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Do You Tip Your Lottery Clerk?

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Do you tip the lottery clerk after you get a nice win

Always [ 16 ]  [20.51%]
Sometimes [ 12 ]  [15.38%]
Never [ 25 ]  [32.05%]
You've got to be kidding!! [ 25 ]  [32.05%]
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onenumber's avatar - swordgirl
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Posted: July 17, 2007, 11:46 pm - IP Logged

I was in the gas station where I buy my lottery tickets and I was behind a guy who won a straight on pick 3.  He then handed the clerk $20 as a tip because she had punched in his numbers.  I wanted to find out how many people do this when they get a significant win (not just a box).  Do you feel it necessary, since it is part of their job.

    lotterybraker's avatar - pyramid
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    Posted: July 17, 2007, 11:58 pm - IP Logged

    Oh Very Nice Poll Onenumber..I didnt know people did that with lottery winners..I know it is (customary) playing Bingo..to give the runners a tip and the caller..didnt know lottery winners did that..I will have to remember that the next time I cash in a winner..

    "Attention all Mathematicians: Check your degree at the door because when it comes to whole numbers you are the Amateur"

      Guru101's avatar - rw6jhh
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      Posted: July 18, 2007, 12:03 am - IP Logged

      This is a joke, right?Skeptical

      Gonna win.Big Smile

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        Posted: July 18, 2007, 12:10 am - IP Logged

        Guru101..nothing is wrong with giving a small tip ...ESPECIALLY if it is at a store that you buy tickets at on a regular basis..next time the store is crowded or something the cashier may let you butt in line or something..or do a little something extra for you...you know..kinda like you scratch my back I will scratch yours..lol

        "Attention all Mathematicians: Check your degree at the door because when it comes to whole numbers you are the Amateur"

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          Posted: July 18, 2007, 12:22 am - IP Logged

          Do you feel it necessary, since it is part of their job.

           

          I'm a pretty good tipper most of the time.  I rarely leave less than 20% at a restaurant or for a service like a hair stylist.  When I used to go to casinos, I'd tip the dealer if I was on a winning streak.  However, I can't imagine tipping a clerk at a store.  I guess it's a personal choice, but it's not the same as being a waitress who depends on tips for the majority of her income.  In the above case, if he was a regular customer and had developed a rapport with her, I can understand why he did it, but it certainly isn't necessary. That was very nice of him, however.  I doubt if I'd remember who helped me when I bought a particular ticket or where I even bought it.  I go to several different stores.

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            Posted: July 18, 2007, 12:31 am - IP Logged

             I have a regular lottery clerk.  I told her once that if I won a multi-million dollar prize, I would give her $10,000.  That sounds fair considering how little she makes and what a big jerk the owner of the Amarillo, Texas Toot n Totum company has proven himself to be.  He was once quoted as saying that "if you can't afford my gas, you are obviously not working hard enough."  We have the highest gasoline prices in Texas most of the time.  Giving a Toot n Totum clerk a $10,000 tip would embarrass this jerk to death.  It would be well worth it to rub "it" in his face.

            Orangeman

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              Posted: July 18, 2007, 12:33 am - IP Logged

              I have been going to same store for years.  They let me drop off my slips - pick them up later on way home.  On a substantial win - I always tip.  I see other regular customers do the same.

              My feeling is if God blessed me - I'll pass it on.

              love to nibble those micey feet.

               

                                           


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                Posted: July 18, 2007, 12:49 am - IP Logged

                This seems to be a interesting (or maybe a embarrassing) topic . It is fair to easy to guess who voted  ... If you take into account the persons that replied. Sure that this could not be always the case .

                  Ms5PennieGen's avatar - aeonflux
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                  Posted: July 18, 2007, 12:49 am - IP Logged

                  I am a regular at the store where I buy my numbers. When I win big, I tip my clerk.  She gives me tips on what hot numbers are  being played. If it's almost draw-break she wave for me to bring my numbers up to the front so she can run them and I get back in line and wait my turn to pay. When she is busy in the back and see me she will open up a register and take my tickets. Sometimes I will buy a number for her if I think it is coming. When I win I will hand her a few dollars to buy her lunch or play tickets that she likes. She gives extra good service and I tip her. So my vote is yes

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                    Posted: July 18, 2007, 12:54 am - IP Logged

                    This seems to be a interesting (or maybe a embarrassing) topic . It is fair to easy to guess who voted  ... If you take into account the persons that replied. Sure that this could not be always the case .

                    There should be nothing embarrassing at all about it.  We're all just posting our personal opinions.  Also, many times people vote and don't post comments and vice versa.

                    If I frequented a store and knew the names of the clerks, I might also tip.  It's usually very busy wherever I go and there's a wait at the counter.  I've never seen anyone tip at Publix and I've seen a lot of people win.  Now that I've read the original question again, since I've never really won anything, it's a moot point anyway.

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                      Posted: July 18, 2007, 1:40 am - IP Logged

                      Have posted this before (this seems to be another one of our recurring topics but that's ok, it stimulates discussuion!), but sometimes I play a ticket and then tell them to run it again and give it to them so I have someone else rooting for the same numbers. 

                      This probably won't go over real big here, but as much as I'd like to hit a jackpot I think some amounts, hundreds of millions, are "obscene".  Nobody needs that kind of money, unless maybe you're a DeLorean trying to make a payroll or something and even that is a stretch for hundreds of millions. 

                      So anyway, one time while traveling in Indiana I played a PB ticket and the told the clerk to run it again and gave him the ticket. It hit for 4 of 6, the jackpit that night was $119,000,000. So close. It paid $110 so we won that and he won that.

                      Smile

                      I live in a small town and there's not that many places to play lotto so  we're familiar to the clerks. Last year we hit a Pick 3 Striaght Box for $290 and tried to give the clerk $20 when we cashed it but this was in a grocery store and she said she couldn't take it.

                      Just as a "PS", I worked in casinos for many years, so to me playing for the clerk is like betting for the dealer - for good will and luck! 

                      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 18, 2007, 3:54 am - IP Logged

                        I buy my lottery tickets at several places where I also buy other things.  I don't tip the clerks when I'm not buying lottery tickets so I don't when I do.

                        For example I buy tickets when I buy gas and a tank of gas can easily amount to $65 and I might buy $15 worth of lottery tickets too' and I can't see me tipping the clerk in that situation.  I figure the cost of service is included in the price.

                         * you don't need to buy more tickets, just buy a winning ticket * 
                           
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                          Posted: July 18, 2007, 5:01 am - IP Logged

                          I did once, when I first moved to Southwest Florida almost 9 years ago.

                          I was playing all the area codes in the immediate area. When the lady at Publix food store saw my numbers, she noticed that they were most of the area codes. She said that 992 is also one of the area codes. I told her that she was right, and that how could I have missed that. So I played it, and sure enough 992 came out that night.

                          I tried to give her 50 bucks, but she wouldn't take it. They are not allowed to take tips at Publix food stores. I didn't want to get her in trouble, because of the cameras, so I non chalantly slipped it to her, and she took it.

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                            Posted: July 18, 2007, 7:55 am - IP Logged

                            back in 2004 when i won 5 grand on pick 3 i gave the clerk who ran my numbers either 10 or 20 bucks.

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                              Posted: July 18, 2007, 8:11 am - IP Logged

                              In March 2007, I hit Florida Play 4 for $17,700. The 7-11 store, where I normally turn my playslips in, I gave each of the 5 clerks $100.00