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# A few quick questions from someone new

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 Posted: June 2, 2010, 7:16 pm - IP Logged

Say you have \$10. Would you rather spend it on 2 \$5 tickets with the odds 1:3.4 , 5 \$2 tickets with the odds 1:4.21 or 10 \$1 tickets with the odds at 4.69 and there are more unclaimed top prizes for the \$5 tickets.

*Edit: I've also already bought 4 of those \$5 tickets today and won on two tickets for a total of \$25. Is it possibly a hot stack?

How do you find out the minimum guranteed prize values in a pack?

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 Posted: June 3, 2010, 2:58 pm - IP Logged

I prefer to budget my \$\$.....so I think about it over several rounds of playing, not just that one time.

I combine the odds with the number of unclaimed prizes.  So, without knowing the actual number of unclaimed prizes above, I can't give you an answer.

But, in theory, I like to play more and take the winnings to move up to the NEXT ticket price and play the ones with the best odds.

So, with a budget of \$10, I would start at the \$1.00 or \$2.00 games, pick the game at that price point with the best odds and MOST number of outstanding prizes.

Then, play one ticket at a time, if I'm a winner, I take that \$\$, plus what ever I have remaining and move up to the next price point.  If I don't win, I buy the next ticket at that price point.

When I win, I either ROLL my winnings up to the next price point and try to win there (with the best odds & overall greatest # of prizes remaining); OR I'll pocket that \$\$ and use it as my budget for the next several days / weeks of playing.

This worked well for me as I've won \$100 several times and rolled it and won \$500 on a higher priced ticket with better odds.  I ended up banking that \$\$ and it paid for me to keep playing for a while.

I will say that the hardest thing to do with this strategy is 1) pocket the cash when you hit and 2) buy ONE ticket at a time.  When I hit for \$100 the first time, I thought "wow, my luck is good today"...then I went back and bought 10 more \$10 tickets and didn't win a thing.  Wasted my winnings!  I would have been better off going up to the next higher priced ticket OR pocketing the cash for another day and let someone else buy the losing tickets right after the winner.

The nice thing about this strategy is that you do get to play a lot more than just buying a bunch of the same ticket all at once.

PS - you can't find the maximum prize values in a given pack, only the odds per prize for the overall game on the state's lottery website.

As for a 'hot stack'....there really isn't such a thing.   The cards are all printed using mathematical random formulas, so your best approach is to try to tackle the games with some strategy & info on overall odds & prizes remaining.  At least that way you're not spending your \$\$ on tickets that have bad odds, or worse, no prizes remaining!

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 Posted: June 6, 2010, 4:22 pm - IP Logged

Thanks for the reply! I'm gonna play some drawing lottery for a while and go back to scratch later when I find some better places.

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 Posted: June 9, 2010, 3:36 pm - IP Logged

Those are horrible odds for a \$10 ticket.  If I were you (since you are in GA) I would play the \$10 Jumbo Jumbo Bucks.  The overall odds are roughly 1:2.5.  That would be your best option.  Usually the high \$\$ tickets payout A LOT better than the lower priced tickets.  I would rather go big or go home.  I would take a win of \$20 over a free \$2 ticket any day.

How are you going to win if you don't play?

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 Posted: June 10, 2010, 5:56 pm - IP Logged

I've played the \$5 jumbo's for a while and won a few times. Are you from GA? How often do you win on the \$10 jumbo if you play it?

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 Posted: June 11, 2010, 1:16 pm - IP Logged

I am not from Georgia; however, my parents live in the tri-state region (GA, AL, and TN).  I've played the \$10 jumbos a few times.  I don't get to Georgia often enough to play as much as I would like...  though I have won almost every time I have played the \$10 jumbos.  I have won more on those than any other ticket.  Second to the \$10 jumbos would be the \$5 Giant Jumbo Bucks.  It has been a while since I played the GA \$5 jumbo; however, I remember one time I bought 5 of those \$5 tickets and ended up leaving with a total of \$80... I hit \$50, \$25, and a free ticket.  Good luck.  There are tickets with good odds out there.  Do a little research and find a ticket that looks appealing to you.  The Jumbo Jumbo's are certainly appealing to me.  I'm actually surprised Tennessee doesn't have them yet.  They have the Junior, Regular, Giant, and Millionaire (\$1, \$2, \$5, and \$20)... maybe the will come to TN soon.

How are you going to win if you don't play?

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