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do you ever travel to buy lottery tickets?

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Posted: August 25, 2007, 7:16 am - IP Logged

do you ever travel to buy lottery tickets?

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    Posted: August 25, 2007, 7:25 am - IP Logged

    i do not buy in the city where i live.

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      Posted: August 25, 2007, 7:53 am - IP Logged

      nowhere to go near me and i have two states that border me within 30 minutes in both directions.

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        Posted: August 25, 2007, 8:32 am - IP Logged

        The sheer term "to travel" would mean all lottery purchases are done that way. I travel to my local convenience store. I travel down the block. Short of having a lottery terminal in ones house, all must travel.

        To clean up the question I would round it to "travel more then 100 miles or to another state". Both of which I have done. I even traveled from the east coast to the west coast to get a California Lotto Ticket. (although I just happen to be there on business *grin*)

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          Posted: August 25, 2007, 9:47 am - IP Logged

          The sheer term "to travel" would mean all lottery purchases are done that way. I travel to my local convenience store. I travel down the block. Short of having a lottery terminal in ones house, all must travel.

          To clean up the question I would round it to "travel more then 100 miles or to another state". Both of which I have done. I even traveled from the east coast to the west coast to get a California Lotto Ticket. (although I just happen to be there on business *grin*)

          By your definition: Walking into the next room would be considered traveling. Thud

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            Posted: August 25, 2007, 9:49 am - IP Logged

            I like my convenience store.  When Powerball jackpot gets high he sends a runner to IN or WI and buys a bunch of tickets to sell at his store.  He sells them in $2 and $5 increments...QP's of course.

            That's the kind of service that would warrant a "tip". 

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              Posted: August 25, 2007, 11:18 am - IP Logged

              I live in Maryland and buy scratch-offs, raffle tickets and sometimes MegaMillions tickets here.  I commute through DC and buy raffle tix, sometimes PowerBall and a few scratchoffs there.  I work in VA but rarely buy tix there.  When I travel I tend to buy tix in whatever state I am in.  It's fun to see what other staes do that differs from my home area states. 

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                Posted: August 25, 2007, 11:32 am - IP Logged

                No.  If I drove 100 miles each way at about 28mpg, I'd use approximately 7 gallons of gas or about $20 (not counting tolls)  I'd rather spend the money on something more productive. (like 20 more Lotto tickets!)

                However, when I'm traveling in other areas of FL, I will Stop to buy a ticket. I drove about 5 miles to buy a ticket when the power was out after a hurricane!  If I am in another state, I need to figure what my chances of winning the jackpot are if I won't be there for the drawing, because if I only win a small amount (like $100) I would need to travel back to get it.  I'm not sure if a Lottery Office will validate a ticket & mail a check out of state, so someone else would need to answer that for me.  Where I currently reside is about 380 miles from GA and 650 miles from AL, and hopping on a plane to buy a lottery ticket (at least to me) is completely insane.

                Regarding the meaning of "travel" you don't even have to go into another room.  Your mind can travel places just by dreaming.  So, yes, I travel every day to Tahiti and Bora Bora, but that's only after I buy my Lotto ticket!

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                  Posted: August 25, 2007, 12:00 pm - IP Logged

                  i travel to georgia or illinois for my megamillions tickets and i travel to kentucky sometimes for powerball but this is a powerball state. anytime i go out of town to visit friends or relatives i play the lottery if that state has it.

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                    Posted: August 25, 2007, 12:08 pm - IP Logged

                    I just came back to this thread and I noticed I typed "stop" with a capital "S" by mistake.  Maybe it's a sign from a higher power to save my money.

                    Or...it could be simply saying to me "get a life - stop posting."  Big Grin

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                      Posted: August 25, 2007, 12:10 pm - IP Logged

                      Nope.  The closest state with MegaMillions is a 5 or 6 hour drive one way.  Too far.  But if Oregon or Nevada had it, I'd travel when the jackpot was high.

                      I did travel to Oregon a couple months ago when their state lotto was over 30 million.  Got a Set for Life while I was there.  Oregon only does 6 advance draws and has 3 draws per week on state lotto, so I could only get 2 weeks of tickets.  Decided it wasn't worth it.  Like Justx, all I thought about was how many more Powerballs I could have bought with the gas money I spent. 

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                        Posted: August 25, 2007, 6:03 pm - IP Logged

                        I like my convenience store.  When Powerball jackpot gets high he sends a runner to IN or WI and buys a bunch of tickets to sell at his store.  He sells them in $2 and $5 increments...QP's of course.

                        That's the kind of service that would warrant a "tip". 

                        I agree that's great service and I would definitely tip someone who did that for me.  However, isn't this also illegal? 

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                          Posted: August 25, 2007, 6:21 pm - IP Logged

                          Not sure about the legality, but isn't that wwhat Betslips does?  When I lived in MA, whenever the jackpot was large, people would come up from RI and sell the tickets at $5.00 a pop.  They would hit all the businesses in town and make a killing!  We were 2 hours from the RI border.  Now that I think about it, I could have turned that little thing into a lucrative business for myself!

                          Good Luck!

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                            Posted: August 25, 2007, 6:27 pm - IP Logged

                            Not sure about the legality, but isn't that wwhat Betslips does?  When I lived in MA, whenever the jackpot was large, people would come up from RI and sell the tickets at $5.00 a pop.  They would hit all the businesses in town and make a killing!  We were 2 hours from the RI border.  Now that I think about it, I could have turned that little thing into a lucrative business for myself!

                            Hmmm, scalping tickets is legal in Idaho, and we're a 10 hour round trip drive from the nearest MegaMillions state.  Hmmm.  Do I see a new business in my future?

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                              Posted: August 25, 2007, 6:33 pm - IP Logged

                              Funny, right after responding to jstxploring, I was on the phone with my BIL.  He mentioned that his daughter is in her first year of college in VA.  I aked him to to ask her if she would go to DC to pick me up some raffle tickets!

                              Good Luck!

                              Stavros