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Why do you play the lottery?

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What's your main purpose for playing the lotto?

To never have to work again [ 10 ]  [10.99%]
To buy expensive things [ 4 ]  [4.40%]
To help take care of others [ 5 ]  [5.49%]
To have financial security [ 18 ]  [19.78%]
To see if I can beat the odds [ 9 ]  [9.89%]
To enjoy that 'what ifs' before the drawing [ 3 ]  [3.30%]
All of the above [ 36 ]  [39.56%]
None of the above [ 6 ]  [6.59%]
Total Valid Votes [ 91 ]  
Discarded Votes [ 1 ]  
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Posted: June 2, 2008, 4:49 pm - IP Logged

To never have to work again

one day my life will be complete ^_^

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    Posted: June 2, 2008, 5:24 pm - IP Logged

    Dancethe challenge..

     

     

    I want to do what they say can't be done...

    DanceDance

    Voted >> none of the ........ABOVE >> but, the challenge >>>>>>>>>

    I Agree!>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> with >>>>TNT !!

    PSYKO ...... consider'$$$$$$$$$$$ ...... entertainment DrumDance

    LOL     ......  >>>>>   $$$$$$$$$$   .....  JACKPOT >>>  Puke

    PSYKOMO


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      Posted: June 2, 2008, 7:27 pm - IP Logged

      To win enough money that I can do just about anything I want to do without worrying about the cost!

        Think's avatar - lightbulb
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        Posted: June 2, 2008, 9:37 pm - IP Logged

        I put "None of the Above".

        I play to Win the Jackpot!

        I would set some money aside but I have some Ideas for some things that I could then finance.

          One2Adore's avatar - butterfly2
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          Posted: June 2, 2008, 9:52 pm - IP Logged

          "But I really enjoy the "what if" part though.  As soon as I buy my ticket, it starts.  What if this is the winning ticket?"

          I think most pick-3 and 4 players not only enjoy the "what if" part but have actually experienced the "cashing a winning ticket" part and the next time they buy a ticket they know it's a real possibility. Multi-million dollar jackpot games that could provide financial security have been around for over 20 years and most of those players have never experienced cashing the winning ticket.

          Having those "what if" moments is a good reason for playing the huge jackpot games for over 20 years but its included in "all the above".  The affect of beating the odds would be financial security and vice-versa. Even by checking "other" the affect will always be "all the above" so no real conclusion can be gained from your poll.

          I'm not sure I get your point.  This wasn't about small jackpots (pick 3/4)  vs. large jackpots (MM/PB).  This was about why people play the large jackpot games.   I wanted to see why others played the lottery and if their reasoning was like mines.  So I guess if  I were looking for a "conclusion", I guess that would be it.  That others DO play the lottery for the same reasons that I do. 

          You hear of people who hardly ever play the lottery and they end up winning a huge jackpot and then say they want a "normal" life.  Before they won, they had a "normal" life.  So that made me wonder why did they play in the first place.  This is where the poll came from really.

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            Posted: June 2, 2008, 10:23 pm - IP Logged

            you didn't include:

            to stay home and play video games all day!!

             

            LOL

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              Posted: June 2, 2008, 10:58 pm - IP Logged

              I do it for the rush, the thrill of the hunt and the glory of a win!!! It's also my stress reliever!!!

              Lovies

                DC81's avatar - batman39
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                Posted: June 3, 2008, 12:39 am - IP Logged

                you didn't include:

                to stay home and play video games all day!!

                 

                LOL

                On a huge TV and expensive sound system in a personal theatre room! Banana

                 

                 

                I picked all of the above too, big surprise. Having a "normal life" is continuing what you've always done, being the same person you always are, I sure as hell wouldn't want that. I think winning a big jackpot would be a huge change that would probably be positive in several factors of my current life, even with the potential problems with coming into sudden money. I'd be happy to deal with that those problems, as long as I don't die within a few months of winning..

                You can't predict random.

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                  Posted: June 3, 2008, 2:32 am - IP Logged

                  The lottery is the average person's only hope of ever really making a substantial score and chaning their life.

                  It's a dollar and a dream, literally.

                  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.

                    Bondi Junction
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                    Posted: June 3, 2008, 5:28 am - IP Logged

                    None of the above!

                    I play as I agree with lotteries and how they raise funds for various projects and services.

                    For example; some of the UK lottery funds are being used to help finance the 2012 Olympics.

                      Pogo's avatar - wfl
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                      Posted: June 3, 2008, 7:31 am - IP Logged

                      I have an addiction problem and love to gamble..Bet bet bet!!!..

                      I like to gamble a little myself - okay, maybe a little more than a little, too... But, if you're feeling it's becoming a problem you can call 1-800-GAMBLER - their some nice folks that will attempt to help you... I digress, My vote goes to Financial Security first & helping others 2nd... Good Luck m8, Pogo

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                        Posted: June 3, 2008, 10:20 am - IP Logged

                        "Several of the above" would probably be my most accurate reply, but that wasn't a choice.  Since I'm already retired, I can't say that "to never have to work again" is a reason.  I have no interest in diamonds or fancy cars or a home theater, etc., though I would make an uptick in my living style.  But not enough to consider "to buy expensive things" a major factor. 

                        I do, however, enjoy the "what if's" after I buy a ticket, and I often don't even check the ticket until the next day to prolong the fantasy a little longer.  (That gets more entertainment value for my money!)  Certainly financial security is a major factor.  However, if I were only concerned about my own financial security, I'd stick to playing the state lotto, where a jackpot win would provide amply for me and where there are much better odds.  But instead I tend to buy MM tickets about 4 to 5 times as often.  So I guess if I had to pick just one of the choices, my choice would have to be "to help take care of others," as I would share a jackpot win with a large number of relatives, most of whose financial situation is worse (some far worse) than mine.

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                          Posted: June 3, 2008, 5:05 pm - IP Logged

                          I'm not sure I get your point.  This wasn't about small jackpots (pick 3/4)  vs. large jackpots (MM/PB).  This was about why people play the large jackpot games.   I wanted to see why others played the lottery and if their reasoning was like mines.  So I guess if  I were looking for a "conclusion", I guess that would be it.  That others DO play the lottery for the same reasons that I do. 

                          You hear of people who hardly ever play the lottery and they end up winning a huge jackpot and then say they want a "normal" life.  Before they won, they had a "normal" life.  So that made me wonder why did they play in the first place.  This is where the poll came from really.

                          By excluding the smaller odds and payout games it becomes exactly what Coin Toss said "A dollar and a dream" no matter how many different reasons there is to play. I suppose the people that hardly ever play, do play for the same the same reason most people play; to have the chance of winning a multi-million dollar jackpot and the fact that people do win justifies playing.

                          My point with winning a few thousand in the much smaller odds games like pick-3 and pick-4 is actually knowing how it feels to win. Those winners know it only slightly affected their normal lives and know because of that how a huge jackpot win could greatly affect their normal lives.

                          If there are any conclusions from your poll is that most people play to change their lives and a couple bucks for that dream is well worth it. I've noticed that more people discuss their dreams than those discussing a real strategy that could make their dream a reality. 

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                            Posted: June 3, 2008, 9:21 pm - IP Logged

                            By excluding the smaller odds and payout games it becomes exactly what Coin Toss said "A dollar and a dream" no matter how many different reasons there is to play. I suppose the people that hardly ever play, do play for the same the same reason most people play; to have the chance of winning a multi-million dollar jackpot and the fact that people do win justifies playing.

                            My point with winning a few thousand in the much smaller odds games like pick-3 and pick-4 is actually knowing how it feels to win. Those winners know it only slightly affected their normal lives and know because of that how a huge jackpot win could greatly affect their normal lives.

                            If there are any conclusions from your poll is that most people play to change their lives and a couple bucks for that dream is well worth it. I've noticed that more people discuss their dreams than those discussing a real strategy that could make their dream a reality. 

                            *shaking my head*  You don't seem to get it and appear to be making more out of this than there should be.  So I will except your comment and let it go.

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                              Posted: June 3, 2008, 9:31 pm - IP Logged

                              Originally posted by Uff Da!

                              "I do, however, enjoy the "what if's" after I buy a ticket, and I often don't even check the ticket until the next day to prolong the fantasy a little longer.  (That gets more entertainment value for my money!)"

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