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Posted: November 6, 2008, 5:02 pm - IP Logged

I've always enjoyed playing Christmas themed tickets.  Back in 2004 Tennessee released their first $10 scratch off and I fell in love with that ticket.  The overall odds were great.  The payout was the best ever for TN.  However, since TN holiday themed tickets have been a class A rip off.  Anyone have luck in other states?  I like Florida's scratch offs but I don't get a chance to go over there and play often.  I would rather drive the same distance to Biloxi and play at the Casinos.

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    Posted: November 6, 2008, 8:11 pm - IP Logged

    I've always enjoyed playing Christmas themed tickets.  Back in 2004 Tennessee released their first $10 scratch off and I fell in love with that ticket.  The overall odds were great.  The payout was the best ever for TN.  However, since TN holiday themed tickets have been a class A rip off.  Anyone have luck in other states?  I like Florida's scratch offs but I don't get a chance to go over there and play often.  I would rather drive the same distance to Biloxi and play at the Casinos.

    Here in WI the odds on scratchoffs pretty much stink.  THey don't make any better allowance for the holidays either.  At least they're required to print the odds on the back of the scratchoffs.  Here, if you look, you will see that you have better odds of winning $40 if you buy an online Boxed Pick 3 ticket than if you buy any scratchoff.

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      Posted: November 6, 2008, 8:33 pm - IP Logged

      I've been having awesome luck in GA with the $10 Jingle Jumbo Bucks and the $2 Stocking Stuffer (hitting $50 and $20 in 2 tickets back-to-back yesterday (pics in my blog)).  Maybe you oughta come to GA and try your luck here. Wink

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        Posted: November 7, 2008, 2:36 am - IP Logged

        I'll do that during Thanksgiving and Winter break.  (College student on the Gulf Coast 9 months out of the year)  I have played Jingle Jumbo Bucks in the past but not had luck.  I like the odds though.  However, Jumbo Jumbo Bucks (also a $10 ticket) is awesome.  I would say that is my all time favorite instant ticket.  (never had a loser)  Good Luck!!!

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          Posted: November 7, 2008, 10:31 am - IP Logged

          I've had pretty good luck on the regular $10 Jumbos as well, despite the fact that I've never won more than $20 on those (but hit plenty of free tickets and breakevens and stuff like $12 or $15).

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            Posted: November 7, 2008, 10:47 am - IP Logged

            Last night we went to Kentucky   to play Bingo,We stoped at exit 2 lottery and said only 20.00 to lose,so we both took our 20.00 in sit down scratched off 8 of the $5.00  sleigh me the money,mine were all losers,my boyfriend hit 40.00,,,,,now kentucky has added  the word free  just like Tennessee ,   theirs say ticket....we were told that kentucky was as bad as Tennessee now...They have lost alot of buisness there.Now I know why.  I went in our local store when the new 200 edition Giant Jumbo come out,I played 21   $5.00 tickets.....THAT IS $105.00      guess what I won??????????????????????????????    3 FREE TICKETS..............I will never scratch again in TENNESSEE........I love it too....I have more money for me and the enjoyments of playing else where,,,,,GEORGIA   oh yea.......

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              Posted: November 7, 2008, 11:24 am - IP Logged

              I don't understand.  Tennessee started off strong in 2004.  Their games were fun and I could actually win on them.  I think greed is taking over.  I've noticed a steady climb in overall odds (from ~1:3.2-~1:3.8 for an average $5 ticket.)  Giant Jumbo isn't a bad tickets odds wise.  Might have been a bad book...  I've had my fair share of those.

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                Posted: November 7, 2008, 11:45 am - IP Logged

                Greed is not quite the word for this state.Stop

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                  Posted: November 7, 2008, 6:16 pm - IP Logged

                  About the odds, I've noticed the odds climbing up for GA's scratchers as well.  A couple of years ago, we would get new instant games with odds for $2 in the 3.6 or low 3.7-range and $5 in the 3.3 to 3.5-range and $10 tickets with odds lower than 3.  Jingle Jumbo Bucks is the first "new" $10 game in a long time to have odds lower than 3.  Recent $2 tickets (except for Stocking Stuffer, with overall odds of 3.76) have been near 4 if not over that (Loteria, despite me having decent luck on them, has the worst odds for a $2 ticket in GA with 1 in 4.55).

                  I'm not complaining too badly about this, though (well, being that I've had tons of good luck on scratchers this year have had something to do with it).  I'd get concerned if we (in GA) start getting odds on $1 tickets like in California (e.g. 1 in 5.7-something).

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                    Posted: November 7, 2008, 6:52 pm - IP Logged

                    I've always enjoyed playing Christmas themed tickets.  Back in 2004 Tennessee released their first $10 scratch off and I fell in love with that ticket.  The overall odds were great.  The payout was the best ever for TN.  However, since TN holiday themed tickets have been a class A rip off.  Anyone have luck in other states?  I like Florida's scratch offs but I don't get a chance to go over there and play often.  I would rather drive the same distance to Biloxi and play at the Casinos.

                    I've never had much luck with scratch tickets. I did buy a holiday-themed ticket for a friend a few years ago and they won $25 on it.

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                      Posted: November 7, 2008, 7:28 pm - IP Logged

                      I'll do that during Thanksgiving and Winter break.  (College student on the Gulf Coast 9 months out of the year)  I have played Jingle Jumbo Bucks in the past but not had luck.  I like the odds though.  However, Jumbo Jumbo Bucks (also a $10 ticket) is awesome.  I would say that is my all time favorite instant ticket.  (never had a loser)  Good Luck!!!

                      Never had a loser? Man, that's an awesome run !

                      Our latest holiday scratchoff here is $5 and has 1 in 60,000 odds at winning 60 bucks.  If you buy a box quickpick for $1 you have 1 in 220 chance of winning 40 bucks.

                      Sounds like you have a lot better scratchoff odds in TN.

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                        Posted: November 7, 2008, 7:34 pm - IP Logged

                        I don't understand.  Tennessee started off strong in 2004.  Their games were fun and I could actually win on them.  I think greed is taking over.  I've noticed a steady climb in overall odds (from ~1:3.2-~1:3.8 for an average $5 ticket.)  Giant Jumbo isn't a bad tickets odds wise.  Might have been a bad book...  I've had my fair share of those.

                        I think when a state starts its first lottery doings, they "seed" the scratchoffs.  WHen WI started theirs in 1989 (as I recall) I won $500 on a $1 scratchoff.  But they were promoting the lottery like crazy to get people "hooked".  Now, you have to look hard to even find a $1 sratchoff here that offers a top prize of $500.   They have their players now, and they know they will keep getting those players money, so they likely feel they have no need to be "generous".

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                          Posted: November 7, 2008, 11:39 pm - IP Logged

                          Well, I'll speak for the Southeastern Pa. - Bucks County region, although not statistically nor scientifically, just based on personal experience and what I hear from others who play:   Those holiday scratchoffs are not making anybody rich over in this part of the country.   Most of the cards seem to be break-evens or losers.   It looks as though the lottery is just one more indicator of this wretched economy the country is experiencing.   The lottery tickets are still being bought but less money is going out in the form of winnings.  Where's the rest going??   Hmm....   something else to wonder about.

                           The holiday scratch off tickets are cute, and they add a little bit of magic to the holiday season, but in the end they're the equivalent of a plump, stuffed Christmas stocking;  It looks promising until you look inside and see all those chunks of coal.  That's the holiday lottery tickets -- heck, that's ALL of the scratchoff tickets in my neck of the woods.

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                            Posted: November 8, 2008, 12:06 am - IP Logged

                            Just wanted to add one more thought to this thread.   I am starting to wonder if the tickets released even a year or so ago might not be a better bet than those released recently scratchoffs (including the holiday tickets). 

                            Something tells me that the older tickets - even though most of the top prizes have been claimed - might yield a greater number of lesser-amount prizes than the recently-released tickets.   

                            I am not buying any of the new tickets any longer.   It's a whole new game these days and it's one that has extremely thin pickings.  Sometimes older is better, and I think that's true in the case of the instant lottery.

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                              Posted: November 8, 2008, 12:39 am - IP Logged

                              There is no rhyme or reason with scratch offs either you buy a winner or you buy a looser. Some people win the jackpot prize within the first weeks of the start of a game. Some win during the middle of the run and some win big at the end of a run. Consider the fact that they print millions of scratchers. Also take in the fact that they distribute the scratch offs to every corner of your state and in between. The big winning tickets could be anywhere. If your state sells lots of jackpot winners in certain areas or stores then i would be frequenting that area or place.

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