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

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Dead_Aim's avatar - canstock2002989

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Posted: May 22, 2009, 9:43 pm - IP Logged

Duckman,

With you showing us how the distribution works, it makes it much more apparent how they really mess with the odds.

In other words, they will tell you the odds of getting the big level prizes are such and such when in fact they are not available for the taking until a certain point.

Case in point, I know of a scratcher game that has been going on for over 3 years. The game sold much slower than anticipated.

They still have 1/3 of the top prizes left in the game but you can't find the tickets anywhere because the lottery people came out with newer games that offered bigger prizes and retailers choose to carry those instead, so even though the game is officially still in play you can't find the tickets anywhere and the remaining prizes will never be awarded because of the releasing them in groups. And at some point they will end the game.

What a racket! Poke

Don't Chase... Compare and Narrow

The Cheaper the Cost the Higher the Profit

Many Winners to You.

D_A

    bobby623's avatar - abstract
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    Posted: May 22, 2009, 10:03 pm - IP Logged

    Dead Aim

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

    They are called 'packs'.

    I think the total tickets in a pack varies according to the game.

      Dead_Aim's avatar - canstock2002989

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      Posted: May 22, 2009, 10:42 pm - IP Logged

      Thanks Bobby.

      Don't Chase... Compare and Narrow

      The Cheaper the Cost the Higher the Profit

      Many Winners to You.

      D_A

        duckman's avatar - ducklogodrake64x64
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        Posted: May 23, 2009, 12:33 am - IP Logged

        Duckman,

        With you showing us how the distribution works, it makes it much more apparent how they really mess with the odds.

        In other words, they will tell you the odds of getting the big level prizes are such and such when in fact they are not available for the taking until a certain point.

        Case in point, I know of a scratcher game that has been going on for over 3 years. The game sold much slower than anticipated.

        They still have 1/3 of the top prizes left in the game but you can't find the tickets anywhere because the lottery people came out with newer games that offered bigger prizes and retailers choose to carry those instead, so even though the game is officially still in play you can't find the tickets anywhere and the remaining prizes will never be awarded because of the releasing them in groups. And at some point they will end the game.

        What a racket! Poke

        For the game you can't find the tickets for, try calling or emailing the state lottery office and ask them where the nearest retailer is who has those tickets (they will know this because the lottery reps that visit the stores on a regular basis keep track of this - also, when packs or books are first used they are "validated" or activated by the terminal and this info is tracked by computer). Here in Florida, we have regional lottery offices around the state and they usually have all or most of the games for purchase.

        Regarding odds of scratch off games outstanding, another thing some states do is to "re-order" a game that is selling well from the scratch ticket manufacturer. The re-ordered game will look just like the original game with the same prizes and odds, just a new set of tickets. The Florida Lottery for example lists the scratch-off games that have been "re-ordered" on their scratch-off games page. The only way you would know if it was the old game or the "re-ordered" newer game is to look at the long ticket number (usually on the back). One segment of that number will be different.

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          Posted: June 1, 2009, 12:31 pm - IP Logged

          We're new to the Blockbuster game - but, so far, we've one 4 times out of 6.  The wins were in the $20-$25 range, so nothing to brag about.

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            Posted: June 1, 2009, 12:38 pm - IP Logged

            Oh for heavens sakes....I meant: "we've WON 4 times out of 6."   Tired and typing too fast.