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User currently offlineFXramper From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 7357 posts, RR: 85
Posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 1725 times:
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I've never even bought a scratch off, but I read today that some cheese workers won $208 million. Anyone won anything worth bragging about on a lotto ticket?

I think I might start playing!

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User currently offlineNeilYYZ From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 1720 times:

Quoting FXramper (Thread starter):
Anyone won anything worth bragging about on a lotto ticket?

My family has a thing with tossing in a scratch ticket with Christmas cards and birthday cards, and the most I won was $8.00 on a $4.00 ticket. I was eating lunch in the cafeteria at university when some guy jumped up and said he won $1000.00 but still, nothing compared to the $208 000 000!


User currently offlineArmitageShanks From UK - England, joined Dec 2003, 3645 posts, RR: 15
Reply 2, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 1713 times:

I found about 30 scratch-off tickets in a parking lot of my elementary school when I was 10 years old. I turned them in to the office and after a week nobody had claimed them so I scratched them off and won about 50 bucks total. That was a ton of money to a 10 year old and I spent it on all sorts of stuff over a few weeks.
______

Nowadays our family has a tradition of buying one for every person when we have get-to-gethers and we all scratch them off together. The most anyone has won from those was about 30 bucks. We use the profits to buy more and if we win more than what it cost to buy the tickets, the cycle continues.

The odds are about 1 in 5 to win somthing so its a cheap fun thing to do.

A double plus is that the Tennessee lottery has paid for my education for the past few years.


User currently offlineDeltaGator From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 6341 posts, RR: 13
Reply 3, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 1712 times:

I will pick up a ticket for 10 draws (2 a week) for the MegaMillions game. $1 per draw is the most I'll spend since you 1 or 2 chances in 13 billion (or whatever the odds are) isn't going to make a difference.

I haven't bought a scratcher in years and never here in Georgia. I got them now and then in Florida but never won more than $5 or a free ticket.



"If you can't delight in the misery of others then you don't deserve to be a college football fan."
User currently offlineBaylorAirBear From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 2913 posts, RR: 49
Reply 4, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 1703 times:

I've won $70 on a scratch-off. The first time my mother played the Texas Lottery, she got five of six numbers. If I remember correctly, the payout was around $7,000. Oh, how close I was to getting a Ferrari for my sixteenth birthday.  devil 

Every once in a while, I play MegaMillions. The odds and payoffs are much better than the Texas Lotto.

BAB



I'm just skipping stones...
User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31702 posts, RR: 56
Reply 5, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 1691 times:

Sure did.
But not a big prize.
regds
MEL



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User currently offlineMelpax From Australia, joined Apr 2005, 1648 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 1689 times:

I'll get a ticket in the lottery here (Tattslotto) one in a while, they regulary have big prizes ($8mil tonight - didn't buy a ticket Sad)

http://www.tattersalls.com.au/



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User currently offlineAlphafloor From Chile, joined Jun 2004, 1277 posts, RR: 40
Reply 7, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 1681 times:

I bought my 4 year old son a scratch-off and he won 32EUR.


Whatever
User currently offlineDAL767400ER From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 1675 times:

Occasionally, usually when the jackpot is high enough to make the news. Not that it increases my chances, but at least I might actually make 10 bucks off of 3 numbers instead of 3-5 bucks. IMHO, the prices for 3,4,5 or 6 correct numbers is just way too low compared to 6+super number to make it actually worthwhile to play it on a regular basis.

User currently offlineVHVXB From Australia, joined Apr 2006, 5525 posts, RR: 18
Reply 9, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 1671 times:

Quoting FXramper (Thread starter):
I've never even bought a scratch off, but I read today that some cheese workers won $208 million. Anyone won anything worth bragging about on a lotto ticket?

I think I might start playing!

Yeah and how much tax would you pay on that win??


User currently offlineCO7e7 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 2849 posts, RR: 2
Reply 10, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 1667 times:

I buy scratch offs every now and then... the most i won was $25!

-Zaki


User currently offlineThom@s From Norway, joined Oct 2000, 11955 posts, RR: 46
Reply 11, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 1662 times:

Nah, I just bet on british football. Less chance of winiing anything, but more fun.

Thom@s



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User currently offlineYooYoo From Canada, joined Nov 2003, 6057 posts, RR: 50
Reply 12, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 1659 times:

I won about $800 many years ago.

I do play every week for a few bucks. All i want/need is $50,000 !!  Wink



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User currently offlineDeltaGator From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 6341 posts, RR: 13
Reply 13, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 1654 times:

Quoting VHVXB (Reply 9):
Yeah and how much tax would you pay on that win??

On a $208 million jackpot if you took the cash option you would get about $130 million or so and then get taxed about 40% on that. Approximate numbers but good enough for government work.



"If you can't delight in the misery of others then you don't deserve to be a college football fan."
User currently offlineViv From Ireland, joined May 2005, 3142 posts, RR: 28
Reply 14, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 1654 times:

I don't play the lottery. I have enough money for my needs.


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User currently offlineVHVXB From Australia, joined Apr 2006, 5525 posts, RR: 18
Reply 15, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 1654 times:

Quoting DeltaGator (Reply 13):
On a $208 million jackpot if you took the cash option you would get about $130 million or so and then get taxed about 40% on that. Approximate numbers but good enough for government work.

Ahh thats still reasonable amount of money you take home anyway on $208 million jackpot


User currently offlineDAL767400ER From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 1646 times:

Quoting DeltaGator (Reply 13):
On a $208 million jackpot if you took the cash option you would get about $130 million or so and then get taxed about 40% on that. Approximate numbers but good enough for government work.

Only 40%? Lucky, in Germany that would be more like 55-60%. Of course that's still quite some money, but it reduces the bizjet choices  Wink .


User currently offlineBaylorAirBear From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 2913 posts, RR: 49
Reply 17, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 1644 times:

That's the one good thing about the Texas Lotto. Historically, winners who have chosen the cash value option, net 55%-60% of the advertised jackpot. This is considerably better than other state and multi-jurisdictional lotteries.

BAB



I'm just skipping stones...
User currently offlineVHVXB From Australia, joined Apr 2006, 5525 posts, RR: 18
Reply 18, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 1640 times:

Quoting DAL767400ER (Reply 16):
Only 40%? Lucky, in Germany that would be more like 55-60%. Of course that's still quite some money, but it reduces the bizjet choices

how much do the jackpots go up to in germany??


User currently offlineDAL767400ER From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 1640 times:

Quoting VHVXB (Reply 18):
how much do the jackpots go up to in germany??

Can't remember right now, but IIRC, no jackpot has reached the €30 million border yet. Which is peanuts compared to US jackpots.


User currently offlineVHVXB From Australia, joined Apr 2006, 5525 posts, RR: 18
Reply 20, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 1636 times:

Quoting DAL767400ER (Reply 19):
Can't remember right now, but IIRC, no jackpot has reached the €30 million border yet. Which is peanuts compared to US jackpots.

Yeah Nothing compared to the US. In Australia Jackpots are not even close to the US. The highest jackpot in Australia from memory I think was $30 million. The good thing is thats is TAX FREE


User currently offlineSabena332 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 1632 times:

I play sometimes when there is a huge jackpot but I am placing bets on football games regulary (that reminds me that the Bundesliga season starts on Friday Big grin).

Patrick


User currently offlineCadet57 From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 9085 posts, RR: 30
Reply 22, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 1628 times:

Once or twice a week I buy a couple $2.00 scratch offs. Most ive ever won was $100.00. Usually i just get the money I spent on the tickets back, and thats enough for me. Thou ive gotten $10.00 and $15.00 recently. But its usually just good clean fun.


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User currently offlineZKSUJ From New Zealand, joined May 2004, 7110 posts, RR: 12
Reply 23, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 1601 times:

I won $20 once. A nice suprise to 3 years of 'sorry, this is not a winning ticket'

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