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Instant games at the terminal

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Posted: February 15, 2015, 5:55 pm - IP Logged

In Virginia we have instant games you can play at the terminal.  Just Buy your ticket and see if you won, no

waiting for draws or waiting at all.

 

But the odds are also awful.  Has anyone played those?

Do other states have them too?

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    Posted: February 15, 2015, 10:58 pm - IP Logged

    The only instant games I play are scratchers where you buy a physical card. Instant terminal games are a rip-off IMHO.

    Scratchers ~ Cash 5 ~ Powerball ~ Mega Millions

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      Posted: February 16, 2015, 7:53 pm - IP Logged

      Those instant games at the terminal sound like Chevy Chase's Vegas Vacation when he walked into the casino out in the desert and the dealer said pick a number and when he picked one the dealer said, "Wrong!"

      Those who run the lotteries love it when players look for consistency in something that's designed not to have any.

      Lep

      There is one and only one 'proven' system, and that is to book the action. No matter the game, let the players pick their own losers.

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        Posted: February 16, 2015, 8:48 pm - IP Logged

        PA Lottery doesn't have them. But even if it did, I'd be very leery buying them from a clerk. What's to stop the clerk claiming a winning ticket is theirs / refusing to sell it... When does the ticket become the player's property? When requesting the ticket or after paying for it? What if the clerk doesn't accept payment, and keeps the winning ticket... There's little to no oversight over lottery clerks, and very often are allowed to buy tickets too.

        In short, for anyone buying them, best to only buy from self-service terminals. No clerk involved, and no questions regarding whether the ticket was paid for.

        As for the odds, I'd suspect many terminal instant games have lower overall payout of around 50% similar to that of numbers games. Not sure if that's true, but that's my hunch, since some lotteries have lower overall payout limits for numbers / terminal games verses paper instant tickets.

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          Posted: February 16, 2015, 8:59 pm - IP Logged

          PA Lottery doesn't have them. But even if it did, I'd be very leery buying them from a clerk. What's to stop the clerk claiming a winning ticket is theirs / refusing to sell it... When does the ticket become the player's property? When requesting the ticket or after paying for it? What if the clerk doesn't accept payment, and keeps the winning ticket... There's little to no oversight over lottery clerks, and very often are allowed to buy tickets too.

          In short, for anyone buying them, best to only buy from self-service terminals. No clerk involved, and no questions regarding whether the ticket was paid for.

          As for the odds, I'd suspect many terminal instant games have lower overall payout of around 50% similar to that of numbers games. Not sure if that's true, but that's my hunch, since some lotteries have lower overall payout limits for numbers / terminal games verses paper instant tickets.

          i don't know if they still do it in ill. 

          i'm pretty sure you could, but i never tried it, for all the above reasons

          i want to be a millionaire a second time!

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            Posted: February 16, 2015, 9:06 pm - IP Logged

            In Virginia we have instant games you can play at the terminal.  Just Buy your ticket and see if you won, no

            waiting for draws or waiting at all.

             

            But the odds are also awful.  Has anyone played those?

            Do other states have them too?

            We have those here: http://www.idaholottery.com/games/instaplay/ and I avoid those games like the plague.  If I play an instant game, I'd rather just play scratch off tickets.

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

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              Posted: February 17, 2015, 5:30 pm - IP Logged

              In Virginia we have instant games you can play at the terminal.  Just Buy your ticket and see if you won, no

              waiting for draws or waiting at all.

               

              But the odds are also awful.  Has anyone played those?

              Do other states have them too?

              yeah here in NC you can play the Carolina cash 5 and choose the ez match option which gives you a set of numbers and prizes amounts next to them up to $500. If any of your numbers match the EZ match numbers you instantly win.....I think I won $2 one time LOL