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Update from "Weaning myself off of the lottery"

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Posted: October 11, 2015, 11:54 am - IP Logged

Hi, I wanted to give an update to my original thread about weaning myself off of the lottery (Original thread here).  I went ahead and disconnected my internet and tv to recoup my losses (I spent $200 in 2 days on scratchers).  I didn't hit my goal of 2 months without service but I made it 1.5 months and now my urge to gamble is a lot less.  I now associate scratchers with me not having any tv or internet.  I still have a very small urge to gamble and I have stuck with spending $2 a week on the number games (FL lottery and Mega Millions).  I'm proud to say that I feel in control of my gambling and I now carry my debit card with me (I had to leave it at home before because I would withdraw money and buy tickets).

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    Posted: October 11, 2015, 1:10 pm - IP Logged

     Thank You morgothaod for your good news.  Congratulations !! 

    Are you living one day at a time?

     Chi ha danari, trova cugini. (He who has money finds many cousins.) Italian proverb

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      Posted: October 11, 2015, 1:27 pm - IP Logged

      Hi, I wanted to give an update to my original thread about weaning myself off of the lottery (Original thread here).  I went ahead and disconnected my internet and tv to recoup my losses (I spent $200 in 2 days on scratchers).  I didn't hit my goal of 2 months without service but I made it 1.5 months and now my urge to gamble is a lot less.  I now associate scratchers with me not having any tv or internet.  I still have a very small urge to gamble and I have stuck with spending $2 a week on the number games (FL lottery and Mega Millions).  I'm proud to say that I feel in control of my gambling and I now carry my debit card with me (I had to leave it at home before because I would withdraw money and buy tickets).

      After living a lavish life style it's difficult to go back to a simple life style, however with resolve you can accomplish your goal!

      A mind once stretched by a new idea never returns to its original dimensions!

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        Posted: October 11, 2015, 1:44 pm - IP Logged

         Thank You morgothaod for your good news.  Congratulations !! 

        Are you living one day at a time?

        No, not really… I think that my mindset changed after I "punished myself" for gambling so much money.  The feeling to buy a ticket is very, very small now.  I guess the negative association with gambling (Not having tv and internet) is still very strong in my mind.  I just don't want to fall into the hopeless feeling of buying a $20 scratcher, losing, buying another to make up for the loss, lose again, and keep buying tickets to just break-even.  I guess I didn't really have a strong gambling addiction.  For the most part, I spent maybe $30 a month, however, once every other month or two, I would have a day where I could lose $100.  I'm not rich, so I didn't want to see myself spend that much money. I can't say for certain that I will continue on this path.  However, I'll try my best to do so.

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          Posted: October 11, 2015, 11:57 pm - IP Logged

          No, not really… I think that my mindset changed after I "punished myself" for gambling so much money.  The feeling to buy a ticket is very, very small now.  I guess the negative association with gambling (Not having tv and internet) is still very strong in my mind.  I just don't want to fall into the hopeless feeling of buying a $20 scratcher, losing, buying another to make up for the loss, lose again, and keep buying tickets to just break-even.  I guess I didn't really have a strong gambling addiction.  For the most part, I spent maybe $30 a month, however, once every other month or two, I would have a day where I could lose $100.  I'm not rich, so I didn't want to see myself spend that much money. I can't say for certain that I will continue on this path.  However, I'll try my best to do so.

          I spend about $400 on Scratcher= I buy 1 entire book every month and still haven't nailed anything major

           

          (HIT THE BIG ONE, OR BUY A SKI MASK)

           

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            Posted: October 12, 2015, 10:50 am - IP Logged

            I spend about $400 on Scratcher= I buy 1 entire book every month and still haven't nailed anything major

            Do you at least break even?  Or come close...

            Take Risks: If you win, you'll be happy.  If you lose, you will be wiser...

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              Posted: October 12, 2015, 1:34 pm - IP Logged

              Do you at least break even?  Or come close...

              How can he if states keep 50% of sales for themselves.  A roll of tickets by design is only going to pay out 50% of their cost on average.

               * you don't need to buy more tickets, just buy a winning ticket * 
                 
                           Evil Looking       

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                Posted: October 18, 2015, 7:29 am - IP Logged

                Hi, I wanted to give an update to my original thread about weaning myself off of the lottery (Original thread here).  I went ahead and disconnected my internet and tv to recoup my losses (I spent $200 in 2 days on scratchers).  I didn't hit my goal of 2 months without service but I made it 1.5 months and now my urge to gamble is a lot less.  I now associate scratchers with me not having any tv or internet.  I still have a very small urge to gamble and I have stuck with spending $2 a week on the number games (FL lottery and Mega Millions).  I'm proud to say that I feel in control of my gambling and I now carry my debit card with me (I had to leave it at home before because I would withdraw money and buy tickets).

                congratulations !!Dance

                < God bless all  ,family, love, happiness > 

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                  Posted: October 22, 2015, 8:51 pm - IP Logged

                  Hi, I wanted to give an update to my original thread about weaning myself off of the lottery (Original thread here).  I went ahead and disconnected my internet and tv to recoup my losses (I spent $200 in 2 days on scratchers).  I didn't hit my goal of 2 months without service but I made it 1.5 months and now my urge to gamble is a lot less.  I now associate scratchers with me not having any tv or internet.  I still have a very small urge to gamble and I have stuck with spending $2 a week on the number games (FL lottery and Mega Millions).  I'm proud to say that I feel in control of my gambling and I now carry my debit card with me (I had to leave it at home before because I would withdraw money and buy tickets).

                  Good for you !

                  You be the master, don't let it be the master

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