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I saw the old "mega thread" got closed... hadn't had a post in a few months. Wow, shame to see it die. Reading some of the comments from those like omiller no wonder it did.

I can honestly say the wins are far and few between for myself as well. Although I don't play nearly the amount I did a few years back, I'm probably good for at least $200 a month on average. Almost always end up at a loss for the month.


Just today I did some side computer work, had about $150 to gamble with. Bought 4 of the new $30 tickets and won $30 on one and $40 on another. Bought a $20 Christmas ticket and lost. I'm like 0 for 6 or 7 on the new Christmas $20 and maybe one or two break even wins on as many of the $10 Christmas tickets.


I only picked up two millionaire raffle tickets this year. I've purchased well over 50 of them now over the years and have yet to win a single prize. Not even a $100 prize on well over 50 tickets.


Hopefully someone out there is winning something nice!

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In response to GetReal720

Hey GetReal.. Your results are like mine. May mix in a $500 or $400 or $200 but its sandwiched in between a ton of duds. I am holding out hope I got some good Millionaire Raffle tickets though this year. Never won on those either. I can say I probably spent about the same thing year(I don't keep actual records) and only hit $1K twice. Past few years its been anywhere from 4-6 times.  Here is an example of how bad PA is with randomizing. I got a roll of $20 XMas. I got 2-100's on the 1st 7 and after 15 tickets(halfway) I had $290. Thought sure sure there is no way I would have $70 or less on the back half(to make the typical $320-$360) payout. 15 tickets left and surely there was a $400 or $500. Nope 3 winners in the final 15 tickets and those paid $70 total. Wait there is no $30 prize so it was 2 winners. a $50 and a $20.. Pitiful. 2020 def has to be the year of the cutback and hope to find quality in lack of quantity.

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Sorry Guys.  PA Lottery Scratch off tickets are dead and dead forever.  I have been playing scratch off's since there was only a $1 ticket (1988).  Today's tickets are absolutely horrible compared to years past. The only thing you need to do is check the odds.  In the past odds for $10 tickets were one winner in 3.04 tickets.  Today they are almost one winner in every 4 tickets.  This all started to go sideways when the PA Casinos opened.  The lottery knew that the casinos would take a big slice of their revenue and instead of trying to add better games to make the lottery more attractive to new players they instead decided to reduce the odds and squeeze more out of the their current players.  Now to most people a $20 ticket with odds that go from 1 winner in every 3.06 tickets versus today's 1 winner in every 3.6 tickets ($1 Million Cash Blowout) may not seem like a big deal but it is!  at 1 winner in every 3.06 tickets you would have a 10 winners in just about every 30 tickets purchased (or 100 winners in every 300 tickets).  At the new odds you would have 10 winners in just about every 36 tickets purchased (100 winners in every 360!).  That's a huge difference, one that is being felt by players every day.  Ask you friends who buy tickets.  They also play a trick when releasing new tickets where they will launch a game that may be 1 winner in every 3.59 tickets then the next game is 1 in 3.67.  Ever decreasing odds are a killer.   I will say that the fast play games offer slightly better odds but you don't know the odds of winning the jackpot so that's cooked too.

  I have reverted back to playing pick 3 and pick 4.  Those are set odds that don't change.  I did love scratch offs but I'm afraid they are done forever.

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Not mine. So now the store next to me has sold a $3Mil, $50K, 2-$25K and 2-$10K's in the past 5-6 years. This one is a Win All for $10K on ticket 000 

 

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It's gotten so bad I'm pretty close to just dropping playing the lottery for good and starting to bet some professional sports... especially football. I'd have made a lot of nice coin in the playoffs so far this year, had I had the nuggets to put the cash on the line...

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In response to GetReal720

I been thinking the same. I look at Fanduel for fun, as I haven't sports bet in 20 years. Keep thinking my money will def last longer(3 hrs on $100) with a 50/50 chance of winning. Def better odds than the lottery. I am hoping once the casino opens in Morgantown(would be about 30min from me), that will also replace all my lottery cravings as long as payouts are good.

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Florida group just posted a new $30 ticket coming out. 155 top prizes of 1Mil. I am sure alot of lower end duds, but 155 top prizes is kinda nice. I'd def focus on only that ticket if PA had something similiar.

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Hi all. I did get the good one below recently ($300), and won $70 on it the same day, but that has been my only luck. It did help me out for the month. I would cut back anyway due to decreasing PA odds, but I can often only afford the lower priced tickets. If they win enough, I try higher. 

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In response to MattfromPA

Nice win. That would be a cool symbol to uncover. I did find the Winprz symbol for $70 on the 5 or 6 I played the other day.  I found a $500 Win All on that new $20 ticket, but thats about it. Been trying to now stick to one or two and done. No more bulk purchases to maybe get 25% back..

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In response to omiller315

Thanks omiller. It surprised me in a good way. After the Q bonus revealed a Win $100, I knew it was at least $150. My $70 winner had a 7x with $10. The third one I got lost, and I have not bought another one yet. Congrats on your wins. Definitely good to cut back. What is next on the $20 tickets - 1 in 4 odds? Hope you have been good. I will be moving soon but it will likely be in the same general area.

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In response to MattfromPA

Thanks Matt. Things are good here. Just recently moved as well. Same area and work in the same spot. Can't believe how lucky that store is, yet I still can't find anything over $1K there.

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Saw a Strategic Games employee at my normal store. He told me the new tickets coming out on the 24th has a $5 ticket that also has a game on the back. I can see people missing that for sure.  I also only played a few of the $5 Dublins ticket. Didn't realize it's a # match along with a prize match.I can see people missing that part(like myself). More and more ways to hope the scratcher throws away winners!!!

I got a $20 Christmas book with some past winnings. I didn't scratch it yet, but the pack # was my birthdate(day) along with birth year followed by 2 more #'s, one of which was month I was born.  I looked at all books and all pack #s and that one jumped out. We shall see what it brings.

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Wait til you hear this crap!!  I buy a pack of the $20 XMas. At the halfway point it had 7 winners for $300. Figured that was 15 more tickets to get 2 winners for $60 and then hopefully a bonus win. Well I got a $200 along with the $60 and got back $560 on $600. Not bad. I decide on his other $20 Christmas ticket. It was hitting left and right. After 13 tickets it paid back 8 winners and $340. Figured I had 17 tickets to get that final $20 along with a bonus. Figured for sure there had to be another bonus win. NOPE. Final 17 tickets paid $20 with only 1 win. That is some straight up BS.. I checked them all with my phone also and they all lost. UNREAL!!!

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Another PA crap story. They ended Mega Millionaire. Loved that game. Place at work had 2 left on roll and paid $50-$100. Machine was on 029 and lost. Stopped another place and maybe got back 50% on what they had left. Stopped at the place next to a pizza joint. Figured all the smaller places would still have them. I got the final 9 tickets.. ALL LOST!!!! Yep, everyone. Now of course with my PA $20 XMAS ticket story that doesn't even mean the first 21 tickets paid anything..Just sucks to really see long batches of losers. Spread them out!!

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