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Old 11-07-2012, 07:26 PM   #34861
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Old 11-07-2012, 07:54 PM   #34862
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I have a very dear friend who plays the Tri-State Lottery religiously. Every week at least one ticket. If no one wins that week, the following week he'll buy two tickets. If no one wins again, and the prize continues to increase, each week he will double or triple his purchases. He says he wins roughly 2-3 times a year... but never more than $2 at a time. But that's enough to keep him coming back for more. He figures he spends close to $ $350-$400 a year buying tickets. And wins $2-$4 a year. With the Mob-controled numbers racket, players had a better chance of winning. Perhaps that's why it was outlawed?

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Old 11-07-2012, 08:13 PM   #34863
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I have a very dear friend who plays the Tri-State Lottery religiously. Every week at least one ticket. If no one wins that week, the following week he'll buy two tickets. If no one wins again, and the prize continues to increase, each week he will double or triple his purchases. He says he wins roughly 2-3 times a year... but never more than $2 at a time. But that's enough to keep him coming back for more. He figures he spends close to $ $350-$400 a year buying tickets. And wins $2-$4 a year. With the Mob-controled numbers racket, players had a better chance of winning. Perhaps that's why it was outlawed?

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This didn't sound right to me, so I checked into it. Either the universe has it in for your friend, or his recollection his faulty. I looked up the odds for the Tri-State Megabucks and they're about one in six for any prize, the lowest of which is $2. Since there are two drawings per week, even if he bought only one ticket per drawing, he'd win something on an average of once every three weeks. Since he's doubling down on his bet when he loses and since the prize pool includes bigger prizes, he should be doing far better than only $2 to $4 a year. Something is rotten in the state of Vermont, New Hampshire, or Maine!
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Old 11-07-2012, 08:28 PM   #34864
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This didn't sound right to me, so I checked into it. Either the universe has it in for your friend, or his recollection his faulty. I looked up the odds for the Tri-State Megabucks and they're about one in six for any prize, the lowest of which is $2. Since there are two drawings per week, even if he bought only one ticket per drawing, he'd win something on an average of once every three weeks. Since he's doubling down on his bet when he loses and since the prize pool includes bigger prizes, he should be doing far better than only $2 to $4 a year. Something is rotten in the state of Vermont, New Hampshire, or Maine!

Then suffice it to say that something is rotten in the state of Vermont, New Hampshire, or Maine! You live there, right? Try it yourself and see if you win once every three weeks. It will only cost you $6 to find out if they are telling the truth. If one could win 'cash' once every three weeks, more people would be playing. Although $2 is the minimum cash prize, one can also win a free ticket. Besides the $2-$4 wins, he does win a free ticket more often. But you can't buy tea with a free ticket...

Trust... but verify.


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Old 11-07-2012, 09:40 PM   #34865
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Then suffice it to say that something is rotten in the state of Vermont, New Hampshire, or Maine! You live there, right? Try it yourself and see if you win once every three weeks. It will only cost you $6 to find out if they are telling the truth. If one could win 'cash' once every three weeks, more people would be playing. Although $2 is the minimum cash prize, one can also win a free ticket. Besides the $2-$4 wins, he does win a free ticket more often. But you can't buy tea with a free ticket...

Trust... but verify.


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The game has been tweaked. Tickets cost $2 (so it would cost $12 to buy a ticket per drawing for three weeks) and the minimum prize is $2. No more free tickets.

The odds of winning are as stated, easy enough to verify with a calculator. So, are the drawings fixed? The balls weighted, perhaps, to reduce the odds of picking lower numbers (since people play dates)?

I suspect your friend wins small amounts more often than he thinks, or else he's truly unlucky.
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Old 11-08-2012, 01:53 AM   #34866
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So it only costs $12 to win $2... Maybe. Sounds like a good plan.
I'll stick with my method; 50% return on investment guaranteed.


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Old 11-08-2012, 03:26 AM   #34867
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I have a very dear friend who plays the Tri-State Lottery religiously. Every week at least one ticket. If no one wins that week, the following week he'll buy two tickets. If no one wins again, and the prize continues to increase, each week he will double or triple his purchases. He says he wins roughly 2-3 times a year... but never more than $2 at a time. But that's enough to keep him coming back for more. He figures he spends close to $ $350-$400 a year buying tickets. And wins $2-$4 a year. With the Mob-controled numbers racket, players had a better chance of winning. Perhaps that's why it was outlawed?

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Sounds like your friend is one of those unlucky ones that beats the odds, in a bad way. I won £250 a little while ago, and was one number away from a quarter of a mill. Some months I win 3 or 4 times, even 3 or 4 times in a week occasionally (we have a number of different games to play, several times a week), but some months not a bean. It no doubt averages out over longer periods.
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Old 11-08-2012, 04:34 AM   #34868
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I have a feeling that no matter how often one wins, the House still winds up making more money than anyone else.

I've gambled for money four times; once in Las Vegas, where I kept $10 going for four hours, once in Vermont when I bought a Lottery ticket when there hadn't been a winner in several weeks, and twice in Japan playing Pachinko. The first time was my second day in the country and wandered into a Pachinko parlor. I won ¥20,000 (about $200 USD) and the next day going back into the same place and losing ¥1,000 (about $10 USD.) That was almost 25 years ago. I've never gambled for money since.

EDIT: Oops! I forgot one! I went to the track once on a date back in the '70s. I had 7 winners and came out losing $25 for the evening... I guess it helps to know 'how' to bet.

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Old 11-08-2012, 04:40 AM   #34869
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I haven't "gambled" for many years, apart from the lottery, though I did once win £25 in the casino in Monte Carlo, when I was in my early 20s - it allowed me to get a hotel room for the night, which was great, as I had been mostly sleeping on the beach. Ah, student days...
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Old 11-08-2012, 04:54 AM   #34870
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I guess it helps to know 'how' to bet.
I have an infallible* system for roulette. It's guaranteed† to win‡. I'll teach it to you for a modest fee.





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Old 11-08-2012, 05:04 AM   #34871
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I have an infallible* system for roulette. It's guaranteed† to win‡. I'll teach it to you for a modest fee.





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Is it the "doubling up" method?
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Old 11-08-2012, 06:56 AM   #34872
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Is it the "doubling up" method?
Are you trying to ruin my scam livelihood?
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Old 11-08-2012, 07:26 AM   #34873
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Are you trying to ruin my scam livelihood?
Ha! I used to regularly break the bank on my home Roulette Wheel with that method. Would never have the guts to do it for real.
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I had a long talk with my neighbour today, she also e-reads (or is it "reads e"?). It's not necessarily a bad thing we don't talk with each other that often because my (and her) book wishlist has just gotten a lot longer because we both like the same books.
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