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describe how you got started with playing the lottery

Topic closed. 31 replies. Last post 11 years ago by Ethel K.

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United States
Member #46539
September 13, 2006
61 Posts
Posted: September 22, 2006, 2:02 am - IP Logged

Well I live in NC, so we just recently got the lottery.  Last year, my mother started buying a few numbers in the SC lottery (we live about 10 minutes from the NC/SC border).  She wanted us to "help" her play so that our household would have a better chance at winning.  


It's kind of sick how I became involved because I used to be the one saying that I would have no part of it, especially due to my religious convictions.  Big Grin Angel Earlier this year I played a few times, but never consistently.


Well I have a crappy job (literally....figure it out) and my coworkers that share my job title are treated like idiots and maids.Mad  I've been growing tired of this type of work and after a terrible week with one of the "Big Dawgs" I decided that I had to try my chances to get me and possibly my immediate co-workers out of this. 

My main incentive to play (besides dividing with my family and having the financial freedom to do what I want for a little while) is to help deserving everyday struggling people I know and to instigate sweet chaos and revenge on our superiors that treat us like servants. Evil Looking  What's $60,000 when you have millions? I can just imagine all 10 or so of us quitting by the day---and I would keep working for a week just to watch the department heads run around wondering what's going on.....

That'll be the day. Party


So although I know that my chances are slim, I justify my lottery play because my heart's in the right place.  Thumbs Up

 I'm 24 years old and I've been playing every drawing for about a month now.....

    dingo's avatar - lottery of-birth.jpg
    San Jose, California
    United States
    Member #42003
    June 26, 2006
    206 Posts
    Posted: September 22, 2006, 3:43 am - IP Logged

    When I came to the U.S, I was only 16. At that time, my father played Super Lotto. He told me that if he win he would have millions dollars. Back then, I only use quarters (my favorite), , and nickles, and I never had feeling for money that above the hundredth.

     I read stories in the news about people hitting big jackpots and started playing when I was 18. I won several dollars; $17 was my biggest winning.


    From that time on, I play when jackpots reach $20 millions. 



    I am a fabledreamor! 


      Member #20982
      August 29, 2005
      4715 Posts
      Posted: September 22, 2006, 9:47 am - IP Logged

      delores247 : that combination should have never played theoretically. Is a very rare combination i don't know how it has played before...

      I remember when i was in 8th grade back in my country of origin, one of my best friend's (back then) dad came to the U.S and won the FL lotto...He later came back to the country and bought himself a beautiful house and invested that money in real estate (not real estate stocks)....MY friend has always been wealthy...He's name is Mejo...I miss him sometimes...



      "...More important than winning all the states's lotteries is the movie "Red Planet"...."

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        Member #46539
        September 13, 2006
        61 Posts
        Posted: September 23, 2006, 2:17 pm - IP Logged

        Anyone else? I'm interested in reading more of your stories.

          lotterybraker's avatar - pyramid
          United States
          Member #34478
          March 3, 2006
          5940 Posts
          Posted: September 23, 2006, 4:50 pm - IP Logged

          I have already mentioned how I got into the Lottery..back in 1989-1990 somewhere in that neighborhood I hit 5 out of 6 in floridas lotto and it paid 3,300.00 dollars that week..I missed 10 million dollars by one stinking number..but what I was doing at the time showed a little promise tracking numbers..a little later on I hit the pic 3 in florida I was hooked then..but then the place I was getting my tickets from got shut down being as though I live in Mississippi and someone was going to Florida to purchase tickets for A LOT OF PEOPLE up here..lol..something about transporting lottery tickets across state lines and all that bull crap..but I found out I had a nack for numbers and kept my hobby even though I couldnt play anymore..if they offered a PHD in whole numbers I would have a Double Doctorate!!!!

          "Attention all Mathematicians: Check your degree at the door because when it comes to whole numbers you are the Amateur"

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            Mcminnville, Oregon
            United States
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            December 13, 2003
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            Posted: September 23, 2006, 5:08 pm - IP Logged

            I do not have a interesting story to my lottery beginnings.  One day I just began to play because the days before that I was under the age limit.  I played sparingly when I was under 21 due to my service with the U.S. Army.  Once I left the service and got a job out in the world and I turned 21.  I started to play games of chance.  I have been playing regularly the lottery mainly Powerball and heading to the casino for 10 years now.  I am down over this time but what the hell maybe just maybe lady luck will shine a little light on me.-weshar75

              Tenaj's avatar - michellea
              Charlotte NC
              United States
              Member #17406
              June 18, 2005
              4055 Posts
              Posted: September 23, 2006, 6:13 pm - IP Logged

              CoolI got started playing "the numbers" in 1995.  We didn't have a state lottery and as of yet, not a numbers game.

              I have a friend that I rode with every Saturdays and she would say, I need to stop here and put my numbers in.  I didn't know what she meant.  I didn't grow up playing numbers and had never heard of it.

              When she told me what it was, I was like - that's the dumbest thing I ever heard of and thought only stupid people who live in this kind of neighborhood would even think a thing.  I was truly a snob about it.

              I'm the type of person who like to think that there is something between my ears, so I decided that since I had to stop here every Saturday, I'll find a little bit more about it.  The numbers man had records and he let me Xerox them.  So I would take the last two numbers that hit, look through the records and see when the two draws came together in the history and play the other numbers that were near.  I'd had a Statistics class in school.

              We played the - acar, gge and rettub for midday and NY, PA, ILL, and SC when it came aboard.  We can only play ILL pick 4 and none of the states midday.

              I guess you know what happened then, I hit like crazy. They nicknamed me the "shouting lady" because I would be shouting and jumping up and down.  People would follow me to my car hounding me asking "what you like, what you like" I'd have to write my tickets before I went in side.  I remember getting completely out of debt from winnings. 

              In those days it was real easy to hit.  Of course there were more than one number house and I frequented them all and hung out with the best of the best players who had been playing all their life and knew the followers like the back of their hands for the community.  I knew people by their pet number when sometimes I didn't know their names. 

              So, I learned the old school up in the hood way.  They voted one day on whether I was a snob or not.  I thought I had gotten better.lol  I just couldn't see playing tag numbers, the same number every day, and dreams as a legitimate way of coming up with the hit until I started dreaming numbers (another story)

              I've kept daily records since of those states and in the process of recording the draws, I've learned the followers, trends, patterns, workouts, the true rundown, other rundowns, etc. and even how V-tracs fit in the picture mathematically.

              I have learned equally here on LP because I only looked at a few states before, now I can read the followers, trends, patterns, etc of the entire board (all states).  Little did I know that the same numbers that I tracked were traveling the states.  There was so much I didn't know about the lottery and the different methods but it was the old school way that gives me the edge.


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                Findlay, Ohio
                United States
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                May 28, 2004
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                Posted: September 23, 2006, 7:07 pm - IP Logged

                My lottery adventure started when I was 18 (about 15 years ago..UGH!).  I started off by occasionally playing the Ohio Super Lotto with dreams of striking it rich—of course that’s yet to happen.


                It wasn’t until a few years later that I discovered my obsession with the daily numbers game.  I was at a local bookstore that had a small countertop rack of lottery related material.  The rack featured Pick 3 and Pick 4 number sheets that listed the last year’s results along with some future astrological predications for the games.  Also displayed in the rack was a small magazine called LottoWorld.  I don’t really know why I bought it or even picked it up to begin with, but after reading my first issue of LottoWorld I was totally hooked.  At the time, I wasn’t at all interested in Pick 3, but after reading about the various systems and strategies I decided to give it a try.  Needles to say, the next day I went back to the store and bought the numbers list and began to play.  Nothing in the magazine really seemed to help me much (after all, they “free strategies”), but for some reason I felt compelled to devise my own.  I started keeping track of my states Pick 3 drawing on paper.  The idea of people owning a home PC was still kind of rare back then, so working out most systems was quite tedious and unprogressive with pencil and paper.


                Sometime between ‘93-‘94 I got my first computer.  It came preloaded with Microsoft Excel, which opened up a whole new world for tracking the numbers!  I would sit in front of the computer for hours on end creating and testing new ideas.  When I first started, I took a lot of friendly harassment from those were close to me.  They would say that what I was doing was impossible or a waste of time.  Over the years though, they have noticed that I have a knack when it comes to picking the numbers.

                ~Probability=Odds in Motion~

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                  Nova Scotia
                  Member #9934
                  December 27, 2004
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                  Posted: September 23, 2006, 7:44 pm - IP Logged

                  In my early adulthood, I started buying lottery tickets. Years before that when I was younger, my parents had won $1000 in the 649 lottery when it came out. So I decided when I was older that I would buy tickets as well and try to win. Since then I have won small prizes, not the jackpot yet.


                  But I hope to hit a jackpot and then I'll be able to do the things I have wanted to do for so long!.

                    San Diego
                    United States
                    Member #46705
                    September 23, 2006
                    55 Posts
                    Posted: September 24, 2006, 5:47 pm - IP Logged

                    CA got the lottery in 1985 if I'm not mistaken so every once in a while, I'd buy scratch offs, but that got boring and I wasn't into picking numbers. I'd play in office pools when it got over 20M and the most we won was 84 dollars in an office pool. I've been having problems finding a transfer to another department at my job so my joke was that I would have a better chance winning the lottery than I did getting a transfer. So I said, why not start playing every week. I bought a QP last week and won 11.00 which was the most I'd ever won. Keep in mind I rarely played. I won 5.00 off a scratch off, won a chance to send in my ticket to try to spin the wheel so I pretty excited with the 11.00. I told myself I would play one game, play once a week and only play 5.00 because I cannot sit and spend 50.00 a week on Lotto. I better be winning something - even if it's 11.00 to spend that much a week. After I collected my winnings from the convenience store, I found this site and started seeing how people come up with theories to pick numbers. The birthdays, age and favorite numbers wasn't working for me. I admit, it's a challenge for me because I never did well in math but it is fun.

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                      July 30, 2006
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                      Posted: September 24, 2006, 8:08 pm - IP Logged

                      Started playing in 1984 MD. lotto for entertainment and get rich quick, never hit jack. Moved to GA. didn't play for years, came back to MD., D.C. area early 90's started back-up playing blindly, few bucks here and there, had an epiphany, that if I was going to play, I should play smarter and with purpose, recently started playing more seriously using software and a methodology on the  pick-5 pick-6 games with better results.  This is how I found this great forum.  Like I've written before, the straight hits on pick-4 are a powerful euphoria, as well as 4 of 5 and 4 of 6 hits, I am seeking a multiple straight pick-4 (I have been so close lately) as well as 5/5 & 6/6, if it happens,  then I will re-evaluate my strategy and spending levels.  I have the gift of patience, I believe this is critical to winning anything, of course one can't expect to hit big all the time.  You have to enjoy what you are doing, and I enjoy making educated guesses at the numbers as well as off the wall attempts, and actually hitting, no matter how small or big. So unlike some of the LP members that have gone by the wayside (as I'm seeing lately) on the posts (maybe it's cyclical?) I plan on being around for awhile.  This forum is also very heartening in that I am not the only one out there that is serious about playing and believes that you can win QuickPick free.

                       LOL jarasan US Flag

                       P.S. I met a D.C. Quick Cash 6/39 6 of 6 winner this past week, he paid a liitle over $80,000 in taxes on the $250,000 win, his winning numbers were birth dates!

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                        September 11, 2006
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                        Posted: September 27, 2006, 3:53 pm - IP Logged

                        I got started by joining a lottery club because the daughter of a friend was a member of a pool that won $220 Million.

                        Get paid to play the lottery and share in the winnings of hundreds of lotto tickets.  dwarnbiz@excite.com

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                          October 7, 2005
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                          Posted: September 28, 2006, 11:53 am - IP Logged

                          Strap on to your seats........


                          God told me to do it! Thats right! When i was a child and KY started powerball i dreamed all the time about being rich. Gloating to people how i was no longer poor, how i had fancy things.... you know what im saying..... well for a long time i never thought about being rich... at least not by winning... by working ( and still not rich).

                          Married now have a kid, still working..... one day about 3 years ago it hit me and hubby both to play.... but not to have the fancy car and masion.... no , i had changed a lot since my kid days.

                          No we started thinking about how to really help people, and work for God! ( i know people are laughing right now, thats ok) We have been playing $1 every wednesday & Saturday for the powerball.

                          No i have not won more than $4 at once yet doing this... but it has really got us to thinking about things. God has really been talking to us about how to treat people, what people really need things and what people are just using others for everything they can get.

                          There is so much that we have learned, and we have had our trials with work and money ourselves and learning to trust in God for the smallest things ... and getting them is like winning the lottery. Truly thankful we are for what we have, and knowing God does provide all that we need.... and in time our wants as well.

                          We play that $1 every drawing but we also pay our tithes each week too. I dont want to argue with anyone about lottery, tithes and God approving. For 3 years we have been doing this and learned more then i can say in this post... in fact i wrote 3 journals about it i keep at home.......

                          i feel someday we will win.... but right now im winning in a different way. We are growing spiritually because of it. Seeing what could be done for others... what life is really about... and it isnt winning to buy a car and a home. Faith can move a mountain.

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                            Member #46539
                            September 13, 2006
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                            Posted: September 28, 2006, 3:19 pm - IP Logged

                            I hear you dutchess kitty.  I spend more than a dollar on lottery, but if I won the jackpot, I would bless  so many other struggling people I know.


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                              Posted: September 28, 2006, 4:51 pm - IP Logged

                              I started playing in College.  I was smoking cigarettes at the time and wasn't happy with the habit, and one day when I went in to 7-11 to buy some cigarettes I noticed that the Big Game was at 180 million.  I pretty much decided right there that it's a better idea to spend a couple of bucks on the longest of long shots for something good to happen to me, rather than spend a couple of bucks on something with a very good chance of killing me.  It's still a bit of a gamble and a vice, but I like the prize payout better.  I took a "180" but didn't win the 180...yet.