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Lotto - Winnings

Anybody here play lotto or the like?

More importantly has anybody ever one a great deal of money?

The most i have won is $1104 on a game called Powerball.Apart from that nothing :frowning:

15 million came to our town about a year ago.The newsagent i go to sold the ticket so my heart was beating pretty fast thinking i could be set for life because i had a ticket in that draw and i live in a small town.Checked my ticket and won $11 .I was a tad bummed

The person who won it was a mother of 4 who only got a ticket because her freinds said she should buy a ticket in the 15 million $ jackpot.She had never bought a ticket in her life. Low and behold she won.

Lottery tickets paid for my college tuition.

Thank you HOPE scholarship

I know a guy who won over 50 million a few years ago. First time he bought a ticket because his work buddies urged him to buy one.

It’s fine to do every now and then, but it’s a huge waste of money to do it on a regular basis - much better chance of gambling with something like Poker where you at least have reasonable odds of winning.

[quote]RSGZ wrote:
It’s fine to do every now and then, but it’s a huge waste of money to do it on a regular basis - much better chance of gambling with something like Poker where you at least have reasonable odds of winning.[/quote]

Word. I know a guy that spends at least a hundred a month on those things.

scratch tickets once in a while

I played a few times. I once won another ticket. Another time I won 5 bucks. With my winnings I bought a tall boy, and went to the Wienerschnitzel and bought an “Angels dog” they were those fully loaded hot dogs that Weinerschnitzel was promoting when the Angels won the World Series.

I fucking LOVED those fucking hot dogs. They were of EPIC tastiness.

[quote]skaz05 wrote:
I played a few times. I once won another ticket. Another time I won 5 bucks. With my winnings I bought a tall boy, and went to the Wienerschnitzel and bought an “Angels dog” they were those fully loaded hot dogs that Weinerschnitzel was promoting when the Angels won the World Series.

I fucking LOVED those fucking hot dogs. They were of EPIC tastiness.[/quote]

So it was all worth it?

would never buy a lotto ticket just because so many poor people piss their money away on those fucking things, i’d feel like I was enabling them

I think it’s somewhat of an evil concept, the idea that you can get a shit ton of money for doing nothing… if you are playing games of skill like poker that is one thing, but mindless shits like slot machines and lotto tickets are just wrong

[quote]belligerent wrote:
I think it’s somewhat of an evil concept, the idea that you can get a shit ton of money for doing nothing… if you are playing games of skill like poker that is one thing, but mindless shits like slot machines and lotto tickets are just wrong[/quote]

I don’t buy tickets either, but I bet you wouldn’t be shit talking them if you randomly bought one and won the jackpot.
Hell, here in Toronto I think it’s going up to $33 million this weekend.
I might grab one just for the hell of it.

But I do agree it’s sad that some people waste tons and tons of money on tickets. Usually it’s those most desperate for money too.

I buy a ticket every now and then - if the mood takes me and I have a spare pound in my pocket. Usually about once every two or three months.

Most I’ve ever won was about £45 although a friend was in a syndicate with 3 other people and a few years ago they won £9 million or there about between them.

[quote]Renton wrote:
I buy a ticket every now and then - if the mood takes me and I have a spare pound in my pocket. Usually about once every two or three months.

Most I’ve ever won was about £45 although a friend was in a syndicate with 3 other people and a few years ago they won £9 million or there about between them.[/quote]

Is she the one who has a Carrera GT and won’t let you drive it?

My sister has won $15k.

I used to work in a bank as a teller, and would get quite a few cheques from people winning, however they were basically all $30 and less, with the average being about $12. The biggest one I saw was about $4000.

I worked with an older lady (60+ or so) who always said I was gambling when I was trading on the stock market, although you can control how much you loss most of the time. Funny how she brought about 3 lotto tickets/week which she had been doing for decades and had no decent wins. The sad thing is that she 100% believed she would win eventually and be able to retire rich.

I read somewhere, that about 20-30% of people expect they will win the lotto at some point and it will solve their problems. I’m all for dreaming and shit, but at least be realistic.

[quote]hardgnr wrote:
I read somewhere, that about 20-30% of people expect they will win the lotto at some point and it will solve their problems. I’m all for dreaming and shit, but at least be realistic.[/quote]

That’s why the lottery works so well.

How many well-off or wealthy people do you see playing it? None, because they recognise that money doesn’t come that easy - if it was a good way to make money everyone would be doing it, and getting rich.

Your odds are about 1 in 14 million for the UK lottery, I believe.

I don’t play often but I did by a scratch off on a whim and won $100 once.

[quote]Iron Dwarf wrote:
I know a guy who won over 50 million a few years ago. First time he bought a ticket because his work buddies urged him to buy one.

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Do you know how he is doing now? I’ve heard alot of people who win the lotto end up burning it really fast. Kinda sad in a way.

I never buy them because you can only use cash to buy them and I never carry cash.

Haha the result of being robbed/mugged too many times.

[quote]RSGZ wrote:
Renton wrote:
I buy a ticket every now and then - if the mood takes me and I have a spare pound in my pocket. Usually about once every two or three months.

Most I’ve ever won was about £45 although a friend was in a syndicate with 3 other people and a few years ago they won £9 million or there about between them.

Is she the one who has a Carrera GT and won’t let you drive it?[/quote]

That’s the one. GRRRRRRRRR!

[quote]skaz05 wrote:
I played a few times. I once won another ticket. Another time I won 5 bucks. With my winnings I bought a tall boy, and went to the Wienerschnitzel and bought an “Angels dog” they were those fully loaded hot dogs that Weinerschnitzel was promoting when the Angels won the World Series.

I fucking LOVED those fucking hot dogs. They were of EPIC tastiness.[/quote]

Fucking hilarious skaz.