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Do you enjoy scratch offs as a form of entertainment?

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Posted: March 29, 2011, 11:23 pm - IP Logged

I do. Think about it. Yes, it's great to win, but to me, buying a scratch off ticket has always been a form of entertainment. The anticipation - waiting to get home to see if you're the big winner. Even if you can't wait to get home and scratch the ticket at the store. Pulse rises. Then - more often than not, it's a loser, and life goes on..

I know that there are people who buy scratch offs and then scratch off only the symbol to see how much they've won - but isn't half the fun in the anticipation?

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    Posted: March 29, 2011, 11:40 pm - IP Logged

    I agree with you..the not knowing if youre a winner or loser! i buy alot of $3 tickets..which are either bingo or word puzzle games...they take longer to play and I enjoy doing them...
    If I just want to win (often lose) I buy a $10 ticket, and scratch it off fast.

    have a great winning day!

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      Posted: March 29, 2011, 11:44 pm - IP Logged

      I agree completely,

      I usually buy a bunch of different scratch-offs from a couple of stores and bring them home. It's very exciting and for some reason I always feel like I snagged a big winner--never happens though lol

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        Posted: March 30, 2011, 11:26 am - IP Logged

        Put me in the minority of the "Bah Humbug!" category.

        I have no more emotion invested in a scratch ticket than I do a regular draw/lottery ticket. In fact, I wish they were more instant than they are now. Just put one spot to scratch, or better yet, have some machine at the counter be able to quickly suck off the messy coating and read the barcode automatically.

        Chance of winning big is the entertainment, not the teasing psychological games they build into the scratch cards, thank you.

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          Posted: March 30, 2011, 11:46 am - IP Logged

          Put me in the minority of the "Bah Humbug!" category.

          I have no more emotion invested in a scratch ticket than I do a regular draw/lottery ticket. In fact, I wish they were more instant than they are now. Just put one spot to scratch, or better yet, have some machine at the counter be able to quickly suck off the messy coating and read the barcode automatically.

          Chance of winning big is the entertainment, not the teasing psychological games they build into the scratch cards, thank you.

          Agreed, although I do buy the 2 dollar bingo ones to do at home.

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            Posted: March 30, 2011, 11:47 am - IP Logged

            Yes, I love the thrill of the scratch-off. But, I personally have to be careful because I get upset when I lose after a sizable investment. Maybe mostly small days are the way to go for me.

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              Posted: March 30, 2011, 9:13 pm - IP Logged

              Put me in the minority of the "Bah Humbug!" category.

              I have no more emotion invested in a scratch ticket than I do a regular draw/lottery ticket. In fact, I wish they were more instant than they are now. Just put one spot to scratch, or better yet, have some machine at the counter be able to quickly suck off the messy coating and read the barcode automatically.

              Chance of winning big is the entertainment, not the teasing psychological games they build into the scratch cards, thank you.

              You can just scratch the code and hand it in to the cashier for confirmation if you are inclined to see immediate results. 

              Or if you state has Lucky Lines just play that. I typically consider these as games of choice for the most dellusional, hard core addicts.

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                Posted: March 31, 2011, 12:28 am - IP Logged

                You can just scratch the code and hand it in to the cashier for confirmation if you are inclined to see immediate results. 

                Or if you state has Lucky Lines just play that. I typically consider these as games of choice for the most dellusional, hard core addicts.

                I'd love if NJ got Lucky Lines pretty much exactly how FLorida does it.... seems alright.  Just 1 $5 one a day or something, you'll have a higher expected rate of return than even 20 dollar scratch offs, or at least I'd assume.  Here in NJ almost all scratch offs return 65% of the funds, (just a couple, a $2 and $5 one return 70% and one 10 dollar one returns 75%)

                 

                I'd assume it's about the same in other states, but I've never bothered to the math (NJ always lists the percentage returned, so I don't have to do the math, I'll just assume they aren't lying lol)

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                  Posted: March 31, 2011, 1:09 am - IP Logged

                  I know it's a small risk but it has been reported to have happened before:

                  If you just give the card blindly to the clerk without knowing the winning value, there is potential for fraud. You could have a $1000 winner but if you don't play through the card and just hand it to the clerk with only barcode scratched, he could say, "oh you just won $5 bucks..."