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Florida Lottery joins Powerball

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KyMystikal's avatar - 1457224010054
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Posted: July 5, 2008, 12:08 pm - IP Logged

I do wonder,though,why they will be moving the powerball drawing from Iowa to Florida.Are there going to be other changes to Powerball that they haven't told us about,yet?Are the drawings still going to be televised "live"?

With all the problems they have had down there with past elections, I wonder how the Powerball drawing will go? I'm not hating on Florida but we all know they aren't very well with elections and counting votes.

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    Posted: July 5, 2008, 12:11 pm - IP Logged

    To OldSchoolPa -  I honestly think the winners who say "next time I'm spending $3" are asked to say that for the press release.  The 2 people you are talking about won $16M (with a $2 ticket) and $12M (with a $1 ticket)  Seriously, if you won $16 million would you care?  I doubt if someone who just won $12 million by spending $1 buck on his family's birthdays is disappointed he didn't win more.  The only people I hear that from are posters on this board!

    I don't think it's a dumb idea because it generates more money, but I agree with GamerMom about the concept.  If you have $3 to spend on a Saturday night and you're going to bet on Lotto, it makes more sense to me to buy 3 tickets and give yourself 3 different chances to win something.

    GamerMom - I'm pretty sure they'll keep the Lotto 6/53 game. 

    I Agree!

    I could almost understand the logic of playing the extra buck or two if it added money to the all the prizes but it doesn't and the odds of one ticket matching all 6 numbers is still 24 million to 1. People play pick-3 or pick-4 numbers multiple times to increase the winnings, but there is a huge difference when the odds are 1000 and 10,000 to 1 and much less for the box bets.

    When Powerball is added and people see how the multiplier works, I'll bet they stop playing the extra bucks to win a higher jackpot on the lotto.

      KyMystikal's avatar - 1457224010054
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      Posted: July 5, 2008, 12:12 pm - IP Logged

      I emailed MUSL yesterday after reading about Florida joining MUSL and the drawings being held in Florida. I asked them if the drawings will be "live" or if they were going to change to RNG drawings.I also asked them if they had plans to change the matrix,which would make the game harder to win.Here is their answer:

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      "The drawing will be live.  The drawing will still use a hard rubber ball
      draw machine - though we anticipate getting new machines.

      This does offer an opportunity to improve the game.  We don't generally
      just like changes "to make it even harder to win".  We are kicking
      around ideas to see what we can do to make the game and the drawings
      more attractive to players.  We'll see what we can do. "

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      They didn't say if the drawings would be televised.

      If it does go RNG it will be another game added to the NO-PLAY list.

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        Posted: July 5, 2008, 12:25 pm - IP Logged

        So now Florida makes number 30 (not counting territories) to Mega Millions' 12. Granted Mega Millions has some of the more populated states but that's still pretty lopsided.

        What matters is the number of players in each state and if you rank each state by lottery revenue, you'll find the Mega Millions states at the top. When Florida joins Powerball those combined state revenues might favor Powerball but it won't be lopsided.

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          Posted: July 5, 2008, 12:44 pm - IP Logged

          If it does go RNG it will be another game added to the NO-PLAY list.

          I don't think that we will see PB going computerized anytime soon or at least I hope not.

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            Posted: July 5, 2008, 2:01 pm - IP Logged

            I don't think that we will see PB going computerized anytime soon or at least I hope not.

            If they change PB to a RNG drawing many states will have 0% percent on their state report card.

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              Posted: July 5, 2008, 2:07 pm - IP Logged

              If they change PB to a RNG drawing many states will have 0% percent on their state report card.

              Yep. One of them would be mine. :/

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                Posted: July 5, 2008, 7:35 pm - IP Logged

                If it does go RNG it will be another game added to the NO-PLAY list.

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                  Posted: July 6, 2008, 6:18 am - IP Logged

                  Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrreeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaaaaatttttttttttttttttttttt!  Since I live in Alabama, I will no longer have to travel to Louisiana to but PB tickets.  The drive for LA other games is not worth the effort with the high gas prices.  I have not played in awhile because of them.

                  Now then, Alabama or Mississippi needs to become a MM state and that would be just perfect!

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                    Posted: July 6, 2008, 6:26 am - IP Logged

                    I wonder, how do states choose between getting Powerball or Mega Millions?

                    Me too.  Help us y'all.Sun Smiley

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                      Posted: July 6, 2008, 6:56 am - IP Logged

                      congrats to florida

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                        Posted: July 6, 2008, 9:25 am - IP Logged

                        Think:

                        There are 31 states/ jurisdictions where Powerball is played when Florida joins they will become the 32 state added to the list of many.

                        Thats a lot of states for one multi state lottery just my opinion. I wish Wisconsin would drop Powerball and go to Mega-Millions. Except for Illinois and Michigan who sell Mega-Millions, everyone surrounding Wisconsin sells Powerball. I like the odds better on Mega-Million anyway.

                        Wisconsin has there state lottery and because of Powerball our state lottery only goes up by increments of maybe $10,000  maybe. I think it starts out at $100,000.00 and it takes months for it to get to $200,000l.00 so not many players for this one because  bad odds I guess and  it takes for ever for it to get to a million dollars.

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                          Posted: July 8, 2008, 9:15 am - IP Logged

                          congrats to florida

                          Thank you Mike... so no more long road trips to S.C. four hour roundtrip for a 300 million now I can play for 15 million yes....

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                            Posted: July 14, 2008, 11:52 am - IP Logged

                            I just hope that with Florida joining that the Lottery Officials don't decide to add more numbers to the drawing, increasing the odds. (Like the Megamillions did)

                            "know your limitations, but excede your expectations"

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                              Posted: July 23, 2008, 11:10 pm - IP Logged

                              I'm personally looking forward to having Powerball. I used to live in Mass. and live in Florida now, and started playing the lottery here and there. At first, I didn't play much because the jackpots were pretty low and nothing too exciting but when they added lotto plus I started playing more, and started playing three $3 plays twice a week but often wouldn't even get 3 numbers. I felt like i was throwing money away so I haven't bothered participating in the last 2 draws this past week like I normally would. Atleast having powerball would bring some more exciting jackpots and make it less tempting to buy multiple tickets a week. I'm sure there will be a lot of people who disagree because of their loyalty to local games but I'm all for it. If you're gonna do something like buying lottery tickets it should be for something big