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Powerball to lower jackpot starting point and increases due to plunge in sales

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Posted: March 27, 2020, 11:05 am - IP Logged

The problem with playing online is that in the insanely rare chance you do actually win, you have essentially given up you ability to be anonymous since it's bought on an account with your information. I'm not sure you can even set up a trust or anything after the fact? 

Maybe Stack 47 can back me up with this.   Just went to KLC website and all the Instant Game winners (on-line) it just had a first name.  On regular scratch tickets many said such and such a ticket sold that won $2500 (for instance).   There were very few pictures.

My point is best of my knowledge nobody has won MM or PB playing on line.

After PB is won and new format comes on I'll TRY to just play CB 225 with my four tickets daily=$4.

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    Posted: March 27, 2020, 12:07 pm - IP Logged

    Time to boycott!

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      Posted: March 27, 2020, 12:42 pm - IP Logged

      I am not responsible for sagging Powerball sales!

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        Posted: March 27, 2020, 2:42 pm - IP Logged

        I just don't understand how you can change the rules of the game whenever you please. The going gets rough, and you change the rules to make it easier on the lottery pocketbook.

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          Posted: March 27, 2020, 2:44 pm - IP Logged

          I'm now playing less and less. Changing the rules in the middle of the game? NOT FAIR!

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            Posted: March 27, 2020, 4:20 pm - IP Logged

            I just don't understand how you can change the rules of the game whenever you please. The going gets rough, and you change the rules to make it easier on the lottery pocketbook.

            " Changing the rules whenever you please." Isn't that like your significant other telling you " l want to eat lobster on a regular basis moving forward in life." Should you respond, but it's pretty expensive, you told " You've been getting the best from me for years, you think l am not worth it?"

            That exactly what they telling us " We lowering the start up JP, but we have always been here for you!"

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              Posted: March 27, 2020, 4:27 pm - IP Logged

              The lottery is a business. The lottery isn't covering their guaranteed jackpot raises with the current ticket sales. They will not lose money. The rules will go back to normal when the pandemic is over and people are buying their tickets again.

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                Posted: March 27, 2020, 5:34 pm - IP Logged

                The lottery is a business. The lottery isn't covering their guaranteed jackpot raises with the current ticket sales. They will not lose money. The rules will go back to normal when the pandemic is over and people are buying their tickets again.

                Exactly.  If they didn't lower the jackpots, they would probably go broke.  This is an act of god, an unforeseeable event.  They have to do whatever they need to in order to stay in business.

                I'll keep playing till this jackpot is won.  After that, I'll still play my regular line of numbers, but I'll have to decide at that time whether to play any quick picks with the lower jackpot.

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                  Posted: March 27, 2020, 7:09 pm - IP Logged

                  Exactly.  If they didn't lower the jackpots, they would probably go broke.  This is an act of god, an unforeseeable event.  They have to do whatever they need to in order to stay in business.

                  I'll keep playing till this jackpot is won.  After that, I'll still play my regular line of numbers, but I'll have to decide at that time whether to play any quick picks with the lower jackpot.

                  This is a Chastisement / Plague on the whole world.

                  Now doctors, as seen on television, are talking about only saving those worthy of being saved.

                  They're talking about automatic do not resuscitate for Coronavirus patients. And, nobody over 60, gets a ventilator, that's evil, vile, racist, heartless.... That's like ethnic cleansing. A doctor takes one look at you, and you're going to die....

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                    Posted: March 27, 2020, 11:33 pm - IP Logged

                    This is a Chastisement / Plague on the whole world.

                    Now doctors, as seen on television, are talking about only saving those worthy of being saved.

                    They're talking about automatic do not resuscitate for Coronavirus patients. And, nobody over 60, gets a ventilator, that's evil, vile, racist, heartless.... That's like ethnic cleansing. A doctor takes one look at you, and you're going to die....

                    l read where Texas LT Gov "suggested"  that Grandparents are willing to die for the US economy.
                    His words " No one reached out to me and said " as a senior citizen, are you willing to take a chance on your survival in exchange for keeping the America that all America loves for your children and grandchildren? Patrick said " And if that's the exchange, lm all in."

                    Sounds like " Do not resuscitate " to me. You go Dan!

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                      Posted: March 28, 2020, 12:09 am - IP Logged

                      Maybe Stack 47 can back me up with this.   Just went to KLC website and all the Instant Game winners (on-line) it just had a first name.  On regular scratch tickets many said such and such a ticket sold that won $2500 (for instance).   There were very few pictures.

                      My point is best of my knowledge nobody has won MM or PB playing on line.

                      After PB is won and new format comes on I'll TRY to just play CB 225 with my four tickets daily=$4.

                      Saw where there was a $10,000 Online winner recently and a $100,000 winner a few months ago.  There are several Online games where players can win over $100,000 including PB and MM. Haven't seen any five figure winners in either of those game. 

                      The KY lottery issued first and last names and apparently they stopped doing that, but it's been about a years since the last time I looked so have no idea when it was discontinued.

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                        Posted: March 28, 2020, 10:44 am - IP Logged

                        The lottery is a business. The lottery isn't covering their guaranteed jackpot raises with the current ticket sales. They will not lose money. The rules will go back to normal when the pandemic is over and people are buying their tickets again.

                        Rubbish. Not a single thing they're doing now will increase sales, just the opposite.

                        They could lower the cost of the ticket or push to make the game available online or improve the odds. Their actions are only guaranteeing that more people play MegaMillions instead, which will decrease sales even more. What then? Lower the starting point again?

                        It's not as if this pandemic is going to be wrapped up in a few weeks or even a few months. Not with the idiots we have running the show. So they're guaranteeing a PB sales slump for the foreseeable future. They're operating on greed AND idiocy. 

                        Taking MM out of the equation, the Florida lottery is currently at 18 million. Ticket price: $1. Odds of winning the jackpot: 1 in 23 million

                        If we were in the new PB game, why wouldn't people buy two FL tickets instead of 1 PB ticket with the odds at more than 10 times worse than the state game?

                        Keeping the odds and ticket price as is means that people will either choose the state game for better odds and half the cost, or go with MM for the same price but with a larger jackpot.

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                          Posted: March 28, 2020, 11:00 am - IP Logged

                          This is a Chastisement / Plague on the whole world.

                          Now doctors, as seen on television, are talking about only saving those worthy of being saved.

                          They're talking about automatic do not resuscitate for Coronavirus patients. And, nobody over 60, gets a ventilator, that's evil, vile, racist, heartless.... That's like ethnic cleansing. A doctor takes one look at you, and you're going to die....

                          You have that wrong. That isn't what was said. They said that without enough beds and ventilators and staff, masks, gloves, equipment, this is what they're going to be forced to do.

                          Meaning, give them what they need to try to keep everyone alive. It is literally nothing like ethnic cleansing. It IS like having a moron in charge during the worse pandemic in generations and having that moron tell those trying keep people alive that he'll only help if his ego is stroked well enough. 

                          We're seeing young, healthy people with no underlying issues die from COVID19 and we're seeing seniors recover from COVID19. But those are not the norm, so given we still don't have nearly enough tests, and not nearly enough resources to deal with what is really happening on the front lines, stay home and don't force practitioners to have to make those types of vile, heartless decisions on you.

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                            Posted: March 28, 2020, 11:35 am - IP Logged

                            PB Lottery Officials aren't trying to increase ticket sales,.. They're trying to keep from going broke..!!.

                            But if they were fair, they'd drop the $2. ticket price in half, along with the halfened starting jackpot amount..

                            Or like other businesses, offer some kinda incentives to save the business, like playing online up to a REASONABLE cutoff time to keep ticket sales up..! (like 10:55pm) Thumbs Up

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                            They've been rippin off players for yrs, now.. for once, they're facing bleak odds of trying to WIN the continued patronage to their Emptypot from players they've treated horribly since its inception..!!

                            Sounds like the perfect time to boycott, especially since the halfened Jackpot.!!

                            It'll be interesting to see if the Feds will bail their crummy butts out..!!

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                              Posted: March 28, 2020, 11:41 am - IP Logged

                              Saw where there was a $10,000 Online winner recently and a $100,000 winner a few months ago.  There are several Online games where players can win over $100,000 including PB and MM. Haven't seen any five figure winners in either of those game. 

                              The KY lottery issued first and last names and apparently they stopped doing that, but it's been about a years since the last time I looked so have no idea when it was discontinued.

                              Thank you Stack 47.   Maybe they will go anonymous with all those 'winners' that just say where the ticket was purchased and nothing else?

                              So after this one is finally won and it goes to $20 million and $2 million with each no jackpot drawing I will do my best to purchase one ticket semi-annually since it'll take forever to get to $100 million, like about 20 weeks or so.   Then my regular purchasing would commence.

                              The new PB is not fair and think they are being greedy.   cut off ones nose to spite their face or however it goes.   Too bad player input wasn't a factor.   I'd say keep it the same except for once/week drawings?  IDK, but they'll lose a lot of loyal customers with their choice.