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Mega Millions ponderously reaches $280 million

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Kingofearth's avatar - Kinnak
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Posted: June 8, 2016, 3:29 pm - IP Logged

Yep, second prize is why I like MM over PB that and the odds on MM are slightly better.

Also, three tickets within 100 miles of me have won second prize while two tickets have taken the jackpot.

There haven't been any such winners on PB like that around here.

Odds of winning MM Million dollar prize: 1:18,492,204

Odds of winning PB Million dollar prize: 1:11,688,054

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    Posted: June 8, 2016, 3:29 pm - IP Logged

    A 10 to 20 percent drop in ticket sales? More like 30-40... I looked at the break even payout last drawing and it's huge in Georgia, over 50,000 winners not including megaplier. And in Tennessee over 17,000... Which is a huge jump... People are playing. They are being too conservative... Need to boost it to 300 million before Friday and sit back and count the dollars coming in. Especially if Powerball is won.

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      Posted: June 8, 2016, 3:41 pm - IP Logged

      Skeptical  should be most curious watching the next couple of drawings and seeing how much it grows

       

      but after the last $2 spent,

      I think I'm gonna wait a drawing or two and let it grow on someone else's money instead of mine

       

      Good luck to those that play every drawing


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        Posted: June 8, 2016, 4:00 pm - IP Logged

        Yep, second prize is why I like MM over PB that and the odds on MM are slightly better.

        Also, three tickets within 100 miles of me have won second prize while two tickets have taken the jackpot.

        There haven't been any such winners on PB like that around here.

        Yep, Michigan is a "Can't lose" state.  I wish I could buy tickets there!

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          Posted: June 8, 2016, 4:37 pm - IP Logged

          Odds of winning MM Million dollar prize: 1:18,492,204

          Odds of winning PB Million dollar prize: 1:11,688,054

          Price of PB ticket 2$, Price of MM ticket $1.

          18,492,204/2 = 9,246,102 for 2 tix  on MM!

          Odds of JP on PB  292,201,338

          Odds of JP on MM 258,890,250

          258,890,250/2 = 129,445,425!

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            Posted: June 8, 2016, 4:55 pm - IP Logged

            For Mega Millions, I am playing two self-picks and one quick pick. The quick pick is good for another 19 draws.

            I hope Fate delivers a jackpot win to a LP member. $112,000,000.00 Here in California looks pretty sweet.

             I've been rich and I've been poor. Believe me, rich is better. 

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              Posted: June 8, 2016, 7:00 pm - IP Logged

              This is what billion dollar jackpots can do... Anything less than 500 isn't news or frenzy worthy anymore.

              until then... Putt. Putt putt

              still find it hard to believe MM increased less than PB min amount of 10 mil increments last week... Terrible

              -RC

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                Posted: June 8, 2016, 7:15 pm - IP Logged

                This is what billion dollar jackpots can do... Anything less than 500 isn't news or frenzy worthy anymore.

                until then... Putt. Putt putt

                still find it hard to believe MM increased less than PB min amount of 10 mil increments last week... Terrible

                You are absolutely correct.

                When the JP was over 1B, people were crossing not only state lines, but the north and south borders and the international sales through theLotter website crashed. Greed, greed and more greed.Evil Looking

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                  Posted: June 8, 2016, 7:56 pm - IP Logged

                  You are absolutely correct.

                  When the JP was over 1B, people were crossing not only state lines, but the north and south borders and the international sales through theLotter website crashed. Greed, greed and more greed.Evil Looking

                   Greed can be good. Such as when you must earn a living to support your family. You will need money for everything from a Home to a car, clothes, furniture, electronics, medical and dental insurance, insurance for other things, the list could be endless.Big Grin

                   I've been rich and I've been poor. Believe me, rich is better. 

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                    Posted: June 8, 2016, 9:20 pm - IP Logged

                    Skeptical  should be most curious watching the next couple of drawings and seeing how much it grows

                     

                    but after the last $2 spent,

                    I think I'm gonna wait a drawing or two and let it grow on someone else's money instead of mine

                     

                    Good luck to those that play every drawing

                    .
                    Thank you, Mr. Hearsetrax,

                    For now, I am one of those who play every single drawing of MM and PB.
                    And for over a year (and a half?), I have been doing just that; not just keeping an eye on
                    the "largest" jackpots.

                    I'm sure many others here on LP do as well.  Why on this corrupt, unfair, harsh planet wouldn't you?
                    I'm looking for every possible, easy edge that I can manage, within my means.

                    I'm just as anxious and greedy as the next lotto player, just to win the 2nd prize.

                    Mr. Groppo

                    • Don't chase the numbers you play.
                    • Play only numbers you've already played, plus however many random picks.
                    • But, ALWAYS the regular numbers you play.  This will make you a winner, not a chaser.
                              (so far, though, I've yet to win any significant lotto prize)
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                      Posted: June 8, 2016, 10:51 pm - IP Logged

                      If I won this $280M jackpot I'd be more than happy! I don't need it to be $1B in order for me to get jazzed about the opportunities this would provide me.

                      big house

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                        Posted: June 8, 2016, 11:20 pm - IP Logged

                        Why would $280M make me happy? Because happiness is:

                        craftsman

                        golf cart

                        Ms. Lopez, I know this is our first date but my goal tonight is to get you pregnant!!!!!!

                        jennifer

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                          Posted: June 8, 2016, 11:33 pm - IP Logged

                          Price of PB ticket 2$, Price of MM ticket $1.

                          18,492,204/2 = 9,246,102 for 2 tix  on MM!

                          Odds of JP on PB  292,201,338

                          Odds of JP on MM 258,890,250

                          258,890,250/2 = 129,445,425!

                          OK, if 258,890, 250/2 = 129, 445, 425

                          it only takes 29 more times to divide by 2 to get the odds to 0.241103, that's right, ZERO POINT 241103, odds under 1.

                          So just put up $30 bucks and you've got a lock, right?

                          Or get 30 people to put up $1, etc...ad nauseam.

                          Lep

                          Those who run the lotteries love it when players look for consistency in something that's designed not to have any.

                          Lep

                          There is one and only one 'proven' system, and that is to book the action. No matter the game, let the players pick their own losers.

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                            Posted: June 9, 2016, 1:36 am - IP Logged

                            OK, if 258,890, 250/2 = 129, 445, 425

                            it only takes 29 more times to divide by 2 to get the odds to 0.241103, that's right, ZERO POINT 241103, odds under 1.

                            So just put up $30 bucks and you've got a lock, right?

                            Or get 30 people to put up $1, etc...ad nauseam.

                            Lep

                            Are you at all embarrassed that we've been over this a dozen or more times but it still confuses you?

                            It isn't having another ticket that cuts the odds in half. It's having twice as many tickets. If you've only got 1 ticket it only takes 1 more to have twice as many, but when you've got 2 tickets having twice as many requires 2 more tickets. When you've got 4 tickets you'll need 4 more to have twice as many. And so on.

                            To double the number of tickets 30 times you'd need to have 1,073,741,824 tickets. That's a fairly big number, but it's still very simple math. Do you think it's just a weird coincidence that 258,890,250/1,073,741,824 = 0.241103?

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                              its official the little maggots are starting to get restless ...........