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gd1147
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Westin "scratch offs"
      #1648114 - 05/13/15 05:45 PM (190.102.20.214)

Driving into Galion to go to Tropical Wave this morning we we approached by a nice French dude with scratch offs for the Westin. My wife scratched and we had 3 "7"s which he said was a miracle and we just made his week because the commission off that ticket would net him $400. After hearing the prizes, either $1000 gift card for the island, 4 night stay at the Westin, or an iPad (cheapest model probably) that we could win after the 1.30h sales pitch we politely declined. I figure the winning of the top two prizes was slim pickings and a cheap iPad that I already own wasn't worth an hour of my time.

Has anyone else gotten one of these 3 x "7"s and actually gone to the Westin to check it out? He said they give out 1 card with this prize per day on the island. Other gifts included free drinks, a bottle of champagne etc on other cards, I would find it hard to believe people would give up 1.30h of their vacation for such trivial prizes.

Thoughts?


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kim
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Re: Westin "scratch offs" [Re: gd1147]
      #1648115 - 05/13/15 05:52 PM (24.151.71.114)

Oldest trick in the book! Unless your interested just say no thanks and walk away

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wendyk
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Re: Westin "scratch offs" [Re: gd1147]
      #1648116 - 05/13/15 05:55 PM (67.172.47.240)

Those tickets are ALL winners, and the 1 hour presentation is at least 2 hours, and very high pressure. As the other poster said, unless you are seriously interested (or maybe if it's pouring rain), I would skip it.

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soualigacapt
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Re: Westin "scratch offs" [Re: kim]
      #1648118 - 05/13/15 05:56 PM (96.224.66.198)

Everyone wins and no one wins. Every card is a winner. 1.5 hours will turn into half a day and you will find strings attached to the prize. He only makes the commission if you buy.

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av8er
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Re: Westin "scratch offs" [Re: gd1147]
      #1648119 - 05/13/15 05:57 PM (72.252.12.165)

Yesterday there were two young ladies at Orient flagging down cars with the same pitch

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gd1147
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Re: Westin "scratch offs" [Re: av8er]
      #1648122 - 05/13/15 06:01 PM (190.102.20.214)

I feel so much better now. I figured it was with some strings attached. I attach an "hourly rate" to my life and even the free iPad wasn't worth my time since I'm not buying.

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kish
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Re: Westin "scratch offs" [Re: gd1147]
      #1648129 - 05/13/15 06:41 PM (156.34.75.130)

I had 3 "7's" a few years ago on the boardwalk in Philipsburg. All I "had" to do to get the $500 shopping spree was to go to an hour presentation (don't remember which hotel this was for). I politely declined to spend even a few minutes of my vacation listening to sales pitch.

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GaKaye
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Re: Westin "scratch offs" [Re: kish]
      #1648130 - 05/13/15 06:44 PM (70.193.9.228)

We just wave back at those folks who try to flag us down in oyster pond. On the boardwalk, we tell them " we live here". Works every time.

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Chuck_Morton
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Re: Westin "scratch offs" [Re: kim]
      #1648133 - 05/13/15 07:08 PM (45.46.104.25)

Everybody gets the 3 X"7"s.... They are set up at the entrance to Oyster Bay and on the road to Captain Olivers. Just another scam.

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Re: Westin "scratch offs" [Re: Chuck_Morton]
      #1648137 - 05/13/15 07:33 PM (50.164.139.11)

Everything everyone else said.......it's a scam. Just wave them off and keep driving.

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