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Posted: April 8, 2005, 9:39 am - IP Logged

Mike:

No lottery game is a stingy as NY Lotto 6/59...

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    Posted: April 8, 2005, 12:38 pm - IP Logged

    Yes, a few years ago the odds were 80m:1.  I wish I had been able to participate in it back then.  But they have added many states and thats why the odds have increased.  Also, if anyone was wondering or missed it in the article, then new odds are not going into effect until August 29th.  So, I have almost four months to play it the way I like it and then I will resolve myself to 1-2 tickets per draw and of course lotto south.

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      Posted: April 8, 2005, 1:14 pm - IP Logged

      C'mon now.  If you're playing at 120m:1, you'll play at 145m:1.  The game will be 20% harder to win.  Match 5 is 21.2% more difficult: 1:3,478,761 compared to 1:2,869,685, but second prize increases by 100%??  That's a deal!  It's still only $1.

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        Posted: April 8, 2005, 3:19 pm - IP Logged

        You speak as if a 21% increase in odds against winning is no big deal.  If that is the case why not just double them.  How about 300mil:1?  Then we could watch 2-3 winners a year win half a billion dollars or so, thats obsurd.  You can already see $100-200 million jackpots with the 120m:1 odds as it happened 5 times last years, so why jack it up just because a few people hit it early this year.  And as for a 3.5mil:1 chance of winning $200,000 being a great deal.. this is equally obsurd.  Our lotto five just reached $450,000 and the odds on it are only 500k:1.  Thats 7 times better than the chance you have to win $200,000 with a Powerball ticket.  Of course you can always buy power play, but then you only get half of the numbers for the same amount of money so you reduce your odds of winning by half.  People need to face the facts, Powerball is now the worst lottery odds you can playing in America.  I will still participate in the Powerball, but I would encourage people not to buy more than 1-2 tickets.  Hopefully the Powerball organization will lose money and drop the odds back to 120m:1.

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          Posted: April 8, 2005, 3:48 pm - IP Logged

          I don't think the increase is a big deal.  Where's the cutoff point for you?  138m:1?  Is there some magical number where above that line you won't play more than $2?

          Powerball is a game of dreams.  It's an excursion from my 8-5 job.  I'd rather put down $5 for a $500m fantasy than $5 for a $19m dream that is slightly more probable.

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            Posted: April 9, 2005, 1:23 am - IP Logged

            I haven't seen anywhere if they changed the lame rules regarding limits to record jackpots. Jag, I wouldn't worry about the whiners. Some people just don't get the concept of multi-state games and big jackpots. The difference between 120 and 146 or even 160 million isn't much. People who don't like odds above 100 million should stick to one state games. Leave the large jackpots to those who want a chance at them. It would be like me saying that pick 3 should be banned. If you don't like a game leave it for people who do.

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              Posted: April 9, 2005, 1:36 am - IP Logged

              They are probably not going to get rid of the match 5 bonus rule since they have created it and it has not gone into use yet.  I emailed a week ago about getting rid of the rule and they were talking it up but one thing they did say that was interesting is that the record at which match 5 bonus starts is 340 million.  But the next time it gets to the record it will be 365 million and then 390 million and so on.  So it is not always set at the same start up point.  It goes up in 25 million increments just like the jackpot run will once it gets past the record level.

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                Posted: April 9, 2005, 1:39 am - IP Logged

                yeah. remember that once it gets to record levels, without the limit, the rollovers could be in the $100 million range.

                I've redone my website.  Go to www.dr-ew.com.  I kept a lot of the old stuff, and I've added some new stuff.  Look for more new stuff in the coming weeks.

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                  Posted: April 9, 2005, 2:07 am - IP Logged

                  So the same stupid rule is still there?

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                    Posted: April 9, 2005, 2:22 am - IP Logged
                    Quote: Originally posted by dvdiva on April 9, 2005

                    I haven't seen anywhere if they changed the lame rules regarding limits to record jackpots. Jag, I wouldn't worry about the whiners. Some people just don't get the concept of multi-state games and big jackpots. The difference between 120 and 146 or even 160 million isn't much. People who don't like odds above 100 million should stick to one state games. Leave the large jackpots to those who want a chance at them. It would be like me saying that pick 3 should be banned. If you don't like a game leave it for people who do.


                    I couldn't have said it better myself. Consumer Choice!

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                      Posted: April 9, 2005, 2:37 pm - IP Logged

                      What kind of a jerk wants less of a chance to win?

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                        Posted: April 9, 2005, 3:16 pm - IP Logged

                        Me

                        Big jackpots require big odds.  I want to play for a $1 billion jackpot and I would play a game with 300m:1 odds. 

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                          Posted: April 9, 2005, 9:41 pm - IP Logged
                          Quote: Originally posted by ayenowitall on March 19, 2005




                          http://www.lotterypost.com/news/109635.htm

                          Maybe MUSL should create a game with astronomical odds that increase exponentially from draw to draw. That would virtually guarantee an ever increasing super-sized jackpot that would be highly unlikely to be hit. Certainly that would placate all the giant jackpot fans.







                          JAG,

                          It was just a mildly sarcastic joke when I made the above comments in another thread. Maybe some lottery organization should really look into starting up such a game.  If anyone could hit a billion dollar jackpot in a 300,000,000:1 game, I'm sure it would be you. Dig in and keep firing at 'em. You'll hit big someday.

                          I suppose that for any given combination of odds and jackpot size, there will always be people willing to play. I just wonder how long it will take for people to start complaining once again that the PowerBall game is broken when the jackpot gets hit at under $146 million.

                          Best of luck to you,

                          aye'

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                            Posted: April 10, 2005, 11:41 am - IP Logged

                            well that bites... a matrix change means ALL previous data becomes irrelevant (IF you believe history is relevant... I am one that does)... gotta start from square one with everything. (pb red ball data will still count tho)

                            grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr..........

                            so, aug 29th is the end of the 5/53 world.... now we have a deadline.... get crunchin'!

                            Playing more than one ticket per game is betting against yourself.

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                              Posted: April 10, 2005, 11:43 am - IP Logged

                              and they better not get any bright ideas about $2 minimum tickets... if they do that they should be boycotted... we already have a pennsylvania for that.

                              Playing more than one ticket per game is betting against yourself.