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Playing The Lottery Is Total Insanity.

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Posted: July 14, 2016, 11:33 pm - IP Logged

I like to play the lotto for my one or two or sometimes five lines to see if I can win a prize.  It is entertainment for me every wednesday and saturday nights and also every tuesday and friday nights too.-weshar75

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    Posted: July 15, 2016, 12:39 am - IP Logged

    How many losing tickets were bought in that night's drawing? 

    You missing the point entirely amber. Perhaps you have forgotten that it only costs a dollar or two for a ticket with the" chance" of winning millions. Recently l read of front row tickets to the nba finals going for $29k - if that's not insanity, what is. The soccer match between Mexico & Chile was played in Santa Clara a little over a month ago- 70,000 fans showed up- nose bleed seats went for $400.00. Make the connection . Most of those tickets were purchased by Mexicans & as a painful reminder- Mexico lost 7 nothing. Think they were pissed? 

    People who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it- George Bernard Shaw.

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      I QUIT PLAYING THE LOTTERY TODAY.

      Like Hell you did.  G5

      About playing the lottery --  You will lose more than you win. Until you hit a jackpot.  Then everything changes!

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        Where else can you buy a dream for a dollar?

        Never give up.  Banana

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          Posted: July 15, 2016, 10:23 am - IP Logged

          It's Insanity to Think You're Going to Win It If You're Not In It! Thud

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

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            Posted: July 15, 2016, 10:28 am - IP Logged

            PLAYING THE LOTTERY IS TOTAL INSANITY. 

             

            Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. Albert Einstein

             

             

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            So, why r u here? Looking for a group psycho therapy?

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              Posted: July 15, 2016, 11:11 am - IP Logged

              I like to play the lotto for my one or two or sometimes five lines to see if I can win a prize.  It is entertainment for me every wednesday and saturday nights and also every tuesday and friday nights too.-weshar75

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              That's a good analogy. Some spend hundreds if not thousands of dollars to view a sporting event or concert and take home short lived memories. Lottery players for the most part spend quite a bit less but have the opportunity to win millions of $$$. My take on purchasing PB or MM tickets is strictly entertainment... with a remote possibility of winning a decent prize.


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                Posted: July 15, 2016, 1:52 pm - IP Logged

                I Agree! with many of the comments. Another consideration is the insane taxes paid on a jackpot and the amount loss when taking the lump sum payout. Then again, such troubles are worth it!

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                  Posted: July 15, 2016, 3:52 pm - IP Logged

                  I Agree! with many of the comments. Another consideration is the insane taxes paid on a jackpot and the amount loss when taking the lump sum payout. Then again, such troubles are worth it!

                  25% is not insane by any stretch. We need to have a uniform tax rate so that everyone can do the math on how much they'll pay. A 50% tax on winnings at time of claim is fair. You deduct the state taxes off the federal bill and thus everyone will pay an equal amount. Of course, it's unlikely to pass but it would be a great and simple solution.     

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                    Posted: July 15, 2016, 8:17 pm - IP Logged

                    So, why r u here? Looking for a group psycho therapy?

                    Ha ha... LP is insanity

                    -RC

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                      You missing the point entirely amber. Perhaps you have forgotten that it only costs a dollar or two for a ticket with the" chance" of winning millions. Recently l read of front row tickets to the nba finals going for $29k - if that's not insanity, what is. The soccer match between Mexico & Chile was played in Santa Clara a little over a month ago- 70,000 fans showed up- nose bleed seats went for $400.00. Make the connection . Most of those tickets were purchased by Mexicans & as a painful reminder- Mexico lost 7 nothing. Think they were pissed? 

                      The fact that it only costs a buck or two is irrelevant due to the astronomical odds against you or me winning. Most people only focus on the winner, but avoid the multitudes of losing tickets. 

                      Most people will play the JP games for 20 or 30 years and NEVER EVER win the JP, that's a fact. I do realize the temptation to play because it's enticing. The thought of living the rest of your life comfortably is on my mind too, but my mind deals with reality and the odds. 

                      If someone said there was a p-3 game that only costs one cent to play per ticket, for a 500 dollar win STRAIGHT, but it the odds of winning was not 1 in 1,000, it was 1 in 5 million, do you think I would say that it only costs a penny to play to win 500 so it's worth a shot, knowing full well ahead of time that there is a very good chance I will never win?

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                        Posted: July 15, 2016, 10:03 pm - IP Logged

                        PLAYING THE LOTTERY IS TOTAL INSANITY. 

                         

                        Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. Albert Einstein

                         

                         

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                        Swimming with sharks dressed like a sea otter is insanity.Shifty

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                        For a lead role in a cage?

                         

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                          Posted: July 15, 2016, 10:08 pm - IP Logged

                          That's a good analogy. Some spend hundreds if not thousands of dollars to view a sporting event or concert and take home short lived memories. Lottery players for the most part spend quite a bit less but have the opportunity to win millions of $$$. My take on purchasing PB or MM tickets is strictly entertainment... with a remote possibility of winning a decent prize.

                          Don't get me wrong, I respect your opinion, but personally I don't spend a few bucks as entertainment when playing a game that I know for a fact that 99% of the people playing, will never win, ever. I'll spend a few bucks on some good Whiskey for entertainment. Green laugh

                          At least I know 100% for sure I will get something out of it. Imagine I spent 40 bucks or more on whiskey and knew ahead of time that there would only be about a 1% chance I would get a buzz? 

                          Now that's insanity.

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                            Posted: July 16, 2016, 4:44 am - IP Logged

                            Where else can you buy a dream for a dollar?

                            True._

                            Also, try telling something like that to someone who buys a QP and wins the Jackpot - it has happened.

                            p.s. What are you trying to 'accomplish' ? Getting canned ?

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                              Posted: July 16, 2016, 9:06 am - IP Logged

                              What's truly insane is that it's WAY too easy for winners to win.  All they do is go up, buy tickets, and BOOM just win big jackpots at will.  Some of us play HARD and play smart by playing trends and can't even win $100.