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If you win $1 or $2 here and there its best to quit or at least cut back.

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autoprt's avatar - DiscoBallGlowing

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Posted: August 24, 2011, 1:58 am - IP Logged

I've come to the conclusion I'm not a lucky person when it comes to lottery.  There are people are there who spend quite a bit of money and win some also.

I spend on average about $12 a day with various games in the GA Lottery my favorite being Keno where its so easy to go through $20 in a matter of minutes. 

On just $12 a day in the course of a year I figured out and you end up spending over $4000 in a year.  If you factor in wins (which are few, $70 here and there possibly a $400 win in Keno) you get some of it back but the state definitely comes out ahead.

I've seen players spend $100, $200 and even more a day on scratch offs, etc. and I don't know how they are doing it. 

Some I know want to quit and can't.  When you mention quitting playing they don't want to hear it.  I enjoy playing so I am not going to quit cold turkey.  I admit I've tried to quit but end up missing playing.  I am at the point where I completely have stopped playing scratch offs and very rarely buy cash 3 and 4's. 

I am working on playing 1 or 2 keno games a day and only buying 1 powerball and mega millions ticket as those games come out.  So this way I am spending now about $3-4 a day which comes out to about $1344 a year.

Not trying to be preachy but you come out ahead most of time just by not playing and end up with more in your pocket.

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    Posted: August 24, 2011, 2:20 am - IP Logged

    I've come to the conclusion I'm not a lucky person when it comes to lottery.  There are people are there who spend quite a bit of money and win some also.

    I spend on average about $12 a day with various games in the GA Lottery my favorite being Keno where its so easy to go through $20 in a matter of minutes. 

    On just $12 a day in the course of a year I figured out and you end up spending over $4000 in a year.  If you factor in wins (which are few, $70 here and there possibly a $400 win in Keno) you get some of it back but the state definitely comes out ahead.

    I've seen players spend $100, $200 and even more a day on scratch offs, etc. and I don't know how they are doing it. 

    Some I know want to quit and can't.  When you mention quitting playing they don't want to hear it.  I enjoy playing so I am not going to quit cold turkey.  I admit I've tried to quit but end up missing playing.  I am at the point where I completely have stopped playing scratch offs and very rarely buy cash 3 and 4's. 

    I am working on playing 1 or 2 keno games a day and only buying 1 powerball and mega millions ticket as those games come out.  So this way I am spending now about $3-4 a day which comes out to about $1344 a year.

    Not trying to be preachy but you come out ahead most of time just by not playing and end up with more in your pocket.

    I agree, a lot of people are in denial. I see post of people winning this and that but they never divulge in what they spend vs what they win, profit after expenses or losses after winners. some players also consider $10 on a $10 scratcher winning, lol. it would very enlightening if players started with say $5000 on Jan. 1st and see how much they would have by the end of the year ( without spending the winners). I would guess 95% would be down. the odds are against us ( lottery is BiiiG Business, just look at the LP articles, what recession), but I still HOPE to get hit by LUCK. Good Luck All.

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      Posted: August 24, 2011, 3:00 am - IP Logged

      I think the best way to control your spending is to set aside a fix amount of money you are willing to lose each month. Set a budget. If your budget is 100 dollars per month, put one hundred dollars in an envelope. Put any money you win inside the envelope. Only spend money from that envelope to buy lottery tickets. At the end of the month, put any money left over back to your bank. And then put another 100 dollars from the bank to your envelope at the beginning of each month. If you left with no money in the envelope, do not buy another lottery ticket until the beginning of next month.

      You should also keep detail of your lottery spending with a spread sheet. I have done it since the first time I played lottery. This way, I know precisely how much I have lost and how much I have won.

      If your state has a replay program, don't forget to register non winning tickets to their website. You may get lucky. Besides, entering losing tickets help you keeping track of your spending too.

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        Posted: August 24, 2011, 5:06 am - IP Logged

        redhot,

        i like the spreadsheet idea.  this whole idea came to me when the other day i heard a lady saying about how broke she was and wasn't going to be able to pay her rent when i had seen her not too long before buy about 10 $20 scratch offs and I think the most she won was a free ticket and i don't think anything else. 

        about 3 years ago i worked at a hertz detailing cars and i used to have to drive up the road to the carwash at a Chevron. it was on a saturday and a man was buying $10 and $20 scratch tickets.  i was working only 5 hours that day and as i went back and forth over the entire time he was there and still there when i stopped by before going home.  that monday i asked the store owner if he won anything big, he indicated he would win then go give it all back he spent overall about $5000 and won about $1500 so he lost 5 + hours of time and money. 

        some people just don't have self control, when i win i play a few more games to test my luck and if nothing i leave with what i won.

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          Posted: August 24, 2011, 10:23 am - IP Logged

          Candido from Mass. showed that all you have to do is keep your foot in the door with one ticket.

          He also showed that waiting for the JP to hit a certain level could deny you millions.

          He bought one single QP that had some weird-ass numbers and came away with a 30 some million dollar win.

          Keep your foot in the door.


                                                       
                               
                                                   

           

           

           

           

                                                                                                             

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            Posted: August 24, 2011, 10:26 am - IP Logged

            Candido from Mass. showed that all you have to do is keep your foot in the door with one ticket.

            He also showed that waiting for the JP to hit a certain level could deny you millions.

            He bought one single QP that had some weird-ass numbers and came away with a 30 some million dollar win.

            Keep your foot in the door.

            Yep, ya just never know...keep trying.

            Did you exchange a walk on part in the war ?

            For a lead role in a cage?

             

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              Posted: August 24, 2011, 7:16 pm - IP Logged

              I've come to the conclusion I'm not a lucky person when it comes to lottery.  There are people are there who spend quite a bit of money and win some also.

              I spend on average about $12 a day with various games in the GA Lottery my favorite being Keno where its so easy to go through $20 in a matter of minutes. 

              On just $12 a day in the course of a year I figured out and you end up spending over $4000 in a year.  If you factor in wins (which are few, $70 here and there possibly a $400 win in Keno) you get some of it back but the state definitely comes out ahead.

              I've seen players spend $100, $200 and even more a day on scratch offs, etc. and I don't know how they are doing it. 

              Some I know want to quit and can't.  When you mention quitting playing they don't want to hear it.  I enjoy playing so I am not going to quit cold turkey.  I admit I've tried to quit but end up missing playing.  I am at the point where I completely have stopped playing scratch offs and very rarely buy cash 3 and 4's. 

              I am working on playing 1 or 2 keno games a day and only buying 1 powerball and mega millions ticket as those games come out.  So this way I am spending now about $3-4 a day which comes out to about $1344 a year.

              Not trying to be preachy but you come out ahead most of time just by not playing and end up with more in your pocket.

              budget is the word.

              $15 a wk. for me

              $7 for a wk of jc5.

              $2 a wk for pic 6.

              $4 a wk for mm w/mp.

              $2 a wk for mm w/o mp.(wife only wants the JP)

              on tues. i bought 4x jc5 & 1x pic6 cause i had a $5 tip from work.

              Extraordinary Popular Delusions & the Madness of Crowds    -- Charles Mackay  LL.D.


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                Posted: August 24, 2011, 7:58 pm - IP Logged

                I think the best way to control your spending is to set aside a fix amount of money you are willing to lose each month. Set a budget. If your budget is 100 dollars per month, put one hundred dollars in an envelope. Put any money you win inside the envelope. Only spend money from that envelope to buy lottery tickets. At the end of the month, put any money left over back to your bank. And then put another 100 dollars from the bank to your envelope at the beginning of each month. If you left with no money in the envelope, do not buy another lottery ticket until the beginning of next month.

                You should also keep detail of your lottery spending with a spread sheet. I have done it since the first time I played lottery. This way, I know precisely how much I have lost and how much I have won.

                If your state has a replay program, don't forget to register non winning tickets to their website. You may get lucky. Besides, entering losing tickets help you keeping track of your spending too.

                What If I don't have any envelopes?

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                  Posted: August 24, 2011, 8:12 pm - IP Logged

                  What If I don't have any envelopes?

                  then use one from junk mail or a soup can or a shoebox if you're lucky.

                  you know,no problems,only soulutions...

                  Extraordinary Popular Delusions & the Madness of Crowds    -- Charles Mackay  LL.D.

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                    Posted: August 24, 2011, 8:23 pm - IP Logged

                    What If I don't have any envelopes?

                    Then buy one, lol or use your wallet but put the money in a separate compartment. Most envelopes, even the cheap ones, have at least two compartments. Use one compartment for lottery spending and use the other one for all other expenses.


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                      Posted: August 24, 2011, 8:46 pm - IP Logged

                      then use one from junk mail or a soup can or a shoebox if you're lucky.

                      you know,no problems,only soulutions...

                      But i don't get junkmail or eat soup, I hate soup. I've thrown all my shoeboxes away...


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                        Posted: August 24, 2011, 8:48 pm - IP Logged

                        Then buy one, lol or use your wallet but put the money in a separate compartment. Most envelopes, even the cheap ones, have at least two compartments. Use one compartment for lottery spending and use the other one for all other expenses.

                        Unfortunately you can't buy envelopes in Los Angeles. And i don't own a wallet, makes my butt look big. So now what?

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                          I think we are all big loosers. I have been playing lotteries for more than 20 years. I only play terminal lotteries, no scratch off, no casino, no videopoker. I don't have a specific budget. I play QP and SP , sometimes a mix of both, some time multiple draws.  I can tell you I lost a lot of Money. I am truck driver and when I drive through Canada or USA , I stop in every states for a pee or for gas and buy a lottery ticket...I cannot enter in a store where there's a retailer machine and not buying a 6/49 or a Lotto MAX or in the US Powerball or MM.  I play Canadian 6/49 and Lotto Max, Quebec 49, Ontario 49, Western 49, Powerball, MegaMillions, Tri-States Megabucks, Hot Lotto Sizzler, NY Lotto, Ohio 6/49, Massachussetts Megabucks, Florida Lotto and some others. I only buy 1$ or 4$ a shot but at the end of week I must have spend more than 40 $ for sure.

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                            I think we are all big loosers. I have been playing lotteries for more than 20 years. I only play terminal lotteries, no scratch off, no casino, no videopoker. I don't have a specific budget. I play QP and SP , sometimes a mix of both, some time multiple draws.  I can tell you I lost a lot of Money. I am truck driver and when I drive through Canada or USA , I stop in every states for a pee or for gas and buy a lottery ticket...I cannot enter in a store where there's a retailer machine and not buying a 6/49 or a Lotto MAX or in the US Powerball or MM.  I play Canadian 6/49 and Lotto Max, Quebec 49, Ontario 49, Western 49, Powerball, MegaMillions, Tri-States Megabucks, Hot Lotto Sizzler, NY Lotto, Ohio 6/49, Massachussetts Megabucks, Florida Lotto and some others. I only buy 1$ or 4$ a shot but at the end of week I must have spend more than 40 $ for sure.

                            20 years? Wow! If you don't mind me asking, what was the most you have won?

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                              Posted: August 24, 2011, 10:08 pm - IP Logged

                              2800$   1 X Canada Super 7. 6 numbers on 7

                              3X 5 numbers on 6 for Canada 6/49 amount between 600$ and 1600$

                              1X 5 numbers on 6 Quebec 49 for 500$

                              3 Numbers + Powerball for 450$ USA Powerball

                              missed jackpot three times off a single number. None were QP, all numbers were SP Mostly break-suited Patterns

                               

                              SO I AM BIG LOOSER ahaah