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PA Lottery to start Powerball ticket promotion

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The Pennsylvania Lottery will conduct a "Buy 5 And Get 1 Free" Powerball with Power Play ticket promotion throughout October.

To get a bonus $2 Powerball with Power Play ticket, a player must purchase five $2 Powerball with Power Play plays for one Powerball drawing. All five tickets, $10 total, must be purchased for the next available Powerball drawing; advance play is not included in this promotion.

Live, televised Powerball drawings are conducted Wednesday and Saturday at 11 p.m.

The five Powerball with Power Play purchases can be made using a self-select playslip or a quick-pick computer selection.

The bonus Powerball with Power Play ticket will be a quick-pick computer selection.

The player will receive two tickets when placing a "Buy 5 And Get 1 Free" wager - one ticket for the $10 block of five Powerball with Power Play plays and a separate ticket for the bonus Powerball with Power Play play.

The "Buy 5 And Get 1 Free" promotion begins Saturday, Oct. 1, and ends Monday, Oct. 31. Tickets purchased Oct. 31 will be for the Wednesday, Nov. 2, drawing.

How to play Powerball

To play Powerball, players pay $1 and select five white balls from the first set of 55 numbers plus a single red ball, the Powerball, from a second set of 42 numbers.

Players may select their own numbers using a Powerball playslip, or they may opt for computer-selected quick picks.

Players must match all five numbers drawn plus the Powerball number to win the jackpot. There also are eight additional ways for players to win a cash prize.

Powerball features an option called Power Play. For an extra $1 per Powerball play (game), players can multiply their Powerball prizes by 2, 3, 4 or 5 times the original prize amount for all prizes except the jackpot.  Prizes can multiply up to $1 million.

Additional information about Powerball, including frequently asked questions, past drawing results, news, statistics, jackpot analysis, and more can be accessed at USA Mega.

About the Pennsylvania Lottery

The Pennsylvania Lottery remains the only state Lottery that designates all its proceeds to programs that benefit older residents.

Since its inception 33 years ago, the Lottery has contributed more than $14.6 billion to programs that include property tax and rent rebates; free and reduced-fare transit; the low-cost prescription drug programs PACE and PACENET; and the 52 Area Agencies on Aging, including 650 full- and part-time senior centers throughout Pennsylvania.

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Posted: September 26, 2005, 9:46 am - IP Logged

I suppose PA is "hoping" PB is hit before the promotion begins. I don't think the similar gimmick for Unlucky for Life helped its sales very much.

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    Greenwich, CT
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    Posted: September 26, 2005, 10:24 am - IP Logged

    Oh stop complaining! 

    It's a better deal than you're getting in Danbury, or wherever you go.

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      Posted: September 26, 2005, 12:35 pm - IP Logged

      I agree, enough already.

       

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        Posted: September 26, 2005, 2:33 pm - IP Logged

        Hmmm, I might just PowerPlay next month.

        As for you, CO, just for that, I'm gonna buy some Lucky For Life. 

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          Posted: September 26, 2005, 3:51 pm - IP Logged

          I wonder why PA wants people to buy Power Play? For these PA residents, I think people should watch their budget on when to buy PB tickets with Power Play.

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            Morrison, IL
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            Posted: September 26, 2005, 3:56 pm - IP Logged

              Duh!  PA want players to buy PowerPlay because it's more money for the state.

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              BILOXI, MISSISSIPPI
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              Posted: September 26, 2005, 9:05 pm - IP Logged

              ga. has a deal for oct. one week mm then pick 3 and so on

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                Posted: September 26, 2005, 10:09 pm - IP Logged

                What a freaking ripoff! 

                They want ME to pay TWICE the one dollar amount at five tickets each for a total of TEN dollars just to get one measely EXTRA ticket?

                First off, I rarely play PB because of its near impossible odds.

                Second, why pay FIVE extra dollars when I can buy my OWN extra ticket for ONE DOLLAR and thereby save FOUR dollars?

                I'll tell you what we need in Pennsylvania: A one dollar KENO GAME like the one in NY that would make MILLIONS because with high gas prices NOBODY wants to drive to Atlantic City anymore to play Keno THERE!

                Is anybody in Harrisburg listening?  Powerball has lost its polish and its appeal.  I suspect people are fleeing from playing the game. 

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                  Posted: September 27, 2005, 9:42 am - IP Logged

                  Greg,

                  I don't agree.  There are millions of people out there who buy Powerball tickets with Power Play regularly.  For those people, getting an extra ticket (with Power Play no less) is great.

                  The Pennsylvania Lottery is giving people a bonus worth 20% of the purchase price.  I think that's a great deal.

                  Just because you don't personally like Power Play is no reason to condemn people who do like it.  I've played it quite a few times myself, and when you hit with a ticket that has Power Play, it's quite nice to have 5-times as much money for a prize.

                  Also, people are not "fleeing from playing the game" as you suggest.  They are buying a lot of tickets now that the jackpot has risen again.  Obviously sales lagged for a stretch, but not for the reasons you put forth.  They simply had a stretch of bad luck with too many jackpot winners (or good luck, depending on whose perspective you're talking about).

                  The one area where I can see people getting upset is with the annuity payout structure, which I think is a very bad "enhancement" to the game.  Anything that artificially increases the jackpot size is not good, IMHO.

                   

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                    Sparta, NJ
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                    Posted: September 27, 2005, 9:45 am - IP Logged

                    Ripoff? Hummmm. Never bought bottled water have you? Depending where you live, one bottle of water equals a Power Play ticket.

                    Without marketing, life would be dull. No movie awards. No music awards. No lottery. Marketing is the name of the game - thats why the annuity is the only number listed on the ticket machine.

                     

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                      Posted: September 27, 2005, 6:25 pm - IP Logged

                      What I am saying is that there is no bonus (free) ticket without paying an additional dollar for the Power Play option!  When you bought five Cash 5 tickets, you got one free.  Here, you have to pay DOUBLE for the ticket (bec. of the power play) and buy a block of 5 doubled to get the free ticket!

                      So I'm not against Power Play; I'm against being made to buy the additional Power Play option in order to get the free ticket!

                      That's not GOOD marketing.  Why market a game whose jackpot is allegedly marketing itself or should be?  That's why I think sales are not good or commensurate with former levels.  If I'm wrong, it's just plain greed on behalf of PA.

                      But hey, if your randomly picked free ticket gets you the jackpot, more power to you.

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                        Posted: September 27, 2005, 7:23 pm - IP Logged

                        What a freaking ripoff! 

                        They want ME to pay TWICE the one dollar amount at five tickets each for a total of TEN dollars just to get one measely EXTRA ticket?

                        First off, I rarely play PB because of its near impossible odds.

                        Second, why pay FIVE extra dollars when I can buy my OWN extra ticket for ONE DOLLAR and thereby save FOUR dollars?

                        I'll tell you what we need in Pennsylvania: A one dollar KENO GAME like the one in NY that would make MILLIONS because with high gas prices NOBODY wants to drive to Atlantic City anymore to play Keno THERE!

                        Is anybody in Harrisburg listening?  Powerball has lost its polish and its appeal.  I suspect people are fleeing from playing the game. 

                        Make millions? I don't think so. Pick 10 is one of the worst performing games in the country. What makes you think it would do so well here?

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                          Posted: September 27, 2005, 8:37 pm - IP Logged

                          kansas has a game for the powerplay and i like that more. sure i could win more money if i won with my extra 2 dollars. still the odds for winning on the kansas promotion is better. too bad i can't buy more. i wishi i could. just too far away.

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                            Posted: September 27, 2005, 9:51 pm - IP Logged

                            One of "the worst performing games in the country"?  What exactly do you mean by that, Jimmy?  Keno is one of the most beatable games if you are savvy with the unique data software yields about it.  I've been studying it for 2 months and am working on a system that hopefully will be completed by November so I can test it out.

                            I'd like you to substantiate specific data that says New York does not profit from its Keno players.

                            Personally, having studied this game for a number of weeks, it seems more exciting to try to beat, given the unique data I referred to as opposed to the "tried and true" Cash 5, Pick 6 games (which I like), and those two uncrackable games-- MM and PB.

                            So, Jimmy, tell me please what you mean and what info you have to back that up, thanks.

                            :-)