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Would You Travel 350 Miles To Buy A Lotto Ticket?  
User currently offlineL0VE2FLY From United States of America, joined Dec 2012, 1636 posts, RR: 0
Posted (1 year 9 months 3 weeks 4 days ago) and read 2483 times:

When the Powerball lotto jackpot reached an all time record high late last year, a local news station interviewed some folks who traveled all the way from San Diego to Yuma, Arizona, a 350 miles (563 km) roundtrip to purchase Powerball tickets! I've seen some people who really think they're going to hit the jackpot and would go out of their way to play lotto. So what do you think, would you drive for hundreds of miles to buy a lotto ticket?

For those unfamiliar with Powerball, it's a multi-state lottery that's not available in California, the ticket costs $2 and the odds of winning the jackpot are 1 in 175,223,510!!

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User currently offlineAeroWesty From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 20822 posts, RR: 62
Reply 1, posted (1 year 9 months 3 weeks 4 days ago) and read 2460 times:

No. I live in a Powerball state and rarely buy a ticket.


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User currently offlineBraniff747SP From United States of America, joined Oct 2008, 3014 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (1 year 9 months 3 weeks 4 days ago) and read 2453 times:

Quoting L0VE2FLY (Thread starter):
Would You Travel 350 Miles To Buy A Lotto Ticket? 

If it were guaranteed to win, I'd drive five times that.

Otherwise, no. If you really wanted to play the lottery we have MegaMillions here in California.



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User currently offlinerfields5421 From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 7607 posts, RR: 32
Reply 3, posted (1 year 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 2442 times:

Quoting L0VE2FLY (Thread starter):
would you drive for hundreds of miles to buy a lotto ticket?

No way.

And I spend a few dollars on lottery tickets every week - but spending that much money on gas just for a lottery ticket. CRAZY.


User currently offlineWarRI1 From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 9292 posts, RR: 12
Reply 4, posted (1 year 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 2414 times:

Quoting L0VE2FLY (Thread starter):
odds of winning the jackpot are 1 in 175,223,510!!

Those figures say it all. Getting hit by lightning much lower odds if I remember correctly.



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User currently offlineRussianJet From Belgium, joined Jul 2007, 7719 posts, RR: 21
Reply 5, posted (1 year 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 2399 times:

Lotteries suck. They encourage gambling and greed. So no, I wouldn't even walk five yards to get a ticket.


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User currently offlineTW From Germany, joined Jul 2011, 65 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (1 year 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 2351 times:

I wouldnt drive 100 meters to buy a lottery ticket, I'd rather spend that money on beer with friends

User currently offlinemayor From United States of America, joined Mar 2008, 10655 posts, RR: 14
Reply 7, posted (1 year 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 2349 times:

Before we got the lottery here in Arkansas, it was a short trip across the border into Oklahoma to buy them if we wished.

Quoting L0VE2FLY (Thread starter):
For those unfamiliar with Powerball, it's a multi-state lottery that's not available in California, the ticket costs $2 and the odds of winning the jackpot are 1 in 175,223,510!!

The odds are even worse if you DON'T buy a ticket.  



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User currently onlinepar13del From Bahamas, joined Dec 2005, 7679 posts, RR: 8
Reply 8, posted (1 year 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 2345 times:

In this era of taxes and revenue, the more important question is how much additional money in gas taxes did the first state receive, how much money they lost in lotto revenue and how much money the other state received in increased lotto sales and gas tax revenues.
If the financial wizards crunch the numbers one would be able to determine whether the strategy of declining to join the powerball is working financially for the state.


User currently offlineAesma From Reunion, joined Nov 2009, 6942 posts, RR: 12
Reply 9, posted (1 year 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 2337 times:

Quoting mayor (Reply 7):
The odds are even worse if you DON'T buy a ticket.

No, you keep the ticket money every time.



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User currently offlinemayor From United States of America, joined Mar 2008, 10655 posts, RR: 14
Reply 10, posted (1 year 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 2333 times:

Quoting Aesma (Reply 9):
No, you keep the ticket money every time.

You certainly can't win if you don't buy a ticket.

Quoting par13del (Reply 8):
In this era of taxes and revenue, the more important question is how much additional money in gas taxes did the first state receive, how much money they lost in lotto revenue and how much money the other state received in increased lotto sales and gas tax revenues.
If the financial wizards crunch the numbers one would be able to determine whether the strategy of declining to join the powerball is working financially for the state.

When I lived in Utah, the LDS controlled legislature always turned down the call for a state lottery, EVEN THOUGH, across the border in Idaho, in most convenience stores, you will find their parking lots full of cars with Utah license plates. Probably most of the business was from Utah customers. The people are going to buy them, anyway and the money might as well go into your own state's coffers rather than the neighboring states.

The same thing happened here in Arkansas, but people were sold on the lottery idea and voted it in, because the money goes towards a scholarship awards program. It would be interesting to see how much revenue was lost in Oklahoma when the Arkansas lottery was initiated.



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User currently offline3DoorsDown From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 376 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (1 year 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 2326 times:

I don't even drive 7 blocks for a lotto ticket and we have mega millions here also.

User currently offlineDeltaMD90 From United States of America, joined Apr 2008, 7979 posts, RR: 51
Reply 12, posted (1 year 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 2254 times:

Quoting RussianJet (Reply 5):
I wouldn't even walk five yards to get a ticket.

     

Quoting mayor (Reply 7):
The odds are even worse if you DON'T buy a ticket.  

And the odds of you losing your $1 is 0%



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User currently offlineMD-90 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 8508 posts, RR: 12
Reply 13, posted (1 year 9 months 3 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 2195 times:

Quoting mayor (Reply 10):
When I lived in Utah, the LDS controlled legislature always turned down the call for a state lottery, EVEN THOUGH, across the border in Idaho, in most convenience stores, you will find their parking lots full of cars with Utah license plates. Probably most of the business was from Utah customers. The people are going to buy them, anyway and the money might as well go into your own state's coffers rather than the neighboring states.

I'm sure Mississippi and Alabama lose a fair bit of money since all the neighboring states have lotteries. We're surrounded.

And no, I couldn't be bothered to drive 15 miles to Tennessee to waste money on Powerball or whatever.


User currently offlineGeezer From United States of America, joined Aug 2010, 1479 posts, RR: 2
Reply 14, posted (1 year 9 months 3 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 2108 times:

Quoting mayor (Reply 10):
You certainly can't win if you don't buy a ticket.

You better check out the Florida lottery; the first person ever to win it never bought a lottery ticket in his entire life;

The man who won it the first year it was started was the owner of a small paint store in Gulfport, about a mile from my sister's house.

He was walking his dog one evening and noticed something laying on the sidewalk; when he picked it up and saw that it was some kind of a ticket, he didn't pay any attention to what it was, but stuck it in his pants pocket, thinking he might notice some one advertising in the neighborhood about losing something; a few days later, shortly after the lottery had it's first drawing ever, his wife was doing laundry, and noticed the ticket in his pants pocket as she was checking things before throwing them into the wash machine.

After he finally turned the ticket in and the winner was announced, the media made such a pain of themselves at his business, he told his wife that he wished she had left the thing in his pocket.

My sister was in his store one day about a year later, and he told her that he would NEVER pick anything up off of the sidewalk again.



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User currently offlineokie From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 3188 posts, RR: 3
Reply 15, posted (1 year 9 months 3 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 2092 times:

Quoting mayor (Reply 10):
The same thing happened here in Arkansas, but people were sold on the lottery idea and voted it in, because the money goes towards a scholarship awards program. It would be interesting to see how much revenue was lost in Oklahoma when the Arkansas lottery was initiated.

The interesting note when the lottery was promoted to be put on the ballot in Oklahoma it was going to produce $150M per year "for education"
The lottery went into effect 2005 and before a ticket was sold the legislature spent the estimated $150M
After a year the lottery commission reported it looks like its only going to be $75M so the legislature spent the money.
So they were $225M in the hole before a dollar hit the treasury.

The answer is that after 8 years the lottery has only produced $240M for education or about only $30M per year.

They have had issues with the lottery in that unless builds to a large number then the sales are not that large.
A few months back it went to somewhere above $400M and the comment was that they sold more tickets in 3 days than they had in the previous 300 days.


Indian Casino's is another issue. The only reason there are not anymore than there are now is that they have run out of exits on the interstate highways to put one.
In Oklahoma on I-35 at the border between Texas, which does not have gambling, there is a casino that is over a mile long. Same deal with Louisiana which is on the east border of Texas.

Okie


User currently offlineL0VE2FLY From United States of America, joined Dec 2012, 1636 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (1 year 9 months 2 weeks 4 days ago) and read 1931 times:

Quoting Braniff747SP (Reply 2):
Otherwise, no. If you really wanted to play the lottery we have MegaMillions here in California.

In my opinion buying lotto is like throwing your money in a trash can, so if you want to waste a few bucks it makes more sense to go for MegaMillions since it costs half of Powerball and the odds of winning are the same.

Quoting WarRI1 (Reply 4):
Those figures say it all. Getting hit by lightning much lower odds if I remember correctly.

A lot of folks can't comprehend how astronomically low the odds of winning are, that's why the lottery is so popular.

Quoting Aesma (Reply 9):
No, you keep the ticket money every time.

  
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Quoting par13del (Reply 8):
If the financial wizards crunch the numbers one would be able to determine whether the strategy of declining to join the powerball is working financially for the state.

California decided to bring Powerball not long ago, ticket sales will start next month. They expect the game to raise 90~120 million annually.

Quoting okie (Reply 15):
The interesting note when the lottery was promoted to be put on the ballot in Oklahoma it was going to produce $150M per year "for education"
The lottery went into effect 2005 and before a ticket was sold the legislature spent the estimated $150M
After a year the lottery commission reported it looks like its only going to be $75M so the legislature spent the money.
So they were $225M in the hole before a dollar hit the treasury.

The answer is that after 8 years the lottery has only produced $240M for education or about only $30M per year.

Hope the bean counters in Sacramento had done their homework and that won't be the case with Powerball in California!


User currently offlinevarigb707 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (1 year 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 1919 times:

Not sure i'd drive that far. However, once i drove from Elmont in Nassau County (Lawn Guy Land), to Coos Cob, CT ti buy me a few Powerball tickets. Needless to mention, i didn't win anything... LoL. The things we will do for money.

User currently offlineWarRI1 From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 9292 posts, RR: 12
Reply 18, posted (1 year 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 1912 times:

Quoting varigb707 (Reply 17):
Not sure i'd drive that far. However, once i drove from Elmont in Nassau County (Lawn Guy Land), to Coos Cob, CT ti buy me a few Powerball tickets. Needless to mention, i didn't win anything... LoL. The things we will do for money.

Ah, but it is all in the anticipation is it not? We know deep down we will not win a damn thing. To dream, perchance to sleep with a shitload of money under the pillow.



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User currently offlineL0VE2FLY From United States of America, joined Dec 2012, 1636 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 1779 times:

Quoting varigb707 (Reply 17):
Quoting WarRI1 (Reply 18):

It's amazing how often I come across people who think they gonna win a life-changing lottery prize.


User currently offlineaerorobnz From Rwanda, joined Feb 2001, 7394 posts, RR: 16
Reply 20, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 3 days ago) and read 1745 times:

The answer is no, but if I know the jackpot is high and I happen to be in another town/city at that moment I would by random mix numbers.

User currently offlineTS-IOR From Tunisia, joined Oct 2001, 3492 posts, RR: 6
Reply 21, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 1699 times:

YEAH ! If my chances to win are 90% at least :-P

User currently offlineL0VE2FLY From United States of America, joined Dec 2012, 1636 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (1 year 9 months 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 1633 times:

Quoting TS-IOR (Reply 21):
YEAH ! If my chances to win are 90% at least :-P

For a 90% chance I'd be more than happy to drive 35000 miles to buy a ticket!


User currently offlineokie From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 3188 posts, RR: 3
Reply 23, posted (1 year 9 months 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 1630 times:

Quoting L0VE2FLY (Reply 22):
For a 90% chance I'd be more than happy to drive 35000 miles to buy a ticket!

What was the Jim Carrey movie where he plays God and grants everyone their wish of winning the lottery.
They start rioting in the streets because they only get 35 cents or something along those lines after everybody wins.

Okie


User currently offlineL0VE2FLY From United States of America, joined Dec 2012, 1636 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (1 year 8 months 3 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 1530 times:

Quoting okie (Reply 23):
What was the Jim Carrey movie where he plays God and grants everyone their wish of winning the lottery.
They start rioting in the streets because they only get 35 cents or something along those lines after everybody wins.

Okie

"Bruce Almighty" They should've been more specific,  not every winner is a winner!


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