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Posted: January 25, 2009, 4:12 pm - IP Logged

This morning I was in front of the line getting my tickets for the week. This week I decided to add two Pick 3 tickets. I gave the clerk my P3 playslip which came out again not giving me the tickets. So I ask the clerk if she would punch them in for me. As she was doing this other customers started pouring in. I bought my weekly $7 Tue x 2 ticket and she gave me my p3 tickets which came to a total of $9. It was $9. I told her I wanted the P3's for a week. I think I made her a little peeved cause I heard her miff.

after I paid my $21 and as I was heading for the door I saw a long line. I didn't say I was sorry but I did under my breath say "Holy Sh*t

I think there were about only maybe 5 or 6 people behind me. I didn't stick around to count

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    Posted: January 25, 2009, 4:23 pm - IP Logged

    Once I went to play my numbers after I got off work so I didn't have to come back out at a place where I normally don't go. I had about 10 numbers with no play slip. Mind you not when I started there was no line and then what you think there it was. People huffing and puffing and the clerk got impatient and cut me off as if people cigarette habit was more important than mine.

    A lot of retailers in my area are very impatient with lottery people and they give their opinion on how or how not you should play.

    Remember we are the decisions that we make, please take the time to educate.Stooges

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      Posted: January 25, 2009, 4:40 pm - IP Logged

      A few of the more popular lottery stores around here have signs posted:

      If you're playing more than three numbers (meaning sets of numbers, regardless of the game), please fill out a playslip.

      Not a bad idea- but ironically they don't always have playslips available!

      Bang Head

      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, 2009, 5:21 pm - IP Logged

        As long as I have legitimate business at the counter I don't care if there is a hundred people in line behind me.I was there first and those behind me can mutter,cuss and swear all they want,they're just gonna have to wait.As for the clerk behind the counter,he/she is getting paid to wait on me as well as those behind me.If he/she doesn't like it,he/she needs to find another job.

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          Posted: January 25, 2009, 5:43 pm - IP Logged

          As long as I have legitimate business at the counter I don't care if there is a hundred people in line behind me.I was there first and those behind me can mutter,cuss and swear all they want,they're just gonna have to wait.As for the clerk behind the counter,he/she is getting paid to wait on me as well as those behind me.If he/she doesn't like it,he/she needs to find another job.

          Mad Infuriated (me) Mad +++Cuss Word+++ I Agree! Exactly, I can't stand this type of behavior - It's like being at the grocery story with two items, and your in the 10 item express line with someone ahead of you with 30+ items... You sit there and patiently wait, while others won't... 'Nuff said - Pogo

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            Posted: January 25, 2009, 5:54 pm - IP Logged

            I wasbuyingh  lottery the other day and the lady kept treying to run thru the slip and said i had too many numbers and i saw no i play the same slip eveyweek then she said well there are others customers waiting and  I SAID I DINT CARE ABOUT THE OTHER CUSTOMERS BECAUSE I AM STILL THE CUSTOMER. needless to say I told the manager the next day and they fired her after they went back and wathced the tape of her huffing and puffing and being rude to me.

            I Agree!*** You Can't Win, If You Don't Enter***

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              Posted: January 25, 2009, 6:03 pm - IP Logged

              Once I went to play my numbers after I got off work so I didn't have to come back out at a place where I normally don't go. I had about 10 numbers with no play slip. Mind you not when I started there was no line and then what you think there it was. People huffing and puffing and the clerk got impatient and cut me off as if people cigarette habit was more important than mine.

              A lot of retailers in my area are very impatient with lottery people and they give their opinion on how or how not you should play.

              They'e probably impatient becasue they make no money off the sale of just lottery tickets.  Unless you're buying at least a llittle something else, they feel you are holding up their "profit line".

              I usually buy my tickets at the Customer Service counter at the Super Market I shop in, or at a convenience store where I at least get a cup of coffee and a doughnut in the morning.  They have always been much more cordial, even when the terminal does something weird with the ticket.

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                Posted: January 25, 2009, 8:27 pm - IP Logged

                They'e probably impatient becasue they make no money off the sale of just lottery tickets.  Unless you're buying at least a llittle something else, they feel you are holding up their "profit line".

                I usually buy my tickets at the Customer Service counter at the Super Market I shop in, or at a convenience store where I at least get a cup of coffee and a doughnut in the morning.  They have always been much more cordial, even when the terminal does something weird with the ticket.

                They make plenty of money off of the sale of lottery tickets.If they didn't make money off of lottery tickets they wouldn't be selling lottery tickets.Maybe they don't make as much off of lottery tickets as they do from their overpriced milk & bread,but its only because they can't charge more for the tickets than the state allows.Why should a person buy something they don't want when they buy lottery tickets?

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                  Posted: January 25, 2009, 10:38 pm - IP Logged

                  It's peer pressure. The clerk was pressured by those waiting in line. A smart cleark would not be hostile to the first person in line trying to please the person in the backend. Rather please all, because the person in the back is huffing and puffing towards the person in the front, not the clerk.

                  On average there is a waiting time, nothing is instant though some will take up more than 5 mins per transaction, or a bit longer. The clerk should treat all customers the same polite manner. If the line gets longer the clerk would have to speed up their movements, not the other way round. I used to work at retail clothing store and had about 9 people in line at some hours of the day, normally it takes me 3 mins checking one person out with 5 items. I speed up my movements and got them out the door in 1 mins, also mentioned to the rest of the people in line to get their payments ready as I was helping the first customer in line. It was a show. hehe

                  Then while I was working at Six Flag Over Texas on the boat ride, "Roaring Rapid", there were a long line during the summer season. Water rides during the summer is very popular, and the lines can make one wait up to 45 mins to get their ride. Knowing this (as I was a customer once at Six Flags) I speed up my loading routine, did tricks, jumping in and out the boat, locking people in all under 30 seconds, and send the boat off within 1 min. People clap their hands, and video taped me, it was a show. There were another dude I work with doing the same thing (he's better though, and I was inspired by him). It was dangerous on my part but I didn't really care, my job was to make the people visiting the park enjoyable...Soon people didn't care the long line they were too busy watching, and clapping. LOL

                  But think about it though, if the clerk huffing and puffing to even one customer, that same return customer will find it hard to build rappor with the clerk, vice versa. Which in turn awkwardness and perhaps lost of a customer. There are other stores within 1 mile that sells the very same thing, at least here it does.

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                    Posted: January 26, 2009, 1:17 am - IP Logged

                    I think if you want more than 3 sets of self picked numbers, you need to fill out a playslip.

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                      Posted: January 26, 2009, 1:29 am - IP Logged

                      In Ga a lot of places have a sign that ask you to fill out your playslip before heading to the counter.. I think it is common courtesy to do that..and it avoids mistakes that can be made when you call out your number. I have never had a bad experience playing my numbers...

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                        They make plenty of money off of the sale of lottery tickets.If they didn't make money off of lottery tickets they wouldn't be selling lottery tickets.Maybe they don't make as much off of lottery tickets as they do from their overpriced milk & bread,but its only because they can't charge more for the tickets than the state allows.Why should a person buy something they don't want when they buy lottery tickets?

                        They make about 5% profit from tickets. 

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                          Living in Florida, I am used to people spending a lot of time at the counter and/or asking lots of questions.  I also get interrupted when I'm trying to conduct business.  However, if it's your turn and you aren't being difficult or unreasonable, don't worry about the people in back of you.  Still, I always use a card, even when I get QPs.  It's much faster and it also reduces mix-ups.   Tonight (Sunday) I was waiting to buy my Fantasy5 ticket and a woman in front of me had about a dozen pick-3 cards.  I'm not sure what the heck she was doing, but she had them spread out on the counter.  I rarely cut in front or interrupt people, but this time I did.  I just looked at the clerk and said "I just want to play this one card" and handed her a dollar.  The other woman was still standing there staring at her cards when I left.

                          Regarding the profit retailers make:

                          https://www.lotterypost.com/news/150008

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                            Posted: January 26, 2009, 3:24 am - IP Logged

                            Sorry - the OP does say a slip was filled out.  Maybe it wasn't scanning correctly, so it certainly isn't Wheeler's fault.  It's happened to me.  One night I filled out a card twice and the clerk couldn't get it through. 

                            I like the sig...3 out of 2 people have trouble with fractions.  Cute!  LOL


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                              Posted: January 26, 2009, 9:52 am - IP Logged

                              They make about 5% profit from tickets. 

                              I don't know how much profit they make on lottery tickets,but I assume its enough that most convenience stores,gas stations and grocery stores sell them.If they were not profitable,no one would sell them.

                              If those in line want to be waited on sooner,they should have arrived sooner!