- Report: #1061833
Report - Rebuttal - Arbitrate
Complaint Review: Washington State Lottery
Washington State LotteryP. O. Box 2167 Olympia, Select State/Province USA
Washington State Lottery The Lottery is a Ripoff! A way to poverty, bankruptcy, depression! Olympia washington
*Author of original report: Lottery Ripoff
*Consumer Comment: The Lottery Preys On the Poor, Desperate and Greedy
*Consumer Comment: Being late is better than never
*Consumer Comment: You will continue to play.
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The Washington State Lottery is a ripoff, and they know it. They are the ones making all the money, and they know it. For the pititful few who actually win one of the major prizes, the rest of us who need that money for bills are tired of losing. We are tired of the false hope they give with their commericals and advertisements for a better life! I am tired of losing, I am tired of getting ripped off, I am tired of putting money into the lottery and getting nothing back, so that is a classic definition of a Rip Off!
The state knows what it is doing. Washington state lottery puts their display cases right at the point of sale, in your face, so you cannot avoid them even if you want to. The scratch ticket display cases are at nearly every convenience store, retailer and gas station in the state. The lottery commission needs to remove those display cases, away from the point of sale in their own machine, at the back of the store, away from purchases. People are tired of being poor and being ripped off, so I know for a fact the lottery is a ripoff! I've lost over $45,000 in the past 31 years, and that is my fault, but no more! No more lottery ripoff! No more losing! No more grocery money for lottery tickets, no more gas money, no more nothing for them! They get enough money from property taxes without my foolishly have to voluntarily give it to them!
The stated odds on the back of the scratch tickets seem questionable. On Bingo, for example, each ticket says something like, "overall odds of winning are 1:3.61" which tells me that I should at least get my money back after four tickets. Well, in that pack I've often got strings of 10, 11 or 12(!) in a row with NOTHING back. How is that 1:3.61?? I've played scratch bingo for nearly two decades now, and not one time have I gotten an "X" on any one of the four panels. You would think after 6,000+ tickets somebody would get at least ONE "X" ($150 on #1, $250 on #2, $500 on #3 and $20,000 on #4).
When I rephrased the odds stated on the back of the tickets, "Overall odds of winning are 1:3.61", for example, it makes more sense to read, "For every $3.61 you pay out, on the average, you will get $1.00 back." If there are six million bingo tickets stretched out end to end with four jackpot winners, the line would be about 800 miles long. Now pick out one 8" segment along that line. There are only four of those for 800 miles(!).
Another devious thing the state did was take away the three-letter validation code that told smarty-pants like me whether or not the ticket was automatically a winner. For example, ONE=$1, TWO=$2, THR=$3, FIV=$5, TEN=$10, TWY=$20, TWF=$25, TRY=$30, FRY=$40, FTY=$50, ONH=$100, FVH=$500, etc. The three letters would appear in random places in the play area, but not any more. This was standardized throughout all the scratch tickets, but the state removed them because they were (and still are) hoping that some players will throw away winners so they don't have to pay them. So the only way to know for sure now is to scan them, whereas before, you knew right away.
Some information that helped me to quit: the number of losing tickets in a row (consecutive) before they pay a break even:
$2 scratch tickets: 12 in a row ($24 out)
$3: 10 in a row ($30 out)
$5: 9 in a row ($45 out)
$10: 7 in a row ($70 out)
$20: 5 in a row. ($100 out); this means you could lose $120 before you could get $20 back! (the 6th ticket). Net loss: $100: 2-3 tanks of gas, dinner for two, a dozen really nice tenderloin steaks, five bags of groceries, etc.
The state considers getting the price of your ticket back as a winner. In reality, that's called breaking even. Breaking even is not winning! Washington State continues to rip people off with the lottery scratch tickets because they continue to sell the games even after all the top prizes have been paid, making any remaining tickets they willfully leave in the display case false advertising!
Average net losses for packs of scratch tickets (based on my actual purchases):
$200 pack of (100) $2 tickets: net loss between $110 and $130
$250 pack of (50) $5 tickets (any) : net loss between $110 and $150
$500 pack of (50) $10 tickets: net loss between $240 and $275
$500 pack of (25) $20 tickets: net loss between $235 and $280
I also put over $200 into their latest ripoff, the trucks and bucks promotional second chance drawing, and my not winning was the last straw. I put enough into the lottery, I expected something back! Well, no more! No more ripoff! Lottery tickets ripoff, lottery tickets, problem gambling, losers, poverty, depression, anger, rage, failure to fully disclose. There is no way at the point of sale to determine if a top prize has been paid on any given scratch ticket. A buyer has to go to the website to see if there are any major prizes left before buying. Yeah, I do have a problem gambling. My problem is that I haven't won!
The state says, "It's good to play". Wrong. It's good for the state, not the players. The only winning move is NOT to play. Or pay.
I am going to start a campaign to warn others of the dangers of lottery games and how they can lead to poverty, bankruptcy and depression, and talk them out of it. I also have enough factual material to write an e-book that would be very convincing, because the facts and actual numbers definitely favor the state.
DON'T BUY LOTTERY TICKETS! SAVE THE MONEY FOR YOURSELF AND YOUR FAMILY INSTEAD! THE LOTTERY IS A RIPOFF!
This report was posted on Ripoff Report on 06/24/2013 11:17 PM and is a permanent record located here: http://www.ripoffreport.com/r/Washington-State-Lottery/Olympia-Select-StateProvince-98507/Washington-State-Lottery-The-Lottery-is-a-Ripoff-A-way-to-poverty-bankruptcy-depressio-1061833. The posting time indicated is Arizona local time. Arizona does not observe daylight savings so the post time may be Mountain or Pacific depending on the time of year.
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