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lulu1feather's avatar - 2uehclf
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Posted: January 20, 2016, 3:22 pm - IP Logged

I've always been curious how people decide where to pick up their lottery tickets and scratch-its.

Some folks have a special place, some folks pick them up when and where its convenient.

Are all places that distribute tickets equal when it comes to QP tickets, do you think? 

Can a Mom & Pop Market sell a winner, just as easily as a Super Market?

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    I shop for tickets anywhere, and I play some Qp's and my own numbers.

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      Winning the lottery is the result of probability acting on events that are as random as the lottery can make them. If one place sells more winners than another it's either because they sell more tickets, or because random probability allows results that don't exactly match the expected average results. Examples would include getting 5 heads in a row even though the expected average is getting heads on only half of the flips, or having two jackpot winners for PB even if only 25 million tickets are sold.

      That means there's no change in your chances of winning based on where you buy. The only sensible reason to go out of your way is for some other kind of advantage. Driving a few miles beyond the state line to avoid the long lines for the recent PB  jackpot would be a sensible reason. Driving an extra 1/4 mile to buy at a place that sold a previous winner wouldn't be.

      I happened to be 4 miles from a store in Massachusetts 2 weeks ago, so I went a bit out of my way to get my PB tickets because if I won in MA I'd likely be able to conceal my identity by claiming as a trust, and I might be able to reduce the state taxes by quickly moving to MA. Normally I get my tickets when I'm stopping for gas or going to a lottery retailer for some other reason.

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        Posted: January 20, 2016, 4:39 pm - IP Logged

        I buy my tickets from a tobacco store because i can just put it on my debit card so long as i buy something else from the store...like a pack of smokes.  It saves me from having to pull out cash at the bank/atm before buying my tickets.

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        Like adding charcoal to embers or wood to fire, quarrelsome people kindle strife."

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          In the most unusual of places-A DUMPSTERS- especially if it the lottery store caters to a more senior populace. Older generation and even some younger (in a rush)buyers of scratch off tickets fail to check their #s with the computer.  So i grap the bag i think has the most tickets and check them myself carefully. Last year i made 2grand . with one ticket worth 500 bucks. The only drawback with this method is that sometimes u truly get only garbage and its tuff on the knees jumping in and out of that dumpster.

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            I drive by a convenience store that sells lottery tickets and go a few blocks more to a locally owned liquor store to buy them, mainly because the store that sells the winning ticket gets a bonus and the convenience store is a corporation based in N. Mexico while the liquor store is locally owned.   Sometimes I use the vending machine at the grocery store, but not often.


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              Posted: January 20, 2016, 6:32 pm - IP Logged

              Grocery store mostly.... the 5 items or less lane has a lottery stand where I just grab my ticket for the EuroMillions draw.

              We don't have vending machines in the UK, most grocery stores here in the UK have a kiosk which sells a small selection of alcohol, cigarettes & lottery.

              2016 Won/Lost

              EuroMillions / Spent: £22 / Won £0 / Total -£22

              UK Lotto / Spent: £4 / Won: £0 / Total: -£4

              2016 Total: -£24

              Jan: -£22 Feb: £0 ~ Mar: £0 ~ April: £0 ~ May: £0 ~ June: £0 ~ July: £2

               

              EuroMillions = £2 Line / Played: x11 [old price] 

              EuroMillions = £2.50 Line / Played: x0

              UK Lotto = £2 Line / Played x2

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                Posted: January 20, 2016, 7:55 pm - IP Logged

                I've always been curious how people decide where to pick up their lottery tickets and scratch-its.

                Some folks have a special place, some folks pick them up when and where its convenient.

                Are all places that distribute tickets equal when it comes to QP tickets, do you think? 

                Can a Mom & Pop Market sell a winner, just as easily as a Super Market?

                I buy my tickets from  the grocery store's service desk.

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                  Posted: January 20, 2016, 8:56 pm - IP Logged

                  I drive by a convenience store that sells lottery tickets and go a few blocks more to a locally owned liquor store to buy them, mainly because the store that sells the winning ticket gets a bonus and the convenience store is a corporation based in N. Mexico while the liquor store is locally owned.   Sometimes I use the vending machine at the grocery store, but not often.

                  I Agree! with mikeintexas, The locally owned store is a good reason. 

                   Remember though that your family and friends will also be watching the game. If you live in the city where the winner, YOU, lives they may guess that you won. And then they contact you. If you blab the news to them be prepared for the press and everybody hounding you for a share of the winnings. Even before you have cashed in the ticket.

                   You have lied before. Call it exageration. Little lies like the fleetwood mac song. You must create a noble lie to protect your privacy. We have heard of the people who lied to the Gestapo in Nazi occupied countries to protect Jews. The mother who suffocated her crying child when they were hiding for their lives.

                   Your true friends will understand why you lied to them after you cash the winning ticket. Your not so good friends will no longer understand you.

                   You cannot make everyone's dreams come true. The two letter word, "NO", will come in handy. You learned to say that at age two. It drove your mother nuts.

                  Good Luck to all LP members and staff.

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                    Posted: January 20, 2016, 9:09 pm - IP Logged

                    There is a little market in our town I get my tickets at typically from one of those vending machine style.  I usually go in for a sandwich or drink and if I have a buck or two left in my pocket, I'll grab a ticket on my way out. Sometimes I fill out a slip, sometimes I'll get a QP.. and when I am feeling wild, maybe both LOL

                    I get my scratch-its there, too. Although, those itchy scratchies have been a lot more successful than my PB, MM and Oregons Megabucks haha

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                      Posted: January 20, 2016, 9:31 pm - IP Logged

                      There is a little market in our town I get my tickets at typically from one of those vending machine style.  I usually go in for a sandwich or drink and if I have a buck or two left in my pocket, I'll grab a ticket on my way out. Sometimes I fill out a slip, sometimes I'll get a QP.. and when I am feeling wild, maybe both LOL

                      I get my scratch-its there, too. Although, those itchy scratchies have been a lot more successful than my PB, MM and Oregons Megabucks haha

                       "Itchy scratchies" If you have an itch then scratch it.  LOL

                       As they say in the Stock market, "The trend is your friend". I would continue scratching your way to success.

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                        Posted: January 21, 2016, 10:49 am - IP Logged

                        I usually go someplace on my walking route.  I prefer using a vending machine, but I buy from a clerk occasionally. 

                        When it's time to buy advance plays on my regular numbers, the amount I spend is worth it to find a credit card that's paying 5% cash back on grocery stores or gas stations, then I go to one of those stores that accepts credit cards for lottery to buy those tickets at the counter.

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                          If I'm trying out new things or playing a state lotto game, I get my tickets at truck stops or places that are big enough for an 18 wheeler. Normally, I stop at my favorite store in SC on my way home.

                          May the balls bounce in your favor!


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                            From now on when Powerball jackpots get big I'll be making the trek to Tennessee to buy tickets.

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                              I go across the street from where I work.