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Playing the Lottery;is it rigged?

  1. Stacie L profile image87
    Stacie Lposted 5 years ago

    I see commercials for the local state lotteries and the national ones and wonder if I'm just wasting my money buying a ticket.
    it is a harmless past time and doesn't cost very much.
    on the other hand,it does cause some people with an addictive impersonality to gamble too much..
    do you spend money on a weekly lottery?
    how much do you spend?

    1. 1youcantoo profile image61
      1youcantooposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      I think so i play the machine all week and lost every single day a couple hundred bucks. Stupid machines. Not Liking the Oregon lotto right now.

      1. thastar profile image59
        thastarposted 5 years ago in reply to this


    2. Maddie Ruud profile image81
      Maddie Ruudposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      My father, an economist, always told me the lottery is a tax on the stupid.  He doesn't mince words.

      1. wilderness profile image96
        wildernessposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        A tax on the stupid.  I like it - that is exactly what it is.

      2. IzzyM profile image86
        IzzyMposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        This 'tax on the stupid', which it undoubtedly is, is robbing milk from newborns' mouths.

        The lowest paid are so desperate to get out of poverty, they spend proportionately more of their income on lottery tickets than the rich.

        Lotteries are evil, and the politicians who permitted State run lotteries are worse.

        1. Maddie Ruud profile image81
          Maddie Ruudposted 5 years ago in reply to this

          That's exactly how I feel about MLM schemes, too.

        2. wilderness profile image96
          wildernessposted 5 years ago in reply to this

          I can't really go with you here, Izzy.  While it is, in a sense, robbing milk as you put it it probably does no harm.  Anyone silly enough to think they are going to win the lottery will simply fall for some other scam (sucker born every minute kind of thing) if they don't put it in the lottery.

          Maybe the MLM schemes as Maddie says.  At least the lottery is open and above board about the chances of winning; MLM companies promise the moon (verbally and by innuendo) and produce nothing.  The numbers and facts that will tell a prospective member what is most likely to happen are well hidden and very seldom revealed.

      3. 70
        logic,commonsenseposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        If one thinks they are going to come out ahead, then yes.  However, I play and hope others do as well because it helps keep our other taxes down and..... ya just never know. smile

    3. Mr Tindle profile image87
      Mr Tindleposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      Lotteries are designed to bring in money for government not the people who play them. Somebody will win (for marketing purposes to entice as many people as possible to play), but it probably won't be you.

    4. Hugh Williamson profile image89
      Hugh Williamsonposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      The odds of winning anything are infinitesimally small, so they don't need to fix a lottery in order to make a lot of money. I don't think it's crooked but I wouldn't count on it for a source of income.

      I used to buy a ticket now and then - my idea is if you get a dollar's worth of fun out of buying a dollar ticket, then why not? If you spend a lot of $ each week buying tickets, that could be a problem.

      By the way, remember when lotteries started and we were told all the money would go to education? That's probably the only crooked thing about lotteries.

  2. 70
    logic,commonsenseposted 5 years ago

    The odds are just so horrible, it seems like it is.  I play more than I should, but not nearly as much as some people.  Have won a few thousand over the years.  Was hoping I would win the last Mega Millions jackpot,319 million, so I could break even! smile

    1. Cagsil profile image83
      Cagsilposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      lol lol lol

      @OP- of course the house is favored. Otherwise, it wouldn't be gambling. lol

      1. vellos profile image61
        vellosposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        No, I highly doubt it is rigged. Think of the disaster that would befall them if they really rigged it and that got out in the press.

  3. kmackey32 profile image81
    kmackey32posted 5 years ago

    I almost never buy lottery tickets. The odds of winning are too low for me to compete pluss I dont like giving the money I worked for away so easily. I may buy one once a year if that...lol