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Why can't I win much on scratch tickets?

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Scratch games are only for the toughest and bravest lottery players.

Unless your willing to spend every last penny of your savings, including your home, children and sanity, keep away from these black holes.  Red Eyes

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    Scratch games are only for the toughest and bravest lottery players.

    Unless your willing to spend every last penny of your savings, including your home, children and sanity, keep away from these black holes.  Red Eyes

    How to get a job in advertising or marketing?What?

    Let it Snow Snowman

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      Posted: March 14, 2013, 7:14 am - IP Logged

      Hi everyone,

      I've been playing scratch tickets for almost 3 years now and there have only been a few times that I won 100 dollars on a scratch ticket and once won 200 dollars. The majority of the time I win nothing or just the face value of the ticket. I realize the majority of the people never win much on scratchers but when I look at my states lottery web site and see the number of winners per game that they have for some decent money it suprises me that I still never win any decent amounts. I get the fact that the lottery is random and with scratch tickets they probably only have a certain amount of winners in a book of tickets. Even when I got all the prizes on a 2 dollar ticket for example the prize was still lousy.  When I play I'd be happy to win any decent amount but it gets so frustrating winning nothing or just face value of the ticket. The last 6 months I've cut down on my spending of tickets but can't seem to go cold turkey and still play. I still tend to buy some tickets and wait a week or so to scratch them just to hold onto that dream of winning something. I'm not expecting to win a million (though would be amazing) I'd be happy with any decent amount, heck 500 dollars would be great. Couldn't the lottery be a little more generous with their prizes so people would not always feel like a sucker when they play. Okay I get that noone is making me buy tickets that's my doing but still feel like it's always a losing proposition.  I'm not able to stop playing because I continue to hold onto my dream of someday winning but just wish I could win something every now and then that was decent.

      Here in Michigan, we can go to the Michigan lottery website and see what winners are left in the scratch off games, maybe your chasing a game with no big prizes left.

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        Here in Michigan, we can go to the Michigan lottery website and see what winners are left in the scratch off games, maybe your chasing a game with no big prizes left.

        Hi sully16,

        I check my lottery's website all the time to see what prizes are left. What I really wish is that our website would show how many smaller prizes are left but it doesn't. I mean if I knew there were still thousands left of prizes like 200, 500 etc. then I might be more likely to play certain games. It only tells you how many prizes are left for 500 K, 1million etc. but not for the lower tier prizes.


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          Hi sully16,

          I check my lottery's website all the time to see what prizes are left. What I really wish is that our website would show how many smaller prizes are left but it doesn't. I mean if I knew there were still thousands left of prizes like 200, 500 etc. then I might be more likely to play certain games. It only tells you how many prizes are left for 500 K, 1million etc. but not for the lower tier prizes.

          That doesn't sound fair. AZ lists every prize on every game and updates it daily. This is $500K Riches.

          $5000001 in 240,00002
          $200001 in 120,00005
          $100001 in 60,00010
          $50001 in 24,00025
          $10001 in 6000103
          $5001 in 5001,148
          $2001 in 230.772,502
          $1001 in 609,661
          $501 in 46.1512,548
          $401 in 34.2916,959
          $301 in 1538,765
          $251 in 1248,486
          $201 in 7.5077,935

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            Posted: March 14, 2013, 10:28 am - IP Logged

            This is a new game, AZ Black Exclusive........

            $5000001 in 300,00004
            $100001 in 120,00007
            $50001 in 60,00015
            $10001 in 6000161
            $5001 in 6001,530
            $2001 in 133.336,855
            $1001 in 57.1415,887
            $501 in 4818,978
            $401 in 4022,833
            $301 in 1560,886
            $251 in 1276,153
            $201 in 7.50121,820

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                Posted: March 14, 2013, 10:35 am - IP Logged

                Only $500,000 for a $20 scratcher?

                In MA you can get $1 million from a $5 scratcher, and $10 million from a $20 scratcher.

                We have a $20 scratcher in NH, which only pays $1 million however.   Sad

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                  Only $500,000 for a $20 scratcher?

                  In MA you can get $1 million from a $5 scratcher, and $10 million from a $20 scratcher.

                  We have a $20 scratcher in NH, which only pays $1 million however.   Sad

                  Ah...the pull of the "instant". Fast,quick,easy....usually with an awful result.

                  Instant coffee?

                  Instant mashed potatos?

                  Instand pudding,anyone?

                  Instant winning scratchoffs are no different. 


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                    Only $500,000 for a $20 scratcher?

                    In MA you can get $1 million from a $5 scratcher, and $10 million from a $20 scratcher.

                    We have a $20 scratcher in NH, which only pays $1 million however.   Sad

                    I Agree! In AZ we have to pay "wild west" dues. What?


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                      Ah...the pull of the "instant". Fast,quick,easy....usually with an awful result.

                      Instant coffee?

                      Instant mashed potatos?

                      Instand pudding,anyone?

                      Instant winning scratchoffs are no different. 

                      Instant Fix-a-flat?

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                        That doesn't sound fair. AZ lists every prize on every game and updates it daily. This is $500K Riches.

                        $5000001 in 240,00002
                        $200001 in 120,00005
                        $100001 in 60,00010
                        $50001 in 24,00025
                        $10001 in 6000103
                        $5001 in 5001,148
                        $2001 in 230.772,502
                        $1001 in 609,661
                        $501 in 46.1512,548
                        $401 in 34.2916,959
                        $301 in 1538,765
                        $251 in 1248,486
                        $201 in 7.5077,935

                        Hi Ronnie316,

                        That's great that your state of AZ gives a breakdown like that. I would love my state to do that. I think it's not right that our lottery doesn't let you know the full breakdown of all the prizes that are left. It's possible that I could be playing games when even the prizes like 200 dollars have all been taken. You have given me an idea of calling or writing my state's lottery and complaining about this. I'm sure nothing will ever happen and will just get a generalized pat answer but it's worth voicing my opinion to them. Thanks again.

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                          Ah...the pull of the "instant". Fast,quick,easy....usually with an awful result.

                          Instant coffee?

                          Instant mashed potatos?

                          Instand pudding,anyone?

                          Instant winning scratchoffs are no different. 

                          your are so right..scratch offs usually lead to Instant disapoinment!

                          have a great winning day!

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                            Posted: March 14, 2013, 8:50 pm - IP Logged

                            Instant Fix-a-flat?

                            Instant messenger LOL 

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                              I wish Oklahoma had a game like thatBang Head

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