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How much do people spend buying scratch tickets?

Topic closed. 17 replies. Last post 4 years ago by BreakingBad94.

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United States
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February 1, 2012
530 Posts
Posted: March 18, 2013, 12:44 pm - IP Logged

It all depends on each person's disposable income. Only spend what you can afford to lose. Treat it as your entertainment budget, like it's not coming back.

I dunno what average would be, but $5 to $10 a day would not seem out of the ordinary. I maybe do around twice that.

What would you spend each week on going out to movies/shows? Or on golf/sports? or on eating out? And don't scratch sad/mad. Don't get emotional, unless you win big, then you can celebrate. But don't get angry, just walk away instead and come back another day.

People that win more probably spend more. And most people do not reveal all their losses, only their wins. What they spend is their business afterall.

Hi Jon D,

I agree with only spending what one can afford.  Since I'm not someone who is a shopper (other than for groceries or essentials) I figure it's my entertainment money by playing the lottery. I agree with your last statement of "people that win more probably spend more".  I know that some people here when I've asked how much they spend (since they always mention their winning tickets) have never answered me. I'm assuming some people would prefer not to say how much they spend if it's a lot.

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    Posted: April 4, 2013, 12:19 pm - IP Logged

    $40 each week for past 1 year on scratchers..Most I have won is $50 :-(

    Same here, I started playing scratch tickets about a year ago when my wife purchased one on a whim and lost. Then I said what the hell and I bought one $5 ticket and won $35... That was the start. From there I began winning small amounts, sometimes $70 or more and making more than I spent but then of corse I would spend $40 or so on tickets and only won $8.. 

    For the past few months I've been spending around $40 a day on scratchoffs but only because I've been winning around $30-$50 per $40 purchase so when I "spend" $40 I'm really spending the $35 I won + $5 of my own out of pocket money... Then I win another $30 and buy another $40 Worth of tickets. 

    My personal key is to ONLY spend $40 on tickets At a time. I NEVER scratch them at the store or in the car. I go home and take my time scratching them. 

    Self Control is a big factor. I have occasionally went back out in the same day and cashed in my winners to buy more but this often results in losing everything. 

    I had several strategies for buying tickets such as purchasing 10 tickets from the same roll, etc. but after a year of scratching I've found I win more when I just buy one or two of each ticket and buy several different tickets, a few $1, few $2, few $5.

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      April 1, 2013
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      Posted: April 4, 2013, 3:34 pm - IP Logged

      I use to buy $3 dollars a day but now I quit doing that. Maybe $5 a week. I honestly am getting into the drawings more than the instant tickets.