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State Raffles. What are your thoughts on them?

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maringoman's avatar - images q=tbn:ANd9GcTbRxpKQmOfcCoUqF2FyqIOAwDo7rg9G-lfJLAALPGWJWwiz19eRw
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Posted: June 27, 2013, 5:47 pm - IP Logged

I personally love Raffles that are run by lottery commissions. Usually the raffle price is higher ($10 or $20 a ticket) but the odds of winning are much higher than even Cash 5 games. I bought 3 PA Millionaire Raffle tickets when I vacationed there in May. The draw is July 6, 2013. The odds of winning $1M are 1:125,000 and even better for the many small prizes.  I would have bought the Illinois ones if it were possible to buy online directly from the Illinois lottery commission. Thoughts?

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    Posted: June 27, 2013, 6:48 pm - IP Logged

    When you buy a EuroMillions ticket for 2 GBP you get a line of numbers and a raffle number at the bottom and every draw someone wins 1M it's pretty cool. And around Christmas and other special times they host special raffles like 25 1M GBP winners for stuff like that it's cool I like em.

    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

      rdgrnr's avatar - walt
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      Posted: June 27, 2013, 7:41 pm - IP Logged

      I like raffles.

      I always play 'em in Va.

      But we don't have 'em in TN.

      Cuz the Dragon Lady says they're stupid.

      And she said she would pop my head like a zit if I ever brought it up again.

      So I ain't sayin' nothin'.


                                                   
                           
                                               

       

       

       

       

                                                                                                         

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        Posted: June 27, 2013, 7:51 pm - IP Logged

        I like raffles.

        I always play 'em in Va.

        But we don't have 'em in TN.

        Cuz the Dragon Lady says they're stupid.

        And she said she would pop my head like a zit if I ever brought it up again.

        So I ain't sayin' nothin'.

        Haha Dragon Lady should throw you a bone this Christmas rdgrnr. I'm hoping she is reading this.

        VA and PA have the best raffles. 4 millionaires are created with only 500,000 tickets sold. Best odds.

        MA has a raffle called Super 50/50 Raffle. Its not worth even knowing about it.

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          Posted: June 27, 2013, 8:01 pm - IP Logged

          When you buy a EuroMillions ticket for 2 GBP you get a line of numbers and a raffle number at the bottom and every draw someone wins 1M it's pretty cool. And around Christmas and other special times they host special raffles like 25 1M GBP winners for stuff like that it's cool I like em.

          I like that a lot. PB or MM should try that idea to stimulate sales. 1M GBP = $ 1.53M! When Camelot Group start selling EuroMillions tickets online directly (no agents) to overseas subscribers I will  be buying some of those. I would hope the US government would also allow us.

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            Posted: June 27, 2013, 9:07 pm - IP Logged

            Jusy my $.02 and it won't be popular, but in Pick 6 or 5 + 1 jackpot games $1 or $2 could win multi millions, that's the big draw of the games.

            So let's say in a state rafle $10 or $20 wins $1 million.

            And let's use the current MM jackpot of $61 M.

            If there's a MM winner, that $1 won $61 M.

            The raffle winner, let's say a $20 raffle, each dollar won $50,000. Not quite the same bang for the buck.

            Illinois raffles used to produce a few winners and 499,991 losers for a $20 ticket. The latest raffle though is $10 for six draws. The players must have started to see through the original format.

            If you like raffles more power to you, and good luck.

            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: June 27, 2013, 9:28 pm - IP Logged

              I used to love raffles.  Then I spent $50 - $150 each year for 5 years or so and didn't win a thing.  Now I don't love raffles so much any more.  Now I buy one ticket and that's it.

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                Posted: June 27, 2013, 10:10 pm - IP Logged

                Jusy my $.02 and it won't be popular, but in Pick 6 or 5 + 1 jackpot games $1 or $2 could win multi millions, that's the big draw of the games.

                So let's say in a state rafle $10 or $20 wins $1 million.

                And let's use the current MM jackpot of $61 M.

                If there's a MM winner, that $1 won $61 M.

                The raffle winner, let's say a $20 raffle, each dollar won $50,000. Not quite the same bang for the buck.

                Illinois raffles used to produce a few winners and 499,991 losers for a $20 ticket. The latest raffle though is $10 for six draws. The players must have started to see through the original format.

                If you like raffles more power to you, and good luck.

                I see your point in terms of bang for buck and hard to argue from that perspective, but...

                Lotto (6 #'s) is 1 in 20.3 million odds for a shot a generally several million... 

                Little lotto (5 #'s) is approx. 1 in 575,000 odds and rarely ever get JP's beyond 500-600K (although lately with 2x draws the pot has gotten larger faster)

                Raffle is approx. 1 in 500,000 odds for a shot at a million

                Raffle odds are you're best shot at winning any significant cash prize in the lottery...

                You could spend a buck at a time for several lifetimes and still never come close to PICK 5 and or 6 hit... who knows how many lifetimes before hitting MM or a PB JP Crazy

                I like the raffles b/c you just might get a shot at a decent prize in one lifetime.  It just goes to show how difficult it is to actually win a decent prize in the lottery. 

                Heck winning 1 mil on a $20 scratcher in IL is 1 in 1,320,000... good luckWink

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                  Posted: June 28, 2013, 12:49 am - IP Logged

                  Romancandle,

                  I see your points, too.

                  There's a term in gambling called relative to the buy in, and along those lines a raffle top prize couldn't touch a lottery jackpot.

                  Maybr some state will get really innovative and conduct a raffle where there's options of buying from $1 to $10 or $20 worth........and each dollar would win so much. But that's not really good for hyping a raffle.

                  Let's face it, these are all longshot affairs, extreme longshots. It's not like putting $110 on a NFL game to win $100.

                  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: June 28, 2013, 1:09 am - IP Logged

                    I play them when i can. I also have some for Pa, and a couple for Ct superdraw. I play Virginia if i'm south for xmas.

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                      Posted: June 28, 2013, 7:18 am - IP Logged

                      I love raffles, would like to see more of them.

                       HyperBe Happy.

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                        Posted: June 28, 2013, 8:19 am - IP Logged

                        I love raffles, would like to see more of them.

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                          Posted: June 28, 2013, 8:29 am - IP Logged

                          Won $1000 on the Florida holiday raffle last year so I like them!

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                            Posted: July 7, 2013, 4:57 pm - IP Logged

                            Won $1000 on the Florida holiday raffle last year so I like them!

                            I won $100 from the PA Millionaire Raffle that was drawn last evening. I made a $40 profit. I just have to mail it in because I am not going over there anytime soon.

                            That money's gone fo ever

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                              Posted: July 9, 2013, 1:14 am - IP Logged

                              Won nothing from Pa or CT, but that was expected. Next time i'll get 1 instead of 2.