baltimore, MD
                        United States
                        Member #1221
                        March 4, 2003
                        13 Posts
                        Posted: January 28, 2006, 5:49 am - IP Logged

                        Is that winning ticket a pick3 for Maryland, because if it is you must claim the prize within 182 days of the drawing.

                          United States
                          Member #7853
                          October 15, 2004
                          11350 Posts
                          Posted: January 28, 2006, 7:03 am - IP Logged

                          it would be nice to have lotteries on the tri-state border where i live..tennessee,mississippi,arkansas.i live about 20 minutes from mississippi and arkansas but sadly no lotteries at either.....

                            Baton Rouge, LA
                            United States
                            Member #4602
                            May 7, 2004
                            700 Posts
                            Posted: January 28, 2006, 10:33 am - IP Logged

                            I've never travelled to get tickets since we have a lottery here, but if I lived closer to the Texas border, I'd probably go over when MegaMillions gets up there.

                              Bradly_60's avatar - disney37
                              Atlantic Mine, Michigan
                              United States
                              Member #416
                              June 23, 2002
                              1614 Posts
                              Posted: January 28, 2006, 11:03 am - IP Logged

                              Back in the fall time when Powerball was up to $300,000,000 I drove from my town in Michigan to the Wisconsin boarder to buy Powerball tickets.  It was actually quite nice though because it was the time of year when the leaves were changing so it wasn't bad at all.  I ended up doing it twice for both drawings that were over $300m.  It it about a 2 hour trip one-way so it isn't a small jaunt.