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Lottery... Who plays and why?

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by brungeman, Feb 25, 2008.

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Do you play the lottery, If you do why?

Poll closed Mar 6, 2008.
  1. Yep I play, I need the money...!

    4.3%
  2. Nope, I need the money that I would play it with...!

    25.5%
  3. I play it for fun when I have an extra buck in my pocket!

    38.3%
  4. I play lucky numbers!

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  5. just scratch offs!

    4.3%
  6. I invest in bacon

    27.7%
  1. brungeman

    brungeman I give a shirt

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    OK... so who here plays the lottery and why?

    when I was 18 I was invited to go on a ski trip with some friends... I only had $25 bucks and I had no one to borrow money from! On my way into the supermarket for supplies for the trip, I threw a dollar on the counter and got an instant ticket... the result? I won a free ticket... the next one... I won a dollar now I was pretty entertained and was feeling lucky so I threw the dollar back on the counter for another ticket...and on that last ticket I won $50 bucks!

    it helped out for the trip... I was pretty entertained and stoked about winning, but vowed to not spend any more on it cause I used up all my good luck!

    a few years back before PA sold Powerball tix, we used to make an afternoon out of driving to WVA (about 45 minutes away) and get ice cream and powerball tickets!

    if you play, why? I mean we all know it's a poor investment right? Have you won anything?
     

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  2. r464

    r464 Turbo Monkey

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  3. urbaindk

    urbaindk The Real Dr. Science

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    Similar story. I was going backpacking in Va and stopped to by a scratch-off and won enough to buy a tank of gas and some slim jims. I was pretty pleased. That's about the only time I've played though.
     
  4. jimmydean

    jimmydean The Official Meat of Ridemonkey

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    I drop a $5 on the local Megabucks when I am at the grocery store on big trips (about twice a month). Lottery money has paid for a new trail section right down the street from me, so I see it as support for local trails.

    If I hit $1M+ at some point, that would be awesome. But the $10 or so a month I have spent hasn't lost any more than a few of my actual investments, so it's not a big deal.

    <edit> Stub Stewart State Park
     
  5. Arkayne

    Arkayne I come bearing GIFs

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    I do about 5 bucks a month on a quick pick. I've yet to win anything in 10 years.
     
  6. Jeremy R

    Jeremy R <b>x</b>

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    No, I just go outside and ask the spaghetti monster to drop a big sack of money in my front yard.
    The odds are the same as the lottery but I avoid paying "the ignorant tax."
     
  7. Wingnut

    Wingnut Turbo Monkey

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    I dropped $5 on my first ticket. I won $93. The next 2 tickets lost. I haven't played since.
     
  8. moff_quigley

    moff_quigley Why don't you have a seat over there?

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    I'll throw a buck or two at Powerball when it gets over $200mil. Otherwise I don't play.
     
  9. cannondalejunky

    cannondalejunky ease dropper

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    i play when i go across state the state line to go to the liquor store(dry county, no state lottery) usually buy 2 powerball tickets when i've got a couple bucks left over just for fun
     
  10. BurlyShirley

    BurlyShirley Rex Grossman Will Rise Again

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    Same deal here.
     
  11. I Are Baboon

    I Are Baboon Run, Forrest, Run!

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    Me too. Those tiny little $25-$50 million jackpots aren't big enough to live on.
     
  12. jimmydean

    jimmydean The Official Meat of Ridemonkey

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    If you take the lump sum, the tax alone will kill you.

    I don't play powerball because the state only gets a small portion. I keep my stupid money local, because at least I feel like I got SOMETHING when I ride trails.
     
  13. Upgr8r

    Upgr8r High Priest or maybe Jedi Master

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    As unlucky as I am when it comes to winning things, I'd rather hang onto my money
     
  14. Dartman

    Dartman Old Bastard Mike

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    Perhaps having a brazillion to one odds stacked against you might be a factor. :p
     
  15. TN

    TN Hey baby, want a hot dog?

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    Never. It's a waste of my hard earned money. I could go on a rant here but ....nah not today.
     
  16. Westy

    Westy the teste

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    The only time I have ever played is when people at work pool their money together. No matter how small the odds are there is no way in hell I'm going to see all of them get rich and quit and not be in on the action.
     
  17. brungeman

    brungeman I give a shirt

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    have you ever thought about what you would spend it on, or how you would split it up if you did win?

    the reason this whole lottery thing came up was on Saturday we pulled into a "mini mart" and Bek took 3 bucks of "my" hard earned money (those of you that are married know there really isn't "MY" money) and played the lotto. I told her that since she was taking MY money to play... I didn't just want the 3 bucks back I wanted a percentage! I wanted 30% and told her she could have 30% and the remaining 40 would go into "household money"... she chuckled and I said "NO I AM SERIOUS" well we didn't win (that I know of) maybe she is holding out on me!:shocked: but I was just wondering what the collective monkey would do!
     
  18. Upgr8r

    Upgr8r High Priest or maybe Jedi Master

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    I forgot about doing that. There was a company here where everyone pooled their money and bought tickets except for one guy who bought a burrito. They won.

    I vowed I would never be THAT guy, so if it comes up in the office I'll play
     
  19. McGRP01

    McGRP01 beer and bikes

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    I used to play the occasional scratch-off in college. I can't play anythign right now as the company I work for is under contract to the NY State Lottery. I'd lose my job.
     
  20. jimmydean

    jimmydean The Official Meat of Ridemonkey

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    No matter who's pocket the dough came from, if you are married, you get half.

    I know EXACTLY what I would spend it on. Since I play Megabucks, the usual pot is between $2M-$8M. After tax, taking annuity and not lump sum, I would see about $3M. So $150k a year for 20 years, not quite enough to quit my job today, but certainly enough to play with.

    Donate 20% (various causes), save 30% (high interest savings), invest 30% (aggressive), and spend 20%. This is not touching my current budget. Having an income of $150k additional would cost a bit more in taxes, but getting it for 20 years would be nice.
     
  21. TreeSaw

    TreeSaw Mama Monkey

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    I have been given scratch offs as X-mas gifts and have won on those. $50 last X-mas from a student and $17 this x-mas so I am not doing too shabby!
     
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    mantispf2000 Turbo Monkey

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    Wife and I will buy a ticket or two when we go down to Mammoth, stopping in at the Von's there. She plays the older kids' b-days, and I play the sum of the combinations of Alaina's d-day. That way, by limiting it to just one store, we don't get all caught up and "just have to find a store to buy a ticket" in CA.

    Oh, there's nothing wrong with getting the lump sum. $25-$50mil is about $10-$20mil after the taxes, and it's then tax free once it hits your pocket. Hhmmm, living off the interest for the rest of your life (though yes, tax on the interest)? I'll give it a try.............
     
  23. elRey

    elRey Turbo Monkey

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    I play the lottery for investment purposes. It's basically free money, right?
     
  24. Red Rabbit

    Red Rabbit Picky Pooper

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    I always tell my friends what I am going to do when I win, but I have never played in my life.

    Nor do I plan to.
     
  25. r464

    r464 Turbo Monkey

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    Did you do anything to the "6" ball?

    Come on, you can tell me...
     
  26. Cru Jones

    Cru Jones Turbo Monkey

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    Screw the odds... you can't win if you don't play.

    I just bought like the 2nd ticket of my life the other day when the mega millions was up to 270 million. Like the others... I could never settle for anything less than a 100 mil...

    :imstupid:
     
  27. AngryMetalsmith

    AngryMetalsmith Business is good, thanks for asking

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    There was some dude in West Virginia(by Gawd) that won something like 133 million and was broke in 5 years. He blew it on gambling and strippers.

    I play for fun. It's entertaining to try to pick the numbers for powerball,but foolish to buy several tickets at a time. I usually get 1 or 2 numbers right, but have only won a grand total of 11 bucks.

    It just baffles me that someone could win 133 million and lose it all. Why not put it in a high yield money market at 5% and live off the interest?
     
  28. jimmydean

    jimmydean The Official Meat of Ridemonkey

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    There was a study done a while back about the percentage of people who blow entire winnings in record time. It's the difference between rich and wealth.

    Wealth you can't get rid of, rich you can lose in a crazy Summer with a drug habbit. - Chris Rock
     
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  30. BIGHITR

    BIGHITR WINNING!

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    I play but it always seems like some loser trailer park trash always wins. See the couple that won the mega mill this week? GEESH! Want more proof? See this Maryland idiot that won a few weeks back? He prayed to the Wicken gods and a draggon before he sent his wife into a liquor store to buy his ticket!
     

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    You need to pray to the spelling gods.
     
  32. Ciaran

    Ciaran Fear my banana

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    :stupid:

    It also makes me look like a "team player". :p
     
  33. valve bouncer

    valve bouncer Master Dildoist

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    Any amount spent on strippers can never be classified as wasting it.:busted:
     
  34. brungeman

    brungeman I give a shirt

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    that depends... strippers without happy endings = waste:poster_oops: :rofl:
     
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    I play about $10/month or so depending on the jackpot size. I know the odds are stacked against me, but it is still fun to dream.
     
  36. narlus

    narlus Eastcoast Softcore
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    i never play
     
  37. Toshi

    Toshi Harbinger of Doom

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    ditto. waste $5 or $10 a month for a lifetime and that's a lot of money.
     
  38. brungeman

    brungeman I give a shirt

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    I am with you! I wish I had 5 or 10 bucks a month to waste on it (I would use it for more bike stuff)... then again I easily "waste" 10 bucks a week in bike stuff! :busted:
     
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    BMXman I wish I was Canadian

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    I just burn my money..the odds are about the same...D
     
  40. eaterofdog

    eaterofdog ass grabber

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    Lottery = stupid tax