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

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Posted: January 7, 2014, 8:04 am - 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.

Hello onlymoney,

Well maybe the one thing I have is hope even if that hope is dismally low of ever winning a jackpot. If you truly feel that way why do you even play? I play for the chance to win someday.  Every year people win a jackpot (though I know it's only a small percentage of people who ever win).  I've accepted for years the fact that I will be working till I die but since I've always had low paying jobs it's just nice to dream at a chance to someday be able to retire from the working world. It also would be nice to be able to help my family and to be able to give to charities. I will continue to play and hope that my miracle will one day come in, but also will be realistic and continue to keep myself on a budget.

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    Posted: January 7, 2014, 8:09 am - IP Logged

    There's no free healthcare, but everyone can get get it now...everyone. Before, the rates and systems was so manipulated that lots of folks couldn't get it, or, were denied coverage due to specific conditions. That's gone now, but there are still criterias to be met and lots more paperwork/documentation involved. Lots of existing plans were dropped by carriers as they didn't meet certain coverage requirements while others weren't touched at all.

    Where I currently work, my personal plan was done away with altogether and I had to put together a new one under the new law and my premium did go up by $21 per pay period. It's really no issue for me, but some folks may not be able to afford such changes. It's a 60/40 type deal in my opinion.

     

    L.L.

    Small games, frequent wins, and regular payouts 'cause.....

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

    #lotto-4-a-living

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      Posted: January 7, 2014, 9:53 am - IP Logged

      A $2600 deductible is nothing..a drop in the bucket and gonna start looking pretty sweet should you get in a accident, have a heart attack or many many other health emergencies. I guess i have had enough health problems to see how small in the grand scope a $2600 deductible is. Those who go for the super cheap plan will have a higher deductible, but this plan is for those who have no health problems and was not meant for those who do, but all the same, $10,000 in the event of a serious health emergency is nothing in light of the entire bill. I think some folks look at this the wrong way and are focusing on $60 doctor visits or $30 prescriptions until they meet their deductible. It's the serious health problems and emergencies that will get you not the small stuff. Make some sacrifices and pay alittle more to get a lower deductible plan. If you don't qualify for free and are expected to contribute some of your income then your income reflects you can afford to pay for a plan that will give you a reasonable deductible. The problem is more then likely of how you manage your money ...not your income and what you CAN afford. If a person is not here legally and paying taxes then they should not expect to be supported by those who are legal and do pay taxes. 


      My husband busted his tail working 12hr days 7 days a week until he became a engineer and still worked close to those hours given the nature of his job. He would come home with blood stains on his socks from his feet being raw and bleeding. Why should someone more then able to work or an illegal immigrant benefit from his and every other hard working American who takes care of their own and took the hard way to do it, not the free and easy way to do it. Yet folks complain about a $2600 deductible and still not grateful that tax payers are subsidizing their health insurance premiums to help make it more affordable and allow for all who have preexisting conditions to get insurance as well. People carry on with their complaining because their doctor visits will not be free or their prescriptions because they are expected to contribute and pay a copay to share in the expense and burden of their own health care like everyone else is. The only thing that is good enough it seems is FREE FREE FREE...it's become the American way. 

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        Posted: January 7, 2014, 10:34 am - IP Logged

        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.

        True, but I'm 99.9% sure the OP is talking about a JP win.


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          Posted: January 7, 2014, 10:35 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.

          Of course there's always a chance. Just like the Earth blowing up tomorrow, there's a chance that may happen.


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            Posted: January 7, 2014, 10:48 am - IP Logged

            Hello onlymoney,

            Well maybe the one thing I have is hope even if that hope is dismally low of ever winning a jackpot. If you truly feel that way why do you even play? I play for the chance to win someday.  Every year people win a jackpot (though I know it's only a small percentage of people who ever win).  I've accepted for years the fact that I will be working till I die but since I've always had low paying jobs it's just nice to dream at a chance to someday be able to retire from the working world. It also would be nice to be able to help my family and to be able to give to charities. I will continue to play and hope that my miracle will one day come in, but also will be realistic and continue to keep myself on a budget.

            I buy maybe one Fantasy Five ticket or PB ticket once a month just in case a meteor hits my head, but based on what I've been reading on LP for a while now, it seems people really believe they will win, or they rely on a JP win to end their financial misery. I know I won't win, but I do it for fun. I'm not fanatical about it. Endless threads about how they will spend their millions, as If they're making plans like when they plan an upcoming Birthday party. It's freaking silly.

            I really don't care If people want to piss their money away on something that will most likely not benefit them in the end. It's their money. All I'm doing is responding to a thread with facts. Facts seem to burst people's bubbles. Oh well, that's the reality of life.

            Sure It's nice to dream, but it's unrealistic, and mentally unhealthy for so many here to believe they WILL win eventually. Think about this for a moment. Thousands or tens of thousands of people know for sure they will win. We all know they all can't win right? Crazy

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              Posted: January 7, 2014, 12:16 pm - IP Logged

              shyguitar,

              Whenever anyone turns cash into a lottery ticket, casino chips, a sports bet, or a horse bet or any other form of gambling, they should consider it gone.

              Nice to get some of it (or more) back, but don't count on it.

              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: January 7, 2014, 1:36 pm - IP Logged

                I buy maybe one Fantasy Five ticket or PB ticket once a month just in case a meteor hits my head, but based on what I've been reading on LP for a while now, it seems people really believe they will win, or they rely on a JP win to end their financial misery. I know I won't win, but I do it for fun. I'm not fanatical about it. Endless threads about how they will spend their millions, as If they're making plans like when they plan an upcoming Birthday party. It's freaking silly.

                I really don't care If people want to piss their money away on something that will most likely not benefit them in the end. It's their money. All I'm doing is responding to a thread with facts. Facts seem to burst people's bubbles. Oh well, that's the reality of life.

                Sure It's nice to dream, but it's unrealistic, and mentally unhealthy for so many here to believe they WILL win eventually. Think about this for a moment. Thousands or tens of thousands of people know for sure they will win. We all know they all can't win right? Crazy

                I have yet to see anyone on this thread who is not clear of the odds of winning. What i see is folks stating they play because they enjoy it and do so with hopes they hold the lucky numbers. Nobody can say a person will never win in their lifetime, but to keep poking at folks who play just like you who have stated nothing to indicate they don't know their odds of winning tends to come off as someone who seems to be having a little too much fun "thinking" they are bursting others bubbles as it was put, in reminding them of their odds. You have to have a bubble in order to burst it and thus far, i fail to see one person who has even remotely indicated they didn't know the odds of winning. Bubbles are fun, until it's one's own bubble that ends up getting popped in the end. Sorry, you didn't tell any of us anything we didn't already know.

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                  I have yet to see anyone on this thread who is not clear of the odds of winning. What i see is folks stating they play because they enjoy it and do so with hopes they hold the lucky numbers. Nobody can say a person will never win in their lifetime, but to keep poking at folks who play just like you who have stated nothing to indicate they don't know their odds of winning tends to come off as someone who seems to be having a little too much fun "thinking" they are bursting others bubbles as it was put, in reminding them of their odds. You have to have a bubble in order to burst it and thus far, i fail to see one person who has even remotely indicated they didn't know the odds of winning. Bubbles are fun, until it's one's own bubble that ends up getting popped in the end. Sorry, you didn't tell any of us anything we didn't already know.

                  If you understand the probability of winning a jackpot, there is no bubble to burst. It's true someone will eventually win any jackpot, but it's usually 1 or 2 players out of millions and probably after 10 or more draws with no jackpot winners. There are thousands of way to ask "how will you spend your winnings", but the answers are always the same. Shouldn't there be an equal amount of questions asking "how do you plan on winning the lottery?"?

                  What are the odds of your bubble being popped?

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                    If you understand the probability of winning a jackpot, there is no bubble to burst. It's true someone will eventually win any jackpot, but it's usually 1 or 2 players out of millions and probably after 10 or more draws with no jackpot winners. There are thousands of way to ask "how will you spend your winnings", but the answers are always the same. Shouldn't there be an equal amount of questions asking "how do you plan on winning the lottery?"?

                    What are the odds of your bubble being popped?

                    Oh i think the poster really thought they were popping bubbles and it was just the whole attitude and motive for why they were doing it that got to me.

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                      If you understand the probability of winning a jackpot, there is no bubble to burst. It's true someone will eventually win any jackpot, but it's usually 1 or 2 players out of millions and probably after 10 or more draws with no jackpot winners. There are thousands of way to ask "how will you spend your winnings", but the answers are always the same. Shouldn't there be an equal amount of questions asking "how do you plan on winning the lottery?"?

                      What are the odds of your bubble being popped?

                      Whoops forgot....you asked what are the odds of my bubble being popped? what bubble? i play with a understanding of the odds and if i win great if i don't i was aware of the odds to begin with. What bubble is gonna be popped?


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                        I have yet to see anyone on this thread who is not clear of the odds of winning. What i see is folks stating they play because they enjoy it and do so with hopes they hold the lucky numbers. Nobody can say a person will never win in their lifetime, but to keep poking at folks who play just like you who have stated nothing to indicate they don't know their odds of winning tends to come off as someone who seems to be having a little too much fun "thinking" they are bursting others bubbles as it was put, in reminding them of their odds. You have to have a bubble in order to burst it and thus far, i fail to see one person who has even remotely indicated they didn't know the odds of winning. Bubbles are fun, until it's one's own bubble that ends up getting popped in the end. Sorry, you didn't tell any of us anything we didn't already know.

                        You and others know the rediculous odds, yet you all plan to win as If it was a given.

                        You say I always bring up the issue. Funny how you don't say anything about the endless threads about something that has never happened yet, and probably won't. Those posts don't seem to bother you. Crazy

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                          You and others know the rediculous odds, yet you all plan to win as If it was a given.

                          You say I always bring up the issue. Funny how you don't say anything about the endless threads about something that has never happened yet, and probably won't. Those posts don't seem to bother you. Crazy

                          Where did anyone say winning was a given??

                          I didn't say you always bring up this issue, but do you? I was speaking within the contents of this thread.

                          If folks want to talk about what they would do if they did win, how is that any of your business and why would that bother you since you brought it up.


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                            I have yet to see anyone on this thread who is not clear of the odds of winning. What i see is folks stating they play because they enjoy it and do so with hopes they hold the lucky numbers. Nobody can say a person will never win in their lifetime, but to keep poking at folks who play just like you who have stated nothing to indicate they don't know their odds of winning tends to come off as someone who seems to be having a little too much fun "thinking" they are bursting others bubbles as it was put, in reminding them of their odds. You have to have a bubble in order to burst it and thus far, i fail to see one person who has even remotely indicated they didn't know the odds of winning. Bubbles are fun, until it's one's own bubble that ends up getting popped in the end. Sorry, you didn't tell any of us anything we didn't already know.

                            BTW, I wasn't referring to just this thread. It's obvious you haven't been around long enough to see what I have seen over the years.

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                              BTW, I wasn't referring to just this thread. It's obvious you haven't been around long enough to see what I have seen over the years.

                              and it's obvious you stick your nose where it doesn't belong...that is further clarified by you yourself and what you just said.