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Posted: August 13, 2006, 3:19 pm - IP Logged

I'd never heard that the big winners have losing codes on them...figures...I've probably thrown away a couple of jackpots over the years!

I wonder if the codes are the same in all states? Are all scratchers produced by the same company?

The most I have won has been $500. IIRC the code was

 F H R

I've won $350, that code was F R E.

Last St. Pat's Day weekend I played three days in a row; on Friday I won $100, on Saturday I won $50 and on Sunday I won $500....and I'm not even Irish!

One "Family" of games popular here in VA are the $5  "Lucky 7's"  (Emerald Green 7, Ruby Red 7, Sapphire Blue 7). They're easy to play, you just scratch down a column and if you see a large "7" you've won something.

Here in North Carolina, on the Sapphire Blue 7's, we also have to look for the $ symbol.  This game is new here, it has only been out for 1 week.  My highest win so far, has been $25.00.Dance

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    Posted: August 15, 2006, 2:46 pm - IP Logged

    No, the codes are not always the same in all the states.  They may be similar due to the prize amount won ($10 will usually be TEN) but there are a few different vendors who print the tickets for the Lotteries, so they may not be the same in each state.  Plus, the Lotteries have their own set of rules they go by so that may also affect what is used... regardless, you should ALWAYS play the ticket and never use the codes.  ALL states use non-winning codes on prizes above a certain amount (usually $600).  Have fun and play the ticket, isn't that part of why we buy them?

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      Posted: August 15, 2006, 3:48 pm - IP Logged

      No, the codes are not always the same in all the states.  They may be similar due to the prize amount won ($10 will usually be TEN) but there are a few different vendors who print the tickets for the Lotteries, so they may not be the same in each state.  Plus, the Lotteries have their own set of rules they go by so that may also affect what is used... regardless, you should ALWAYS play the ticket and never use the codes.  ALL states use non-winning codes on prizes above a certain amount (usually $600).  Have fun and play the ticket, isn't that part of why we buy them?

      I Agree!  I could not tell you what the code is or where it is.. I am just looking for the symbols to match or the numbers to fall.

      Play the game the way it is intended....Quit trying to out smart the house...you cannot.

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        Posted: August 15, 2006, 4:12 pm - IP Logged

        I would never throw away a ticket without scratching it. I wouldn't trust a ticket being a loser or a winner just based on the code.

        Dance like no one is watching.

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          Posted: August 23, 2006, 7:54 am - IP Logged

          Since I read this thread I've started checking my tickets more closely. It does add to the fun also.

          Yesterday I got a bonus at work and decided to treat myself to a little fun..I took $30 and bought 3 $10 tick's....won about $25 used that to get a couple more and won $200. :).

          I've also become a bit of a "scratcher scavenger" when I see tickets that folks haven't scratched past the code, I pick them and scratch them.

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            Posted: August 23, 2006, 3:21 pm - IP Logged

            Since I read this thread I've started checking my tickets more closely. It does add to the fun also.

            Yesterday I got a bonus at work and decided to treat myself to a little fun..I took $30 and bought 3 $10 tick's....won about $25 used that to get a couple more and won $200. :).

            I've also become a bit of a "scratcher scavenger" when I see tickets that folks haven't scratched past the code, I pick them and scratch them.

            Congrats on your winnings!!  Sounds like u are on a winning streak, keep up the good work!!Banana

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              Posted: September 7, 2006, 12:25 am - IP Logged

              Yes, I have seen a $10,000 winner on Bingo and it definitely had a code. However; the code

              was one that you would see on a losing ticket. It did not coincide with the amount like

              the smaller prizes do (i.e. $10 has T E N, $5 has F I V, etc.). The code was one that didn't have

              an apparent meaning, it was something like M L K, something like that.

               

              I also saw $1000 winner on Lucky Time Two  that had P L X and you know that is a code on a

              lot of losing tickets.  That is why I laugh when I see people buying cards and just scratching

              the codes. They could easily be throwing away big winners, because the big winners don't

              spell out the amount you won.  However; there are exceptions, because I just remembered

              seeing a winning WIN FOR LIFE card and the code was indeed L I  F.  (Unfortunately, I wasn't 

              the $1000 a/week winner for life).

               

              But, as a rule, always check your cards out, don't go by the codes, because hey, you never know!

              I could use one of those L I F coded tickets, but that's another story.

              People who are buying scratch-offs, looking at codes, then tossing them are usually addict gamblers. Perhaps they should be "cut-off" like we do for alcohol. But at the same time, I don't believe you can save a person from themself.

              Do you ever tell those people to scratch the whole ticket? If not, set up a basket or box on the counter for "dead" tickets. One day at a store in Maryland that sells Keno, I decided to use the self-checker on a few of the discarded tickets, and found a $50 winner. Might be a profitable idea for you.