Scratch off tickets, which have better odds?

United States
October 14, 2009 1:00pm CST
they have scratch offs at varying prices now. anything from a dollar for 1 ticket to 20 dollars for 1 ticket and while of course the more you pay the bigger the price you are trying for (usually) i wonder that if you pay more if your odds of winning something or breaking even is better? i usually play the dollar ones and usually win a few bucks here and there but im too cheap to try the 20 dollar ones etc because at least with the dollar ones i usually play 3 tickets at a time (they are rumored to have a winning ticket every three tickets) 3 dollars lost is a lot better than 20! but i have heard of a lot more people winning something when they play those so im wondering if its worth the risk.. do you think the odds are the same as far as winning tickets? do you think the more you pay for the ticket the better the prizes or odds? im curious on the expensive ones but too much a cheapskate!
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11 responses
@jillhill (37358)
• United States
14 Oct 09
Same here.....I buy the two dollar ones...but very rarely....I used to buy them almost everyday but now just once in a great while. In the past I won more but also spent more. I don't know if the odds are better or worse if you pay more...it's a cheap thrill for me.
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• United States
15 Oct 09
yeah exactly (cheap thrill) i rarely buy them since you have to have cash and we NEVER carry cash and i dont have an addictive personality with that kind of thing but i seem to have good luck with the dollar ones which makes me wonder on the bigger ones
@jugsjugs (13038)
14 Oct 09
I used to buy a scratch card every time i went to my local shop and yes sometimes i won,but on the whole i lost more than i won,so i no longer get one.I have noticed that there are a lot of different priced ones about,but it is like everything its a chance of winning.I did have a friend that got hooked buying those and in the end she got herself in debt.
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• United States
15 Oct 09
yeah i have known people like that too.. im not worried about it since i dont play often and usually always break even..
@rusty2rusty (5811)
• Defiance, Ohio
14 Oct 09
Here is the thing about scratch off tickets. You are not guaranteed a winner. You are guaranteed to throw money away. Do not waste your time or money unless you have some extra bucks to loose. Scratch off tickets are a gamble, are addictive and the same as gambling. With that being said, if you wish to increase your chances of winning. I suggest you go to the lottery website and look through all the types of tickets there are and see which ones have winners still out there and how many winners. You can all that information on the officail lottery website of the state you live in. Good luck...if you do choose to play and win......please let us know.
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• United States
15 Oct 09
i usually always win and dont play often since i never carry cash so im not worried about being addicted and since i 99% of the time break even im not losing much either.. i will have to go check the tn lotto website and see if it says. thanks!
@happy6162 (3011)
• United States
14 Oct 09
On the back of the tickets it gives the odds of winning the big prize. I have tried a few of the more expensive and not done any better. If you are lucky you might win something big you just never know when you buy a scratch off if there will be a big winner or not it is a game of chance.
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• United States
15 Oct 09
most places have them in the containers to where you cant read the back until you buy them.. unless they have the odds posted some where else?
@sender621 (14971)
• United States
15 Oct 09
I have a brother-in-law that is the scratch off king. i have never seen anyone as lucky at scratch off tickets like him. His only problem he can't hang onto the money he wins. He likes to play the $20 scratch off tickets. They pay bigger money. he plays the cheaper tickets too, but the bigger the payoff the more interested he is. He admits that he wastes a lot of money on tickets, but it's what he enjoys.
• United States
18 Nov 09
i try to like play with a few bucks and if i win more than i played then i set aside the original amount and play with the extra winnings so that i dont waste or lose my own money lol
@cjfoust (614)
• United States
15 Oct 09
I like you prefer the dollar scratch tickets over all of them. I have splurged a few times on the five dollar tickets but still didn't win anything. I definately don't see me trying any scratch tickets higher than five dollars. I will spend five dollars on Fridays for the mega millions drawing though. Hasn't done me much good yet, but I'm going to keep my fingers crossed!
• United States
15 Oct 09
i have no luck with like the powerball which i have been playing but the dollar scratch offs i do good with.. the cash three in tn i wont 250 once but seems like if they arent scratch offs im just not lucky at em
• Canada
15 Oct 09
I think that the ones with the better odds are the ones in Canada! LOL I lived in the USA for a year, and I never won a damn thing on a scratch ticket while I was there, but as soon as I got home from the USA, I started winning enough money to cover my caffeine habit (my expensive caffeine habit, that is. You know I like lattes, instead of the black instant stuff haha)
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• United States
15 Oct 09
i didnt know canada had them.. of course it makes sense lol.. i just never thought about it lol
@shibakat (27)
• United States
15 Oct 09
I have had pretty good luck with the $5 dollar tickets, and I usually buy them a couple at a time. As for the $1 tickets, I have heard that about 1 in 6 is a winner. And if you want to know the actual odds of winning, you can just check out the back of the ticket. I'm almost positive that each ticket has the winning odds posted right there for you to see. The prizes are definitely better when you pay more money, but I'm not sure about the odds.
@saisakth (77)
• India
15 Oct 09
hi friend, these scratch off are very risky , but we get thrill while playing that type of game// so be try and do it
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@Bluepatch (2482)
• Trinidad And Tobago
15 Oct 09
Somebody once told me the best odds are in Roulette where you get 35 to 1 when you win. All the odds in these apparently small gambling things are in favour of the designer and owner rather than you. I've played endless scratch tickets in my time and won nits, literally, nits. And, the expenditure adds up like you will not believe. Play Roulette or die as they say - you're wasting your money, dearie !
@solared (1210)
• United States
15 Oct 09
usually if you hear someone winning from a certain store it's a good idea to check it out...lol