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Don't be taken in by The Texas Blockbuster scratchoffs.

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Posted: May 20, 2009, 4:59 pm - IP Logged

The advertisement on the TV says there is one win in every three tickets sold....Not true....I bought 6 of them and didn't win anything!!!  I had to learn the hard way.  $120 Lost!!!

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    Posted: May 20, 2009, 5:45 pm - IP Logged

    The advertisement on the TV says there is one win in every three tickets sold....Not true....I bought 6 of them and didn't win anything!!!  I had to learn the hard way.  $120 Lost!!!

    JoeyNo Nod

    They probably said that it averages out to one win out of every three tickets sold.

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      Posted: May 20, 2009, 9:13 pm - IP Logged

      1 out of 3 tickets can win but it's not in order.  You can have all the winners at the end of the roll and the losers in the beginning and middle.

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        Posted: May 21, 2009, 5:08 am - IP Logged

        <Moved to Instant ("Scratch-Off") Games forum>

        Please post in the appropriate forum ... thank you.

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          Posted: May 21, 2009, 9:59 am - IP Logged

          The advertisement on the TV says there is one win in every three tickets sold....Not true....I bought 6 of them and didn't win anything!!!  I had to learn the hard way.  $120 Lost!!!

          JoeyNo Nod

          Another Lesson Learned: You Can't Believe Everything You Hear!

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            Posted: May 21, 2009, 10:40 am - IP Logged

            Joey something else to keep in mind is even if every third ticket was a winner (which they do mean an average) it will only be the replacement price of the ticket in the first place. Meaning out of the 6 you bought and the third ones being a winner, more than likely you would have walked away with $40 out of the $120 you spent. The whole purpose of the 1 out of every 3 is to sucker you in. Without the $20 dollar give backs your odds would probably be more like 1 in every 50 that had enough money on it to actually say you won something above what you paid to play.

            But I truly hope if you continue to play the scratchers that you beat the odds. Sun Smiley

            D_A

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            The Cheaper the Cost the Higher the Profit

            Many Winners to You.

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              Posted: May 21, 2009, 10:49 am - IP Logged

              Joey something else to keep in mind is even if every third ticket was a winner (which they do mean an average) it will only be the replacement price of the ticket in the first place. Meaning out of the 6 you bought and the third ones being a winner, more than likely you would have walked away with $40 out of the $120 you spent. The whole purpose of the 1 out of every 3 is to sucker you in. Without the $20 dollar give backs your odds would probably be more like 1 in every 50 that had enough money on it to actually say you won something above what you paid to play.

              But I truly hope if you continue to play the scratchers that you beat the odds. Sun Smiley

              D_A

              That is not acutally true.  If you do look at the full odds of any scratch off, especially a $20 you will see that the odds winning the minimum prize is more then the overall odds.  They are usually 1 in 5 or 1 in 6 to win $20.  The 1 in 3 odds includes every prize, like $25, $30, $50 and so forth.  He just hit a unlucky streak of tickets.  It happens all the time.  I once bought 8 $5 tickets and didn't win anything.  Went back to the store and bought 3 more and 2 of the 3 were winners.

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                Posted: May 21, 2009, 11:43 am - IP Logged

                Its a bit misleading but it it correct out of approx. 36 million tickets, 12 million are winners which is 1 out of 3 overall but not every roll

                you just don't know where the winners are

                 I have had 12 losers in a row but then again I have had 3 winners in a row

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                  Posted: May 21, 2009, 1:54 pm - IP Logged

                  That is not acutally true.  If you do look at the full odds of any scratch off, especially a $20 you will see that the odds winning the minimum prize is more then the overall odds.  They are usually 1 in 5 or 1 in 6 to win $20.  The 1 in 3 odds includes every prize, like $25, $30, $50 and so forth.  He just hit a unlucky streak of tickets.  It happens all the time.  I once bought 8 $5 tickets and didn't win anything.  Went back to the store and bought 3 more and 2 of the 3 were winners.

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                  I am sorry Bradly, but I have to disagree. Anyone who has sold tickets (and I am sure it is similar in all states) will be able to tell you that a book of tickets will only average 1 big winners in it, and I am talking about $50 to $500 range. The rest of the so-called winners are tickets you get to scratch off for free. Occasionally, it will have more of course, but they are not the norm. And trust me the lottery gets very creative with their odds, I don't know if they use fuzzy math, but I know the outcome of the odds leaves you feeling that way.

                  P.S. I do not normally play scratchers, but I bought one today after seeing your reply to see if the odds were on the back they were not (got it out of a machine). Any way, I just scratched it off and it was a $200 winners. lol

                  So thank you! I would have never purchased it otherwise. White Bounce

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                  The Cheaper the Cost the Higher the Profit

                  Many Winners to You.

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                    Posted: May 21, 2009, 2:22 pm - IP Logged

                    The advertisement on the TV says there is one win in every three tickets sold....Not true....I bought 6 of them and didn't win anything!!!  I had to learn the hard way.  $120 Lost!!!

                    JoeyNo Nod

                    Most likely someone won on a ticket before you bought or a big winner is coming.  Good Luck!

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                      I am sorry Bradly, but I have to disagree. Anyone who has sold tickets (and I am sure it is similar in all states) will be able to tell you that a book of tickets will only average 1 big winners in it, and I am talking about $50 to $500 range. The rest of the so-called winners are tickets you get to scratch off for free. Occasionally, it will have more of course, but they are not the norm. And trust me the lottery gets very creative with their odds, I don't know if they use fuzzy math, but I know the outcome of the odds leaves you feeling that way.

                      P.S. I do not normally play scratchers, but I bought one today after seeing your reply to see if the odds were on the back they were not (got it out of a machine). Any way, I just scratched it off and it was a $200 winners. lol

                      So thank you! I would have never purchased it otherwise. White Bounce

                      lol Dead Aim - Alright! $200 BananaWTG

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                        Posted: May 22, 2009, 10:57 am - IP Logged

                        Everyone, you will have to forgive all my writing errors and word substitutions.

                        I have sleep issues and go sleepless for days.

                        When I get like that, I can proofread all I want, but I will never see any of my errors until I read it again the next day. (after a little nap)



                        Thank you dr65! All I could think of (after getting over the irony of the situation) was, "Well, the rest of that roll is useless." lol

                        It was ticket number 65 in the roll for those that keep up with those kind of things. 

                        What is the proper expression, it is a book of tickets or a roll of tickets?

                        Don't Chase... Compare and Narrow

                        The Cheaper the Cost the Higher the Profit

                        Many Winners to You.

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                          Posted: May 22, 2009, 2:50 pm - IP Logged

                          An example of how the distribution works in some of the scratch off ticket games:
                          (the example below uses ficticious amounts easier to understand - there will usually be thousands of books and the prize levels, values, and numbers will differ)

                          Example: 1000 Total Books in a Game

                          Prize Level#1 ($1,000,000) - 2 prizes total:
                          1 prize in books 1-500
                          1 prize in books 501-1000

                          Prize Level#2 ($10,000) - 5 prizes total:
                          1 prize in books 1-200
                          1 prize in books 201-400
                          1 prize in books 401-600
                          1 prize in books 601-800
                          1 prize in books 801-1000

                          Prize Level#3 ($500) - 10 prizes total:
                          1 prize in books 1-100
                          1 prize in books 101-200
                          1 prize in books 201-300
                          1 prize in books 301-400
                          1 prize in books 401-500
                          1 prize in books 502-600
                          1 prize in books 601-700
                          1 prize in books 701-800
                          1 prize in books 801-900
                          1 prize in books 901-1000

                          The lower level prizes are more numerous and you will find multiples in each book to meet the odds criteria set up by the lottery. Exactly what values, numbers, and amounts make up the lower level prizes depend on the game and the odds breakdown.

                          So, it is possible to get  more than one big prize in a single book (say a Prize Level#1 and a Prize Level#2) although it is statistically highly unlikely. You won't find 2 of the same Prize Level#1 in the same book because they are intentionally split between two groups of ticket books. This will also prevent the scenerio where the lottery comes out with a new game and sells out of all of the big prizes too quick. The big prizes are spaced out.

                          There is a method to the madness...

                          :)

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                            An example of how the distribution works in some of the scratch off ticket games:
                            (the example below uses ficticious amounts easier to understand - there will usually be thousands of books and the prize levels, values, and numbers will differ)

                            Example: 1000 Total Books in a Game

                            Prize Level#1 ($1,000,000) - 2 prizes total:
                            1 prize in books 1-500
                            1 prize in books 501-1000

                            Prize Level#2 ($10,000) - 5 prizes total:
                            1 prize in books 1-200
                            1 prize in books 201-400
                            1 prize in books 401-600
                            1 prize in books 601-800
                            1 prize in books 801-1000

                            Prize Level#3 ($500) - 10 prizes total:
                            1 prize in books 1-100
                            1 prize in books 101-200
                            1 prize in books 201-300
                            1 prize in books 301-400
                            1 prize in books 401-500
                            1 prize in books 502-600
                            1 prize in books 601-700
                            1 prize in books 701-800
                            1 prize in books 801-900
                            1 prize in books 901-1000

                            The lower level prizes are more numerous and you will find multiples in each book to meet the odds criteria set up by the lottery. Exactly what values, numbers, and amounts make up the lower level prizes depend on the game and the odds breakdown.

                            So, it is possible to get  more than one big prize in a single book (say a Prize Level#1 and a Prize Level#2) although it is statistically highly unlikely. You won't find 2 of the same Prize Level#1 in the same book because they are intentionally split between two groups of ticket books. This will also prevent the scenerio where the lottery comes out with a new game and sells out of all of the big prizes too quick. The big prizes are spaced out.

                            There is a method to the madness...

                            :)

                            That makes sense. Thanks for the explanation duckman. Thumbs Up

                            Don't Chase... Compare and Narrow

                            The Cheaper the Cost the Higher the Profit

                            Many Winners to You.

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                              Cool..... Thanks!