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Posted: May 19, 2013, 9:49 pm - IP Logged

I don't know about the other guys, but here in PA I used to play during the week while I was out making my deliveries for work. Anytime I stopped for fuel or cigs I would buy a ticket or two. Or FIVE OR SIX when the first four were losers. AND HERE IN THE POS STATE OF PA MOST ARE LOSERS.

That would add up to anywhere from $40 to $120 a DAY. Five days a week.

Two years ago, before this crummy state changed the payouts, you could play all week and never get hurt. Up or down around $100 for the entire week. You didn't make a killing but you didn't get raped either.

Since they changed their greedy ways I'm nowhere near half my money back. From all the tickets I saved I figure PA is keeping about 80-85 percent of what they are taking in.

I cut way back a few months ago and now only buy 6 or 7 a week. SAME RESULTS, spend $140, get back around $30.

PA STILL SUCKS !

I'm going to go out on a limb here (LOL) and say that not too many people are going to tell you what they spend to hit those $1000 tickets.

AJ

I fully agree those tickets and the ease of winning 500- $1000 is long gone
my name was printed in that section of winners 1k and up almost every month.
Now I swear I spend like you said, $100 in a few mintues and walk away with b s
I still get a few good ones here and there but pa. Is absloutely horrible anymore!!
Not even close to what it was from 2010 and before.

♠♣♥♦= $$$$

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    Posted: May 19, 2013, 10:03 pm - IP Logged

    I fully agree those tickets and the ease of winning 500- $1000 is long gone
    my name was printed in that section of winners 1k and up almost every month.
    Now I swear I spend like you said, $100 in a few mintues and walk away with b s
    I still get a few good ones here and there but pa. Is absloutely horrible anymore!!
    Not even close to what it was from 2010 and before.

    I agree 100% that PA has changed for the worse in ticket design, payout, odds, etc.  Prior to 2010, my wins were decent and my losses weren't that terrible. Even on a bad month, I'd only be out maybe $200 and I spent alot.  Today, I get probably 20% of my money back, so almost everyday I still question why I play.

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      Olney, MD
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      Posted: May 19, 2013, 10:32 pm - IP Logged

      I fully agree those tickets and the ease of winning 500- $1000 is long gone
      my name was printed in that section of winners 1k and up almost every month.
      Now I swear I spend like you said, $100 in a few mintues and walk away with b s
      I still get a few good ones here and there but pa. Is absloutely horrible anymore!!
      Not even close to what it was from 2010 and before.

      The return used to be better in MD in like 2001-2007.  Back then I used to play the $10, $5, $3, $2, and $1 tickets mostly.  I think the first $20 ticket was introduced back in 2005 or 2006 and it wasn't bad the odds were good and the min prize was $25.  I didn't play it much though because $20 was steep for me despite playing the other ticket denominations excessively hahaha.

       

       

      Back then I can tell you this though the $1, and $2 tickets were 100X better than they are now especially with the $1 tickets.   I used to hit $20, $50 and $100 on the $1 tickets much more frequently and it was cool because $1 tickets are so cheap.  They are much worse now it is very difficult to win a prize that is more than $1- $5 on those 2 ticket denominations.  Like I consider $5 a decent prize on the $1 tickets now so I rarely play those the returns are definitely worse now.

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        Posted: May 20, 2013, 5:08 am - IP Logged

        I agree 100% that PA has changed for the worse in ticket design, payout, odds, etc.  Prior to 2010, my wins were decent and my losses weren't that terrible. Even on a bad month, I'd only be out maybe $200 and I spent alot.  Today, I get probably 20% of my money back, so almost everyday I still question why I play.

        I agree. The paybacks really suck.

        This weekend I bought quite a few. I had one $40 winner on 7-11-21 and a couple $5 wins. And trust me I put in easily $200. Nothing on the $20 or $10 tickets.

        I always get mad because I'm the fool that keeps playing.

        I'm on vacation end of the week. I live 20 minutes from WV. I think I may drive there and buy some. The odds seem way way better.

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          Posted: May 20, 2013, 8:04 am - IP Logged

          I agree. The paybacks really suck.

          This weekend I bought quite a few. I had one $40 winner on 7-11-21 and a couple $5 wins. And trust me I put in easily $200. Nothing on the $20 or $10 tickets.

          I always get mad because I'm the fool that keeps playing.

          I'm on vacation end of the week. I live 20 minutes from WV. I think I may drive there and buy some. The odds seem way way better.

          Don't feel like a fool. Don't feel like the Lone Ranger either. You are not alone in trying to beat the system.  And the PA scratch offs are a system. It's like KNOWING the game is rigged but we still do it.

          What's that old saying? You have to hit rock bottom before you get better? Well this is it for me. Every year I  put away $100 a week to go towards my vacation at the Atlantis. This will be the 6th year in a row that my wife and I spend seven nights there.

          The money was for gambling at their casino. Even if we both lose over a grand it is worth it because everything is comped. This year it's four nights at the Cove and three nights at the Royal Towers. Well this year I didn't save that much because I thought I was going to hit the PA scratch offs.

          BIG MISTAKE!!!!

          They should change the name to PA JERK OFFS.

          AJ

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            Olney, MD
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            Posted: May 20, 2013, 9:36 am - IP Logged

            Don't feel like a fool. Don't feel like the Lone Ranger either. You are not alone in trying to beat the system.  And the PA scratch offs are a system. It's like KNOWING the game is rigged but we still do it.

            What's that old saying? You have to hit rock bottom before you get better? Well this is it for me. Every year I  put away $100 a week to go towards my vacation at the Atlantis. This will be the 6th year in a row that my wife and I spend seven nights there.

            The money was for gambling at their casino. Even if we both lose over a grand it is worth it because everything is comped. This year it's four nights at the Cove and three nights at the Royal Towers. Well this year I didn't save that much because I thought I was going to hit the PA scratch offs.

            BIG MISTAKE!!!!

            They should change the name to PA JERK OFFS.

            AJ

            If they change the name to PA-jerkoffs at least players will get a "happy ending" for a change as a result of playing tickets.

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              Posted: May 20, 2013, 11:28 am - IP Logged

              It seems like I just don't have any luck with scratch-offs, I have tried them all from $1 to $20 won $500 on a $2 Jumbo nothing that high since.  So I think that it's more than luck. When I come to Florida I am buying scratch offs!  Also Congrats on your state for winning the PB again!!!!  Something about that Florida coast Sad Wavey

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                Posted: May 20, 2013, 5:12 pm - IP Logged

                I agree 100% that PA has changed for the worse in ticket design, payout, odds, etc.  Prior to 2010, my wins were decent and my losses weren't that terrible. Even on a bad month, I'd only be out maybe $200 and I spent alot.  Today, I get probably 20% of my money back, so almost everyday I still question why I play.

                Count me in. I know I just had that $500 win, but that was it. Someone also won $10K at a Sheetz last week I frequent regularly and even played from the pack. It was the new $20 ticket and I had ticket 14. Not sure what the winner was though. 

                Otherwise it is bad and I agree with the person who said you know it is rigged but keep playing. I have drastically cut back. The new tickets don't seem good either. I played a bunch of the new ones today.   I got 2 free Tickets out of 4 $1 tickets, I played 7-8 of the $2 with one $4 winner. I played 2 of the $5 with one $5 winner. Also saw 000 of the Neon 9's in the trash. I got 001 and it lost. I went back and it was on 004. Played all the way to 011 with 1-$20 winner. 

                I guess there are still decent prizes out there, but with the odds getting worse, they are far and few between. I have said this forever. Get rid of the $1,000,000 top prize on the 20's. Keep max win at say $100,00 and give out more 500/1000 winners.  I remember the days where you would win alot. I even liked the odd amounts. I remember $24 or $48 on $2 tickets and they seemed to be frequent. Enough that you keep playing and win or loss, it was never too bad + or - even. I keep kicking myself. Wish all those years that I worked at a grocery store that I would have saved the odds sheets they use to give us. Would love to have actual proof of the difference, cause we all know it exists..

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                  Posted: May 20, 2013, 7:06 pm - IP Logged

                  Count me in. I know I just had that $500 win, but that was it. Someone also won $10K at a Sheetz last week I frequent regularly and even played from the pack. It was the new $20 ticket and I had ticket 14. Not sure what the winner was though. 

                  Otherwise it is bad and I agree with the person who said you know it is rigged but keep playing. I have drastically cut back. The new tickets don't seem good either. I played a bunch of the new ones today.   I got 2 free Tickets out of 4 $1 tickets, I played 7-8 of the $2 with one $4 winner. I played 2 of the $5 with one $5 winner. Also saw 000 of the Neon 9's in the trash. I got 001 and it lost. I went back and it was on 004. Played all the way to 011 with 1-$20 winner. 

                  I guess there are still decent prizes out there, but with the odds getting worse, they are far and few between. I have said this forever. Get rid of the $1,000,000 top prize on the 20's. Keep max win at say $100,00 and give out more 500/1000 winners.  I remember the days where you would win alot. I even liked the odd amounts. I remember $24 or $48 on $2 tickets and they seemed to be frequent. Enough that you keep playing and win or loss, it was never too bad + or - even. I keep kicking myself. Wish all those years that I worked at a grocery store that I would have saved the odds sheets they use to give us. Would love to have actual proof of the difference, cause we all know it exists..

                  I would like a $20 scratch off that was like a $25,000 top prize.  Maybe they could make 20 of the 25k prizes and take the other 2.5 million (since the MD $20 tickets usually have 3 $1 mil top prizes)  and spread it out along 5k or less prizes.  It would be cool to have more smaller and medium prizes rather than have those tickets be all or nothing.  The 1 mil prize is like an unreachable fantasy for me anyway, I'd just like a better shot at $500 prizes.

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                    Posted: May 20, 2013, 11:29 pm - IP Logged

                    I still remember my $500 win from a $1 tic-tac-toe scratch-off I bought from a West Chester gas station way back. But I do agree that prizes now come few and far between. Heres a few tips I would like to share from my experience with scratch offs.

                    Based on NJ standard of $300 per set of scratch-offs regardless of denomination.

                    $20 - 15 Tickets per set

                    $10 - 30 

                    $5 -   60

                    $3 - 100

                    $2 - 150

                    $1 - 300

                    Most sets follow the odds set forth by the Lottery, 60% returned as prizes, the rest goes to intended beneficiary and overhead costs. So in a regular set, we should expect on average $180 in prizes. The more attractive the prizes, (20x,15x,10x,5x) the lesser the number of winners in each set. Just like in casinos, where slot machines are clustered in islands, only 1 or 2 of this machines will hit a jackpot. The same way with the scratch-offs. Somehow when the retailer orders them, the Lottery people seem to include 1 set with a big prize, several which sticks with the odds and the rest are losers (which funds the jackpot). 

                    So it helps to be friendly or in good terms with the retailer. You can ask if there had been any big winner on the game you prefer. If there had been, your chances on that retailer just got lower. I find that sets with small prizes, $2,$5,$10 are indicative that the set are generally losers. 

                    I like to keep track of the sets from the start. Sometimes the big prizes are on the top of the set, other times its buried in the middle or at the tail or worse its a loser set which means, you can play the whole set and lose a lot. It helps to maintain perspective when playing, that someone ahead of you already got the big prize for the set. So don't go crazy finding whats not there. It might already have been taken.

                    Here in NJ, I like to play the $5 and $3 crosswords. The biggest I have won is $1K on a $5 cashword in NY. In NJ, I have only gotten $150,$100,$50. Although I have won $500 on $2 tickets. Overall, its a net loss for me but its so addicting, I keep coming back. By the way, if you're chasing the jackpot, it might help to look in odd places where dark characters might want to hide them.

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                      Posted: May 21, 2013, 2:06 pm - IP Logged

                      Brought a $300 book of these returned $140

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                        Posted: May 21, 2013, 2:42 pm - IP Logged

                        Florida players:

                         

                        Wondering if anyone has noticed something with GRT..... I just wish there were a way to tell this before buying, but there are some really good batches of GRT and some really bad batches going around....I have found over the last month or so that when I scratch off a GRT, the winners have a darker, more purple type of background, but the losing batches are more a bright pink when scratched off....hard to describe, but it has been completely accurate. The GRT that have been giving me the Hundos to keep me playing have all been that darker background color....when I scratch off a ticket and it has that clean, bright pink background, it's always a loser. Just a heads up, if anyone else has noticed this then please share....I guess this is one time where I don't like it pink on the inside! Ha!!! Couldn't help it!!!!

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                          Posted: May 21, 2013, 3:02 pm - IP Logged

                          Florida players:

                           

                          Wondering if anyone has noticed something with GRT..... I just wish there were a way to tell this before buying, but there are some really good batches of GRT and some really bad batches going around....I have found over the last month or so that when I scratch off a GRT, the winners have a darker, more purple type of background, but the losing batches are more a bright pink when scratched off....hard to describe, but it has been completely accurate. The GRT that have been giving me the Hundos to keep me playing have all been that darker background color....when I scratch off a ticket and it has that clean, bright pink background, it's always a loser. Just a heads up, if anyone else has noticed this then please share....I guess this is one time where I don't like it pink on the inside! Ha!!! Couldn't help it!!!!

                          There can be variations between different batches, but if winners/losers with differences were on the same roll that would be interesting. If you did get some from the same roll with differences, post photos.

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                            There can be variations between different batches, but if winners/losers with differences were on the same roll that would be interesting. If you did get some from the same roll with differences, post photos.

                            No, unfortunately they aren't from the same roll. That would definitely be interesting. But just as an example, last week I got a GRT, it broke even, anyway---ended up getting 4 consecutive winners, one of those being a hundred. All of the darker background...get a few of the GRT elsewhere, all losers, all the brighter background. It's just gotten to the point where it definitely is holding true-- The darker background tickets are much better. Just last night, got a GRT on triple zero, it had the coin stack and a single match, twenty dollar winner. Got the next ticket, coin stack and single match again, this time a hundred dollar winner. Again, the darker background....today got a GRT, brighter pink, loser....got the next one anyway---loser. So, I wish there were a way to notice BEFORE scratching, but it's just my recommendation that if you are playing GRT and you scratch off a brighter pink background, then stop playing that roll. I've noticed this other times with other different games, but it seems to be happening currently with GRT, at least in South Florida.

                            I'm ready for a big win!

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                              Posted: May 21, 2013, 3:17 pm - IP Logged

                              Count me in. I know I just had that $500 win, but that was it. Someone also won $10K at a Sheetz last week I frequent regularly and even played from the pack. It was the new $20 ticket and I had ticket 14. Not sure what the winner was though. 

                              Otherwise it is bad and I agree with the person who said you know it is rigged but keep playing. I have drastically cut back. The new tickets don't seem good either. I played a bunch of the new ones today.   I got 2 free Tickets out of 4 $1 tickets, I played 7-8 of the $2 with one $4 winner. I played 2 of the $5 with one $5 winner. Also saw 000 of the Neon 9's in the trash. I got 001 and it lost. I went back and it was on 004. Played all the way to 011 with 1-$20 winner. 

                              I guess there are still decent prizes out there, but with the odds getting worse, they are far and few between. I have said this forever. Get rid of the $1,000,000 top prize on the 20's. Keep max win at say $100,00 and give out more 500/1000 winners.  I remember the days where you would win alot. I even liked the odd amounts. I remember $24 or $48 on $2 tickets and they seemed to be frequent. Enough that you keep playing and win or loss, it was never too bad + or - even. I keep kicking myself. Wish all those years that I worked at a grocery store that I would have saved the odds sheets they use to give us. Would love to have actual proof of the difference, cause we all know it exists..

                              I love how the new ones are the same as all the others. Nothing different.

                              PA lottery has a great creative team. (not...)

                               

                              Getting kinda boring to me at least.

                                 
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