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POLL: Non-players who ask if you know the odds

Topic closed. 12 replies. Last post 4 years ago by sully16.

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Do they themselves have a clue?

I don't think so [ 3 ]  [12.50%]
Never have met one that does [ 0 ]  [0.00%]
Why do they always mention lightning? [ 2 ]  [8.33%]
They don'teven know what year it is [ 2 ]  [8.33%]
Odds are much better if you actually have a ticket [ 10 ]  [41.67%]
All the above [ 4 ]  [16.67%]
Other [ 3 ]  [12.50%]
Total Valid Votes [ 24 ]  
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Posted: May 17, 2013, 11:20 am - IP Logged

Invariably there are always people who when asked by the clerk if they want a lotto ticket, or if they see you playing one, that just have to ask, "Do you know the odds against winning that?"

Do they themselves even have a clue?

I usually tell them, "The odds are much better for those that have a ticket than those who don't have a ticket".

How do you react to them, or do you?

Those who run the lotteries love it when players look for consistency in something that's designed not to have any.

Lep

There is one and only one 'proven' system, and that is to book the action. No matter the game, let the players pick their own losers.

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    Posted: May 17, 2013, 11:30 am - IP Logged

    I tell them someone has to win. Speaking about odds.
    The Wright Brothers were probably told the same thing."flying what? - You Boys must be nuts!"

    Those who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it.

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      Posted: May 17, 2013, 11:34 am - IP Logged

      I'd tell them to go mind their own business. It's my money, I'll spend it the way I want.

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        Posted: May 17, 2013, 12:02 pm - IP Logged

        I'm the one that usually tells the clerk there's a better chance for the ceiling of the store falling on my head, as I stand in line to purchase the one or two tickets a month.

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          Posted: May 17, 2013, 12:20 pm - IP Logged

          I'd tell them to go mind their own business. It's my money, I'll spend it the way I want.

          I Agree!

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            Posted: May 17, 2013, 1:28 pm - IP Logged

            Cointoss, I picked all, It depends on how they say it,

            if it sounds like a lecture, like talking down to me, I tell them to shove off.

            If they're nice about it, I say "someone will win, may as well be me"

            Extraordinary Popular Delusions & the Madness of Crowds    -- Charles Mackay  LL.D.

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              Posted: May 17, 2013, 2:27 pm - IP Logged

              one I know i onve told " your chances are really bad as you also have to have the winning  ticket dropped in your mail box, as you never buy any tickets. "

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                Posted: May 17, 2013, 2:32 pm - IP Logged

                I just give them "the look" and say "whatever"!

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                  Posted: May 17, 2013, 4:24 pm - IP Logged

                  Invariably there are always people who when asked by the clerk if they want a lotto ticket, or if they see you playing one, that just have to ask, "Do you know the odds against winning that?"

                  Do they themselves even have a clue?

                  I usually tell them, "The odds are much better for those that have a ticket than those who don't have a ticket".

                  How do you react to them, or do you?

                  It's starting to look like there will be enough tickets sold to make it a "must win" jackpot so the odds are irrelevant to everyone buying tickets. Today I would tell them if they knew a better way to win $600 million for 2 bucks to tell me and if not to mind their own business.

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                    Posted: May 17, 2013, 4:30 pm - IP Logged

                    I tell them that I can't believe anybody would be so dam miserly and cheap that they wouldn't spend a frigging buck or two for a chance to win millions.

                    Then I elaborate on how much I despise tight-fisted, miserly, cheapskate, skinflint tightwads.

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                      Posted: May 17, 2013, 7:04 pm - IP Logged

                      I would give a shocked look to the person speaking... then thank them with a heart-felt sigh of relief and tell them that unless they had shared their wisdom with me that I would have never known.  and then I would walk away giggling - with my ticket in hand.

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                        Posted: May 17, 2013, 7:15 pm - IP Logged

                        I would give a shocked look to the person speaking... then thank them with a heart-felt sigh of relief and tell them that unless they had shared their wisdom with me that I would have never known.  and then I would walk away giggling - with my ticket in hand.

                        Crackin up, course I can't do same

                        b/c I don't do "giggling"

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                          Posted: May 17, 2013, 10:46 pm - IP Logged

                          I tell them that I can't believe anybody would be so dam miserly and cheap that they wouldn't spend a frigging buck or two for a chance to win millions.

                          Then I elaborate on how much I despise tight-fisted, miserly, cheapskate, skinflint tightwads.

                          hehehehehehe

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