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Second Chance Drawings from the Lottery- Beating the Odds

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Posted: May 12, 2015, 3:35 am - IP Logged

I have a close friend who joined the drawings for a "second chance" in the California lottery.  The first time was a promotion where you sent in three losing scratchers and they drew people to go on the "Big Spin" tv show.  She went up to Sacramento (where it was filmed in those days) and she spun the wheel and won $10,000.  She then started entering online for the "Fantasy Five" second chance drawing.  Nearly ten years to the day she was drawn again (both in the month of August) and this time she played a sort of "plinko" machine they called the "dream machine".  She won $85,000 on that game.

I wonder what the odds are of hitting a major lottery prize on second chance drawings, not once but twice?  Do you play the second chance games in your lottery?

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    Posted: May 12, 2015, 4:17 pm - IP Logged

    SC says the odds depend on the number of entries received.

    Every champion was once a contender who refused to give up.-Rocky Balboa

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      Interesting.  I asked my friend after I saw your response.  She was told the same thing by California lottery officials when she went up.  They did not tell her the number of entries, but they said there was over $250,000 worth of postage on the letters they drew from.  She asked in 1987 and I don't recall what the price of a stamp was then but that is a heck of a lot of second chance entries.Lurking

       

      Thanks for the response.Mail For You

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        Posted: May 12, 2015, 4:40 pm - IP Logged

        SC has several second chance promotions but only for scratch offs. $1 and $2 losers can only be entered online. 

        Every champion was once a contender who refused to give up.-Rocky Balboa

        “Don’t let someone who gave up on their dreams talk you out of going after yours.” – Zig Ziglar

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          Posted: May 14, 2015, 7:09 pm - IP Logged

          When I won $20,000 taxes paid, there were only about 9,000 entries for that particular drawing week, which made the odds very, very good. I had 6 tickets entered.

          I am a $20,000 winner from a Georgia Lottery scratch off game called "$3,000,000 Taxes Paid"!

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            Posted: May 14, 2015, 7:44 pm - IP Logged

            When I won $20,000 taxes paid, there were only about 9,000 entries for that particular drawing week, which made the odds very, very good. I had 6 tickets entered.

            Congrats on your win. Smile I'm going to get some more tickets for the May 2nd Chance drawing.

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              Posted: May 14, 2015, 9:46 pm - IP Logged

              Thank you! Good luck to you!

              I am a $20,000 winner from a Georgia Lottery scratch off game called "$3,000,000 Taxes Paid"!

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                Posted: May 15, 2015, 9:06 pm - IP Logged

                Interesting.  I asked my friend after I saw your response.  She was told the same thing by California lottery officials when she went up.  They did not tell her the number of entries, but they said there was over $250,000 worth of postage on the letters they drew from.  She asked in 1987 and I don't recall what the price of a stamp was then but that is a heck of a lot of second chance entries.Lurking

                 

                Thanks for the response.Mail For You

                I may be off by one or two postage rate changes, but I think it was about 29¢. That would put the number of entries at a bit under a million.

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                  The number of entries received are posted on the winners page. 

                  Superlotto averages betw 9-11 mil.

                  Scratchers around 10-12 million

                  Fantasy 5 around 150,000-170,1000 

                  The scratcher end of game draws which are the big jackpots are of course being phased out, have much smaller number of entries.. 

                  The last end of game jackpot I thought I had a fair shot at it but alas, as it often happens, it went to the registered sex offender.  No Nod 

                  I've stopped buying scratchers.  Of course, I still buy MM and PB with the astronomical odds, so I must be nuts.  Wink

                   

                  Anyway, good luck!

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                    The number of entries received are posted on the winners page. 

                    Superlotto averages betw 9-11 mil.

                    Scratchers around 10-12 million

                    Fantasy 5 around 150,000-170,1000 

                    The scratcher end of game draws which are the big jackpots are of course being phased out, have much smaller number of entries.. 

                    The last end of game jackpot I thought I had a fair shot at it but alas, as it often happens, it went to the registered sex offender.  No Nod 

                    I've stopped buying scratchers.  Of course, I still buy MM and PB with the astronomical odds, so I must be nuts.  Wink

                     

                    Anyway, good luck!

                    Correction:  SuperLotto second chance entries for Calif average about 1 million.

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                      Posted: May 28, 2015, 11:33 am - IP Logged

                      I may be off by one or two postage rate changes, but I think it was about 29¢. That would put the number of entries at a bit under a million.

                      OMG....I never sat down and did the math.  Thanks Murgatroyd.  So they drew 10 winners I believe to fill up the TV show but those are still pretty long odds.  So to do it once that was pretty amazing, but the second time...wow.  She is one of those people who seems to hit no matter what.

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                        Posted: May 28, 2015, 11:37 am - IP Logged

                        Correction:  SuperLotto second chance entries for Calif average about 1 million.

                        Well I still say buy the Fantasy Five (or your states equivalent) since the mega or superball tends to skew the odds off into the universe.

                        Personally, to win $50,000 and up (based on the rollover) with better odds than Mega Millions or Super Lotto seems a much better plan.

                        I would rather have a shot at something, than a snowball's chance.... (besides 50 k is much better than a poke in the eye!)

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                          Well I still say buy the Fantasy Five (or your states equivalent) since the mega or superball tends to skew the odds off into the universe.

                          Personally, to win $50,000 and up (based on the rollover) with better odds than Mega Millions or Super Lotto seems a much better plan.

                          I would rather have a shot at something, than a snowball's chance.... (besides 50 k is much better than a poke in the eye!)

                          LOLI Agree!

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                            Posted: May 28, 2015, 3:35 pm - IP Logged

                            Fantasy Five

                            End of Game

                            SuperLotto

                            ....have the best odds based on the low number of entries. 

                            Anyway, I found a new store to buy my tickets that also has a small stash of throw away scratchers that I can take and enter for a second change draw.  Hyper