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Do the people who win a lot on scratch tickets spend a lot of money to get those winnings?

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Posted: October 9, 2012, 1:38 pm - IP Logged

Hi everyone,

I have a question. I've noticed that some people who post on this site have great wins on scratch tickets but I wonder if some people are spending a lot of money to get some decent wins. In my case I might win every now and then on a scratch ticket but continue to stay on budget and wonder if some people might be winning more because they are able to spend more trying to get the big wins.  It's just making me wonder about how lucky some people can be or if spending a lot of money buying scratch tickets would yield more winning tickets as opposed to someone who doesn't have much money to spend on scratch tickets. Any thoughts would be appreciated.


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    Posted: October 9, 2012, 1:42 pm - IP Logged

    Probably depends on the type of players.

    Some spend hundreds a week, only to score an occasional $20, $50 to show for it.

    Other occasional scratchers, might hit for $200, $500, or even $1000  just out of dumb luck.  Lep

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      Posted: October 9, 2012, 1:46 pm - IP Logged

      Probably not because I bought all the duds ahead of their winning scratch-off.

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        Posted: October 9, 2012, 4:14 pm - IP Logged

        Probably not because I bought all the duds ahead of their winning scratch-off.

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          Posted: October 9, 2012, 4:20 pm - IP Logged

          I worked at a convenience store and watched people spend a

          hundred or more a week and bragged about their $20 win.

           

          It was sad to see them spend more when they started coming

          out with the $5, $10, and $20 tickets. One lady bought three

          $10 tickets and was estatic she won $10.

           

          The deal is it only takes one to change your life.

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            Posted: October 9, 2012, 4:32 pm - IP Logged

            It is all about timing and the tickets in your area.  Some folks on here win thousands but they also spend thousands.  Then other may spend hundreds one week and a few bucks the next week and hit $500+ tickets.  Some others spend hundreds or even thousands and win nothing because their area has crappy tickets.  I am one of those who have spent hundreds and won a few hundreds but lost way more than I have won.  I get the occassional $100 ticket here and there without spending much but then eventually it goes back in because I am looking for a bigger win.  Sad to say but after you get a $100 ticket several times the joy is not there as much as it used to be.  Now it is like ok where is that $500 or $10,000+!  I am about to cut back though because my more aggressive play is not paying off.  I used to get as many $100 from random play as I do playing every day.


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              Posted: October 9, 2012, 4:33 pm - IP Logged

              To me it's obvious they spend a lot to get more wins. Most people like to brag about the big wins but don't tell you how much they spent. And If they do tell you that they only spend a few bucks a week on scratchers and win 500 bucks every two weeks or so, they're either the luckiest people on Earth or lying. I prefer to believe the latter.

              There may be times when you'll get into a lucky streak and win 3 or 4 times out of 8 or so, but that luck will eventually run out. There are obviously less tickets which have a 500 dollar or more winner in them, and only a few jackpot winners out of millions. In my opinion, scratchers are the worst games to play. Just look at the odds on the back, it's hideous.


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                Posted: October 9, 2012, 6:02 pm - IP Logged

                To me it's obvious they spend a lot to get more wins. Most people like to brag about the big wins but don't tell you how much they spent. And If they do tell you that they only spend a few bucks a week on scratchers and win 500 bucks every two weeks or so, they're either the luckiest people on Earth or lying. I prefer to believe the latter.

                There may be times when you'll get into a lucky streak and win 3 or 4 times out of 8 or so, but that luck will eventually run out. There are obviously less tickets which have a 500 dollar or more winner in them, and only a few jackpot winners out of millions. In my opinion, scratchers are the worst games to play. Just look at the odds on the back, it's hideous.

                I don't play them very often, but I only play the $20 scratchers when I do.

                When I buy them in MA, the odds are about 1:2.99, which means overall every ticket in three, is a winner of something. Not too shabby.


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                  Posted: October 9, 2012, 6:04 pm - IP Logged

                  I don't play them very often, but I only play the $20 scratchers when I do.

                  When I buy them in MA, the odds are about 1:2.99, which means overall every ticket in three, is a winner of something. Not too shabby.

                  Higher priced tickets always have the best odds..... Just like slot machines....


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                    Posted: October 9, 2012, 6:07 pm - IP Logged

                    Higher priced tickets always have the best odds..... Just like slot machines....

                    I Agree!  And just like high quality QP's.


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                      Posted: October 9, 2012, 6:11 pm - IP Logged

                      I don't play them very often, but I only play the $20 scratchers when I do.

                      When I buy them in MA, the odds are about 1:2.99, which means overall every ticket in three, is a winner of something. Not too shabby.

                      I was referring to high payout odds, not the overall


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                        Posted: October 9, 2012, 6:14 pm - IP Logged

                        The ones I've seen that have 500 dollar payouts as one of their winners go into the thousands to 1 odds. Why not just play the pick 3 which doesn't go over 1,000 for a straight hit for the same win amount?


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                          Posted: October 9, 2012, 6:20 pm - IP Logged

                          I was referring to high payout odds, not the overall

                          But from my experience and from reviewing the prize structures on-line, of the higher priced scratchers, the higher payout odds are far better

                          than your nickle and dime tickets. Just IMHO.


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                            Posted: October 9, 2012, 6:34 pm - IP Logged

                            But from my experience and from reviewing the prize structures on-line, of the higher priced scratchers, the higher payout odds are far better

                            than your nickle and dime tickets. Just IMHO.

                            I totally agree with that. Those two bit tickets suck.

                            My only point was that the 500 dollar wins I've seen have higher odds than 1,000 to 1, actually If I remember correctly, they go well above 1,000, so I'd rather try to beat a game which has a cap of 1,000 to 1 with pick-3.

                            Of course not everyone plays the 20 dollar tickets soley for the 500 payout, they're happy If they win 100 bucks, but for me personally, I like to play a game which I have some control over, not pre-determined payouts. That's why I don't like playing slots at the casinos. The house decides when someone wins based on a computer algorithm. I like playing black/red roulette, or any table game where I have some influence.


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                              Posted: October 9, 2012, 6:36 pm - IP Logged

                              I totally agree with that. Those two bit tickets suck.

                              My only point was that the 500 dollar wins I've seen have higher odds than 1,000 to 1, actually If I remember correctly, they go well above 1,000, so I'd rather try to beat a game which has a cap of 1,000 to 1 with pick-3.

                              Of course not everyone plays the 20 dollar tickets soley for the 500 payout, they're happy If they win 100 bucks, but for me personally, I like to play a game which I have some control over, not pre-determined payouts. That's why I don't like playing slots at the casinos. The house decides when someone wins based on a computer algorithm. I like playing black/red roulette, or any table game where I have some influence.

                              I Agree!