It’s been a busy couple of weeks and I haven’t kept up my posts as much as I’d like to be able to due to work commitments and the death of my father in law. I’ll be posting a further update on Tatts Lotteries odds, including the enormous amount I spent on the Super 7’s Oz Lotto $50m jackpot draw.
For now, I wanted to share with you all some advice I received from Tattersalls Customer Care when I emailed in last year. I essentially emailed in with a very simple question – that their web site advertisers winners everywhere, including winner stories, but all my tickets keep losing.
The response I received from customer care was, essentially, that “persistence pays“. In other words, keep blowing money on their lotteries, it’ll all work out in the end. Literally – persistence = keep gambling, pays = you’ll end up in front.
Is this a responsible reply to somebody who, via simple look up on their member system, was losing tens of thousands of dollars? That, in order to mitigate my losses, I should keep on gambling?
It’s exactly this kind of behavior that fuels problem gambling. In 2012, following that email, I have now lost over $9,000 playing these lotteries. Tattersalls, meanwhile, have pocketed tens of millions of dollars of profit from these gambling operations. And yet, here I am, persistently playing. As advised by their caring customer representative.
I have since emailed my concerns to the Government, who have essentially hand balled the complaint and have not responded to the complaint nor taken any action. And why should they? The Government is also pocketing millions from “administering” these lotteries.
Meanwhile, thousands of Australian people and their families continue to spiral into debt and gambling problems.
Just checked the $13m Oz Lotto draw for tonight (3rd April 2012) – what a nasty surprise. Having played 2xSystem 9, 26 x System 8’s and 140 Standard Games, it looks like I’ve only won a single prize. That’s over $513 of tickets to get what looks to be around $26 back.
I’m feeling much too ‘dark’ to calculate out my usual odds and will post them tomorrow (at a glance it looks like the odds have pushed out considerably now – the only Tatts game that was returning CLOSE to the odds they claim has turned out like every other Tatts lottery game – a sham in terms of odds).
Wednesday Lotto didn’t fare too well at all I’m afraid.
I played 2x System 8’s, 20 x System 7’s and 69 Standard Games, for a total spend of $115.45. Winnings: ZERO.
Putting Tattersalls lotteries odds into perspective, this makes it 8 consecutive draws across every game for the last two weeks where I haven’t won a single thing. Total purchases over this period = $384.70 without any winnings.
Of course, if you were led to believe the odds published on the Tatts site, this losing streak and not winning even a tiny division out of all those games and all those draws is extremely unlikely. Yet, here I am.
Seems nobody took home first division in last night’s Wednesday lotto. It was, incidentally, the last Lotto draw before Tatts so called “exciting game changes” for Mon & Wed lotto. These exciting changes are pretty much what we expected – a new division, and then increasing the ticket prize. There’s also some “minimum 2 division 1 $1m prizes”… Given next Mon is the first draw, I’m sure it’s entirely coincidental that nobody won Wed’s draw this week, which conveniently funds the promise prize pool for next Monday.
More soon on Powerball’s draw – I might be headed for 9 consecutive “no wins”. With this streak, my losing record will soon parallel Black Caviar’s winning record.
Got paid today, and like the true TattsLoser I am I once again got conned by the so-called odds and player Powerball.
Bought 5 x 12 Game Tickets. 60 Games Played. Cost: $49.00
Won: Zero. Of course.
In many ways I feel so ashamed to be the TattsLoser I am, continually going back and playing Tattersalls lotteries on the premise of odds and consistently losing far more often than these odds would have me believe.
I’m now down $3,269.03 in total playing Tatts lotteries. It’s a shameful amount of money to loose on these pointless lotteries. But at the same time, I take some solace in sharing my history on this blog. I know in my heart there’s many others out there who also play constantly and never win anything like the odds claim you should.
You’re not unlucky. You’re just a TattsLoser. Apparently we’re the “exception” rather than the rule, or so the mathematics would have you believe.
Share your own stories here.
Only had about $5 for lunch today.. like a real TattsLoser, I spent it on putting on a $5.25 lotto ticket for tonight rather than eating.
Pretty miserable day, working hard in a corporate environment under high stress and without anything to eat. Made all the more miserable by the fact that, naturally, the lotto ticket won jack squat once again in tonight’s draw.
Can’t thank Tattersalls enough. Really, I can’t.
Just checked the draw for Oz Lotto tonight. $15m Jackpot. This struggling player would have been happy with even a hundred. But again, that wasn’t to be – shouldn’t keep relying on those published odds as any kind of fair indicator.
2 x System 9, 6 x System 8, 32 Standard Games
Total Cost: $182.30
That’s right. I didn’t get the jackpot – I got jack squat.
Thanks again Tattersalls for making my life a living hell. Oh, and congratulations for winning another $182.30 from a struggling player.
Total losses for 2012 – my loss, Tatts’ gain – now stands at a disgusting $3,225.28
That’s over three grand I’ve (in my opinion, unfairly and through being misled) lost playing Tattersalls lottery games under the premise of odds published by the company.
I’m almost $3k lost in Tatts lotteries since the start of 2012.
Despite the appalling amount wasted, I’m getting some comprehensive statistics on each particular draw. At the end of Feb I’ll provide a full break down of the actual odds, and how these fare against the odds published by Tatts themselves.
It’s a long haul, and I’m going through a lot of struggle, but I’m determined to prove that the product being sold is not truly how it performs. To substantiate this, I obviously need to purchase a significant number of tickets over a reasonable period of time.
More updates soon – thanks for keeping posted folks and appreciate the support I’ve received so far.