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Do some of you plan to spend less money playing the lottery in 2014?

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Posted: January 22, 2014, 8:08 am - IP Logged

Hi everyone,

Just wondering if some of you out there plan on spending less this year playing the lottery? I'm including all lottery whether it be scratch tickets, state draw games or big draw games like PB and MM. For myself I'm trying to keep myself on the same course I started last year by spending far less but still playing to keep myself in the game. After going more than 4 months without buying a scratch ticket I bought 2 scratch tickets a few weeks ago. I lost on one of them and haven't scratched the other yet.  I realize that playing the lottery was sort of like junk food to me. I needed to take control of my life as a lottery player and just like junk food that I eat in moderation, I'm playing the lottery in moderation and feel better able to handle losing.  For me it's just nice to daydream about the what if scenario.

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    Posted: January 22, 2014, 8:17 am - IP Logged

    Scratch-offs yeah but for PB and MM Im in at least 1 ticket for every draw and I always will be

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      Posted: January 22, 2014, 11:39 am - IP Logged

      Probably wont play the MM as much because of the changes. The Powerball ...well....probably wont do that til it gets to 100M and heres why:

      Over the last 5 years(09-13) there have been 36 jackpots won over 100 M //  31 jackpots under 100 M.

      Since the $2 increase on 1/15/12: there have been more larger jackpots won(7) over $300 M as
      opposed going back through 2004 there were only 3 over 300 M(Hiles/Cotrell in 07 and Conagra group in 06 and Chaney/West in 05)
      2013: 9 jackpots won over 100 M...... 3 jackpots won under 100 M
      2012: 5 jackpots won over 100 M...... 9 jackpots won under 100 M
      * from 1/09 - 1/12 while at $1 mark 21 jackpots won over 100 M and 19 jackpots won under 100 M

       (Yes I am aware of the changes in numbers and odds back in Jan 2009 where the number of white balls did increase from 55 to 59 while the number of red balls did decrease from 42 to 39 raising the odds of winning the jackpot from 1:146 million to 1:195 million)

      The previous 5 years(04-08) at the $1.00 cost there have been 19 jackpots won over 100 M //  42 jackpots under 100 M.

      (the above figures only represent the total numbers of jackpots won and not splits between winners)

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        Posted: January 22, 2014, 1:41 pm - IP Logged

        Yes, I plan to spend less by winning more of what I spend back.  It doesn't always work out that way but last year it did, I reduced my spending 50%* by matching 5of6 in Classic Lotto for $1500.

         

        *Doesn't include the taxes due on the $1500

         * you don't need to buy more tickets, just buy a winning ticket * 
           
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          Posted: January 22, 2014, 2:00 pm - IP Logged

          I just started playing the lottery in November, so from a percentage perspective, my 2014 spending will be around the same.

          MM, PB, and my SuperLotto Plus, I just play one line per draw.

          I play Fantasy 5 periodically, and the other draw games even less.  The Scratchers are the wildcard for me, but will likely account for 70-85% of my total lottery play.

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            Posted: January 22, 2014, 3:12 pm - IP Logged

            " Scratched one but not the other?'
            Why would you do that? My plan as you call it does include buying advance plays this year, that way lm locked into a certain amount for the duration of the ticket. In the past l would put down a certain amount for that particular night and later decide to purchase another ticket or two- not this year. Given the odds, well you know the rest...

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              Posted: January 22, 2014, 3:26 pm - IP Logged

              I intend to play less in 2014. Lost too much in 2013 but slowly winning some back.  I only play pb, & mm when the jackpot gets big. Mostly play cash 3, play 4 and scratch offs.

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                Posted: January 22, 2014, 5:26 pm - IP Logged

                i plan on winning more than i spend.

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                  Posted: January 22, 2014, 8:05 pm - IP Logged

                  Hi everyone,

                  Just wondering if some of you out there plan on spending less this year playing the lottery? I'm including all lottery whether it be scratch tickets, state draw games or big draw games like PB and MM. For myself I'm trying to keep myself on the same course I started last year by spending far less but still playing to keep myself in the game. After going more than 4 months without buying a scratch ticket I bought 2 scratch tickets a few weeks ago. I lost on one of them and haven't scratched the other yet.  I realize that playing the lottery was sort of like junk food to me. I needed to take control of my life as a lottery player and just like junk food that I eat in moderation, I'm playing the lottery in moderation and feel better able to handle losing.  For me it's just nice to daydream about the what if scenario.

                  Probably about the same until I hit the jackpot and get my fleet of Lear Jets for me and my entourage and then fly over a certain spot in Kintucky to empty our toilets.

                  I may spend a little more after that.

                  One never knows.

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                    Posted: January 22, 2014, 8:12 pm - IP Logged

                    Hi everyone,

                    Just wondering if some of you out there plan on spending less this year playing the lottery? I'm including all lottery whether it be scratch tickets, state draw games or big draw games like PB and MM. For myself I'm trying to keep myself on the same course I started last year by spending far less but still playing to keep myself in the game. After going more than 4 months without buying a scratch ticket I bought 2 scratch tickets a few weeks ago. I lost on one of them and haven't scratched the other yet.  I realize that playing the lottery was sort of like junk food to me. I needed to take control of my life as a lottery player and just like junk food that I eat in moderation, I'm playing the lottery in moderation and feel better able to handle losing.  For me it's just nice to daydream about the what if scenario.

                    I plan on spending more money from my Winnings maybe try MORE scratch off tickets Dance

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                      Posted: January 22, 2014, 8:16 pm - IP Logged

                      I plan on doing just the same, I have a budget and I stick to it.

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                        Posted: January 23, 2014, 11:44 am - IP Logged

                        I'm spending just alittle more this year hoping to increase my chances.

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                          Posted: January 25, 2014, 10:56 am - IP Logged

                          I plan on spending alot less (if at all) on scratch-offs,  pick 3 and 4, but I will still play PB.  I will play MB only when the jackpot grows.  I may or may not play cash 5.  Haven't decided yet.

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                            Posted: January 25, 2014, 11:03 am - IP Logged

                            I am a gambler.  I have no control over how much I will spend in the future on gambling.  I buy a few scratches, mm, pb and Take 5.  If the temptation strikes and I have money I buy more, if I am broke I don't buy.

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                              Posted: February 17, 2014, 11:46 am - IP Logged

                              I just keep mental track of how much I spend. I have not been playing MM & PB in favor of local game, Mass Cash. Still losing money but not as much.
                              I'm spending about $7 a week on Mass Cash. I used to spend about $17 a week when I played MM & PB for both draws. Good luck everybody! Thumbs Up

                              That money's gone fo ever