|Posted: July 31, 2010, 1:19 am - IP Logged|
I've been buying whole entire rolls of scratchers and not have gotten that much luck. The amount I get back never comes close to the amount that I spent. Is buy an entire roll of scratchers a good strategy? What do you guys think or what has your experience been like?
If you buy an entire pack or better yet several entire packs, keep scanned images of every ticket in that pack, both losers and winners. There is a finite number of base pack patterns as the tickets are printed in sheets with many packs to a sheet so the packs repeat sheet to sheet. You could then go from store to store or machine to machine and buy a ticket, see if all the symbols match exactly to the same numbered ticket from the pack you had purchased, if it does, buy another ticket and if that matches too then you're pretty certain that you've found a pack with the same base pattern which means you'll know which tickets have the small value prizes and could cherry pick them.
Carry the scanned images around on a small netbook or iPad would make this a lot easier. Or better yet, carrying a database that's searchable.
Of course, although it is a finite number of different pack patterns, it'll be enough to make mapping out all the types of packs prohibitively expensive. Still, I'm surprised that nobody has tried this yet especially since you don't need to map out every pack just enough so that you can reliably find a pack that matches one you've already purchased.
Since you've already bought a few packs, try this approach and tell me if it works.