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If you could would you mail order scratchers from other states?

Yes [ 5 ]  [62.50%]
No [ 1 ]  [12.50%]
Maybe, depending on the Prizes and Odds [ 2 ]  [25.00%]
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Marquette, MI
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Posted: November 15, 2016, 3:26 pm - IP Logged

I went to the biggest state websites and saw some tickets I would buy if I could mail order them.

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    Skippack, PA
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    Posted: November 16, 2016, 12:03 am - IP Logged

    I'm sure I'll get a lot of grief for posting this, but since ScratchSmarter tracks every scratch off game in every state (where we can) we have a huge database of information.  We started to generate some reports for ourselves, just out of curiosity, a few years ago on which states were the BEST STATES to buy scratch off games from (unfortunately, IL and NE don't rank because of their poor data publishing standards on their websites, and FL is suspect in this list because it only posts the prizes remaining on the very top prize point for each game.)

    However, based on the publishing standards across all of the other state lotteries, the consistency of their data, the games they leave out for sale when top prizes are remaining, and the games they pull when top prizes are all gone, we can generate a list of where states rank based on fairness to the consumers and where you have the best chances of winning top prizes for you $$ spent.

    (I know this isn't exactly what this thread poll is about, but we thought you might find it interesting)

    This weeks rankings for scratch off games, from best state to worst are:

    stateScratchSmarter Score
    VT1673.0952
    WI1658.1359
    FL1606.125
    WV1551.5968
    CO1518.069
    NM1357.525
    RI1350.8696
    MN1275.8158
    NJ1274.6554
    OR1245.7544
    WA1244.3462
    ME1240.2083
    DC1240.1842
    VA1239.4824
    TX1238.6892
    MI1225.5882
    IA1216.9608
    OK1208.8421
    SC1204.7632
    KS1145.6757
    MD1141.6341
    MA1138.9
    AR1136.5306
    AZ1134.7297
    CT1134.1325
    GA1132.1963
    DE1121.7647
    IN1117.7308
    NY1106.7857
    NC1089.8167
    MO1064.1125
    KY952.3415
    LA929.7429
    CA927
    NH897.9487
    PA877.8065
    OH834.875
    TN491.1625
    ID197.2143

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      Posted: November 16, 2016, 8:29 am - IP Logged

      I figured NC would be low on the list.  Probably the only state where you can by a 20 buck ticket and scratch a 20x win and think you won big only to scratch under it and see 1.00.   That has happened to me twice.

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        Colorado Springs, Colorado
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        Posted: November 17, 2016, 8:13 am - IP Logged

        Colorado does the same thing and it's 5th on the list. Really does stink. You win 5 times on a 5 dollar ticket, and they are 1 dollar winners. Never scratched tickets anywhere else, so I'd probably buy them from somewhere else if they have better odds.

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          Skippack, PA
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          Posted: November 17, 2016, 11:07 am - IP Logged

          Colorado does the same thing and it's 5th on the list. Really does stink. You win 5 times on a 5 dollar ticket, and they are 1 dollar winners. Never scratched tickets anywhere else, so I'd probably buy them from somewhere else if they have better odds.

          Colorado ranks high on our list because, in general, they dont' rip off players like other states.  They appear to pull games when no top prizes remain, unlike other states that will continue to sell tickets when all top prizes have been won.   Personally, I haven't played there, but the data for CO is consistently published on line and they appear to be pretty transparent for game analysis.

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