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The truth about video lotteries

According to Dr. Gary Smith of the University of Alberta, video lottery terminals are the most potent form of gambling of all. First, there is the speed of play. You can complete a game cycle in a few seconds.

Second, people think they are challenging the machine. They almost think of the machine as another human being. They think there must be some system when, in fact, it is just a micro-chip operating randomly. There is no strategy when in everyday life, there is a strategy. One can’t play a VLT machine well; you can only play it more.

Third, players are, if not hypnotized by the machine, in a trance-like state. Many gamblers are escape gamblers. With the machines they can block out the negative things in their life. Until they have lost and have to leave, it is a way to get out of their unhappy circumstances. Finally, people forget they are playing for real money.
 

Test your knowledge!‚Äč

Some misconceptions about video lottery terminals are hard to shake. What do you believe?

Can you tell fact from fiction? Here is a test from Centre Dollard-Cormier. to find out how much you know:
 

When you double your bet, you increase your chances of winning.
True 
False 

You see someone bet hundreds of dollars at a video lottery terminal, then leave. The terminal now has a greater chance of “paying out” if you try your luck.
True 
False 

Sometimes, certain machines are “due” to pay out. They have been running all day, so there is a better chance of a jackpot.
True 
False 

Some machines are programmed to win, and others to lose.
True 
False 

Some machines are programmed to win, and others to lose.
True 
False 

If the machine did not pay out today, there is a much greater chance it will pay out tomorrow.
True 
False 

Sometimes you can tell the jackpot is near by the order of the symbols on a video lottery terminal or slot machine.
True 
False 

When you play a machine, you should not use the stop button, since that cancels out the programmed combination.
True 
False 

If you play several machines at the same time, you have a better chance of winning.
True 
False 

It is best to alternate between games so you will have a better chance of winning.
True 
False 

you play, it is good to alternate the amount you bet to mix up the machine a little.
True 
False 

Betting $5 a round instead of $20 also mixes up the machine’s programming.
True 
False 

Randomly cashing out of the machine to make it think it is another person playing increases your odds of winning.
True 
False 

Machines with bonuses are luckier than other machines.
True 
False 

If you have bet hundreds of dollars on a slot machine or video lottery terminal, it is best to chase your losses to win your money back.
True 
False 

 
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