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View Poll Results: Would you scratch/check an expired lottery ticket?
Scratch it/check it. I want to see what I had. 61 58.10%
Don't scratch it/check it. I don't want to know if I might have won. 19 18.10%
It is impossible for me to have a lottery ticket that is expired without checking it. 5 4.76%
I don't buy lottery tickets, they're a tax for dumb people. 11 10.48%
I don't buy lottery tickets, the odds are unfavourable. 9 8.57%
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Old 03-24-2011, 09:10 AM
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I found an old (now expired) lottery ticket...do I scratch it?

My wife and her sister have been de-cluttering the house (finally) in small areas. Today she found an old Valentines card that she had misplaced a couple of years ago. She gave it to me and inside I found a Cash For Life scratch ticket. It states on the back 'PRIZES MUST BE CLAIMED BY SEPTEMBER 30, 2009'.

My wife says not to scratch it. She couldn't bear to know that we have a winner that we can't cash in.

I want to scratch it to see what I would have won, knowing full well that I can't do anything with it.

What would you do if you found an old lottery ticket (any lottery ticket, scratch or Pick6, etc)?
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Old 03-24-2011, 09:42 AM
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I'd scratch it because I couldn't stand not knowing. I would rationalize it by thinking, "well, the prizes on scratch-offs are usually so small it wouldn't bother me." Then, of course, my unscratched ticket would be the Grand Prize and I'd pout for a week.

I'd still scratch it.
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Old 03-24-2011, 09:57 AM
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Don't scratch it. You can't win you can only lose.

I know a guy who makes his living betting on sports. One of his principles is, if he picks team A as a good bet and then due to later injuries/suspensions/whatever he believes they will lose to team B, he refuses to back team B. So he just passes the game.
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Old 03-24-2011, 10:11 AM
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Scratch it. The odds are a gazillion to one against you anyway.
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Old 03-24-2011, 10:12 AM
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Of course you should scratch it. Odds are excellent that either you didn't win or you won a negligible amount, and you'll feel much better removing that trace of doubt.
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Old 03-24-2011, 10:43 AM
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If it was a winner, and you were a dishonest type of guy, you could always sell it to some sucker way below face value. If you pretend like you just scratched it off, they probably wouldn't notice it was expired. Then just tell 'em that you owe money to the IRS and since they would take it all, you just want some quick cash.
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Old 03-24-2011, 10:56 AM
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Put it in a birthday card for someone you dislike.
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Old 03-24-2011, 11:18 AM
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voltaire, I couldn't do that...unfortunately.

Funny idea, rachelellogram. That's basically what my wife just did to me.


My wifes sister had bought a ticket for the LottoMAX which tops out at $50MM and then extra money in the pot is set aside for $1MM prizes. The extra prizes must match on all 7 numbers with no chance for partial wins. She got 6 out of 7 numbers and the last number she missed by one. Worth nothing. I told her to frame it...she didn't.

Maybe I should just frame the unscratched ticket and see what peoples reactions are to it.
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Old 03-24-2011, 11:27 AM
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Maybe I should just frame the unscratched ticket and see what peoples reactions are to it.
That is a really good idea.

I used to keep an instant lottery ticket in my wallet. I had scratched off everything except the last square and had two Win For Life symbols. So if the last one was Win For Life I won $100,000 a year for 25 years.

I knew my chances of winning were virtually nil but I would show it to people and tell them I was saving the last square for a really bad day when I just wanted to quit work.

Provided plenty of laughs.
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Old 03-24-2011, 03:39 PM
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I wanted to pick 1 and 4.

Scratch the darn thing. Lets us know. I need to know what the results were.
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Old 03-24-2011, 04:08 PM
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Scratch tickets are for the joy of scratching them. The winning is a bonus. Enjoy it!
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Old 03-24-2011, 04:29 PM
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Scratch tickets are for the joy of scratching them. The winning is a bonus. Enjoy it!
When I was little, my grandma would let me scratch off the edges of the losers. It was fun.
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Old 03-24-2011, 06:12 PM
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Don't scratch it. You can't win you can only lose.<snip>
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Of course you should scratch it. Odds are excellent that either you didn't win or you won a negligible amount, and you'll feel much better removing that trace of doubt.
Both of these perspectives make perfect sense to me. I think I'd have to scratch it, though - we didn't come down out of the trees because we aren't a curious species.
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Old 03-25-2011, 12:46 AM
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Throw it away, scratch it whatever. you didn't win anyway. Next
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Old 03-25-2011, 01:09 AM
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Don't get mad and rip it if it's a winner. The odds are good for it to be the winner as that is the way life works. Personally, I would then frame it.
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Old 03-25-2011, 01:24 AM
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I would just toss it in the trash can.
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Old 03-25-2011, 04:58 AM
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Leave it on the kitchen counter, with everyone in agreement that it will stay in the same spot, never to be moved or scratched. I give it a week before it is mysteriously scratched or tossed away.

Something like that simply cannot be ignored. Sort of like staring at a hot mosquito bite, there is no human strong enough to endure that itch without giving it even just a little scratch.

It would be a torturous test of will power.

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Old 03-25-2011, 01:41 PM
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Well?
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Old 03-25-2011, 02:55 PM
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I haven't scratched it...yet. Is it killing you?

There is nothing I can do with it so it doesn't bother me one way or the other. It's just a fancy piece of paper. I am a little curious to see, but it wouldn't make any real difference what is under it.

My wife on the other hand simply does not want to know, with the fear that it was a big win.

I don't think she should be too worried. She's been buying Tim's Roll up the Rim coffee at an alarming rate and only won 2 coffees. The odds stated are 1 in 6, but she's probably at 1 for 25. Of course that doesn't count the 2 or 3 coffees she's bought for her sister that were winners.
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Old 03-25-2011, 04:18 PM
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I voted scratch it, but maybe you could try to sell it on eBay.
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Old 03-25-2011, 04:50 PM
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Rip it up, throw it in the trash, and then light the pieces on fire.


Always leave 'em wanting
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Old 03-28-2011, 02:54 AM
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*cough* well....
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Old 03-28-2011, 03:47 PM
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[chanting] Scratch It! Scratch It! Scratch It! Scratch It! [/chanting]
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Old 03-28-2011, 06:33 PM
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Don't scratch it.

If it's a dud, you'll throw it in the bin.
If it's a winner, with remorse, you'll throw it in the bin.

As there's no upside, throw it in the bin.
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Old 03-28-2011, 07:03 PM
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I voted scratch it - but I now like Rachel's idea more than anything I can imagine. Framing it is perfect - it's already a loser (since you can't redeem it for anything), so it serves no purpose but to create commentary - that's what art is. Once you scratch it, it just becomes trash.
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Old 03-28-2011, 08:28 PM
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Don't scratch it.

If it's a dud, you'll throw it in the bin.
If it's a winner, with remorse, you'll throw it in the bin.

As there's no upside, throw it in the bin.
Ah, but your line of thinking is just a little too logical, and thus flawed when applied to human emotion.

Someone else pointed out upthread that the doubt itself has the capacity to cause remorse even though you don't know whether it was a winner or not. Thus, since the chances are much higher that it's not a winner, it's worth it to scratch it to make that phantom remorse go away. You won't have the lingering suspicion that you might have failed to cash in on a big winner anymore, and can go on with your life guilt-free.
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Old 03-28-2011, 09:16 PM
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SCRATCH IT, FOR CRAP'S SAKE! Gah, the suspense! Just DO it!

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Old 03-28-2011, 10:10 PM
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So you have an expired ticket? And it would make you feel better if you knew that, had you scratched it, you wouldn't have won anything, anyway? That the ticket was worthless?... Send it to me! I'll scratch off the numbers, and I will guarantee you, yes, the ticket was worthless.
Because every lottery ticket I've ever held in my hand has proved to be a loser! I've never won so much as a dollar.
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Old 03-30-2011, 07:54 AM
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I scratched it, based on the response here.






I shouldn't have...it won. I didn't tell my wife, who still insists it should not be scratched.
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Old 03-30-2011, 07:59 AM
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How much?
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