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POLL: Motivation for playing

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Why do you play lotto? (any game)

To win a jackpot, isn't everybody? [ 41 ]  [54.67%]
Hoping to win SOMETHING [ 12 ]  [16.00%]
My system works! [ 5 ]  [6.67%]
I've got a lock! [ 1 ]  [1.33%]
I have to play! [ 0 ]  [0.00%]
To prove my predictions [ 2 ]  [2.67%]
Can't pass up a drawing now, my numbers are due! [ 4 ]  [5.33%]
Waiting for Santa Claus or the Lottery Fairy [ 5 ]  [6.67%]
Other- explain please [ 5 ]  [6.67%]
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Discarded Votes [ 1 ]  
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Posted: December 3, 2007, 12:48 pm - IP Logged

A couple of recent threads hinted about whether people are playing strictly trying for a jackpot or not.

Why do you play? 

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: December 3, 2007, 1:01 pm - IP Logged

    Define "something."  (a free ticket?)

    I checked "to win a jackpot" but $50,000 would be okay.  Of course, one of these days I will have invested more than $50,000 so I'll just break even at that point!

    I want to win a jackpot of course (who wouldn't?) but it doesn't have to be $100 million.  I'm not sure if I'm going to buy a raffle ticket this month, but $1 million would be just fine, and I won't pout if I get only the $100,000 prize.

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      Posted: December 3, 2007, 1:29 pm - IP Logged

      I play to try to win the jackpot, but I also play in hopes of winning a second or third prize.

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        Posted: December 3, 2007, 4:17 pm - IP Logged

        I clicked to win a jackpot. However also to prove the predictions. 

        Oh, and the jackpot could be also something smaller, like Pick5 game-jackpot.

        Derek

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          Posted: December 3, 2007, 5:11 pm - IP Logged

          While I'm happy to win anything, I'm after the jackpot so I can retire, and the Mrs. can retire. She lost her job about a year ago after 27 years with the same company. It took her 9 months to find another job, and frankly, it had an effect on her with the way these corps treat people. We are both ready mentally, but not financially (yet) to tell our employers to get lost.

          BTW, the jackpot has to be at least the Tx 2 Step, and then probably around $500K (it starts at $200K). With our other investments that would do the trick. 

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            Posted: December 3, 2007, 6:30 pm - IP Logged

            I just love the game of trying to beat the numbers and then when i do get a 'lil something I show my wife and say "see told you so".  Jackpot would make me estatic though and sure would help a bit with the bills. but its the game I love

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              Posted: December 3, 2007, 10:47 pm - IP Logged

              I play because it keeps me out of the pool halls.

              Orangeman

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                Posted: December 3, 2007, 11:33 pm - IP Logged

                i play because I want to win big money .........SHOOOOOW ME THE MONEY!!!!!!!!!!!!Banana

                Oogle  waiting patiently for my jackpot

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                  Posted: December 3, 2007, 11:58 pm - IP Logged

                  So I can retire when I win the jackpot.

                  Sun Smiley I got my fingers crossed ready to win!!! Sun Smiley

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                    Posted: December 4, 2007, 12:32 pm - IP Logged

                    I play powerball for the 2 top prizes. I have a good feeling that I can hit the second place prize since it would be easier to get then the jackpot and with a powerplay I'de be happy.

                    I love doubles and remember, it's just a game!!!!!!

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                      Posted: December 4, 2007, 5:22 pm - IP Logged

                      I defiantely agree that im playing to win the jackpot, I hate when I win $10-$20 because I should be taking some of that back but then in the back of my mind I am saying that I didn't buy a ticket to win 20 bucks I bought it to win big and all the money goes back into the lottery again.

                      thewayforward

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                        Posted: December 9, 2007, 3:53 pm - IP Logged

                         I chose "other".. It is just fun... 

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                          Posted: December 9, 2007, 4:37 pm - IP Logged

                          With good odds of winning nothing, players are happy to win anything but most, including me, play to win a jackpot.  Now that the the MegaMillions jackpot is $155M ($70.2 cash), many will be joining their co-workers and friends to form lottery pools hoping to improve their chances of winning a jackpot.

                           * you don't need to buy more tickets, just buy a winning ticket * 
                             
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                            Posted: December 9, 2007, 4:48 pm - IP Logged

                            I play to win the jackpot, but I also hope to win enough little prizes ($1, $3, $10, $30) to give me a bit of encouragement as well as helping offset a small part of the cost of playing. I try to avoid having a net cost of more than about $300 a year for this form of entertainment, so more little prizes allows me play more.  Some years are better than others in this respect.

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                              Posted: December 9, 2007, 7:36 pm - IP Logged

                              To post a jackpot winning ticket on LP w/o the letters QP on it. I've posted enough 4/5 5/6s I don't really Wink care about the money any more.

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