Historically how often (if ever) has a report shown that buying a ticket has a positive ROI? I’m in Georgia if that matters. Thanks.

Playing Scratch-off games IS GAMBLING.
So are any of the numbers games, like Pick3, Pick 4, Powerball & Mega Millions.

Gambling DOES NOT EVER present a positive ROI for any investor.  Gambling is designed to MAKE MONEY FOR THE HOUSE.  If you’re in Vegas, the house is the casino.  If you’re buying scratch-off tickets, the house is your STATE GOVERNMENT.  It doesn’t matter where you gamble, the odds are ALWAYS in the house’s favor and are never ever designed to be a means of planned return on investment for the gambler.

If you’re looking for ROI, call an investment money manager and put your money into mutual funds.  In fact, we highly recommend that you invest FIRST.  Then, if you’re going to gamble, do it JUST FOR FUN.

AND, if you’re going to gamble, you better get smart so you don’t completely waste your money!

Some games, you cannot do ANYTHING about, like Roulette or the slot machines OR any of the PICK number games.  Those are purely random games.  However, other games, like BlackJack and Scratch-off games have specific odds and a running total of depletion of games (or cards) that allow you, if you know how to gain an edge.  At blackjack – you can learn to count cards, but beware, if the pit boss catches you counting, you can an will be asked to leave and never come back.  If you’re scratching off tickets, at the VERY LEAST, know which games have top prizes left and which games have or have not been reprinted.  If you subscribe to ScratchSmarter, we COUNT THE CARDS for you.  That is what our Best Games to play report does – it gives you the card count for every game for sale.   While we cannot guarantee you’ll win, we do SIGNIFICANTLY improve your odds of winning one of the top three prizes for any game because we track how the odds of winning a top prize changes over the life of the printed game.

A game will NEVER get skewed enough to have a positive ROI because the overall odds are always in the house’s favor.  Unless the IDEAL situation occurs.  The ideal situation would be that there is one full pack of tickets left in the entire state, at one retailer, AND you know that there is ONE BIG PRIZE left on that game AND that one big prize is worth more than the cost of the pack of tickets.  We GUARANTEE this will never happen because the STATE pulls games from circulation way before this ideal situation would ever occur.

The next question is – won’t the lotteries ask ScratchSmarter to shut down (like the pit boss asking the card counter to leave the casino)?

They can ask, but it would be illegal for them to shut us down, because, as state lotteries are all run by the state government, they’re subject to the state and federal laws requiring them to publish data through Freedom of Information requests.  Detailed scratch-off lottery game data is NOT private because it’s ‘state government’ data and therefore, subject to being publicly available to all citizens who could potentially buy that game.

In other words, your state lottery has to publish the game details we use to make our reports. Trust us, they DON”T publish it in a way to make it easy for us to process it.  We’re constantly updating our code to scrape from their sites and keep the ‘card count’ accurate OR we’re submitting Freedom of Information Requests on a regular basis to get the details we need to help you win more easily.

if you’d like to learn more, please read up on our Scratch-off 101 pages where we have several,  very short lessons about scratch-off games. https://www.scratchsmarter.com/info