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# Mega Millions ponderously reaches \$280 million

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 Posted: June 9, 2016, 9:11 am - IP Logged

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

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

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If I won, the house you've selected is ok,   but the Smart Car?

And then Morticia?  I guess she could wax the car and clean the house.

(but please, no Gomez or Uncle Fester, or Grand Ma Ma. . . . or Lurch).

• 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)
Zeta Reticuli Star System
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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?

We've been over this more than a dozen times and the urban legend still is believed to be true.

I don't care how many tickets are involved, each individual set of numbers is up against the same odds. One and only one set of winning numbers is drawn.

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

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, 10:00 am - 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.

Does any LP blogger believe as I do that lottery fatigue has set in?  Still, I'd be happy with the five #'s with Powerplay or Megaplier and be set for life.

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Golfer1960- You have very modest and down to earth taste on the kind of home or vehicle it takes to make you happy. On the other hand, a high maintenance person like J.Lo would quickly evaporate your winnings.

BTW, the second home with the golf cart beneath looks very similar to our current residence. Instead of the hardiplank siding and stone we opted for brick and stone.

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It should be the huge prize that gets people to buy tickets but the odds deter them from buying more.  The pools have changed too many times to increase jackpots ,as a result many people don't bother to buy a ticket.

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If I won, the house you've selected is ok,   but the Smart Car?

And then Morticia?  I guess she could wax the car and clean the house.

(but please, no Gomez or Uncle Fester, or Grand Ma Ma. . . . or Lurch).

Wow, you think J. Lo looks like Morticia Adams?

I think Morticia is cute too.

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Golfer1960- You have very modest and down to earth taste on the kind of home or vehicle it takes to make you happy. On the other hand, a high maintenance person like J.Lo would quickly evaporate your winnings.

BTW, the second home with the golf cart beneath looks very similar to our current residence. Instead of the hardiplank siding and stone we opted for brick and stone.

Hi D!! I didn't realize my taste were modest but I love your house!!!!

Yes, J. Lo would be high maintence but isn't she worth it?

If not, do you know any J. Lo lookalikes?

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It should be the huge prize that gets people to buy tickets but the odds deter them from buying more.  The pools have changed too many times to increase jackpots ,as a result many people don't bother to buy a ticket.

"the odds deter them from buying more"

You hit the nail on the head. I agree that the odds are a major deterrent keeping folks from parting with their hard earned money. Many simply wait until the jackpot gets larger not because a base jackpot of either \$15 or \$40 million isn't enough but the long odds just don't make economic sense to play each and every draw.

This is just another reason why so many gravitate toward the pick 3 or 4 games as they have a much greater chance of success.

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 Posted: June 9, 2016, 7:44 pm - IP Logged

The current Mega Millions Jackpot is just fine by me!

dpoly1 - Playing the lottery to save the jobs of those that build, transport, sell & maintain luxury items! -

Eschew Poverty ........... Vote Conservative!

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 Posted: June 10, 2016, 6:57 am - IP Logged

"Excitement" - Agreed.  However, I was thinking that it may also be an underlying issue of GREED !!!    People simply want to win MORE MONEY, as Much Money as possible !!!

Why can't people be Appreciative and Happy Enough with Small Jackpots ???

The Divine Lesson to learn  is GRATITUDE !!! Even for "Small Jackpots" of  \$40 Million + !!!    Feel - Thank You Divinity !!!

I don't get your reasoning but I think it's ironic that anyone who plays any lottery game, especially one with a starting point of \$40M would call anyone else greedy.

Why play? Why not be satisfied with income from working? Why go  for more? Isn't that being greedy and ungrateful?

If I'm going to put money into something as far fetched as a lottery jackpot, of course I'm going to shoot for the highest number I can get. I will be unbelievably grateful for any amount I win, whether it be 2nd, 3rd or 4th tier, I will consider it a blessing, but with the odds being what they are, I'd rather not put money in when the JP is low. I'd rather put ticket \$\$ aside and improve my odds by buying more tickets when the jackpot is higher. The more money I get, the more people I'd be able to help without worrying overly much about my own financial future.

I might wake up early and go running.  I might also wake up and win the lottery.

The odds are about the same.

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 Posted: June 10, 2016, 5:23 pm - IP Logged

I hope the jackpot continues to roll until one ticket wins the largest Mega Millions jackpot ever (with lump sum).

I hope that one \$2 ticket is the only one that matches all 5 numbers plus the Powerball to win the largest Powerball Jackpot in United States history of over \$2 Billion Dollars!

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 Posted: June 11, 2016, 1:43 am - IP Logged

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?

The guy claims he was a Craps dealer in Vegas where odds are calculated as a ratio of ways to lose to ways to win, but still wants to debate meaningless lottery odds trivia.

MM sales were about 1.6 million more last night than the sales for last Friday's \$251 million jackpot and it looks like not many new players bought tickets. At some point (and it may take a few more drawings) the players who are sitting out will begin buying tickets and LP will have the next round of advice for jackpot winners that won't read it.

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 Posted: June 11, 2016, 2:59 am - IP Logged

depends on if those 2 tickets have the same 6 numbers on then or not.  use a 6 sided dice its easier to get your head around hopw that works.  same practice, just with 1 in 6 odds .

just roll it 24 times and count how many 1 or 2 's come up.  compare that to how many ones come up. roughly double.

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 Posted: June 11, 2016, 6:13 am - IP Logged

A thirteen million dollar rollover on a \$280M annuity jackpot.

Paula Otto says they're "satisfied."   Well, I know why I don't play MM very often.   They nearly doubled the odds against winning the jackpot while announcing that they were improving the odds, doublespeak, in typical lottery fashion.

If you reduce the value of a product, you should not expect sales to go up, but they did, and they're satisfied.

Wow.

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A thirteen million dollar rollover on a \$280M annuity jackpot.

Paula Otto says they're "satisfied."   Well, I know why I don't play MM very often.   They nearly doubled the odds against winning the jackpot while announcing that they were improving the odds, doublespeak, in typical lottery fashion.

If you reduce the value of a product, you should not expect sales to go up, but they did, and they're satisfied.

Wow.

I look at these small roll overs as more chances for us regular players to win before it hits a new record jackpot.

I will be very satisfied when I get the check for \$148,680,650.00

Just imagine how I could invest that principal and live off the interest/dividends.

Tuesday night can't come quick enough.

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

Attributed to Joe E. Lewis and others

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