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I've always wonder why can teenagers play the lotto/POwerball or Sweepstakes?

Do you all remember when there was a 20-year old that won  i think it was 60 million dollars?When i heard the news i was happy for her and wish it happen to teenagers too...I think teenagers should not be allow to play pick3/4 because it will take away their money, but they should be allow to play the lotto & Powerball and participates on Sweepstakes...I understand teenagers should not play the casinos (because it will take their money), smoke cigarettes, drink beer, etc but what's wrong with entering a chance to win lots of money...I mean What harm can teenagers pose to the lotto?

Sometimes i wish there was a lotto specifically for teenagers with the lowest odds, like a pick5/20 or something...

 

 

"Laura Simpson from Great Lakes, Illinois deserves to be rich..."                "She is so rare..."

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    I've always wonder why can teenagers play the lotto/POwerball or Sweepstakes?

    Do you all remember when there was a 20-year old that won  i think it was 60 million dollars?When i heard the news i was happy for her and wish it happen to teenagers too...I think teenagers should not be allow to play pick3/4 because it will take away their money, but they should be allow to play the lotto & Powerball and participates on Sweepstakes...I understand teenagers should not play the casinos (because it will take their money), smoke cigarettes, drink beer, etc but what's wrong with entering a chance to win lots of money...I mean What harm can teenagers pose to the lotto?

    Sometimes i wish there was a lotto specifically for teenagers with the lowest odds, like a pick5/20 or something...

     

     

    "Laura Simpson from Great Lakes, Illinois deserves to be rich..."                "She is so rare..."

    what planet are you from... teenagers can play the lottery when they are 18 (teen).

    no one under 18 can play the lottery for obvious reason they haven't reached adulthood yet.

    Casinos take peoples money but the lottery dosen't Huh! i wanna play where you play for free.

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      Once you're an adult (18), you're free to do as you please.

      Shouldn't teens be allowed to play Pick 3 and Pick 4, since they take away the least money from the player?  They return 50%.  Most lotteries return around 50%, but it's not 50% to all players...some people (jackpot winners) get a lot more of that 50%.

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        Before 1994 in Ontario, anyone under 18 could play the lottery.  In fact, a 13 year old girl Paula Salmon at the live lottery draw in Cloyne, Ontario won $100,000 on the live Wintario draw that was being held at her high school.  This was back in March 1983.  She purchased the ticket at the door with her birthday money.  Before the commecial break, Wintario host Faye Dance said, I think we have a big winner out here we think.  After the break, the applause and roar of the Wintario audience was estactic...something strange had happened during the commecial.  Sure enough, she had checked her ticket and she won $100,000.  They had her press the button for the next draw, the Mystery Bonus for a car.  Co-host Greg Beresford joked, if she wanted a car should could go buy herself a whole fleet of them now.  They money was held in a trust fund until she turned 18. 

        Now with casinos and problem of underage gambling,  Ontario's government introduced legislation that no one under 18 can play their games.  My first lottery ticket I bought was with my allowence when I was 7 years old.  GRIN :) 

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          what planet are you from... teenagers can play the lottery when they are 18 (teen).

          no one under 18 can play the lottery for obvious reason they haven't reached adulthood yet.

          Casinos take peoples money but the lottery dosen't Huh! i wanna play where you play for free.

          In my country of origin a teenager stops beign a teenager at the age of 18, after 18 he/she becomes an adult and no longer a teenager..to me 18 is not a teen but an adult..And i didn't say an adult i say a teenager 12/13 to 18, that's the age i meant..And if you don't agree with me what can i say some people are righties others are lefties..

          why can no one under 18 play the lottery? What's wrong with someone under 18 playing the lottery, that's what i meant....what i meant to say is why can a 15 or 14 year old buy a lottery ticket...In poweball you are entering a chance to win a lot of money besides that it takes away your money...doens't a teenager has some freedoms?

          If teenagers (12/13 to 18) can go to school and take courses i deem very hard, i am sure they are intelligent enough to fill a lottery slip if they so wish...I mean teenagers take course like trigonometry, calculus (i never took trigonometry in high school/college it was too hard for me)...They got teenagers who are under 18 that take advanced calculus, something really hard, and yet they can not fill a paper slip (easy to do) and enter in a contest which is what the lotto is basically)....

          by the way four4me, i am from a planet more advanced than your planet you call earth..

          I don't aspire everyday to be richer (not saying i wouldn't want to win the lotto), i aspire to be more advanced than earthlings..

           

           

          "Laura Simpson from Great Lakes, Illinois deserves to be rich..."                  "She is so rare..."

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            I got more important things to worry about than why teens play the lottery.........

            If they can to go Iraq and get shot at when they are 18, then why the heck not let them play Lottery or go to a Casino ?

            I just find so many things hypocritical these days: 16 to drive (14 if you live on a farm), 18 to vote, 18 to go to war, 19 (or 1 year removed from HS) to play in the NBA, 21 to drink, 21 to go to a Casino, 25 to rent a car..... any others ? 

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              I've always wonder why can teenagers play the lotto/POwerball or Sweepstakes?

               

              Pumpi, no matter where one lives or what language one speaks, a 20 year old is not a teenager.  Also, an 18 year old is certainly not on the same maturity level as a 12 or 13 year old.  In fact, 18 year olds are currently fighting in Iraq.  If they're old enough to die for their country, they're old enough to buy lottery tickets.

              However, when a child is under 18 and living with his parents, he's usually a dependent. By law, parents are responsible for their children and, in many states, they are held accountable for their actions.  So a child is not free to make decisions about money in most cases. 

              Playing the lottery is gambling.  Young people need to learn responsible ways of saving their money.  Buying lottery tickets isn't one of them.  But if a person is living on his own, earning his own rent and board, he can blow his wages anyway he desires. He can legally suck down carcinogenic smoke, burn his brain out with alcohol (at 21) drive a steel killing machine that can mangle a family of 5 in only seconds, and even get married and have his own children to screw up, because he is considered to be an adult.

              Gambling should be DIScouraged, not ENcouraged.  Being competitive is something altogether different.  Getting to the top and winning is a wonderful goal to teach, but not because there's a big payout when you get there.  Children have plenty of time once they reach adulthood to discover that money & power rule this world. Don't get me wrong, I'd like to be wealthy.  I just think as a society we've lost our sense of values.  It seems as if everything has a price tag on it, including integrity. 

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                In my country of origin a teenager stops beign a teenager at the age of 18, after 18 he/she becomes an adult and no longer a teenager..to me 18 is not a teen but an adult..And i didn't say an adult i say a teenager 12/13 to 18, that's the age i meant..And if you don't agree with me what can i say some people are righties others are lefties..

                why can no one under 18 play the lottery? What's wrong with someone under 18 playing the lottery, that's what i meant....what i meant to say is why can a 15 or 14 year old buy a lottery ticket...In poweball you are entering a chance to win a lot of money besides that it takes away your money...doens't a teenager has some freedoms?

                If teenagers (12/13 to 18) can go to school and take courses i deem very hard, i am sure they are intelligent enough to fill a lottery slip if they so wish...I mean teenagers take course like trigonometry, calculus (i never took trigonometry in high school/college it was too hard for me)...They got teenagers who are under 18 that take advanced calculus, something really hard, and yet they can not fill a paper slip (easy to do) and enter in a contest which is what the lotto is basically)....

                by the way four4me, i am from a planet more advanced than your planet you call earth..

                I don't aspire everyday to be richer (not saying i wouldn't want to win the lotto), i aspire to be more advanced than earthlings..

                 

                 

                "Laura Simpson from Great Lakes, Illinois deserves to be rich..."                  "She is so rare..."

                In any language a 12 year old is a pre teen and any person whom is 13 thru 19 is a teenager simple as that.

                In this country USA they lowered the age of consent to 18 for the draft back in the 60's so they could recruit solders to fight in Vietnam.

                No adolescent should be allowed to play the lottery. Until they reach the age of consent.

                Yes i'm an earthling. Oh well gotta live with that.

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                  I've always wonder why can teenagers play the lotto/POwerball or Sweepstakes?

                   

                  Pumpi, no matter where one lives or what language one speaks, a 20 year old is not a teenager.  Also, an 18 year old is certainly not on the same maturity level as a 12 or 13 year old.  In fact, 18 year olds are currently fighting in Iraq.  If they're old enough to die for their country, they're old enough to buy lottery tickets.

                  However, when a child is under 18 and living with his parents, he's usually a dependent. By law, parents are responsible for their children and, in many states, they are held accountable for their actions.  So a child is not free to make decisions about money in most cases. 

                  Playing the lottery is gambling.  Young people need to learn responsible ways of saving their money.  Buying lottery tickets isn't one of them.  But if a person is living on his own, earning his own rent and board, he can blow his wages anyway he desires. He can legally suck down carcinogenic smoke, burn his brain out with alcohol (at 21) drive a steel killing machine that can mangle a family of 5 in only seconds, and even get married and have his own children to screw up, because he is considered to be an adult.

                  Gambling should be DIScouraged, not ENcouraged.  Being competitive is something altogether different.  Getting to the top and winning is a wonderful goal to teach, but not because there's a big payout when you get there.  Children have plenty of time once they reach adulthood to discover that money & power rule this world. Don't get me wrong, I'd like to be wealthy.  I just think as a society we've lost our sense of values.  It seems as if everything has a price tag on it, including integrity. 

                  I know playing the Powerball is gambling...But i see it more as a contest...For the price of 1 dollar if you are the chosen you could wins millions...I've seen Contest(sweepstakes) on the kids Cartoon channel where they offer the teenagers a chance to win 1 week in Hollywood, Disney, or a chance to meet and dine with their favorite artist/celebrity..ON the Kids teenagers channel they got it all the time, and i know i've seen them on tv..And kids fill them out the paperwork and submit them to the contest/sweepstake...They even got some contest/sweepstakes that ask kids to submit as many entries as possible, saying that the more entries a kid/teenager submit the more chances to win he/she has....So what's the difference between that and entering a Sweepstakes of millions of dollars that only cost you 1 dollar...Why i don't see it as gambling? because the possible reward surpasses the investment by "hundreds of years of work" meaning it will take you hundreds of year of work to accumulate 25 million dollars for example....

                  On the same subject, i consider pick3 and pick4 truly gambling because the possible reward "doesn't surpasses the investment"..On these kinds of lottery one can play more money and win less than what he/she invested...The same thing happens on a casino...Also i feel that if the state is going to allow Teenagers (12/13 to 18) they should limit the play to 1 dollar; no more than that...

                  When i hear kids/teenagers in hollywood become rich for such and such movie i get happy and wish they were more of them on other avenues besides acting...

                  When i was in 7th grade i felt i was as competent as any adult; i thought of myself as an adult...And i still believe teenagers are as smart as any adult...It looks like hollywood is the only place where kids/teenagers can dream of becoming rich...

                   

                   

                  "Laura Simpson from Great Lakes, Illinois deserves to be rich..."                  "She is so rare...."

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                      I Agree!          I'd like to add one more thing to your comments JXP.

                            Oh Hell yeah.....

                     

                                                   

                                  

                     

                     

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                      I know playing the Powerball is gambling...But i see it more as a contest...For the price of 1 dollar if you are the chosen you could wins millions...I've seen Contest(sweepstakes) on the kids Cartoon channel where they offer the teenagers a chance to win 1 week in Hollywood, Disney, or a chance to meet and dine with their favorite artist/celebrity..ON the Kids teenagers channel they got it all the time, and i know i've seen them on tv..And kids fill them out the paperwork and submit them to the contest/sweepstake...They even got some contest/sweepstakes that ask kids to submit as many entries as possible, saying that the more entries a kid/teenager submit the more chances to win he/she has....So what's the difference between that and entering a Sweepstakes of millions of dollars that only cost you 1 dollar...Why i don't see it as gambling? because the possible reward surpasses the investment by "hundreds of years of work" meaning it will take you hundreds of year of work to accumulate 25 million dollars for example....

                      On the same subject, i consider pick3 and pick4 truly gambling because the possible reward "doesn't surpasses the investment"..On these kinds of lottery one can play more money and win less than what he/she invested...The same thing happens on a casino...Also i feel that if the state is going to allow Teenagers (12/13 to 18) they should limit the play to 1 dollar; no more than that...

                      When i hear kids/teenagers in hollywood become rich for such and such movie i get happy and wish they were more of them on other avenues besides acting...

                      When i was in 7th grade i felt i was as competent as any adult; i thought of myself as an adult...And i still believe teenagers are as smart as any adult...It looks like hollywood is the only place where kids/teenagers can dream of becoming rich...

                       

                       

                      "Laura Simpson from Great Lakes, Illinois deserves to be rich..."                  "She is so rare...."

                      Pumpi, whether you like it or not, Gambling and contests/ sweepstakes are not the same.

                       

                                                     

                                    

                       

                       

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                        I've always wonder why can teenagers play the lotto/POwerball or Sweepstakes?

                        Do you all remember when there was a 20-year old that won  i think it was 60 million dollars?When i heard the news i was happy for her and wish it happen to teenagers too...I think teenagers should not be allow to play pick3/4 because it will take away their money, but they should be allow to play the lotto & Powerball and participates on Sweepstakes...I understand teenagers should not play the casinos (because it will take their money), smoke cigarettes, drink beer, etc but what's wrong with entering a chance to win lots of money...I mean What harm can teenagers pose to the lotto?

                        Sometimes i wish there was a lotto specifically for teenagers with the lowest odds, like a pick5/20 or something...

                         

                         

                        "Laura Simpson from Great Lakes, Illinois deserves to be rich..."                "She is so rare..."

                        One more minor thing, Pumpi.

                         I'm not the forum police, but..........The title of your topic is very misleading.

                         You might want to proofread before you hit the send button.

                        If not, you can always try the "edit" button and fix the typo.

                         

                        You did mean "why CANT teenagers play the lotto" , right ?

                         

                                                       

                                      

                         

                         

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                          I've always wonder why can teenagers play the lotto/POwerball or Sweepstakes?

                          Do you all remember when there was a 20-year old that won  i think it was 60 million dollars?When i heard the news i was happy for her and wish it happen to teenagers too...I think teenagers should not be allow to play pick3/4 because it will take away their money, but they should be allow to play the lotto & Powerball and participates on Sweepstakes...I understand teenagers should not play the casinos (because it will take their money), smoke cigarettes, drink beer, etc but what's wrong with entering a chance to win lots of money...I mean What harm can teenagers pose to the lotto?

                          Sometimes i wish there was a lotto specifically for teenagers with the lowest odds, like a pick5/20 or something...

                           

                           

                          "Laura Simpson from Great Lakes, Illinois deserves to be rich..."                "She is so rare..."

                          In AL one must be 19 to buy cig.. and 21 to buy beer

                          In TN one must be 18 to buy cig.. and 21 to buy beer...

                          In TN one must be 18 to buy lotto tickets

                          In both states along with all the others..  18 will get you killed in Iraq....

                          I think it is crazy to send out young people to war and how ever feel they aren't old enough to drink a beer or smoke a cigarette..

                          You allow a 16 year old to drive.... They too are not allow to buy cigarettes... Geeh... I think the driving age should be raised.. The military age raised.

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                            I got more important things to worry about than why teens play the lottery.........

                            If they can to go Iraq and get shot at when they are 18, then why the heck not let them play Lottery or go to a Casino ?

                            I just find so many things hypocritical these days: 16 to drive (14 if you live on a farm), 18 to vote, 18 to go to war, 19 (or 1 year removed from HS) to play in the NBA, 21 to drink, 21 to go to a Casino, 25 to rent a car..... any others ? 

                            Well said... Didn't see this post until after sending the other..

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                              One more minor thing, Pumpi.

                               I'm not the forum police, but..........The title of your topic is very misleading.

                               You might want to proofread before you hit the send button.

                              If not, you can always try the "edit" button and fix the typo.

                               

                              You did mean "why CANT teenagers play the lotto" , right ?

                              Yeah that's what i meant. I found out about it early today but didn't have a way to correct it...

                               

                               

                              "Laura Simpson from Great Lakes, Illinois deserves to be rich..."              "She is so rare..."