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Powerball outmuscles Mega Millions in sales, jackpots

Topic closed. 33 replies. Last post 7 years ago by RJOh.

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RJOh's avatar - chipmunk
mid-Ohio
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Posted: April 22, 2010, 3:31 pm - IP Logged

Now that MegaMillions jackpot($166.0M/$101.6M) has an edge over PowerBall jackpot($20.0M/$9.7M), if PB continues to outsell MM then look for its matrix to change.

A matrix change of 5/58 + 1/40 would increase its odds of winning the jackpot while lowering its overall odds of winning a prize more in line with PB, states would have to decide if they wanted to add the megaplier.

PowerBall present matrix:
  MATCH   ODDS
  5/5+B  1 : 195249054
  5/5+0  1 : 5138133
  4/5+B  1 : 723145
  4/5+0  1 : 19030
  3/5+B  1 : 13644
  3/5+0  1 : 359
  2/5+B  1 : 787
  1/5+B  1 : 123
  0/5+B  1 : 62
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 overall odds are 1 : 35.1

MegaMillions present matrix:
  MATCH   ODDS
  5/5+B  1 : 175711536
  5/5+0  1 : 3904701
  4/5+B  1 : 689065
  4/5+0  1 : 15313
  3/5+B  1 : 13781
  3/5+0  1 : 306
  2/5+B  1 : 844
  1/5+B  1 : 141
  0/5+B  1 : 75
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 overall odds are 1 : 39.8

A possible revised MegaMillions matrix:5/58 + 1/40
  MATCH   ODDS
  5/5+B  1 : 183284640
  5/5+0  1 : 4699606
  4/5+B  1 : 691640
  4/5+0  1 : 17734
  3/5+B  1 : 13301
  3/5+0  1 : 341
  2/5+B  1 : 782
  1/5+B  1 : 125
  0/5+B  1 : 64
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 overall odds are 1 : 35.7

Maybe better odds of winning a smaller prize is driving PB sales.

 * you don't need to buy more tickets, just buy a winning ticket * 
   
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    dpoly1's avatar - driver
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    Posted: April 22, 2010, 6:45 pm - IP Logged

    I hope the Mega Millions Jackpot grows a little because of the now lower Powerball jackpot.

    I am ready to be the first MM Jackpot winner from PA !

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      Hermanus104's avatar - 5027340606 1e360c8038_s.jpg
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      Posted: April 22, 2010, 9:39 pm - IP Logged

      Right now there are two reasons why I'd rather play Powerball than Mega Millions:

      1) Georgia does not have the Megaplier.

      2) The starting jackpot for Powerball is higher. 

      I don't care about jackpots and top prizes that much because there is no way in heck I'll win them.

      Today's winning 3-ball is going to be a number between 000 and 999.

      In a lot of states, lotteries benefit education. That makes the REAL winners the only people who can't play!

        RJOh's avatar - chipmunk
        mid-Ohio
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        Posted: May 1, 2010, 11:56 pm - IP Logged

        The cutoff time in GA is 10pm.

        I found out tonight Ohio does the same and it's posted on their website.  I went in early at 10:00 PM to play PB and I was too late.  I wanted to play power play with its new promotion and I would have played what I posted on the prediction board which would have cost $10 and with power play 4 I would have won $24.  Oh well, next time I'll be earlier.

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