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Clerks Are Not Always Knowledgable About Lottery

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Posted: March 3, 2013, 3:53 pm - IP Logged

How do you get money to play scratchers all day if you don't mind me asking?

Maybe he is independently wealthy?? 

Many players I have seen collect bottles and I see them almost everyday collecting, returning, and scratching.

If I was a clerk, I know these people would piss me off eventually.

I am a player and these people piss me off.

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    CHERRY HILL, NJ
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    Posted: March 3, 2013, 4:10 pm - IP Logged

    Looks like he minded me asking, lol.

    Scratch offs are better than slots. In scratch offs there is a fix set, in NJ its $300 worth of tickets per set. Each set has differing prizes, between 50-60% of $300 per set. Its rare that you will encounter a set which goes below that or more (prizes exceeds $300). In slots you do not know where the set begins and ends.

    Anyway, my wife works to answer your question.

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      CHERRY HILL, NJ
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      Posted: March 3, 2013, 4:31 pm - IP Logged

      Maybe he is independently wealthy?? 

      Many players I have seen collect bottles and I see them almost everyday collecting, returning, and scratching.

      If I was a clerk, I know these people would piss me off eventually.

      I am a player and these people piss me off.

      In NJ, we do not have bottle redemption. Players range from the barely adult to very senior guys. The game is so addicting no race or creed is exempt. Witness the Indian Muslim who was poisoned after winning a $1 Million scratch-off. In Central Jersey, I came upon this Indian guy who was scratching and running a tab and paid them off with his American Express. Its not supposed to be allowed but in that 1 store, I saw the guy did it. The scratch offs were charged as a purchase.

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        Posted: March 3, 2013, 10:25 pm - IP Logged

        Filling out the playslips is the best way to avoid clerk mistakes. If there is a mistake, then that's on you!!!

        Totally agree. What ticks me off here in my neck of the woods when it comes to store clerks dealing with the lottery is a place called " Ranch 99" -its owned by a Chinese outfit, Chinese food, Chinese everything. The Clerks manning the lottery machine are another topic altogether. l wanted to cash in a ticket for a $80.00 win, and this girl has the audacity to ask another clerk what the " sales tax" is on $80.00?  l almost wanted to pull her by the ear and tell her " Hey- there is NO Tax on lottery wins for up to $599.00 in California". They then decided to start speaking Chinese to each other in my presence which is totally rude. Nevertheless the girl turns to me and says " We do not have enough money on hand to cash this ticket".So l decided to go to another store of theirs- same thing. It would seem this place is only interested in taking money to play the lottery, but not pay out. l had a good mind to call the local Lottery office and tell them about these folk, but held back, should this BS happen again because l now have them on my radar, l will throw their sorry ar** under the bus if they pull this again....Oogle

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          The land of Canals
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          Posted: March 4, 2013, 7:56 pm - IP Logged

          I am a problem gamer and I have excluded myself from most casinos. Now I find myself hanging out in our local store playing scratch offs all day. As such, I play so much, I am like the cops in that I get free coffee from the store.

          I understand the frustration some of us may have with the clerks getting their bets wrong but if you consider what these people do and for how much, you would be either in awe or be very angry.

          Heres some of the things they need to do for the little they get paid for:

          1. Manage inventory, specially from the pilferers. They come on all shades and sizes from those who just walks out with the merchandise to those who gets 2 and pays for 1. The clerks are very vulnerable when they are doing lottery. So they maybe working on your numbers but also thinking about the guy who just walked in or out.

          2. Manage the POS and make sure they don't get short at the end of the day. For the lottery it gets tricky as multiple orders are barked on them, purchases or redemptions, making change. Theres so many chances to make mistakes.

          3. Maintain the facility. Sometimes this involves saying no to others on toilet use and getting racist remarks for that.

          4. Constantly interact with customers of all types who are in all kinds of disposition. Most are friendly, decent and polite. Some not so much.

          And for these they are paid for what? In my store's case not a lot, pittance, not even $10 an hour with no benefits, no health insurance, no social sec/medicare. ALL CASH. And then we wonder why our institutions are in trouble. Its because we have so many small businesses, some in business for decades who are not putting $$$ into the system.

          Yet these people still have dreams. They like to get into college and apply for jobs their customers have. Sometimes they ask me what they could qualify for. If I could be honest with them, I would tell me them they can easily be managers anywhere.

          Well said. I have seen clerks who can run circles around other workers with the amount of multitasking I see while waiting for my tickets. As a lottery player, I feel it is my responsibility to have my betslips filled out correctly and know the rules about the games. I would not last more than 30 seconds in a job like this.

          Yes, there are some clerks out to cheat customers, but many more are just trying to get through the day without getting robbed, yelled at or hurt in any other ways. Sometimes I give the clerk a dollar when I play as a gesture of appreciation if I have it available to give so he or she can purchase a ticket in hopes of making his or her life easier.

          Good luck d1nnl2!

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