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Florida Lottery GONE A BIT TOO FAR

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Posted: January 24, 2008, 3:10 pm - IP Logged

Now have $30 Scratch tix.

I think this is way over the edge!

The hypocrisy of government when it comes to gambling!

And they claim to be concerned about problem gamblers?

Average Joe with a gambling problem takes $30 from his paycheck (avg 10% of his net check) to play a scratch tix that statistically speaking will yield him nothing!

 HOW SAD IS THAT!

FLA LOTTERY SHAME ON YOU!

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    Posted: January 24, 2008, 3:16 pm - IP Logged

    Hey, neighbor!  On a new thread this week LottoMike asked about changes in 2008 and I said I predicted a $50 scratcher.  I had no idea there was a $30 instant game yet.

    Wish I were that psychic when picking the Lotto numbers!   Anyway, $30 isn't $50 so again I'm just a little off...story of my life.

    Smiley

    I agree with you about the big gambling problem in Florida. 

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      Posted: January 24, 2008, 3:18 pm - IP Logged

      Texas is considering introducing a $50 Scratcher later this year. 

      Captain Lotto

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        Posted: January 24, 2008, 3:23 pm - IP Logged

        This doesn't make sense:

         

        $20 MILLION GRAND PRIZE: Players who win $1,000 or $20,000 will be entered into the Grand Prize Drawing for $20 million after redeeming their winning ticket.

         

        So are they saying if you win the $1 million prize you aren't eligible for the $20 million?  Don't get me wrong.  If I spent $30 and won a million, I'd be very pleased.  But they're only entering 2 of the top prizes for a second chance?  What about the $500 and $200 winners? 

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          Posted: January 24, 2008, 3:45 pm - IP Logged

          Texas is considering introducing a $50 Scratcher later this year. 

          They already have two $50 tickets.

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            Posted: January 25, 2008, 1:29 am - IP Logged

            I think $30 and $50 scratcher tickets are ridiculous and only for people who have so much money they don't know what to do with it, or people who really have a problem- but who is pointing a gun at anyone and making them but a $30 0r $50 tickets instread of a much less costly ticket?

            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: January 25, 2008, 1:57 am - IP Logged

              I think $30 and $50 scratcher tickets are ridiculous and only for people who have so much money they don't know what to do with it, or people who really have a problem- but who is pointing a gun at anyone and making them but a $30 0r $50 tickets instread of a much less costly ticket?

              I agree that it's a personal choice.  However, I see people who drop $200 as if it's spare change (it probably is) on $20 scratch tickets.  It takes money to make money and these higher priced tickets are proving just that.  "You can't win if you don't play" is true, but they never say how much is enough.  The gambling problem that the lottery has created is much more serious than anyone is admitting.  Just yesterday a woman was telling me her friend is worried because her husband spends $100 on lottery tickets and they can't afford it. 

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                Posted: January 25, 2008, 2:35 am - IP Logged

                Look at how much a tank of gas is these days.  We're in the position of people who remember twenty five cent hot dogs, fifteen cent slices of pizza and brand new two thousand dollar cars.  BobP
                 

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                  Posted: January 25, 2008, 12:02 pm - IP Logged

                  Now have $30 Scratch tix.

                  I think this is way over the edge!

                  The hypocrisy of government when it comes to gambling!

                  And they claim to be concerned about problem gamblers?

                  Average Joe with a gambling problem takes $30 from his paycheck (avg 10% of his net check) to play a scratch tix that statistically speaking will yield him nothing!

                   HOW SAD IS THAT!

                  FLA LOTTERY SHAME ON YOU!

                  I can't see myself ever paying that much for a scratch-off. It was hard enough for me to spend $10 to buy raffle tickets. I wouldn't plop down $30 to buy any ticket.

                  "No one remembers the person who almost climbed the mountain, only the person who eventually gets to the top."

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                    Posted: January 25, 2008, 8:35 pm - IP Logged

                    Odds of winning $20,000,000 top prize: 1 in 28,080,000.

                    Overall payout: 76.5%

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                      Posted: January 26, 2008, 1:44 am - IP Logged

                      Odds for this game aren't bad.  I believe 1:2.3.  However, I don't like the price tag.  I have bought $20 tickets here and there but $30 is a little overboard.  I'm not saying I wouldn't do it because I'm always up for trying something new.  I can say it wouldn't be an everyday purchase.

                      How are you going to win if you don't play?

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                        Posted: January 26, 2008, 8:08 pm - IP Logged

                        "The gambling problem that the lottery has created is much more serious than anyone is admitting"

                        come on, you can't be serious?

                        The Lottery itself hasn't caused any gambling problems. however, foolish people who act irresponsibly usually end up with a gambling addiction.

                        people have been gambling since the dawn of time. long before the lottery was ever introduced into a given society.  entire fortunes have been squandered away even in Roman times betting on Chariot races and thier favorite Gladiator battles, much the same way as some people "play the ponies" at the Kentucky Derby, or bet on thier favorite NFL teams of today. Bugsy Segal's dream of building a single Casino and gentlemens club in the middle of a desert has long surpassed anything that he could have imagined in his wildest dreams. For Heavon's sake they gambled on who was going to recieve the son of God's very coat!

                        now, I know what your thinking .."if the lottery and all other forms of gambling were illegalized then the temptation wouldn't exist (except for illegal forms) and therefore you would have fewer people with gambling disorders"

                        well, maybe so....but it all goes back to my original statement.

                        The Lottery itself hasn't caused any gambling problems. foolish people who act irresponsibly usually end up with a gambling addiction.

                        If these people didn't have a lottery to spend thier money on as an outlet to everyday life, they would still blow thier childrens milk money, excessively spending on everything from hobbies to booze!

                        an irresponsible person, with or without the lottery is still an irresponsible person. they would p*** away thier entire income on something.

                        "a fool and his/her fortune are soon seperated"

                        Never spend more than your budget allows....period!

                        "know your limitations, but excede your expectations"

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                          Posted: January 26, 2008, 8:23 pm - IP Logged

                          OMG!!!

                          I felt down and empty when I brought a $20.00 ticket, scratched it and had nothing.

                          But, I'll probably try one while on vacation in your fine State.

                          litebets

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                          Come on Jackpot!!!

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                            Posted: January 28, 2008, 9:31 am - IP Logged

                            I bought 2 of those $30 tickets only because they just put out a brand new roll of them in their display case where I buy my tickets. Cost me $60 ... 1st ticket had no win and the 2nd one had a $50 win, so I only lost $10 fortunately. I just had to take a chance and try a $30 ticket as I never played one that high before. I think I'll stick with $5 and $ tickets... at least I'll have a better chance... hopefully. But I always ask my lottery clerk which tickets are the newest for my best chances.

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                              Posted: January 28, 2008, 7:37 pm - IP Logged

                              I bought two of these last week and got skunked on both of them.