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Anyone wonder how much money they would have if they hadn't played the lottery?

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Posted: May 28, 2013, 1:51 pm - IP Logged

Hello,

The other day I was thinking how much money I ended up throwing out by having played the lottery over these past 3 years. I've never truly counted what I spent when I played but it would be great to have that money back. The last few months I've cut way down on playing (though I wasn't addicted or anything like that). It feels good to be able to go weeks or more without playing and know that I haven't thrown out my money to end up losing like I usually do. Don't get me wrong I'm not giving up on playing but wishing I had the money that I had spent on playing the lottery.  I'm started to feel like the odds will continue to be impossible and hope that I can continue to be more wise with what little money I do have. It's a nice feeling to be able to go to the grocery store and just leave and not feel the need to buy a scratch or draw ticket.  Though it would be fantastic to win the odds are just stacked so impossibly against most of us winning.

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    Posted: May 28, 2013, 2:09 pm - IP Logged

    Smart move cutting back, it's what I do pretty much. I only buy for big draws on the EuroMillions and when it's won I don't buy till the Jackpot is big again. I don't buy scratch tickets ever and never any other draw games. I just like the feeling of knowing I may be a millionaire for those few moments ;p

    2016 Won/Lost

    EuroMillions / Spent: £22 / Won £0 / Total -£22

    UK Lotto / Spent: £4 / Won: £0 / Total: -£4

    2016 Total: -£24

    Jan: -£22 Feb: £0 ~ Mar: £0 ~ April: £0 ~ May: £0 ~ June: £0 ~ July: £2

     

    EuroMillions = £2 Line / Played: x11 [old price] 

    EuroMillions = £2.50 Line / Played: x0

    UK Lotto = £2 Line / Played x2

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      Posted: May 28, 2013, 2:12 pm - IP Logged

      For the last few years I've tracked what I've spent and won playing lotteries so I know. 

      I also know how much I've saved by not having cable TV or high speed Internet, but I wonder when others talk about how much they enjoy those services what I've missed. 

      Maybe I would feel the same about lotteries when I read about others winning big lottery jackpots if I didn't play.

       * you don't need to buy more tickets, just buy a winning ticket * 
         
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        Posted: May 28, 2013, 2:19 pm - IP Logged

        Yea I also just looked at all my bills and pretty much cut them in half. Amazing what you can save my not having those few extra channels on cable TV and asking your different companies for a better plan

        2016 Won/Lost

        EuroMillions / Spent: £22 / Won £0 / Total -£22

        UK Lotto / Spent: £4 / Won: £0 / Total: -£4

        2016 Total: -£24

        Jan: -£22 Feb: £0 ~ Mar: £0 ~ April: £0 ~ May: £0 ~ June: £0 ~ July: £2

         

        EuroMillions = £2 Line / Played: x11 [old price] 

        EuroMillions = £2.50 Line / Played: x0

        UK Lotto = £2 Line / Played x2


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          Posted: May 28, 2013, 2:57 pm - IP Logged

          not enough  to even  matter im afraid  LOL

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            Posted: May 28, 2013, 3:49 pm - IP Logged

            no. I don't think about the money I've spent on the lottery at all or have any second thoughts.

            People like different things, some people like to smoke and spend their money on cigarettes. Some people like to drink and spend their money on alcohol. Some people like to go to the movie theater and spend $10 on a movie ticket. I personally don't like doing any of those things.

            I buy lottery tickets because I like playing the lottery and having a small chance of becoming a millionaire and dreaming about what I'd do if I ever won the jackpot.

            I spend only what I am comfortable with losing. When I win a few dollars here and there it is a bonus for me. After that, I don't give it a second thought.

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              Posted: May 28, 2013, 4:24 pm - IP Logged

              I spend about $320 a year for Powerball and Megamillions.  About $25 a month.  For me its not a waste because dinner out would be that much anyway and $25 can go fast.  And I win $2 or $3 every once in awhile maybe once a month so its all good.  When I hit the big jackpot one day it will all be worth it definitely  :)

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                Posted: May 28, 2013, 6:15 pm - IP Logged

                I only play what I won't miss or regret. I gave up starbucks and that more than covers my playing. And drinking a cup of tea is bettter in the afternoon vs a 2nd cup of coffee. If you have regrets, then you are spending too much.

                J'aime La France.

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                  Posted: May 28, 2013, 9:14 pm - IP Logged

                  I've been playing regularly for over two decades.  If I could get back what I've spent, that alone would be a small jackpot!!!


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                    Posted: May 28, 2013, 10:48 pm - IP Logged

                    Hello,

                    The other day I was thinking how much money I ended up throwing out by having played the lottery over these past 3 years. I've never truly counted what I spent when I played but it would be great to have that money back. The last few months I've cut way down on playing (though I wasn't addicted or anything like that). It feels good to be able to go weeks or more without playing and know that I haven't thrown out my money to end up losing like I usually do. Don't get me wrong I'm not giving up on playing but wishing I had the money that I had spent on playing the lottery.  I'm started to feel like the odds will continue to be impossible and hope that I can continue to be more wise with what little money I do have. It's a nice feeling to be able to go to the grocery store and just leave and not feel the need to buy a scratch or draw ticket.  Though it would be fantastic to win the odds are just stacked so impossibly against most of us winning.

                    I'm hoping more people will heed my signature and focus more on smaller games. Once I conquer the smaller games that have easier odds, I can then move up to more difficult games. For some strange reason most people have a hard time grasping this. High hopes against unbelievable odds. Positive thinking is one thing, but reality is reality.

                    You really do have to crawl before you walk. Unless someone who's got it all figured out clues you in.

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                      Posted: May 30, 2013, 3:43 pm - IP Logged

                      Hello,

                      The other day I was thinking how much money I ended up throwing out by having played the lottery over these past 3 years. I've never truly counted what I spent when I played but it would be great to have that money back. The last few months I've cut way down on playing (though I wasn't addicted or anything like that). It feels good to be able to go weeks or more without playing and know that I haven't thrown out my money to end up losing like I usually do. Don't get me wrong I'm not giving up on playing but wishing I had the money that I had spent on playing the lottery.  I'm started to feel like the odds will continue to be impossible and hope that I can continue to be more wise with what little money I do have. It's a nice feeling to be able to go to the grocery store and just leave and not feel the need to buy a scratch or draw ticket.  Though it would be fantastic to win the odds are just stacked so impossibly against most of us winning.

                      Thrifty's current thread on page (1) has the utmost in merit. As I said in my reply there, just to actually save that same amount of money consistently would do amazing things for one's income...and it's all legit and fact-based just like Thrifty's opposite with spending it. At least you're a realist and I have nothing but pure respect for you regarding your analysis...it's the beginning of wisdom. Also, you're absolutely right, the odds will never change as long as the amount of numbers contained doesn't change.

                      Being able to walk out of any store without buying a ticket is called DISCIPLINE and there's nothing wrong with it. Don't feel like you would've won had you played either...it's a gult trip your mind plays on you based on pure hope and circumstances. Take your time and play when you feel really good, and, preferrably when lots of other good things are happening with you.

                      This is how you manifest such astronomical things into your life. I've always admired your reasoning, shyguitar.

                       

                      L.L.

                      Small games, frequent wins, and regular payouts 'cause.....

                      There are seven days in the week...'Someday' isn't one of them.

                      #lotto-4-a-living

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                        Posted: May 30, 2013, 4:01 pm - IP Logged

                        I'm hoping more people will heed my signature and focus more on smaller games. Once I conquer the smaller games that have easier odds, I can then move up to more difficult games. For some strange reason most people have a hard time grasping this. High hopes against unbelievable odds. Positive thinking is one thing, but reality is reality.

                        You really do have to crawl before you walk. Unless someone who's got it all figured out clues you in.

                        States are hoping more people play lotteries and they know big jackpots attract more players.  The smaller games that pay $50 -$10000 top prize attract thousands of players but million dollars jackpots attract millions of players.

                         * you don't need to buy more tickets, just buy a winning ticket * 
                           
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                          Posted: May 30, 2013, 4:16 pm - IP Logged

                          I'm hoping more people will heed my signature and focus more on smaller games. Once I conquer the smaller games that have easier odds, I can then move up to more difficult games. For some strange reason most people have a hard time grasping this. High hopes against unbelievable odds. Positive thinking is one thing, but reality is reality.

                          You really do have to crawl before you walk. Unless someone who's got it all figured out clues you in.

                          All I can do here is applaude you, Sir. Your every sentence is spot on...especially the 4th and 5th ones. None of the current, previous, or future winners have it figured out. If it happens, that person is extremely lucky, fortunate, blessed, right place at the right time, etc. etc.

                          When skill is involved, a certain amount of numbers will be matched consistently via correct math, combinations, and application. Even (3) numbers is like trying to count every single piece of grass in a 12" x 12" patch of grass. Not impossible, but try it some time.

                           

                          L.L.

                          Small games, frequent wins, and regular payouts 'cause.....

                          There are seven days in the week...'Someday' isn't one of them.

                          #lotto-4-a-living

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                            Posted: May 30, 2013, 4:45 pm - IP Logged

                            Do you question how much you spent on your babe before you two broke up? Apply the same question here. Think about the heat, the passion- works for both situations.

                            If you have regrets you have lost your Soul.

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                              Posted: May 30, 2013, 7:02 pm - IP Logged

                              Do you question how much you spent on your babe before you two broke up? Apply the same question here. Think about the heat, the passion- works for both situations.

                              If you have regrets you have lost your Soul.

                              Well, that's not a fair comparison. At least with a girlfriend and relationship, you're receiving love and affections in return for the same thing. Monetary expenses on her are a gesture of caring and desire to please her.

                              The lottery only loves to take and doesn't give...loves your money. It could care less if you break up with it because it always has many others to pull your weight.

                              Comparing expenses on the lottery to expenses on an apparently once meaningful relationship...that's pretty deep.

                               

                              L.L.

                              Small games, frequent wins, and regular payouts 'cause.....

                              There are seven days in the week...'Someday' isn't one of them.

                              #lotto-4-a-living