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Heads up on Texas All or Nothing Promotion playing $6 or more on Texas Lotto game

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Posted: January 10, 2013, 12:42 pm - IP Logged

For all of you that play the Texas Lotto, and want to take advantage of the All or Nothing Promotion, and are a play slip player....

The promotion is to buy $6 or more Lotto Texas on 1 ticket and Get A Free All or Nothing quick pick ticket.

The process of getting $6 on one ticket makes it very difficult for the playslip player (only 5 lines to a playslip) to take advantage of the promo and really puts a burden on the poor cashiers.

In order for play slip players to take advantage of the promotion and get a free All or Nothing ticket, the attendant has to MANUALLY punch in the 6 lines off your play slips, or I assume you can hand them a print out of your own numbers.

It's basically rigged for the convenience of quick pick or multi draw players.

So if you're in Texas and are waiting in line at a convenient or grocery store,  and are wondering why it's taking forever for somebody to buy lottery tickets ... now you know.  Confused

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    Posted: January 10, 2013, 1:30 pm - IP Logged

    thanks for the info:Smiley

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      Posted: January 10, 2013, 2:56 pm - IP Logged

      thanks for the info:Smiley

      And to let you also know...

      I have a bud who told me that he contacted the Lottery Customer Service Dept to complain that the promotion was skewed to make it difficult for the playslip players.  He said that the poor customer service rep was kind and helpful, but really couldn't do anything.

      If somebody wants to play more than $6 and take advantage of the promo, and there's a line of people with one cashier, sure makes it uncomfortable for both the customer and the cashier.

      If the objective was to increase play and promote a game, all they did was alienate and make the process more difficult for the players that support them the most.  Not very smart IMHO.

      Hopefully a job opening in the promotions department is forthcoming.

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        Posted: January 10, 2013, 3:10 pm - IP Logged

        They do promos like this from time to time, but I was puzzled as to why they decided on $6, instead of $5.

        Oh well, I don't care 'cause I only play 1 or 2 bucks on any of the jackpot games anyway. And while I play one All or Nothing draw each day, that promo isn't going to get me to spend $6.

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          Posted: January 10, 2013, 4:16 pm - IP Logged

          In Idaho they can scan more than one playslip if they tell the machine it's a multiple.  Most of them don't know how, but I saw one gal do it.  She turned around and asked the customer if that was all, and when he said yea she hit a button and printed out 2 tickets.  Wonder if TX has a way too?  Most of the clerks don't learn anything except what's absolutely necessary, unless they also play lottery.

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            Posted: January 10, 2013, 4:19 pm - IP Logged

            They do promos like this from time to time, but I was puzzled as to why they decided on $6, instead of $5.

            Oh well, I don't care 'cause I only play 1 or 2 bucks on any of the jackpot games anyway. And while I play one All or Nothing draw each day, that promo isn't going to get me to spend $6.

            Couldn't agree more rcbbuckeye ... not going to spend the $6.

            I enjoy the Lotto Texas game over the Mega Millions and Powerball.  No bonus ball to mess with.  I play about $5 a week with my own numbers.  And I admit that the All or Nothing game has caught my attention.  Still learning strategies on that one.

            I'd bite on the promotion if they didn't make it more difficult for playslip players.  I'm not going to hold up a line of people so the cashier can manually enter numbers.  That's crazy.  And to introduce the possibility of human error in the data entering process and put the pressure on the retail operations is just not good PR.

            What really gets me is that I wish they would do a better job of promoting.  Hey, I admit it, I'm greedy.  Embarassed 

            I'd like to see the Lotto Texas pot get bigger quicker and get more people to play!! 

            But when they make what could be a beneficial promotion into something complex and frustrating, it's a no win for all involved.

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              Posted: January 10, 2013, 4:27 pm - IP Logged

              In Idaho they can scan more than one playslip if they tell the machine it's a multiple.  Most of them don't know how, but I saw one gal do it.  She turned around and asked the customer if that was all, and when he said yea she hit a button and printed out 2 tickets.  Wonder if TX has a way too?  Most of the clerks don't learn anything except what's absolutely necessary, unless they also play lottery.

              When I go play Lotto Texas this weekend, I will ask the clerk if that's possible.  Thanks for the tip HoLeeKau. 

              You're right, most of the cashiers are not subject matter experts in running those machines.  And who am I kidding, the software to run those things seems pretty complex.  Probably take a day or two for most of us to learn.

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                Posted: January 10, 2013, 5:13 pm - IP Logged

                Couldn't agree more rcbbuckeye ... not going to spend the $6.

                I enjoy the Lotto Texas game over the Mega Millions and Powerball.  No bonus ball to mess with.  I play about $5 a week with my own numbers.  And I admit that the All or Nothing game has caught my attention.  Still learning strategies on that one.

                I'd bite on the promotion if they didn't make it more difficult for playslip players.  I'm not going to hold up a line of people so the cashier can manually enter numbers.  That's crazy.  And to introduce the possibility of human error in the data entering process and put the pressure on the retail operations is just not good PR.

                What really gets me is that I wish they would do a better job of promoting.  Hey, I admit it, I'm greedy.  Embarassed 

                I'd like to see the Lotto Texas pot get bigger quicker and get more people to play!! 

                But when they make what could be a beneficial promotion into something complex and frustrating, it's a no win for all involved.

                BTW, be on the lookout for changes in Lotto Texas around April. There is going to be an option to pay an extra dollar which changes the payouts for non jackpot prizes. I can't remember all the payouts, but I think 5 out 6 numbers correct will get you $10,000. And getting 2 numbers correct will pay $2.

                They keep looking for ways to charge $2 a play.

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                  Posted: January 10, 2013, 5:39 pm - IP Logged

                  BTW, be on the lookout for changes in Lotto Texas around April. There is going to be an option to pay an extra dollar which changes the payouts for non jackpot prizes. I can't remember all the payouts, but I think 5 out 6 numbers correct will get you $10,000. And getting 2 numbers correct will pay $2.

                  They keep looking for ways to charge $2 a play.

                  They just can't leave a good thing alone, can they?  IMHO, if they want to draw more people into playing, and increase profits, stop jacking the prices up and make the rewards better with what you have.  You know, that old "reward vs risk" thing.

                  And another thing... why do they feel compelled to "shuffle the deck"  (pre-draw tests) 6 times for Lotto Texas!!  Aren't the odds against the player high enough for them??  Lord knows you just don't want to give ANY edge to the players!!!

                  The people running these games are going to price themselves out of work if they don't watch it.  With extra play money hard to come by for most people these days, it's going to get to a point where people are just going to give up.  And that's a shame.  These games can be fun and profitable for all if they didn't try to make it near impossible to gain any type of edge.

                  The Lottery Commission is still a state run agency.  Maybe if we all send a nice letter to our state reps, something might give.  Probably pie in the sky wishful thinking on my part, but hey, if the people would take a few minutes and write an email to those representatives, who knows...

                  Heck, we may even have casinos in Texas someday!!  ( I know, that's just crazy talk!)  Big Smile

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                    I think the closest they came to having casinos in Tx was when they talked about turning old Reunion Arena in Dallas into one. That died a quick death. LOL.

                    Really, I know several people that go to Winstar in OK and over to Shreveport. You would think the powers that be would wise up to that. Doesn't really matter to me because I never was too fond of casinos. I played in Harrah's a couple times in New Orleans and that was enough for me.

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                      BTW, be on the lookout for changes in Lotto Texas around April. There is going to be an option to pay an extra dollar which changes the payouts for non jackpot prizes. I can't remember all the payouts, but I think 5 out 6 numbers correct will get you $10,000. And getting 2 numbers correct will pay $2.

                      They keep looking for ways to charge $2 a play.

                      Thanks for the info rcbbuckeye, that  5 out 6 new prize would have been GREAT 3 years ago when DH got 5 out 6 he won $2670.00

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                        Posted: January 28, 2013, 10:51 pm - IP Logged

                        I  would rather take the $6, pick my own numbers for All or Nothing then to play the Lotto where the Odds are way higher.  Don't care if I would get a free All or Nothing.  The chance of winning something is on the All or Nothing as I usually get 8 of the numberes every day.  Had 10 numbers once and 9 numbers 3 different times.  If I pick a set of numbers to win, I play the opposite because if I have them one way, I will have them the other and the payoff would be  $500,000 instead of $250,000.  I never play Quick Picks......even should I play the Lotto.  Have tracked numbers for so long that I have found ways to reduce the odds considerably picking my own numbers.  On the Pick 3 the Odds are 1 in 1,000.  One simple step reduces that to 1 in 100 of getting the Exact.  Just figure out 1 number that is going to play and what "position" in will be in and you can win $500 for every dollar you spend.  62% of the time a digit that just played will repeat and that is your "1 number".   You can even reduce the 100 further with one more step.  Decide whether it is going Odd or Even.  75% of the time it plays 3 different digits.   Basically you can eliminate all PURES and Doubles

                        Simple steps like this can reduce the "field" of numbers you have to choose.  Can even even reduce the Lotto numbers down to 20-25.  If I can reduce the numbers, why do I want to get a Quick Pick.