|Posted: March 16, 2011, 10:54 pm - IP Logged|
Congrats Vergi and all. I always triple check my tix and once I am convinced they are not a winner, I rip them into shreds before tossing them!
Interesting about the codes being eliminated Dr65. That would annoy me as I like to look for them when I find matching numbers/symbols. I hope that does not happen here in Ma. I think both states use similar codes and probably the same place produces the tix. It may seem underhanded but I question if it is intentional.
Hi Spin, yes on all of the new tickets there are no telling letters used anymore..used to be - T's, W's, V's
F's, H's, R's and so on...abbreviating dollar amounts won. Before that they used parenthesis with the
actual amount won within a string of numbers. These strings could be found on the ticket play area, you
could scratch the top or bottom of the ticket play area and know right away if you were a winner...that was
the simplest thing - you knew immediately if you won or not and didn't even have to play the game. The
same then with the change-over to the letter coding, look for certain letters and know if you were a winner
or not. B, Q, P, Z, K's were nothing. People scratched away at the corners and edges looking for winners.
It was also convenient to use as a backup/verification method in case you missed something or didn't
play it right... I liked to use them to make sure I didn't miss something. Now, they are gone. No letter,
no parenthesis, no help. They say it was to prevent fraud..anyway that's what I've heard many times.
I accept that reason and don't entirely think that it was a method to make people throw good tickets
although, I do think their advertising and notification process could have been much better - they used
the website but did not do a good job of getting actual notice out to retailers to display in stores for
players information. A change such as that should have been widely and effectively announced rather
than mainly done by internet. The self scanner is available but when players are still relying on methods
they always used and are not there anymore, and they are none the wiser..they will be throwing tickets
away and the lottery will benefit from it. I blame them for failing to give something to retailers to display
and relying on them to do it themselves. They sell the tickets but don't change them. I have seen some
retailers hand print notice which is above and beyond and much appreciated. But the lottery itself..? All
I can think is: Pfffttt!