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Changes coming to Powerball multi-state lottery game in January

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Posted: June 28, 2011, 1:02 pm - IP Logged

I'm not sure exactly how I feel about this.  I wouldn't know for sure until it's actually implemented and we see for ourselves if changing the odds really does make a difference for the better.  I get frustrated playing very cheap-to-play games with extremely terrible odds.

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    Posted: June 28, 2011, 1:13 pm - IP Logged

    Starting jackpots double to $40 million=Great for players.    Better overall odds for more winners=I doubt it.    Ticket price will increase to $2=Great for powerball not the players. Roll Eyes

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      Posted: June 28, 2011, 1:33 pm - IP Logged

      Mega millions should change the starting jackpot amount. I thought they would have at least double the starting amount, when mm added practically the rest of the country to the game. Mega millions should also keep their tickets to $1, I do not want to spend $2 every time i play especially when the odds is close to impossible to win.Approve

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        Posted: June 28, 2011, 1:40 pm - IP Logged

        Looks like I won't be playing this game anymore.  $1 a  game is fine........ $2 a whack is not. Joker831 (I don't know how to quote a post)

         

        As mentioned earlier, I hope MM doesn't do this.  Even with my pools, my lottery budget is limited.  If PB was all I had to play, my chances to play would be cut in half, thereby decreasing my chance of winning.

        Headed to MM to ask them not to do this.  If PB cared about what the players think, we would have heard about this before it was a done deal.

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          Posted: June 28, 2011, 2:05 pm - IP Logged

          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.

          I was way off because 175 million tickets will equal a one drawing sales of $350 million. The new bonus number change will lower the chances of hitting the jackpot but players will still have odds of 5,138,133 to 1 of matching all five numbers and to get a legitimate 50% chance the jackpot will be hit, they will need between 18 and 20 five number matches. At $2 a ticket thats around $200 million in sales.

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            Posted: June 28, 2011, 3:10 pm - IP Logged

            If anyone is interested, I emailed the MUSL and this is the response that I received about the Powerball change:

            We’ve done a lot of research on the game change.  Once players tested saw the game change, they agreed that $2 was not an issue.  We couldn’t really ever find one person among thousands who thought it was a bad idea.  Still, the lotteries were slow to change (we’ve been testing since 2005).  It was finally time to change a product that has had the same price since 1992.  Think of that.  In the meantime, lotteries have been adding more scratch games at $$2, $3, $5, $10, $20, and even $50.

             

            We know that players don’t buy tickets to win any prize but the jackpot, but winning more money also keeps folks interested in the game longer.  The current game averages about 132 millionaires a year (not counting jackpot winners).  The new game should average 572 millionaires per year.  The current average jackpot of $141 million should jump to $255 million. 

             

            The move is a little risky, but we’ve done lots of consumer testing and run the math many times.  This should work.  No one likes change, even good change, but we think that players will soon see this as a better game.

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              Posted: June 28, 2011, 3:19 pm - IP Logged

              If anyone is interested, I emailed the MUSL and this is the response that I received about the Powerball change:

              We’ve done a lot of research on the game change.  Once players tested saw the game change, they agreed that $2 was not an issue.  We couldn’t really ever find one person among thousands who thought it was a bad idea.  Still, the lotteries were slow to change (we’ve been testing since 2005).  It was finally time to change a product that has had the same price since 1992.  Think of that.  In the meantime, lotteries have been adding more scratch games at $$2, $3, $5, $10, $20, and even $50.

               

              We know that players don’t buy tickets to win any prize but the jackpot, but winning more money also keeps folks interested in the game longer.  The current game averages about 132 millionaires a year (not counting jackpot winners).  The new game should average 572 millionaires per year.  The current average jackpot of $141 million should jump to $255 million. 

               

              The move is a little risky, but we’ve done lots of consumer testing and run the math many times.  This should work.  No one likes change, even good change, but we think that players will soon see this as a better game.

              Skeptical looks like the other form letter type of response to me Skeptical

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                Posted: June 28, 2011, 3:22 pm - IP Logged

                It's good to know that I wasn't the only one who emailed MUSL

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                  Posted: June 28, 2011, 3:24 pm - IP Logged

                  If anyone is interested, I emailed the MUSL and this is the response that I received about the Powerball change:

                  We’ve done a lot of research on the game change.  Once players tested saw the game change, they agreed that $2 was not an issue.  We couldn’t really ever find one person among thousands who thought it was a bad idea.  Still, the lotteries were slow to change (we’ve been testing since 2005).  It was finally time to change a product that has had the same price since 1992.  Think of that.  In the meantime, lotteries have been adding more scratch games at $$2, $3, $5, $10, $20, and even $50.

                   

                  We know that players don’t buy tickets to win any prize but the jackpot, but winning more money also keeps folks interested in the game longer.  The current game averages about 132 millionaires a year (not counting jackpot winners).  The new game should average 572 millionaires per year.  The current average jackpot of $141 million should jump to $255 million. 

                   

                  The move is a little risky, but we’ve done lots of consumer testing and run the math many times.  This should work.  No one likes change, even good change, but we think that players will soon see this as a better game.

                  Thanks phitch, it's interesting statistics.  I wonder what it is for MegaMillions?

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                    Posted: June 28, 2011, 3:58 pm - IP Logged

                    Skeptical looks like the other form letter type of response to me Skeptical

                    What?  You want a completely orginal response to the same question or statement?  Seems like a lot of needless re-arranging of letters.  There are only 26 of them, you know.  A little cut-and-paste is not, by definition, evil.

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                      Posted: June 28, 2011, 4:04 pm - IP Logged

                      I have this sick feeling in my gut that the Dragon Lady is involved in this game change somehow.

                      If so, this has to be bad for players if she's involved in it.

                      The Dragon Lady brings only disappointment and despair wherever she goes and to everything she touches.


                                                                   
                                           
                                                               

                       

                       

                       

                       

                                                                                                                         

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                        Posted: June 28, 2011, 4:24 pm - 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....

                        TheGameGrl wrote : "Change is a positive way for things to improve"

                        Wow,I've heard liberals scream this insanity ever since the obama campaign and we're even more in debt and our economy still even further in the tank....change is not always positive for things to improve or the effects would be beneficial which they clearly are not whether it be in the powerball or the presidential election.

                        I know what is positive though and that is the lack of change in my pocket since the last election....

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                          Posted: June 28, 2011, 4:37 pm - IP Logged

                          Oh well, six more months until I quit poweball. Hopefully something nice will happen in the meantime.

                          Good luck players, hopefully you guys too get lucky before the big change happens.

                          That money's gone fo ever

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                            Posted: June 28, 2011, 4:57 pm - IP Logged

                            Good luck to the people participating in the game Powerball.

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                              Posted: June 28, 2011, 4:58 pm - IP Logged

                              You have to ask yourself, "Why do I play Powerball?"  If the answer is "because its costs $1", then you probably should quit.  If the answer is "for a shot at really big jackpots", then you might want to wait to see what happens to the game.  If the answer is "for a shot at a really big jackpots and the chance to win a million while I'm waiting", then, you might want to check out the new game. 

                              The scratch games moved to higher prices long ago.  Sales of $1 scratch tickets are in decline while sales of higher-priced tickets are on the rise.  They key will be whether the extra value is good enough.