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Been playing the lottery for years without a major win. So...

Topic closed. 80 replies. Last post 3 months ago by TheMeatman2005.

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Whats your frustration level? 1 being good. 10 being ready to quit playing.

1. Going to win. Very optimistic. [ 18 ]  [26.87%]
2. [ 3 ]  [4.48%]
3. Just takes time. [ 18 ]  [26.87%]
4. [ 2 ]  [2.99%]
5. Frustration is setting in. [ 6 ]  [8.96%]
6. How long is this going to take? [ 6 ]  [8.96%]
7. [ 0 ]  [0.00%]
8. Tired of wasting my money. [ 9 ]  [13.43%]
9. [ 0 ]  [0.00%]
10. Going to stop playing right now! [ 5 ]  [7.46%]
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LottoBux's avatar - 2elh5if
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Posted: August 12, 2016, 12:06 am - IP Logged

I just spent $5 on a last minute decision to buy 5 NY Take5 tickets and didn't win anything at all. Playing "better odds" is a pretty bad strategy given how difficult it is to win anything. I'm sticking to the big lotteries from now on because atleast i can dream big. 
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That Is Definitely Your Choice.

I Don't Play The Biggies Because Of The Ridiculous Odds.

Once In A While A Quick Pick..Just Because Ya Never Know

                       

    LottoBux's avatar - 2elh5if
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    Posted: August 12, 2016, 12:25 am - IP Logged

    I just spent $5 on a last minute decision to buy 5 NY Take5 tickets and didn't win anything at all. Playing "better odds" is a pretty bad strategy given how difficult it is to win anything. I'm sticking to the big lotteries from now on because atleast i can dream big. 
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    Sh.t Happens,

    Doesn't Mean You Have To Give Up On Your Dream Though

    I Mean What Are The Odds In NY Pick 5?

    Probably Higher Than The 3 Or 4 Daily Draws

                           

      Kingofearth's avatar - Kinnak
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      Posted: August 12, 2016, 1:28 am - IP Logged

      Sh.t Happens,

      Doesn't Mean You Have To Give Up On Your Dream Though

      I Mean What Are The Odds In NY Pick 5?

      Probably Higher Than The 3 Or 4 Daily Draws

      The Jackpot is 1: 575,000 and winning the smallest prize is 1:9.6

      I had over a 50% chance of winning the smallest prize and still lost. I see the value of playing the smaller games but personally I'm just too unlucky to waste my money on jackpot amounts that are too small for me to dream about retiring.

        TheMeatman2005's avatar - lightening
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        Posted: August 12, 2016, 4:43 am - IP Logged

        The Jackpot is 1: 575,000 and winning the smallest prize is 1:9.6

        I had over a 50% chance of winning the smallest prize and still lost. I see the value of playing the smaller games but personally I'm just too unlucky to waste my money on jackpot amounts that are too small for me to dream about retiring.

        If you look at the payouts for NY Take5, you will see that a lot of the winners are QP or FP.

        If you get just 2 numbers right, you receive a free QP ticket for the next drawing. Those people that got the free QP ticket were probably going whoo hoo...I won a free QP... wow. But, the next day they were jumping for joy seeing they won 30, 40, 50 or 60,000.

        Like lightning...winning happens in a flash!

        The Meatman

        “The quickest way to double your money is to fold it in half and put it in your back pocket.” Will Rogers

        Winning happens in a flash, Like A Bolt Of Lightning!  Patriot

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          Tulsa
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          Posted: August 14, 2016, 1:13 am - IP Logged

          Yes, winning a lottery doesn't happen in sequential fashion.  None of us are likely going to get two numbers and then three numbers and so on until one of us wins a nice amount.  It will test your patience enough to quit, I know it has tested mine, but one draw can turn a habitual "loser" into a big time winner.  That is the nature of this beast.

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            Posted: August 14, 2016, 8:30 am - IP Logged

            In the past, when I've looked at pictures of someone who recently won a jackpot, I noticed that most of them have a few things in common. 

            The first is that they're all everyday people, or just an average person.  Secondly, many of them make the same comment, which is "I've played the lottery for years but I rarely ever won anything."

            That's my story, and I'm willing to bet it's your story too.  If you asked them whether or not they expected to win, IMHO if they were completely honest, they'd probably say "Not really, but I hoped I would." 

            I play the lottery because I have fun doing it.  For me, it's kind of (for lack of a better word) a hobby. I do my workout, and buy myself a ticket.  I've won my share of small prizes doing that, and last May, I won the most money I've ever won, which was $576. At the moment, I have not been playing very much, but I'm sure I'll start up again fairly soon. Maybe something good will happen to me someday, maybe it wont.

            All good things come to those who are willing to wait. G5

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

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              Posted: August 20, 2016, 10:14 am - IP Logged

              What's the point of even playing the lottery if you truly feel like you have no shot?  Sure, the odds are against us but so are so many other things in life.  No, the lottery doesn't owe any of us and how long you have played it makes no difference on whether it is "your turn or not."  It's just a fun distraction that gets most of us through the grind with a little hope of something that would not only help us and our immediate family but other people, organizations, etc. that we choose to help.  If life were such a drag and everything has to be so negative then why bother even living it?

              Perfect words.  Thank you Gator.


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                Posted: August 20, 2016, 10:39 am - IP Logged

                You'll never win, the smartest thing to do is to give up and quit playing.

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                  Posted: August 20, 2016, 12:04 pm - IP Logged

                  You'll never win, the smartest thing to do is to give up and quit playing.

                  SpamYou do know your spamming at this point, I would hate to see you go to the Land of no Avatar, your posts are usually funny. You make me laugh long time.Green laugh

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                    SpamYou do know your spamming at this point, I would hate to see you go to the Land of no Avatar, your posts are usually funny. You make me laugh long time.Green laugh

                    I thought spamming was posting dozens of times?  I've posted just once in this thread.

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                      Posted: August 20, 2016, 1:26 pm - IP Logged

                      Type one day I hope Todd does ship you off to the land of no avatar

                        TheMeatman2005's avatar - lightening
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                        Posted: August 20, 2016, 2:10 pm - IP Logged

                        In the past, when I've looked at pictures of someone who recently won a jackpot, I noticed that most of them have a few things in common. 

                        The first is that they're all everyday people, or just an average person.  Secondly, many of them make the same comment, which is "I've played the lottery for years but I rarely ever won anything."

                        That's my story, and I'm willing to bet it's your story too.  If you asked them whether or not they expected to win, IMHO if they were completely honest, they'd probably say "Not really, but I hoped I would." 

                        I play the lottery because I have fun doing it.  For me, it's kind of (for lack of a better word) a hobby. I do my workout, and buy myself a ticket.  I've won my share of small prizes doing that, and last May, I won the most money I've ever won, which was $576. At the moment, I have not been playing very much, but I'm sure I'll start up again fairly soon. Maybe something good will happen to me someday, maybe it wont.

                        All good things come to those who are willing to wait. G5

                        I Agree!

                        Exactly. Nobody "expects" to win, but we always "hope" to win.

                        When that finally happens, if it happens, we will be surprised and delighted.

                        Not a winner = Unhappy Roll Eyes Mad What? Crying No No No Nod Sad Naughty

                        Winner = Smile Big Smile Approve Cool Eek Cheers Hurray!

                        The Meatman

                        “The quickest way to double your money is to fold it in half and put it in your back pocket.” Will Rogers

                        Winning happens in a flash, Like A Bolt Of Lightning!  Patriot

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                          Posted: August 20, 2016, 5:20 pm - IP Logged

                          I thought spamming was posting dozens of times?  I've posted just once in this thread.

                          You're technically correct.  The right word would be "trolling".  I wish you the best of luck in your new life as an anti-gambling crusader.  I hope you had fun at Lottery Post.  Good bye.

                           

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                            Posted: August 20, 2016, 9:47 pm - IP Logged

                            Can we still continue our quest to become the next potblocker?

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                              Posted: August 20, 2016, 9:54 pm - IP Logged

                              Can we still continue our quest to become the next potblocker?

                              My quest continues!

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