Lottery anyone?

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by agkm800, Jul 6, 2009.

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How often do you play lottery?

Poll closed Jul 16, 2009.
  1. Regularly or Often

    5 vote(s)
    11.9%
  2. Occassionally or Whenever there is a 'buzz'

    6 vote(s)
    14.3%
  3. Rarely

    6 vote(s)
    14.3%
  4. Naver or Almost never

    25 vote(s)
    59.5%
  1. agkm800 macrumors 6502a

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  2. edesignuk Moderator emeritus

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    #2
    "The lottery is a tax on people that are bad a maths" :p

    ...unless you win it.
     
  3. Dagless macrumors Core

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    #3
    Only whenever the Euro Lottery has heaps of money. But in the 10+ years of the National Lottery I've only ever bought 3 tickets. My pops was in a syndicate at work that paid for itself a few times over, but that's it.
     
  4. BoyBach macrumors 68040

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    #4
    "The lottery is a tax on stupid people!", as I tell my brother. :p

    (Hopefully, if he ever wins, he'll overlook my childish and hurtful comments on the topic.)
     
  5. MacDawg macrumors P6

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  6. toolbox macrumors 68020

    toolbox

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    #6
    Never - When i did it was when someone bought me a ticket or a scratch and then i won only 5 dollars. I entered in for 90 million jack put here in australia highest ever. meh not one number
     
  7. xUKHCx Administrator emeritus

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    #7
    I figure I waste more money on crap then the small amount I put on the lottery.
     
  8. sammich macrumors 601

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    #9
    Buying a share in a company that just floated with no hope of a dividend.

    No thank you.
     
  9. heehee macrumors 68020

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    #10
    I buy when coworkers pool in for a ticket, I rarely buy my own ticket.
     
  10. eawmp1 macrumors 601

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    #11
    Actually, the lottery is a tax on those bad at statistics. You can be intelligent and actually think you have a significant chance at winning.
     
  11. Unspoken Demise macrumors 68040

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    #12
    I'll buy scratch off cards every now and again, but nothing ever over 5$. I like the risk/ chance of return. :)
     
  12. heehee macrumors 68020

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    #13
    I'm like that with stocks too, high risk, high reward. :D
     
  13. Unspoken Demise macrumors 68040

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    I have always wanted to get into the stock market, but I feel as though I'm out of my league, but I like the idea of investing my money/ taking a risk. I wouldn't even know where to start. :eek:
     
  14. GeekGirl* macrumors 65816

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    #15
    I play the same 6 numbers on every draw, buy a ticket every 6 months for 104 draws.
    Won 15K last year spend 208.00 a year on tickets:)
     
  15. adk macrumors 68000

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    #16
    When the jackpot is at $200 million I buy one. I don't expect to win, but it's worth a dollar to me to sit there all day and think of what I'd do with the money.
     
  16. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6

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  17. zioxide macrumors 603

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    #18
    You're three times more likely to die in a car accident on the way to buy a lottery ticket than you are to win the lottery.
     
  18. LizKat macrumors 68030

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    #19
    Never, nowadays. In NYC I used to buy a quick-pick once in a while but it was a drag remembering to check if I had won (and I hadn't won, ever). One of my brothers won a couple times in the same year, both times over a thousand dollars. He quit buying them then, afraid that he's start thinking of winning as the normal outcome. Smart decision, I say.
     
  19. cycocelica macrumors 68000

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    #20
    Actually bought my first lottery ticket last Friday. It's at $113 million and my friend was buying one so I thought why not.

    I might buy one again, I like the risk factor.
     
  20. BoyBach macrumors 68040

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    #21

    But calling my brother "bad at statistics" isn't as enjoyable as calling him stupid! :D
     
  21. it5five macrumors 65816

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    #22
    I've only ever bought one lottery ticket. Since I don't drink or smoke, I never run into situations where people would need to ask me for identification. I just wanted to see what it was like, so I decided to buy a lotto ticket (have to be 21 in Arizona).

    I look like a 15 year old with a beard, but the guy didn't even ask to see my ID.
     
  22. Abstract macrumors Penryn

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    #23
    I know I have a 1 in 14,000,000 chance of winning the national lottery where I am, but when the pot is high, I buy a few lines. :)

    I figure if I buy 4 lines, my chances of winning decrease to 1 in 3,500,000!! Not bad, am I right? :p
     
  23. Sun Baked macrumors G5

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    #24
    I always like the lottery math, damn 1 in 3.5 million sounds better than 4 in 14 million -- even though the latter is the real one.

    Grab a number not dependent on birthdays (since that limits you to 30 numbers out of the 40-60) and play a couple/few bucks every time. If you play birthdays and numbers under 30, the chances of multi-winner increase also. And no sense in sharing.

    Couple/few bucks with a set of your lucky numbers and one with the quick pick generally max out you chances of winning as does playing every draw.

    Throwing 20-100 at a giant pot really doesn't increase your chances much in the super lottos.

    20 in 250 million isn't much better than 2 in 250 million though spreading the 20 dollars out over 10-20 draws at least gives you more time to attempt to chase the rabbit down to hack off a bloody foot to rub.
     
  24. CorvusCamenarum macrumors 65816

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    #25
    Only when I'm passing through Georgia, so once or twice a year. At the very least it helps put someone through college.
     

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