|Posted: January 2, 2011, 1:39 pm - IP Logged|
Scratch offs can be very profitable if you are careful. Don't listen to people who say otherwise. I have done a whole lot better on them than on online games. This idea about markings has been suggested by other members in previous posts, but it has been my observation that the marks make absolutely no difference on whether or not a ticket is a winner or a loser. Those are registration marks used by printers to align the colors, and by cutting machines to make precise cuts. That is the only purpose that they serve. I used to search for those patterns too, but it is a complete waste of time.
The sooner you get that idea out of your head, the sooner you can start worrying about other things that actually matter, such as overall odds, odds of winning a certain prize, what the top prize is, and how many top prizes are left. If you can figure how many other top tier and lessor prizes are left, then that will help you as well. I try and stick with games that have at least 50% of their top prizes left, and have good odds of hitting $100 or more on a somewhat regular basis. I am certainly no expert, but I have spent an around $3,000 on scratch offs over the period of the last three months, so I have a little experience under my belt.
Most of the time, when you find a winner, there will not be another winner for at least 4 more tickets. Notice that I said most of the time. There are occasionally back to back winners, but I would say that happens less than 5% of the time. On average, you will find a winner in 1 out of 4 tickets on a good game, but not always. Remember that you are not making any money if you spend more to win than what the prizes is, and you also have to deduct the cost of the ticket. Keeping records of every ticket you purchase, the book and ticket number, where and when you bought them and any winners. This may help you determine a strategy, and help you succeed in the long run. Also, newer games have more winners on average than older games. Don't quit searching, but a much of what you need to succeed with scratch offs is in this post. Happy scratching.