How do you view the lottery?

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    Sure, the odds are bad. The odds at winning the Powerball are 1:195,249,054 as stated on the ticket sold here in Wisconsin. Sure, your odds at being struck by lightening are better, twice. But, BUT... SOMEONE has to win it. NO ONE is playing the game with any better odds than you have, and someone is WINNING it. So why shouldn't it be YOU? And you can't win if you don't play, so I play. I usually wait until it gets over $100,000,000 before I buy any tickets though. Waste of money? I'm sure there are those that will tell you it's the worst bet on earth, and it is, really. But, the pay off if you win is also the largest on earth. So what the hell... why not take a chance?
     
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    I use the lottery as a way to mentally masturbate to a better life.
     
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    I know you're joking, but you have a point, really, there are people that count on winning the lottery as a way to achieve financial security. It was in an article written in the Wisconsin State Journal a couple years back that my mother sent me when I was in Nevada. Sure you'd have a ton of money, but how dumb can a person be to think they're going to win? It's a gamble, not a given.
     
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    Only a waste of money if you think it is, or if your spending more then you can afford.

    When I buy the lottery ticket I look at it as one less soda or candy bar ( both bad for me) I can get for every ticket I buy,
     
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    I just never remember to play (I don't make a special trip) and when I do remember it's after midnight and you can't play then.
     
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    Yup. It's like life- you can't win if you don't enter.

    I called the state lottery office the other day as I had a question about their subscription program. I bought a year's worth of draws (2x/wk) for $100. They throw in two extra draws for free.

    I asked the lady "is it fun working for the lottery?" She let out a sigh, stuttered, and said "well do you want the truth?". She muttered something about the governor and said "well I better not talk about it".
    LOL
     
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    I put 10.00 a week on mega millions. 5.00 on Friday and 5.00 on Tuesday so if it's an addiction, it isn't too awfully expensive. If they ever get casinos here in Ohio, I might spend a little more but I'm pretty responsible. Gambling is fun.
     
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    I rarely buy tickets except at Christmas. I give them out as presents to the mailman, UPS guy, etc. In NJ, I believe the lottery is the only state program that pays for itself. When the state shut down a few years ago, they lost millions. Brilliant, eh?
     
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    I'll sell you my chance to be President for a buck if you're interested.
     
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    My dad (who does buy lottery tickets occasionally) refers to it as 'the stupidity tax'.

    Think there's nothing wrong with buying a ticket from time to time, but I would absolutely never stick to a certain set of numbers (i.e. birth dates etc), because you'd just kill yourself if you hadn't bought a ticket with those numbers and most / all of them came up one week.
     

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