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How many scratch should I buy at one time?

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Posted: March 29, 2014, 4:53 pm - IP Logged

Hi All,

I'm a newbie here, nice to e-meet you all :-)

I live in Mass. and there is still an old $20 scratcher around called Billion Dollar Bonanza 2008.  On the Lottery's website, there are still three 10 BIL and fifty 1 MIL prizes left.  It's not easy to find them at many places, but when I do I wonder how many should I buy?

Should I pass on these tickets and go for newer ones as most of the lower prizes are gone or go for it in hopes of the BIG ONE!

 

Thanks!

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    Posted: March 29, 2014, 8:32 pm - IP Logged

    Hi All,

    I'm a newbie here, nice to e-meet you all :-)

    I live in Mass. and there is still an old $20 scratcher around called Billion Dollar Bonanza 2008.  On the Lottery's website, there are still three 10 BIL and fifty 1 MIL prizes left.  It's not easy to find them at many places, but when I do I wonder how many should I buy?

    Should I pass on these tickets and go for newer ones as most of the lower prizes are gone or go for it in hopes of the BIG ONE!

     

    Thanks!

    Probably!

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      Posted: March 29, 2014, 11:31 pm - IP Logged

      Another thing to keep in mind is that slow moving games may not have all top prizes on retailer shelves and could still be sitting at their distribution warehouses.  The lotteries are masters at distribution.  In California, they do a pretty good job at distributing prizes at stated odds relative to sales.

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        Posted: April 1, 2014, 7:23 pm - IP Logged

        Hi All,

        I'm a newbie here, nice to e-meet you all :-)

        I live in Mass. and there is still an old $20 scratcher around called Billion Dollar Bonanza 2008.  On the Lottery's website, there are still three 10 BIL and fifty 1 MIL prizes left.  It's not easy to find them at many places, but when I do I wonder how many should I buy?

        Should I pass on these tickets and go for newer ones as most of the lower prizes are gone or go for it in hopes of the BIG ONE!

         

        Thanks!

         I am not a big fan of scratch offs. I have never tried a $20 card as I don't earn enough to merit such kind of expenditure. However it's the same thing as to buy a $20 card or spend it on PB, MM, L4L & MB-D over a few weeks. A $20 card is a one time gamble while the online games can be sread over a few weeks because they cost much less. Good luck. I would play the old tickets.

        That money's gone fo ever

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          Posted: April 18, 2014, 8:36 pm - IP Logged

          Hi All,

          I'm a newbie here, nice to e-meet you all :-)

          I live in Mass. and there is still an old $20 scratcher around called Billion Dollar Bonanza 2008.  On the Lottery's website, there are still three 10 BIL and fifty 1 MIL prizes left.  It's not easy to find them at many places, but when I do I wonder how many should I buy?

          Should I pass on these tickets and go for newer ones as most of the lower prizes are gone or go for it in hopes of the BIG ONE!

           

          Thanks!

          Hello,

          After 3 years of playing scratch offs I've come to the conclusion that scratch offs are 100% Totally Random and there is absolutely no way possible to tell where the winners are.

          It's just 100% Pure Pot Luck.

          If you feel the older tickets are calling to you, then by all means buy a few and see if you win anything!

          The ONLY way to win a prize is to PLAY THE GAME.

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            Posted: April 19, 2014, 12:41 pm - IP Logged

            Hello,

            After 3 years of playing scratch offs I've come to the conclusion that scratch offs are 100% Totally Random and there is absolutely no way possible to tell where the winners are.

            It's just 100% Pure Pot Luck.

            If you feel the older tickets are calling to you, then by all means buy a few and see if you win anything!

            The ONLY way to win a prize is to PLAY THE GAME.

            scratch offs are 100% Totally Random

            I would disagree with that. 100% is a tough thing to support.

            I like scratch games because they are NOT totally random. Some people think they are, think they're the lottery equivalent of a slot machine. But nothing could be further from the truth. The wins aren't selected by a random number generator like slots or lottery draws. The wins are of a fixed amount and scheduled in a pseudo-random manner, with deliberate minimum amount in wins within pack boundaries. This is something that can be exploited.

            But it all depends on your competition too. Scratchers are a competitive game where you are competing for the same wins in the packs of tickets against other players. And how much you buy and the manner in which you play also depends on your competition.