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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%]
Total Valid Votes [ 67 ]  
Discarded Votes [ 2 ]  
IPlayWeekly's avatar - avatarmoney
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Posted: August 11, 2014, 7:54 am - IP Logged

I have a $34 weekly budget which covers 3 games.... I often win a few bucks back so my true cost is a lot less than 34.  Like some have said, it's not a habit but a business cost... I run it like a business.  In addition, I bring my lunch to work daily.

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    Posted: August 11, 2014, 11:04 am - IP Logged

    I set a side money, to play in the lottery when I'm going on trips, the state that I'm going to be in the longs is where I bet the most. All other states I go through, I play a little. First winner , I play with that money, It the first winner is to large , [ticket has to be cash my lottery headquarter] , I have to continue to use stake money until second hit.On the return trip I buy tickets to watch here at home.

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      Posted: August 11, 2014, 12:35 pm - IP Logged

      What is a budget? Smiley

      Hello Mrs Tom Brady! Jester

      That money's gone fo ever

        ThatScaryChick's avatar - x1MqPuM
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        Posted: August 11, 2014, 1:18 pm - IP Logged

        I set aside a certain amount of money each month to play with.

        "No one remembers the person who almost climbed the mountain, only the person who eventually gets to the top."

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          Posted: August 11, 2014, 2:08 pm - IP Logged

          I have an entertainment budget.  I don't go to movies (I borrow them from the library) or buy DVDs or books (ditto) no magazines or newspapers, I get all that online.  I consume alcohol occasionally but never at a bar, so I don't spend a lot of money on that indulgence.  I don't have pay tv, I borrow the series DVDs from the library instead -- they usually have them within a couple months after each season ends so it's not that bad.  So about 90% of my entertainment budget gets spent on lottery.

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            Posted: August 12, 2014, 4:20 am - IP Logged

            Only a dollar or two here... Needs come first.  (Two dollars a week is the limit.). To easy to get the fever and spend everything!

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              Posted: August 12, 2014, 1:22 pm - IP Logged

              What is a budget? Smiley

              Wish I could say that! lol

              To God be the glory... 

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

               

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                Posted: August 12, 2014, 9:39 pm - IP Logged

                Wish I could say that! lol

                You wish you were that broke?

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                  Posted: August 12, 2014, 11:37 pm - IP Logged

                  You wish you were that broke?

                  She said what is a budget?  I took that to mean that she has enough money that she doesn't have to live on a budget.  Maybe I read it wrong!  I'm saying it would be nice to have so much money that I'm like, "what is budget?; have no idea what that means" lol

                  To God be the glory... 

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

                   

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                    Posted: August 13, 2014, 12:07 am - IP Logged

                    She said what is a budget?  I took that to mean that she has enough money that she doesn't have to live on a budget.  Maybe I read it wrong!  I'm saying it would be nice to have so much money that I'm like, "what is budget?; have no idea what that means" lol

                    oh, i took it exactly the opposite way. i wonder which team she is on?

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                      Posted: August 13, 2014, 12:08 am - IP Logged

                      She said what is a budget?  I took that to mean that she has enough money that she doesn't have to live on a budget.  Maybe I read it wrong!  I'm saying it would be nice to have so much money that I'm like, "what is budget?; have no idea what that means" lol

                      If I have 50 cent, I"m playing pick 3 box.

                      If I have $1.00 I"m playing str/box.

                      Everyday, 2 times a day.

                       

                       

                      Good Luck.

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                        Posted: August 13, 2014, 12:08 am - 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?

                        Most people probably justify playing the high odds games because of the jackpot and when the jackpots are close to record highs, they probably justify going over budget to buy more tickets. I knew people who couldn't buy cigarettes because they spent that money on lottery tickets.

                        When I quit smoking it meant I had more money to spend, but I never budgeted it specifically to something else so I guess I'm not in that camp. Lots of systems require money management and really not for people who are on a lottery spending budget. For 7 weeks a few years ago, I bought $20 worth of Ohio Rolling Cash 5 tickets every drawing and the only budgeting was using the small wins to help subsidize the overall cost.

                        If one has to limit their lottery play because of budget, maybe they shouldn't be playing?


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                          Posted: August 13, 2014, 12:20 am - 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 only play when I'm in a job that pays enough to leave me a whole lot of "Play Money". I'm in a situation that does allow this, and I have money saved but there's a voice telling me not to spend too much on the lottery, 3 bucks a day MAX for me, and so this modification also applies to non-lottery related situations in my life. 

                          The world has finally gone nuts in my lifetime, so I'm cutting back on spending lots of money to buy things I don't really need, lottery related or not. 

                          Great thread BTW 

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                            Posted: August 13, 2014, 12:25 am - IP Logged

                            Most people probably justify playing the high odds games because of the jackpot and when the jackpots are close to record highs, they probably justify going over budget to buy more tickets. I knew people who couldn't buy cigarettes because they spent that money on lottery tickets.

                            When I quit smoking it meant I had more money to spend, but I never budgeted it specifically to something else so I guess I'm not in that camp. Lots of systems require money management and really not for people who are on a lottery spending budget. For 7 weeks a few years ago, I bought $20 worth of Ohio Rolling Cash 5 tickets every drawing and the only budgeting was using the small wins to help subsidize the overall cost.

                            If one has to limit their lottery play because of budget, maybe they shouldn't be playing?

                            You make some great points, but I don't understand the moral of the story..

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                              Posted: August 13, 2014, 1:03 am - IP Logged

                              Most people probably justify playing the high odds games because of the jackpot and when the jackpots are close to record highs, they probably justify going over budget to buy more tickets. I knew people who couldn't buy cigarettes because they spent that money on lottery tickets.

                              When I quit smoking it meant I had more money to spend, but I never budgeted it specifically to something else so I guess I'm not in that camp. Lots of systems require money management and really not for people who are on a lottery spending budget. For 7 weeks a few years ago, I bought $20 worth of Ohio Rolling Cash 5 tickets every drawing and the only budgeting was using the small wins to help subsidize the overall cost.

                              If one has to limit their lottery play because of budget, maybe they shouldn't be playing?

                              "If one has to limit their lottery play because of budget, maybe they shouldn't be playing?"

                              Why though? You can be paying all your bills and putting some money into savings or whatever and still budget a little with money for playing the lottery.

                              "No one remembers the person who almost climbed the mountain, only the person who eventually gets to the top."