First time I played Set for Life instant lottery was about half a year ago. Let me tell you I’m not a gambler, let me repeat that I’m really not a gambler, to the point that I don’t even play Megamillions or Power Ball, not even for a $1. Frankly, you always laugh at the joke where the guy prays to God every single day to win and when he dies extremely disappointed God tells him “But you never bought a ticket”. Well, that is me. I just never buy any lottery tickets, never check winning numbers, don’t wait anxiously for lottery drawing, and don’t calculate the odds. At least that was me until 6 month ago. I still don’t buy Mega Millions or Power Ball New York Lottery as lots of people do but I do buy Set for Life scratch-off lottery ticket once in a while. Let me tell you how I started.
We had a steamy argument with my friends about odds. I don’t really understand it fully and I don’t think many people do too. I did read a Lotto article on internet a while back about Set for Life instant game and the author was sort of going into details that overall chances of winning Set for Life is 1 in 3.95. Of course the article was more about that it’s impossible to win the main prize since the odds are like 6 million plus and so on. In any event, just as an experiment, I decided to buy a lottery ticket to try.
# 1 - As a person who never plays lottery I did not even know that $10 lottery tickets existed. I thought it was always $1 :) I went to lotto kiosk and bought a Set for Life instant lottery ticket before getting on the bus to go back home after work. As I was riding the bus I pulled out a scratch-off lotto ticket but I could not find a coin to scratch off. I knew that people do that :) So I got my car keys and did all the scratching very uncomfortably on my lap with a tip of the key.
#2 - To my surprise I won $20. WOW!!! 100% return! This is the first time I ever win! Since I have doubled my money I don’t feel bad to buy another one, but I don’t want to turn into a gambler so I wait until the end of the week to buy another one. (I did redeem the lottery ticket the next day, and when the guy said “Another one?” I proudly said “No, thanks! I’ll get cash”)
#3 - Next one I bought and won $10. So I’m still up $10. OK, this is getting interesting, I thought :) I don’t believe in luck, so I’m thinking that must be the odds, which I’m also very skeptical about. So within about 3 weeks I bought a few more tickets. I lost $10 and won $30. Still up on my winnings!
#4 - And than I bought a Set for Life ticket which I forgot to scratch-off on the bus. I remembered about it when I was walking back home from the bus stop. As always very uncomfortably with my car keys this time using my palm as support I scratched off the instant ticket and instead of the numbers I see a STAR. As a lot of people I don’t read instructions thoroughly before I do anything, so I start reading instructions now. It talks about star that is 10 times the prize. For some reason I think that it does not apply to me and I’m about to through away the ticket … but I’m walking at the moment and there is now garbage bin anywhere so I’m reading it over and over again. To make the story sort I had $50 as a prize, times 10, which makes it $500. WOW!!! I don’t even know why I thought that the star is nothing. Trust me I’m a well-educated person with college degree and do read well :)
6 Lottery Tickets Bought / Money spent - $60 / Money won - $590 / Total Winnings - $530
Set for Life Instant Game – I’m up $530 and I bought only 6 tickets. That is something!
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