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Would You Travel 350 Miles To Buy A Lotto Ticket?

Sat Mar 02, 2013 9:20 pm

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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RE: Would You Travel 350 Miles To Buy A Lotto Ticket?

Sat Mar 02, 2013 9:38 pm

No. I live in a Powerball state and rarely buy a ticket.
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Sat Mar 02, 2013 9:55 pm

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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Sat Mar 02, 2013 10:11 pm

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.
 
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Sat Mar 02, 2013 11:12 pm

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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RE: Would You Travel 350 Miles To Buy A Lotto Ticket?

Sat Mar 02, 2013 11:38 pm

Lotteries suck. They encourage gambling and greed. So no, I wouldn't even walk five yards to get a ticket.
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RE: Would You Travel 350 Miles To Buy A Lotto Ticket?

Sun Mar 03, 2013 2:14 am

I wouldnt drive 100 meters to buy a lottery ticket, I'd rather spend that money on beer with friends
 
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RE: Would You Travel 350 Miles To Buy A Lotto Ticket?

Sun Mar 03, 2013 2:18 am

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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Sun Mar 03, 2013 2:31 am

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.
 
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RE: Would You Travel 350 Miles To Buy A Lotto Ticket?

Sun Mar 03, 2013 3:14 am

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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RE: Would You Travel 350 Miles To Buy A Lotto Ticket?

Sun Mar 03, 2013 3:26 am

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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Sun Mar 03, 2013 4:41 am

I don't even drive 7 blocks for a lotto ticket and we have mega millions here also.
 
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Sun Mar 03, 2013 5:24 pm

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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RE: Would You Travel 350 Miles To Buy A Lotto Ticket?

Mon Mar 04, 2013 3:01 am

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.
 
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RE: Would You Travel 350 Miles To Buy A Lotto Ticket?

Wed Mar 06, 2013 12:30 am

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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RE: Would You Travel 350 Miles To Buy A Lotto Ticket?

Wed Mar 06, 2013 3:04 am

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.

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RE: Would You Travel 350 Miles To Buy A Lotto Ticket?

Sat Mar 09, 2013 9:26 pm

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!
 
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Sat Mar 09, 2013 11:47 pm

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.
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RE: Would You Travel 350 Miles To Buy A Lotto Ticket?

Sun Mar 10, 2013 12:55 am

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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RE: Would You Travel 350 Miles To Buy A Lotto Ticket?

Sat Mar 16, 2013 8:38 pm

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.
 
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Sun Mar 17, 2013 9:15 pm

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.
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Mon Mar 18, 2013 7:57 pm

YEAH ! If my chances to win are 90% at least :-P
 
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RE: Would You Travel 350 Miles To Buy A Lotto Ticket?

Sat Mar 23, 2013 8:06 pm

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!
 
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RE: Would You Travel 350 Miles To Buy A Lotto Ticket?

Sat Mar 23, 2013 8:25 pm

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.

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RE: Would You Travel 350 Miles To Buy A Lotto Ticket?

Sat Mar 30, 2013 7:54 pm

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.

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