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This is to Fish, two things. First, you will probably never get that $20,000 back. You could hit a big prize, but if you chase and buy rolls or lots of $20 tickets, your losses will more then likely accumulate. Buy in moderation as said on here, and set a budget as well. I would suggest $25-$30 a day. Second, always put half of what you win away in a savings. Never spend this money on tickets again. Save it for things you need or want besides scratch tickets. Never get into it to spend on scratch tickets either. Last thing you want to do is fall into debt one day because you don't have basic essential money.

Hopefully you can get some of it back, but don't force it. Play the odds on whatever tickets are best in your state. Targets specific prize amounts you want to win and get the tickets that meet your preference. I would also suggest playing only $5 and $10 tickets. No $20s. If you lose, it won't be huge, if you hit $100 or something, stop for the day. Again, having someone with you can help control your urges.

Also, one last thing, If you are taking a trip to the convience store specifically for tickets, leave the credit card and/or debit card at home, and only bring a little bit of cash (maybe $40 or $50). This will control how much you can spend in a trip and will force you to quit should you have bad luck. Last thing you want is to have to dig into the ATM time and time again. This has tremendously helped me as well. If you are going multiple places, this doesn't apply, but for scratch tickets specific trips, this could be vital to your bankroll.

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    There is this guy in YouTube his name is Donafello he spends an outrageous amount of money in scratch cards and you can see it's not worth it he spends more money than he wins money. He is looking for that ultimate jackpot and hasn't found it. He buys books and nothing.

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      There is this guy in YouTube his name is Donafello he spends an outrageous amount of money in scratch cards and you can see it's not worth it he spends more money than he wins money. He is looking for that ultimate jackpot and hasn't found it. He buys books and nothing.

      I'll have to check him out. I've heard the name before and been recommended his videos once or twice, but haven't watched them. I'll definitely take a look now.

      Actually i just looked and must of subscribed to him a long time ago and just forgot about his channel. Will have to see how he does.

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        I've had more luck and a better/less stressful gambling experience in a casino but that's just me. The first time I went to a casino was with my brother and we went for dinner, spent $20 or so on slots and left. The next couple times I went on my own:

        1st Trip: $180 Up

        2nd Trip: $180 Up

        3rd Trip: $37 Down but I played for a few hours and had a good time

        I felt like smashing a window in this gas station after the clerk had all of my cash, they could see I had a problem running in and out of the store like clockwork but they never said a word. I walked in with $780 in cash, paid my power bill ($170), filled up my gas tank ($22) and left with $50. I still feel mad at myself, how someone who was so tight with money can go and spend hundreds in a few minutes without a care in the world and when my family could of benefited a lot from all of that cash.

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          I'll have to check him out. I've heard the name before and been recommended his videos once or twice, but haven't watched them. I'll definitely take a look now.

          Actually i just looked and must of subscribed to him a long time ago and just forgot about his channel. Will have to see how he does.

          He was in lottery post and got his account got cancelled I don't know why?He stopped posting on his YouTube channel three months ago. Maybe he did struck a jackpot and kept silent, I wonder? Disapprove

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            He was in lottery post and got his account got cancelled I don't know why?He stopped posting on his YouTube channel three months ago. Maybe he did struck a jackpot and kept silent, I wonder? Disapprove

            The guy seems like a legit awesome person. I wonder why he did stop posting on youtube and lottery post? Hope he's okay.

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              I've had more luck and a better/less stressful gambling experience in a casino but that's just me. The first time I went to a casino was with my brother and we went for dinner, spent $20 or so on slots and left. The next couple times I went on my own:

              1st Trip: $180 Up

              2nd Trip: $180 Up

              3rd Trip: $37 Down but I played for a few hours and had a good time

              I felt like smashing a window in this gas station after the clerk had all of my cash, they could see I had a problem running in and out of the store like clockwork but they never said a word. I walked in with $780 in cash, paid my power bill ($170), filled up my gas tank ($22) and left with $50. I still feel mad at myself, how someone who was so tight with money can go and spend hundreds in a few minutes without a care in the world and when my family could of benefited a lot from all of that cash.

              Casinos are by far more skill based than scratchers (unless you poach people who lose on tickets for a living). I have went 14 times to the casino this year and won 12 times. Part of it is good luck, but a lot of it is playing the right games. Seems like going with your brother has kept you under control and been less stressed. Let me ask you this? Does your brother buy scratchers? Also, does he ever go with you to buy them? I would go with him if the experience is night and day without him. It's not only the scratchers (and the fact that you have access to repeatedly buy them over and over, unlike a casino that you probably don't go to every day), it's also the fact that you don't have anyone telling you when it's time to quit and when enough is enough. Go with your brother to buy tickets, and you should start saving money very quickly. Doesn't matter if he buys 1, just the fact that he can keep you in line will make all the difference.

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                Casinos are by far more skill based than scratchers (unless you poach people who lose on tickets for a living). I have went 14 times to the casino this year and won 12 times. Part of it is good luck, but a lot of it is playing the right games. Seems like going with your brother has kept you under control and been less stressed. Let me ask you this? Does your brother buy scratchers? Also, does he ever go with you to buy them? I would go with him if the experience is night and day without him. It's not only the scratchers (and the fact that you have access to repeatedly buy them over and over, unlike a casino that you probably don't go to every day), it's also the fact that you don't have anyone telling you when it's time to quit and when enough is enough. Go with your brother to buy tickets, and you should start saving money very quickly. Doesn't matter if he buys 1, just the fact that he can keep you in line will make all the difference.

                The first casino trip I was with him, the next three times I was alone. He is a college student and when I visited him once, we went to buy some groceries and he mentioned that he used to buy tickets from the machine but always lost in the end. Unlike me, he can buy 1 $25 ticket and walk away if it's a dud. He no longer plays at all because he needs that money for school expenses and will be very mad if he sees me waste my money on more tickets. He told me if I have an urge to play to just go treat myself to a nice lunch or dinner instead of wasting it on a $25 ticket.

                How many times a year is a healthy amount to visit a casino? How long do you stay there for? My longest stay was from 11 PM until 6 AM. Confused

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                  The first casino trip I was with him, the next three times I was alone. He is a college student and when I visited him once, we went to buy some groceries and he mentioned that he used to buy tickets from the machine but always lost in the end. Unlike me, he can buy 1 $25 ticket and walk away if it's a dud. He no longer plays at all because he needs that money for school expenses and will be very mad if he sees me waste my money on more tickets. He told me if I have an urge to play to just go treat myself to a nice lunch or dinner instead of wasting it on a $25 ticket.

                  How many times a year is a healthy amount to visit a casino? How long do you stay there for? My longest stay was from 11 PM until 6 AM. Confused

                  If I play in a big poker tourney, I can be at a casino all day. I think the longest I was there was Noon til 10 PM when I got 3rd in a 100 player tourney. That lasted a long time because of rebuys. I visit the casino once or twice a month. Usually closer to once. It bothers me for awhile if I lose, but you just have to calm down and keep a budget, whether it's scratch tickets or the casino. The best strategy for you might be to buy some tickets and go home, that way you don't have access to more right away. 

                  When I started playing poker in 2008, I got my bankroll from $0 and a freeroll win, to $100 in a couple weeks. After that, I entered a $50 tourney that had a $5,000 guaranteed prize pool that didn't quite fill. I won the tourney, and $2700. However, with access to poker tourneys and games every second as a 21 year old looking to turn it into a ton of cash like the pros, I played $500 heads up matchups vs top players and got destroyed. Lost $2500 in an hour. Withdrew $200 and punched 3 holes in my wall. Literally changed the way I thought about gambling. It still took an additional 2 years just to get my spending habits under control. I needed people around me so I wouldn't bet wildly and do crazy things. I still do to an extent today. Trust me, the urge to spend on tickets won't ever go away for you. You just to figure out ways to control it. Once you do, follow that script and you'll be on the right path. I don't know if I could honestly go to Vegas by myself, I may lose thousands. Unfortunately, we are compulsive gamblers and hopefully we can help each other.

                  Find something you like to spend your money on and put half your winnings toward that. That's what I do. I mean scratch ticket winnings, casino winnings, everything. You'll get something out of it guaranteed that way, and minimize the losses. If you win, you also get what you want and need this way as well.

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                    The day I lost $37 at the casino I met a gambler who sat next to me and whenever he won, he'd cashout and slowly insert one $20 at a time like some sort of strategy and it worked. He left with like $300 and started with $120. I think we should educate ourselves a lot before stepping foot in a casino because a lot of games in there have a high house edge. The scratchers are even worse, but I am not in debt. The money I lost was from my savings which still sucks and hopefully you are not in debt as well. Colorado and Texas have a $50 card.

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                      The day I lost $37 at the casino I met a gambler who sat next to me and whenever he won, he'd cashout and slowly insert one $20 at a time like some sort of strategy and it worked. He left with like $300 and started with $120. I think we should educate ourselves a lot before stepping foot in a casino because a lot of games in there have a high house edge. The scratchers are even worse, but I am not in debt. The money I lost was from my savings which still sucks and hopefully you are not in debt as well. Colorado and Texas have a $50 card.

                      I live in Colorado and the $50 tickets are absolutely horrible. Never bought one, never will. It's filled with $50 and $100 prizes, but the $200 and up are worse odds than the $20 ones. Most casino games do have a high house edge, but that's how they make money. That's why I play Blackjack and Poker. Also there's no real startegy to slots, they are completely random. A microchip shuffles through thousands of possible combinations per seconds, and when you pull the lever or hit bet, it'll stop on a combo and that's what you get. You can get 10 jackpots in a row potentially. Glad you aren't in debt. Just be careful and use my advice and not spend too much.

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                        I live in Colorado and the $50 tickets are absolutely horrible. Never bought one, never will. It's filled with $50 and $100 prizes, but the $200 and up are worse odds than the $20 ones. Most casino games do have a high house edge, but that's how they make money. That's why I play Blackjack and Poker. Also there's no real startegy to slots, they are completely random. A microchip shuffles through thousands of possible combinations per seconds, and when you pull the lever or hit bet, it'll stop on a combo and that's what you get. You can get 10 jackpots in a row potentially. Glad you aren't in debt. Just be careful and use my advice and not spend too much.

                        If you can't make money with $100 in a casino then you should leave, agree? That's what the security guy told me when I asked him about what he spends. I am staying away from slots, do you like Roulette or any other table games?

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                          If you can't make money with $100 in a casino then you should leave, agree? That's what the security guy told me when I asked him about what he spends. I am staying away from slots, do you like Roulette or any other table games?

                          I like to have $150. $100 is the amount for an average person, but a string of bad luck could cause you to lose it quickly. I'd bring $150 and make it your limit. Roulette isn't my favorite game, unfortunately it's designed so perfectly the the house has an edge over any strategy you can use. I've tried lots of different bet combos, picking 4 or 5 numbers next to each other on the wheel and trying to hit a 35 to 1 shot along with a row, and some other obscure stuff. You can make money in the short term on roulette, the best advice I can give you is to use a European wheel with one 0 on it and no 00. That cuts the house advantage in half. Craps and Baccarat are good games, I don't really play Craps much and I avoid Baccarat, but they can make you money. What I suggest is video poker. You have lots of control over the game, and like Blackjack and regular Poker, there's an optimal strategy for every hand and situation. So you can make a lot of money. There's definitely some other table games like Pai Gow Poker, and Caribbean Stud (I think it's called) but I'd stay away from those. See what games you can be good at and gl at whatever you do!

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                            Some people have an addictive personality, some people just get hooked on the 

                            excitement of really believing that big winner is coming. Ask yourself why you need

                            to continue gambling. Find the root cause and address it.

                             

                            I've been there, although not nearly to the dollar amount you have... but I've done it.

                            I've already stood in a store for over an hour scratching ticket by ticket out of a pack.

                            I've already bought several tickets, lost, went right back to the store, went home and

                            lost, then went back a third time to wind up staying there to finish the pack.

                             

                            I still to this day haven't fully quit, but I can go days without playing and be just fine.

                            Most of the time, I have the disposable money to play without really worrying. But I

                            will get to the point to where I can say to myself "I really would rather spend this money

                            on something else".

                             

                            My advice is to stay with the casino's. You seem to enjoy it a lot more and end up

                            spending a lot less. Seems like win win to me.

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                              He was in lottery post and got his account got cancelled I don't know why?He stopped posting on his YouTube channel three months ago. Maybe he did struck a jackpot and kept silent, I wonder? Disapprove

                              His account was cancelled because he was attempting to sell books of tickets to people on here based on the assumption that there might be 1 major jackpot ticket in these books. and some people looked  like they were going to buy them at an inflated price.  I'm pretty sure that's what got him kicked off of here

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