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Do You Buy Lottery Tickets Right After The Drawing?

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Posted: March 3, 2007, 1:51 am - IP Logged

I just found out that it is possible to buy Mega Millions tickets right after the drawing (about 10:30 Central Standard Time). 

The ticket is printed with the previous jackpot.

Does anybody else do this, even though the Jackpot is still unknown until 1:00 A.M?

It is great for me, because my state doesn't sell Mega Millions.


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    Posted: March 3, 2007, 1:54 am - IP Logged

    Call me stupid, but it sounds illegal to me.

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      Posted: March 3, 2007, 1:59 am - IP Logged

      Twitch Huh??

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        Posted: March 3, 2007, 1:59 am - IP Logged

        Mega millions

        $340 million!!

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          Posted: March 3, 2007, 2:04 am - IP Logged

          It is not illegal.  The tickets are printed from the terminal. I got them in TEXAS.

          They are printed with the next drawing date, just with the previous jackpot.

           

          For example, I went to a gas station last night at 10:30 pm Central Standard Time , and I asked the clerk if I could buy Mega Millions, she said yes, but for the following drawing.

           

          So the tickets I bought are printed for Tuesday March 06 2007.  But still with a 275 Jackpot.

          Im glad I got the tickets because it rolled to 340 million.

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            Posted: March 3, 2007, 2:06 am - IP Logged

            Actually that can be done, well at least in Illinois.  And most importantly depending on the

            particular merchant selling lottery tickets.  I have seen machinces cut off at 9:00 pm CST

            which is approx 15 min prior to the cutoff that the state allows.  Also have seen machines

            still online until about midnight.  The merchant makes the call on when the machine goes

            off line to a certain extent.  I highly doubt the state stays online for 24 hours

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              Posted: March 3, 2007, 2:21 am - IP Logged

              It is not illegal.  The tickets are printed from the terminal. I got them in TEXAS.

              They are printed with the next drawing date, just with the previous jackpot.

               

              For example, I went to a gas station last night at 10:30 pm Central Standard Time , and I asked the clerk if I could buy Mega Millions, she said yes, but for the following drawing.

               

              So the tickets I bought are printed for Tuesday March 06 2007.  But still with a 275 Jackpot.

              Im glad I got the tickets because it rolled to 340 million.

              I think Pac might have read your message the way I did.  I thought you were saying they were printed with the winning numbers.  Sure you can get tickets after a drawing.  If the jackpot hasn't been determined yet, it makes sense that the one for the previous drawing will be printed.  Now I understand what you were saying.


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                Posted: March 3, 2007, 2:32 am - IP Logged

                I think Pac might have read your message the way I did.  I thought you were saying they were printed with the winning numbers.  Sure you can get tickets after a drawing.  If the jackpot hasn't been determined yet, it makes sense that the one for the previous drawing will be printed.  Now I understand what you were saying.

                That's exactly what I thought....

                OOOps..sorry...LOL

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                  Posted: March 3, 2007, 11:03 am - IP Logged

                  Dont forget all you fine folks about the West Coast Mega Millions states of California and Washington.  The drawing occurs at 8:00pm out here.  Therefore by say 8:15pm or so tickets are for sale for the next drawing. It is still relatively early in the evening out here and buying a Mega Millions tickets on Tuesday or Friday night might be business as usual.

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                    Posted: March 3, 2007, 11:07 am - IP Logged

                    That sounds like a great idea, if it's a long drive to a MM state.  Buy your MM tickets for the drawing that night an hour before (or whatever your state's cutoff happens to be), go to dinner, come back after the draw and buy for the next one!

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                      Posted: March 3, 2007, 1:02 pm - IP Logged

                      I just found out that it is possible to buy Mega Millions tickets right after the drawing (about 10:30 Central Standard Time). 

                      The ticket is printed with the previous jackpot.

                      Does anybody else do this, even though the Jackpot is still unknown until 1:00 A.M?

                      It is great for me, because my state doesn't sell Mega Millions.

                      Why would it be impossible to buy tickets for the next draw 2 seconds after the previous drawing? Just last week I decided to make a late bet and the machine only printed half the tickets. I found out why when the clerk tried to run the rest of the tickets; they were for the next day's Midday draw because the ticket sales stopped before all the tickets were printed. I was shut out.

                      The clerk said “I wondered why the screen was blinking and said sales were closed” after she handed me the extra tickets. I told her if she had mentioned that to me before running them, she wouldn’t have to cancel those tickets because I didn’t want them.

                      People play their favorite numbers on Mega Millions regardless of the jackpot so when they purchase the tickets is irrelevant.  

                      I bought Mega Million tickets on Wednesday and bought some more Friday night and none of the tickets had the jackpot amount. And why would they put the estimated jackpot amount on a ticket after it was purchased? Is that to let the people know they played for mega millions and not 4 bucks?

                      Your post looks like you’re talking about past-posting.

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                        Posted: March 3, 2007, 1:54 pm - IP Logged

                        That sounds like a great idea, if it's a long drive to a MM state.  Buy your MM tickets for the drawing that night an hour before (or whatever your state's cutoff happens to be), go to dinner, come back after the draw and buy for the next one!

                        I agree JAG that it's an idea to toss around, but wouldn't it just be easier to buy some advance play tickets so you don't have to go back?

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                          Posted: March 3, 2007, 2:02 pm - IP Logged

                          That sounds like a great idea, if it's a long drive to a MM state.  Buy your MM tickets for the drawing that night an hour before (or whatever your state's cutoff happens to be), go to dinner, come back after the draw and buy for the next one!

                          The only problem is that the jackpot is still unknown.

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                            Posted: March 3, 2007, 2:04 pm - IP Logged

                            The only problem is that the jackpot is still unknown.

                            The jackpot will be at least $12 million, which is still good enough for me!!!!