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I find myself getting absorbed into the "what ifs" and imaginations of winning a lottery prize, only to be, as one might expect, disappointed.

I am also prone to gambling in general because of my general optimism and entitlement complex haha.

Anyone else deal with this?
 

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I personally roll my eyes at lottery tickets. The chance is way too small to win, so you end up wasting a lot of cash over time that doesn't return the time invested in them. I could had used the same cash to buy something more cherished and lasting rather than throwing it into the black hole of wishful returns.

Even IF the possibility of me winning happened, I can't imagine the stress involved. I stumbled upon some stories about lottery winners, and they're not happy after stories! Relatives you never heard of before suddenly contact you, immediate family members wonder why you want to hire a lawyer as if you don't trust them, then everyone else is harder to trust and find genuine.
 

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When the pot is huge, I'll send husband out to get two tickets ($4.00). There is a chance we can win because we have two tickets in our hands. I love that feeling, a chance, and please believe me, if I won millions, I would love it. I'm not a person who is like "oh poor me I won the lottery guess I'll give it all away because money is so bad". That ain't me.

I went to the local casino many years ago, won a bunch and immediately left, took my money with me and haven't been back. In my mind, I was ahead, and didn't want to end up in the hole.

So, we are currently "in the hole", when we buy lottery tickets and ahead, with my one win at the casino. Whatever pleasure goes on in the mind of a gambler, it doesn't do the same for me, some can get into going to the casinos and love it, I'm like... meh. I have other problems/addictions, like buying too many books. To each their own.
 

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Lottery: only when it's huge like others have said. Lottery funds support some cool stuff, so I never feel too bad when I lose.

I used to play poker for hours a day. It got to the point where it wasn't fun anymore, so stopping wasn't difficult.

Both my parents and mother-in-law are big casino people, so when they want to bond that's where we go. It can be fun in moderation, some of the machines have cute bonuses. For whatever reason I don't feel anxious/overloaded in that environment, which is weird. I get anxious at places like Dave and Busters...
 

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I've had the 'what if' scenarios running in my mind since my early teens. I also have a detailed plan ready in case I should win. I definitely don't want any publicity.

I'm an avid lottery enthusiast, and buy some tickets every week. I like to think that at least I have a minuscule chance at winning. Of course I know the chances are slim to none, but sometimes the dreams are all I have to keep me going during rough times. It's obviously a way of avoiding dealing with the reality sometimes, but I've learned not to let it consume me completely.

Since I know I can get easily addicted to anything, I've avoided going to casinos. I did go casino-hopping when I was in Las Vegas, but that's part of the whole experience and I enjoyed it. But I know it's best that I don't start thinking about frequent visits.
 

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I do not get the appeal of gambling in the slightest. If I wanted to risk my money I'd invest it in the stock market, which at least has decent odds of increasing your returns if you do your research.

What pisses me off is these rich people who gamble away like $100K in a single weekend. If you have that much money to waste like that in the first place, you're part of what's wrong with society. Give that money to someone who actually needs it instead of passing it along to other rich people (casino owners). Then these are the same people underpaying their workers and bitching about having to pay higher taxes.

My husband enjoys gambling, but that's because he pretty much always wins. He only plays blackjack, he goes with $200 and stays either until he lost that $200 (which I haven't seen happen yet) or has more than doubled his money. Then he leaves instead of playing further and risking losing it all. I still don't get the appeal. He keeps nagging me to go to the casino with him but I'm like "Why don't you go with someone else? I will just be standing there (since you're not allowed to sit at the tables if you're not playing) for hours watching you play."
 

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I like to gamble for that same reason. The problem is I really wonder how fair anything is. For example, when you have sweepstakes and they only allow one entry per person but you have your friends play for you and all that other bullshit. Or when you have scratch cards, which is what I like, and someone decides to spend $100 on cards when you only have $20. As much as I like the idea of things being left up to chance, I'm far too skeptical about others cheating or having an advantage over me.
 

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Ever so often I'll buy a ticket. My motivation is to pay off my student loans and afford to buy a decent car and/or move. I think that's sensible. Will it ever happen? Not likely, but there still is a chance.
 

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I don't gamble. I don't even like to purchase charity raffle tickets. When confronted with that situation I will give money but refuse a ticket. [Side issue peeve about needing to entice people to be generous and compassionate.] I believe that gambling is wrong and that governmentally operated gambling (such as state lotteries) tend to entice those who have little to begin with part with their money. I once heard Bill Nye compare the lottery to playing Russian roulette with a 1,000,000-chamber revolver in which only one chamber is empty and the rest are loaded and ready to fire.

Now as far as the what if's are concerned, that's a different story (to my shame:blushed:). I can be like Tevye...
 


...but then I consider how great wealth disparity isn't a good thing. :unsure: And there are more persistent, enduring, and valuable things worth pursuing...
 

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I gamble on sport bets (no other bets (think i'm not allowed). Because i know a lot of tennis, football, cycling and also the gambling system, i'm good at it. If you use the right tactics, you can win a lot of money with it.

Didn't gamble the last 3 months because no time and didn't want to do it, but sometimes it is an extra income for me. (although i can lose also, but if you win i win a lot (and keep a little bit for a next time). Also think it's better to gamble when sport seasons start (football season start in the mid summer (because topteams aren't always top then (because it's the start) and a lot of the odd's underdogs are underestimated. Same for the end. Mid-season is pretty bad to bet/gamble.

Never want to gamble for other things. And i can't count cards :(
 

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You aren't going to see some big shot take me for a fool and gain my wages! It's about time we stop advertising gambling. Full stop.

I don't even believe horse racing (which is unbelievably traditional in Britain) is a good thing to our pockets or to the those horses.

You might just persuade me to keep those 2p machines at Blackpool and other coastal towns. But I think I draw the line there....if I do draw the line there at all.
 

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I always try to manipulate my luck, by bargaining with my spirit guide. I used to be really lucky, but he stopped helping me.. :[
I am still luckier than my friends and family when I play, but I also know when to stop playing and be happy with what I've got.
I make a habit of only gambling when other people invite me to go with them.
It happened on occasion when I was living with housemates, but now that I've moved out, I never gamble.
I've always played on other people's money. I wouldn't play on my own. And my friends an family have been generous enough to give me free money tokens and money from their wallet to let me play.
I like how the alcohol is free.. So its entirely a win for me, even if I lose.

I don't play the lottery. I don't really want to either, but sometimes I do dream about winning.
 

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Stocks > Your 22 Year Old Cousin > Options/Futures (of stocks) > Poker > Penny Stocks > All Other Gambling.

If one's going to gamble, at least play poker, the most fun game to gamble on. Everything else just has someone heavily cutting your money, win or lose.
 

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Gambling? Never. Never ever. I don't care much about money but one thing i have don't do is throw it away. I'll spend money on an experience I want to have or on toys -- and by toys I mean skiing and climbing gear and musical instruments. But I have zero interest in gambling. It's just not for me.
 

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I'm a big fan of poker and want to become a pro player one day. Currently I practice my skills at onlie casinos, I [ link removed ] about most reliable Swedish casinos and decided to try my luck! Hope I'll win a cash prize one day.
 

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I don't play much, but sometimes I like playing slots. Such games don't require special skills, so they help me to relax and win some money. Also it is important to choose only trustworthy sites, and thanks to the special platforms it is easy to do. Personally I use [link removed] before visiting a casino as this source allows me to find out where I can receive the biggest bonus. But in general, I try to be very careful with gambling and have a rule not to lose more than I win :)
 

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When the pot is huge, I'll send husband out to get two tickets ($4.00). There is a chance we can win because we have two tickets in our hands. I love that feeling, a chance, and please believe me, if I won millions, I would love it. I'm not a person who is like "oh poor me I won the lottery guess I'll give it all away because money is so bad". That ain't me.

I went to the local casino many years ago, won a bunch and immediately left, took my money with me and haven't been back. In my mind, I was ahead, and didn't want to end up in the hole.

So, we are currently "in the hole", when we buy lottery tickets and ahead, with my one win at the casino. Whatever pleasure goes on in the mind of a gambler, it doesn't do the same for me, some can get into going to the casinos and love it, I'm like... meh. I have other problems/addictions, like buying too many books. To each their own.
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