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Saturday $21m Superdraw – 31st March 2012 (31/3/12)

March 30, 2012 Leave a comment

Get geared up, folks, for another super scam as we plow money into Tatts tickets hoping for a piece of that wonderful wheelbarrow full of gold plastered on Tatts outlets all over the place.

I’ll be posting my losing results here later in the evening, along with an odds update. If you loose, don’t worry, you’re amongst the millions who do. Even if you win, you’re almost certain to get back less than what you actually played.

My own experience will be shared here on TattsLosers. Feel free to share your own story after the draw. I’d say “good luck” but that’s just the cliche for “be a sucker and waste your money”.

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Saturday Tattslotto 24th March 2012 – Another $102.50 Lost

March 25, 2012 2 comments

Tatts – thank you once again for skimming me of more cash. Saturday Tattslotto results are below – year to date odds & losses for 2012.

Closing in on $5,000 lost to Tattersalls lotteries in 2012. Dreaming doesn’t get any better than this, right?

Saturday Tattslotto Odds
Summary of my odds playing Tattersalls Tattslotto in 2012
$ Spent Playing $2,785.25
$ Won $1,024.35
Net Position (Negative = Lost) -$1,760.90
% Return in Dollars 36.78%
# Games Played 4379
# Games Won 62
Odds Experienced: 1 in 71
Tatts Claimed Odds: 1 in 53
% Difference To Tatts Odds 75%
(Less than 100% means less returns than published odds suggest)
Total Lost In 2012 Playing Tatts Lotteries -$4,931.49

Wednesday Lotto Odds – Actual Odds Only 33% Of Published Odds So Far in 2012

March 24, 2012 Leave a comment

Below is the current state of my returned odds for Wednesday Lotto. As you can see from the data below, on a pool of playing over 2400 games the actual odds experienced are only 33% of the odds claimed on the Tatts website – in other words, around three times worse than the odds published. Further, the winnings return has been only 19% of actual money spent playing.

Will post an update on Saturday lotto later this evening after the draw. That currently stands at a paltry 1:72 odds with a return of only 36%.

Wednesday Lotto Odds
Summary of my odds playing Tattersalls Wednesday Lotto in 2012
$ Spent Playing $1,124.60
$ Won $217.05
Net Position (Negative = Lost) -$907.55
% Return in Dollars 19.30%
# Games Played 2403
# Games Won 15
Odds Experienced: 1 in 160
Tatts Claimed Odds: 1 in 53
% Difference To Tatts Odds 33%
(Less than 100% means less returns than published odds suggest)
Total Lost In 2012 Across All Tatts Lotteries -$4,809.39

Tattersalls Destroyed My Life

March 23, 2012 Leave a comment

After an extremely difficult week of hard work, I’m relaxing on a Friday evening looking back at my Tattersalls lottery history.

All I can say is, forget about the advertising for these lotteries – don’t buy into that bullshit – playing these lotteries has drained me of money, put me in difficult situations, and has eroded my dreams.

It’s disgusting that we live in a society where a company like Tatts can continue to advertise their lotteries the way they do – glitzy, promotional ads promising you the world. The reality is so many individuals like me, and their families, are drained of vital money trying to buy a piece of a dream.

The odds on these lotteries are atrocious, and the reality of how many losers there are is constantly hidden. Only the winners are promoted, and they are few and far between.

Shame on you, Tatts, for preying on people’s hopes and dreams. Systematically, over the last 3 years, you’ve taken *tens* of *thousands* of dollars from me, cashing in on my hope that I’d somehow win myself out of my difficult situation.

Shame on our government for not regulating these lotteries more, to insist on controls on the advertising which is entirely geared towards promising riches but delivers losses to the majority of players. It’s shameful to allow a company to keep claiming “winners” when, in fact, most of those so called winners have actually gotten back *less* than what they spent playing. The clear definition of “winner” is somebody who gets back more than what their ticket costs and is, ultimately, ahead.

And most of all, shame on me for believing in this false and destructive hope. I was sucked in and I feel ashamed for it but, more than that, I feel so sorry for all the other hundreds of thousands who, like me, take their losses in their stride and simply think they are amongst an unfortunate few.

In actual fact, us Tatts Losers make up the majority of players.

Tatts Lotteries, Pawn Shops and Predatory Loans – My Own Stark Truth

March 20, 2012 Leave a comment

As my Tatts losses tops $4,600 I’m forced to confront the realities of dreaming. The reality of buying into glitzy advertising. The reality of my own stupidity and hope.

Today marks a turning point, both for me and my blog. It’s been some 11 weeks since I started this blog to share my experiences playing Tatts lotteries. Draw by draw, I’ve been collecting evidence and sharing my wins and losses, and the ongoing odds.

To date only one of the five lotteries (Super 7’s) has actually returned odds equal to or better than what is published in Tatts material and on their website promoting these lotteries. Below is my summary to date of odds I’ve experienced for each of the five weekly lotteries run by Tattersalls.

I have to say, response from people both directly and on Twitter has been encouraging. Every gambler needs to wake up to the fact they’re being taken advantage of. I think this relies on two key things:

  1. A reality check of what they’re losing
    My habitual and finicky recording of every game played and every dollar spent, and sharing it here on this blog, serves to do this. It’s certainly an eye opener for me and, I hope, provides some insight and inspiration to others. You need to stop blindly playing and palming off your losses to “bad luck” – become habitual in recording exactly what you spend and what you get back. And you begin to realize that the same pattern could essentially continue for the next 20 or 30 years. Losing doesn’t bring you any closer to winning, and I honestly believe (from my personal experience) published odds are not a fair indicator to gauge what you spend and what you might get back.
  2. The support of friends, family and community
    By sharing my experiences, I’m opening myself up to criticism and support. A reality check is one thing – having that reality echoed back to you by others is potent. By confronting your reality, and then opening it up to share with others, you can start to face the truth – as hard as that may be.

My reality check is further compounded by the things that go on outside the losses and disappointment of playing these lotteries. Constantly pawning goods to stretch over pay cycles and fill the gaps. Taking on predatory loans to try and get yourself out of the immediate stress, but causing you more harm and cost in the long term. These have been part of my reality, and are things I need to work hard to change.

I will continue running this blog – yet as much as I feel there is a clear story to tell by sheer volume of games played and $ lost, in contrast to the millions of dollars spent by on advertising and promoting these lotteries, I need to reign in my losses and control my situation. This is something I’m really trying to focus on, whilst also wanting to continue this blog to track & share the ongoing disappointment.

Having others write in and share their own win/loss record will certainly help add to the statistical pool I’m trying to build on.

Again, I truly appreciate the ongoing support people have shown. There are two things you can do to help – the first is, never feel like your comments are lost. Nobody is beyond help, and yes, I am waking up to the reality of this situation – so thank you for showing your concern and support. The second thing is, please help me share this blog as this is only one story of thousands upon thousands that aren’t being shared. Many of them are far worse than what I’m detailing here. By connecting people and raising awareness, it helps turn a negative situation into a positive influence.

Here’s the run-down odds I’ve gotten from Tatts lotteries in 2012 so far (number of games won out of number played):

Monday Lotto:  1 in 204
Tatts Odds: 1 in 53

Super 7’s: 1 in 47
Tatts Odds: 1 in 55

Wednesday Lotto: 1 in 406
Tatts Odds: 1 in 53

Powerball: 1 in 105
Tatts Odds: 1 in 60

Saturday Tattslotto: 1 in 72
Tatts Odds: 1 in 53

As you can see from the above, in most cases the odds I’ve experienced have been significantly less than the mathematical odds published. In the case of Wednesday Lotto, it’s almost 8 times worse than the published odds.

More soon. Thank you for your ongoing support.

Monday Lotto Results & Odds Update – No Wins Again – 19 Mar 2012

March 19, 2012 Leave a comment

Well, those starry ads plastered everywhere at Tatts stories proclaiming “double dividends” sure didn’t go far for this particular Tatts loser.

Yes, I got poisoned once again by advertising and false hopes. After all, through 10 Monday lotto draws in 2012 I’ve only had a return on two of their draws. So I figured, surely it’s about time I got something back. Alas it was not to be – of course it wasn’t. Even though the odds are apparently 1:53 of winning a prize.

I spent $66.45 in tonight’s draw – 2 x System 8’s, 4 x System 7’s and 38 Standard Games. Won absolutely jack squat (which is the alter-ego of the “jack pot”).

Here’s my Monday lotto results for 2012 so far – as you can see, the actual odds I’ve experienced playing Monday lotto and the returns have been absolutely pathetic. Only 24% of money spent returned in winnings, and only 1 in 204 games actually winning, despite the apparent “1 in 53” odds. Make your own mind up. Yes, this now brings my Tatts losses to over $4,600 in 2012.

Monday Lotto Odds
Summary of my odds playing Tattersalls Monday Lotto in 2012
$ Spent Playing $747.60
$ Won $181.80
Net Position (Negative = Lost) -$565.80
% Return in Dollars 24.32%
# Games Played 1628
# Games Won 8
Odds Experienced: 1 in 204
Tatts Claimed Odds: 1 in 53
% Difference To Tatts Odds 26%
(Less than 100% means less returns than published odds suggest)
Total Lost In 2012 Across All Tatts Lotteries -$4,624.39

 

Over $4,500 lost to Tatts Lotteries in 2012 so far – why do I keep playing?

March 19, 2012 Leave a comment

As of today I’ve lost $4,557.94 to Tatts Lotteries in 2012. Having played for over 5 years, based on this rate, my total losses probably amount to over $50,000. Up until 2012 I simply played and palmed off my losses to bad luck. But as part of my new year resolution was to start a blog – to track, statistically, my losses and how these fared to what Tatts publish on their site.

Like a lot of people, I got sucked into these lotteries based on three key things which propelled me to start this blog:

  1. My life has been a struggle and I have a dream
    I work over 60 hours a week in a job that drains me both physically and spiritually. Now in my mid thirties, I’ve always had a dream of being a filmmaker and have spent the last two years struggling to transform my career path. With a family to support, this hasn’t been an easy road. Naively, I started channeling money into Tatts lotteries thinking that the struggle and hardship of my life might bring me some “luck” and give me a fair chance to change my career path. I’ve become desperate to find relief and get a clean break, and it’s exactly this kind of need that lotteries count on to build huge profits.
  2. Tatts Winner Stories – the only stories Tatts publishes on its website
    Despite hundreds of thousands of people losing money daily and weekly, the only thing you read about on the Tatts website are the “Winner Stories”. In my mind this is misleading – it’s intended to keep you thinking that one day you’ll be one of those winners. I started this blog to share my Loser Stories – as a form of raising awareness, to show the other side of the coin which Tatts avoids drawing any attention to (I don’t consider the “Odds of Winning” section buried within their site as a fair balance to the Winner Stories plastered on their home page).
  3. Tatts Lotteries are promoted with fanfare that I find unfair and (to me) misleading
    In a country where we’re pushing for plain packaging for cigarettes to avoid their destructive influence on people by seeming “attractive” because of the packaging, Tatts take out advertisements across all their outlets, on billboards, through online ad placement and via their own website. These ads distinctly portray gambling on these lotteries as “attractive” and “exciting” – look at the Monday & Wednesday Double Dividends ads up at present (exploding stars for the sheer excitement – as if losing money is exciting). Look at the upcoming 31 Mar Super Draw advertisement – a wheelbarrow full of gold, with stars, on a rainbow. Out of millions of players, only a very small percentage will actually experience anything like what is being advertised – so I openly ask, how is it fair or reasonable that these lotteries be permitted to be advertised in this way? They specifically seek out to entice people to gamble, and present this opportunity in a way that completely contradicts the outcome that virtually all players will experience. I continue to raise the point of the need for plain advertising (black text on white background) and clear warnings on any ads promoting lotteries.

This blog is my personal experience and personal point of view. The stats (both in terms of odds, games played/won, and dollars spent/returned) are honest reflections of this experience. I keep every ticket – winning and losing – in a filing system to ensure should what is reported here ever come into question, I will back it up with my own play history.

I welcome others to share this blog and help me raise awareness. Similarly, I welcome others to share their stories too.