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Posted: July 27, 2011, 12:54 pm - IP Logged

I've been trying to be positive for a long time. But I don't think we can all be wrong. If it was just me, I'd think it was my timing/luck. But even the clerks at Giant seem to silently agree when I complain about the games. These are clerks who play. The winners have to be out there, but I don't think spending lots of money will  improve chances much. Something just feels very different than before. Even the $2 games, which pretty regularly used to pay at least $10, don't very often now.

I Agree too Matt..I've been saying that things just seem different..there are winning tickets but very few and very far between anymore..

We all play enough here on lottery post to see the difference..and everywhere I play people are saying the same thing..These tickets stink anymore..

So yes, it does rely on luck and timing but it just seems so much harder now than before..

If it were this hard before I wouldn't have got so hooked on playing..it used to be easy to hit and make a profit..now I have no desire to play $50 worth to win $5...and that is on a good day..LOL

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    Posted: July 27, 2011, 3:07 pm - IP Logged

    How closely do you keep track of your tickets?

    Any scratch game should have a fairly consistent return of about 50% to 70% and that should be expected. If you are only getting back about 50% of what you spend, that is pretty typical. If you are getting 60% or above, you are actually doing pretty good.

    If the PA scratch games are doing consistently worse than that, it might be possible they are manipulating or varying the payouts structure. That would be kind of sneaky, even if they stay within the overall published of the game odds. Here in CA, things seem to be pretty much what is expected, and no long strings of losers or varying payouts for different times of the year. But I'm always on the lookout.

    The goal for me is to just continue playing at a comfortable pace,(and expected return) and hope to win big early in the playing cycle.

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      Posted: July 27, 2011, 6:44 pm - IP Logged

      How closely do you keep track of your tickets?

      Any scratch game should have a fairly consistent return of about 50% to 70% and that should be expected. If you are only getting back about 50% of what you spend, that is pretty typical. If you are getting 60% or above, you are actually doing pretty good.

      If the PA scratch games are doing consistently worse than that, it might be possible they are manipulating or varying the payouts structure. That would be kind of sneaky, even if they stay within the overall published of the game odds. Here in CA, things seem to be pretty much what is expected, and no long strings of losers or varying payouts for different times of the year. But I'm always on the lookout.

      The goal for me is to just continue playing at a comfortable pace,(and expected return) and hope to win big early in the playing cycle.

      Yes, I often get about 1/10th of what I put in. They certainly manipulate it by putting in very good and very bad areas, with limited randomization of good zones. I wish I could play another state's lottery to compare.

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        Posted: July 27, 2011, 6:54 pm - IP Logged

        For example, today I put $35 in and got $2. This shouldn't be the typical day, but it is. 4 of the new $5 game all lost. I actually had to laugh at how badly the new games have done. Old games will be played after a week of this - if I'm still playing.

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          Posted: July 27, 2011, 7:06 pm - IP Logged

          Yes, I often get about 1/10th of what I put in. They certainly manipulate it by putting in very good and very bad areas, with limited randomization of good zones. I wish I could play another state's lottery to compare.

          I stopped back to defend Pa's lottery. Over the past week I have hit a 500% return on what I spent. Here is my system.........I touched my left shoe with my money I planned to spend. I then jumped on one leg as I handed the money to the cashier and I actually scrathed the ticket while it was upside down. Pay me $5 and I will tell you the final missing piece to guarantee the big win. Without it, you will LOSE!!!!

          Seriously I drastically cut back as I was bitter. I spent way too much money the last 3-4 months and knowing I was close to the $1000/$500/$200 winners(probably would have broke about even for the year with the $1K), made me entirely too bitter. I kept coming back in hopes someone would hit big on here, but I kept reading the same thing. Many of losers. I spend $50 or so last week scattered out and didnt win a thing. Today I wanted to get one each of the new tickets. The guy didnt have the pakcs opened and I didnt want to force him to open. I got the last 3 Cherry Slots and a Mustang and lost again.

          I am with Matt. I might return 10% if I am lucky. I of course have seen the decent winners in tickets near mine, but I have not been lucky enough to get them. Now that I am barely playing(if at all), I know my chance has passed.  I dont think I have hit more than ticket value in weeks. I think it would be great to organize a state wide strike on lottery. One day wouldnt make a difference, but imagine if people didnt play for a week or month. Not sure how long it takes the lottery to expect money from a store, so a month would probably be closer to noticeable.

          I even got to the point of playing tickets instead of the casino. I love the casino and I guess the tickets were too convenient and the casino was an hour away. I still havent gone and I know my odds are way better than then scratch offs. I have some background issues going on in life and losing on the tickets didnt exactly help the mood. Not blamig the lottery as I am the one who chose to play, but it really feels like an unregulated rip off.  who knows if these winners are "real". maybe they are lottery people planted to make it look like they paid out wins. Who knows.

          I might have to leave here awhile. I think hearing everyone else play, made me want to play in hopes to be able to post some good winners along side everyone else. Looks like no one is winning and its too tempting. Hopefuly out of sight, out of mind for awhile. Good Luck everyone.

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            Posted: July 27, 2011, 7:59 pm - IP Logged

            bought 2,500 play 4 tickets straight up for chance to win $5,000 1 in 4 chance and of course i lost............

            then bought $20 Monopoly # 000 - 030 got back $220 just terrible

            this is got out of hand every time i see a instant vending machine i want to slide in a few $20s and end up feeding the machine hundreds $$$ ....................

            somewhere a school is being built with my hard earned money Ponder

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              Posted: July 27, 2011, 8:12 pm - IP Logged

              For example, today I put $35 in and got $2. This shouldn't be the typical day, but it is. 4 of the new $5 game all lost. I actually had to laugh at how badly the new games have done. Old games will be played after a week of this - if I'm still playing.

              I was just reading this post and realized i got addicted losing a silly amount like $30 bucks one day. prior most i ever lost was $20 cause id get only 4-5 tickets a month back then, and believe it or not win $100 a crazy amount of times just by buying 1 ticket. even won $250 and $500 this way.

              Then in October i bought a Gold Rush and won $100 right away. next day i go to the store and bought 6 $5 tickets. all lost. i was so mad. and this started a mad buying streak that within 2 months i was playing several hundred a day....... what a sad way to look back at things, just wish i never got started again with lotto as im prone to becoming addicted. I was actually doing well financially too Confused

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                Posted: July 27, 2011, 8:53 pm - IP Logged

                I've been trying to be positive for a long time. But I don't think we can all be wrong. If it was just me, I'd think it was my timing/luck. But even the clerks at Giant seem to silently agree when I complain about the games. These are clerks who play. The winners have to be out there, but I don't think spending lots of money will  improve chances much. Something just feels very different than before. Even the $2 games, which pretty regularly used to pay at least $10, don't very often now.

                I found a $100 Electric 8 today...3 matching spots...2 black 8's for $10 each and one blue 8 for $10....(the blue 8's are like blue moons...rare imo, I

                haven't seen but 2 of them I think so far)

                Don't let this hit fool you though, the ticket was the last one out #149 and I bought that at the local gas station. I got 2 Mustangs and 2 All that

                Glitter tickets plus two Whole Lotta $100's....they all LOST. I tried 2 of the Pure Gold - #'s 015, 016 also and they both LOST.

                The Electric 8...a $2 ticket, could easily have been bought by someone else, it was: right place right time. I found the new ones and tried 5 of the 10

                x the Money.....(same ticket, different colors). I got I think one $5 win on one of them. I also tried one new Bingo ticket #004, it also LOST.

                I agree with the thoughts expressed here....there definitely has been a drastic change. We all know the story, it's a sad one....the tickets are no way

                near as good as they once were.

                It is very hard to be positive when many of the wins are $2 and up...$5 and up...and $10 and up...ALL UP TO $10 or $20 MAX! The $100's seem

                rare although I do find them...Matt, I'll put the 8's ticket and the others I told you about up later tonight.

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                  Posted: July 27, 2011, 9:14 pm - IP Logged

                  Hey everyone, I usually don't play a lot of Instant games, every now and then. I'm in Illinois and there are a few new games, like Lucky 7's and Change to Dollars. I like the $5 Wheel of Fortune game but I hardly win at it. The reason I play it is to hopefully win the second chance drawing, one of which is being drawn this week! Here are the tickets I played today and their results:

                  -$1 Change to Dollars (This is one of my favorite games where you have to add the change up, if it adds to over $1.00 you win prize shown) WON My coins equaled $1.21 and won a $2 prize.

                  -$1 Lucky 7's ticket (you have to reveal a "7" symbol in the play area to win the prize shown below it), LOST

                  -$5 (2) Wheel of Fortune Tickets (Match your numbers to any of the wheel numbers, they also have a money, star, wheel, and autowin symbols where if you get those symbols you win automatically the amount under it) WON 1 $10 Autowin, LOST 1

                  I will likely turn these winnings into 3 or 4 more WOF tickets as the first second chance drawing is this week. Good luck everyone!

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                    Posted: July 27, 2011, 9:17 pm - IP Logged

                    I still enjoy seeing your wins posted, dr - it's just they don't make me want to play more now. They're nice to look at and I'm glad you do it. The Electric 8s are doing well for you.. wish I could find one doing well. You have some decent stores and still have noticed the change - that says something. I'll still play to my ability until I have to stop. I just enjoy playing scratch offs that much.

                    omiller - hope you get the personal issues sorted out. The wins are out there as your close calls show. The big ones are just so rare that it's easy to miss them. If you don't find one, it's mostly $0 or small wins.

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                      Posted: July 28, 2011, 1:34 pm - IP Logged

                      I bought 13 10x the Moneys from the beer store. They were #031-043. I actually made $3. Had 2 $10 winners, 1 $5 winner, and 2 $2 winners. Semi-hot zone there.

                      I also bought Pure Gold #049, but am waiting until a little later to scratch it.

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                        I gotta say I've had a wide variance of results over the years: I've hit $500 back to back on $20 Lucky For Life's (One from a BP and the very next one from the Publix where I was cashing in the first one)... I've hit single-purchase $100 winners many, many times. For instance, Last month I got a Gold Rush and hit for a hundred, got a lucky for life and hit for a hundred right after that at my next stop.....I hit $500 back in April on Gold Rush, I've hit $200 on a Lucky for Life #000, and $200 on Monopoly and Millionaire's Club. My problem isn't that I don't win, it's that I spend back my winnings--and then some!!! James mentioned above playing the PLAY 4, and interestingly enough that's what I'm trying to move towards also....  I seem to have an incredibly lucky streak on the $20 scratchoffs, and then a horrible, horrible losing streak (in the middle of one now).  When I bought that roll of BDB, I only got back $595. That's a loss of $405 all at one time, which wouldn't seem so bad when I factor in the single-purchase $100 wins.....but again, my  problem is that I keep buying and---over time---the State of Florida ends up beating me! Oh, and speaking of the play 4 (and I know there's a forum for that but I'm just throwing it out there) I play "1718" and lately all kinds of boxed combinations just one digit off have hit....Grrr!!! I sure could use a big win, whether it's the Play 4 or a scratch-off!!!! Good Luck to All.

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                          Posted: July 28, 2011, 2:31 pm - IP Logged

                          I bought 13 10x the Moneys from the beer store. They were #031-043. I actually made $3. Had 2 $10 winners, 1 $5 winner, and 2 $2 winners. Semi-hot zone there.

                          I also bought Pure Gold #049, but am waiting until a little later to scratch it.

                          Pure Gold lost. At least 10x the Money did something, though even most decent zones give money back or small profit.

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                            Posted: July 28, 2011, 3:55 pm - IP Logged

                            Bought a $3 cashword today. Got seven words for $50, #12. Then bought a $10 Diamond Mine, #80, won $25. I stopped after that being up around $60.

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                              Posted: July 28, 2011, 4:04 pm - IP Logged

                              Good return martinfan!! WTG!!

                              The 7 words on the Cashword is awesome - we have a Goldbar Crossword ticket and the amount you win increases with the number of words you

                              find..the most I've found, I think, is 6 words for $30.

                              Good job on the Diamond ticket too!!

                                 
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