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Are most people playing the lottery for the long haul?

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Posted: August 2, 2013, 1:26 pm - IP Logged

Hi everyone,

I'm wondering if most people are playing the lottery for the long haul. I mean even if you have years of losing do you still plan on playing the lottery for years to come? I am a realist but at the same time I know that I can't win anything if I stop playing completely. I'm in this thing for the for the forseeable future. Playing less these 6 months has made me less upset about the loses I've had. I will continue to keep myself on a budget but will also keep playing. There is something about the anticipation of buying a PB or MM ticket and having the hope of one day winning something that keeps me tied into playing. Yes it's a rarity to win a lottery but we hear stories of people winning so who know what can happen to a person. I just hope someday I win something before I die, lol.


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    Posted: August 2, 2013, 1:33 pm - IP Logged

    Even though its incredibly frustrating, I will always play.  A LOT of people win given the odds and I'm determined to be one them.  I'll play until I'm as old as Gloria and beyond!

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      Even though its incredibly frustrating, I will always play.  A LOT of people win given the odds and I'm determined to be one them.  I'll play until I'm as old as Gloria and beyond!

      Hi jjtheprince,

      I'm glad that you will always play and are determined to be one of the winners. I like my little daydreams of what could be.

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        Posted: August 2, 2013, 2:15 pm - IP Logged

        Yes, play until you can"t play anymore, quick picks and own numbers.

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          Posted: August 2, 2013, 2:34 pm - IP Logged

          I play cuz it's a fun hobby/pastime which has as a bonus, however remote, the possibility of being as fabulously wealthy as George Soros or the Kennedy's or John Kerry or Michael Moore or Harry Reid or Nancy Pelosi or Al Gore or any of those super rich people like that.

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            Posted: August 2, 2013, 4:19 pm - IP Logged

            I've been playing since I moved to a state that had lottery, which has been about 20 years.  I'll play as long as I have an extra dollar or two, or until I die whichever comes first.

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              Posted: August 2, 2013, 4:57 pm - IP Logged

              Been playing for 40 years except when living in non lottery states,

              I guess that makes me a long hauler !

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

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                Posted: August 2, 2013, 5:05 pm - IP Logged

                I play cuz it's a fun hobby/pastime which has as a bonus, however remote, the possibility of being as fabulously wealthy as George Soros or the Kennedy's or John Kerry or Michael Moore or Harry Reid or Nancy Pelosi or Al Gore or any of those super rich people like that.

                I Agree!  However I wish there was one name on your list I had respect for,

                well maybe JFK, only cause my Dad liked him, but the rest of the Kennedy's no.

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

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                  Posted: August 2, 2013, 5:11 pm - IP Logged

                  Even though its incredibly frustrating, I will always play.  A LOT of people win given the odds and I'm determined to be one them.  I'll play until I'm as old as Gloria and beyond!

                  Isn't that the truth. And that's the thing about the lottery. You can think to yourself, I've been playing for too long with no big wins, it's never going to happen. And then 84 year old Gloria comes along and wins the largest PB JP in history. Every time I think to stop, I see someone win who makes me think 'Okay, just one more time.' LOL.

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                    Posted: August 2, 2013, 5:20 pm - IP Logged

                    well it was meant to be quick easy money, but 20 years of playing , im in it for the long haul

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                    keno historic = -2291 ; 2015= -603; 2016= JAN=-32, FEB= +12 , MAR= -86, APR = -77. MAY= -48, JUN= -29, JUL=-71; AUG = -52; SEPT= -43; OCT = +56 NOV = -33 TOT= -3297

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                      Posted: August 2, 2013, 6:30 pm - IP Logged

                      I play cuz it's a fun hobby/pastime which has as a bonus, however remote, the possibility of being as fabulously wealthy as George Soros or the Kennedy's or John Kerry or Michael Moore or Harry Reid or Nancy Pelosi or Al Gore or any of those super rich people like that.

                      lol You forgot Hillary.  She actually comes from a wealthy family also.

                      J'aime La France.

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                        Posted: August 2, 2013, 7:35 pm - IP Logged

                        l am reminded of what one lottery employee said " Anyone who purchases a ticket has just as much chance as the next person holding a ticket " Last year we had a $52 million Dollar MM winner from our city- this person had been going through hard times, having to live with friends to make ends meet.Suddenly all that changed when he won.

                        When you hold a ticket whether its only one or more- you have a chance of bringing that baby home- don't let anyone tell you otherwise. All it takes is One.

                        " Ms Gloria " cut in line" Mckenzie bought just ONE TICKET and the rest is history.


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                          Posted: August 2, 2013, 9:07 pm - IP Logged

                          I only play when the PB jackpot is over 300 Million.  Only buy tickets 4-5 times a year when Jackpot is Very big

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                            Posted: August 2, 2013, 9:25 pm - IP Logged

                            In Ohio we have both multi-state games and a state game which has a decent size jackpot most times and better odds so I usually buy tickets every week for one of them.

                             * you don't need to buy more tickets, just buy a winning ticket * 
                               
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                              Posted: August 2, 2013, 9:36 pm - IP Logged

                              lol You forgot Hillary.  She actually comes from a wealthy family also.

                              Yeah, how'd I forget that one?

                              Or little Mikey Bloomberg.