Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Your Turn

What does a jackpot need to be before you buy a lottery ticket?

27 comments:

Brayson87 said...

Depends on if it's a winning ticket or not.

kfitz said...

I never buy lottery tickets lol

sandybrook said...

I rarely buy them but am stupid enough to only buy them when a jackpot gets really huge. I should buy them right after a huge one has been won, better chance at lower odds of winning.

Troy Dyer said...

I’ve read enough of the “lottery ruined my life” stories to not partake.

rosie riveter said...

I think if winning the lottery ruins someones life, they were struggling to begin with.

Do Tell said...

Some ridiculously inflated amount. Although, it isn't as if a higher jackpot increases your chances of winning. Anyway, Powerball winners never come from my state.

I've had much better luck on slot machines.

Ann said...

I read articles on the internet and tell hubby to stop on his way home. For the last two weeks they were saying it hadn't been won and the jackpot was climbing but I keep forgetting to tell hubby to stop. We are big spenders- a whole lottery ticket. So whenever it makes the news I tell hubby to buy a ticket. You can't win if you don't play!

Ann said...

Let me add that I actually personally knew two lottery winners. One did the typical blew through the money and had nothing left in record time. Divorce followed, etc etc. The other person quit her job (she worked in a factory). After she won she went on trips and saw all the places she always wanted to visit. She really enjoyed herself but when she came home she realize she was lonely. She said the entire neighborhood emptied out as people went to work every day. She couldn't watch daytime television. So she called her old boss back up and asked for her job back. She was working again when I met her for my job. Nice lady and very responsible with her money. It wasn't until I met her that I started buying a lottery ticket whenever the jackpot gets big.

Jennifer said...

Mostly my husband buys the lottery tickets, but when it gets big enough that he starts saying out loud, "I've got to stop at the gas station to get Powerball/Mega millions tickets." I take notice and buy a couple easy picks myself.

I agree Rosie, about ruining lives & struggling.

Krab said...

I never buy them. Stupid tax.

DavidHowesCREBroker said...

On my blog, I mention that Publisher's Clearing House now only gives $5,000 a week for life.
My guess is that too many of the their grand prize recipients are broke after just a few years, because they lack money management skills.

Since I live in Las Vegas, I know the odds are against you winning anything.

Well. maybe I would be attacked by a polar bear twice in one day before winning the lottery!

=)

Jeff splatford said...

it doesnt have to be a certain number..if im in a store and can remember i usually throw a couple of bucks in the machine

Aquagirl said...

Every once in awhile, I buy one, but there’s no rhyme or reason. I have a friend who has dinner parties and usually puts scratch-offs on each person’s plate. I always win those, but it’s usually $20.

lightgirl said...

Same here, every once in a while for me. I'll buy a ticket with a jackpot of $500,000, up to the big $50 mil or so.

Sagan said...

I used to play 4 numbers religiously every Saturday - back before they changed the Pick-Four from once a week drawing to daily (nightly).

Otherwise, the MegaPower lottery scam draws me in when it gets over $150 million. I figure, Cash single payment option will leave me with $75 million after taxes. I can find 24 other people to go with me to claim "OUR" ticket so we can split it evenly -and they can give what they want to whomever they wish.

Brayson87 said...

Honestly we should just get Tricia, Montana and MD to pick our numbers for us, they're pretty good guessers. 😄

Scandi Sanskrit said...

“Divorce followed”?

How does that happen?

Scandi Sanskrit said...

If that lady you knew was artistic, she’d be drawing all day or writing all day or making something funny all day.

It’s like every artist’s dream.

Cee Kay said...

The amount doesn't really matter, but I tend not to bother unless they're close to $10 million. I don't really bother when they're over $30 million either, for some weird reason. I figure, why bother? but I don't know why I only think that when it's a big jackpot. (Disclosure - I'm in Canada and we don't get Powerball-type amounts on our lotteries. But if we win, we automatically get the full amount in a lump sum and we get to keep every dime.)

Substance D said...

“The Lottery, with its weekly pay-out of enormous prizes, was the one public event to which the proles paid serious attention. It was probable that there were some millions of proles for whom the Lottery was the principal if not the only reason for remaining alive. It was their delight, their folly, their anodyne, their intellectual stimulant. Where the Lottery was concerned, even people who could barely read and write seemed capable of intricate calculations and staggering feats of memory. There was a whole tribe of men who made their living simply by selling systems, forecasts, and lucky amulets. Winston had nothing to do with the Lottery, which was managed by the Ministry of Plenty, but he was aware (indeed everyone in the party was aware) that the prizes were largely imaginary. Only small sums were actually paid out, the winners of the big prizes being nonexistent persons.”

― George Orwell, 1984

Scandi Sanskrit said...

Isn’t that what it’s like in the real world too?

What surprised me about Ann’s story is, the people she knew didn’t have hanger-ones bothering them because they wanted something from the lottery winners. I don’t know why people do it, because it messes up your human interactions and social life.

Skyler the Weird said...

If it's half a billion dollars I'll buy one for the fun of dreaming about what to do with that kind of money.

GentleBreeze said...

1/2 a mil for me.

SBay said...

Money for lottery tickets is just a tax for the mathematically challenged...

Scandi Sanskrit said...

That’s an interesting way to look at it.

I’ve always thought of it as “happy insurance” where nobody has to die.

Except I suppose it is a motive for murder (saw a true crime documentary about a lottery winner once). 🤷🏻‍♀️🐈

emeraldcity said...

Buying a lottery ticket is mostly just buying a dream for a week.

Usually buy at around $20million.......the main lotteries in Oz usually don't go off until they hit that ammount. You have to be in it to win in. Tuesday's Ozlotto was $70million, 3 people had winning Jackpot numbers but would you believe it one man bought tickets with his favourite numbers twice by mistake and you guessed it his numbers came up twice.

If anyone up there is listening I'm sure it's my turn.

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