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Why can't I ever get a good win on scratch tickets?

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Posted: May 11, 2012, 1:01 pm - IP Logged

Play where they post the winning tickets up.   Try a different place - high volume stores. 

Look at the state website and see which tickets still has the remaining big wins - Pa has that.

Go to little towns and play - that happens a lot in PA.

And if all else fails? 

STOP PLAYING AND SAVE YOUR DOUGH~!

Hi JezzVim,

Thanks for your response. I have tried different places, one of the places I frequent is a high volume convenience store for the lottery. I've always been a viewer of my States lottery website to see which tickets still have big wins, etc. Unfortunately the price of gas keeps me being more local when it comes to buying tickets outside of my area. On occasion I will venture to places outside of my town but not too often.  Now I really wish I could stop playing but don't see that happening. The last few months I had been buying much less scratch tickets and just usually buying a mass cash, powerball or mm ticket, but last week I started buying a few scratch tickets and I seem to be going back to buying them again.

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    Posted: May 11, 2012, 1:08 pm - IP Logged

    I too rarely buy them but when I buy one and it's a winner I buy some more depending on the size of the prize. 

    I once got a guy's hackles up who did just that.  After getting a $10 win on a $1 ticket, he bought the next 5 which was all losers and I bought 5 more and had a $50 winner and he bought the next five which were  all losers too. I bought five more and had a $100 winner and then told him he could buy all of the remaining roll he wanted because after I cash my $100 winner I was leaving.  I walked out $150 richer than I was when I walked in.  I still buy a scracther once in a while but nothing like that has ever happened again.

    Of course you were a safe distance gone by the time that guy realized he hadn't won squat on the rest of that roll. LOL

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      Posted: May 11, 2012, 5:32 pm - IP Logged

      Hi SaintAndiesPl,

      You seem to have a good thought process when it comes to playing scratchers.  Being sensible about playing scratchers but at the same time having fun playing as you are doing makes good sense. I do agree about the 1 dollar tickets being useless but have won some decent money on the 2 dollar ones. I do tend to stick to the 5 dollar ones the most but have been buying the 20 dollar ones every now and then.

      Thanks :).. My brother has had success on the 1 dollar ones. He won 500 twice on a scratch out called lose change..  The 5 dollars scratch outs  are mix of hot and cold. There was a  5 dollar scratch out 2 years ago that was like golden... called Red Hot Million, everytime I bought it I hardly ever lost.. always got back my 5 or tiny bit more like 15 or 30.. After playing scratch out for good number of year. like maybe 10 years or so.. I realize the odds are insane.. But I hope to look forward to that day where I see pic of a  coin and then right below it 1,000,000.00 winHyper.. Never tried this 30 dollar scratch out here, the highest they have.. seems little too steepThud

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        Posted: May 11, 2012, 11:22 pm - IP Logged

        Of course you were a safe distance gone by the time that guy realized he hadn't won squat on the rest of that roll. LOL

        It's so funny that you say this...and I agree 100%. Why? With the amounts already won, based on what he posted, the GUARANTEED PRIZE AMOUNT per pack was close to being met which means the rest will be pure profit for the lottery. A roll very rarely exceeds the GPA unless there's a big winner figured in somewhere.


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          Posted: May 12, 2012, 12:01 am - IP Logged

          Hi everyone,

           

          I look at the odds of scratch tickets and know the odds are not on my side but still why can't I win more then a few bucks when I play. I've won 100 dollars just twice on 5 dollar scratch tickets but the majority of the time I either win nothing or just get my money back on the ticket price. I realize that the lottery commission prints out millions of tickets per scratch game and I do look at my states website (MA) to try to pick games that still have some decent prizes but regardless it seems so hard to get anything. I know some people have better luck than others and do realize it's a needle in a haystack (I still play the PB, MM and Mass Cash) but have never won anything more than a few dollars).  It's so dissapointing to scratch a ticket only to get nothing or a few bucks. I had been buying 2 scratch tickets per game, went back to one per game and now back to 2 tickets per game but still no luck. I would be happy to win 5 thousand or so it doesn't have to be the big one but since they take taxes out and one would have to claim anything over 600 dollars on their taxes it would be nice someday to win something more than a few bucks. Sometimes I read here about some people having some good luck, I admit I do tend to play locally at a bunch of different places but do not travel outside of a few places close to me due to money it would cost for gas.  Still wishing for that miracle as I'm sure so many really need.  Thanks for listening to me vent. I'm sure others feel as I do, I still play because I believe you can't win if you don't play but just have to continue to keep myself on a budget. What do other people feel about the scratch chances?

          Shy, I have won $40, 1 time and $100, 3 times. The rest, $5 here and $10 there. I always check the site to how many top prizes are left. I had a hunch that a particular store in a particular neighborhood would produce a big winner...and it did..million dollar scractch off. I buy scratch offs there all the time after driving 20 miles to get there. The guy who won drove the same 20 miles, i did not know him. I only buy sratchoffs in paritcular areas. I will not say why as the natives here get real crazy when conspiracy theories are brought up.

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            Posted: May 12, 2012, 7:11 am - IP Logged

            Shy, I have won $40, 1 time and $100, 3 times. The rest, $5 here and $10 there. I always check the site to how many top prizes are left. I had a hunch that a particular store in a particular neighborhood would produce a big winner...and it did..million dollar scractch off. I buy scratch offs there all the time after driving 20 miles to get there. The guy who won drove the same 20 miles, i did not know him. I only buy sratchoffs in paritcular areas. I will not say why as the natives here get real crazy when conspiracy theories are brought up.

            Hi pick4master,

            It seems we are similar in terms of what we have won and the fact that we both check our States lottery websites. Guess you have a good store that is worth driving 20 miles to. When I look at my States website to see where the scratch winning tickets came from it never seems to be from my town, on the other hand if someone wins a million on a scratch ticket in my town someday, then I might have to play in another town because I'm not sure our town would have another winner. Sometimes it does seem like certain towns win more than others but overall it really is like a needle in a haystack. Wow you had a good hunch about that particular store, sorry you were not the million dollar winner but hopefully one of these days you will be.