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Posted: October 6, 2006, 11:11 am - IP Logged

What is the furthest you ever traveled to buy lottery tickets? For me, it was the pre-Pennsylvania Powerball days when my dad and I would go from Northern Pennsylvania to Delaware to get tickets.

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    Posted: October 6, 2006, 11:53 am - IP Logged

    2 hours to Louisiana 5 1/2 for Atlanta  I get multi draws when I need to visit  But I just call out of state for Tickets and send cash to buddies    Have also used betslips

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      Posted: October 6, 2006, 1:23 pm - IP Logged

      What is the furthest you ever traveled to buy lottery tickets? For me, it was the pre-Pennsylvania Powerball days when my dad and I would go from Northern Pennsylvania to Delaware to get tickets.

      So for those of us not familiar with the area, how many miles is that each way ?

       

      The furthest I have gone was about 12 miles each way from my home to a neighboring state, until we got the PB also, in 1995.

      Actually that is what got me hooked, for a short time.  The first time I ever bought tickets was on my way to a dirt stock car race, we stopped at a place on the way there, I bought 5 quick-picks, and got money back on 4 of them......... the following week I spend like $75 on tickets, and got NOTHING.  I learned real quick not to do that ever again. 

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        It takes me about 2 hours and 10 minutes to get to Vancouver, Wa from Eugene, Or.  That is one way and it does not include delays in traffic.  I get 5 weeks worth of Mega Millions tickets so I do not have to make the trip but once a month.-weshar75

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          So for those of us not familiar with the area, how many miles is that each way ?

           

          The furthest I have gone was about 12 miles each way from my home to a neighboring state, until we got the PB also, in 1995.

          Actually that is what got me hooked, for a short time.  The first time I ever bought tickets was on my way to a dirt stock car race, we stopped at a place on the way there, I bought 5 quick-picks, and got money back on 4 of them......... the following week I spend like $75 on tickets, and got NOTHING.  I learned real quick not to do that ever again. 

          140 Miles each way

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            My father used to make regular trips from Las Vegas to Baker, Ca.,  93 miles one way, and play the Cal. Lotto

             Then the little town of Nipton, Cal. got a lottery outlet, so a lot of Vegas people started going to Nipton, about 64 miles from Las Vegas.

            Then Primm put another casino on the Nev. - Calif. border across the road from Whiskey Pete's, and the casino had a convenience store on the California side. Once they started selling lottery tickets, Nipton probably dried up.  While it was going strong I wonder what the lottery sales volume was - the lottery place was just a little stand in a snack bar, and the town couldn't have a population of more than 300. I remember one day the jackpot was way up, and a train had stopped on the tracks blocking traffic - a freight train - and the engineer climbed down out of the locomotive, waved at everyone, went in the store, and came back out waving lottery tickets at everyone! People honked and cheered!

            Interesting note - at the time I think the California law was to be a lottery seller, you had to have been in business at your present location for five years. The convenience store attached to the new casino on the border started selling tickets on day one.

            Hmmm

            What?

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              It takes me about 2 hours and 10 minutes to get to Vancouver, Wa from Eugene, Or.  That is one way and it does not include delays in traffic.  I get 5 weeks worth of Mega Millions tickets so I do not have to make the trip but once a month.-weshar75

              I keep forgetting Eugene is that far away. I have to drive to Rainer, Oregon to get my Powerball tickets at 3 hours each way excluding traffic. For you I would avoid going in the afternoon since Portland's traffic is really bad.

              I also rarely get tickets in Canada for 6/49 unless it breaks the 30 million mark. That's an all day affair with a ferry ride to get there. 

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                I keep forgetting Eugene is that far away. I have to drive to Rainer, Oregon to get my Powerball tickets at 3 hours each way excluding traffic. For you I would avoid going in the afternoon since Portland's traffic is really bad.

                I also rarely get tickets in Canada for 6/49 unless it breaks the 30 million mark. That's an all day affair with a ferry ride to get there. 

                Doesn't immigration give you a hard time about bringing lottery tickets back into the USA?

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                  I keep forgetting Eugene is that far away. I have to drive to Rainer, Oregon to get my Powerball tickets at 3 hours each way excluding traffic. For you I would avoid going in the afternoon since Portland's traffic is really bad.

                  I also rarely get tickets in Canada for 6/49 unless it breaks the 30 million mark. That's an all day affair with a ferry ride to get there. 

                  The last time we went in the beginning of October.  We started to travel in mid morning and got back in the early part of the afternoon.  The only time we had to slow down was for a small delay in roadside construction.  We got lucky that the side of the interstate we were heading in was moving well.  But the other side was crawling both when we went to Vancouver,Wa and on the way home to Eugene,Or.

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                    Posted: October 6, 2006, 11:45 pm - IP Logged

                    Just a thought- this is the kind of thread that convinces me the state lottery commissions and the MUSL monitor this board.  

                    For someone in the marketing aspect of the lottery this is data mining brought to them and served on a silver platter - not to mention anyone studying the psychological aspects of lotteries.

                    I can just see two schmegeggies sitting in alottery office somewhere and a conversation comes up about, "How far do you think people would drive to play?

                      "Hey Charley, look what I found!You ain't going to believe this site!"

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                      Just a thought- this is the kind of thread that convinces me the state lottery commissions and the MUSL monitor this board.  

                      For someone in the marketing aspect of the lottery this is data mining brought to them and served on a silver platter - not to mention anyone studying the psychological aspects of lotteries.

                      I can just see two schmegeggies sitting in alottery office somewhere and a conversation comes up about, "How far do you think people would drive to play?

                        "Hey Charley, look what I found!You ain't going to believe this site!"

                      1) I don't work for any lottery.

                      2) I am reasonably certain that one employee of the Delaware Lottery regularily reads this site.

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                        If I ran a lottery I'd assign at least one person to do nothing but monitor this board.  

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                          I would never use a lot of gas to buy a lottery ticket.  I buy them at the local stores or when I'm out of town. The only time I drove a little out of my way to buy tickets was when we lost power after Charley and Wilma. Even after the power was back up, the terminals weren't working so I drove about 5 miles.  Probably would have gone further if they were down at Albertson's. So now I added another critical item to the bottom of my Hurricane Preparedness List:

                          • Canned Food 
                          • Bottled Water 
                          • Cooler/Ice
                          • Can Opener
                          • Flashlight/Batteries
                          • Radio/Batteries
                          • Paper Products
                          • First Aid supplies
                          • Lottery Tickets - Advance Plays, 2 Weeks!

                           

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                            I would never use a lot of gas to buy a lottery ticket.  I buy them at the local stores or when I'm out of town. The only time I drove a little out of my way to buy tickets was when we lost power after Charley and Wilma. Even after the power was back up, the terminals weren't working so I drove about 5 miles.  Probably would have gone further if they were down at Albertson's. So now I added another critical item to the bottom of my Hurricane Preparedness List:

                            • Canned Food 
                            • Bottled Water 
                            • Cooler/Ice
                            • Can Opener
                            • Flashlight/Batteries
                            • Radio/Batteries
                            • Paper Products
                            • First Aid supplies
                            • Lottery Tickets - Advance Plays, 2 Weeks!

                             

                            The only times we ever went for Powerball was when the jackpot exceeded $200 million, which was rare at that time (pre-Pennsylvania). To be honest, the "thrill" is gone now that Powerball is so big. Anymore I've just been buying my set of numbers and my grandma's (despite the fact she lives in PA, she wants to win in DE because "I don't want my name in the paper").

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                              Gee Justxploring, that is very reminsicent of that scene with Slim Pickens in Dr Stragelove...." $300, C-rations, a map, a pack of condoms....this ain't no survival kit, this is for a weekend in Vegas..." lol 

                              A little more on this driving thing. I live in a Mega Millions state (IL) that borders two Powerball states. My wfe has this friend that goes bonkers whnever the Powerball jackpot is up. He asks everyone he encounters on those days if they're going to Kentucky or Missouri.  

                              But when he does find somone going - and begs them to stop, or breaks down and makes the trip himself -  he only plays for one or two draws.

                              Hello- make it worthwhile and don't put yourself through this again, you know- but enter 'gambler's mentality'- well, should the jackpot get hit the night of the first or second drawing on his advance play ticket, he doesn;t want the ticket to go further and 'start building up a new jackpot for somebody else'. So then as soon as the jackpot gets up again, it's, "Are you going yo Kentucky? Are you going to Missouri?"

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