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If Texas scraps the state lottery, will you play another state lottery?

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Bondi Junction
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Posted: August 13, 2014, 1:38 am - IP Logged

I would drive to OK, which is only about 45 minutes.

As far as subscriptions for MA lottery, I think you still have to reside in the state of MA to buy MA tickets, even by subscription.

No, you do not have to reside in the state of MA to buy MA tickets

 

Can non-residents play the game? If so, how do they collect?
 

Yes, anyone 18 and over can purchase any Lottery product at any agent location. All players can collect their prizes at the same locations referenced in the “How do customers collect their winnings” FAQ. Season Tickets can be purchased directly from any sales agent while in the state, or from out of state by calling l-800-222-TKTS. The ticket can be registered in the owner’s name by completing and returning the registration form to the Lottery. Season Tickets are available for Lucky for Life, Mega Millions, Megabucks Doubler and Powerball.

 

 

Mega Millions Season Tickets CANNOT be purchased via phone or by mail from out of state.

We all get a lot out of lotteries!

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    Posted: August 13, 2014, 1:45 am - IP Logged

    Well for me it would be a long drive for lottery tickets from another state:

    485 miles to Louisiana

    550 miles to New Mexico

    585 miles to Oklahoma

    630 miles to Arkansas

    So a subscription service like that would be an option. 

    Not keen on buying a static set of tickets for months on end, though.

    You can get discounts by buying subscriptions, you are also raising more revenue for the state, by cutting out the agent's commission.

     

     

     

    Mega Millions and Megabucks Doubler are $1 tickets and are drawn two times a week. The following are the prices of season tickets for these games.

    3 Month Season Ticket = $25 (26 drawings)
    6 Month Season Ticket = $50 (52 drawings)
    1 Year Season Ticket = $100 (104 drawings)

    Lucky for Life and Powerball are $2 tickets and are drawn 2 times a week. The following are the prices of season tickets for these games.

    3 Month Season Ticket = $50 (26 drawings)
    6 Month Season Ticket = $100 (52 drawings)
    1 Year Season Ticket = $200 (104 drawings)

    There is generally a discount period in mid-November through early January.

    We all get a lot out of lotteries!

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      Posted: August 13, 2014, 1:51 am - IP Logged

      It is my understanding, that a subscription service is for the convenience of Massachusetts state residents only, not for people living in other states to take advantage of.  I live in South Carolina.  I cannot play Massachusetts lottery by the state's subscription service.  That's not the way the Concept of Subscription service works.

      Correct me if I'm wrong.

      Yes, you are wrong!
       
       
       
      Can non-residents play the game? If so, how do they collect?

      Yes, anyone 18 and over can purchase any Lottery product at any agent location. All players can collect their prizes at the same locations referenced in the “How do customers collect their winnings” FAQ. Season Tickets can be purchased directly from any sales agent while in the state, or from out of state by calling l-800-222-TKTS. The ticket can be registered in the owner’s name by completing and returning the registration form to the Lottery. Season Tickets are available for Lucky for Life, Mega Millions, Megabucks Doubler and Powerball.

      Mega Millions Season Tickets CANNOT be purchased via phone or by mail from out of state. Top

      We all get a lot out of lotteries!

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        I'd buy them for Powerball because I have a set I always play anyway.  Can an Idahoan get the Mass discounted tickets, I wonder?

        Edited to add:  Do they sell them online?  I don't see that option.

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          Can an Idahoan get the Mass discounted tickets, I wonder?

        I asked the lady who sold me the tickets and she said no they can't sell MM & PB & L4L season tickets to a person from another state. It must be something the states agreed to to protect their backyards. She said they could only sell you the Megabucks Doubler (Lotto 6/49) if you want. 

          Do they sell them online?  I don't see that option.

        No you have to call. 

         

        No, they don't have an online subscription service yet, I suspect it will happen in the years to come. The UK has an online subscription service.

         

        With the Massachusetts Lottery you can only subscribe by phone.

         

        Season Tickets can be purchased directly from any sales agent while in the state, or from out of state by calling l-800-222-TKTS.

        We all get a lot out of lotteries!

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          It is my understanding, that a subscription service is for the convenience of Massachusetts state residents only, not for people living in other states to take advantage of.  I live in South Carolina.  I cannot play Massachusetts lottery by the state's subscription service.  That's not the way the Concept of Subscription service works.

          Correct me if I'm wrong.

          I know this has been answered already, but yes, out of state players can buy tickets. I bought a 3 month long subscription to one of their games before.

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            Posted: August 22, 2014, 9:19 pm - IP Logged

            Critics have long sought to end the Texas lottery, and the issue came to a head last year when members of the Texas House, in an unexpected move, voted to do so. Within hours, as questions arose about how to replace the money that flows from the lottery into the state's public schools, legislators shifted gears and continued the lottery.

            I thought the title "Is it game over for the Texas Lottery" was to get people to read the article and not an accurate assessment. Each state with a lottery has opponents and they will always be the most vocal, but at the end of the day common sense usually wins out. Many states lotteries are discussing online play and the same critics will come out of the woodwork there too.

            Critics say they fear that the game financially hurts some of the most vulnerable Texans and doesn't do enough to help the state. Supporters disagree and question where $1 billion a year can be found to replace revenue lost if the entrenched business is shut down.

            When I lived in Ohio, the pros and cons of casino gambling was discussed by state legislators almost daily, but the in the end it was extra revenue without taxing that got it passed. I just can see the Texas or any state legislators abolishing a $1 billion plus source of revenue and then raise taxes to make up the difference.

            Last year, Texas became the first state to conduct four Pick-3 drawings daily ("daily" being defined here as Monday-Saturday). Tennessee has three Pick-3 drawings per day now (but only one on Sunday). No other state draws the three-ball more than twice a day.

            If this expansion is any indicator, I don't think the Texas Lottery is going to stop any time soon.

            Today's winning 3-ball is going to be a number between 000 and 999.

            In a lot of states, lotteries benefit education. That makes the REAL winners the only people who can't play!

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              Another way to buy tickets without having to go to the state very often is multidraw tickets. In Louisiana, there's a spot on the playslip for a ticket to cover up to 20 drawings in advance.  For Powerball, Lotto, MegaMillions, and Easy 5, that translates to 10 weeks worth of draws. I buy 2 weeks, 4 draws, of Powerball, MegaMillions, and Lotto for my lottery club. Other lotteries probably offer the same option.

              As for subscriptions open to state residents only, I wonder how far they go to actually verify residence. Someone could rent a mailbox at a UPS Store in the right state and use that address for a subscription. Not only do those places accept mail and packages from UPS, FedEX, etc., they will also forward  mail received to wherever the customer wants.  The address looks like a normal street address as opposed to a post office box. As for a local phone number, these days that's quite easy, as someone can get a phone number in any area code using services like Skype, MagicJack, or they could buy a prepaid cell phone and activate in the appropriate area code.

              To claim a jackpot, the player would either have to travel to the appropriate state of hire an attorney to do claim it for them. If they did want to claim it themselves, they could wear a disguise of course or refuse to be photographed altogether. The lottery will ask for picture ID when claiming a jackpot and the solution for that is to use a Passport since unlike a driver's license or state ID, they aren't state specific and don't have an address on them.

              If someone is determined to play, they'll find a way.

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                Posted: August 22, 2014, 10:28 pm - IP Logged

                Critics have long sought to end the Texas lottery, and the issue came to a head last year when members of the Texas House, in an unexpected move, voted to do so. Within hours, as questions arose about how to replace the money that flows from the lottery into the state's public schools, legislators shifted gears and continued the lottery.

                I thought the title "Is it game over for the Texas Lottery" was to get people to read the article and not an accurate assessment. Each state with a lottery has opponents and they will always be the most vocal, but at the end of the day common sense usually wins out. Many states lotteries are discussing online play and the same critics will come out of the woodwork there too.

                Critics say they fear that the game financially hurts some of the most vulnerable Texans and doesn't do enough to help the state. Supporters disagree and question where $1 billion a year can be found to replace revenue lost if the entrenched business is shut down.

                When I lived in Ohio, the pros and cons of casino gambling was discussed by state legislators almost daily, but the in the end it was extra revenue without taxing that got it passed. I just can see the Texas or any state legislators abolishing a $1 billion plus source of revenue and then raise taxes to make up the difference.

                Our legislature debated a lottery for a long time with many vocal supporters and opponents. The opponents basically agreed to put it to a vote of the people so the issue could be decided once and for all, with the people overwhelmingly voting yes. Maybe Texas should consider something similar, putting it to the people to vote it out.

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                  I'm betting the Texas lottery isn't going to be scrapped. They just need some people who will manage it better.

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                    You can buy the MA megabucks doubler game over the phone with a credit card.  They will skirt the law by using a carrier like ups to transport the forms to you.   Massachussetts and New Hamphshire allow you to purchase yearly subscriptions to most of their games (not the cash 5 type games however) from any sales terminal within the state.  You give the guy the cash and a form is printed out which you take back to your state and mail it in.  They send the checks to your out of state location for the winnings.  Anybody who lives in MA or NH can buy a subscription for you and thats how its done.   If you want Hot Lotto buy it in NH, and if you buy them around the end of the year holidays they both offer discounts on the subscriotion purchsses.

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                      Posted: September 18, 2014, 10:04 am - IP Logged

                      To add to this, Minnesota notes on their website that they welcome out of state residents to buy subscriptions.   So if you are passing through MN, perhaps you have a connecting flight in Minneapolis you can fund a lottery account on line using a bank transfer which only takes a few minutes and with that money purchase a yearly subscription to most of their games, including all or nothing which is drawn twice a day.  When you win they add the money to the account and you can request a withdrawl from it by check to your state.   You must be geo located within MN to fund the account and make the lottery subscription purchase.

                      I am not sure, but you maybe able to do the same thing in North Dakota and North Carolina.   They have certain limitations on how much you can fund the account daily, and where ND is concerned may require a state address, but maybe possible to make it work there too with a little ingenuity.

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                        I'm betting the Texas lottery isn't going to be scrapped. They just need some people who will manage it better.

                        You keep saying it needs to be managed better, but other than complaining about the payouts on a few scratch tickets, you haven't given any specifics on administration.

                        I'll say this one more time:  you don't live in Texas so it's none of your business and you really need to quit whining about it.  You're coming across as one of those who just want to bash Texas for any reason, even if your "facts" don't support the reason. (such as saying in the other thread the lottery was being investigated for poor management - you didn't even read the article saying it was because *some* legislators claimed it took advantage of poor people.) Sounds like sour grapes and / or an inferiority complex.  I don't know your reason- maybe it's because you're liberal and hated Bush.   Well, LBJ was from here too and Shrub was a piker compared to him.

                        Move to Rhode Island, they pay out the most of any state lottery, percentage-wise. (btw, Texas pays a better percent back to players than does N. Carolina)

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                          You keep saying it needs to be managed better, but other than complaining about the payouts on a few scratch tickets, you haven't given any specifics on administration.

                          I'll say this one more time:  you don't live in Texas so it's none of your business and you really need to quit whining about it.  You're coming across as one of those who just want to bash Texas for any reason, even if your "facts" don't support the reason. (such as saying in the other thread the lottery was being investigated for poor management - you didn't even read the article saying it was because *some* legislators claimed it took advantage of poor people.) Sounds like sour grapes and / or an inferiority complex.  I don't know your reason- maybe it's because you're liberal and hated Bush.   Well, LBJ was from here too and Shrub was a piker compared to him.

                          Move to Rhode Island, they pay out the most of any state lottery, percentage-wise. (btw, Texas pays a better percent back to players than does N. Carolina)

                          I Agree!

                          Bashing Texas seems to be a hobby for some.

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                            Michigan has games that you can only play on the internet and the last time I checked anyone from any state could sign up for the Online  instant win/lose games and play the online scratchers.  I did not see anything about the regular draw games though.

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                              I Agree!

                              Bashing Texas seems to be a hobby for some.

                              Yep, but this time they are bashing for the wrong reason. If I read the article correctly, almost every Texas state agency is up for review by the Texas Legislators every 10 or 12 years and it's the Lottery's turn.

                              It's about bashing management without knowing how the lottery is run or the $1.2 billion a year in revenue the lottery gave the state last year.