Thursday, July 29, 2021

Winners Pt 1

In 1979 when R and I met we began buying joint Tattslotto tickets. The Tattersalls gambling company has a long history in Australia with its beginnings in the state of Tasmania. Tasmanian mass murderer Martin Bryant was an heir to some of the Tattersalls' fortune. You can do some research if you want :-P  Ok, there is some history here

Back then you chose six numbers from forty numbers in as many squares as you wanted to and laboriously marked each box containing your chosen numbers by putting an x with a pen. Over the years it became became increasingly high tech and the number to choose from in each box rose to forty five numbers. We did not change our numbers and so if we see any above 40 drawn, we know we have not won first prize. The drawing of numbers used to be quite a broadcast event on Saturday nights, always supervised by a serious and grim looking government staff member from The Department of Treasury. 

Now it all very high tech to put on your Tattslotto tickets. You simply have your plastic card scanned with your chosen numbers embedded in the card. You receive your tickets printed out for later manual or electronic checking. The price has increased a bit over the years. We now each pay $8.50 per week. 

R is very good at putting the weekly Tattslotto on and checking later to check if we have won anything. Early in the 80s he did forget once. We did not look at the drawn numbers that week. 

With the same numbers for forty plus years, how have we done? The cost of tickets has increased over the years, but we regularly win prizes of maybe $10 and presumably many do to keep their interest. $10 doesn't cover the cost of next week's tickets, but as we say, it is better than nothing. In the 80s we won a single prize of about $1500. In the 90s about $1000. In the 20teens when we returned from South Africa, we found we had won about $1000. Last Saturday we won a little less than $800. Wow, we are rich. It is almost all spent already on the day of the end of our lockdown and the shops reopened and we indulged in retail therapy. This is covering two things and becoming rather too long. See part 2 to find out how we spent the money and R's mysterious logic about how what we bought cost us nothing. 

In the meantime you may enjoy seeing one of our old Tattslotto draw barrels. I remember one that I think worked on suction.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3htt8ae-sZc

26 comments:

  1. I hope one day you will be rich. Good luck from Poland

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    1. Gosia, we are already better off than so many because or our advantages. I don't really want to be rich.

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  2. I play our lottery once it over 100 million.
    Coffee is on and stay safe

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  3. The highest amount I ever won was $600 soon after returning to Adelaide. It was just enough to cover the repairs needed on the car.

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    1. River, our previous wins covered some debts and expenses and it was welcome.

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  4. I have had UK 'Premium Bonds' for most of my life, and never won a penny. I once met someone who told me he was selling his because he hadn't won anything for over a month (he'd regularly won quite large sums).

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    1. I had to Google it Cro, but it does not seem a wise investment and nor has ours been if you read my reply to the comment below.

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  5. Have you ever worked out how much you have spent since you started and compared it with how much you have won.?

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    1. Diane, back of the envelope calculation and I am shocked by the figure of $13,000 out and less than $4,000 in.

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  6. When my parents didn't want us children to spend money in the 1950s and early 1960s, they would say "Buy a ticket in Tatts.. you might be lucky :)"

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    1. Hels, a friend once asked his mother for financial help to buy his first home and she replied, Son, have you ever thought of Tattslotto?

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  7. It's nice to know you have won a bit. I remember the fanfare of years ago on TV watching the balls. Doubt if I would know what to do to buy a ticket...no not a gambler.

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    1. Margaret, it used to such a fun thing to watch the Tattslotto draw, Good for you for not being a gambler.

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  8. You are lucky ! I never won anything in my life not even a Teddy bear ! But I must admit that I never plaay either. Mr. G played lottery with his collegues but they always won just enouhh to pay for the next ticket

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    1. Yes Gattina, you can't win if you don't play or enter. A good effort by Mr G and friends to break even.

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  9. My luck is always not good, so I just don't buy tickets anymore.

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    1. Wise of you Maribeth. See my comment to Diane above.

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  10. I say you can't win it if you're not in it Andrew 😉 I wouldn't buy more than one ticket a week and we have won small amounts now and then, someone has to win the big one right 😊

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    1. Grace, deserving people like me and you don't seem to win though. It is unfair.

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  11. I'm one of those who never gambles. I think my mathematical mind calculates the odds and then I imagine flushing my money down the toilet. It also helps that I was controller of a vast gambling corporation (bingo tickets, lottery tickets, associated corruption, casinos)and really observed the odds closeup and personal. All games for suckers :(

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    WWW

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    1. WWW, most of us do just flush our money away, but it is bit of fun and some people do get lucky. Aside from a once a year bet on the Melbourne Cup, I am not really a gambler and I hate casinos.

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  12. The HH has to have his fix of lottery tickets. He's convinced he'll win big someday. Ha ha. Like you guys he's won a few times over the years. The barrel looks like what one of the state lottery TV shows used to draw from.
    Have fun with your winnings.

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    1. Sandra, I hope HH will share with you. He could buy you a publishing company.

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  13. I remember that Martin Bryant shooting -- though I'd forgotten his name. I am not a lottery player. It's a losing proposition!

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    1. It generally is a losing proposition Steve but a bit of fun if you control it rather than it control you. I get addictions but not gambling addiction.

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