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Posted: September 10, 2015, 4:47 am - IP Logged

Thinking about ones who say they were getting gas or picking up milk and decided to buy 1 scratch off ticket and BOOM won at least a million. 

It just seems with any type of lottery wins you have to buy one or more ticket in order to win anything.  So how believable does it sound when winners say they only bought one ticket and won a large jackpot.

Does anyone believe they really bought just the one ticket? I'm talking prizes of one million and up.

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    Posted: September 10, 2015, 5:31 am - IP Logged

    Thinking about ones who say they were getting gas or picking up milk and decided to buy 1 scratch off ticket and BOOM won at least a million. 

    It just seems with any type of lottery wins you have to buy one or more ticket in order to win anything.  So how believable does it sound when winners say they only bought one ticket and won a large jackpot.

    Does anyone believe they really bought just the one ticket? I'm talking prizes of one million and up.

    If enough people buy one ticket while shopping, it's no wonder if one of them win. Would not be surprised if that's how most tickets are bought.

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      Posted: September 10, 2015, 7:39 am - IP Logged

      There are lots of players who buy lots of tickets one at a time.  There's no different between buying 10 tickets all at once or buying 10 tickets one at a time.

       * you don't need to buy more tickets, just buy a winning ticket * 
         
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        Posted: September 10, 2015, 9:18 am - IP Logged

        There are lots of players who buy lots of tickets one at a time.  There's no different between buying 10 tickets all at once or buying 10 tickets one at a time.

        While I know what you are saying is true for the long term.  I believe with scratchoffs it is better to buy a block of tickets because there is usually a winning ticket(s) among x number of them, while it is certainly possible to dance around those winning tickets when buying only one at a time.

        How often have we bought multiple scratch tickets and the first one was the only winner?

        BobP

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          Posted: September 10, 2015, 7:04 pm - IP Logged

          Thinking about ones who say they were getting gas or picking up milk and decided to buy 1 scratch off ticket and BOOM won at least a million. 

          It just seems with any type of lottery wins you have to buy one or more ticket in order to win anything.  So how believable does it sound when winners say they only bought one ticket and won a large jackpot.

          Does anyone believe they really bought just the one ticket? I'm talking prizes of one million and up.

          Yes, very possible. Over the years I've had a lot of tickets where the first set was a winner. So if I hadn't bought 2,3,4 other sets, that would be the only set on the ticket.

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            Posted: September 10, 2015, 7:21 pm - IP Logged

            I remember reading about a kid that had just turned 18 and bought his first ticket and won a JP

            here in MO.   It happens, just not to me, I been playing systems so long that if I won on a QP I

            might have to change my name before I claimed the prize. LOL

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              Posted: September 10, 2015, 7:52 pm - IP Logged

              I only spent $1 on keno tickets. ea time i go near a keno machine i spend $1.

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                Posted: September 10, 2015, 9:23 pm - IP Logged

                Thinking about ones who say they were getting gas or picking up milk and decided to buy 1 scratch off ticket and BOOM won at least a million. 

                It just seems with any type of lottery wins you have to buy one or more ticket in order to win anything.  So how believable does it sound when winners say they only bought one ticket and won a large jackpot.

                Does anyone believe they really bought just the one ticket? I'm talking prizes of one million and up.

                I don't really get why this would be hard to believe. One set of numbers has as much a chance of winning as any other set. Buying 2 tickets instead of 1 might increase the odds of winning, but when your chances of winning are so infinitesimal that extra tickets barely make a dent in your odds, one ticket is all you need.

                I might wake up early and go running.  I might also wake up and win the lottery.

                The odds are about the same.

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                  Posted: September 10, 2015, 10:23 pm - IP Logged

                  Thinking about ones who say they were getting gas or picking up milk and decided to buy 1 scratch off ticket and BOOM won at least a million. 

                  It just seems with any type of lottery wins you have to buy one or more ticket in order to win anything.  So how believable does it sound when winners say they only bought one ticket and won a large jackpot.

                  Does anyone believe they really bought just the one ticket? I'm talking prizes of one million and up.

                  Do I believe someone who claims that they walked in and purchased a $20-30 scratch off ticket, and won a million or more, the very first time they ever purchased a scratch off ticket?  NO! - Not even remotely believable!

                  Do I believe that someone who has purchased a few less expensive scratch off tickets in the past then decides to buy a $20-30 ticket and, is lucky enough to win a million, or more?  Yes, that I can believe.

                  If I am going to buy a $20-30 scratch ticket, it will be the only one I purchase. HA!  - May explain why I haven't won yet!

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                    Posted: September 11, 2015, 2:19 am - IP Logged

                    While I know what you are saying is true for the long term.  I believe with scratchoffs it is better to buy a block of tickets because there is usually a winning ticket(s) among x number of them, while it is certainly possible to dance around those winning tickets when buying only one at a time.

                    How often have we bought multiple scratch tickets and the first one was the only winner?

                    BobP

                    Based on the odds it's easy to calculate how many winners of a given amount will be in x number of tickets, but that's only an average, just the same as heads accounting for 50% of coin flips. Just as the actual distribution of heads won't follow a regular pattern of alternating every other flip, an average of 1 winner for every 5 tickets doesn't mean every block of 5 tickets will have 1 winner.

                    Since the spacing of winners is randomized some blocks will have more winners than suggested by the average number of winners. The necessary corollary to that is that other blocks will have more losers than suggested by average. If 20% of tickets are winners then there are 20 winners for every 100 tickets, but it doesn't mean every roll of 100 tickets has 20 winners. Some rolls will have more than 20 winners and some will have less. All rolls of 100 aren't the same and all blocks of 10 or 20 tickets aren't the same. The average means that they balance out, so a strategy that might get you more winners also means you might get more losers.

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                      Posted: September 11, 2015, 3:03 am - IP Logged

                      We have Purchased over 70,000 Tickets over the last 4 years and aint hit <snip>.

                      No major wins as of yet

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                        Posted: September 11, 2015, 4:47 am - IP Logged

                        Well sure I guess anything is possible when it comes to a game of chance.  Maybe I will just decide to pick up a ticket every time I put gas in my car or have to make a quick stop at a convenience store, rather than buying several tickets at one time...

                        Right place, right time is helpful too.

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