Lottery Loses: The Fix Can’t Be In … But


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Like millions of others, I play the lottery. I don’t look it is a frittering away hard earned dollars, but more along the lines of investing in a pension. No doubt I will soon win enough to see me comfortably to the end of my days; I figure a couple of million would do me just fine, not being the gluttonous sort.

I understand there is no way this could be rigged when you consider the numbers on the free tickets, just like those paid for, are printed well before the six ping-pong balls get sucked up into that tube and the pop out to reveal the winning combination.

Over the last several months I have accumulated a number of ‘free games’. Not much cash, but, to be precise, 47 free games. I know because I finally decided it was time to redeem them. Having done so, last Thursday I plunked myself down in front of a Loto-Quebec verifying terminal and checked my tickets, both the free ones I had won, and my usual bought selections, fully expecting a windfall from all those opportunities.

An interesting phenomenon played out before me. From the 47 free plays, clearly indicated as such by the word Gratuit printed on them (French for free) I did not have one penny of winning, nor did I have any free games. Yet when I scanned my six bought plays, I was rewarded with three free plays. Alas not exactly the pension I’m waiting for, but at least something.

I understand there is no way this could be rigged when you consider the numbers on the free tickets, just like those paid for, are printed well before the six ping-pong balls get sucked up into that tube and the pop out to reveal the winning combination. So the initial knee-jerk reaction to claim that tickets marked as Gratuit will never be winners is unfounded. There are no possible grounds to complain, unless, of course, the scanners are fixed to show a non-winning ticket message whenever a free ticket is inserted, which would be pretty devious. But it does strike me as odd; nary a winner among all those free plays, yet a 50% win rate on my six paid plays.

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It doesn’t really matter, as I’m sure next week I’ll hit the big one!

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DCS_Grad_2 DCMontreal – Deegan Charles Stubbs – is a Montreal writer born and raised who likes to establish balance and juxtapositions; a bit of this and a bit of that, a dash of Yin and a soupçon of Yang, some Peaks and an occasional Frean and maybe a bit of a sting in the tail! Please follow DC on Twitter @DCMontreal and on Facebook, and add him on Google+
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6 thoughts on “Lottery Loses: The Fix Can’t Be In … But

  1. I commend your optimism. I too am always convinced, when finally I spring a few bucks and pay to play. I win a little, lost a little more. They don’t give free games any more around here. You win exactly enough to buy another ticket. Which is, of course, what everyone does. Including me. I’m still waiting on the pension.

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