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On average, how much do you spend and why?

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I might play once a year when the jackpot gets really big. So $10 - $20 per year for me. 

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I'LL play when it gets to three hundred million and above otherwise not worth playing.  So I'll spend anywhere from 1-5 Dollars.

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Few times a year, $10ish each time... so less than $40-50 I'd say.

I'd love to win.  :) 

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The only time I play the lottery is when a work pool happens. The thought of them winning/retiring would kill me if I wasn't involved....

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I only play if the pot gets over $100 mil and I am in a spot to buy a ticket.  Then I usually get two quick picks.   I plan to only win once so I want to make sure it is worthwhile when I win. 

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Lifetime total is around $8-$10

I've played a handful of times when Powerball was at $400M or more.

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Only when it gets big and there is an office pool. No way I am going to be the only one stuck working if they win!

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never bought a lottery ticket

my first employment as a kid was running policy in Jamaica Plain/Roxbury. i am immune

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I’ll play the powerball and mega millions occasionally when it’s a big jackpot 

i usually buy a $2 State lottery ticket on the way out of the grocery store.  I think it’s match $5 win the jackpot ($1Mish) but then they give you 5 random numbers to match for an instant win.  Those range from $2-$500

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It's illegal in our Christian values, kinda racist state. 

So, around $10 a few times a year when I go up to Tennessee. 

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Always buy them when on the road in some podunk town when I’m on vacation.

Will usually spend about $20 a month on them. 

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2 hours ago, higgins said:

The only time I play the lottery is when a work pool happens. The thought of them winning/retiring would kill me if I wasn't involved....

Same for me. The company I work for isn't exactly Fortune 500, and I realized when a work pool started that if hit, losing that many employees at once would probably put us under. I looked at it as more of an insurance policy than anything.

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3 hours ago, EYLive said:

$0. The lottery is for suckers. 

Money better spent than a lot of other options.  Like an energy drink or soda or candy bar.

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Powerball and Mega Millions regularly - scratch tix occasionally on myself, additional scratch tix to hand out at Christmas. Estimating $700 annually. 

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I'll get on a kick where I'll spend $2 or $3 a week for a few weeks, then forget for a month or so, then spend $2 or $3 a week for a few weeks, then forget for a month or so. Lather, rinse, repeat.

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10 hours ago, -OZ- said:

It's illegal in our Christian values, kinda racist state. 

So, around $10 a few times a year when I go up to Tennessee. 

Wow, I didn't know there was a state that didn't have a lottery.

I kinda dig that.  I think gambling should be legal everywhere, but state-sponsored lotteries with little/no competition in their quest to steal every last dollar from poor people? Seems in poor taste to me.

People should be free to make all the dumb choices they want, but the gubment doesn't need to be the pusher man either.

State lotteries make about as much sense to me as state sponsored meth labs. 

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20 minutes ago, pollardsvision said:

State lotteries make about as much sense to me as state sponsored meth labs. 

I can get behind either of those.  

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11 hours ago, -OZ- said:

It's illegal in our Christian values, kinda racist state. 

So, around $10 a few times a year when I go up to Tennessee. 

I thought every state had it. Are you in Alabama or Mississippi?

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13 hours ago, Jayrod said:

Lifetime total is around $8-$10

I've played a handful of times when Powerball was at $400M or more.

This.

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11 hours ago, Spartans Rule said:

Same for me. The company I work for isn't exactly Fortune 500, and I realized when a work pool started that if hit, losing that many employees at once would probably put us under. I looked at it as more of an insurance policy than anything.

Owner of a manufacturing company i deal with said that when he hears about a lotto pool at his place he will buy 20 shares of the pool so if the workers hit it won't be enough for them to leave.

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8$ per week on the state lottery.

I’ll by a couple of Power Ball tickets when it gets really up there.

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Not sure if this is a NYC thing - I never observed it in my thirty years in Michigan or six years down south - but I cannot fathom people who spend $40-50 on daily tickets. If there’s only one clerk in the bodega you’re stuck waiting for them to finish.

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It's entertainment money. Like at a strip club, except the chance of getting a payoff on $2 is higher with lottery.

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I spend maybe $20 / year and that is only when the jackpots get big.

I am always amazed at the money people spend on scratch-offs.  There are $20, $30 tickets (I think even $50) and that gambling rush only lasts a few seconds.

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1 hour ago, BobbyLayne said:

Not sure if this is a NYC thing - I never observed it in my thirty years in Michigan or six years down south - but I cannot fathom people who spend $40-50 on daily tickets. If there’s only one clerk in the bodega you’re stuck waiting for them to finish.

thing is, up here in northern New England, the gas stations are giving discounts for cash pay but the line for pre-pay is clogged by the ijjitts you're talking about redeeming their scratchers & such

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1 hour ago, BobbyLayne said:

Not sure if this is a NYC thing - I never observed it in my thirty years in Michigan or six years down south - but I cannot fathom people who spend $40-50 on daily tickets. If there’s only one clerk in the bodega you’re stuck waiting for them to finish.

easily remidied by the tried and true "jeeeezzusss, are you ####### kidding me?!??!?"

it has never failed to influence the clerk to tell the dumb #### to step aside so i can cash out my beer and smokes :shrug:

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2 minutes ago, Gally said:

60 Minutes had a piece on them

the great author Voltaire made his millions by finding a flaw in a lottery (verrrry popular in 17 & 18C Europe, aristocrats were licensed to operate them by the Crown) and telling the owner he'd either ruin him or run his lottery for him. it became his major source of income, financing his exile in Geneva and successful ventures into textiles & clockmaking, for the rest of his long life

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2 minutes ago, otb_lifer said:

easily remidied by the tried and true "jeeeezzusss, are you ####### kidding me?!??!?"

it has never failed to influence the clerk to tell the dumb #### to step aside so i can cash out my beer and smokes :shrug:

Although I’ve said that in my head many times, in my heart I truly feel sorry for them. I’d never even attempt to have a conversation with the daily player, but you just know 1) it’s likely an addiction, and/or 2) logic and math are not gonna have much effect.

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4 hours ago, eoMMan said:

I thought every state had it. Are you in Alabama or Mississippi?

 

5 hours ago, pollardsvision said:

Wow, I didn't know there was a state that didn't have a lottery.

I kinda dig that.  I think gambling should be legal everywhere, but state-sponsored lotteries with little/no competition in their quest to steal every last dollar from poor people? Seems in poor taste to me.

People should be free to make all the dumb choices they want, but the gubment doesn't need to be the pusher man either.

State lotteries make about as much sense to me as state sponsored meth labs. 

Alabama. There's recent talk of adding one. If the money really goes to schools and roads, I'll get behind it. 

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15 hours ago, Courtjester said:

we buy our "numbers" in the local lottery each week. $2 a week.  I mean why not? 

Because money.

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34 minutes ago, Warrior said:

Because money.

I'd rather buy $6 in lottery tickets than a coffee at Starbucks

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2 hours ago, -OZ- said:

I'd rather buy $6 in lottery tickets than a coffee at Starbucks

Honestly wouldnt even know how to buy a coffee at Starbucks or what to ask for.

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7 minutes ago, E-Z Glider said:

Honestly wouldnt even know how to buy a coffee at Starbucks or what to ask for.

It's not like they have signs or anything to tell you what's available.

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3 hours ago, -OZ- said:

 

Alabama. There's recent talk of adding one. If the money really goes to schools and roads, I'll get behind it. 

The money will go to schools and roads, but they will spend the money that was going to schools and roads on something else.

 

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1 hour ago, bcat01 said:

The money will go to schools and roads, but they will spend the money that was going to schools and roads on something else.

 

Yeah, that's what I mean. The schools and roads don't really benefit much.

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