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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 30, 2013, 7:06 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 pretty sure if you counted it up, it would be like winning the lottery.

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    Posted: May 30, 2013, 10:38 pm - IP Logged

    in todays money about $500 a year, for 25 years , if i had it all now, id put it  green 00  on the roulette wheel. at %7 it would have compounded to 34k, but there ws 3 market crashes in that time. so i would prob only have 2500

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      Posted: May 30, 2013, 10:46 pm - IP Logged

      i'm playing on WinningsDanceit don't stop

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        Posted: May 31, 2013, 12:27 pm - IP Logged

        It doesn't matter to me.  It's entertainment just like anything else I blow money on.  It's all the same whether I'm wasting money on drinks, on a movie, etc. 

        Sometimes I'd be happy just to know I got the winning combination correct regardless of whether I actually played the numbers.  If I happened to get it right while playing them that would be a nice bonus... wouldn't turn that down lol.

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          Posted: June 1, 2013, 11:43 am - IP Logged

          i'm playing on WinningsDanceit don't stop

          See, now this is what I'm getting at. This is what it's all about when playing the game correctly. You let your winnings (the house) do all the heavy lifting with the money (profit) you've won from them. The best part about this style of play is that even in the event of a loss, you're only giving back part of what you've already won from them anyway.

          So, it's not a real loss...rather, an exchange of funds. Am I close with my summary here helpmewin?

           

          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: June 1, 2013, 1:26 pm - IP Logged

            Enough to get me in trouble, not enough to get me out.

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              Posted: June 1, 2013, 2:25 pm - IP Logged

              I think I would have about $7,000 stashed in a giant piggy bank if I hadn't played. But what else could I have done for entertainment? I don't watch tv other than sports and news. Fictional (books, movies and tv shows) literature is a total bore to me. Inexpensive gambling is good entertainment.

              That money's gone fo ever


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                Posted: June 1, 2013, 2:28 pm - IP Logged

                See, now this is what I'm getting at. This is what it's all about when playing the game correctly. You let your winnings (the house) do all the heavy lifting with the money (profit) you've won from them. The best part about this style of play is that even in the event of a loss, you're only giving back part of what you've already won from them anyway.

                So, it's not a real loss...rather, an exchange of funds. Am I close with my summary here helpmewin?

                 

                L.L.

                I like to spend money. I think winning all the time would take some of the fun out of it.


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                  Posted: June 1, 2013, 2:30 pm - IP Logged

                  I think I would have about $7,000 stashed in a giant piggy bank if I hadn't played. But what else could I have done for entertainment? I don't watch tv other than sports and news. Fictional (books, movies and tv shows) literature is a total bore to me. Inexpensive gambling is good entertainment.

                  I think our numbers are going to win tonight so I'm playing them with several different bonus numbers.

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                    Posted: June 1, 2013, 5:45 pm - IP Logged

                    I think our numbers are going to win tonight so I'm playing them with several different bonus numbers.

                    19,23,31,47,56 (13) 

                    I Agree!

                    That money's gone fo ever

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                      Posted: June 1, 2013, 5:55 pm - IP Logged

                      See, now this is what I'm getting at. This is what it's all about when playing the game correctly. You let your winnings (the house) do all the heavy lifting with the money (profit) you've won from them. The best part about this style of play is that even in the event of a loss, you're only giving back part of what you've already won from them anyway.

                      So, it's not a real loss...rather, an exchange of funds. Am I close with my summary here helpmewin?

                       

                      L.L.

                      That's how I've been play since I matched 5of6 in Ohio's Classic Lotto back in February but if I don't get another decent win soon Ohio is not only going to have their money back but plenty of mine too as they did in February before I won.

                       * you don't need to buy more tickets, just buy a winning ticket * 
                         
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                        Posted: June 2, 2013, 3:50 am - IP Logged

                        See, now this is what I'm getting at. This is what it's all about when playing the game correctly. You let your winnings (the house) do all the heavy lifting with the money (profit) you've won from them. The best part about this style of play is that even in the event of a loss, you're only giving back part of what you've already won from them anyway.

                        So, it's not a real loss...rather, an exchange of funds. Am I close with my summary here helpmewin?

                         

                        L.L.

                        I Agree!

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                          Posted: June 2, 2013, 10:57 am - IP Logged

                          Ive been playing the lottery off and on for a couple of years, but only this past year have I been playing on a regular basis..If I had to guess how much I've invested all together, I'd say about 2000 or less....This might not be considered alot to some, but I don't buy lines and lines of tickets..I have a budget and am very frugal. I have to be!

                          "If you can DREAM it, you can DO it!"- Walt Disney

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                            Posted: June 2, 2013, 12:45 pm - IP Logged

                            That's how I've been play since I matched 5of6 in Ohio's Classic Lotto back in February but if I don't get another decent win soon Ohio is not only going to have their money back but plenty of mine too as they did in February before I won.

                            Hey, I honestly hope you get there because it's the only way you'll be able to stay ahead. With so many numbers involved, though...you have my respect for your tireless efforts. My limit is Pick 4 where I'm certain I'll match up "X" amount of numbers with consistency even when I take that hit here and there. If I can't see where I have to win at some point, and with consistency, that game isn't for me. My hat is off to you, Ronnie, and many others.

                             

                            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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                              Hey, I honestly hope you get there because it's the only way you'll be able to stay ahead. With so many numbers involved, though...you have my respect for your tireless efforts. My limit is Pick 4 where I'm certain I'll match up "X" amount of numbers with consistency even when I take that hit here and there. If I can't see where I have to win at some point, and with consistency, that game isn't for me. My hat is off to you, Ronnie, and many others.

                               

                              L.L.

                              My hat is off to you too.  Tracking a daily game that has two drawings can keep you busy if you play every drawing.  I keep a file on Rolling Cash5 which is played daily but I seldom take the time to accumulate the data unless its jackpot gets to $300K+ and then sometimes it takes so long I don't get a chance to pick any numbers before it's won.

                               * you don't need to buy more tickets, just buy a winning ticket * 
                                 
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