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When buying scratch tickets do you buy one or at least two or more of the same ticket at a time?

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Minnesnowta
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Posted: June 18, 2012, 4:15 pm - IP Logged

Just one. That's all you need. My best wins are from singles.

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    Posted: June 18, 2012, 4:46 pm - IP Logged

    Just one. That's all you need. My best wins are from singles.

    Do you also suggest the $1. ticket? Or is there a .50 cent ticket you know of?

    That could be the worst advice ever given on LP.

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      Posted: June 18, 2012, 11:57 pm - IP Logged

      Okay. I'll go buy 1 $20.00 ticket and you buy 5 $20.00 tickets. We'll see who's ahead.

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        Posted: June 18, 2012, 11:59 pm - IP Logged

        If there's ticket hawks there, you should buy at least two just to screw up their plans.


                                                     
                             
                                                 

         

         

         

         

                                                                                                           

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          Posted: June 19, 2012, 2:53 am - IP Logged

          I read online several months ago to buy at least 8 scratchers of the same game. I bought six and made a small profit. Before I buy any now, I check to see how many unclaimed prizes are left in each prize group. If there's not many unclaimed prizes left, I won't buy scratchers on that particular game.

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            Posted: June 19, 2012, 8:25 am - IP Logged

            I buy the $20, tickets as well.

            It is pricey but I buy 10 every once in a while because I'm happy to loose a $100. for a chance at $500,000. The last time I bought 10 my win was $135. so I was happy..... No wait, I hated it....... No wait, I was happy............ No wait............. I'm not sure.

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              Posted: June 19, 2012, 8:36 am - IP Logged

              Hi,

              I was wondering about people's buying habits for scratch tickets.  For instance I'm torn when it comes to scratch tickets on either buying one ticket or buying 2 tickets from the same game at a time. Lately I've been buying 2 tickets in a row from games hoping that if the first ticket wasn't a winner the second one would be. The downside to this is that lots of times neither tickets are winners and I've lost more money than I would have if I just bought one ticket.  I know I could just buy one ticket scratch it in the store and then buy another (I've done that a few times with no luck). Usually I don't like to scratch the tickets in the store and prefer to take them home, the reason being is that when I get into an addiction on scratchers it's much worse for me to do that than take them home and not spend any more money for the day. Sometimes I save my scratchers for a few days in order to stop me from buying any.

              To answer your question:

               

              I typically buy 1 ticket at a time from multiple games. If I plan on spending $50 bux for example, I'll buy 2 different $20 games and either a single $10, or 2 $5's...

              I rarely buy 2+ at a time from same book. Many people tend to buy several in a row, but cherry picking the games has seemed to work out best for me. In the past I have tried buying several from the same book and all it has done is make me regret it when all of them are losers.

               

              Also, even though it is possible to get multiple winners in a row, if a person buys 5 x $20 scratchers in a row and the first is a winner of lets say $50, the remaining 4 are probably losers.

               

              I rarely win on the $5 games in my area so I usually buy the $3, $10's & $20 games.

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                Posted: June 19, 2012, 9:26 am - IP Logged

                Hi Shy,

                DH & I only play scratchers when were in Texas(cause OK scratchers suck)Mad we usually play the $5, $10 & $20 tickets depending if it's a new roll we may buy two at one time(1 for him & 1 for me) mostly we buy one ticket at a time and we always scratch our tickets in the car.

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                  Posted: June 19, 2012, 9:49 am - IP Logged

                  To answer your question:

                   

                  I typically buy 1 ticket at a time from multiple games. If I plan on spending $50 bux for example, I'll buy 2 different $20 games and either a single $10, or 2 $5's...

                  I rarely buy 2+ at a time from same book. Many people tend to buy several in a row, but cherry picking the games has seemed to work out best for me. In the past I have tried buying several from the same book and all it has done is make me regret it when all of them are losers.

                   

                  Also, even though it is possible to get multiple winners in a row, if a person buys 5 x $20 scratchers in a row and the first is a winner of lets say $50, the remaining 4 are probably losers.

                   

                  I rarely win on the $5 games in my area so I usually buy the $3, $10's & $20 games.

                  Also, even though it is possible to get multiple winners in a row, if a person buys 5 x $20 scratchers in a row and the first is a winner of lets say $50, the remaining 4 are probably losers.

                  Wait..... so you are saying that you would be happy if the first was a loser and the other 4 were $5. winners each? Because I'm sure the lottery would be happy to give you $20. return instead of $50. Thing is....... That's not how the game works.

                  Every 4-5 tickets are PRINTED as winners, so when you buy just 1 -2 tickets you are guaranteed to be a LOSER at least 50% (or more) of the time. You may spend less money in the long run, but you are still a loser none the less. lol.

                  You can be assured of getting 50% back ONLY if you "take a large sample size"

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                    Posted: June 24, 2012, 5:01 pm - IP Logged

                    I personally like Lucky5of5's advice. The IL Lottery posts an updated weekly count on a pdf document how many prizes are left per scratch-off game and I like to buy the ones which have more prizes remaining. Its just a matter of odds. In regards of how many to buy, I try to buy at least 3, 4 or 5 at a time in a row depending on the cost of the tickets.

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                      Posted: June 25, 2012, 12:15 am - IP Logged

                      For me personally

                      $1 tickets: Five at a time
                      $2 tickets: Usually just two or three
                      $3 tickets: We only have 1 $3 ticket and I never buy it so this doesn't apply.
                      $5 tickets: Two at a time
                      $10 tickets: One at a time. MAYBE one more if I feel lucky. But never more than two.
                      $20 tickets: One at a time but I RARELY buy them...To me $20 bucks is too much to lose in one shot.

                      I suppose in general I like setting an amount to spend (like $10 for example) and then just figuring out a bunch of different tickets I want.
                      I'm on a scratch off break though, so no worries at the moment ;)

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                        Posted: June 25, 2012, 8:20 pm - IP Logged

                        If it's a $5 or below ticket I'll sometimes find myself buying at least 2, but higher than that and it's just one. It paid off yesterday, I bought two of the same $5 ticket and won $100 on the second one bought.