I won $300 on a scratch off once. I've also seen someone hit $500 on a scratch off, $5,000 on a scratch off $100,000 on a scratch off and another hit $250,000 on the Mega Millions. Sadly, most people end up spending more than they win back though. A book of scratch offs cost $300. If you bought the entire book you would probably win back $200 or less. A few hundred dollars are pretty rare and the bigger prizes are extremely rare. The people I've mentioned above, excluding myself, put big money into the lottery. The guy who won $250,000 spent at least $5,000 or more and bought his tickets from different stores. I think he's still trying to hit the jackpot.