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Funding your lottery habit

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How do you fund your lottery habit?

I set aside an amount from each paycheck [ 21 ]  [31.34%]
I only play if I have extra cash at the time [ 18 ]  [26.87%]
I play first... pay bills later [ 5 ]  [7.46%]
I play with spare change (i.e Money from coin jar) [ 5 ]  [7.46%]
I only play off of winnings [ 7 ]  [10.45%]
I use cash back from rewards programs to play [ 0 ]  [0.00%]
I only play with lottery pools [ 0 ]  [0.00%]
I play from selling items for cash [ 0 ]  [0.00%]
Other [ 11 ]  [16.42%]
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Discarded Votes [ 2 ]  
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Posted: August 10, 2014, 7:45 pm - IP Logged

Playing the lottery can become expensive, so how do you fund your habit?  Do you have creative ways to afford to play?

To God be the glory... 

When you're winning you're being blessed by Him!

 

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    Posted: August 10, 2014, 7:52 pm - IP Logged

    I play with whatever spare cash that I have. I will not go broke chasing my dream of winning big with the lottery.

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      Posted: August 10, 2014, 7:59 pm - IP Logged

      I play with whatever spare cash that I have. I will not go broke chasing my dream of winning big with the lottery.

      Same here.  I have to make sure I have everything else in order before playing.  I know someone that will spend half of his paycheck playing then have to borrow money for his bills.  That is his routine.

      To God be the glory... 

      When you're winning you're being blessed by Him!

       

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        Posted: August 10, 2014, 8:09 pm - IP Logged

        Same here.  I have to make sure I have everything else in order before playing.  I know someone that will spend half of his paycheck playing then have to borrow money for his bills.  That is his routine.

        That isn't healthy. I hope he gets help soon.

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          Posted: August 10, 2014, 8:21 pm - IP Logged

          When you play one line of MM & PB two times a week then you will need just $6. Then there are weeks that you skip to give yourself a break Thumbs Up

          That money's gone fo ever

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            Posted: August 10, 2014, 9:05 pm - IP Logged

            I can afford $40 a week easy.

            CAN'T WIN IF YOU'RE NOT IN

            A DOLLAR AND A DREAM (OR $2)

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              Posted: August 10, 2014, 9:12 pm - IP Logged

              Playing the lottery can become expensive, so how do you fund your habit?  Do you have creative ways to afford to play?

              Playing the lottery can become expensive

              Yes it can, especially if you continuously play more than a few dollars on games with terrible odds.

              I technically don't have a limit on what I spend on the lottery, but simple math tells me I should spend as little as possible.  So if I want "action" I'll buy a few $1 or $2 tickets. Like wait until multi-state jackpot is high and make a wish. If I'm more concerned with getting more of my money back and want better odds, which is usually the case, I'll save up for a few weeks and buy a higher priced ticket. I find that the less often I play the more I seem to enjoy myself when I do. Smile

              If the chances of winning the jackpot are so slim, why play when the jackpot is so small? Your chances never change, but the potential payoff does.
              If a crystal ball showed you the future of the rest of your life, and in that future you will never win a jackpot, would you still play?

              2016: -48.28% (13 tickets) ||
              P&L % = Total Win($)/Total Wager($) - 1

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                Posted: August 10, 2014, 9:42 pm - IP Logged

                Playing the lottery can become expensive, so how do you fund your habit?  Do you have creative ways to afford to play?

                It is not a habit, it is a regular expense.


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                  Posted: August 10, 2014, 10:13 pm - IP Logged

                  Playing the lottery can become expensive, so how do you fund your habit?  Do you have creative ways to afford to play?

                  To some here, the cost is justified due to the fact that they don't smoke or drink, and attribute the expense to a hobby of some sort. 

                  Do you find yourself NOT in that camp? And why?

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                    Posted: August 10, 2014, 11:14 pm - IP Logged

                    That isn't healthy. I hope he gets help soon.

                    He's been doing it for a while now so I doubt he will get any help for it.

                    To God be the glory... 

                    When you're winning you're being blessed by Him!

                     

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                      Posted: August 10, 2014, 11:20 pm - IP Logged

                      To some here, the cost is justified due to the fact that they don't smoke or drink, and attribute the expense to a hobby of some sort. 

                      Do you find yourself NOT in that camp? And why?

                      I don't think I find myself justifying it for those reasons but I can understand why they feel that way.  I don't drink or smoke but my weakness is fast food so that is where I "waste" money (so to say).  I am not an every day/draw player so I usually play when I have the extra money, when I "feel" lucky, or when the jackpot is at a decent amount.  I do think if I could afford to play every day then I probably would then again I probably wouldn't because I am a sore loser Confused

                      To God be the glory... 

                      When you're winning you're being blessed by Him!

                       

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                        Posted: August 10, 2014, 11:43 pm - IP Logged

                        Playing the lottery can become expensive, so how do you fund your habit?  Do you have creative ways to afford to play?

                        I don't think of playing the lottery as a habit but as entertainment same as watching cable TV.  I can do without both if they don't fit into my budget.

                         * you don't need to buy more tickets, just buy a winning ticket * 
                           
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                          Posted: August 11, 2014, 7:22 am - IP Logged

                          I have a budget, once that's gone I am done. If I win a little I play some more.

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                            Posted: August 11, 2014, 7:31 am - IP Logged

                            What is a budget? Smiley

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                              Posted: August 11, 2014, 7:36 am - IP Logged

                              I play more scratch-offs than I do mm or pb.  It is so easy to get drawn in to a game that only has one jackpot winner most of the time.