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Posted: February 22, 2015, 11:05 pm - IP Logged

I've never had this one happen before.

I filled out a Pick 3 play slip today, straight box, $1, evening draw. Put a dollar bill in the machine, it doesn't take it. Tried again, didn't take it. Tried again, it takes it, I put the play slip in, out comes a MM ticket with two lines of numbers.

Huh?

Scared

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 23, 2015, 12:20 am - IP Logged

    Perhaps it belongs to the buyer before you, who didn't get his ticket.

    And perhaps the next buyer on the machine will get your pick 3 ticket.

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      Posted: February 23, 2015, 1:01 am - IP Logged

      MillionsWanted,

      These machines don't work that way. You put the money in first, then can select scratchers or a draw game. If you select a draw game the default is a quick pick.

      But if you insert a play slip for a draw game a tickets is issued for that game.

      Since I inserted a slip and didn't hit the Mega Millions choice it's kind of strange. Also, two lines of MM (no Megaplier) would be $2, there was only $1 in the machine.

      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 23, 2015, 1:14 am - IP Logged

        MillionsWanted,

        These machines don't work that way. You put the money in first, then can select scratchers or a draw game. If you select a draw game the default is a quick pick.

        But if you insert a play slip for a draw game a tickets is issued for that game.

        Since I inserted a slip and didn't hit the Mega Millions choice it's kind of strange. Also, two lines of MM (no Megaplier) would be $2, there was only $1 in the machine.

        I saw a lottery machine installed where I usually buy my tickets but it only print local games, no MM or PB and doesn't  give change but will take up to $100 in advance.  I suppose if someone doesn't use all their money for tickets their change goes to the next player. 

        I haven't tried using it yet cause I personal like checking the clerks as they run my play slips.  This place has a drive-thur and the clerk tried to sell me some mistakes after pretending to have ran my play slips so now I always walk in and watch them run my slips.

         * you don't need to buy more tickets, just buy a winning ticket * 
           
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          Posted: February 23, 2015, 5:50 am - IP Logged

          Thing go wrong.  Just had to login to LP even though I don't recall logging out. 

          Stopped using the Florida lottery machines after being cheated out of $10. no reply to my email complaint to the lottery about it either.  Found that when jammed the machine sends you on a wild goose chase telling you to report it to store personel.  When you get back the machine has reset itself blanking out only the stuck ticket option and has given your purchase credit to the next customer to try the machine.   Doing a count to verify the machine doesn't work because it gave your money away so it isn't over by what you put in.

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            Posted: February 23, 2015, 6:23 am - IP Logged

            I've tried the lottery ticket vending machines a few times, but for whatever reason, I don't care to use them. (But then, I'm a guy that wont deposit cash or a check in my own bank's ATM.)   I guess the deterrent that keeps me from using the vending machines is the amount of cash I'm risking by the machine possibly screwing up. 

            As for clerks and my lottery tickets, I don't trust them either, but that's born more out of the fact that I think they could make an honest mistake than it is them trying to pull a fast one on me.  Maybe I've just been lucky, but I've never had a clerk deliberately try anything shaky.  G5

            About playing the lottery --  You will lose more than you win. Until you hit a jackpot.  Then everything changes!

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              Posted: February 23, 2015, 7:03 am - IP Logged

              I've never had this one happen before.

              I filled out a Pick 3 play slip today, straight box, $1, evening draw. Put a dollar bill in the machine, it doesn't take it. Tried again, didn't take it. Tried again, it takes it, I put the play slip in, out comes a MM ticket with two lines of numbers.

              Huh?

              Scared

              Perhaps it was just meant to be!!  The powers of Fate!  Good luck on that ticket.

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                Posted: February 23, 2015, 9:56 am - IP Logged

                I've never had this one happen before.

                I filled out a Pick 3 play slip today, straight box, $1, evening draw. Put a dollar bill in the machine, it doesn't take it. Tried again, didn't take it. Tried again, it takes it, I put the play slip in, out comes a MM ticket with two lines of numbers.

                Huh?

                Scared

                That is weird. I rarely use the vending machines because when it screws up, which is often, it's a hassle to get help.

                But, with you, fate may just be very kind to you on your MM tic.

                Good luck!

                CAN'T WIN IF YOU'RE NOT IN

                A DOLLAR AND A DREAM (OR $2)

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                  Posted: February 23, 2015, 12:10 pm - IP Logged

                  That is weird. I rarely use the vending machines because when it screws up, which is often, it's a hassle to get help.

                  But, with you, fate may just be very kind to you on your MM tic.

                  Good luck!

                  sounds kind of fishy to me.

                  but maybe the machine is looking out for youGreen laugh

                  i want to be a millionaire a second time!

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                    Posted: February 23, 2015, 12:12 pm - IP Logged

                    I've never had this one happen before.

                    I filled out a Pick 3 play slip today, straight box, $1, evening draw. Put a dollar bill in the machine, it doesn't take it. Tried again, didn't take it. Tried again, it takes it, I put the play slip in, out comes a MM ticket with two lines of numbers.

                    Huh?

                    Scared

                    Coin toss,

                    I hope it's a winner !

                    Extraordinary Popular Delusions & the Madness of Crowds    -- Charles Mackay  LL.D.

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                      Posted: February 23, 2015, 12:14 pm - IP Logged

                      What did Rgdrnr used to say? If a ticket is a mistake, it's a ticket you must take... or something closer to that.

                      I'm rooting for you CT even though I'm in that draw too Cheers

                      That money's gone fo ever

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                        Posted: February 23, 2015, 3:48 pm - IP Logged

                        I've tried the lottery ticket vending machines a few times, but for whatever reason, I don't care to use them. (But then, I'm a guy that wont deposit cash or a check in my own bank's ATM.)   I guess the deterrent that keeps me from using the vending machines is the amount of cash I'm risking by the machine possibly screwing up. 

                        As for clerks and my lottery tickets, I don't trust them either, but that's born more out of the fact that I think they could make an honest mistake than it is them trying to pull a fast one on me.  Maybe I've just been lucky, but I've never had a clerk deliberately try anything shaky.  G5

                        My experience could have been a honest mistake but when I turn in two MM play slips with 5 lines and no megaplier and get tickets back with 3 lines with megaplier that cost $2 more than I planned to spend and have none of the combinations I had on my play slips I question if the mistake was honest. 

                        Since the store owner requires the clerks to buy their mistakes, they have an incentive to push them on any customers that will accept them.  I might consider buying a mistake if I was buying quick picks but not after I've taken the time to pick my own combination and make out play slips.

                         * you don't need to buy more tickets, just buy a winning ticket * 
                           
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                          Posted: February 23, 2015, 7:18 pm - IP Logged

                          Thanks for the comments folks.

                          For uprman and others in Illinois you know how the machines are supposed to work, this was just weird as $1 and a Pick 3 play slip should not generate two lines of MM numbers.

                          Sometimes on these machines the upper row which is draw games will not be lit, a lot of people don't realize it and wind up buying scratchers, as RJOh said the machines don't give change.

                          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 23, 2015, 7:27 pm - IP Logged

                            Thanks for the comments folks.

                            For uprman and others in Illinois you know how the machines are supposed to work, this was just weird as $1 and a Pick 3 play slip should not generate two lines of MM numbers.

                            Sometimes on these machines the upper row which is draw games will not be lit, a lot of people don't realize it and wind up buying scratchers, as RJOh said the machines don't give change.

                            Well.....

                            would your P3 number have been a winner???

                            CAN'T WIN IF YOU'RE NOT IN

                            A DOLLAR AND A DREAM (OR $2)

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                              Posted: February 23, 2015, 7:32 pm - IP Logged

                              Well.....

                              would your P3 number have been a winner???

                              Nope!  Went to the counter and played it with a clerk.

                              Green laugh

                              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.