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What Game Got You Started Playing the Lottery?

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Posted: November 9, 2008, 7:32 am - IP Logged

what was the game that got you started playing the lottery?


mine was cash 3 back in the spring of 2004 here in tennessee.

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    Posted: November 9, 2008, 7:57 am - IP Logged

    First game I personally played myself? Probably the Big Game. But I didn't play a whole lot. But the first game I "played" as in choosing the numbers or whatever was probably the Michigan lottery back in the 80s, long before I could actually pay for lottery myself. Though I do seem to remember giving a clerk the money one time, hmm...

    You can't predict random.

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      Posted: November 9, 2008, 8:20 am - IP Logged

      I used to buy $1 scratch off tickets like crazy in the early 90's...specific ones.I eventually hit for 2G's.Then about 3 or 4 years ago while watching the news in the morning,I randomly paid attention to the ticker that had the lottery draws and I noticed a frequency of certain numbers and said to myself..."I can do this..."

      After seeing 088 and 880 go crazy one particular year,I dumped 2 bucks on it and hit 2 mos later and the addiction hath begun  LOL

      "No matter how bad things may get, I'd like to thank my middle finger

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        Posted: November 9, 2008, 9:28 am - IP Logged

        Man it was so long ago, it's hard to remember. But I remember a few times when I was a boy my Mother would buy an Ohio lotto ticket. I can't remember if it was pick 5 or 6. Then I started playing Ohio lotto when the jackpot was 250k I think, sometime in the 1980's. I actually got 5 of 6 in the mid 1980's and won $998. That's been my biggest win so far. Not so good huh??????

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          Posted: November 9, 2008, 10:07 am - IP Logged

          Powerball.......was the first lottery I tried playing........It was about twenty years ago....I watched the numbers on tv thought there was a pattern just with a pencil and paper twenty or thirty minutes studying it.........I came up with three numbers....played them and won 5 dollars.....naturally got distracted.....I played........about 50 dollars a YEAR.......anyway since april  this year I joined LP met a lot of good people here....and It's all GOOD..........beaudad.....

            Sunny California
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            Posted: November 9, 2008, 10:17 am - IP Logged

            Welcome back Mike! Nice to see you again.

            I just started playing the regular 6/49 for California back in 1989 when I was a young'un and worked in a liquor store selling tickets. The number field has changed over the years. That was the only lottery game we had besides Decco, I believe. (A game where you picked 4 cards) No pick 3 or 5. And only one scratch-off choice!  I used to have to stamp our store's address on every ticket in the brick, back then you could only cash it at the store you bought it at. And that's all I did all day, sit in the booth and sell tickets.The local TV station used to come in and film the customers and employees when the jackpot got high so I got my fifteen minutes already. My job would be obselete today since lottery tickets are available everywhere nowadays but it was fun while it lasted. The lottery sure has come a long way!

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              Posted: November 9, 2008, 10:21 am - IP Logged

              It was Virginia's Pick 6 game, back in 1989.


              I am a money magnet. 


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                Talking Rock, GA
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                Posted: November 9, 2008, 10:37 am - IP Logged

                What got me started playing was a $2 scratcher here in GA called Mad Money.  It was July 2nd, 2004, a few months after I graduated high school.  I was at the local fair (for the July 4th holiday) playing those machines where you drop quarters in, they fall, and a thing pushes quarters and prizes toward you (and eventually fall).  I gave up on those (after having no luck) and we went to a store, where I decided to use the rest of the dough I had for playing and bought lottery tickets (something I had never done with my own money before.....my parents rarely purchased tickets at all)......in particular, the $2 Double Lucky 7s and Mad Money.  On one of the Double Lucky 7s, IIRC, I hit double 7s in all 10 games for double all $1 prizes for $20 (or it may have been all 10 prizes for $2 with single 7s -- I don't completely remember.....I do remember winning all 10 prizes on that ticket, though).  On the Mad Money, the last one in that roll, I won $30 in the 1st tic-tac-toe-like game, $50 in the 2nd, and got the correct symbol in the bonus box for an extra $20.......for my 1st $100 winner ever.

                A Gold account on Lottery Post:  $4.95

                A Millionaire Jumbo Bucks scratcher:  $20

                Airfare and hotel in March 2007 to see The Price Is Right before Bob Barker retired:  $600-something

                Winning something to get a trip to a district office:  Priceless Big Grin

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                  Posted: November 9, 2008, 10:55 am - IP Logged

                  Way back when........I was young and played one of the multi ball games, can't remember which one, while standing in line I heard a voice that said "don't play that, play 992, put all the money you have in your pocket on 992" and I answered the voice saying - yeah right! - I had just got paid!  Well, I told the clerk to put 1.00 straight on 992 and went home.  I was watching the balls being pulled and BOOM!  A 9, a 9 and then a 2 came up!  I hit the lotto for 500 smackers!  Just think, if I had put my paycheck on that number I would still be rich! 

                  Yes I do still hear those friendly voices and yes they are still right.   So now I'm stuck with the lottery for extra income.  I do notice that when I'm under stress I can't hear as well, which has been the case lately, but things should smooth out soon. 

                  Things have settled down with the PA lotto machine change now, it was rough going there for a bit.  Has anyone else noticed the change in the rymthm of the drawings other than me?? 

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                    Posted: November 9, 2008, 2:59 pm - IP Logged

                    The first $1 scratcher ever released in Oklahoma, called "Lucky 7". The most I ever won on it was $27, but it was enough to hook me. Since then I focused almost all of my efforts into the Pick-3, although I still play the occasional scratcher with little success.

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                      Posted: November 9, 2008, 4:08 pm - IP Logged

                      Before KS got their lottery I played the MO lottery. Weusually went to the State Line to buy scratchers. Came back home. Scratched the ticket, won $70 so we went back to collect. i also gave my friend half since she waS The one who took me there.

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                        Posted: November 10, 2008, 8:07 pm - IP Logged

                        POWERBALL!  PA.  Now, I play Megamillions in NJ.  I've never won more than $7 on any one line.

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                          Posted: November 11, 2008, 5:10 am - IP Logged

                          Maryland Keno, back in the late '80s. Developed the spreadsheet with the odds, payouts and payout percentages. Haven't stopped doing that since.

                          Blessed Saint Leibowitz, keep 'em dreamin' down there..... 

                          Next week's convention for Psychics and Prognosticators has been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances.


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                            Posted: November 11, 2008, 9:43 am - IP Logged

                            FL Fantasy 5 back in 1997

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                              Posted: November 11, 2008, 9:49 am - IP Logged

                              Pick 3.

                              Hit it str8 the first day I played.