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Do you play the lottery?

Asked at Massachusetts Street on March 29, 2009

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Photo of Erin Williams

“No, I do not. I was raised Southern Baptist, and it isn’t on my radar”

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“It depends on how bad the week is (going).”

Photo of David Howard

“Maybe once or twice every couple of months. If it’s up there, I’ll buy one.”

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“No, I do not. I believe it’s a waste of money.”

Comments

RoeDapple 5 years, 8 months ago

Ya can't win if ya don't play................

viewfromahill 5 years, 8 months ago

I'm quite sure the lottery is playing me.

jonas_opines 5 years, 8 months ago

No, just Russian Roulette. In fact, I'm playing right n

elfth 5 years, 8 months ago

Lottery = retirement plan for the mathamaticly challenged.

TacoBob 5 years, 8 months ago

As Ross Perot once said, the lottery is a tax on stupid people.

Chris Ogle 5 years, 8 months ago

I live in Lawrence, does that count...

HermioneElliott 5 years, 8 months ago

Never thought about it. Every dollar I have is a precious thing to me. I'm watching my funds like a mother her child.

RoeDapple 5 years, 8 months ago

I don't play to win. I play for the entertainment value. I purchase lottery tickets as gifts to place in birthday cards, kind of an all or nothing gift that is appreciated according to the size of the current jackpot. As I said, not to win but because somebody will. Maybe me, maybe someone I care about.

Mixolydian 5 years, 8 months ago

I get my mom 50 bucks in the scratch cards for Christmas every year. She loves to play those. She'll sit there on Christmas and accumulate a little pile of scratch card shavings at her feet and have a high old time. She's never won anything to justify the cost of the gift, but if it makes her happy....

tir 5 years, 8 months ago

My mom, who lives in another state, won a substantial prize on a scratch-off ticket once, which she has put to good use fixing up her house. She is a frugal person by nature and doesn't normally waste money, but still likes to buy scratch-off tickets because she hopes she'll win big again. I have never won more than $5 on scratch-offs, but I'll buy a powerball ticket every now and then, just for the fun of imagining what I would do with the money if I won. It's good to imagine.

Chris Ogle 5 years, 8 months ago

At least when I buy a lottery ticket... I can scratch and sniff..... Hell, that's more fun than throwing away NCCA bracket after the first round.... and they both cost me about the same. .

Deja Coffin 5 years, 8 months ago

My husband works for the lottery so we don't play. BUT......the more people play the better bonus for him. So keep playing that lottery. Someone's bound to be a winner, why not you?

HermioneElliott 5 years, 8 months ago

I never thought about buying them as a gift. I buy a Sub every time I am at Walmart. The same amount spent on lottery tickets would probably be better for me. I don't want to see someone lose a bonus because I was a cheapskate-so-so-okay. Now every one rush out to Wal-Mart and shop so my daughter can get her bonus. Turn about is fair play.

JayCat_67 5 years, 8 months ago

Nah, used to go to bingo with Grandma when she was still around though. Quickest way to make a little old lady swear is to yell "BINGO!"

HermioneElliott 5 years, 8 months ago

I started out thinking of buying a lottery ticket as a really bad idea. Now I like the idea. I am way to malleable.

RoeDapple 5 years, 8 months ago

RoeDapple (Anonymous) says…

I don't play to win. I play for the entertainment value. I purchase lottery tickets as gifts to place in birthday cards, kind of an all or nothing gift that is appreciated according to the size of the current jackpot. As I said, not to win but because somebody will. Maybe me, maybe someone I care about.

So, when is your birthday Hermi ?

;-]

jumpin_catfish 5 years, 8 months ago

I was raised by a gambler so you know the answer. Besides I waste money on pop or candy everyday.

Bob Forer 5 years, 8 months ago

My ex-fiance's parents won the Florida lottery several years ago. Don't know how much but it was several million,. Didn't change them a bit. They were unhappy miserable people before they won; and unhappy, miserable people afterwards,.

Deja Coffin 5 years, 8 months ago

Hermione you keep buying lottery tickets and I'll keep shopping at Walmart.....sounds like a win/win situation to me!

I played Bingo for a school fundraiser recently and learned that unless you're 60+ don't count on winning.

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