So..... I never add the EZ Match option, but I won $3.00 with it yesterday.
When I bought my tickets yesterday, something went wrong when the clerk ran one of my play slips through the machine. For whatever reason, the machine didn't like my playslip. She fumbled around with the terminal trying to get the ticket to print, but was having little to no success. So she asked me to come around the counter to look at the screen she was working with. Around the counter I go. I've no idea what that screen was trying to tell her, and she was asking me if I wanted #24, (which I did) and finally the machine spit out a ticket. I didn't notice until she gave me my tickets that one of them had ezmatch printed on it. How in the world she managed to add the ezMatch option I'll never know, but it was clear to me she had no clue what she was doing trying to get a ticket to come out of the machine after it balked at my playslip.
I've read about clerks making mistakes and printing out tickets that the customer refused to buy, and the clerk bought it and won big money with it! I'm thinking to myself "Never refuse the ticket when the clerk makes a mistake".... That's an unofficial rule or something that I've seen here in many posts, so I said nothing to her, paid for my tickets and left the store.
Lucky me. But probably not. Yesterday I bought 30 bucks of FF5, which is a whopping big bet for me. I had a $9.00 winner last Saturday and 9 Free Tickets that I had been saving from past drawings. So I figured I'd "go big". I put a dollar with my $9.00 winning ticket, and laid down another twenty dollar bill. So I had a total of 39 lines in for last nights FF5 draw.
When picking my numbers yesterday, I knew #28 had come out the night before, and I played it, but not on very many lines. Instead I was sure #27 or #29 was going to come out. Therefore I hammered them on most of my lines..... Good thing I won that 3 bucks with that stupid EZmatch ticket.
BTW, I've decided that I'm going to adjust my playing strategy a little. I usually buy only player picks, but since I've gone to playing only on Saturdays, if I buy 20 bucks or more, I'm gonna spend 10 dollars of it on Quick Picks. I'm thinking why not try my luck with them for a while, but I'll still buy mostly player picks.
Also, how weird is this: Two winners of $95,000 Friday night. BOTH WITH FREE TICKETS!! G5