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Powerball changing, will you still play?

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Powerball may get tougher to win will you still play?

Yes [ 13 ]  [59.09%]
No [ 6 ]  [27.27%]
not as much as before [ 1 ]  [4.55%]
Im going to play more than before [ 2 ]  [9.09%]
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camden2004's avatar - yocco
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Posted: March 22, 2005, 12:25 pm - IP Logged

"The agency running the Powerball lottery may decrease the odds of winning the multimillion-dollar jackpot to stem a record-setting run of winners that is keeping jackpots small and, the agency says, causing ticket sales to plunge."

Ok like it was already hard to win on my part so now they are making it even harder?

Forget it, Im sticking with hotlotto!

One day it might come true.

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    Posted: March 22, 2005, 3:21 pm - IP Logged

    It depends what's new rule in the future.

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      Posted: March 22, 2005, 3:38 pm - IP Logged

        These games are supposed to be super hard to win.  That's why they have big jackpots.  That's just the way the lottery is.  Of course I'd still play if they increased the matrix.

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        Posted: March 22, 2005, 4:02 pm - IP Logged

        I agree with ryanm.  As long as there is still a chance that for one dollar I could become incredibly rich, I'll still play.

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          Posted: March 22, 2005, 4:35 pm - IP Logged

          there is a hot run of winners right now,if they give it a chance it'll get back to normal,everthing goes in cycles,i mean if they start getting a lucky month in the pick five would they change it to make it harder?  no they wouldn't......i say leave powerball the way it is.....................

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            Posted: March 22, 2005, 5:31 pm - IP Logged
            Quote: Originally posted by ineed9million on March 22, 2005


            I agree with ryanm.  As long as there is still a chance that for one dollar I could become incredibly rich, I'll still play.



                My thoughts exactly. I don't spend tons of money to begin with, but the thought that a few dollars a week could give me millions will keep me playing.

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              Posted: March 22, 2005, 7:46 pm - IP Logged

              Personally, trying to "predict" which numbers will fall in a jackpot game with such a large matrix as Powerball already has is pretty near impossible. You can end up spending oodles on wheels and most of the time you're lucky if you get a lower tier prize or two.  Therefore, I play 2-3 bucks at most, and I just randomly pick 5 numbers from the white balls, then let the RNG pick the powerball.

              It's only 2-3 bucks, and definitely have as good a chance as if I was trying to "force" certain numbers to fall. So for me, if they increase the matrix, I'll still spend 2-3 bucks. IF I were someone who really thought I could beat the 120 million  to 1 odds by predicting which numbers might fall and then spending hundreds on a wheel, that would likely be a different story. But since Powerball is just a crapshoot, yeah, I'll still play.  But I'm not going to play more than I already do.

              As an aside, I've never figured out why people get cranky over "small" jackpots in Powerball. I mean, the smallest you can win is 10 million bucks !  You can't retire on 10M bucks after taxes? If not, then you got bigger problems.

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                Posted: March 22, 2005, 7:51 pm - IP Logged

                A $10 million jackpot, gives you $3 million cash after taxes.  Maybe it's different in other parts of the country...but $3 million is not elite, nor is it fabulously wealthy, enough for a house or two, send your kids to school, that's about it.  You really need $100 million around NYC

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                  Posted: March 22, 2005, 8:10 pm - IP Logged

                  As if the game is easy to win now. The jackpots aren't enough considering the current odds. $10 million in a state lottery like Washington would be great. I'd play it in a heart beat but for 120 million to one I expect a bigger prize. I can only hope they fix it soon and toss the stupid rules regarding record jackpots as well.

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                    Posted: March 22, 2005, 8:33 pm - IP Logged

                      Yeah, the record jackpot rule is stupid!  Like they're ever going to need it anyway at the rate the game is going!

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                      Posted: March 22, 2005, 10:03 pm - IP Logged

                      When they change powerball this summer I hope they say so long to that match 5 bonus idea to slowing down jackpot growth for spreading prizes in lower levels.  That has to be one idea of powerball's that has me thinking what the hell were they thinking on that one!

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                        Posted: March 22, 2005, 10:21 pm - IP Logged

                        I'll play if the odds change.  I mightn't play if they take away the 5 match bonus mentioned in the previous post.  I don't believe odds have much to do with anything, but the Red Ball is a lot trickier, maybe impossible to predict.  I'd be gratified with the 100K prize, which I believe can be done a lot more easily.

                        Jack

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                          Posted: March 23, 2005, 1:13 am - IP Logged

                          i'd definitely play, even if the price were raised to $2, even if they kept the match 5 bonus, even though i hate it, even if it's harder to win, even if they add a drawing... you know what i mean. the possibility of seeing enormous jackpots if worth it. also, there's going to be a day when lottery tickets start costing $5 and $10 a play. remember IN's Max 5?

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                            Posted: March 23, 2005, 1:26 am - IP Logged

                            I think a $2 ticket price is NOT what I want. Keeping the price at one dollar was something Megamillions got right. People would tolerate a change in the odds much better than a change in price. For instantance my mom rarely buys tickets. But if the jackpot gets really big she'll chip in a buck. I have a feeling there are a lot of players that only chip in $1 and those players really add up.

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                              Posted: March 23, 2005, 9:23 am - IP Logged

                                I agree.  It would probably not help sales if they raised the ticket price to $2 AND raised the odds of winning.