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Midgetje94

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I’ll get one every once in a while. Fun to play the “what ifs” but I also don’t expect to actually win. And definitely don’t throw money in.

Same with casinos. I’ll go occasionally. But it’s $20-40 in hand. Play penny slots for a couple hours. More so the experience and night out than expecting to walk away with much.
 

Texicaster

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Hey!

I've "won" over $13,000 with the lottery!!!

That's $1 for every day I HAVEN'T bought into it!

I quit smoking about the same time too and "won" over $30,000 for every pack of smokes I didn't buy!

Now add in all the alcohol I didn't buy since 1990 and I'm well over $50,000 ahead of the game!

See kids how easy it is to justify spending $$$ on guitars and gear! :D
 

telemaster03

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I have a friend who calls the lottery a stupidity tax. I don't play it much mostly because I forget but I know a lot of people who do. They don't really seem stupid and I'm all for minding my own business and doing whatever makes me happy, I'd extend the same for them.
 

dented

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Play it every week like clock work. Mega and Powerball, play the same numbers each time from my own player sheets. One of the 5 biggest wastes of money in the USA. I don't smoke, don't go to bars or eat fast food often, no drugs, wth. Play lotto. I also buy tickets for others as small tokens of my appreciation and they like it!
 

BigDaddyLH

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I see nothing wrong with buying the odd lottery ticket if you have the cash, but buying hundreds of dollars of tickets when the prize is ballooning doesn't really change your odds. They're still slim.

And what's with people who only get excited when the prize is in the hundreds of millions? Is $10 million chicken feed?
 

Manual Slim

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I don’t have too many beefs, but folks who hog a convenience store counter, playing lotto tix like they’re at a craps table, drives me nuts. Same with people who tie up the counter getting hundreds of dollars in tickets checked, when I just want some rolling papers.
That sense of entitlement is annoying for sure. In my youth I worked a convenience store and was always happy to send people to the back of the line for their next round of scratching. Seeing the occasional forehead vein twitching in indignation was fun.
 

Tommy Biggs

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I understand the odds, but can’t resist throwing $2 when it’s up around 500 million if “lightning strikes twice”.

TBH it’s like a cover charge for thinking about all the stuff I don’t really need.
 

haggardfan1

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I don’t have too many beefs, but folks who hog a convenience store counter, playing lotto tix like they’re at a craps table, drives me nuts. Same with people who tie up the counter getting hundreds of dollars in tickets checked, when I just want some rolling papers.

This, for sure. In Texas the lottery has taken the "convenience" out of "convenience store".
 

Double Stop

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Hey!

I've "won" over $13,000 with the lottery!!!

That's $1 for every day I HAVEN'T bought into it!

I quit smoking about the same time too and "won" over $30,000 for every pack of smokes I didn't buy!

Now add in all the alcohol I didn't buy since 1990 and I'm well over $50,000 ahead of the game!

See kids how easy it is to justify spending $$$ on guitars and gear! :D
You, my friend, are a bonafied Bodhisattva. You pretty much nailed it!
 




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