# Calculating Infinity

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Buying and scratching instant lottery tickets is a thing that almost everyone has done at once or another. For some folks it’s probably something they do all too often. I guess for me, the bad buying habit is junk food. EASILY had spent my extra cash on instant lottery tickets over time, I may have been rich by now instead of overweight. Like anything, be it food or gambling one must do it in moderation, which is often not easy to accomplish.

Here in the state of Pennsylvania where I live, the initial scratch off ticket came out in 1975, and they have already been a large hit every since.

I have bought instant lottery tickets of each available price range in my own state. I usually buy the \$1 – \$2 tickets, but once in awhile I buy a \$5 – \$10 ticket, and something time, I purchased a \$20 instant ticket. I won nothing on the \$20 ticket, not even \$1 or a FREE ticket, in order that was like throwing away my \$20. You would believe with having to spend that much money, they would give everyone at least a FREE \$1 ticket or something. I thought afterwards that I was sort of foolish for spending and losing the \$20 on one ticket, but heck as the saying goes, “Unless you play, you can’t win !”, it was a gamble, and I didn’t win that time. I’ve known two individuals who each won near \$20,000 on instant lottery tickets. So I can say for certain, “yes, some folks do win it big.”

Unlike the live lottery that’s usually drawn by picking numbers, the instant lottery is pre-determined months before it’s release. The tickets are designed and printed, they are distributed to the lottery retailers throughout the state. Most small convenience stores offer instant lottery tickets, in addition to the large chain stores. You can usually find them in a vending machine with multiple styles and price ranges to choose from, or they’re at the cashiers area on the counter or behind a shielded section. Instant lottery tickets sell for as low as \$1 and as high as \$20 each generally in most states of the U.S. but some states could have tickets that sell for even more than \$20 each.

States do instant lotteries to help fund many different programs. For example in Pennsylvania, the lottery can be used to create funds to benefit programs for the Commonwealth’s older residents. In toto88.cool , since 1974, the Lottery has provided more than \$13 billion to public education. Annually, the lottery provides about 4.5 percent of the funding necessary for Ohio’s public education. In Missouri, approximately 27.3 cents of each dollar spent on the Lottery benefits education programs; 61.6 cents goes back to players as prizes, 5 cents can be used for administrative costs and 6.1 cents goes to retailers by means of commissions, incentives and bonuses. In all, more than 93 cents of every dollar stays in Missouri. It’s different for each and every state, but the lottery is quite beneficial despite the few problems it could cause to some, in the form of gambling addictions.

Most folks buy instant (scratch off) tickets, and when they don’t really win anything, they throw the tickets in the trash. Did you know each time you throw a losing instant lottery ticket in the trash, you are throwing money away ? Yes, there are literally hundreds if not thousands of folks around the world that would love to buy your tickets from you. I have seen losing lottery tickets sell for as high as \$15 each, we were holding tickets that had no redeemable value. I once visited an area convenience store and asked them easily may have a bag of losing instant lottery tickets I saw they had on the floor behind the counter. The clerk gladly gave them if you ask me, I took the tickets home and after checking through them all, I found two that were \$1 winners that were not redeemed, and I sold the rest of the losing tickets for \$30, and the store was just likely to throw them away.

Where did I sell them ? On eBay. I happened to check one day and I noticed there is losing instant lottery tickets for sale on the eBay auction website. You can find folks selling non-winning, so called ‘worthless’ lottery tickets on eBay on a regular basis. I just did a search now while writing this article, and I came across over 100 different auction listings for them. Who buys these non-winning lottery tickets ? Collectors.

Instant Lottery Ticket collecting is fast learning to be a big thing. There are groups and individuals all around the world, that love collecting lottery tickets. There are several websites, discussion groups and forums now simply for lottery ticket collecting. In fact there is a good new term or name for an instant lottery ticket collector: LOTOLOGIST, and the moment lottery ticket collecting hobby is called: LOTOLOGY. To observe how big this hobby is becoming just visit your favorite search engine, such as GOOGLE, and do a seek out: lotologist OR lotology. And you could find many sites collecting, buying and selling used non-winning instant lottery tickets.