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Changes coming to Powerball multi-state lottery game in January

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Posted: June 28, 2011, 12:17 am - IP Logged

I have read everyone's comment and majority of you are against the Powerball change, so just don't voice your opinion here. Go to the Powerball website and go to FAQ/History/News on the left side of the webpage and at the bottom of FAQ page there is a email address to the Multi-State Lottery Association and tell them how much you are against the change.  Pass this information on to people who play Powerball and don't know about the change and have them email MUSL; maybe if we can get enough people that are against the change and have them email MUSL, maybe they will reconsider changing Powerball before January 15, 2012; especially increasing the ticket price.

Thank you

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    Posted: June 28, 2011, 12:33 am - IP Logged

    The irony is most here do not mind change if it behooves the players with better wins overall. We are still a lightening strike away from winning anything...There in lays the problem. So I doubt my one voice will make a reconsideration happen. They are already printing up the new play slips, gearing up the software for January implementation, its HIGHLY doubtful that a few thousand folks can halt the presses because we dont like this particular "change".  Change is a positive way for things to improve, they are marketing this the WRONG way - telling someone to DOUBLE The pay per ticket is like increasing the gas prices twice and then saying, hey! you still got "some" fuel in your car....the bottom line is the cost and the payout...it is just not there to entice....

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      Posted: June 28, 2011, 12:39 am - IP Logged

      I agree Powerplay is the better option with the new price increase, but you're still paying 50% more for the same amount of tickets. The jackpots will probably set new records because 175 million tickets must be sold just to have a 50% chance the jackpot will be hit. I don't know what the record sales for PB is for one drawing but MM sold only crossed the 200 million tickets sold twice.

      Stack47, if 175 million tickets are sold, then there is a 66% chance the jackpot will be hit. I do agree though, there will certainly be new jackpot records. I believe we will see a $500 million jackpot next year.

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        Posted: June 28, 2011, 1:07 am - IP Logged

        I have read everyone's comment and majority of you are against the Powerball change, so just don't voice your opinion here. Go to the Powerball website and go to FAQ/History/News on the left side of the webpage and at the bottom of FAQ page there is a email address to the Multi-State Lottery Association and tell them how much you are against the change.  Pass this information on to people who play Powerball and don't know about the change and have them email MUSL; maybe if we can get enough people that are against the change and have them email MUSL, maybe they will reconsider changing Powerball before January 15, 2012; especially increasing the ticket price.

        Thank you

        People saying what they like and dislike about the up coming PowerBall changes doesn't mean much.  Fact is there no way to tell if those complaining even play often enough that it matters.  PB will knows if players like the changes by the number of tickets they buy once the changes are made.

        Ohio had the same problem a few years back when their game was the most popular game in the area and they had quite a few out of state winners of $30M-$60M jackpots.  They listened to people complain about money being taken out of the state and started limiting the amount one ticket could win to $20M.  After people stopped coming to Ohio to play, they knew they had listened to the wrong people. Later after their game continued declining, some players suggested a game with a $2 ticket that offered larger jackpots so they came out with Lot'O Play but larger jackpots never came because nobody would pay $2 for what they could get for $1 across state lines.  Finally after seeing all the Ohio cars crossing state lines to buy PowerBall and BigGame tickets, they got rid of Lot'O Play and replaced it with Classic Lotto a 6/49 game for $1 a line and added MegaMillions.  Later they added PowerBall too.  Point is, if they come up with something that doesn't sell they won't waste much time replacing it.

         * you don't need to buy more tickets, just buy a winning ticket * 
           
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          Posted: June 28, 2011, 1:58 am - IP Logged

          i rather hate that players wanting more 1 million prize winners, got listined to and end up forcing me to now pay 2 bucks for a shot at 1 million

          who died and made you players king over majority of us, some of us, like big jackpots, and like it or not, majority are greedy and we play more when the jackpots are sky high

          pat your self's on the beck, you got pb changed, costing all more cease you wanted more 1 million buck winners, jerks

           

          i perfer 1cost now, i only play the for jackpot, 2nd place prize and lower can be whatever

          these people don't understand the game only get's really played by majority of us, cease of high jackpots

          so i just think of as , they have now forced atfer 2012 start date, everyone to buy 2buck price, , its just forcing me to buy a pre 2012 powerplay ticket in price,

          and plz tell me they have kept the around 30% of prize pool goes to jackpot? or has that changed also

          i wish i knew ALL the details of this, effecting the jackpot.

           

          they made the odds better, its cute how its right under mm odds rofl,  the same MM , that cost 1 buck , and is the record holder of all the largest jackpots

          such as 240m cash jackpot, btw, did they even brother to Remove the jackpot cap

          sense their not anything listed, am just guesting they left THAT stupid jackpot cap in place,

          if its sure in place for the "redesign 2012 change, for you people who like shot at a lower prize then jackpot types,  am going to be pissed

          making the jackpot winner to win, having a jackpot Cap in place, where MM has soundly beat PB max cash jackpots,

          pb max cash jackpot was below 180m,  , sense 240M cash belongs to MM, i think 60m plus in cash record over pb highest ever

          would suggest you pb fans need to demand the cap Gone, dead, you want more people to play, freaking make the odds higher,

           

          thro come 2012, i sure be playin , i already buy 1 ticket for all MM/PB draws, no matter amount,   the only thing changin is, now i only buy 2 pb tickets, if it goes to 200m , or 100 cash

          i use to buy 2 tickets when it hit 100m/50cash, all pb has done is made me change my rules. i spend the Same amount mm as i do pb,when they get high

          just cease PB wants to be a high class whore now, don't mean it get paid like it.

           

          if they want me to pay more, they Better offer a better  jackpot then what MM has offered

          they have failed to do so recent past.

          and sense MM has put out way better record jackpots then PB, pb won't be treated by my self any diff then MM

          it just need to be double that over MM for me to spend more for each added ticket cost

          but at lest their giving me a shot at the 1m i never wanted to begin with

           

          am now suggesting everyone that has ever buyed a powerplay 2 buck ticket,  was in fact, srcewing the rest of us.

          sense now you given them the cute idea Everyone would be just fine with 2 buck ticket cost, sense all them powerplay people do it already, congrats , pat your self on the buck, for what you all have done

           

          they better give me record breaking Cash jackpots, over 240m cash mm has offered, or that 2 bucks per ticket is BS on a value  compared to MM

          and sense that jackpot cap could sure be in past, it never happen, hance making this double of the cost of the ticket a outrage in value math.

          so only thing i suggest to people, is just play 1 ticket, for ever draw like i do come 2012

          and just don't buy a 2nd ticket, to its so freaking sky high, a other 2 bucks WARRENT it

          i spend 2 bucks on mm, aka buying 2 tickets when its 100m,  i sure only buy 1 pb ticket when its at 100m thro

          when i spend 3 bucks on a 200m mm ticket, i sure Won't buy a 2nd pb ticket,  it need to be 250m, or just about 125m cash jackpot before i buy a ticket pb ticket,

          as i buy 4 mm tickets when tis at 250m or 125cash ,

          pb want's to be high class whore, fine it it have  Earn every penny it gets form me then

           

          the new rule atfer 2012 is, for same prize jackpot amount,  i buy Twice as many MM tickets as compared to PB

          if that god darn jackpot cap sure their come 2012, PB has just made it a fact MM with its record jackpots stays that way

          would why i spend more on PB for same amount of Money offered in MM jackpots? is my point

          i wont,  pb may make more money off of me on the low jackpots, but i always never buy more then 1 ticket, to its Really sky high,

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            Posted: June 28, 2011, 2:55 am - IP Logged

            seeing as edit time window has pasted, i like to clear up my feelings

            1 , why should i pay more for the Same jackpots amounts offered by MM

            seeing as MM has 60m plus  in jackpot cash record jackpot lead over PB , pb below 180m, with 240m cash jackpot for mm record

            , with its stupid cap PB has, it has no chance in hell in ever offering me a better jackpot then MM has ever given for its 1 buck per shot at.

             

            lets see, 175m odds, o look its better odds over mm now, , 1 thing, its sure 175m, o wow 488026  lower,better odds over all etc,  ,makes it worth twice a mm?1 hold on a min am not a SUCKER........n your dreams if that makes it twice the value of mm cost,

            why should pb get double the amount of money per ticket, over MM , for offering same or Lower AMOUNTS "MM clearly beats PB in record high jackpots" jackpot amounts offered

            o cease their 2nd place prize is bigger now, I don't give a rat's beep about 2nd place prize......... that's to keep all you none jackpot players happy

            none jackpot players have been all the ones buying powerplays to now, why buy 1 ticket at 2 bucks, when you can spend 2 bucks for 2 tickets, 100% more of a shot at jackpot.

             

            do you see people in Lines , buying like crazy with lotto fever for a million bucks,Hell nooo, its all about the jackpot amount,

            atfer 2012,  MM will now be Twice the value for Same jackpots over PB,  MM is twice as good is what am saying

            and the proof in the math,

             

            i had hoped when cross selling begin, they said they would keep pb/mm the same for now, but was thinking of adding a 3rd game, for maybe like 5 bucks per ticket, that offered like half a billion jackpots

            am all for that,a new game that cost 5 bucks for a half a billion jackpot

            but PB  trying to turn its current self, into some high class Whore,  when its not AT ALL  better then MM jackpot,  makes no value sense

            all it has done, is insured the jackpot Won More often, and i now pay Twice the amount of money for the same jackpots offered before , am talking 100m range and above

            its a ripoff, all cease  you get better 2nd place and lower prizes, You have got to be kidding me, am now soon be paying more for Same amounts offered in the past.

            sure the crap 20m starting jackpot amount been upped to 40m, big freaking deal

            , but will the Average increase of $12.2 Million , math by todd lottery post Powerball Jackpot Statistics DOUBLE?


            so ONLESS that average increase goes to 24.4m atfer the change

            its a ripoff for the old Value we got for only paying 1 buck  per ticket

            so IF paying 2 bucks per ticket, that jackpot better freaking go up twice as much as it used to, or we have a issue with being screwed over , its a vlaue for your money issue


            its all about high jackpots and the roll overs amounts offered,

            MM atfer 2012, will sure have the record jackpots, and the same jackpots offered all now for Half the cost of PB game offering, what a sick joke pb becoming.

            pb players are getting screwed over , with the defence of, will we offer better lower prizes now, O get the beep out of town,  that's con game to sell you down the river , the fact is, where not getting any bigger jackpots, and where now going to pay twice as much for what we use to get for just 1 buck

             

            too all you powerplay people, hope your happy, you now got your way and everyone paying 2 bucks per shot at the jackpot, i hate you type's with passion right now.


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              Posted: June 28, 2011, 8:21 am - IP Logged

              It now costs me $4 to play Powerball with 2 lines with Powerplay.

              The new game will cost me $6 for the same deal for slightly better odds and bigger starting jackpots and bigger prizes.

              I can understand the uproar if you're buying a lot of lines but for me it's no big deal really cuz I only play 2 lines.

              And I got this funny feelin I'm gonna win the very first drawing!    Thumbs UpCheersThumbs Up

              Now...Ridge I am going to win the first drawing JackpotBanana... I guess we will be sharingCheers

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                Posted: June 28, 2011, 8:30 am - IP Logged

                I almost always play the powerplay but I usually only play 1 or 2 lines, so this isn't going to make much difference to me. I'll just play the 2 bucks it will cost and hope if I don't win the jackpot, I'll win the million dollars.

                Where this will matter to me is the pool at work. Everyone chips in a dollar for each draw, so we'll probably only play 5 lines instead of 10 when we play PB. But we only play PB when the jackpot is higher than MM.

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                  Posted: June 28, 2011, 9:35 am - IP Logged

                  Personally, when the jackpot is won I will often only get 1 ticket for the next 2 or 3 draws, till the JP is back up.  I wonder if a lot of people do that, and that's what they're tyring to counteract by making that starting jackpot higher.  I know when they change it, I will buy at least 2 tickets for that $40M JP.

                  I've always bought the powerplay option anyway, looking for that million dollar prize, so this isn't a big change for me.  I can still spend my $2 per ticket, have a chance at a million bucks, AND have a bigger starting JP.  I haven't decided yet if I'll start spending $3 per ticket.  That doubles the 2nd prize to 2 mil, right?  Hmmmmm.

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                    Posted: June 28, 2011, 11:22 am - IP Logged

                    With both games being similar it was alway hard to decide which one to play when their jackpots were similar sizes although PB had a slight edge paying $3 for a 0+1.  If MM doesn't change, I won't have that problem next year since only their odds of winning will be about the same unless PB lower tier prizes amounts are increased.

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                      Posted: June 28, 2011, 11:22 am - IP Logged

                      I have read everyone's comment and majority of you are against the Powerball change, so just don't voice your opinion here. Go to the Powerball website and go to FAQ/History/News on the left side of the webpage and at the bottom of FAQ page there is a email address to the Multi-State Lottery Association and tell them how much you are against the change.  Pass this information on to people who play Powerball and don't know about the change and have them email MUSL; maybe if we can get enough people that are against the change and have them email MUSL, maybe they will reconsider changing Powerball before January 15, 2012; especially increasing the ticket price.

                      Thank you

                      That's true, anyone interested in voicing their opinion to the people in charge -- for or against -- should write directly to MUSL.

                      However, rest assured that folks from MUSL and the state lotteries are reading your comments here too.  So absolutely continue expressing your opinions on the upcoming changes to the Powerball game. 

                      Also, do you think Mega Millions should also be changed?  Should it stay the same?  Why?

                       

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                        Posted: June 28, 2011, 11:29 am - IP Logged

                        this is a big mistake for powerball.... I know plenty of people who have 5 sets of number he/she plays every powerball drawing.. he/she prebuys those 5 sets of number for 26 draws.... so the total cost on this is $130.00

                        with the new option this would cost $260.00

                        that's a huge increase....

                        he/she also does the same with megamillions.... 5 sets of number for 26 draws totalling $130.00

                        the $1 quick pick option is good.... I have more chances to win something with 5 $1 quick picks, rather than only getting 2 quick pick for $4...

                        you can win more, but for the customers who only play a certain set of numbers for advanced drawing, this customer loses and might stop playing...

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                        Your winning number is not under attack. It's about to HIT. So Hang In There"

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                          Posted: June 28, 2011, 11:30 am - IP Logged

                          I have 1 set of numbers that i also prebuy for 10 drawings at a time... I don't want my total cost doubling..

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                          Your winning number is not under attack. It's about to HIT. So Hang In There"

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                            Posted: June 28, 2011, 12:42 pm - IP Logged

                            I don't like it, their sales will go down and the jackpots will not grow as before.  Liars also!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! a $1,000,000 or $2,000,000 prize isn't, they will tax you just the same. 1 in 35 to 1 in 31.8 I'd rather play 10 lines than 5 lines any day,  what a hoax..........

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                            Good luck to everyone!

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                              Posted: June 28, 2011, 12:45 pm - IP Logged

                              I have relatives in Canada. They tell me there were many naysayers when the price to play their national 6/49 game doubled.

                              Guesss what. The game is thriving.

                              Canada recently added a once per week Pick 7/49 game with a mininum play of $5 for 3 games.

                              Again, the naysayers predicted the game would fail.

                              Guess what. The $10 million jackpot is won regularly.

                              Years ago, Texas introduced a $2 game called Texas Millions. It was a pick 4 game.

                              Guess what. The game was unpopular from the start, and was cancelled because it failed to meet revenue expectations.

                              Some LP members have given details of other $2 lotto games that failed.

                              It would seem that state lotteries with a smaller player pool can't overcome player dissatisfaction with higher priced games.

                              Let's face it. The good ole US dollar just isn't worth much these days.

                              The people controlling state lotteries, IMHO, know how to use greed to maximum advantage.

                              While they are probably anticipating some 'blow back,' they obviously believe they are making the right choice.

                              A lot of heads would roll if the changes cause the game to fail.

                              I think interest in the Texas Lotto 6/54 game competing with Powerball on Wednesday and Saturday will probably increase.

                              But, only time will tell.