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California Lottery Scratch Off's are a scam

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Posted: August 4, 2016, 6:53 pm - IP Logged

California's scratch-off tickets have become a scam.  What happened to the tickets with the three letters? I would hit on those with regularity. The tickets they  use now with the PDF417 bar code are a joke. I've hit for $100 or more three times since they started using the ones they use  presently, two $100 winner's from $10 tickets and one $500 winner from a $5 ticket. I use to hit $100 winning tickets from $3 tickets all the time before the switch.  Here's a list of the winning tickets I can remember winning  from 2001 up to around 2007:

(1) $1,000 (from a $5 ticket)

(2) $500 ($2 ticket and a $3 ticket)

(2) $300 ($3 ticket's)

(4) $250 ($2 ticket, $3 ticket, two $5 tickets)

(1) $200 ($5 ticket)

(2) $150 ($3 ticket and a 5$ ticket)

I'm not even  going to try to remember how many $100 winners I had won from that period. Needless to say, it was a lot.

From around 2007 to present day, I've only managed three tickets that paid $100+. 

They also destroyed the Hot Spot game around the same time....

Who's responsible for this??

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    Posted: August 4, 2016, 7:14 pm - IP Logged

    California's scratch-off tickets have become a scam.  What happened to the tickets with the three letters? I would hit on those with regularity. The tickets they  use now with the PDF417 bar code are a joke. I've hit for $100 or more three times since they started using the ones they use  presently, two $100 winner's from $10 tickets and one $500 winner from a $5 ticket. I use to hit $100 winning tickets from $3 tickets all the time before the switch.  Here's a list of the winning tickets I can remember winning  from 2001 up to around 2007:

    (1) $1,000 (from a $5 ticket)

    (2) $500 ($2 ticket and a $3 ticket)

    (2) $300 ($3 ticket's)

    (4) $250 ($2 ticket, $3 ticket, two $5 tickets)

    (1) $200 ($5 ticket)

    (2) $150 ($3 ticket and a 5$ ticket)

    I'm not even  going to try to remember how many $100 winners I had won from that period. Needless to say, it was a lot.

    From around 2007 to present day, I've only managed three tickets that paid $100+. 

    They also destroyed the Hot Spot game around the same time....

    Who's responsible for this??

    I don't know much about the California lottery, but a recurring trend that I seem to see is that lotteries across the nation seem to be paying out less. My guess is they realized they could generate more revenue, and increase gameplay through certain tactics. 

     

    People who played the Florida Lottery always seem to provide anecdotes of all the times they've hit big prizes $500+ prior to 2010. I don't think it is just the California lottery, but scratchoffs in general seem to be sharing this common trend. 

     

    Perhaps another issue is how games are designed. With games offering bigger jackpot payouts, there needs to be alot more losers and less generous "lower claim tickets" in order to fund the jackpots and maximize revenue collection.

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      south el monte
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      Posted: August 4, 2016, 9:08 pm - IP Logged

      i still play but  i notice the odds keep on getting worse. 

       

      the average jackpot for a 10$ ticket for a grand prize of  one million dollar win used to be 

      1:1,200,000 

      now the all of them except one are 1:2,400,000

       

      before the 2nd chance replay used to give away one of the grand prizes at the end of the game. now its small prizes ranging from 2 25 thousand winners and the rest smaller amount winners. Wack. I dont even put them in anymore. They know not many people look at the odds or care so they keep on raising the odds of all the games. They will still sell tickets.

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        Posted: August 5, 2016, 11:13 pm - IP Logged

        I stopped playing scratchers. The odds and prizes stink including the second chance prizes.

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          Posted: August 11, 2016, 12:49 am - IP Logged

          Yes. The odds are a joke.   the last scratcher i played hardcore was the $10 1 million fortune. when the odds for the jackpot was 1:1 million. also there were more jackpots..now they only have like 5 top prizes LOL.