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$257 MILLION: Mega Millions jackpot expands

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Posted: December 1, 2013, 5:32 pm - IP Logged

Texas had 23,109 Powerball winners on the last Powerball drawing including Powerplay.

Texas 16,701 ( Powerball ) plus 6,408 ( Powerplay ) for a Total of 23,109 Winners.
http://www.powerball.com/powerball/pb_totalwinners.asp

Sorry Thrifty, I looked at the stats on TLC's website wrong. Good eye.

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    Posted: December 1, 2013, 6:54 pm - IP Logged

    I just laugh at the people who take part in these threads and say they haven't bought a ticket.   Who are you kidding.

     you're dead on. there are only going to be 104 drawings a year for each of these unhittable jackpots. one would think if you play them you should cover "every" one with at least 1 ticket no matter what's in there. if it increases to level you want buy more. i believe some of these participants actually don't buy unless it's at an astronominal amount. if any of them actually won only 1 million they would be ecstatic beyond belief and would avoid the harrassment that goes with a big win. but they don't and they won't unless it's 200 million or more and don't realize they only have so many chances left before the grim reaper comes.

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      Posted: December 1, 2013, 8:40 pm - IP Logged

       you're dead on. there are only going to be 104 drawings a year for each of these unhittable jackpots. one would think if you play them you should cover "every" one with at least 1 ticket no matter what's in there. if it increases to level you want buy more. i believe some of these participants actually don't buy unless it's at an astronominal amount. if any of them actually won only 1 million they would be ecstatic beyond belief and would avoid the harrassment that goes with a big win. but they don't and they won't unless it's 200 million or more and don't realize they only have so many chances left before the grim reaper comes.

      Well said Farber!

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        All I ever wanted, is to win the  MM 5+0 2nd prize every draw, or at least once every month. I will gladly let you all win the jackpots with my blessings. I always buy my tickets with the megaplier and that gives me $2-5M per draw, for at least once a month. That way, I can still live a very sweet life, while still flying under the radar.  Whether the jackpot is $12M or $1 billy, actually means not that much to me. If I win it, and that's a BIG IF, that's ok too. Who needs the pomp and pageantry? Not me, but I can deal with it, if it happens. I have already planned out everything, while still keeping my fingers crossed for any unforseen eventuality. Just give me the 5+0 with the megaplier, at least once a month, and I will be very, very happy.Blue Angel

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          Posted: December 1, 2013, 9:15 pm - IP Logged

          I just laugh at the people who take part in these threads and say they haven't bought a ticket.   Who are you kidding.

          Just like jackpot winners who feed us the "rooster"and bull story, that they have never played the lottery before. I always see people who buy multiple tickets, but insist on the clerk giving them single tickets, instead of the usual 5 or 10 lines per ticket. I guess if they win, they whip out a single ticket and declare to the world," This is the first ticket I've ever bought in my life".

          Seek and ye shall find -Matt. 7:7 ...Ask and ye shall receive -John 16:24 ...Give and it shall be given unto you -Luke 6:38 ...Be careful what you ask for!!! -Mypiemaster 1:1

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            I just laugh at the people who take part in these threads and say they haven't bought a ticket.   Who are you kidding.

            Guess it's because I've been playing a little longer than some.   It has been 300 mill 400 mil and I've not bought a ticket.
            Too many sorry not a winner messages can turned me into an occasional lottery player.

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              Just like jackpot winners who feed us the "rooster"and bull story, that they have never played the lottery before. I always see people who buy multiple tickets, but insist on the clerk giving them single tickets, instead of the usual 5 or 10 lines per ticket. I guess if they win, they whip out a single ticket and declare to the world," This is the first ticket I've ever bought in my life".

              I am a clerk at a lotto retailer.  I've asked about the single ticket for 23 lines customers.  They don't understand how the  RNG works and think this is the secret to hitting the jackpot. 

              I've tried explaining certain things to them but they don't believe me. 

              I respect the members here for the knowledge the share, possess and seek.  But even here it's funny when some members talk about clerks having an advantage and shouldn't play.  I think thats hilarious,  if it was so true, we would just spend all our money on scratchers.  Just a general rant, not directed at you.

              I haven't won enough to merit more than an occasional ticket.  I've won more on scratchers discarded in the trash than anything I've  bought.

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                I am a clerk at a lotto retailer.  I've asked about the single ticket for 23 lines customers.  They don't understand how the  RNG works and think this is the secret to hitting the jackpot. 

                I've tried explaining certain things to them but they don't believe me. 

                I respect the members here for the knowledge the share, possess and seek.  But even here it's funny when some members talk about clerks having an advantage and shouldn't play.  I think thats hilarious,  if it was so true, we would just spend all our money on scratchers.  Just a general rant, not directed at you.

                I haven't won enough to merit more than an occasional ticket.  I've won more on scratchers discarded in the trash than anything I've  bought.

                So, you're an advocate for clerks playing Scratch games? This is no laughing matter.

                While you yourself may not be doing it or employing these techniques, a clerk can have an unfair advantage over regular customers playing scratch games:

                - a clerk can watch the players, looking for a long losing streaks, and then pounce in like a "hawk" to look for winners.

                - a clerk can monitor the redemptions on the pack, knowing the amount of low-tier prizes that have been paid out and the likelihood of mid-tier prizes still being available.(if knowing the minimum pack value)

                - conversely, a clerk can also see when a pack has paid out mid-tier prizes already, and know to avoid that pack with just low-tier and losers remaining.

                It's not a huge advantage. Just a small edge to increase their return. It doesn't mean players can't win in those situations, the high-tier prizes could be anywhere in the pack. And the clerk playing is not going to automagically make the large/top prizes migrate to the store, etc. But it's still an advantage that the clerk has that the player/customer does not.

                It's largely a question of ethics. Sure, everyone playing is competing for the same prizes on the roll and has a chance to win. But as the clerk stands there and sells you the tickets with a smile and wishes you "good luck" ... should they also be competing against you? As they smile and sell you tickets from a roll that they know has already paid out big prizes and is left with duds?

                No, they should not be playing against their customers on scratch games.(lotto games are different and are OK to play) Not on the clock, and probably not at the store. Play at another store, that's fine. No law against that.

                Kind of like bar servers not imbibing at the place where they serve. It should be a store policy.

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                  I have a feeling that oregon will have a million dollar winner before this jackpot run is done so hopefully it is me with my megaplier ticket.-weshar75

                  People say this at least twice a week when these "stories" are made. LOL

                  You can't predict random.

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                    Posted: December 2, 2013, 3:30 am - IP Logged

                    You've honed in on the correct issue: what is the frequency of jackpot wins with the new MM?

                    That's really what's at stake when they come up with a new lotto game: based on the expected customer base, what the frequency of jackpot wins will be.

                    Old MM did about $20M sales per draw average during non-frenzy periods. The new MM so far looks to be about the same, no major dropoff in sales with the new matrix. That comes to about $2 Billion per year, and you divide that by the odds on the JP and that gives you the rough frequency of jackpot wins. The actual interval between wins will vary widely, from days to months, but the average frequency can be expected to be consistent.

                    Old 1-in-175M MM did about 12 wins per year.(one per month) New 1-in-258M MM would be expected to do about 8 wins per year,(one every 1.5 months) given consistent sales.

                    But the goal is to have large jackpots, which boosts sales during the top end of those runs. Like last year's record $656M jackpot boosted sales by another $1 Billion on top of regular sales all by itself!

                    The current run will be won before the end of the year, and possibly before Christmas.

                    At the current roll over rate more like one every two months.

                    On a unrelated note, these boards are in dire need of an upgrade to at least allow multi-quoting so you don't have to make multiple posts to respond to whatever you want to respond.

                    You can't predict random.

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                      Posted: December 2, 2013, 4:20 am - IP Logged

                      $257 MILLION Mega Millions jackpot

                      Someone needs to win this for ChristmasNoel

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                        I am a clerk at a lotto retailer.  I've asked about the single ticket for 23 lines customers.  They don't understand how the  RNG works and think this is the secret to hitting the jackpot. 

                        I've tried explaining certain things to them but they don't believe me. 

                        I respect the members here for the knowledge the share, possess and seek.  But even here it's funny when some members talk about clerks having an advantage and shouldn't play.  I think thats hilarious,  if it was so true, we would just spend all our money on scratchers.  Just a general rant, not directed at you.

                        I haven't won enough to merit more than an occasional ticket.  I've won more on scratchers discarded in the trash than anything I've  bought.

                        You made a very troubling admission in your last sentence. You said, "I've won more on scratchers discarded in the trash than anything I've  bought".

                        We on LP, always denegrade clerks that try to rip off customers. We sincerely hope that you don't participate in such shenanigans, just saying. It is a crime. No No

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                          All I ever wanted, is to win the  MM 5+0 2nd prize every draw, or at least once every month. I will gladly let you all win the jackpots with my blessings. I always buy my tickets with the megaplier and that gives me $2-5M per draw, for at least once a month. That way, I can still live a very sweet life, while still flying under the radar.  Whether the jackpot is $12M or $1 billy, actually means not that much to me. If I win it, and that's a BIG IF, that's ok too. Who needs the pomp and pageantry? Not me, but I can deal with it, if it happens. I have already planned out everything, while still keeping my fingers crossed for any unforseen eventuality. Just give me the 5+0 with the megaplier, at least once a month, and I will be very, very happy.Blue Angel

                          Make sure that you spend more than $2 on the Megaplier, more than $3 on the Powerplay.You have to maximize your chances in order to beat the lottery and make consistent small profits.

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                            Posted: December 2, 2013, 9:26 am - IP Logged

                            Sorry Thrifty, I looked at the stats on TLC's website wrong. Good eye.

                            I keep my lottery playing very simple, but there is always a method to the madness.LOL

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                              Actually, even if 1 billion tickets are sold for a single drawing, only about 253,450,873 of the 258,890,850 combinations would be sold (assuming tickets are sold randomly....not all combos mechanically purchased lol). The rest would be duplicates.

                              We always have duplicates in random lottery games. It is the reason that lottery games have multiple prize winners. Do you realize that more than 50% of the total combinations would be sold for a $500 Million jackpot? I have to agree with your post though.

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