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Holiday Raffle Games

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Are you going to buy a ticket?

Yes - I'll buy one or two [ 22 ]  [42.31%]
Yes - I'll probably get several [ 10 ]  [19.23%]
No - I think they're a waste of money [ 9 ]  [17.31%]
No - other [ 3 ]  [5.77%]
Not Sure [ 8 ]  [15.38%]
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Posted: November 20, 2007, 4:11 pm - IP Logged

Well, it's that time of year again and the lotteries are selling Holiday Scratchers and Holiday Raffle tickets.

Florida started to sell their new raffle game on November 19, reminding people to buy early or they might miss out on winning a million dollars with "the best odds to do so."

I didn't buy a ticket last year, but I spent $20 on the July 4th game and didn't win anything, so now I'm a bit apprehensive about spending $20 on just one raffle ticket.

Does your state have a holiday raffle this year?  If so, do you plan to participate in it?

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    Posted: November 20, 2007, 4:58 pm - IP Logged

    Well, it's that time of year again and the lotteries are selling Holiday Scratchers and Holiday Raffle tickets.

    Florida started to sell their new raffle game on November 19, reminding people to buy early or they might miss out on winning a million dollars with "the best odds to do so."

    I didn't buy a ticket last year, but I spent $20 on the July 4th game and didn't win anything, so now I'm a bit apprehensive about spending $20 on just one raffle ticket.

    Does your state have a holiday raffle this year?  If so, do you plan to participate in it?

    The decision to buy a raffle ticket really depends on how one normally buys other tickets. If I were playing a set of numbers in a pick-5, lotto, or MM/PB game and had to choose between playing those numbers or skipping a few draws to play the raffle, I would continue playing those numbers because the last thing I'd want to see is 4, 5, or 6 of my number drawn while I was waiting for the raffle drawing.

    With QPs and scratch-offs since you never bought the tickets, you'll never know if you made the wrong choice. The top prize on most $1 scratch-offs is usually under $5000 with about a 1 in 1 million chance of winning. Compared to buying twenty $1 scratch-offs, I think buying one raffle ticket is better.

    Ohio and Pennsylvania are having raffles so I'll probably buy a ticket or two in both. I've had people give me $20 worth of scratch-offs as Christmas gifts so if they're listening, GIVE ME A RAFFLE TICKET this year.

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      Posted: November 20, 2007, 5:29 pm - IP Logged

      This is the first year my state has held a raffle, and I'm planning on getting 2 tickets.  They're $10 apiece, with only 1 top prize of 1 million.

      I just got an email with a birthday coupon for a $1 scratch-off, so I'll buy one of those also.  But I probably wouldn't if it weren't for the coupon.  I might buy a couple more scratch-offs to put in my mail carriers' cards, but then again, this is Mormon country so I'm not sure if they'd be appreciated.

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        Posted: November 20, 2007, 6:21 pm - IP Logged

        Ohio starts their "New Years Raffle" sales on Friday 11-23.

        But, it is hard to believe that they can sell out by then with such little notice?

        I will buy one only. 

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          Posted: November 20, 2007, 6:27 pm - IP Logged

          I have no idea why, but FL decided to have the drawing on Dec 29.   I think last year it was on New Year's Day.  Maybe some people wanted overtime pay!  LOL

          They sold about $50,000 on Monday (the first day) and expect to sell out again.  Last year they sold out in 11 days according to the FL web site.   I have a feeling this year will be slower because of the economy, although an awful lot of wealthy people come to FL in the winter.  No matter what anyone tells you, rich people do play the lottery.

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            Posted: November 20, 2007, 6:39 pm - IP Logged

            "I have a feeling this year will be slower because of the economy..."

            A really rich guy told me one time that when the economy gets worse people gamble more,  because the money just isn't worrth as much.

            In fact, he said when the economy gets worse people eat out, drink, and gamble more.  

            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: November 20, 2007, 6:41 pm - IP Logged

              "I have a feeling this year will be slower because of the economy..."

              A really rich guy told me one time that when the economy gets worse people gamble more,  because the money just isn't worrth as much.

              In fact, he said when the economy gets worse people eat out, drink, and gamble more.  

              Good point.  At Publix yesterday someone bought a bunch of scratchers, turned around and said to me "I hope I win something.  I need to go Christmas shopping!"

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                Posted: November 20, 2007, 6:49 pm - IP Logged

                "I have a feeling this year will be slower because of the economy..."

                A really rich guy told me one time that when the economy gets worse people gamble more,  because the money just isn't worrth as much.

                In fact, he said when the economy gets worse people eat out, drink, and gamble more.  

                I hear the same from a friend that owns a business with lottery sales: the worse the economy the more the people wager.  It  is the WTH (What The Hey) syndrome, all or none, damn the torpedoes full speed ahead, in for a penny in for a pound?, you only live once,  what me worry?, tommorrow is only theoretical (mine), Rome is burning,  etc. thinking.

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                  Posted: November 20, 2007, 7:16 pm - IP Logged

                  Must be true!  I just looked at the Florida site again and they're reporting as of 5:00 today 109,000 tickets sold since yesterday.  This will definitely be an early sell-out.

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                    Posted: November 20, 2007, 8:12 pm - IP Logged

                    i bought a $20 raffle ticket when i was in georgia so ill buy more when i go back in a few weeks.

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                      Posted: November 20, 2007, 9:05 pm - IP Logged

                      Well, it's that time of year again and the lotteries are selling Holiday Scratchers and Holiday Raffle tickets.

                      Florida started to sell their new raffle game on November 19, reminding people to buy early or they might miss out on winning a million dollars with "the best odds to do so."

                      I didn't buy a ticket last year, but I spent $20 on the July 4th game and didn't win anything, so now I'm a bit apprehensive about spending $20 on just one raffle ticket.

                      Does your state have a holiday raffle this year?  If so, do you plan to participate in it?

                      They do. Ours is $10.00  I'll probably get one, but I'm in no hurry and don't think it that importnt. The state didn't get anywhere near selling all their tickets earlier this year.  But even with the odds reduced bcause of that, I missed winning anything. However, it is the best odds, even as large as they  are...

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                        Posted: November 20, 2007, 9:40 pm - IP Logged

                        And...in the Florida Holiday Raffle this year, every 50th raffle ticket sold will be an instant winner of $50 until the 20,000th instant-win prize is awarded (the first million tickets).

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                          Posted: November 20, 2007, 9:50 pm - IP Logged

                          I bought one for my NC raffle, and I will buy one every holiday season as a Christmas present to myself. :)

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                            Posted: November 21, 2007, 11:57 pm - IP Logged

                            So far, I've bought three for the Idaho raffle that is going on. I may buy one or two more. I'm not sure yet. I did however buy the tickets on different days to get a variety of numbers. Luckily our tickets are only $10. If they were $20, I'd probably only get two. 

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                              Posted: November 23, 2007, 2:49 pm - IP Logged

                              I bought one for the July 4th one and someone won $100, 000 from the retailer I bought mine from!  In fact, it was on the same day as I bought mine!