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Do you play the lottery? What is the most you've won?


By TractorDoc

1 year ago



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    #51 1 year ago

    This isn't the lottery, but I hit these two almost back to back when I used to travel to Atlantic City on a regular basis. I'm normally a craps player, but would play video poker when I wasn't at the craps table.

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    #52 1 year ago

    It's always best to only spend in regards to expendable dollars. My wife & I work for the local school district, so we live by our means. We are very fortunate to have all the necessary benefits & an incredible retirement plan. Every week I play $25 in numbers & she spends $50 every week on lottery tickets. We save all the winning tickets until the end of the month & the winning monies go towards next months expenditure. I have done the math for several years & we have approximately won .35 cents for every dollar spent. Not a very good return, but the possibility of hitting the jackpot is reason people play. That dollar spent is a rush w/ an expectation of a (fleeting) dream. My analogy of the lottery is this ~ The average Walmart store is approximately 100,000 sq. ft. > Put a dollar on that one & only winning sq. foot & you win!!! Most likely it's not happening, as this puts the astronomical odds into perspective.

    #53 1 year ago
    Quoted from Ockeyhead:

    It's always best to only spend in regards to expendable dollars. My wife & I work for the local school district, so we live by our means. We are very fortunate to have all the necessary benefits & an incredible retirement plan. Every week I play $25 in numbers & she spends $50 every week on lottery tickets. We save all the winning tickets until the end of the month & the winning monies go towards next months expenditure. I have done the math for several years & we have approximately won .35 cents for every dollar spent. Not a very good return, but the possibility of hitting the jackpot is reason people play. That dollar spent is a rush w/ an expectation of a (fleeting) dream. My analogy of the lottery is this ~ The average Walmart store is approximately 100,000 sq. ft. > Put a dollar on that one & only winning sq. foot & you win!!! Most likely it's not happening, as this puts the astronomical odds into perspective.

    So a car payment each month towards lotto? It's your money, so spend it as you wish, but damn!

    #54 1 year ago

    Scratch offs.....I'm building my retirement with $5 winnings per $20 ticket at a time. : )

    #55 1 year ago

    $2. The key is not to buy another lottery ticket with the winnings. Buy an ice cold Coke and quit while you're ahead ...

    #56 1 year ago

    I spend $2 to $5 on lotto each week and most of that is a set of numbers we have been playing forever. When you get into "a few hundred a month or more", that's a nice vacation every year, a new car payment, a home paid off early, or a decent augmentation to any retirement plan. For those of you who spend that kind of money each month on lotto, how do you justify that? Again, do as you wish with your money. I'm just curious.

    #57 1 year ago

    I tossed $2 into the lotto pool at work today. My first thought was what machines I'd buy with the money. TSPP would be #1. Then I'd probably put an order in for an Iron Maiden. That would kinda max out the room in my house. So I'd start shopping for a house after that... one with a giant walk out basement.

    #58 1 year ago
    Quoted from Ockeyhead:

    My wife & I work for the local school district, so we live by our means. We are very fortunate to have all the necessary benefits & an incredible retirement plan. Every week I play $25 in numbers & she spends $50 every week on lottery tickets.

    I trust it that you're not math teachers?

    Boom. I'm here all week. Try the veal.

    #59 1 year ago

    $1k.

    Just got tickets for the jackpot. If I win the whole thing I’m buying everyone who posts in here an IMDN.

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    #60 1 year ago
    Quoted from MinusWorlds:

    Just got tickets for the jackpot. If I win the whole thing I’m buying everyone who posts in here an IMDN.

    Awful nice of you!

    There are a lot bigger priorities, but if fate ever found a way to send gobs of money my way I'd have a go at building a few pinball machines of theme's I want.

    Winning can be a curse too -- how many times have you heard the stories of people that won big only to be bankrupt a few years later. I would like to think I am more sensible than that, but money makes people do stupid things.

    #61 1 year ago

    I'm just here for the IMDN

    #62 1 year ago

    The key words are expendable dollars. My wife & I don't have any debt & we have contributed 20% of our income to retirement for many years. A few hundred dollars a month is dispensable for us. We live by our means & are never compulsive when it comes to any lottery purchase. We stick within our perimeters for we have more than enough.

    #63 1 year ago

    My Brother almost hit Lotto Max a couple of years ago. You need to match 7 numbers to win. He got 6 out of 7 and missed the 7th number by one digit. He had a 22 for the 7 th number and it was a 23.
    He would have won $50 freaking million but because he missed that one number, he won just over $4 grand.
    QSS

    #64 1 year ago

    Yeah I play, have to be in it to win it.

    #65 1 year ago
    Quoted from Ockeyhead:

    The key words are expendable dollars. My wife & I don't have any debt & we have contributed 20% of our income to retirement for many years. A few hundred dollars a month is dispensable for us. We live by our means & are never compulsive when it comes to any lottery purchase. We stick within our perimeters for we have more than enough.

    It's cool. You enjoy it and sounds like you have everything well sorted out. I always end up with a decent amount of scratch offs in my Christmas stocking. Between that and my regular lotto numbers, I mostly lose and don't find it terribly satisfying. It's just hard for me to imagine allocating hundreds of dollars a month towards it vs. those other things I mentioned. To each their own though. Good luck!

    #66 1 year ago

    We won $2 last night on a $2 ticket, woot woot.

    #67 1 year ago
    Quoted from Pinballlew:

    Yeah I play, have to be in it to win it.

    I hear these are great numbers:

    Quote from beelzeboob :
    The numbers are: 6-21-3-11-25-15 and the powerball number is 21 (see if you can break the complicated code there...)

    I tried it but it didn’t fit or win

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    #68 1 year ago
    Quoted from MinusWorlds:

    If I win the whole thing I’m buying everyone who posts in here an IMDN.

    You didn't drive over to Jersey to buy the ticket did you? Heard the winning number was sold there.

    #69 1 year ago
    Quoted from TractorDoc:

    You didn't drive over to Jersey to buy the ticket did you? Heard the winning number was sold there.

    No

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    #70 1 year ago
    Quoted from mcluvin:

    So a car payment each month towards lotto? It's your money, so spend it as you wish, but damn!

    $325 a month doesn't buy much of a new car. Plus insurance, fuel, maintenance....

    Besides, how much a year do some here spend on pinball machines? Basically I say "Don't tell me how to spend my money".

    #71 1 year ago
    Quoted from MrBally:

    $325 a month doesn't buy much of a new car. Plus insurance, fuel, maintenance....
    Besides, how much a year do some here spend on pinball machines? Basically I say "Don't tell me how to spend my money".

    And I didn't tell him how to spend his money. Just in terms of satisfaction for money spent, I don't get it at all. I think most of us buy lottery tickets knowing we're probably going to lose. A couple bucks a week? So what. I'll pay that price for a chance to dream a bit. A few hundred per month every freaking month?

    As for pinball machines, mine are all worth more than I paid for them. Can't say that about most hobbies.

    You are right. You don't get much car for $325 per month unless you lease. If you are throwing it away anyway, why not? Hell, my daughter's payment on a new Turbo Civic is only ~$350 per month and she'll own it in 5 years. Those are surprisingly nice little cars.

    #72 1 year ago
    Quoted from mcluvin:

    And I didn't tell him how to spend his money. Just in terms of satisfaction for money spent, I don't get it at all. I think most of us buy lottery tickets knowing we're probably going to lose. A couple bucks a week? So what. I'll pay that price for a chance to dream a bit. A few hundred per month every freaking month?
    As for pinball machines, mine are all worth more than I paid for them. Can't say that about most hobbies.
    You are right. You don't get much car for $325 per month unless you lease. If you are throwing it away anyway, why not? Hell, my daughter's payment on a new Turbo Civic is only ~$350 per month and she'll own it in 5 years. Those are surprisingly nice little cars.

    I guess it was the "but damn" statement that stuck out. Everyone has their way of having fun. Everyone has different levels of savings, income, income streams (some have defined benefit pensions for life) and choose to spend how they want. The retired teachers probably have a car or two and don't need a third one so they play the lottery with the excess fun money.

    Maybe they have funded pinball machines, vacations and don't have other hobbies that require what they play.

    Good for them and I hope they are happy. You too, by the way.

    #73 1 year ago
    Quoted from MrBally:

    I guess it was the "but damn" statement that stuck out.

    Oh, I still feel that way. I'm simply expressing an honest opinion. I just can't fathom how that is satisfying. If I drop a hundred bucks on slots in Vegas, it usually takes a few hours and they at least get me drunk. Hell, sometimes I meet some really interesting folks.

    #74 1 year ago

    Most I've won from the lottery was $40 on one scratch off ticket. Actually won $10 x 4 on the same ticket.

    Dad plays the lottery almost every week. And whenever he comes to visit me here in Indy, he always buys a ticket because Indiana is the winningest state for Powerball.

    #75 1 year ago
    Quoted from woody24:

    Dad plays the lottery almost every week. And whenever he comes to visit me here in Indy, he always buys a ticket because Indiana is the winningest state for Powerball.

    Is it also the buyingest state in Powerball?

    #76 1 year ago
    Quoted from fosaisu:

    Is it also the buyingest state in Powerball?

    Don't know that stat. Can't imagine it'd be more than Illinois with Chicago, or New York/New Jersey.

    EDIT*

    Most likely is due to Indiana being one of the first to play Powerball. So, longer time playing = more winners.
    http://time.com/money/4912174/states-most-powerball-winners/

    #77 1 year ago

    My cousin’s gma won 7m. She died shortly after and they all fought over it. People lost a lot of money fighting, and one person got it. Good times
    I Play Occasionally.

    #78 1 year ago
    Quoted from presqueisle:

    People lost a lot of money fighting, and one person got it.

    Usually the lawyer(s) walk away winners in those situations.
    Sorry you had to experience it so close.

    #79 1 year ago

    This evening we won a $1000 on a $10 scratch off!!! Thanks so much MrBally for the above mentioned statements. Always remember ~ One could give a $100 to a 100 people in a room & their is always that one that will criticize or complain. CBT ~ That's what it sounds like to me > Charlie Brown's Teacher - Wa-Wah-Wah-Wa-Wah....

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    #80 1 year ago
    Quoted from Ockeyhead:

    This evening we won a $1000 on a $10 scratch off!!! Thanks so much MrBally for the above mentioned statements. Always remember ~ One could give a $100 to a 100 people in a room & their is always that one that will criticize or complain. CBT ~ That's what it sounds like to me > Charlie Brown's Teacher - Wa-Wah-Wah-Wa-Wah....

    Damn! Nice. Bet your heart was thumping when you saw the 1st Question Mark. Then probably even harding during the second one.

    I always wanted to try the $20 tickets. But just can't make myself do it. $5 has been my limit for scratch offs.

    I overheard a clerk say once that ticket # such-and-such was always a winner for all the scratch off games. Wish I would have written it down.

    #81 1 year ago

    I was sitting next to my wife when she was scratching this ticket, as she scratched off the bonus area first there was $200. After she uncovered the $600 total I said to her that this is a $1000 dollar winner. At this time we are saving for WOZ & we agreed to put half the winnings towards that machine. We have won $500 several x's, $100 many-many x's, but never $1000.

    #82 1 year ago
    Quoted from Ockeyhead:

    This evening we won a $1000 on a $10 scratch off!!!

    Nice! That will help the WOZ fund.

    #83 1 year ago
    Quoted from Ockeyhead:

    This evening we won a $1000 on a $10 scratch off!!! Thanks so much MrBally for the above mentioned statements. Always remember ~ One could give a $100 to a 100 people in a room & their is always that one that will criticize or complain. CBT ~ That's what it sounds like to me > Charlie Brown's Teacher - Wa-Wah-Wah-Wa-Wah....

    Hey man, knock yourself out. It just strikes me as very unusual I guess. The average American spends $200 to $300 per year on lottery tickets. You are way beyond average. A $1K winner sounds great but put it in some perspective. You need to do that 3 more times in a year just to roughly break even. That doesn't sound so great to me.

    #84 1 year ago

    Gee, I might have to start a Go-Fund-Me page just to support my lottery addiction. Key words/gibberish > Expendable Income & Wa-Wah-Wah-Wa-Wah....

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