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computerized powerball and mega millions

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do you ever see powerball and mega millions being computerized

yes [ 6 ]  [27.27%]
no [ 13 ]  [59.09%]
maybe [ 3 ]  [13.64%]
don't know [ 0 ]  [0.00%]
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Posted: July 29, 2005, 2:19 am - IP Logged

it would be a tragedy but do you ever see powerball and mega millions being computerized in the future?

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    Posted: July 29, 2005, 5:26 am - IP Logged

    If either of them did, it would be a devastating blow to the lottery industry. Profits would sink, and whoever does it would prob eventually have to file bankruptcy or just quit the game. Player confidence, IMHO, would be drained and no one would end up buying tyickets, thus decreasing the major jackpot sizes, or causing weeks upon weeks of rollovers to get a high jackpot.

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      Posted: July 29, 2005, 9:55 am - IP Logged

      Opinion

      It's going to happen sooner or later.


      Lets face it. While many folks who visit this site express anti-computer drawing views, the predicted disasters aren't happening in the real world. There isn't one lottery that has sunk, gone out of business or experienced lower sales after going to computers and animations. Not one state that changed to computers has gone back to ball machines. I say this because there haven't been any news stories or LP entries indicating otherwise.

      No national politician has submitted a bill to ban computer drawings. Bills banning computer drawings in several states have failed. As far as I know, nothing is being done to counter computer drawings, except here at LP.

      I wrote a letter to the Texas governor asking him to get involved and stop computer drawings in Texas. I was assured that it wouldn't happen, but give it time. Lottery folks have already evaluated computer equipment and a decision to change is coming, in my opinion, of course.

      While many oppose computer drawings, the vast majority of lottery players don't seem to care how the winning numbers are derived. They believe the drawings are righteous. They don't care about odds. They just want to win.

      When the jackpot gets large enough, the many players who have been sitting on the sidelines while others waste their money, will jump in. It's a viscious cycle that will continue, no matter how the winning numbers are chosen.

      The MM folks bought new ball machines when the new matrix was implemented. My view is that the next time they buy drawing equipment, they will purchase computers. True, some lottery players will bail, or say they will, but the dollars will keep flowing and someone will eventually win.

       

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        Posted: August 4, 2005, 8:04 pm - IP Logged

        sad but true.....all you can do is hope.

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          Posted: August 7, 2005, 4:14 pm - IP Logged

          Opinion

          It's going to happen sooner or later.


          Lets face it. While many folks who visit this site express anti-computer drawing views, the predicted disasters aren't happening in the real world. There isn't one lottery that has sunk, gone out of business or experienced lower sales after going to computers and animations. Not one state that changed to computers has gone back to ball machines. I say this because there haven't been any news stories or LP entries indicating otherwise.

          No national politician has submitted a bill to ban computer drawings. Bills banning computer drawings in several states have failed. As far as I know, nothing is being done to counter computer drawings, except here at LP.

          I wrote a letter to the Texas governor asking him to get involved and stop computer drawings in Texas. I was assured that it wouldn't happen, but give it time. Lottery folks have already evaluated computer equipment and a decision to change is coming, in my opinion, of course.

          While many oppose computer drawings, the vast majority of lottery players don't seem to care how the winning numbers are derived. They believe the drawings are righteous. They don't care about odds. They just want to win.

          When the jackpot gets large enough, the many players who have been sitting on the sidelines while others waste their money, will jump in. It's a viscious cycle that will continue, no matter how the winning numbers are chosen.

          The MM folks bought new ball machines when the new matrix was implemented. My view is that the next time they buy drawing equipment, they will purchase computers. True, some lottery players will bail, or say they will, but the dollars will keep flowing and someone will eventually win.

           

          That's your opinion, but I don't share it.

          So long as sites like Lottery Post keep the heat on, I do not think that the lotteries will be able to get away with it.  Not if I have anything to do with it.

           

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            Posted: August 7, 2005, 4:31 pm - IP Logged

            It really doens't matter to me at long as we get to see it on TV.  Like if they had to go to computer drawings have it animated on tv with little "white balls" coming out of something with the numbers on it (like a casino keno game or something of that sort) and then the mega ball follows.  Too me the odds are still the same. 

            Brad

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              Posted: August 7, 2005, 6:20 pm - IP Logged

              no no no.thats exactly the danger in this!  they want to go to computerized drawings and use fancy cartoons to hypnotize you into liking the computerized drawings.any computerized drawing is unacceptable at all cost!!!!


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                Posted: August 7, 2005, 6:52 pm - IP Logged

                It would be a tragedy to see PB and MM go back to computerized drawings. I agree with this one LOTTOMIKE. I think PB, MM, and all CA lotto games [SLP, Fantasy 5, and Pick 3] should stay in ball games in a random order.

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                  Posted: August 7, 2005, 6:57 pm - IP Logged

                    I could see Powerball going to computerized drawings if they have another huge second prize payout again this year like they had twice already.  That way they could rig the outcomes to exclude frequently played white ball combinations so it doesn't happen again.

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                    Posted: August 7, 2005, 10:07 pm - IP Logged

                    LottoMike, you're EXACTLY CORRECT!

                    Bradley_60, I'm very surprised to hear this kind of indifference.  Whatever the reason for your opinion on computerized drawings, it is precisely that kind of indifference that the lotteries will leverage to get their computerized drawings installed.

                    There IS a big difference, and your statement about watching a cartoon on TV being the same as watching the actual drawing mechanism is jaw-dropingly wrong.

                    Doesn't it seem odd to you the fact that they are trying to ram computerized drawings down our throats?  Don't you understand that this is not some coincidence, and that there is a reason they are doing it??

                    It's not like computerized drawings save boatloads of money, because that is pure fallacy.  It is The Land of Oz.  They are using that fallacious argument in order to bolster their weak case, and the majority of us players are not buying it.

                     

                    Check the State Lottery Report Card
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                      Posted: August 7, 2005, 11:05 pm - IP Logged

                      Opinion

                      It's going to happen sooner or later.


                      Lets face it. While many folks who visit this site express anti-computer drawing views, the predicted disasters aren't happening in the real world. There isn't one lottery that has sunk, gone out of business or experienced lower sales after going to computers and animations. Not one state that changed to computers has gone back to ball machines. I say this because there haven't been any news stories or LP entries indicating otherwise.

                      No national politician has submitted a bill to ban computer drawings. Bills banning computer drawings in several states have failed. As far as I know, nothing is being done to counter computer drawings, except here at LP.

                      I wrote a letter to the Texas governor asking him to get involved and stop computer drawings in Texas. I was assured that it wouldn't happen, but give it time. Lottery folks have already evaluated computer equipment and a decision to change is coming, in my opinion, of course.

                      While many oppose computer drawings, the vast majority of lottery players don't seem to care how the winning numbers are derived. They believe the drawings are righteous. They don't care about odds. They just want to win.

                      When the jackpot gets large enough, the many players who have been sitting on the sidelines while others waste their money, will jump in. It's a viscious cycle that will continue, no matter how the winning numbers are chosen.

                      The MM folks bought new ball machines when the new matrix was implemented. My view is that the next time they buy drawing equipment, they will purchase computers. True, some lottery players will bail, or say they will, but the dollars will keep flowing and someone will eventually win.

                       

                      I think you've said just about everything I'd say about it all.  The only thing I'd add is that I don't believe lottery players in general care whether the balls are used, or computers.  At least not enough to allow it to influence whether they buy tickets.

                      In fact, I'd offer the opinion that there will never be another lottery start-up using balls.  I hold that view strongly enough to wager a substantial piece of cash to anyone who holds an opposing view concerning any particular lottery such as NC.

                      Jack