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Even if you play the lottery for years will you win?

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Posted: January 6, 2014, 2:03 pm - IP Logged

Hi everyone,

I just rewatched the lottery show on TLC the other day. It was the episode where a former sherriff won 29 million dollars after taxes. He said he had been playing the lottery for about 25 years or so. Well he hung in there and finally won. I'm just wondering how many people who play for that long actually win the lottery? I've mentioned a few months ago how I've continued to cut way down on my lottery playing and it's been many many months that I've stopped buying scratch tickets and now just play the draw games.  Sometimes I think isn't it bound to happen that someone after playing for so many years will eventually win and other times I remind myself that one could play for 60 years and never win. I even tried buying more than 1 ticket for the Mass Cash game to see if that would make a difference (had bought 3 tickets and still won nothing).  Do you think if a person hangs in and continues to play but plays wisely will eventually win?

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    Posted: January 6, 2014, 2:55 pm - IP Logged

    Listen that woman who jus won the half of the 648 million dollar jackpot did it with one ticket! I dont know how long she has been playing, but for 1 dollar she has more than made up for past losses LOL

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      Posted: January 6, 2014, 2:57 pm - IP Logged

      Its hard to say, some people hit right away and some it takes awhile.  On the show LCML, in the "millionaire truckers" eposide, she said she's been playing for years and the most ever won was $17... she finally ended up winning 105 million!  I've been playing for 2 years and I will continue until I hit my goals.  I bring my lunch to work and I use my "lunch money" for my MM tickets.  I have a set number of tickets I buy and stick to it.

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        Posted: January 6, 2014, 3:13 pm - IP Logged

        Maybe.  I took a long break from playing the lottery because I lost interest over time.  I just started playing again in November.  For the foreseeable future, I'll buy one line per draw for MM, PB, and my SuperLotto Plus.

        This time around, I'm finding myself playing more Scratchers than I did in the past.  To show you how long I've been away, I don't remember any Scratchers over $1 back then.  Wink

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          Posted: January 6, 2014, 3:33 pm - IP Logged

          I play hoping to win, but if i don't then i had fun along the way and knew the odds. The only way to know you will never win is to not play...hope is always renewed with each play. It's part of the fun.

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            Posted: January 6, 2014, 3:49 pm - IP Logged

            I look at the lottery number's daily and try to decide what number's to play, here in Canada and what not to-...

            Some day's a number will show up 2 day's in a row, and other week's it will not do that.. So therefore my confidence is not strong in picking the number's.

            Last night a number showed up 1 night after the other and of course I didn't choose it..

            Also, these numbers were on a line that I jotted down, and didn't have the nerve to play them, because they are not alway's reliable, and they also ended up in the draw last night.

             

            So the lottery is very challenging for me..

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              Posted: January 6, 2014, 4:49 pm - IP Logged

              I look at the lottery number's daily and try to decide what number's to play, here in Canada and what not to-...

              Some day's a number will show up 2 day's in a row, and other week's it will not do that.. So therefore my confidence is not strong in picking the number's.

              Last night a number showed up 1 night after the other and of course I didn't choose it..

              Also, these numbers were on a line that I jotted down, and didn't have the nerve to play them, because they are not alway's reliable, and they also ended up in the draw last night.

               

              So the lottery is very challenging for me..

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                Posted: January 6, 2014, 4:53 pm - IP Logged

                I used to have a link to an online lottery simulator where you could use quick picks or your own numbers and simulate thousands of lottery draws. I use to run my numbers over and over. I have seen my numbers come up in a couple of hundred draws, a couple of thousand draws and even never come up after 10,000 years worth of draws. So can't say if they will ever hit or not, but I will keep trying. Smile

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                  Posted: January 6, 2014, 5:25 pm - IP Logged

                  I used to have a link to an online lottery simulator where you could use quick picks or your own numbers and simulate thousands of lottery draws. I use to run my numbers over and over. I have seen my numbers come up in a couple of hundred draws, a couple of thousand draws and even never come up after 10,000 years worth of draws. So can't say if they will ever hit or not, but I will keep trying. Smile

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                    Posted: January 6, 2014, 7:29 pm - IP Logged

                    ELIZ:

                    We now have free health care in the USA>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>but DEDUCT's may be high before we

                    can see a doctor<<<<<<<<<< Lottery player's know the RISK and REWARD's of the Lottery but can you

                    enjoy a free health care >>>>system in UR great country? Psyko is trying to git IDEA bout a Lottery type

                    HEALTH CARE PLAN that you can SWITCH off of IF YOU play a lottery that will give YOU>SUPER BENIFIT'$!

                    (1) .50 cents per ticket

                    (2) no restriction on your imigration status

                    (3) no restriction on your color  or your race

                    (4) if you live in USA and play HEALTH CARE for LIFE>>>>>you have unrestricted DOCTOR care*

                          *which means you will have less than 500 pages to read and understand >>>>>>>>>>>!!

                    THANK the Lottery 4 giving USA Perfect HEALTH Lovies

                    We got free healthcare here in the US? What program is that?? Is it for everybody or just the old and poor??


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                      Posted: January 6, 2014, 8:42 pm - IP Logged

                      I have no idea why people have such a hard time with FACTS and STATISTICS. It blows my mind.

                      99.9% of us won't win in our lifetime. All the wishing and hoping in the world won't change those FACTS.

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                        Posted: January 6, 2014, 11:57 pm - IP Logged

                        I have no idea why people have such a hard time with FACTS and STATISTICS. It blows my mind.

                        99.9% of us won't win in our lifetime. All the wishing and hoping in the world won't change those FACTS.

                        While there may be some truth to that, some people play for lower tier prizes which is still a few thousand or millions depending on the game.  Every week there's many lower tier winners.

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                          Posted: January 7, 2014, 1:13 am - IP Logged

                          I don't think you should expect to win any big prizes no matter how long you play, because the math shows you would need to buy millions of tickets to have a 50 : 50 chance of winning a jackpot worth millions.  However, you always have a chance to win if you buy a ticket.  Anything is possible.

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                            Posted: January 7, 2014, 5:31 am - IP Logged

                            In Canada if we go to a doctor or the hospital; we do not have to pay out of pocket, unless it is certain procedures, I think. But it definitely come's off government taxes-....

                            Also I know the lottery can be tricky where you debate if it is even worth it some day's.. So if I feel strong 1 day I play it, if not I hold off till another draw..

                            But I wish everybody the best- and hope that those that really need the money- will=win alot of money and make their live's go more smoothly this year!Party

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                              Posted: January 7, 2014, 6:27 am - IP Logged

                              you could play for 100 000 years  and still not win mega or power . what you are asking for, is that small chance of doing it. sure the smaller games have better odds, but they are all in th 99.999% + against you.

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