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Wisconsin man wins $1.4 million playing 4 identical tickets

Topic closed. 16 replies. Last post 10 years ago by sirbrad.

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United States
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October 16, 2005
3574 Posts
Posted: January 23, 2007, 2:49 am - IP Logged

Not all lotteries work like that do they? I thought on games such as powerball, you are only allowed one winning ticket. If there are multiple winners between others, the amount it divided. If you have multiple tickets, they are all still divided up to equal the one amount?

It depends on how the game is set up. Jackpot games have a jackpot that grows with ticket sales and whatever the jackpot is when  it gets won, it gets shared equally between all winning tickets. If there are 3 winning tickets each gets 1/3 of the jackpot whether they belong to three different people or were all bought by the same person. Just as PB and MM have fixed prizes at the lower levels, some games have fixed prizes for the first place prize, too. In those games each winning ticket usually gets the fixed amount. The lotteries generally have the right to pay all prizes on a pari-mutuel basis if there are  a lot more winners than normal. That  protects them from the occasional oddball result, such as 100+ people getting 5+0 in PB by playing numbers from a fortune cookie. In the case of the game this guy played, first  place pays a fixed prize of $350,000 with a limit of $7 million. If there are ever more than 20 winning tickets the  $7 million will be divided evenly amongst all tickets.

"I thought on games such as powerball, you are only allowed one winning ticket."

I'm not sure if that's part of the same question or not.  You can only win one prize with each game you play, but if you play multiple games you win once for each game that matches enough numbers.  If the game lets you play two lines for $1 and you  repeat some of the numbers you  could have a 3+1 match on one line and a 4+0, but you would only win the  better prize because the two lines are still only one game.  If you play  multiple games on the same ticket and have a 3+1 in game 2 and 4+0 in game 4 then you'd win both prizes. If you win the top prize in multiple games, the prize will be paid according to the rules, either as multiple fixed amounts or a pari-mutuel  prize split amongst the tickets.

Playing the same combination for a pari-mutuel game doesn't really make a lot of sense. There usually aren't multiple winners, so you don't get anything extra for the additional $1. Even if there are multiple winners, your extra ticket doesn't get you as much as the first ticket.  If two people each have one winning ticket they each get 50%. If one of them has two winning tickets they'll get 66.6%, so the 2nd ticket is only worth 1/3 of what the first is. Obviously, if you win you'll be glad you got that extra 16.6%, but since winning can't be guaranteed it makes more sense to play a different set of numbers and double your chances of winning. 

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    Member #22983
    October 6, 2005
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    Posted: January 23, 2007, 9:12 pm - IP Logged

    Thanks for the detailed explanation, that helped a lot.