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June 20th, 2019 at 3:55:42 PM permalink
I went into the convenience store today and behind the glass at the register was the usual assortment of scratch off tickets. $1, $5, etc. I had to take a pause though because there was a scratch off for $50.

What kind of crazy, desperate, lost soul would even consider buying such a thing?

Are people like that just problem gamblers who are trying to buy thier way out of poverty, or is the state reprehensible for even offering it?
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June 20th, 2019 at 4:52:04 PM permalink
I see what you're saying. I personally don't care for state sponsored gambling and am one of the few people who voted against the California lottery back in the 80s.

Still, to be fair, such a ticket might be bought for an office lottery pool, or given as a gift to a lottery playing friend, or used as a party door prize, or offered as a white elephant present during the holidays etc.
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June 20th, 2019 at 5:26:54 PM permalink
I have purchased them before (in Texas, and not a lot) when the remaining top prizes compared to the total outstanding tickets offered tempting odds.
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June 20th, 2019 at 5:30:36 PM permalink
FWIW, In the Florida scratchoffs, dollar tickets are approx 1 in 4.5 wins, 2 dollar around 1 in 4, 5 dollar around 1 in 3.75, 10 dollar about 1 in 3.25, etc. I've only seen up to 30, which are about 1 in 2.75 wins. But I guess I would expect a 50 to continue that relatively better value.

So if you're semi-value playing (not that theres value in scratchoffs, at least here), you're better off saving your money up and buying a single ticket less often, IMO.
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June 20th, 2019 at 5:44:31 PM permalink
Those scratch-offs are insane. They make nice office gifts, or any other low-value gift for fun. But the people who buy them regular are nuts. One guy in my pod hit for $100 once, and dropped it all on more tickets.

FWIW I think it is like a $100 slot. Good for publicity, and maybe gets some action here or there. Little marginal cost to have it available.
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June 20th, 2019 at 6:37:38 PM permalink
I think they are bad because they are like slot machines, too many small wins, making buying them meaningless if you win. I will always scold people I know for buying them because I don't think the scratchers are secure with regards to where big wins are distributed based on the Wired article. Pure exploitation, lottery agencies are some of the most corrupt government agencies that exist. They always advertise rules and regulations, but nobody even knows what they are, and you must abide by them.
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June 20th, 2019 at 7:03:45 PM permalink
I think they are an addiction, and some people have the addict gene and some don't?

I've scratched off maybe 2 or three of them in my life, but I know someone who I would wager buys 50 per week, plus the winners get cashed in for more tickets.

They're like cigarettes or opiates or cocaine, scratch off's are their drug of choice.

I asked them why? They said they can afford it, doesn't matter if they win and they enjoy it. So I left it alone.
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June 20th, 2019 at 7:24:39 PM permalink
I only buy a few a year, but the crossword scratch offs are an absolute thrill.

Bingo cards are ok too. But all the generic symbol/number matching games are boring.

Even harder to understand are the ďFast PlayĒ games in PA and Iím sure other states. Itís a scratch off ticket with no scratching. It literally just prints out a receipt that tells you if you win or not.
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June 20th, 2019 at 7:54:19 PM permalink
I buy the wife a couple $10 or $20 ones at Xmas, she likes to find them in her stocking. Never buy them for myself, I prefer some entertainment for my gambling $$$
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June 20th, 2019 at 9:54:34 PM permalink
Quote: Lovecomps

Are people like that just problem gamblers who are trying to buy thier way out of poverty, or is the state reprehensible for even offering it?

Yes to both.

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