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Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by narlus, Oct 19, 2005.

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do you ever buy lottery tickets?

  1. frequently (at least yearly)

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  2. sometimes (at least every month or two)

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  3. never

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  1. narlus

    narlus Eastcoast Softcore
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    do you buy them?

    edit - i never do. have maybe bought 5 tickets in my lifetime.

    edit edit - doh, should read "weekly" rather than "yearly" for the 1st option
     

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  2. N8 v2.0

    N8 v2.0 Not the sharpest tool in the shed

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    Maybe once every couple years when the pot is really huge like now... if I'm lucky enough to win, I wanna win BIG!
     
  3. Echo

    Echo crooked smile

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    Not buying a ticket doesn't really change your odds of winning much.
     
  4. Brian HCM#1

    Brian HCM#1 MMMMMMMMM BEER!!!!!!!!!!

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    I do when the pot gets real big.
     
  5. SilentJ

    SilentJ trail builder

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    Once in a while - maybe every 3 weeks or something. I only get one set of numbers (quick pick), though. Usually when I'm buying a bunch of other crap at the corner store...
     
  6. N8 v2.0

    N8 v2.0 Not the sharpest tool in the shed

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    Only that you have a 100% greater chance of not winning a thing.
     
  7. luken8r

    luken8r Monkey

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    the lottery is a tax for people who arent good in math
     
  8. DRB

    DRB unemployed bum

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    With a big pot like this I'll stop to get a few tickets in SC. Definately not regularly.
     
  9. Echo

    Echo crooked smile

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    You're not very good at math are you?
     
  10. stosh

    stosh Darth Bailer

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    Thus he is taxed!
     
  11. SilentJ

    SilentJ trail builder

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    yeah...but my odds are infinitely better than yours :p
     
  12. JRB

    JRB Guest

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    I play with folks at work when it gets huge.
     
  13. N8 v2.0

    N8 v2.0 Not the sharpest tool in the shed

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    Apparently better than you are...

    Odds are far less than you stated of 1:1 billion

    Actual odds of winning the jackpot are 1:146,107,962.

    But the chances of winning any prize, from $3 to $340 million, are 1 in 36.61.
     
  14. DRB

    DRB unemployed bum

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    Do they mind or is it encouraged? Do you cuddle after you play?
     
  15. stosh

    stosh Darth Bailer

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    That sounds kinda gross.
     
  16. Echo

    Echo crooked smile

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    So how are your odds of winning something 100% better than mine? At best, your odds of winning $3.00 are about 3% better than mine.
     
  17. Tenchiro

    Tenchiro Attention K Mart Shoppers

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    Odds of losing your dollar: Enormous
    Odds of winning anything: Miniscule
     
  18. N8 v2.0

    N8 v2.0 Not the sharpest tool in the shed

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    Only retirees win anyway... but what the heck, I'm in for $1!
     
  19. laura

    laura DH_Laura

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    never, i have maybe bought three ever. i hate gambling.
     
  20. Zark

    Zark Hey little girl, do you want some candy?

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    I've played maybe 3 scratchers in my whole life, because someone gave them to me.
     
  21. johnbryanpeters

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    I learned early - I gamble, I lose.
     
  22. SkaredShtles

    SkaredShtles I love NEWCASTLE and will ONLY drink NEWCASTLE!!!!

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    Hey. That's my line........ :mad:
     
  23. SkaredShtles

    SkaredShtles I love NEWCASTLE and will ONLY drink NEWCASTLE!!!!

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    You're not very good at math either, are you? :p
     
  24. SkaredShtles

    SkaredShtles I love NEWCASTLE and will ONLY drink NEWCASTLE!!!!

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    :stupid:
     
  25. SilentJ

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    rephrase: the odds of me winning compared to the odds of you winning is infinitely better

    odds of me winning - 1:some number
    odds of you winning - 0:some number
    1/0 = infinity :p :rolleyes:

    I at least have odds - its impossible for you to win

    But yeah, Tenchiro said it about right...
     
  26. SkaredShtles

    SkaredShtles I love NEWCASTLE and will ONLY drink NEWCASTLE!!!!

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    Here is another view:

    Your chances of *finding* the winning lottery ticket are basically as good as *buying* the winning lotto ticket. :p
     
  27. SilentJ

    SilentJ trail builder

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    Provide a source. :D

    By that reasoning, the chances of a garbage man or a homeless guy are better... :think: ....you're onto something!
     
  28. merrrrjig

    merrrrjig Turbo Monkey

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    I never do it, well, it doesnt help that im 17, I think I will play every once in a while when im leagal
     
  29. N8 v2.0

    N8 v2.0 Not the sharpest tool in the shed

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    I hope there is no winner tonite because after I got done riding, I blew off getting a ticket...

    I'm shooting to win the 'big one' on Sat!

    :dancing:
     
  30. Acadian

    Acadian Born Again Newbie

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    same here...
     
  31. hooples3

    hooples3 Fuggetaboutit!

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    yeah you probably would have one big???
     
  32. The Toninator

    The Toninator Muffin

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    i couldnt decide how to vote because i buy frequently but more than your sometimes.
     
  33. The Toninator

    The Toninator Muffin

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    no scratchers only mega-ball.
     
  34. binary visions

    binary visions The voice of reason

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    I fall somewhere in between, probably once every 4-6 months, and only when there's a really big pot - 100+ million. I get a small amusement out of knowing I could win and checking the numbers when they come up, it's worth a buck to me.

    I agree somewhat with the old addage that the lottery is a tax on people who are bad at math, but if you show restraint and only play it occasionally, and are realistic about your odds of winning, it's pretty cheap, harmless fun. There are many worse things you could spend a buck on.
     
  35. splat

    splat Nam I am

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    when the pot gets big I always say I should buy 1 or 2 tickets , but I never do.

    I actually can't remeber the last time I bought a lottery ticket was.
     
  36. SkaredShtles

    SkaredShtles I love NEWCASTLE and will ONLY drink NEWCASTLE!!!!

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    Well, at least it amuses you.

    Me - I look at it as lottery ticket... or a bottle of Titan IPA? I *know* which one is going to bring me more satisfaction. :D