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Posted: July 6, 2007, 7:40 pm - IP Logged

I've read about others collecting tickets from trash cans and i've thought about it. I don't currently do it because i figure someone would say something to me. Do the store people or police mind? Thank you.

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    Posted: July 6, 2007, 7:44 pm - IP Logged

    i have seen people check trash cans for scratch off tickets so they can check for winners someone accidentally threw away but i havent seen anyone checking for winning lottery tickets like powerball. i think the people who do it ask the store owner or the clerk first because some regulars who see them doing it may get mad and not want to play there anymore, one guy called it "sharking" and he intentionally tears his old scratch offs to pieces then throws them away...

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      Posted: July 6, 2007, 7:55 pm - IP Logged

      I've read about others collecting tickets from trash cans and i've thought about it. I don't currently do it because i figure someone would say something to me. Do the store people or police mind? Thank you.

      There's a term for this, something beside "scavengers", but there are people that hang around horse racing tracks (and OTB parlors) that go through all the tickets thrown away, looking for winners. 

      I guess lottert ticket "dumpster diving" ( or really 'trash can' diving) just takes that up one level.

      Or maybe the people you rad about were trying to collect as many losers as they could, for taxes! 

      Those who run the lotteries love it when players look for consistency in something that's designed not to have any.

      Lep

      There is one and only one 'proven' system, and that is to book the action. No matter the game, let the players pick their own losers.

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        Posted: July 6, 2007, 7:58 pm - IP Logged

        When I've watched Law & Order they always say discarded items are no longer personal property.  However, I think the actual container (trash can, dumpster) is so you need to ask permission to "dive" into it.  I can't stand washing my own toilet.  So I guess I'll never put my hands into a strange trash can.  I had a neighbor who was a garbage collector for Waste Management and, after hearing the stories, I never want to even think about it.  He told me about some of the things people put in their trash cans, including used needles and dead pets.  So I'm not sure I'm that eager to search for lottery tickets.  

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          Posted: July 6, 2007, 8:06 pm - IP Logged

          I recently saw a story along these lines.  It said that many stores have a special trash can right by the place customers congregate to play their scratch-offs.  In their down time, store employees go thru the discards and check for winners that were missed.  I guess they can make a bit of cash doing this.

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            Posted: July 6, 2007, 8:07 pm - IP Logged

            There's a term for this, something beside "scavengers", but there are people that hang around horse racing tracks (and OTB parlors) that go through all the tickets thrown away, looking for winners. 

            I guess lottert ticket "dumpster diving" ( or really 'trash can' diving) just takes that up one level.

            Or maybe the people you rad about were trying to collect as many losers as they could, for taxes! 

            i also heard that tax story before so as long as the losing ticket wasnt already signed by someone else then anybody can claim it on taxes and say it was a gambling loss...

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              Posted: July 6, 2007, 8:14 pm - IP Logged

              You must have A LOT of free time on your hands if you're seriously contemplating doing this.  I mean seriously...why waste your time.  Those tickets are in the trash for a reason.  I mean what are the odds of finding a winner?  Probably worse than the odds of winning the Powerball or Mega Millions and if you do find a winner it will probably be a low dollar amount and definitely not worth the time and energy you put into it.  I wouldn't do that on my worst day!

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                Posted: July 6, 2007, 8:45 pm - IP Logged

                I've read about others collecting tickets from trash cans and i've thought about it. I don't currently do it because i figure someone would say something to me. Do the store people or police mind? Thank you.

                It's not worth it.


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                  Posted: July 6, 2007, 9:36 pm - IP Logged

                  In my opinion, If someone is sifting through garbage, they need to reflect on their situation and do something about it.

                  They're at a really strong crossroads at that point in their life.

                  Trying to find a winning lottery ticket in a dumpster is as likely as beating the astronomical odds at a lotto game or powerball. Not to mention unappealing to the neighborhood in which you live.

                  Just like Jarasan says.....Is it worth the grief?

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                    Posted: July 6, 2007, 9:39 pm - IP Logged

                    if someone told me right now there was a scratch off worth 50 dollars in the dumpster i would not go in to get it.you'll never catch me in a smelly nasty dumpster no matter what.....

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                      Posted: July 6, 2007, 9:41 pm - IP Logged

                      In my opinion, If someone is sifting through garbage, they need to reflect on their situation and do something about it.

                      They're at a really strong crossroads at that point in their life.

                      Trying to find a winning lottery ticket in a dumpster is as likely as beating the astronomical odds at a lotto game or powerball. Not to mention unappealing to the neighborhood in which you live.

                      Just like Jarasan says.....Is it worth the grief?

                      some people will say you are a gambling addict if you will go through trash looking for winning tickets and some others will say that you are really dedicated to winning the lottery one day.


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                        Posted: July 6, 2007, 9:45 pm - IP Logged

                        if someone told me right now there was a scratch off worth 50 dollars in the dumpster i would not go in to get it.you'll never catch me in a smelly nasty dumpster no matter what.....

                        I'm sorry Mike...lol

                        There are exceptions to every rule. And in the case you presented, I wish to say I would gladly go for it.

                        I can shower afterwords knowing i made the quickest 50 bucks in history. Just imagine if 5 people offered the same challenge everyday?

                        That's $250.00 a day....

                        I'm sure there will be plenty of antibacterial soap for scrubbing...lol

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                          Posted: July 6, 2007, 9:52 pm - IP Logged

                          I've read about others collecting tickets from trash cans and i've thought about it. I don't currently do it because i figure someone would say something to me. Do the store people or police mind? Thank you.

                          I hope you're not talking about dumpsters.  The store i buy my ticket at - a guy goes through the discarded scratch-off tickets (with the store's permission).  Sometimes he finds free tickets - sometimes tickets worth cash. 

                          His biggest find was a $100.

                          love to nibble those micey feet.

                           

                                                       


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                            Posted: July 6, 2007, 9:54 pm - IP Logged

                            some people will say you are a gambling addict if you will go through trash looking for winning tickets and some others will say that you are really dedicated to winning the lottery one day.

                            I tell this to as many people as I can.

                            The Odds Are The Reality.

                            Dedication is one thing. Reality is another.

                            The odds are the reality. Read into it whatever you want to...bottom line...it's the odds.

                            You can have the best system in the world....with only ten sets of numbers to play. It doesen't matter. There are still many many many more possibilities out there not taken into account. As in the p-3, playing the best top ten sets, there are still 990 other possibilities that can come out. I don't care how good the system is. The odds rule in every case. 

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                              Posted: July 6, 2007, 10:23 pm - IP Logged

                              I tell this to as many people as I can.

                              The Odds Are The Reality.

                              Dedication is one thing. Reality is another.

                              The odds are the reality. Read into it whatever you want to...bottom line...it's the odds.

                              You can have the best system in the world....with only ten sets of numbers to play. It doesen't matter. There are still many many many more possibilities out there not taken into account. As in the p-3, playing the best top ten sets, there are still 990 other possibilities that can come out. I don't care how good the system is. The odds rule in every case. 

                              well anyone looking in a trash can has to realize that the odds arent good that a winner was sold there and the winner checked their ticket in the store, somehow overlooked it and thought it was a loser and then decided to throw it in the trash and on top of all of that you would have to get there before the trash is emptied or before another person who goes through the trash for tickets gets there. i have seen people get free tickets from scratch offs that way in the trash can but no jackpot winners or any real cash so the odds arent good that you will find a winning ticket in the trash that you will be able to retire from the winnings. i guess those people would tell me the same thing about my odds of winning powerball or megamillions but i plan to keep on playing those jackpot games anyway.