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Check Your Playslips Carefully

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Posted: June 26, 2006, 10:51 pm - IP Logged

Tonight I went to my local convient store where the clerk got a little confused with my playslips. But I didn't notice anything different until I checked with Ks P3. I had 2 sets of tickets with the same numbers on them. None of the numbers would have won in tonight's drawing anyway

But I have learned my lesson and start rechecking my tickets.

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    Posted: June 26, 2006, 11:01 pm - IP Logged

    Good point to bring up! I had the same problem once. I always watch the clerk carefully especially if I have a few playslips and the place I'm buying my tickets from is busy and the cashier looks distracted. I'm sure this happens a lot where they mix them up and you wind up with 2 of the same ticket. Beware,everyone! Thanks,Wheeler for bringing this to our attention!

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      Posted: June 26, 2006, 11:06 pm - IP Logged

      Yep, it's always good to double check your tickets before leaving the store.

      Dance like no one is watching.

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        Posted: June 27, 2006, 12:12 pm - IP Logged

         
        Even on a corrrectly filled out playslip:

        Never saw this one before but it happened to me last week, Illinois Little Lotto, my last number on the slip was 35, the clerk ran the slip and the last number on the ticket was 32.

        I checked and re-checked it, so did the clerk. Go figure.  (So of course I played another ticket with 35 as the last number, she punched it in....and, of course, neither 32 or 35 hit that night.)

         

          RJOh's avatar - chipmunk
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          Posted: June 27, 2006, 1:07 pm - IP Logged

          Once I update my computer data files, winning numbers in the file used to mark my play slips are high lighted and I high light those numbers on my tickets before cashing them in.  To assist me making out playslips correctly, I have screens that simulate the boards of the playslips of every lottery that I play, that way a correctly made out playslip should have the same marking patterns as the computer screen.  This feature also allows me to also check for patterns I try to avoid before marking my playslips like three or more adjacent numbers or number positions on the playslips.

          This feature probably will never be available in a commercial lottery program because for multi-state games, each state has its own playslips design  and each time there's a matrix change for any lottery, a screen has to be updated and each screen interact with the lottery files.

          So far, I've never had a ticket made out wrong if the playslip was correct.  I have had terminal report too many numbers when there was dirt or markings on their reading screens. 

           * you don't need to buy more tickets, just buy a winning ticket * 
             
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            Posted: June 27, 2006, 2:53 pm - IP Logged

            Wow, RJOh, your system is a lot more sophisticated than mine. Perhaps you play more than I do, but I'm impressed.

            Unfortunately, I have had problems and on a previous thread on LP, I wrote about the night I got an extra lottery number on my ticket. I always have one panel marked with 6 numbers when playing Florida Lotto, but this ticket showed 2. The second one had "Q5" next to it and one member wrote that this meant 5 of the 6 numbers had been chosen by the computer.  I've continued to use that playslip at other stores and haven't had any trouble with it. So I won't go to 7-11 again. Once I handed a playslip to the clerk at that same 7-11 and he said it was bent and manually entered the numbers. 2 of them were wrong!  From then on I began to check every ticket BEFORE leaving the store to make sure the numbers are correct. One time a clerk at Sweetbay ran one card twice instead of my 3 cards once each. So I got 2 tickets with the same 6 numbers but didn't get one of my tickets at all! I found that the people at the local Publix seem to know what they're doing, so that's where I'll always get my tickets from now on.

            I wanted to share this article from Sept I read. (I can't find it in the archives using Search.) I'd like to know your opinions since I agree that most people would never notice the incorrect date on the ticket. So now, not only do I check my numbers, but I check the date printed on the ticket too! This is kind of frightening, since the man only "lost" $100 but it could have been a lot more. In the end, the player is 100% responsible for checking all the information on the tickets.

             http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/05252/568345.stm

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              Posted: June 27, 2006, 4:04 pm - IP Logged

              justxploring,

              Playing the lottery is just a hobby, I enjoy spending time thinking of ways to pick numbers as much as I enjoy playing them.  Once I come up with an idea that's worth repeating I put it in my lottery program.  I've noticed that some commercial programs are adding similar features to attract new and old customers to newer versions of their programs.  The other day, I noticed a program for MM and PB at Powershot.com had a feature that calculated the amount won by a group of combinations so I added that feature to my program which had most of its other features.   I just hope that one of these days while checking my numbers, $200000, $250000 or JACKPOT will pop up.

               * you don't need to buy more tickets, just buy a winning ticket * 
                 
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