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POLL: Ever wonder why you play?

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Ever wonder what you play for?

Oh yeah! [ 2 ]  [3.70%]
WHEN'S MY TURN? [ 4 ]  [7.41%]
Just for the fun of it [ 5 ]  [9.26%]
It's a working slob's only hope! [ 13 ]  [24.07%]
For me it's just a diversion [ 1 ]  [1.85%]
I really can't tell you, as in I don't know [ 1 ]  [1.85%]
I dreamed I'm going to hit [ 7 ]  [12.96%]
I can't give up now [ 7 ]  [12.96%]
I'm just a freak for numbers [ 7 ]  [12.96%]
Other, explain please. [ 7 ]  [12.96%]
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Posted: July 18, 2007, 2:30 am - IP Logged

Trying to hit a jackpot being a given, ever wonder why you play?

If you watch the drawings, whether it's pick 3 or  6, or 5 + 1, one "wrong" number and you realize tonight's not the night.

Bang Head

So why do we keep doing it?

People play PB and MM all year long without ever cashing a ticket.

We watch drawings and have to think, ' when is it my turn', right? 

So, why? 

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.

    justxploring's avatar - villiarna
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    Posted: July 18, 2007, 3:01 am - IP Logged

     "So why do we keep doing it? "

    I figure if I don't keep playing, I have NO chance at all. 


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      Posted: July 18, 2007, 5:41 am - IP Logged

      POLL: Ever wonder why you play?

      To win......

      I chose ...I'm a freak for numbers. I see them all the time, without provocation.

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        Posted: July 18, 2007, 6:32 am - IP Logged

        No doubt why I play, it's a lot of fun. Winning is just a bonus.

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          Posted: July 18, 2007, 10:03 am - IP Logged

          The first thing that came into my mind was "I'm just a freak for numbers". Now I see pac answered the same thing,lol. We must have been hatched from the same egg!

             

          I think it's because math eluded me in school, I flunked everything that had to do with numbers. Guess I'm trying to prove something to myself now.         

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            Posted: July 18, 2007, 12:25 pm - IP Logged

            I selected other, because I am mostly concerned about the financial security that I would have if I was anonymous if I was in a state where I could be anonymous.   

            If possible, I would definitely form a trust to anonymously claim the prize, because I have been taken advantage of by a couple relatives in the past.  Think about it.  If you work a regular office job, and people borrow $100 from you and NEVER pay you back, then those same people are just going to ask for MORE money with NO intention of paying you back after you win a lottery jackpot.  If I ever won the jackpot, I sure as hell wouldn't want people asking me for $5,000 loans with no intention of paying me back. 

            Suppose you won a $20,000,000 jackpot, and the lump sum was $10,000,000.  If you received $6,000,000 after taxes and your name was public, relatives would be coming OUT OF THE WOODWORK looking for YOU !!!  If you loaned a relative $5,000, the relative will become greedy and think, "Oh, he still has $5,995,000 left, so I don't REALLY have to pay him back!" 

            Trust me on this one, if I ever won a jackpot, I would be as anonymous as possible, because I WOULD ONLY PLAY IN A STATE WHERE I CAN BE ANONYMOUS. 

            Smart lottery winners form trust to claim their winnings.  They send an attorney to the lottery headquarters to claim the prize in trust, so that ONLY the name of the trust is revealed.  And they tell NO ONE, especially relatives.

            If you ever win a lottery and you are single, the only person you should ever marry is someone who was truly in love with you BEFORE you won the jackpot!

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              Posted: July 18, 2007, 12:32 pm - IP Logged

              Talk about math eluding you in school......I had to take Algebra I twice in junior high.  The second time around the teacher told me he would pass me only if I promised never to take math again.  Of course, I promised.  The following year I went to High School in a different town and took geometry.  The former algebra teacher I had in Jr. high had taken a new job at the high school, and guess who I had for a teacher???  I think I barely passed with a "D."  Being a glutton for puinishment I took trig in my first year of college.  At mid-term I had a zero average.  Dropped that course right then and there and stayed away from math for a long time. 

              Good Luck!

              Stavros

               

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                Posted: July 18, 2007, 12:38 pm - IP Logged

                LOL,stavros! Thank God we don't go to school nowadays. They've upped all the requirements so much, I don't think you'd get away with anything like that like you did where a teacher would pass you only if you promised not to take math. LOL. That is pretty funny.

                Glad you're back to "math" now. Your teachers would be proud,haha.

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                  Posted: July 18, 2007, 3:55 pm - IP Logged

                  I know my chances of winning are slim, but they are even more slim if I don't buy the ticket.

                   

                                                 

                                

                   

                   

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                    Posted: July 18, 2007, 5:28 pm - IP Logged

                    I know my chances of winning are slim, but they are even more slim if I don't buy the ticket.

                    I Agree!

                    Good Luck!

                    Stavros

                     

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                      Posted: July 18, 2007, 10:38 pm - IP Logged

                      I just like to gamble!

                      Big Grin

                      wpb

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                        Posted: July 19, 2007, 2:58 am - IP Logged

                         "So why do we keep doing it? "

                        I figure if I don't keep playing, I have NO chance at all. 

                        Exactly!

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                          Posted: July 19, 2007, 6:15 am - IP Logged

                          I know the feeling, because it took me forever to pass college algebra.

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                            Posted: July 22, 2007, 8:33 pm - IP Logged

                            I'm gonna have to say "When's my turn?".Smile

                            Gonna win.Big Smile

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                              Posted: July 23, 2007, 3:53 am - IP Logged

                              A couple reasons....

                               1. We all want to win. (And there are enough jackpots for all LP members!--fingers crossed for everyone)

                              2. Sometimes its the only thing that keeps me going. Being young, and often broke in Los Angeles isn't easy or fun. I've cut back on my ticket-buying since this lottery endeavor hasn't gone well lo' these past 3 years. But the dream kind of saves me.

                              3. I've been playing for 3 years...just trying to chase the losses. Fortunately I have enough mind when to stop in Vegas. :)