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Lottery Paper Waste

Topic closed. 18 replies. Last post 7 years ago by sully16.

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Does your state lottery waste paper?

Yes [ 17 ]  [56.67%]
No [ 13 ]  [43.33%]
Total Valid Votes [ 30 ]  
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United States
Member #3023
December 14, 2003
4166 Posts
Posted: February 15, 2010, 8:45 pm - IP Logged

Yes, Ohio has these EZ Play games, they are printed out like playing an instant ticket. I'd imagine you are talking about online games like pick 3, 4, etc.

The EZ Play games are about 8 to 10 inches long depending on the game. And since they are like playing an instant game, I'd say more than 75% are losers any ways. Sometimes I'm at the store and some people buy 10 or more of these tickets and they are long! And yes, a waist of paper on the online gaming rolls.

But the most wasted amount of lottery paper are the instant tickets alone. They are thicker and contain more paper in them.

But if we want to contribute to a greener environment, we have to pick the right numbers to get back the green pieces of paper that have the Presidents pictures on them! And I'll take the Hamilton's and Ben Franklin's too!

Happy Presidents Day Everyone!


    four4me's avatar - gate1
    United States
    Member #1701
    June 18, 2003
    8360 Posts
    Posted: February 15, 2010, 8:48 pm - IP Logged

    Excellent point!  They save on paper work by not taxing those individual tix.  It is costlier for the state to PAY  the salaries of state tax collectors than the time it takes to chase down the little >$600 (less than) taxables.  The state would rather just give you the money to spend on the local economy or re-gamble the money.

    But these SOB statists are a petty greedy bunch,  remember when Bonus Match 5 was "taxes paid"?   No mas! WHY YOU ASK?  A taxi driver down in Bethesda MD. hit the BM5 6 times straight or more and they had to pay the taxes on a couple hundred thousand,  the next week it was back to


    Statist A$$hole$!

    I stopped playing BM5 for more than $2 anymore.

    I don't know about whats costlier or not i do know you can get a single pick 3 or 4 number on one ticket for 7 consecutive days. But if you want it for midday and evening you will get two tickets.

    So suppose you played 377 for a week midday and evening an 377 came out twice midday for a dollar straight will they treat it as one ticket for separate draws or combine the win amount at 1000 dollars and force you to pay tax.

    hence i want separate tickets.

    It's ridiculous to get the same number multiple times on one ticket unless you don't care if you have to pay taxes.

    I'll have to check on whether you can get several individual pick 3 or 4 tickets on the same ticket in Maryland. Like 123 - 458 -569- etc.

    It may be possible if the operator knows what buttons to push. And it may depend on what features are installed on the terminals. I was surprised they got powerball up and running on the machines as fast as they did. So it might just be a software fix that could create it.

    I could see the confusion now when the tellers ask do you want your pick 3-4-5 mega ball multi match and powerball tickets all on one ticket.

    I am also pretty sure they use recycled paper.

    Big John says. You don't hit the number. The number hits you!!!!

                   I'm not Big John, I'm Four4me, Big John's a friend.

      United States
      Member #75358
      June 1, 2009
      5345 Posts
      Posted: February 15, 2010, 11:32 pm - IP Logged

      If you had a couple of winners on one ticket you might not be able to cash it (1) due to the amount of money the store kept on hand  (2) if your winners exceeded the limit stores can cash out on a single ticket.  Seems a matter of convenience for players rather than paper waste.

      If they printed all plays on on ticket, then you'd have to fill out multiple play slips to get individual numbers which would result in just as much wasted paper.  

      Also no one is saying anything about wasted paper for scratchers which generates greater volume of paper waste.

      I always go to Publix supermarket to cash tix. That's where I cashed my 3 grand. I found out the hard way on my very first win when I first moved to Florida. After trying to cash a 500 win at a Circle K, with the clerk giving me a money order, and had to cash it at Publix anyways....lol, I decided to just go to Publix. Only one time I had trouble when she said she didn't have 500 bucks yet. It was early in the day. I asked her if she could go through the cash registers to gather the 500 bucks, which she reluctantly did.


      As far as multiple tickets, you don't have to fill out individual slips for every bet. There are 5 bet slots on each play slip.

      Good to see you in the forums Konane.

        sully16's avatar - sharan
        United States
        Member #81740
        October 28, 2009
        40295 Posts
        Posted: February 19, 2010, 9:34 am - IP Logged

        lottery officials are a waste

        Did you exchange a walk on part in the war ?

        For a lead role in a cage?


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