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Florida woman wins two $2 million Mega Millions prizes in one night

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This might help to explain. Odds for powerplay...

x2 = 1 in 1.79

x3 = 1 in 3.31

x4 = 1 in 14.33

x5 = 1 in 21.5

x10 = 1 in 43 (only when the annuity grand prize is $150 million or less.

Can someone extrapolate the number of chances there are in the PowerPlay pool by the numbers shown in rcbbuckeye's post?

I want to use that formula for another game offering similar prize bonuses.

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    I don't see why anyone hasn't bought 100,000 identical tickets to get 100,000 5+0 hitters.  You'd end up winning $100 billion dollars before taxes.  It would be way too easy for someone to do this.

    Maybe someone did, but their numbers didn't hit so it didnt make the news.

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      I don't see why anyone hasn't bought 100,000 identical tickets to get 100,000 5+0 hitters.  You'd end up winning $100 billion dollars before taxes.  It would be way too easy for someone to do this.

      This is one of the "In Theory, this is good, but the Execution  would be pretty stupid," type of posts. Spending $300,000 on Lottery tickets would be REALLY stupid although the payout would be beyond phenomenal. Let's say a Lottery Winner does buy $300,000 on say 100,000 2,4,30,32,35 with Multiplier and Megaball 2. 2,4,30,32,35 and Megaball 10 shows up and he wins 100 Billion before taxes and fees. Although he got 100 billion before taxes and fees, he'd get dragged and ragged so hard by so many People for spending $300,000 on Lottery tickets. $300,000 is a HOUSE. People would be criticising him for putting what could have been a house into LOTTERY tickets. He'd get Congratulations for the huge payoff, but so much criticism for spending $300,000 on Lottery tickets. He'd be getting lots of criticism for not using ANY of the $300,000 for Charity or to feed hungry people. He'd get criticism for stuff like ,"This guy is now richer than Mark Zuckerberg before taxes and fees who worked <snip> hard for his 97 billion and all this guy did was put $300,000 in the Lottery! He'd be set for Multiple lifetimes, but the criticism would be outstanding....

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      "What's your ADDRESS?" May be the CREEPIEST question EVER asked to a Lottery Winner! O.O WTF?

       

      At first, I found the one digit away draws kind of amusing, but now I am PISSED! 15 or 16 times I was off by just one digit in recent times!🤬 No longer find this amusing, it's making me REALLY angry now!🤬

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        I don't see why anyone hasn't bought 100,000 identical tickets to get 100,000 5+0 hitters.  You'd end up winning $100 billion dollars before taxes.  It would be way too easy for someone to do this.

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          This is one of the "In Theory, this is good, but the Execution  would be pretty stupid," type of posts. Spending $300,000 on Lottery tickets would be REALLY stupid although the payout would be beyond phenomenal. Let's say a Lottery Winner does buy $300,000 on say 100,000 2,4,30,32,35 with Multiplier and Megaball 2. 2,4,30,32,35 and Megaball 10 shows up and he wins 100 Billion before taxes and fees. Although he got 100 billion before taxes and fees, he'd get dragged and ragged so hard by so many People for spending $300,000 on Lottery tickets. $300,000 is a HOUSE. People would be criticising him for putting what could have been a house into LOTTERY tickets. He'd get Congratulations for the huge payoff, but so much criticism for spending $300,000 on Lottery tickets. He'd be getting lots of criticism for not using ANY of the $300,000 for Charity or to feed hungry people. He'd get criticism for stuff like ,"This guy is now richer than Mark Zuckerberg before taxes and fees who worked <snip> hard for his 97 billion and all this guy did was put $300,000 in the Lottery! He'd be set for Multiple lifetimes, but the criticism would be outstanding....

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          The payout wouldn't be $100 billion - not even one billion - the lotteries have rules covering cases where if there's so many tickets purchased on a winning combo paying out the full amount would result in a loss (e.g. the 5 main balls came out 1-2-3-4-5 - one of if not the most popular combos).

          As an example, in Massachusetts:

          "In some cases, prizes may be paid on a pari-mutuel basis and will be lower than published prize levels. Refer to the official game rules for a detailed explanation of the optional pari-mutuel prize payment."

          To paraphrase a line in "Casino", the lotteries are in this to make money, not to lose money.

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            Good for you Suzy !!!  Thumbs Up.....Should be enough to keep you in cat food

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              Oh that's a sure bet right there.   100K trash can liners. 

              Or you could tape them together and put on a cardboard roll

              If the chances of winning the jackpot are so slim, why play when the jackpot is so small? Your chances never change, but the potential payoff does.
              If a crystal ball showed you the future of the rest of your life, and in that future you will never win a jackpot, would you still play?

              P&L % = Total Win($)/Total Wager($) - 1

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                "Can someone extrapolate the number of chances there are in the PowerPlay pool by the numbers shown in rcbbuckeye's post?"

                What exactly do you want extrapolated? If the chance of 10x is 1 in 43 we might expect t to happen once every 43 times as along term average. To not happen at all in 55 drawings is way short of being wildly unlikely, but there haven't been 55 drawings in which 10x was a possibility. Because 10x isn't one of the possible results when the jackpot is more than $150 million there  have only been 20 chances since 4/10. There have been 36 chances since the beginning of the year, so the single occurrence in February is pretty close to the long term average we might expect.

                At 1 in 21.5 the chances of seeing 5x at least once in 55 drawings is higher, but its chance of not turning up at all is a bit over 1 in 15.

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                  "I don't see why anyone hasn't bought 100,000 identical tickets to get 100,000 5+0 hitters."

                  The stupidest part of that thoroughly stupid idea might be playing identical tickets. With 26 possibilities for the power ball 100,000 you could guarantee getting the right  powerball on 3846 tickets. I said "might" because anyone who's not wildly stupid (or off their meds) would know that the chances of  having the 5 regular numbers is low even if they were different on each of the 100,000 tickets. If you could manage to get them right, though,  playing each of the 26 power balls would mean that  1 of every 26 tickets was a jackpot winner.

                  Of course the jackpot is always parimutuel, so it would take almost 25 years to win the 3,846 jackpots without "sharing" them with yourself.