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mudtoe

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Message Posted: Oct 31, 2013 2:41:40 PM

Mark James, I think you will get a real kick out of this one. Apparently if you get far enough on the D.C. Obamacare site to create your userid and password, you then receive some selections for some security questions as is common on other financial web sites. The usual questions are things like your mother's maiden name, the name of your first pet, the high school you graduated from, etc. However, I guess the designers of this web site had a pretty good idea of their potential clientele because one of the security questions asks you for the last four digits of your lotto numbers!!! ROFLMAO!!!


DC Obamacare Health Exchange Security Questions



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MarkJames
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Message Posted: Nov 26, 2013 9:26:17 AM

Several years ago I bought a home at a tax auction with literally hundreds of scratch-offs laying all over the home.

My daughters and nieces helping me clean up noticed several of the tickets were $1 and $2 winners, so they looked at the rest of the tickets.

They ended up finding several hundred dollars in winners.

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Hemond
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Message Posted: Nov 26, 2013 9:14:54 AM

How about the poor devil who did not claim the winning $1,000,000 prize lottery ticket in Indiana last month?
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MarkJames
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Message Posted: Nov 26, 2013 8:58:48 AM

Cheapskates. I would have given them $100,000 in cash.

Just kidding :)
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I75at7AM
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Message Posted: Nov 25, 2013 10:45:05 AM

Here is another example of store clerks (this time, the owners) trying to rip off a customer who came in to cash in a winning ticket.

Police: Deli owner tries to steal $1M lottery ticket

Now, the customer who bought the ticket, did they do the scratch offs and see if they had a winner? Did they know that all major prize winners must be taken to an actual lottery office for verification and payment? A retailer does not have a million dollars on hand, and you wouldn't want that in your hand walking out the door anyway. (The government wants their portion of taxes withheld)
I wonder if this was a sting of some sort.

[Edited by: I75at7AM at 11/25/2013 10:45:51 AM EST]
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MarkJames
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Message Posted: Nov 7, 2013 10:39:45 AM

<<As Mark mentioned, some people have poor eyesight or poor reading skills, and the don't know they have a winning ticket.>>

Even when many customers know they've won, they've often won more due to bonus multipliers, or they've won numerous times on the same ticket and don't realize it until our cashiers scan the ticket.
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I75at7AM
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Message Posted: Nov 7, 2013 9:53:19 AM

As Mark mentioned, some people have poor eyesight or poor reading skills, and the don't know they have a winning ticket.

Then, there are dishonest retail clerks who tell a customer "sorry, not a winning ticket" when actually is is a winner, and the clerk pockets the ticket and cashes it in later. My news story says Ohio busted 24 people and got convictions on all of them.

I don't understand how a person could willing fork over money in a game you have little chance of winning, and then not find out for sure if they actually won. It kind of deflates the excitement that is supposedly the reason people gamble in the first place.

Like John Wayne said, "Life is hard. It's harder when you're stupid."
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mudtoe
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Message Posted: Nov 1, 2013 6:49:40 PM

mj: "Some customers must have poor vision, or they don't understand some of the games as other customers have found many winners that others have thrown away."


I suspect that if there are winners left on the ground they were more likely left by an intoxicated person versus a nearly blind one.


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EZExit
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Message Posted: Nov 1, 2013 6:38:18 PM

Mark: <<<"I believe the food was for her kids, so she sacrificed her kid's food.">>>

--In all seriousness, we all see instances of behavior like this everyday, my drug addict sister is supported by the government, and she has a smart phone with all the bells and whistles, back before she started living on the streets, her boyfriend and her had a large screen TV with the premium package. It really isn't hard to figure out which people really need help, and people like your lottery players or my sister that do not need help, I wonder why the government has such a hard time figuring it out?

Incidentally, I promised my sister $25,000 immediately upon being able to pass a vigorous drug screen, plus help get her re-established with a place to live and a vehicle about 7 years ago. I still have my money. The government won't let her hit bottom for me to help her...

[Edited by: EZExit at 11/1/2013 6:39:27 PM EST]
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MarkJames
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Message Posted: Nov 1, 2013 12:34:20 PM

<<--She sacrificed her food, while keeping her cigs, in order to add more investment into her retirement account. Unbelievable.>>

I believe the food was for her kids, so she sacrificed her kid's food.
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EZExit
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Message Posted: Nov 1, 2013 12:10:01 PM

Could you imagine the liberal outcry if these lottery tickets that target the poorer amongst us were a product of entrepreneur capitalists instead of the government?

Mark: <<<"The other night we had a customer on food stamps that bought $120 worth of scratch offs and $50 worth of cigarettes. She attempted to by 3 cans of Spaghettios with her EBT card, however she had insufficient funds, so she paid cash.

Before she left she returned 2 cans of Spaghettios for cash and bought another scratch-off.">>>

--She sacrificed her food, while keeping her cigs, in order to add more investment into her retirement account. Unbelievable.

175: <<<"Mark, they should name the trash can at the end of the counter "The Bin of Shame" or "The Vessel of Lost Hope">>>

--Now that was funny! I like the "Vessel of Lost Hope", but as Mark had alluded to, they just litter the parking lot. Nice sentiment though.
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MarkJames
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Message Posted: Nov 1, 2013 11:53:54 AM

<<It's a safe bet that she's not going to vote for a politician that promises fiscal sanity. The democrat party has millions of people like her locked in to voting for people who promise more and more freebies.>>

I don't know if she votes, but if she does she's not likely to vote for anyone that's likely to cut, or eliminate freebies.
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MarkJames
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Message Posted: Nov 1, 2013 11:41:55 AM

<<Mark, they should name the trash can at the end of the counter "The Bin of Shame" or "The Vessel of Lost Hope">>

I wish more would use the trash cans. Many get upset when they lose, so they throw their losing tickets on the ground in the parking lot.

Some customers must have poor vision, or they don't understand some of the games as other customers have found many winners that others have thrown away.

There are also some second chance lottery promotions, so some might want to save their tickets.
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mudtoe
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Message Posted: Nov 1, 2013 11:15:07 AM

btc: "I guess you have not registered for an internet bank service lately. All these questions are there and have been for years. Wow! Out of the loop...."


I think you need to work more on your reading skills. Geez....


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mudtoe
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Message Posted: Nov 1, 2013 11:14:31 AM

mj: "Before she left she returned 2 cans of Spaghettios for cash and bought another scratch-off."


It's a safe bet that she's not going to vote for a politician that promises fiscal sanity. The democrat party has millions of people like her locked in to voting for people who promise more and more freebies.


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I75at7AM
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Message Posted: Nov 1, 2013 11:13:18 AM

Mark, they should name the trash can at the end of the counter "The Bin of Shame" or "The Vessel of Lost Hope"
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MarkJames
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Message Posted: Nov 1, 2013 11:12:11 AM

Many of our customers don't have a "system" of winning, however, many believe in "lucky stores", "lucky varieties of tickets" and even "lucky coins" they use to rub off the tickets.Due to the high volume of tickets sold in heavy populated areas they have more winners, so many of our customers travel to buy their tickets at these stores as they believe their chance of winning is greater.

We're fast becoming a gambling economy between horse racing, our current casino, casinos in the planning stage, lottery tickets, scratch-offs, OTB locations etc.
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MarkJames
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Message Posted: Nov 1, 2013 11:02:15 AM

My sister calls the large wall where her store's scratch-off tickets are displayed - The Wall Of Hope.

Many unsuccessful people will never have the motivation and discipline to become financially successful and don't have an inheritance or law settlement coming, so winning is their only hope in life.

Sadly, if and when many win big, they're not financially disciplined, so they blow all their money in a relatively short period of time.

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Hemond
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Message Posted: Nov 1, 2013 10:41:39 AM

QUOTE ::::::Scratch-Off tickets are our biggest sellers - largely due to the massive selection, instant gratification and better odds of winning.:::::


The issues raised in this response have always bothered me. The idea of state government feeding off the drug addiction of gambling is an abomination. Yes, people are going to gamble and there's nothing you can do about it. Just like people are going to smoke crack, shoot up, or drink a case of beer a night.

My state is as guilty as any, as gambling is its 3rd largest source of revenue. Our country should be better than this, yet we are not. And those least able to afford to lose this money jam the convenience store counters buying lottery tickets. We've all seen the miles long lines when the jackpot reaches the stratosphere. And we've all seen the sea of elderly automatons seated at slot machine terminals.

I have no suggestions. Still, it bothers me that this goes on.

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Message Posted: Nov 1, 2013 9:59:34 AM

I will never forget my first job, at a minority-owned business that had a lot of contracts with the federal government. There were several people who would spend their free time talking about their "system" for winning the number. Of course, they couldn't share the details with everyone, because that would ruin it for them.

Of course, I wasn't even aware that there was a lottery ticket for three and four digit numbers, since everyone I knew was aware that the lottery was just a poor person's tax. It was enlightening for me, to say the least, to see these people spending their hard-earned money on something so stupid.
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MarkJames
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Message Posted: Nov 1, 2013 9:49:23 AM

Scratch-Off tickets are our biggest sellers - largely due to the massive selection, instant gratification and better odds of winning.

It's pretty common for many of our store customers on food stamps to buy a dozen or more scratch-offs at a time.

Many customers will play until they're low on cash, or out of cash. They'll buy a fist full of tickets, cash in the winners and buy more tickets with their winnings.

Many don't even leave the store, or get out of line before they start scratching off their tickets.

The other night we had a customer on food stamps that bought $120 worth of scratch offs and $50 worth of cigarettes. She attempted to by 3 cans of Spaghettios with her EBT card, however she had insufficient funds, so she paid cash.

Before she left she returned 2 cans of Spaghettios for cash and bought another scratch-off.


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Message Posted: Nov 1, 2013 9:05:48 AM

What?????
I cant retire when I win the Lotto because I wont win the lotto????
Now Where did I bury that treasure chest...?
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btc1
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Message Posted: Oct 31, 2013 6:54:12 PM

mudtoe, "The usual questions are things like your mother's maiden name, the name of your first pet, the high school you graduated from, etc. "

I guess you have not registered for an internet bank service lately. All these questions are there and have been for years. Wow! Out of the loop....

The lotto numbers though...SMH... S=scratching....

[Edited by: btc1 at 10/31/2013 6:55:54 PM EST]
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MarkJames
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Message Posted: Oct 31, 2013 6:26:30 PM

Sounds like someone had a sense of humor...
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mudtoe
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Message Posted: Oct 31, 2013 2:58:11 PM

EZ: "Isn't the Lotto considered to be a highly regarded retirement investment vehicle for those that simply would rather not have to work?"


Based on the amount of counter space this "investment product" occupies at the local convenience store I'd have to agree with you.



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EZExit
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Message Posted: Oct 31, 2013 2:56:16 PM

Isn't the Lotto considered to be a highly regarded retirement investment vehicle for those that simply would rather not have to work?
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