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Posted: May 28, 2016, 10:27 am - IP Logged

Is it the same everywhere?

It seems like every state I visit you can only buy tickets between 5am and 11pm. 

This is extremely inconvenient to me since I'm pretty much tied up during those hours.

What's the reasoning behind this besides hurting their own sales and making it very inconvenient to play?

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    Posted: May 28, 2016, 10:46 am - IP Logged

    Is it the same everywhere?

    It seems like every state I visit you can only buy tickets between 5am and 11pm. 

    This is extremely inconvenient to me since I'm pretty much tied up during those hours.

    What's the reasoning behind this besides hurting their own sales and making it very inconvenient to play?

    jj, I'm just a tad bit confused and maybe I'm not reading it correctly either. The window you illustrate here is (18) hours and it would seem that you'd be able to get your tickets 'somehow' be it on the way to work, a lunch break, or after. I'm not saying that you're not a very busy person at all but, that's a lot of time to just stop and grab tickets...especially if you're into QP's. I'm probably missing something here and, if so, my bad. 

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      Posted: May 28, 2016, 2:50 pm - IP Logged

      Is it the same everywhere?

      It seems like every state I visit you can only buy tickets between 5am and 11pm. 

      This is extremely inconvenient to me since I'm pretty much tied up during those hours.

      What's the reasoning behind this besides hurting their own sales and making it very inconvenient to play?

      Here it's 4:45am to 1:00am for lotto tickets from vending machines(WA state)...

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        Posted: May 28, 2016, 6:56 pm - IP Logged

        I Agree!

        That's a pretty large window for you to not be able to buy lottery tickets.

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          Posted: May 29, 2016, 3:56 pm - IP Logged

          Is it the same everywhere?

          It seems like every state I visit you can only buy tickets between 5am and 11pm. 

          This is extremely inconvenient to me since I'm pretty much tied up during those hours.

          What's the reasoning behind this besides hurting their own sales and making it very inconvenient to play?

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            Posted: May 29, 2016, 8:14 pm - IP Logged

            I always figured they did it to perform regular and necessary maintenance on the computers, just like any other.  Defrag, back up, scan disk for errors, etc.  Stop and think about the sheer volume of data they receive and send each and every day.   They probably shut them down at night as a cost-cutting measure and if it was running during that time, they'd need someone there to keep an eye on it. 

            You're only person I've ever heard complain about not being able to purchase a lottery draw ticket in the middle of the night. ( I can buy a scratch ticket at any time, but can't cash one if the system is offline)  I've worked some long hours and different shifts and always could find time to do the things I had to do, even if it put me out a little bit.


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              I always figured they did it to perform regular and necessary maintenance on the computers, just like any other.  Defrag, back up, scan disk for errors, etc.  Stop and think about the sheer volume of data they receive and send each and every day.   They probably shut them down at night as a cost-cutting measure and if it was running during that time, they'd need someone there to keep an eye on it. 

              You're only person I've ever heard complain about not being able to purchase a lottery draw ticket in the middle of the night. ( I can buy a scratch ticket at any time, but can't cash one if the system is offline)  I've worked some long hours and different shifts and always could find time to do the things I had to do, even if it put me out a little bit.

              Agreed- I have never heard any one complain about not being able to 'play' say at 3am !

              You can still buy tickets from machines in MI 24/7 - just not the draw games.. 
              Everyone is allowed downtime...


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                Yeah I don't get it, it should be 24 hours.  I'm over across the river in IL sometimes very late at night and have wanted to buy tickets in a "can't lose" state instead of a "can't win" state.  I just worry they'll make the hours even more restrictive everywhere, like make it to where you can only buy tickets between 10:00 and 11:00am for example.

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                  Posted: May 30, 2016, 10:06 am - IP Logged

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                    Yeah I don't get it, it should be 24 hours.  I'm over across the river in IL sometimes very late at night and have wanted to buy tickets in a "can't lose" state instead of a "can't win" state.  I just worry they'll make the hours even more restrictive everywhere, like make it to where you can only buy tickets between 10:00 and 11:00am for example.

                    That makes sense.  Why aren't you running a blog on here?  You can shut off comments on blogs  for "civility" at least.

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                      Posted: May 30, 2016, 10:45 am - IP Logged

                      ROFL

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                        Use the Search box and type in 182641  This Canadian is suing because his ticket was seven seconds too late.

                         mikeintexas makes a good case of why you cannot buy tickets at all hours.

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                          Remember s movie with Rodney Dangerfield and Joe Pesci where they were in a van and wanted to get something to eat?

                          They said "Let's go to Pop's (diner), got there at 11 PM just when the door closed and a sign was put on the door -

                          "OPEN 23 HOURS."

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                          Those who run the lotteries love it when players look for consistency in something that's designed not to have any.

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                          There is one and only one 'proven' system, and that is to book the action. No matter the game, let the players pick their own losers.

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                            Posted: June 3, 2016, 8:27 am - IP Logged

                            Yeah I don't get it, it should be 24 hours.  I'm over across the river in IL sometimes very late at night and have wanted to buy tickets in a "can't lose" state instead of a "can't win" state.  I just worry they'll make the hours even more restrictive everywhere, like make it to where you can only buy tickets between 10:00 and 11:00am for example.

                            If you "worry" about the hours you can buy tickets are going to be made more restrictive, you must have a pretty easy life.

                            The hours I can buy tix are the least of my worries.

                            Making the hours between 10:00 and 11:00am (I'm assuming you mean 10:00am and 11:00) is not going to happen. I'm sure they want people to buy tix, but 99.9999999% buy during normal hours.

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                              Posted: June 3, 2016, 3:30 pm - IP Logged

                              In Ohio you can buy MM tickets any time the stores are opened until 15 minutes before the drawings unless the store decides to close its terminal.

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