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Why do you play the lottery?

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Theox-'s avatar - DAylUYw

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Posted: November 9, 2013, 11:05 am - IP Logged

Hello all,

This is my first post.

 

We all know that the odds of winning the big jackpot are nigh impossible. But week after week we through a dollar or two into the jackpot hoping to be the winner. Why?

 

I personally have two unselfish reasons and two selfish reasons why I play the lottery. If I ever win I'll buy my parents a nice house. They've always wanted one but couldn't afford it. I'd also like to set aside a college fund for my nephew. And for myself I'd like to travel the world. I would love to take a month or two to explore each continent. Lastly, I want a nice car. I'm sure that I would look rather nice in the driver seat of a BMW M5.

    NightStalker's avatar - 50logo
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    Posted: November 9, 2013, 11:55 am - IP Logged

    I think your reasons pretty much cover why we all play the lottery.  Basic financial security.  Stop showing up for work.

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      Posted: November 9, 2013, 5:43 pm - IP Logged

      I play because I love the idea that I might get a chance to never work for another man for the rest of my life. Also its intriguing to know that you have a chance to do that almost every night.

      That money's gone fo ever


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        Posted: November 9, 2013, 5:46 pm - IP Logged

        Cause I want to win a jackpot....then I can pretty much do as I wish

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          Posted: November 9, 2013, 7:05 pm - IP Logged

          I agree, my reasons are same as the above replies. One other thing is I can budget my money better - less money for more gain and though the odds are much higher, it's more convenient for me. I love the casino as well, but only go few and far between nowadays. Casinos take too much money in too short a time, and you don't really win much. I used to go with my girlfriends to Biloxi, for instance, for a 4th of July weekend and it wouldn't be nothing to sink $300 mininum each for the weekend playing casinos. I started contemplating - just playing only the numbers I play, doing multi-draw, on a couple lottery games, would leave me with change from $300! Anyway, that's my skewed logic ... Smile

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            Posted: November 9, 2013, 7:12 pm - IP Logged

            So I can get rich and quit my job, also so I can answer the other ?

            "why do rich people play the lottery ?

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              Posted: November 9, 2013, 7:15 pm - IP Logged

              I play for basically the same reasons as well.   Mine are very modest.    Payoff my house and start some renovations, payoff my 4runner, and buy about 150 acres to farm and have my own gun range for me and my son.    These items may seem like a lot and/or minor to some buy those are the only things i have "plans" to do.    I make good money buy i just want that little bump to finish things off and be able to sleep completely at ease every night.

               

              I however don't play the mega or powerball.  I am strictly adhereing to my local state lotto with numbers 1-38 and megaplier.   I will win someday.

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                Posted: November 9, 2013, 7:16 pm - IP Logged

                Hello all,

                This is my first post.

                 

                We all know that the odds of winning the big jackpot are nigh impossible. But week after week we through a dollar or two into the jackpot hoping to be the winner. Why?

                 

                I personally have two unselfish reasons and two selfish reasons why I play the lottery. If I ever win I'll buy my parents a nice house. They've always wanted one but couldn't afford it. I'd also like to set aside a college fund for my nephew. And for myself I'd like to travel the world. I would love to take a month or two to explore each continent. Lastly, I want a nice car. I'm sure that I would look rather nice in the driver seat of a BMW M5.

                "We all know that the odds of winning the big jackpot are nigh impossible. But week after week we through a dollar or two into the jackpot hoping to be the winner. Why?"

                You answered your own question, we hope to win.

                 * you don't need to buy more tickets, just buy a winning ticket * 
                   
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                  Posted: November 9, 2013, 7:19 pm - IP Logged

                  Just for $hit$ and giggles!!!

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                    Theox-'s avatar - DAylUYw

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                    Posted: November 9, 2013, 7:48 pm - IP Logged

                    @RJOh, I know that we all want to win. I'm curious as to what everyone would do with the money.

                    I see a lot of people saying that never want to work again. I'm the opposite, I enjoy my job but I probably would quit. My Coworkers probably wouldn't appreciate being around a millionaire everyday.

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                      Posted: November 9, 2013, 8:06 pm - IP Logged

                      I would like to win to help out my family and since I play powerball and mega millions the jackpots that they put up could really let me help out nicely.  Now if only I could get the winning numbers on one of my tickets.  The hard part.-weshar75

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                        Posted: November 10, 2013, 11:08 am - IP Logged

                        I am back in college at 36 due to the market changing with the medical transcription field.  Should I win the lottery I would still finish school, perhaps even go on for a doctorates for a personal goal.   No, I would not donate my post graduate services or time no matter how selfish that seems. i would work for a paycheck and put that money towards a charity of my choice.  And if I didn't like the job I would leave and pursue volunteer work.  I would honestly just love to win 200K after taxes, enough to pay off my house and the majority of our bills.  An opportunity to start over and erase many foolish financial mistakes i have made.  Older and wiser, as it were. 

                         

                        Good luck everybody!

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                          Posted: November 10, 2013, 12:31 pm - IP Logged

                          i buy because i dont think  schools and hospitals get enough tax money.

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                            Posted: November 10, 2013, 12:41 pm - IP Logged

                            Welcome Theox- Smiley

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                              Posted: November 10, 2013, 12:45 pm - IP Logged

                              I found my old living place, where there the estates prices are much higher than that before, so that I want to win a lotto prize to help my grown up children to buy them every one with a new comfortable house, othwise they will be facing hard lives in the future.

                              if I I can really win a lotto prize, the problem is immediately solved!

                              Thanks for your kindness to visit my posting; and left me your warmness for my slow chewing! 

                              Those who wants to win lottery is normal; and it is abnormal if anybody does not want to win!

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