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10 Rules for playing scratchies

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Bigheadnick's avatar - badluck
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Posted: April 27, 2012, 4:42 pm - IP Logged

1-always buy 2 at a time with the following 2 rules being the exceptions

2-always buy the last ticket in the book

3-always buy hangers (the ones that are off the book but wedged into the plastic because sum1 changed they're mind or the clerk pulled too many)

4-when a new game comes out play it as soon as u can as a jackpot winner always gets sold within the first week of a new game (i think for pr reasons they make sure of it)

5-don't stay in one place or on one game for too long, you will bury yourself, I've learned this the hard way.

6-play second chance games as you effectively double the bang for your gambling buck

7-check the trash for winners and 2nd chancers- more details on this in my blog

8-scratch the game entirely, dont just scratch the code as anything over $600 is the same as a losing code.

9-take your time to thouroghly check your ticket, if you throw away a winner, I will find it muahahaha!

10-don't be afraid to walk away from a bad book.

Scratchies for the win!

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    Posted: April 27, 2012, 5:52 pm - IP Logged

    Thanks Bigheadnick for the infoThumbs Up you might want to post this in the Scratch of forum.

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      Posted: April 27, 2012, 5:59 pm - IP Logged

      1-always buy 2 at a time with the following 2 rules being the exceptions

      2-always buy the last ticket in the book

      3-always buy hangers (the ones that are off the book but wedged into the plastic because sum1 changed they're mind or the clerk pulled too many)

      4-when a new game comes out play it as soon as u can as a jackpot winner always gets sold within the first week of a new game (i think for pr reasons they make sure of it)

      5-don't stay in one place or on one game for too long, you will bury yourself, I've learned this the hard way.

      6-play second chance games as you effectively double the bang for your gambling buck

      7-check the trash for winners and 2nd chancers- more details on this in my blog

      8-scratch the game entirely, dont just scratch the code as anything over $600 is the same as a losing code.

      9-take your time to thouroghly check your ticket, if you throw away a winner, I will find it muahahaha!

      10-don't be afraid to walk away from a bad book.

      I always try to buy the last ticket and hangers.  you need to ask some stores how they hang tickets, a noticed lately a few of stores i go to, start with  last ticket first, so when you think you are buying last one you are actually getting first one of book.

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        Posted: April 27, 2012, 8:58 pm - IP Logged

        Okay, I'm gonna tell all of you the best rule in the book. First, each roll has a guaranteed prize amount per roll, so always ask the clerk how much (approximately) they've paid out. Now, this is only a general guideline because a player can purchase a winning ticket and cash in anywhere which leaves the clerk clueless as to how much has went out on that roll. However, most players go back to where they purchased the winning ticket to cash in unless it's over the $600 limit. Just sumthin' to keep in mind and go by, okay...


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          Posted: April 28, 2012, 1:16 am - IP Logged

          Nice tips! I always buy 2 tickets at a time and ALWAYS buy the last in the roll if I can. Never know where that jackpot is hiding.

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            Posted: April 28, 2012, 3:42 am - IP Logged

            I wouldnt bother playing the $1 games. You have to go through alot of losers just to get a winner.

            My rules of playing scratchers are:

            1. Always buy 5 of the $2 scratchers.

            2. Buy at least 2 of the $5 and $10 games, winners are known to be back to back.

            3. Rotate between many stores.

            4. NEVER talk to anyone about winning.

            If someone sees me scratching and winning, then walks up to me and asks how good the game is, I reply with "Dunno." I dont want that person to start playing the same game and walk away with the top prize. I always keep everything to myself and never reveal to anyone whether a scratcher is a winning roll or a dud.


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              Posted: April 28, 2012, 5:21 am - IP Logged

              Good tips everyone. The constant theme seems to buy at least two tickets every time, which is something I have always done with good success.

              Beyond that I would add that after a "new" game has been out for a month or so, you may want to  try a couple of older scratch games that

              still have a few major unclaimed prizes remaining. Don't put all your eggs in one basket with just the new games.

               

              I also rarely play any of the $1-2 games, big crap shoot. Your spending a lot to get a shot at a much smaller prize. Sometimes you get into a

              rut with similar routines. Try breaking this up. If you always buy your tickets from a roll with a cashier, try buying from a machine on completely

              different games. A few weeks back I bought a $3 ticket scrabble ticket (which I hate because it takes to much time to figure out prize), I thought

              I had no winnings but decided to scan the ticket and found out I had a $200 winner!

               

              Scratch on everyone!  Banana

                Bigheadnick's avatar - badluck
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                Posted: April 28, 2012, 4:13 pm - IP Logged

                I always try to buy the last ticket and hangers.  you need to ask some stores how they hang tickets, a noticed lately a few of stores i go to, start with  last ticket first, so when you think you are buying last one you are actually getting first one of book.

                 This is true, and another thing I noticed last night actually is some places will only load half a book at a time. I ended up buying what I thought were the last 4 in a book only to realize it was at 160-something which on the tickets I bought is only half way through a full book (300).

                 Also to the guys that say $2 ticks are a waste of time, I disagree on this one only because I've had much more success with the $2 I buy (usually 2-3 at a time) than the $5 (usually 1-2 at a time) Ive hit $100 only once on a $10, once on a $5 but 3 times on $2 ticks. Keep in mind I have epic bad luck overall so this may or may not be a reflection on the whole thing.

                Scratchies for the win!

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                  Posted: April 28, 2012, 7:02 pm - IP Logged

                  I just started buying scratchers.  They can be sort of addictive no?  Sometimes I don't even really care if I lose...I just like to scratch.

                   

                  This thread has a lot of great advice.  I was already buy 2-3 tickets at a time so I will definitely continue doing that.

                   

                  Because of my budget I only by $1 tickets, but have had some relative success.  Almost every time I've bought 2-3 tickets I've always at least gotten my money back.  Over the last 3 weeks I might have spent like $20 or scratchers and got maybe $15 back.  I'm gonna save a little and move up to the $3 or $5 tickets.

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                    Posted: April 28, 2012, 8:31 pm - IP Logged

                    Thanks bigheadnick........... just one question on your list.  Are you sure number 8 is accurate?  Maybe thats specific to your state.

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                      Posted: April 28, 2012, 8:34 pm - IP Logged

                      Thanks for the advice, looks very useful. I like to buy tickets at each of the four corner, for ex:

                       

                      X       X

                       

                      X        X

                       

                      These tickets usually have winners most the time. Playing the machines produce winners too. Anytime you guys win big, send me some. Thanks :-D

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                        Posted: April 29, 2012, 12:37 am - IP Logged

                        Thanks bigheadnick........... just one question on your list.  Are you sure number 8 is accurate?  Maybe thats specific to your state.

                         I think the amount may be different but the principles the same. The reason being as far as I can tell is the amount coinsides with what the store is allowed to cash. Mass being $600 or less. The clerk can always scratch the code to make sure its a winner for said amount before scanning. If they are up on the codes and they arent sure if they have a winner they can check because if they scan 3 losing tickets they have to reset the lotto machine. Don't know what that really entails but from what they tell me its a pain.

                        Scratchies for the win!

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                          Posted: April 29, 2012, 12:39 am - IP Logged

                          yes , scratchies are like dope for those of us who have the dreams but not the means

                          Scratchies for the win!

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                            Posted: April 29, 2012, 2:05 am - IP Logged

                            Scratching off a winning number or symbol is like the best high in the world. Better than any drug, I tell ya.

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                              Posted: May 1, 2012, 10:16 pm - IP Logged

                              1-always buy 2 at a time with the following 2 rules being the exceptions

                              2-always buy the last ticket in the book

                              3-always buy hangers (the ones that are off the book but wedged into the plastic because sum1 changed they're mind or the clerk pulled too many)

                              4-when a new game comes out play it as soon as u can as a jackpot winner always gets sold within the first week of a new game (i think for pr reasons they make sure of it)

                              5-don't stay in one place or on one game for too long, you will bury yourself, I've learned this the hard way.

                              6-play second chance games as you effectively double the bang for your gambling buck

                              7-check the trash for winners and 2nd chancers- more details on this in my blog

                              8-scratch the game entirely, dont just scratch the code as anything over $600 is the same as a losing code.

                              9-take your time to thouroghly check your ticket, if you throw away a winner, I will find it muahahaha!

                              10-don't be afraid to walk away from a bad book.

                              BHN:

                              thank U 4 ur HELP>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>!!!!!!!!!Jack-in-the-Box