Noble Thoughts

July 9, 2013

Tips for Playing Scratch Lottery Tickets

Filed under: Uncategorized — nobles @ 11:26 pm

Tips for playing Scratch Lottery Tickets in Western Canada

  1. First, be sure to set a limit for spending on tickets.  I usually set a limit of a dollar amount for the entire month and I call that amount my “total amount willing to spend” or TAWS.  Once you have reached your limit, do not go over it for any reason.
  2. Be sure to check the odds for each scratch game and only play the games with the best odds (usually 1:4 or better).  Usually most Provinces will post the odds for each scratch ticket on a website or in a publication like a monthly newsletter.  The odds that are published are your chances of winning any prize and that may mean winning a prize that is of lesser or equal value to the ticket.
  3. Be sure to check the prizes remaining and avoid playing any games where most of the top prizes have already been won.  Again most Canadian Provinces have to publish the number of prizes left and the results are usually updated once every week, so keep checking back with the site to get the latest status.  I have seen ticket retailers still selling tickets for scratch games where all the top prizes have been won for weeks.
  4. I would recommend buying one ticket at a time as that gives you a chance to decide on what future direction to take, depending on if that one ticket is a winner or not.  I have seen many videos on YouTube that show people buying multiple tickets but I have rarely heard of anybody winning or even breaking even using that method.  If you buy one ticket at a time, you are more likely to be able to leave yourself in a positive or break even position, as usually there are only a few higher prizes for each batch of tickets.
  5. The first ticket for the month should be about 1/5 of the TAWS amount (in my case, I usually buy a $5.00 ticket which has the best odds and best prizes remaining that I can find).  If you win big on that first ticket (in other words, if you win more than your TAWS), then stop for the month and pocket any profit.  If you don’t win buy a lower cost ticket ($2.00 or $3.00 ticket in my case) with good odds and prizes remaining and see what you get with that.  I have found that playing this way and one ticket at a time makes it so you can get more plays out of your available money.

Let me know if you have any other tips.


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