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# Scratch Off vs Online Games

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Do you think that we have more control of our luck with online games like Mega Millions than sratch off lottery tickets?

With scratch off, your luck depends on the time and location where you buy the tickets. If the guy who buy the jackpot ticket buys the ticket before you, you are out of luck. He got it first. If the jackpot prize is sold in a different location, you are out of luck too and you would have no way to find out which retailer sells the jackpot ticket. With online game, the time and location where you buy the ticket is irrelevant. The only variable that determines your luck is your choice of numbers.

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" The only variable that determines your luck is your choice of numbers."

Actually there is another variable.

Whether you pick your own numbers or get a Quick Pick.

"The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing"

--Edmund Burke

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Do you think that we have more control of our luck with online games like Mega Millions than sratch off lottery tickets?

With scratch off, your luck depends on the time and location where you buy the tickets. If the guy who buy the jackpot ticket buys the ticket before you, you are out of luck. He got it first. If the jackpot prize is sold in a different location, you are out of luck too and you would have no way to find out which retailer sells the jackpot ticket. With online game, the time and location where you buy the ticket is irrelevant. The only variable that determines your luck is your choice of numbers.

Is there any difference betwen someone in front of you buying the winning ticket for a jackpot game, or someone in front of you buying a winning scratcher with a huge prize?

Same thing, no?

Those who run the lotteries love it when players look for consistency in something that's designed not to have any.

There is one and only one 'proven' system, and that is to book the action. No matter the game, let the players pick their own losers.

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 Posted: June 27, 2011, 6:28 pm - IP Logged

I prefer online games.  For me the difference is thus:  If I buy a scratch-off, I scratch it and immediately find out I didn't win, but if I get a ticket for an online game, I don't find out that I didn't win until the drawing.

With my Mega Millions ticket, it takes more time to find out I didn't win, so I have more time to think I might.

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 Posted: June 27, 2011, 8:50 pm - IP Logged

Is there any difference betwen someone in front of you buying the winning ticket for a jackpot game, or someone in front of you buying a winning scratcher with a huge prize?

Same thing, no?

Sure, there is.

If someone in front of you buying a winning jackpot ticket of an online game, you just have to share the jackpot prize with him.

If someone in front of you buying a winning jackpot ticket of a sratcher game,  you get nothing or get much less depending on the prize of the scratcher ticket you buy after him.

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 Posted: June 27, 2011, 11:41 pm - IP Logged

Sure, there is.

If someone in front of you buying a winning jackpot ticket of an online game, you just have to share the jackpot prize with him.

If someone in front of you buying a winning jackpot ticket of a sratcher game,  you get nothing or get much less depending on the prize of the scratcher ticket you buy after him.

Correction: "If someone in front of you buying a winning jackpot ticket of an online game and you happen to pick the same number as him, you just have to share the jackpot prize with him."

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 Posted: June 28, 2011, 12:36 am - IP Logged

redhot7,

You kind of anwered your own hypothetical situation. Unless you knosw the person and are playing partners with them why would you think you'd have the same numbers?

Those who run the lotteries love it when players look for consistency in something that's designed not to have any.

There is one and only one 'proven' system, and that is to book the action. No matter the game, let the players pick their own losers.

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 Posted: June 28, 2011, 1:08 am - IP Logged

redhot7,

You kind of anwered your own hypothetical situation. Unless you knosw the person and are playing partners with them why would you think you'd have the same numbers?

I didn't. It is just an extremely remote probability that 2 people who don't know each other pick the same number and win.

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