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Seasonal Games in Georgia - Holiday Gifts $5 Ticket

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Posted: November 1, 2010, 9:30 pm - IP Logged

I have been playing the Holiday Gifts game, here in Georgia. It is a ticket with odds that are not so hot: 1:3.99. It has been out a couple of weeks now, and I have been playing it pretty heavily. I first saw it a couple of weeks ago. It has a top payout of $250,000, but I am not sure how many top prizes that there are. Here is a rundown of my luck:

October 23: HOLIDAY GIFTS #057, 058, 059 -$15; HOLIDAY GIFTS #57+$15 = $0 net gain. Phillips 66

October 25: HOLIDAY GIFTS #030 -$5; HOLIDAY GIFTS #030 +$10 =$5 net gain. Phillips 66

October 27: HOLIDAY GIFTS #027 -$5; HOLIDAY GIFTS #027 +$15 = $10 net gain. Shell

October 28: HOLIDAY GIFTS #053 -$5 = -$5 net gain. Shell

October 29: HOLIDAY GIFTS #025 -$5 = -$5 net gain. Phillips 66

October 31: HOLIDAY GIFTS #047 -$5 = -$5 net gain. Shell

November 1: HOLIDAY GIFTS #010 -$5 = -$5 net gain. QT

If you have any record of your winnings and losings in this game, I would love to see them. Maybe we can come up with some type of system.

At this particular moment in time, I am down by $. I won every single time at first, but now I haven't won anything the last 4 times that I have played.  I have won the black sleigh, which means that I won all 15 prizes, but they were just $1x15. I have also won the black box symbol, with 2x$5 on this game boxes in the same game, for $10. Do you think that all of the $10 and $15 winners were just teasers out there because the game was new? Could it be that I was just lucky? Would I do better to buy 2 at a time?  I am trying to decide whether or not to continue to play this game or not. If I am going to have to buy 3 to win $15, I am just getting my money back, so there is no real reason to play. Has anyone out there had any luck at this game?

Given the above circumstances, would you continue to play, if you were in my shoes? And if so, what would be a good strategy? I won on tickets ending on 7 and 0. I also lost on those same ending numbers. I have had the best luck overall with scratch offs at the Phillips 66. How long do new games tend to put out decent prizes. Are the holiday games any better than any others? Another question, do you dislike it when there are multiple bins with the same ticket? Would you buy one each from 2 bins, or would you buy 2 from the same pack, for example?

I am also considering playing Jingle Jumbo Bucks, another seasonal game here in GA. It has odds of 1:2.74, the second best odds in GA scratch offs. I do not know how many top prizes it has left. That, or Jumbo Jumbo Bucks, which has the highest odds of any scratch off in GA 1:2.56. It has paid out 91 of 120 top prizes of $500,000. Both of these are $10 tickets.

My thinking is three fold: I like to play based on the odds of winning #1, the number of top prizes left #2, and the newness of the game #3, feeling that new games have more winners than old ones. I also like games with second chance drawings, but they usually do not have the best overall odds in their price range.

I have an Excel spreadsheet that lists the tickets Name, Top Prize, Claimed Top Prizes, Total Top prizes, Percentage of top prizes paid out already, and the price of the tickets. As most of you know, on average, the higher the ticket price, the better your odds are. I have it printed on legal sized paper, and I carry it with me to decide on which tickets to play. On one side, I have it sorted by ticket name. On the other side, I have it sorted by the overall odds. I could make this available if there is enough interest.

Any suggestions or ideas would be greatly welcomed. By the way, I live in the Marietta, GA area, in northeast Cobb. I am wondering if there is anyone in the area interested in pooling tickets.

Thanks.

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    Posted: November 1, 2010, 10:40 pm - IP Logged

    I wonder if we could start a distributed computing project like prime 95, which looks for mersenne prime numbers that have not been discovered. OK, that example might be a little extreme, but you get the idea.

    I think if enough of us put our heads together, we could figure out a system. I think another good idea would be to not only list the winning ticket numbers, along with the losers, and the store, but also the pack number. The complete ticket number is on the back, below the name and address fields. This could possibly benefit all the readers of LP.

    Holiday Gifts, 842-112166-010 LOSER QuickTrip, Old Canton/Roswell Road, Marietta, GA  11/1/2010(Ticket #010)
    Holiday Gifts, 842-134843-047 LOSER Shell, Sandy Plains Near Post Oak Tritt, Marietta, GA 10/31/2010
    Holiday Gifts, 842-152646-025 LOSER Phillips 66, Lassiter Road at Johnson Ferry Road, Marietta, GA 10/29/2010
    Holiday Gifts, 842-142406-053 LOSER Shell, Sandy Plains Near Post Oak Tritt, Marietta, GA 10/28/2010
    Holiday Gifts, xxx-xxxxxx-027 WINNER Shell, Sandy Plains Near Post Oak Tritt, Marietta, GA 10/27/2010 +$15
    Holiday Gifts, xxx-xxxxxx-030 WINNER Phillips 66, Lassiter Road at Johnson Ferry Road, Marietta, GA 10/25/2010 +$10
    Holiday Gifts, 842-117930-059 LOSER Phillips 66, Lassiter Road at Johnson Ferry Road, Marietta, GA 10/23/2010 (Last in Pack)
    Holiday Gifts, 842-117930-058 LOSER Phillips 66, Lassiter Road at Johnson Ferry Road, Marietta, GA 10/23/2010
    Holiday Gifts, 842-117930-057 WINNER Phillips 66, Lassiter Road at Johnson Ferry Road, Marietta, GA 10/23/2010 +$15

    We can come up with a system, but we are all going to have to participate, for the best results. If we pick a ticket, and lots of folks chip in, we  can increase our odds. We may even be able to figure out lucky stores and distribution lanes. We can figure out if this is random or not. We might be surprised at the outcome.

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      Posted: November 1, 2010, 11:08 pm - IP Logged


      I am actually at the break even point for this game. Here are a couple that I missed:
      Holiday Gifts, 842-111457-025 WINNER Chevron, Roswell Road at Barnes Mill Road, Marietta, GA 10/21/2010  +$15.
      Holiday Gifts, 842-111457-026 LOSER Chevron, Roswell Road at Barnes Mill Road, Marietta, GA 10/21/2010

      Lets all work together, and see if we can come up with some type of pattern. It might be something that applies to your favorite game, or all $5 tickets for example. There may not be a pattern, but we will never know if we don't try. One person probably will not play enough of the same game to get a good solid picture.

      What is the most that anyone has won at this game?

      I showed you mine, now show me yours.

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        Posted: November 2, 2010, 9:38 pm - IP Logged

        HOLIDAY GIFTS, 842-152650-029 LOSER Phillips 66, Lassiter Road at Johnson Ferry Road, Marietta, GA 11/02/2010
        HOLIDAY GIFTS, 842-152650-028 LOSER Phillips 66, Lassiter Road at Johnson Ferry Road, Marietta, GA 11/02/2010

        No one else wants to play? Come on now!

        What about Jingle Jumbo Bucks? I have an idea now, but I guess I might as well keep it to myself.