What I treid to say is: getting the all LR with, let's say, under 1500 tickets, is quite rare.
The people who post about it can be counted on the finger of one hand. So your not the exception, you're in the norm.
And the old flash pool has a size of about 2300ish iirc? So you won't need 2500 tickets if you've already got 3 mgxa.
And I'm not picking on you, you're just complaining a lot and trying to calm the waves