What Will you
- Your first decision is what 'conditioned' tickets you are going to collect:
- Mint - Bought and not
scratched - Worth the most - Most expensive to collect - you need to
have a lot of self control to collect these as you will never know if
you have a big winner.
- Sample/Void - Invalid
tickets given out buy the seller - Cheap and worth something -
Cant win on the tickets
- Scratched - Second hand
or scratched tickets - free to collect and you can win on others
overlooking prizes - not worth as much
I recommend collecting the scratched
variety because it doesn't cost anything and you can always find prizes
that have been looked over on them.
- Secondly you have to decide how wide
your collection will be:
Because of the huge number of different
tickets in the world, or even in your country (if it sell thousands of different
tickets like the U.S.A. does), it is impossible to have a comprehensive
collection covering the world (or the US). This is the great thing about
Lotology, you can specialise you ticket collection on your interests!
Here's some suggestions on what you can specialise on and the amount of
tickets available for each topic. I suggest you pick one that fits the
amount of time (or money) that you want to put into your collection.
|All different world tickets
||Impossible to manage
|1 of each different $ amount ticket from every
country or state in the world
|Not a huge amount to collect but fun and challenging!
Meet people all over the world!
|An entire set of a countries tickets
10,000+ (Australia, Canada,)
1,000+ (for smaller countries with few states)
|Great idea if you live in the smaller countries
with not many different states, not for USA!
|An entire set of a states tickets
||100 - 1,000+
||A grate idea for all countries.
|One type of $ amount tickets only
|Tickets will mostly be the same sizes for your
state or country making displaying easy
|Extended play tickets
|A really fun option to see the innovations of
|Word / title themes
||5 - 1000+
||Tickets with certain titles or words eg,
lucky duck, lady luck, lucky ball
|Themes of interest
(see below for ideas)
|100 - 1,000+ (world)
10- 100+ (country/state)
|This will fit in with any other collecting you
already do and will look fantastic with 1 theme of tickets collated
|Ticket issued between 2 dates
||For example collect all tickets up to the year
2000 or every ticket issued around the world in a certain year
Theme ideas to specialise
(tickets with images of:)
Remember if you do find that it's getting to hard
to find new tickets in the area you collect, simply expand and collect
another topic of interest too!!
Where to get all
your used scratch tickets
The fastest and largest way
to collect tickets is on the Internet. there are many other people
worldwide who are wanting to swap their tickets with you. however before
you can swap tickets with other people you need some tickets to swap.
The next best way to
collect tickets is to go to a seller and ask to empty their bin for you.
Some of them don't mind.
The two main places you
find tickets (in Australia any way) are fairly obvious, on a scratching
table outside the outlet that sold the ticket or in rubbish
bins near where they are sold. Another interesting place is at a quiet rubbish
tip where scratch ticket sellers throw out their rubbish. I have found
many there, however it's hard to find appropriate rubbish tips to do this.
"Yup! That's me pulling tickets out of a bin alright!"
How to get used tickets
from the bins without being embarrassed
Tickets can be easily
gotten from tables where people scratch and leave. You can innocently walk
past wipe your hand across the table and pick up 1 - 10 tickets this way.
This has extremely little chance of people seeing you.
Now for the serious
collectors you go through the near by bin. This is where you can get 10 to
50 tickets in one go at the right places. The best way to do this is to
have someone with you standing next to you, as cover I guess.
My tips on picking
Find a popular spot where
many tickets are sold and where there is a bin or table you feel
comfortable going through.
Visit later in the day when
there are more lying around and the bins have filled up. Also you may find
that on Thursdays and Fridays there are a lot more tickets as everyone is
getting there weekend lotto numbers. Bins can get emptied during the day
if it is a busy place so see if you can figure out when the bin is at its fullest before it is about to be emptied (or you meet the cleaner)
Look for a place where
people are in a rush or (in the USA) in liquor stores where people may be
a little tipsy.
If anyone asks what
you are doing (never happened so far!) tell them proudly that you collect
them, that you are a LOTOLOGIST
and you now have over 200 tickets in you collection, or something like
storing your tickets
Displaying collections can be tricky. some suggestions
are as follows:
- Baseball card holder sheets - can become
expensive - different tickets sizes can be a problem - safe way to store
and display them.
- Photo albums - some sheets have an acid in the clear pages and this could ruin
you collection over a few years - good for all size ticket variations.
- Stamp albums -
good for all different sizes - your tickets may rub or be touched by
hands - could prove expensive if you have a lot of tickets.
|Up until now I personally have been
using photo albums to display my tickets. When I change over the order
displayed form ticket values to date released I will be moving over to stamp albums.
The best order to sort, categorise
and display your tickets is by country, state and date issued.
You can find the issue dates on my catalogue page.
An alternative to this is
to divide up into money categories
($1, $2, $3, $4, $5 and $10) in each state. This is not seen as the
best 'official' way to display them but make a great, neat looking
All of your spare tickets
can be sorted by value or country or state, again depending on the size of
your collection, and put into boxes, waiting to be swapped.
Note: Make sure you
have a bug protection plan for your stored tickets so they don't get to
and eat all your tickets.
It's a good idea to
keep thorough records of your collection from the day you start. some
details you might like to record are:
- a check list of the
tickets you have
- a possible want list or
check list of the tickets you want to give other collectors
- a count of the number of
different tickets you have (even divided into $ values)
- a count of the number of
total tickets you have all together
- keep a record of the
tickets you send people so when it comes time to trade again you don't
send the same tickets again.
It's best to start as soon
as you can because it will save you having
to go through 4000 tickets (Like I had to) and count and sort them all.
There are many people
around the worked who do not collect scratch tickets but have a lot to trade
for other items they do collect. I suggest that you also keep any collector
cards or toys or anything else that some one may collect because they
become great trading tools to get more tickets from around the country or