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Have gotten off track of being on budget for lottery anyone else the same?

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Posted: June 5, 2012, 11:38 am - IP Logged

Hi again,

Well I did have good intentions to keep myself on a budget when it comes to the lottery but these last few weeks that hasn't happened. Desperation has set in for myself and can't seem to stop myself from buying either a few scratch tickets (usually the 2 or 5 dollar ones but have also bought a 20 dollar ticket from time to time) or non scratcher games daily. There was a time I could buy a few scratchers and hold onto them for a week or more before scratching them, that way I could tell myself that I don't need to buy scratchers because I have some at home. Well no longer is that happening. My luck on the lottery hasn't been good, yet I still play hoping for a win. The 200 dollars I won on a scratcher last week only fueled my need to buy them in hopes that I could get a decent win someday. When my rational side kicks in I tell myself that there are millions of tickets printed for each scratch ticket and if you take an example of a 5 dollar ticket there may only be 6 people who can win 1 million dollars and the odds are usually 1 in 4 million or something like that. Though I now play in hopes of winning anything good.  In hindsight I would have been better off saving the money I have spent playing the lottery over these 2 years, unfortunately my rational side was losing to my irrational self. On this board I tend to see some people who are very good about budgeting and some people who just don't worry about a budget and just buy tickets. Are there other's like myself who want to get back on track but finding it hard to do so?

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    Posted: June 5, 2012, 12:44 pm - IP Logged

    Hi shy ... are you talking addiction-need help or obsession-need help or game-need help?

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      Posted: June 5, 2012, 2:17 pm - IP Logged

      You will win when you least expect it. The lotto is fun, but gets boring when you never win. I try not to worry about the money. What i spent on lotto, is nothing compared to what i lost in my 401k the last two weeks.  GL

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        Posted: June 5, 2012, 3:28 pm - IP Logged

        Hi shy ... are you talking addiction-need help or obsession-need help or game-need help?

        Hi maximumfun,

        You kind of pinpointed what I mean, it's really become an addiction/obsession for me to the point I now seem to have to buy tickets each day. Even ended up going to a Shell station in the next couple of towns from where I live (someone had won 1 million on a 5 dollar scratcher recently there), thought maybe this is a lucky store but the clerk said that was the only person who ever won anything big at that gas station. I feel like I'm chasing the scratchers out there and driving to places I otherwise hadn't in the past, all with no luck. Think I was doing better when I would only buy a few scratchers each week and not scratch them right away, seem to have more wins that way.

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          Posted: June 5, 2012, 3:32 pm - IP Logged

          You will win when you least expect it. The lotto is fun, but gets boring when you never win. I try not to worry about the money. What i spent on lotto, is nothing compared to what i lost in my 401k the last two weeks.  GL

          Hi RedStang,

          You might be right about winning when you least expect it. For me it just gets so frustrating trying to win and not getting anything or just getting the amount of the ticket for a win. Sorry about your 401k loss that's a common occurance for everyone who has retirement accounts. Why does it only take one awful day on the stock market for thousands to be lost in people's accounts but could take years to recoup that amount. I've never had much in my 401k but I'm sure now with the market tanking the last few weeks I probably have nothing in there.

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            Posted: June 5, 2012, 4:44 pm - IP Logged

            You will win when you least expect it. The lotto is fun, but gets boring when you never win. I try not to worry about the money. What i spent on lotto, is nothing compared to what i lost in my 401k the last two weeks.  GL

            When you least expect it, you're elected.

            Yea, i consider myself dilegent about checking my tickits,

            but i did get caught off guard once when i had a $ 542 win on JC5.

            I was keeping my tix. in the sun visor and checking them @ the store i buy em,

            on that reader thing,

            Was suprised when $ 542 popped up,

            and clerk was suprised when i handed her the ticket,

            her eyes opened wide, when she checked it,

            always watch the eyes, anyway i don.t do it that way anymore, always check on line first.

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

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              Posted: June 5, 2012, 5:50 pm - IP Logged

              It does seem to me there is a problem there.  If you feel you really need to be in on a win, choose one game or one scratcher.  Don't carry any more than that is needed to buy that one game or scratcher in store.  When urge occurs, tell yourself you are in on the game... or have the scratcher..

              Good luck with the urges..  You need it more than luck with a win...

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                Posted: June 5, 2012, 8:18 pm - IP Logged

                the 1st step in dealing with a problem , is recognising there is a problem. congrats on taking the 1st step. My prob is i feel as soon as i win it will maek it all better. all my losses woll be recovered etc.

                :/

                just set yaself a budget, or better yet a goal that reqquires positivwe work to earn the right to buy the ticket.

                i try to set "walk 30 min ea day "  to earn 1$ spend on keno. no walk no keno.

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                  Posted: June 5, 2012, 8:34 pm - IP Logged

                  the 1st step in dealing with a problem , is recognising there is a problem. congrats on taking the 1st step. My prob is i feel as soon as i win it will maek it all better. all my losses woll be recovered etc.

                  :/

                  just set yaself a budget, or better yet a goal that reqquires positivwe work to earn the right to buy the ticket.

                  i try to set "walk 30 min ea day "  to earn 1$ spend on keno. no walk no keno.

                  Gee if you could walk 6 hours a day sav, you'd earn yourself $12/day for keno. Dance

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                    Posted: June 5, 2012, 8:38 pm - IP Logged

                    Hi again,

                    Well I did have good intentions to keep myself on a budget when it comes to the lottery but these last few weeks that hasn't happened. Desperation has set in for myself and can't seem to stop myself from buying either a few scratch tickets (usually the 2 or 5 dollar ones but have also bought a 20 dollar ticket from time to time) or non scratcher games daily. There was a time I could buy a few scratchers and hold onto them for a week or more before scratching them, that way I could tell myself that I don't need to buy scratchers because I have some at home. Well no longer is that happening. My luck on the lottery hasn't been good, yet I still play hoping for a win. The 200 dollars I won on a scratcher last week only fueled my need to buy them in hopes that I could get a decent win someday. When my rational side kicks in I tell myself that there are millions of tickets printed for each scratch ticket and if you take an example of a 5 dollar ticket there may only be 6 people who can win 1 million dollars and the odds are usually 1 in 4 million or something like that. Though I now play in hopes of winning anything good.  In hindsight I would have been better off saving the money I have spent playing the lottery over these 2 years, unfortunately my rational side was losing to my irrational self. On this board I tend to see some people who are very good about budgeting and some people who just don't worry about a budget and just buy tickets. Are there other's like myself who want to get back on track but finding it hard to do so?

                    Yeah, I've been spending more than I intended at the beginning of the year. But I usually can control the urges. I won $100 on a scratcher a couple Sundays ago, and I rarely buy them. I bought them while buying my jackpot tics for the week. So last Thursday I bought a couple more  $5 scratchers, only won $5. Ok, last Sunday I bought 2 more scratchers while buying my weekly tics, no winners. Ok, I thought, that's enough.

                    So, tonight on the way to the store to buy the office pools tics I decide to buy a $2 scratcher. But when I'm at the store, I decide against it. Just walked away from the machine. It's so easy to get hooked on playing one more game, buying one more ticket. Next thing you know, you've spent twice what you intended to spend for the week. Remember, the odds are against you. Play for fun, not for the money. Because the vast majority of the time, the money is not gonna come.

                    Good luck.

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                      Posted: June 6, 2012, 1:47 am - IP Logged

                      Hi Shyguitar,

                      Some people can control their gambling but many people can't...won't even admit it. You've done the hardest part. On my part, I just do lottery syndicates in UK and not scratch cards. Scratch cards feeds on peoples impulsivity. With lottery, you have to wait at times for result.

                      From the sound of it however, you will not very good in controlling your gambling. Most of us talks about winning but admittedly I've lost more than I won.

                      Try to look at this site for help with problem gambling

                      http://www.squidoo.com/problem-gambling-diagnosis-help-and-treatment

                      Suspiciousness is one way of saying that one do not want to know the truth. It is the best way to keep the mind empty and the spirit restless.

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                        Posted: June 6, 2012, 3:20 am - IP Logged

                        Hi again,

                        Well I did have good intentions to keep myself on a budget when it comes to the lottery but these last few weeks that hasn't happened. Desperation has set in for myself and can't seem to stop myself from buying either a few scratch tickets (usually the 2 or 5 dollar ones but have also bought a 20 dollar ticket from time to time) or non scratcher games daily. There was a time I could buy a few scratchers and hold onto them for a week or more before scratching them, that way I could tell myself that I don't need to buy scratchers because I have some at home. Well no longer is that happening. My luck on the lottery hasn't been good, yet I still play hoping for a win. The 200 dollars I won on a scratcher last week only fueled my need to buy them in hopes that I could get a decent win someday. When my rational side kicks in I tell myself that there are millions of tickets printed for each scratch ticket and if you take an example of a 5 dollar ticket there may only be 6 people who can win 1 million dollars and the odds are usually 1 in 4 million or something like that. Though I now play in hopes of winning anything good.  In hindsight I would have been better off saving the money I have spent playing the lottery over these 2 years, unfortunately my rational side was losing to my irrational self. On this board I tend to see some people who are very good about budgeting and some people who just don't worry about a budget and just buy tickets. Are there other's like myself who want to get back on track but finding it hard to do so?

                        shyguitar

                        When this happens just quit cold turkey for a couple weeks and let things reset.  Sometimes I go a month or

                        more without playing which really helps.  For me the need to perform well means more than any winnings I

                        might get.  I play JP number games but buy few scratchers for the wife every so often, she likes playing them

                        but won't buy them herself.   The lottery is a game and should be fun and exciting but it's easy to let it take

                        over your life.  Take a break, go bowling, take in a movie or anything you might have quit doing because of the

                        lottery.  The lottery will still be there when / if you decide to start playing again.

                        RL

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                        I will consider the opinion that my winnings are a product of chance if you are willing to consider

                        they are not.  Many great discoveries come while searching for something else

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                          I'm still spending the same as I did at the beginning of the year. I went up a little when there was the $500 million jackpot but I only spent an extra $3 or so. I've actually been spending less, since I'll take a draw or two off for MM once it rolls back to the minimum.

                           

                          I usually get in trouble when it comes to scratchers, but I've cut down on those and maybe do one $1 every two weeks. I broke down last week and bought a $5 one and ended up with a $10 winner. It was the first non-$1 scratcher in about 1 1/2 months.

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                            I'm still spending the same as I did at the beginning of the year. I went up a little when there was the $500 million jackpot but I only spent an extra $3 or so. I've actually been spending less, since I'll take a draw or two off for MM once it rolls back to the minimum.

                             

                            I usually get in trouble when it comes to scratchers, but I've cut down on those and maybe do one $1 every two weeks. I broke down last week and bought a $5 one and ended up with a $10 winner. It was the first non-$1 scratcher in about 1 1/2 months.

                            I too went off budget when MM jackpot was $500M+ but that happens so seldom that I would rather remember I spent a little extra trying to win when I had the chance than remember I did nothing.  Besides, I'm not any worst off having tried.

                             * you don't need to buy more tickets, just buy a winning ticket * 
                               
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