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How long do you wait to check your ticket after a drawing?

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TheMeatman2005's avatar - lightening
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Posted: March 1, 2016, 12:46 pm - IP Logged

In a news article on LP a Michigan man had $1 million lottery ticket in his wallet for months

Click to read story https://www.lotterypost.com/news/300625

I know I check my tickets after the drawing,

How long do you wait to check your ticket after a drawing?

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    Posted: March 1, 2016, 1:16 pm - IP Logged

    I used to have this weird issue with checking immediately after a drawing and I'd wait until days later- as if when I checked it had anything to do with the outcome- as if there were a right and wrong time? Pfftt. Crazy Maybe I just wasn't ready for the dream to end?

    Now days, since finding the USAMega.com website, I have now started waiting until after the numbers have been posted, and check the second update that says if there was a winner, and which state. I know that I don't have to get too excited to check mine if I don't see Oregon in the mix. And when I do see my state showing a jackpot or million dollar winner, I think I leap off the couch, much like Superman, and arrive at my ticket in a single bound, snatch it up, and do some sort of ultimate ninja warrior move back to the computer screen.... and then when I realize it wasnt meThud, I go to bed to dream of the next drawing! Bed

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      Posted: March 1, 2016, 1:55 pm - IP Logged

      i always check the next morning after the drawing..i use my lottery's  phone app  to scan my tickets and if it says i didnt' win anything then later that evening i double check my tickets on my lottery's website when i get home.

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        Posted: March 1, 2016, 5:05 pm - IP Logged

        I login online to check the drawing as soon they are done. Depends on the lottery, some drawings I check at breakfast.

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          Posted: March 1, 2016, 7:44 pm - IP Logged

          About 30 seconds.

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            Posted: March 1, 2016, 10:57 pm - IP Logged

            I wait to hear if somebody won the lottery in town.  If I don't hear anything, I place it in a pile until I get tired of seeing them (month or two later sometimes 3 months) and check them all in one night.  Usually I have a dollar or two prizes waiting for me.

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              Posted: March 1, 2016, 11:14 pm - IP Logged

              I wait to hear if somebody won the lottery in town.  If I don't hear anything, I place it in a pile until I get tired of seeing them (month or two later sometimes 3 months) and check them all in one night.  Usually I have a dollar or two prizes waiting for me.

              Eek

              I've seen people at the ticket checker with stacks of 20 tickets at a time scanning for winners and tossing the losers.

              I wouldn't be able to hold mine that long...is the thought process glass half full and maybe if you don't look right away,

              there's a jp match in the pile or is it glass half empty and hold them until you amass $40 in winners...$1 or $2 at a time?

              I check whatever I'm playing as soon as I can...that's 5 seconds flat after the results are posted...this is for jp games.

              For daily's, I check as soon as I can. Sometimes that's 1/2 hour later.

              Well, for those of you that hold onto tickets...I hope one day you get a real nice surprise for being so patient.

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                Posted: March 2, 2016, 10:24 am - IP Logged

                If it's the weekend I will check the same night but during the weekday usually in the morning.

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                  Posted: March 2, 2016, 10:29 am - IP Logged

                   I am trying to wait until morning because I really do not want a sleepless night when I win.

                  Stretch

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                    Posted: March 2, 2016, 11:35 am - IP Logged

                    I check my numbers daily, I need the money, so I can move with my cat, out of the condominium, that i live in. I really want to help myself, improve my life!

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                      Posted: March 2, 2016, 11:59 am - IP Logged

                      Lots of good answers, i like the superman / ninja imagery.  for me when the numbers are avail, ill check and when at a store scanner ill scan, and ill also hand over to clerk for a 3rd check, well thats keno. Im buying online for lotto , so they all get checked  when ever. i usually look 20 min after the draw and the results are marked and prizes tallied on the  display

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                        Posted: March 2, 2016, 2:54 pm - IP Logged

                         I am trying to wait until morning because I really do not want a sleepless night when I win.

                        Stretch

                        Expect many many many sleepless nights when you win! What difference does the first one do?

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                          Posted: March 2, 2016, 3:41 pm - IP Logged

                          Expect many many many sleepless nights when you win! What difference does the first one do?

                          bigbuckswede, After I get that good night's sleep I will place the ticket into a safe box. Safety deposit box at my bank. What could be difficult is if I win on Saturday night and have to wait until Monday. I will really be sweating it if Monday is a holiday! LOL Sulk Off

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                            Posted: March 2, 2016, 3:47 pm - IP Logged

                            I don't like to check my tickets often so I usually wait several weeks and let them stack up. If there is a big winner at a place I purchase them at I would check sooner but $4.00 wins don't really excite me too much.

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                              Posted: March 2, 2016, 4:08 pm - IP Logged

                              I always get annoyed checking straight after the draw because the raffle takes an hour or so to be announced so I just try and forget about it then check a couple of hours after the draw.

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