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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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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 *

PA
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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 !

Northern Virginia
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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!

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.

* you don't need to buy more tickets, just buy a winning ticket *

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