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Scratcher Tickets Poll

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Does a new or old scratcher game give you a better chance of winning the grand prize?

Yes - I would rather play the new scratcher [ 20 ]  [60.61%]
No - I would rather play the old scratcher [ 13 ]  [39.39%]
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Posted: July 24, 2016, 1:39 pm - IP Logged

Would you rather play a new scratcher game with say, 3 out of 3 grand prizes remaining but more total tickets outstanding, OR, would you rather play an old scratcher game with 1 out of 3 grand prizes remaining with less total tickets outstanding?

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    Posted: July 24, 2016, 3:12 pm - IP Logged

    I never saw the appeal of scratchers.  Sure, there are guaranteed winners somewhere but... At least to me, not as exciting as playing lotto.

    Never give up.  Banana

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      Posted: July 24, 2016, 3:45 pm - IP Logged

      I don't buy scratcher's tickets unless I look at the TN Lottery website of remaining prizes left. I see people buying a $20 ticket and it doesn't even have any top 3 prizes left...what a waste of money. Look to see what still has lots of prizes and play those. Better chance.

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        Posted: July 24, 2016, 3:56 pm - IP Logged

        I don't buy scratcher's tickets unless I look at the TN Lottery website of remaining prizes left. I see people buying a $20 ticket and it doesn't even have any top 3 prizes left...what a waste of money. Look to see what still has lots of prizes and play those. Better chance.

        I don't usually buy scratchers. Occasionally, I will buy one that's a $5 ticket called NY POKER.

        I buy one ticket, stick it in my pocket and scratch it once I return home.

        This way, win or lose, I am no where near the store and can't buy another one if I didn't win or I can't buy any more if I did win. 

        As for the vote, I chose yes, I would play from a new game with more winners. I don't do that, but if I bought scratchers regularly, that's what I would do.

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          Posted: July 24, 2016, 5:02 pm - IP Logged

          <Moved to Instant ("Scratch-Off") Games forum>

          Please post in the appropriate forum ... thank you.

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            Posted: July 24, 2016, 5:04 pm - IP Logged

            I don't get the odds on scratchers. I might be slow but the odds are like 1 out of 2,000,000 for a grand prize. Yet If the winning ticket isn't in your city or a store you frequent then what are your odds. 

            At least with the megamillions or Powerball. It's numbers and those numbers can hit anywhere. 

            I still play the instant tickets but it's something I always think about . To the answer the question I'll play the older game. .

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              Posted: July 24, 2016, 10:49 pm - IP Logged

              I don't get the odds on scratchers. I might be slow but the odds are like 1 out of 2,000,000 for a grand prize. Yet If the winning ticket isn't in your city or a store you frequent then what are your odds. 

              At least with the megamillions or Powerball. It's numbers and those numbers can hit anywhere. 

              I still play the instant tickets but it's something I always think about . To the answer the question I'll play the older game. .

              You are quite correct. I play scratchers once or twice a week, and I look at the odds on the website, but the fact is the odds don't mean anything if a top prize ticket isn't in the store where you are buying.

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                Posted: July 25, 2016, 4:00 am - IP Logged

                I never saw the appeal of scratchers.  Sure, there are guaranteed winners somewhere but... At least to me, not as exciting as playing lotto.

                With Scratchers you get more of your money back.

                For example if I spend $100 on Powerball/Megamillion tickets, if I am very lucky I might get $10 back

                If I spend $100 on Scratchers, even on a bad day I'll get at least $30-$40 back

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                  Posted: July 25, 2016, 9:01 pm - IP Logged

                  With Scratchers you get more of your money back.

                  For example if I spend $100 on Powerball/Megamillion tickets, if I am very lucky I might get $10 back

                  If I spend $100 on Scratchers, even on a bad day I'll get at least $30-$40 back

                  I agree 100%.  Also, the top prize odds on many of the scratchers are about 1 in 500K to 1 in 2M depending on the top prize value.  On the PB and MM, the top prize odds are 1 in 292M and 1 in 258M, respectively.  Also, the second place prize of $1M is 1 in 12M and 1 in 18M for PB and MM, respectively.  Odds are that you will never win a top prize or even the $1M prize in either PB or MM.  At least with scratchers, you have reasonable odds of winning decent money and the top prizes still provide life-changing money. I buy a PB and MM ticket when the jackpot prizes are very high, but even then I know I'm throwing money away as soon as I buy the ticket.

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                    Posted: July 26, 2016, 1:43 am - IP Logged

                    Scratchers are a waste of time and money....

                     

                     

                     

                     

                     

                     

                     

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                      Posted: July 28, 2016, 10:58 pm - IP Logged

                      With Scratchers you get more of your money back.

                      For example if I spend $100 on Powerball/Megamillion tickets, if I am very lucky I might get $10 back

                      If I spend $100 on Scratchers, even on a bad day I'll get at least $30-$40 back

                      On a bad day...really? That's pretty good IMO...

                      Scratchers are about as bad a MM and PB IMO... Like somebody else mentioned earlier... How do u calculate odds when tickets aren't distributed, games are pulled early.

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                        Posted: July 29, 2016, 2:27 am - IP Logged

                        I never saw the appeal of scratchers.  Sure, there are guaranteed winners somewhere but... At least to me, not as exciting as playing lotto.

                        I Agree!

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                          Posted: July 29, 2016, 2:30 am - IP Logged

                          With Scratchers you get more of your money back.

                          For example if I spend $100 on Powerball/Megamillion tickets, if I am very lucky I might get $10 back

                          If I spend $100 on Scratchers, even on a bad day I'll get at least $30-$40 back

                          I spent $30 worth on a $1 scratcher a few years  ago when I was completely ignorant about how the lottery works and I got $4 back. Haven't bought a scratcher since.

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                            Posted: August 31, 2016, 12:16 am - IP Logged

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                              Posted: October 9, 2016, 8:39 am - IP Logged

                              New. I've seen stores with books of games that are discontinued where they've told me the State won't take them back, and the books are just sitting in the store for nothing. If a store closes, and they have leftover books that aren't sold, guess what those books don't get recycled, they get trashed. What if one of those books has a grand prize on it? Do you think the state cares? How long do you think it would take the state to process and reprint and then deliver one of those new grand prize tickets? Who the heck knows..not me. Old discontinued games always have a grand prize ticket not sold. Always.