When my daughter turned 18 I bought her a mix of tickets for the magical 20 dollars. All she won was a free ticket : (
I think the tickets you choose to buy depends on the state you live in. Here in IL a dollar ticket usually wins me $1 $2 or a free ticket. I have won $50 and $75 dollars on 5 dollar tickets. Once I bought a $20 dollar ticket and won $25 dollars.
It's been 8 years : ( since I've lived in Ca so I can't say how the scratchers are now but........
I had a store clerk tell me the match 3 like amount tickets payed off more often.
I used to buy 5 - 10 $1 tickets in a row and yes the winners were usually back to back ( 3 winners at that ) I tried this strategy here in IL a few times (when I first moved here) and it didn't work. : (
I also won $100 and $200 off $2 dollar tickets (in CA )
It seems like in IL you have to buy the $5 dollar and up tickets just to win anything decent.
I have faith in you Master.....you'll find the right combo!