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$550 MILLION: Powerball jackpot now more than a half-billion dollars

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Posted: May 16, 2013, 9:47 pm - IP Logged

I don't doubt the number of tickets could be sold. However, my point which I forgot to add to that is that the percentage it would roll would drop dramatically.

Yep, I agree it would drop, but wouldn't it be amazing if it didn't? I think it would be awesome to see $1 billion. But the odds aren't in my favor to see it happen, though, fingers crossed.

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    Posted: May 16, 2013, 9:51 pm - IP Logged

    Okay, sorry. You've completely lost me.

    How does the number of tickets purchased by a greater number of people not increase the odds of more than one winner? Assuming they didn't all get together and decide to pick the same numbers. I'm not seeing how it doesn't increase regardless of anything else.

    OK I didn't say anything about increasing the odds of more than one winner. Basically, if we split it into 3 categories:

     

    1. No winners, rollover wow!

    2. single winner, yay

    3. more than 1 winners. 

     

    1 will always decrease and 3 will always increase, with the increase of ticket sales > 1. 

    For the 2nd category, where there's ONLY a single winner, no more, no less, the chances might increase with more tickets until so many tickets have been 

    bought that it'll start decreasing. Maybe it doesn't matter to you, that's why you didn't understand my point. Personally I'm pretty much only interested in 

    roll overs or when there's only a single winner (because its more exciting imo) so I'm really interested in the % chance of roll over or only a single winner.

     

    What I'm really hoping though, is for a billion dollar jackpot. Preferably on a draw when my parents happen to go to the states to buy stuff, then I can tag 

    along, sneak away and buy a few tickets

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      Posted: May 16, 2013, 9:54 pm - IP Logged

      ashabug725 why would you rate this news story a one star?

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        Posted: May 16, 2013, 10:12 pm - IP Logged

        OK I didn't say anything about increasing the odds of more than one winner. Basically, if we split it into 3 categories:

         

        1. No winners, rollover wow!

        2. single winner, yay

        3. more than 1 winners. 

         

        1 will always decrease and 3 will always increase, with the increase of ticket sales > 1. 

        For the 2nd category, where there's ONLY a single winner, no more, no less, the chances might increase with more tickets until so many tickets have been 

        bought that it'll start decreasing. Maybe it doesn't matter to you, that's why you didn't understand my point. Personally I'm pretty much only interested in 

        roll overs or when there's only a single winner (because its more exciting imo) so I'm really interested in the % chance of roll over or only a single winner.

         

        What I'm really hoping though, is for a billion dollar jackpot. Preferably on a draw when my parents happen to go to the states to buy stuff, then I can tag 

        along, sneak away and buy a few tickets

        Okay, NOW I get you. For a moment there I thought I'd gone retarded. 

        As for your point, I'm apparently a very greedy person. But I say it without any shame or remorse. I am hoping for a single winner or a roll over. 

        No offense to there being a multiple win and the concept of sharing, but it takes away the thrill for me. Humungous jackpot and then 2 or 3 or 4 people win so that each individual ticket is pretty much no more impressive than any a single win on a decent size jackpot.

        Not to mention, just the odds of a single person winning a billion dollar pot, all the factors that would have had to line up to even get there. I'm definitely not smart enough to figure out those odds. Getting to a billion, with all those consecutive roll overs. One single payout. Lightning in a bottle. Something that shouldn't be, but is. That would be AWESOME!

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          Okay, NOW I get you. For a moment there I thought I'd gone retarded. 

          As for your point, I'm apparently a very greedy person. But I say it without any shame or remorse. I am hoping for a single winner or a roll over. 

          No offense to there being a multiple win and the concept of sharing, but it takes away the thrill for me. Humungous jackpot and then 2 or 3 or 4 people win so that each individual ticket is pretty much no more impressive than any a single win on a decent size jackpot.

          Not to mention, just the odds of a single person winning a billion dollar pot, all the factors that would have had to line up to even get there. I'm definitely not smart enough to figure out those odds. Getting to a billion, with all those consecutive roll overs. One single payout. Lightning in a bottle. Something that shouldn't be, but is. That would be AWESOME!

          Looks like we're the same on this point. Having more than one winner just makes it so anticlimatic. Especially when I see this huge syndicate win and they

          only walk away with like 300k per person, that's so lame imo. 

           

          I wonder when we'll be able to see 5 billion and 10 billion jackpots 8D

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            Posted: May 16, 2013, 10:33 pm - IP Logged

            I wonder if I could afford to become a platinum member if I will by myself LOL

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              Posted: May 16, 2013, 10:36 pm - IP Logged

              Looks like we're the same on this point. Having more than one winner just makes it so anticlimatic. Especially when I see this huge syndicate win and they

              only walk away with like 300k per person, that's so lame imo. 

               

              I wonder when we'll be able to see 5 billion and 10 billion jackpots 8D

              Well, it's just that it had to come from so far to get there. Rollover after rollover until it gets to a history making number, only to have it split up into little bits that seem to make a mockery of the lengths and odds it took to get to that quantity. 

              As for $5B, will this new foolishness MM is going to put into effect to make the odds even more ridiculous, it's entirely possible. It'll take forever to get there, but no reason to rule it out as a possibility.

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                Posted: May 16, 2013, 11:21 pm - IP Logged

                Looks like we're the same on this point. Having more than one winner just makes it so anticlimatic. Especially when I see this huge syndicate win and they

                only walk away with like 300k per person, that's so lame imo. 

                 

                I wonder when we'll be able to see 5 billion and 10 billion jackpots 8D

                What 'huge syndicate win' are you referring to? 

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                  Posted: May 17, 2013, 2:04 am - IP Logged

                  ashabug725 why would you rate this news story a one star?

                  I didn't realize I rated it at all :( my phone is so touchy.... Especially when I try to get it from my 18 month olds hands... I have not a bad thing to say.about anything.... Otherwise I wouldn't b here!!!!!!!!

                  I wish I may, I wish I might...
                             Win the Powerball jackpot THIS big night!!!

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                    i have bad news.... on saturday there will be one winner..and it is going to be me... greetings from chicago Wink

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                      Posted: May 17, 2013, 3:42 am - IP Logged

                      One winner would be awesome (especially if it were me!).  I personally would like to see that because it's more exciting.  The media frenzy, craziness, and speculation.  The news coverage would be insane.  Winning the lottery is truly the dream we all dream.  EXTREME WEALTH!!!!  Just to be a part of that would be amazing.  The closest I have ever come to glimpsing that type of decadence is eating with gold utensils at a VIP restaurant in a Las Vegas casino.  Jay Leno was eating at the same restaurant.  That was years ago.  That was a nice experience but NOTHING compared to this.  Banana

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                        Wouldn't it be great if it was tax-free? Man oh Man.

                        Play to win!

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                          i will def settle for 2nd prize a million or 2 will do me fine :).

                           

                          so you all canhave the big prixe ill take 2nd and be happy  good luck everyone i also got  my tickets i buy 1  a day till its won.

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                            i will def settle for 2nd prize a million or 2 will do me fine :).

                             

                            so you all canhave the big prixe ill take 2nd and be happy  good luck everyone i also got  my tickets i buy 1  a day till its won.

                            i agree with true, id be very happy with 2nd prize. unless of course my pb number was 1 off, then i might grumble a  little bit.

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                              Posted: May 17, 2013, 8:40 am - IP Logged

                              Good Luck

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