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Powerball changing in October to generate bigger jackpots

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Posted: July 9, 2015, 2:03 am - IP Logged

They reduced the number of powerballs which improved your overall chances of winning a prize, that's how.

Right, it will be easier to hit just the pb but it will be really hard to match any numbers with it.

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    Posted: July 9, 2015, 4:28 am - IP Logged

    I just saw this story and HAHAHAHA are they freaking kidding?! There's a reason I cut down significantly on buying Mega Millions tickets and it looks like I'll be cutting down even further with Powerball than I already have from their bump to $2. I haven't been keeping up for a good while but how has the MM odds raise worked out for them?

    Oh and using the education reasoning, get bent. Roll Eyes All the lottery has done for education is allowed states to take their own money out of it and move it elsewhere, effectively negating whatever benefit the lottery might have had and in many cases made things worse, that's of course assuming they're putting whatever money the state gets to education in the first place.

    You can't predict random.

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      Posted: July 9, 2015, 4:30 am - IP Logged

      This country dont need bigger jackpots,,,we need more winners,,,,dont you get it stupid people running these Lottery places geez.Give us a weekly raffle,more winners,we dont need 100 Million dollars to one person...

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        Posted: July 9, 2015, 5:03 am - IP Logged

        For me I don't care that they made some of the smaller prizes easier to win. Most people I know, including me, don't play PB or MM for the lower prizes. The fact that they made it way harder to win the jackpot and second  prize really sucks. I'm sure most players won't care, but this isn't going to encourage me to play more.

        "No one remembers the person who almost climbed the mountain, only the person who eventually gets to the top."

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          Posted: July 9, 2015, 7:53 am - IP Logged

          Haymaker? Did you know you can buy Powerball in NJ now? You don't have to drive to DE to get them.

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          golfer1960, How ya been ?

          I go to Delaware for the big $ games B/C it's anonymous, to far for you but it takes me 3 hrs. round trip.

           Still play the Pic6 & JC5 here in "The Garden state"

          If you win 2 Mil or so no one will even notice, but big $, that's a different story.

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            Posted: July 9, 2015, 7:58 am - IP Logged

            This country dont need bigger jackpots,,,we need more winners,,,,dont you get it stupid people running these Lottery places geez.Give us a weekly raffle,more winners,we dont need 100 Million dollars to one person...

            Your reasoning is why they came up with Monopoly Millionaire. To create more million dollar winners. We saw how that worked out.

            I don't like the changes either, but the fact of the matter is that for MM and PB jackpot fatigue is a huge factor and people actually do play more when the jackpots get huge, which hasn't been happening very much.

            I play every PB and MM draw. Sure, I would love to hit the jackpot, but I'm also playing for the second prize because they both offer the best shot at a million dollars here in Tx. Our lotto game has odds of almost 26 million to 1 for a few million dollars, which I play also.

            The only other way to play for a million in Tx is to play All or Nothing by playing the same numbers 4 times, which is much better odds, but also costs $8 to play that way.

            CAN'T WIN IF YOU'RE NOT IN

            A DOLLAR AND A DREAM (OR $2)

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              Posted: July 9, 2015, 9:06 am - IP Logged

              Beautiful...going from 1/175 Mil to 1/292 Mil ??
              Goal is to make "it more difficult to win the jackpot"-
              "sales have slumped since 2013"
              In N.Y.(2014) "sales plummeted 44%"
              Nationwide "sales declined nationally by 19% last year because there was no huge jackpot"<--Might call BS on that"no huge jackpot"
              2014- 4 jackpots over 200 Million, 2013- 6 jackpots over 200 million, 2012 - 5 jackpots over 200 million, 2011 - 4 jackpots over 200 million, 2010 - 3 jackpots over 200 million

              Attention lottery officials---Got a "hot-off-the-press-newsflash for ya"
              If you thought sales slumped before, hang onto your britches with this odds change to win the big prize. People do pay attention
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              Most folks I talk to, play to win the jackpot, NOT to play for 2nd/3rd or 4th placed prizes. For those that choose to look at the non jackpot prizes odds reduction as a victory, I would agree.
              BUT, when anyone sees a billboard or goes to the main page of the MM or PB, the big number splashed on the screen that gets your attention is the annuitized dollar amount, not the cash value, not the consolation 2nd and 3rd place prizes. 
              They(PB & MM) have already lost my purchases from previous changes.(not buying now until the annuity reaches 100+ Mil). That will probably change to even a higher number with these proposed changes.

              I am changing the old statement of "A dollar and a dream" to "Lottery officials you can dream of getting my dollar".
              Just my 2 cents..oops..better make it a dime..you know, just in case it slumps and I would need to remove it from my portfolio.

              Stay Positive, Believe and good things will come your way


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                Posted: July 9, 2015, 9:09 am - IP Logged

                Good!  These games are way too easy to win for some.  Anything they can do to make them harder is awesome!!!

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                  Posted: July 9, 2015, 9:10 am - IP Logged

                  Thanks Todd for posting this.  I remember weeks ago stating this would happen in October, however the Massachusetts lottery did not have the new 'odds' posted in their letter to me.  Maybe I'll curtail Powerball too.

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                    Posted: July 9, 2015, 9:20 am - IP Logged

                    golfer1960, How ya been ?

                    I go to Delaware for the big $ games B/C it's anonymous, to far for you but it takes me 3 hrs. round trip.

                     Still play the Pic6 & JC5 here in "The Garden state"

                    If you win 2 Mil or so no one will even notice, but big $, that's a different story.

                    I'm doing well haymaker thanks for asking. Fortunately I'm still employed full time despite Obamacare.

                    I didn't realize about DE being anonymous. I understand now.

                    Did you have a nice 4th of July? I was at the Oceanfest fireworks in Long Branch. A good time was had by all and the weather cooperated. Smile

                    Live music all day, delicious fattening foods and girls walking around all day long in their underwear. God Bless America!

                      oceanfest

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                      Posted: July 9, 2015, 10:07 am - IP Logged

                      I'm sorry I was bitter with mega million when they did the same thing and I leaned on powerball so now I guess I have to just play cash 5 games cause making it harder to win jackpot is a 1%er move never wanting poor to get rich, jut giving us crumbs, so farewell to the jackpot games for me will go for the ones I can actually win

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                        Posted: July 9, 2015, 11:07 am - IP Logged

                        "The proposed rule is intended to increase the odds of winning any prize while decreasing the odds to win the jackpot," said Robert Williams, executive director of the state Gaming Commission.

                        It's obvious the majority of PB players are purchasing 1 or 2 tickets hoping to win the jackpot or the secondary prize and I really doubt having slightly better odds of cashing $4 will entice them to purchase more tickets.

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                          Posted: July 9, 2015, 11:25 am - IP Logged

                          "The proposed rule is intended to increase the odds of winning any prize while decreasing the odds to win the jackpot," said Robert Williams, executive director of the state Gaming Commission.

                          It's obvious the majority of PB players are purchasing 1 or 2 tickets hoping to win the jackpot or the secondary prize and I really doubt having slightly better odds of cashing $4 will entice them to purchase more tickets.

                          I totally agree with you stack....I dont see more winners in  the lower level will entice people....  The way I play powerball or mega million anymore is I only buy one or two tickets but I put the multiplyer on them to hit the 5 out of 5 on the front end which would pay at least a million plus depending on which multiplyer hit.

                          Will I change my buying habit with them.... prolly not... I will still buy one or two...there is nothing there to entice me to buy more... I sure aint in it to pay 3 dollars for a  ticket for a 1 in 92 chance  to win $4 bucks....

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                            Posted: July 9, 2015, 11:44 am - IP Logged

                            Yeah, I see this as another joke on the players...seriously. They're increasing the primary field of numbers to choose from by ANOTHER TEN and allow me to put this into very clear perspective. It's like ADDING ANOTHER PICK 3 FIELD (10 numbers) to an already very difficult game and I don't care how much they reduce the PB field....it's the MAIN FIELD that would get you those increased payouts. The PB number just puts some icing on the cake. No thanks, I'd rather have the actual basic cake with an easier recipe. They know exactly what their doing here.

                             

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                              Posted: July 9, 2015, 11:48 am - IP Logged

                              Jack-in-the-BoxThese jokers must think that we the players, are a bunch of suckers. They keep jacking up the odds and we keep playing regardless. Try playing your local p5 games. There is a lot of money to be made in p5 if you don't mind six figure jackpots. If you are hell-bent on playing only those monster seven figure and up jackpots, it stands to reason that these jokers are right when they call you SUCKERRRRR.

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