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Have you ever picked up discarded lottery tickets hoping you got an overlooked winner?

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Posted: May 29, 2013, 8:13 pm - IP Logged

Making a sincere good faith effort is always a good thing!

Totally agree.

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    Posted: May 29, 2013, 8:15 pm - IP Logged

    Anything thowed on the ground in East Tennessee has tobaccy juice spit on it right quick.

    It's kind of a way to test yer aim, when you see something thowed on the ground you spit a big ol' wad o' tobaccy juice on it.

    On a personal level, I don't cotton to gettin' other folks tobaccy juice on my hands.

    So no, I don't pick 'em up.

    Ridge- Tobacco juices aside- would you pick up a $100.00 bill or is that forbidden in the back country?

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      Posted: May 29, 2013, 8:48 pm - IP Logged

      Perhaps thinking the previous ticket holder was too inebriated to tell the difference?

      * l have not. But looking down at all those discarded tickets in the waste basket could make one wonder..what if- am l right or am l right?

      I know it's littering but I have discarded some year old tickets around places that sell lottery tickets.  Since I save them in a covered box they look new and fresh just like they were just printed.

       * you don't need to buy more tickets, just buy a winning ticket * 
         
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        Posted: May 29, 2013, 8:57 pm - IP Logged

        One of the grocery stores around here is very popular with seniors and they leave their discards on the food court tables.    I used to pick them up when I first started playing scratch offs.  Not because I thought they were winners but I wanted to check them out to get familar with the different games.   Plus they usually buy $10+ tickets and I never buy those.

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          Posted: May 29, 2013, 9:52 pm - IP Logged

          Ridge- Tobacco juices aside- would you pick up a $100.00 bill or is that forbidden in the back country?

          Yeah, as long as it weren't too juicy.

          I'd leave it with Luther down to the feed store and he'd put a note up.


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            Posted: May 29, 2013, 11:17 pm - IP Logged

            Perhaps thinking the previous ticket holder was too inebriated to tell the difference?

            * l have not. But looking down at all those discarded tickets in the waste basket could make one wonder..what if- am l right or am l right?

            Sometimes I pick em up in the pick 3, just curious to see what those people were playing.  Or I will just kick a ticket on the ground until it flips right side up, in lieu of picking it up.

            Picking up discarded tickets is a sign of desperation.

            Sometimes I will scan a discarded ticket left on the counter.  It is invariably a loser.

            If you get to thinking one of those tickets is a winner, you will just get yourself nuts.  Its like looking for money on the ground.  Your just gonna get yourself nuts.

            If it might be a winner let the divers thrive.   I dont want to steal their thunder.

            Sometimes when I am too inebriated in the evening I will double check my own purchased tickets in the morning.  More than once I was to lazy to mark em as loser and rip em up.  Although I dont usually rip up my tickets but I do cross out all the numbers I missed clearly so as to not be mistaken.  So any ticket not marked is a potential winner.

            That reminds me, I have a shoebox, that is kinda overflowing.  Better double check those babies.

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              Posted: May 30, 2013, 1:08 am - IP Logged

              Not lottery tickets but there are people who scour the horse racing tracks seats and the race books in casinos looking for discarded winners every day. I forget the proper term for them (there ar plenty of slang ones).

              Back in the days when slot machines paid out in coins and not credits there were people who would go through the casinos in the 'wee' hours and pull handles and push Cash Out buttons on poker machines to see if anyone had left winners in the machines - very common.

              There was a case at the Vegas Horseshoe when security saw a guy doing this and claimed it was the Horseshoe's money. The guy claimed it was not only not the Horsehoe's money, but money that belonged to a player. Never knew the result of that one.

              Checking lottery tickets left at the counter, sometines I'll scan them but you know they're going to say, "Sorry Not A Winner."

              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 30, 2013, 3:34 am - IP Logged

                Yes, but the really good stuff is in the big dumpsters. Take a dive and you will thrive.

                Green laugh

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                  Posted: May 30, 2013, 4:03 am - IP Logged

                  I have and I did!! Picked up a $1 scratch-off outside of a 7/11. The person obivously did not understand the game, $100, thanks to someone. A couple of mornings later, a young woman carrying a baby approached and ask for money to buy milk, gave her $50.

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                    Posted: May 30, 2013, 5:03 am - IP Logged

                    I find ticket's on the ground all the time , as I am looking for the winning ticket, that somebody overlooked.. Haven't found one yet!

                     

                    My own ticket's, I have overlooked, winning's, good thing I decided to cash them in, and found out;

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                      Posted: June 1, 2013, 12:02 pm - IP Logged

                      A while back I found a couple of winners. This was around the time of the two ladies and the dumpster ticket controversy...I was motivated to see if I could find just one with even $1 on it and I did.

                       

                      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, 12:06 pm - IP Logged

                        I have and I had a couple of winners.