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People in front of you dictating lots of numbers to the clerk...

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Does it annoy or bother you?

Heck yeah, why can't they just fill out a betslip! [ 46 ]  [75.41%]
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Posted: May 14, 2007, 10:40 pm - IP Logged

Your standing in line to play your numbers.  Either you are going to get QP's, or you have already filled out your betslips.  You have somewhere to be really soon and this is the last chance you can play your numbers before the drawing so you have to get it done now.

But one thing, Rebecca or Stanley who is standing in front of you has been dictating pick 3 and pick 4 numbers to the clerk for the last 10 minutes and doesn't seem quite done yet.  At this point are you annoyed or are you not bothered?  Why?

Well, this happenes to me a LOT.  Since I play on my breaks at work at the nearby dollar store on the boardwalk, there is a lot of foot traffic there.  I don't mind waiting in line at all.  But what does quite vex me is the joker in front of me spouting off numbers at the clerk for what seems like an eternity.  Why not just step aside and fill out some betslips?  

I have NEVER dictated numbers to the clerk before.  Even if it is one line for MM, I still fill out a betslip.  I am at the green machine for no more than 30 seconds at the most.

What about you all? 

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    Posted: May 14, 2007, 10:50 pm - IP Logged

    Yes,I can see how it could be annoying if someone's standing there with a whole list of numbers rattling them off. Never seen anyone do that myself.  If it's just one or two then that's okay. I've asked for a couple of numbers myself a few times but I always make sure there's no one standing behind me.

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      Posted: May 14, 2007, 10:58 pm - IP Logged

      No, the other day this guy was in the store souting off numbers like there was no tomorrow.  He kept saying stuff like 553 one and one, 4 numbers please, 1111 one and one.  And he kept going back and forth like that for like 10 minutes.  By the time he was done, there was a ecent sized line behind me of probably 10 people.  That was annoying.

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        Posted: May 14, 2007, 11:01 pm - IP Logged

        It has happened to me alot and I just seem to hear my voice say "idiot" without thinking. Even with a huge sign in front of the machine saying PLAYSLIPS ONLY, they seem to not be able to read either. Here we have someone who can't read or write trying to win a jacpot. Everyone deserves the chance so why not? Because the store policy says PLAYSLIPS ONLY. Now we have a store clerk not understanding the policy. I blame the store clerk for it. Just my thoughts on it.

         

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          Posted: May 14, 2007, 11:09 pm - IP Logged

          Store where i buy my tickets used to allow that - enough complaints from regular customers and they stopped allowing.  Play-slips only - unless it's like 1-2 numbers.

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            Posted: May 15, 2007, 1:22 am - IP Logged

            It has happened to me alot and I just seem to hear my voice say "idiot" without thinking. Even with a huge sign in front of the machine saying PLAYSLIPS ONLY, they seem to not be able to read either. Here we have someone who can't read or write trying to win a jacpot. Everyone deserves the chance so why not? Because the store policy says PLAYSLIPS ONLY. Now we have a store clerk not understanding the policy. I blame the store clerk for it. Just my thoughts on it.

            here in michigan alot of times the bet slip  you fill out want go throught or something else happens. i write my 3 and 4 digits down on paper..[small note book pad].... i guess if i had to fill a bet slip out every time i wouldnt play as much.. or not at all.. but some people do get in line without write down their numbers, and try and remeber what they want to play and they do hold the line up.. that is a pain in but... oh yea if i play the regular lottery or meg then i fill out the bet slips

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              Posted: May 15, 2007, 1:22 am - IP Logged

              When I use to go Michigan for BigGame tickets, the store just north of the state line on US23 alway had a line of people waiting to buy lottery tickets and they had signs posted "Fill Out Bet Slips or Quick Picks Only" and they alway had a box of preprinted QPs for those players who didn't have any bet slips.

              After MegaMillions came to Ohio, I never returned to that store so I don't know if it's still doing business the same way since it no longer get all those outer state players from south of the border.  I always thought that was a good idea because it saved time and eliminated clerks entering wrong numbers.

               * you don't need to buy more tickets, just buy a winning ticket * 
                 
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                Posted: May 15, 2007, 1:23 am - IP Logged

                Store where i buy my tickets used to allow that - enough complaints from regular customers and they stopped allowing.  Play-slips only - unless it's like 1-2 numbers.

                Sounds like a good idea.  I also find it annoying, but I'm not sure it would do any good to complain since we have so many visitors.

                There is a young lady (only in high school) at Albertson's who does a great job at the counter and checks out DVDs, sells cigarettes, cashes checks, etc., and when someone started to call out numbers and how he wanted to play them the other night, I thought it was unfair to her and the other customers who needed service. 

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                  Posted: May 15, 2007, 2:06 am - IP Logged

                  i play a lot of numbers myself and i don't like standing in line any more than the rest of you do. however i go out of my way to find discreet places to place my bets, places with low traffic. i will not under any circumstances place any bets with tellers whom cant punch in my numbers. have no understanding of the machine or don't know what they are doing. I will use play slips for pic 5 and mega million games. but for pick 3 and 4 no way am i going to waist my time filling out slips.

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                    Posted: May 15, 2007, 2:45 am - IP Logged

                    i play a lot of numbers myself and i don't like standing in line any more than the rest of you do. however i go out of my way to find discreet places to place my bets, places with low traffic. i will not under any circumstances place any bets with tellers whom cant punch in my numbers. have no understanding of the machine or don't know what they are doing. I will use play slips for pic 5 and mega million games. but for pick 3 and 4 no way am i going to waist my time filling out slips.

                    You see, thats not bad.  You go out of your way not to hold people up.  Thats actually nice of you because most people go and play where they please and spout off numbers to clerk holding up the line.

                    Me, whenever I play my system numbers, I fill out betslips at home.  I always grab a few betslips from the agent on the way out.  This way when I come back, all they have to do is put it in the machine.  

                    Once in a while when I play numbers off the top of my head, I will get a betslip, go back to my car and fill out, then bring it back in and play it.

                     Aslo, I figure betslips are better anyway because there is no mistake if you fill it out neatly.  This way it removes the variable of the clerk punching in the wrong number.

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                      Posted: May 15, 2007, 2:55 am - IP Logged

                      Just imagine, in Connecticut there are no play slips for their Play 3/Play 4. That has got to be a pain for both the clerk and everyone behind in line.

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                        Posted: May 15, 2007, 5:42 am - IP Logged

                        Store where i buy my tickets used to allow that - enough complaints from regular customers and they stopped allowing.  Play-slips only - unless it's like 1-2 numbers.

                        I hate when I go to a store to play one number like 999 straight and they ask me to fill out a card because they don't want to make a mistake playing it. I tell them the only thing you could do wrong is play it for the wrong draw or the wrong amount. How can you mess up a trip???? Most machines I've seen won't let you play it boxed or str/bx????

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                          Posted: May 15, 2007, 9:07 am - IP Logged

                          Play-slips all the way.  You get good at filling them out.  And the new machines scan extremely quickly yet print one number one ticket at a time, still saves a lot of time and you know exactly what it will cost.  No chance for confusion if you have a lot a numbers, it drives me crazy when people then have to check their numbers before they walk away and start with "oh yeah, gimme 120 box 50/50, 133 straight 1.00 and by the way 445 50/50, oops I forgot 3441 1.00 box, no no sorry make that 3442 50/50 box for tonight and tommorrow morning, lemme see ok ok 556 straight/box 1.00/.50, actually I meant 566 50/50" on and on and on and on. White Bounce

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                            Play-slips all the way.  You get good at filling them out.  And the new machines scan extremely quickly yet print one number one ticket at a time, still saves a lot of time and you know exactly what it will cost.  No chance for confusion if you have a lot a numbers, it drives me crazy when people then have to check their numbers before they walk away and start with "oh yeah, gimme 120 box 50/50, 133 straight 1.00 and by the way 445 50/50, oops I forgot 3441 1.00 box, no no sorry make that 3442 50/50 box for tonight and tommorrow morning, lemme see ok ok 556 straight/box 1.00/.50, actually I meant 566 50/50" on and on and on and on. White Bounce

                            I Agree! with you, Mr. Harvick ! 

                             

                            The store that I go to has 2 cash registers , so the guy with 25 or 30 playslips can be there for a while, but the other problem is there is only one green machine, so if someone in the other line needs a ticket, then everything at the store comes to a screeching halt.

                            Throw in the cash gas buyer that comes in and doesn't even get in line, but throws a $20 at the clerk and spouts off a pump number, then we have a recipe for confusion and increased stress .

                             

                                                           

                                          

                             

                             

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                              Posted: May 15, 2007, 10:06 am - IP Logged

                              the publix store has two  signs spanish/english to fill out betslips..... they still get around the clerk when the line is long and the jackpot is a large amount.  the winn-dixie store has one clerk for customer service , groceries and lotto especially when it is near the drawing. best place to play is at  the dollar stores in south florida.

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