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Does anyone wish they had started playing the lottery years before?

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Posted: November 11, 2013, 11:45 am - IP Logged

Hi everyone,

I'm just wondering if anyone wishes they had been playing the lottery earlier than when they started playing? For me it's been a little more than 3 years since I've been playing the lottery. Prior to that I rarely played and only when it was over 100 million. Occasionally I have the what if's? What if I had started playing years before, maybe I would have won a lottery?  When my sane side of my brain kicks in I'm so glad I never played all those years since so much money would have been wasted chasing a dream.


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    Posted: November 11, 2013, 11:58 am - IP Logged

    LOL I wish I had of won the lottery a lot earlier....like when it was 656 million for MM and when it was 590 millon for PB....heck I remember wishing it was me who had won when ole Jack hit that 314 million, now what happened to him I wouldnt have wanted but it woulda been a wild ride getting there if it did LOL

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      Posted: November 11, 2013, 12:04 pm - IP Logged

      Hi everyone,

      I'm just wondering if anyone wishes they had been playing the lottery earlier than when they started playing? For me it's been a little more than 3 years since I've been playing the lottery. Prior to that I rarely played and only when it was over 100 million. Occasionally I have the what if's? What if I had started playing years before, maybe I would have won a lottery?  When my sane side of my brain kicks in I'm so glad I never played all those years since so much money would have been wasted chasing a dream.

      Do l wish l had started earlier- No. Its a fork in the road question,  do l go left or right and if l make the choice will things turn out the way I intend them too? Difficult to say.My answer is still No.

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        Posted: November 11, 2013, 12:42 pm - IP Logged

        Well, I sometimes only wish that I knew what I know now when I first started playing. I suppose that would be asking too much, though, as everything has its' learning curve and I can appreciate the roads I had to take in getting to where I am. Experience is priceless yet it still costs to get it and I wouldn't trade one day of any aspect of my personal journey.

        The possibility of not having to work for anyone is a clear and present reality as I speak...and I'm closing in on it pretty fast. Better late than never as it goes. 

         

        L.L. 

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        There are seven days in the week...'Someday' isn't one of them.

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          Posted: November 11, 2013, 1:10 pm - IP Logged

          Well, I sometimes only wish that I knew what I know now when I first started playing. I suppose that would be asking too much, though, as everything has its' learning curve and I can appreciate the roads I had to take in getting to where I am. Experience is priceless yet it still costs to get it and I wouldn't trade one day of any aspect of my personal journey.

          The possibility of not having to work for anyone is a clear and present reality as I speak...and I'm closing in on it pretty fast. Better late than never as it goes. 

           

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            Posted: November 11, 2013, 1:33 pm - IP Logged

            I started playing on my 18th birthday. Tennessee has a lottery now but at the time they did not. I had to purchase futures in Kentucky to play Powerball and Georgia or Illinois to play Mega Millions.

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              Posted: November 11, 2013, 6:25 pm - IP Logged

              Does anyone wish they had started playing the lottery years before?

              No. There are people who have been playing the lottery longer than I have been alive and have never won a prize over $1,000.

              That money's gone fo ever

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                Posted: November 11, 2013, 6:49 pm - IP Logged

                Hi everyone,

                I'm just wondering if anyone wishes they had been playing the lottery earlier than when they started playing? For me it's been a little more than 3 years since I've been playing the lottery. Prior to that I rarely played and only when it was over 100 million. Occasionally I have the what if's? What if I had started playing years before, maybe I would have won a lottery?  When my sane side of my brain kicks in I'm so glad I never played all those years since so much money would have been wasted chasing a dream.

                With how terribly that I have done, I wish I hadn't started playing until now. 

                So you nailed it!

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                  Posted: November 11, 2013, 6:56 pm - IP Logged

                  No been playing since before I was old enough except when living in non-lottery states.

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                    Posted: November 13, 2013, 9:02 am - IP Logged

                    Hi everyone,

                    I'm just wondering if anyone wishes they had been playing the lottery earlier than when they started playing? For me it's been a little more than 3 years since I've been playing the lottery. Prior to that I rarely played and only when it was over 100 million. Occasionally I have the what if's? What if I had started playing years before, maybe I would have won a lottery?  When my sane side of my brain kicks in I'm so glad I never played all those years since so much money would have been wasted chasing a dream.

                    You have spent millions of dollars on the lottery already, if you take into account the opportunity cost and sunk cost of every $1 spent on the lottery. $1 compounding at 10% for 145 years will be more than $100 Millions dollars not counting inflation.

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                      Posted: December 10, 2013, 1:48 am - IP Logged

                      Hi everyone,

                      I'm just wondering if anyone wishes they had been playing the lottery earlier than when they started playing? For me it's been a little more than 3 years since I've been playing the lottery. Prior to that I rarely played and only when it was over 100 million. Occasionally I have the what if's? What if I had started playing years before, maybe I would have won a lottery?  When my sane side of my brain kicks in I'm so glad I never played all those years since so much money would have been wasted chasing a dream.

                      I wish I had been tracking the pick 3 since 7th grade. (not playing of course) but mastering the numbers.

                      I would be an expert by now.  I would be able to hit 10 straights a month, on a bad month.

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                        Posted: December 10, 2013, 8:29 am - IP Logged

                        I started back in 2004 playing only big jackpot lotteries like MM and PB. It was a couple years ago that I got into Pick 4 game. One of my ex's aunts always playing these types of games, P3, P4, Cash 5, Win 4 Life and all other games you name it. One day, the aunt won 20k hitting straight and I was just curious how she had it figured out or just struck by luck. I gradually learned the game by playing small and little to see how the game works...it took me almos two years to figure out the patterns. I lost a total of roughly 5k on Pick 4, and this year I have fully recovered that and then a few times more than 5k. I have never hit straight on P4 and mostly 50/50.

                        to sum it up, no I do not wish I had started it sooner than later. It all comes down to priority. My winnings are supplemental income, my job is the real long term.

                        playing what can be afforded...spend half of what was reclaimed.

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                          Posted: December 10, 2013, 9:00 am - IP Logged

                          I have been playing the numbers games for years and I have no regrets. I think I will win a sizable jackpot soon. If I don't, that's the way it goes! Smash

                          Money is a terrible master, but a great servant...Smile