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Do you play the Lottery or buy scratch tickets? Do you win much? Or do you just buy a ticket a few times a year when the winnings are really big?<br><br>
What do you think of the Lottery? I remember hearing a comedian say that the Lottery is just a tax on people that can't do math. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> (I sort of agree <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/duck.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Duck">: )<br><br>
Do you know anyone who's won big? For those of you who only buy tickets for those news-making prizes (35 million Powerball or something), wouldn't the fact that 1000x more people are buying those tickets mean that the winnings would be divided into smaller portions?<br><br>
I'm just bored at work. Humor me.
 

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We don't buy lottery tickets. I think they're a huge waste of time and money. My dad has been buying Powerball tickets for years and years and has never won any significant amount of money.<br><br>
My best friend's grandparents did win a St. Jude Dream Home, though. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"> We do buy raffle tickets a lot.
 

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I think that for the most part the lotterly preys on the poor and the uneducated. We do not regularly play the lottery, although we have occasionally (ie once a year or so) bought <i>a</i> ticket when the jackpot is really really high.
 

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I've only bought a scratch off once, because when dh and I were dating he was "sure" I'd win because of beginner's luck. I didn't. I don't buy the kind where you pick the numbers, I don't even know how. When I was working and the office would go in together to buy a bunch of tickets for big jackpots I always threw in some money, though--I'd be DARNED if I was the only person in the whole office who didn't get a cut if they ever won!!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I remember hearing a comedian say that the Lottery is just a tax on people that can't do math. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> (I sort of agree <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/duck.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Duck">: )</div>
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<br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/biglaugh.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="laugh">: I totally agree and often tell my dh that <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"> But he enjoys buying a ticket every week. He only spends a dollar a week so if it makes him happy <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shrug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shrug"><br><br>
My mom buys lottery tickets as some sort of work social thing. I think they only buy big games? They all chip in and buy a whole bunch at once. No one's ever won but they have fun with it.<br><br>
I don't see the problem with buying lottery tickets if you are doing it for fun and if you keep your spending down. I buy one or two a year myself <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/coolshine.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="sunshine">
 

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I have never won on a scratch off ticket. If someone gives me one, I don't scratch it; I give it to my husband. We don't buy them but we've been given them for gifts (TACKY GIFT in my opinion <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">). Occasionally if the lotto goes above 40 or 50 million, we might buy one or two tickets but I think we know we don't have a chance.
 

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I think that sums it up nicely. I've never purchased a lottery ticket in my life.
 

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1) I have to agree that it's a tax on...to put it kindly, unrealistic people<br><br>
2) I don't believe in trying to get something for nothing
 

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my mom and aunt used to play the scratch offs all the time when I was younger.<br><br>
I think that I have maybe bought 10-20 in my adult lifetime<br><br>
Just this weekend I took a $5 bill and bought a few and won $89 <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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It's a tax. It's a VOLUNTARY tax. I don't volunteer for taxes. Never bought one, never will.
 

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I don't play... now I belong to a religion that prohibits gambling, but before I wasn't interested in it anyway. My mom used to play it all the time, and she's involved with some kind of pool at work. I would rather keep my money than pay a bunch for the chance to maybe get a whole lot of money, especially after seeing her buy so many tickets for such a small return, and seeing people buy tickets, win on them, and just put the money into more tickets. But some people really seem to enjoy it... like a hobby for them... I suppose there are more harmful pasttimes.
 

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I've gotten tickets as stocking stuffers a few times. Once in a while I'll join an office pool that buys 50 tickets or something like that -- that's more a fun social thing.<br><br>
But basically, I figure my odds of winning are almost identical whether I buy a ticket or not, so why buy a ticket?
 

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I buy scratch offs regularly, Usually a couple a week.<br><br>
I've won $60 on one before. I know someone at dhs job who won $10,000 on one scratch off. I have won a couple of dollars lots of time.
 

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I know a couple who won....BiG time....the husband was in an office pool. They bought a nice home, car, boat, etc. Started a business (successful)....and then they got divorced. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shrug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shrug"> Both are still very well off though.<br>
I buy a ticket now and then....but the first time was less than a year ago...I had to call SO on the phone and ask how to fill out the ticket<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> (I'm in my 30's, and not a very 'gambely' person)
 

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My last roommate would get a $5 quickpick if the megamillion got really high. He'd come home and say "Gimme $2. We're even partners if we win." It was a comradeship thing. So now and then I buy one if it gets really high. I go home and ask my lover if he wants to gimme a buck before the drawing. It's just silly. If I won some insane prize, like over 10 million... I would split it with a bunch of people. I would create a gambling pool before cashing the ticket.
 

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Before SC had a lottery, we would always buy one ticket when vacationing in states that had a lottery. Now we buy one maybe once or twice a year when the jackpot is over 100 million. Then we spend a hour fantasing about how we would spend the money. I love pondering how I would spend 25+ million dollars (establish a charitible foundation, buy beachfront property and build a dreamhouse, hire a full-time housekeeper, where we would travel first - probabably Kenya, and on and on). It's cheaper than buying a movie ticket and allows the same kind of escapist fantasy!<br><br>
However it blows my mind when I see people we can least afford to buy lots of tickets spending money and seeming to think it is some sort of investment. Yikes!
 

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I buy tickets. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/duck.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Duck">: Not regularly or anything. And yes, I know its a tax, I know the odds are not in my favor (what?!? you mean the odds aren't 50/50? either I win or I lose... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> ) I know all the bad things. I am a prize whore. I admit it. I am a sucker for radio call ins, the stupid incentives they offer at work, raffles...all that. Its a fault, I accept it in myself. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/loveeyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Loveeyes">:<br><br>
And as for winning, I have won a few good things. Mostly from raffles and radio call ins....(a tv, a game system, concert tickets, weekend getaways, portraits, and tons more) but scratch offs and lotto tickets...well lets just say I have won my share of $50 and $20 prizes. I once even won $100. So my guess is I have prolly <i>almost</i> come out even.
 

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1x/week, and I've won enough to pay for the tickets, so I'm not out any.
 
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