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    Quote Originally Posted by killramos View Post
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    Back to the premise of the question.

    “Play” the lottery. Do people really think it’s a game? Do they think it’s fun?
    From the people I have stood behind at gas stations, spending 5-10mins asking for every lotto ticket imaginable, i'd say yes some people definitely find it fun / a game.
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    If you're playing for a return on your money you're a degenerate. If you put a few bucks down as a way to fantasize about being ridiculously rich I can understand that.

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    I don't think I've bought a single ticket in my life. I do gamble occasionally, poker game here, go in on a waffle there, that's about it. Annoying when Im getting my morning shitty gas station coffee and stuck behind someone cashing in and buying a bunch more tickets.
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    Ironically, I have a win-the-lottery dream about once a month. Those are cold dark mornings.

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    "poor taxes" my parents called them.

    I should really play as a result. But I don't... Although the work pool I was into just for the same reason as others - but I even dropped out of that after starting to question NEVER ever winning. Like not even the occasional 5$/free play - after a decade you have to wonder how you can never win ANYTHING.

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    Not after seeing how much Mario’s lottery thread fails.

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    I enjoyed scratch and wins back in the day

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    If I went to a better school, I'd be an Investment Banker. They'll tell you that "there's no reward without risk".
    Well... Lottery is the ultimate risk/reward scenario, so obviously, a significant part of your properly diversified portfolio should be in lottery tickets.
    Because Investment Bankers no best.

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    An investment banker would drool at the opportunity to take 50% off the top like the lottery companies do.

    Ibankers take much more austere cuts off the top of the transactions they enable.

    Lottery tickets have no part in any diversified portfolio. Now if I could invest in the lottery companies on the other hand...
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    I joined a work pool back in the day, $20 a month. Did that for about a year with 8 people until the person who ran the pool got shitcanned, so I took over running the pool at work. It's just 8 people in my team, and it's $20 per person per month, insignificant. We buy $40 worth of tickets every single week, and it's a losing game that's for sure. I know the chances are slim to none, but for less than a dollar a day keeps the dream alive.

    My math teacher in High School called it a tax on people who are bad at math, and I agree, but with such small amount invested, it's really for shits and giggles. Can't win if you don't play haha. Our single biggest win was like $162, and about couple of times a year we win enough small change to get a month free play.

    If I go to a game used to get $20 worth of 50/50 and occasionally support the Stars and Foothills home lotteries (only because i know a fucker who won a home in Edmonton....), but i usually only buy 1 ticket.

    Yah not exactly fun, but to me it's small change that doesn't impact me any, but has a possible very high upside, however small the chances. Someone has to win.

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    That reminds me. I think one of the members on 780tuners (before it was nothing but a Facebook page of "which cat back is best" stupid nightmare) won a Dream House and maybe a car and boat etc etc.
    I can't recall the detais, but I don't know anyone personally who has won much of anything.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ThePenIsMightier View Post
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    That reminds me. I think one of the members on 780tuners (before it was nothing but a Facebook page of "which cat back is best" stupid nightmare) won a Dream House and maybe a car and boat etc etc.
    I can't recall the detais, but I don't know anyone personally who has won much of anything.
    Sounds like a friend of mine, was one of the stampede draws - house xterra and I think he was trying to sell the boat for years after - nobody wanted that wake boat.

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    Beyond, bunch of creme puffs on this board.
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    Pursuit of happiness is what its all about, you don't actually have to achieve it. Same with money.
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    Quote Originally Posted by killramos View Post
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    Back to the premise of the question.

    ďPlayĒ the lottery. Do people really think itís a game? Do they think itís fun?
    I just remembered when those complicated Scratch & Win tickets first came along, I enjoyed buying one of those maybe every few weeks. They're essentially a game that you play for a few minutes before you find out that you have set your money on fire. I guess that's "playing" the lottery, to some extent.
    The novelty wore off for me because I was paranoid to throw loser tickets out in case I had made a mistake and it was actually a winner. It was a pain in the dick to remember to take them back to whatever store to get them scanned/checked, so somehow I escaped the clutches of this extremely powerful and financially devastating addiction.

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    Personality trait of gambling is not necessarily bad. If you had put $100 into "Flooz" it would be worth nothing today. If you had put $100 into Bitcoin, you'd be laughing right now. As with everything, you need to know when to fold 'em.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZenOps View Post
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    Personality trait of gambling is not necessarily bad. If you had put $100 into "Flooz" it would be worth nothing today. If you had put $100 into Bitcoin, you'd be laughing right now. As with everything, you need to know when to fold 'em.

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    I buy tickets when I'm in places that I don't go to normally, IE when I drove down to Brooks to deliver something I got a $20 quickpick when I stopped for gas

    When I was traveling for work I would buy tickets in random buttfuck towns

    I was down in Texas when the powerball reached that $1bn or whatever and all the guys on my training course put in $20 (so about 400 bucks all in) and we got a pool of tickets :lol:

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    My lottery buys are usually impulse when buying gas. Standing in line waiting to pay for a red bull."oh, lotto max is 50 schmilly..." ill throw $20.00 for a ticket. Once or twice a month max... lotto max that is.
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    I mean, buying a few tickets a month $20 bucks each is as much as I spend on my cell phone bill. Way more than I pay on credit card fees, close to what I pay for my internet bill. Would cover liability insurance on a car.

    I’d go as far as to say that’s a fair amount of money.

    And there are what? A dozen threads a year on trying to save that $.

    I’ll be quiet now, I’ve been told questioning the efficacy of the lottery is a no touch topic on here.
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