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# Probability of a MegaMillions rollover.

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Prob988, the MM Jackpot has rolled to 41 million for 5/2 (Tuesday).

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The MM jackpot has rolled over.  The cash value of the prize is 23.0M and the advertised annuity jackpot is \$41M.  The cash value of the MM has leapfrogged higher than that of the Powerball

The average sales for MM 4th round drawings is \$17.8M.  If this is the number of tickets sold, the probability of various numbers of winners is as follows:

 0 90.47% 1 9.06% 2 0.45% 3 0.02%

In the previous jackpot run, which established some records for jackpot growth before settling down to behave in a more typical fashion, I treated the system as if a historical average data had skipped a drawing.  While the current run is not exceeding the previous records, it remains close to those records.    Therefore the data suggests that I do the same here.  I will report the modeling program as if an average drawing number has been skipped.    This will, I think, give a better picture of what may happen should this run continue for a long time.

The long term probability model thus suggests this:

 \$540,470,787.71 \$303,683,397 50.15% 0.60% \$471,836,250.09 \$265,118,557 54.34% 1.20% (Average Annuity, M) \$411,181,948.02 \$231,037,706 58.33% 2.21% \$315 \$357,580,008.12 \$200,919,484 62.10% 3.78% \$262 \$310,210,442.19 \$174,303,150 65.64% 6.09% \$247 \$268,348,603.23 \$150,781,536 68.93% 9.27% \$217 \$231,354,099.97 \$129,994,813 71.98% 13.45% \$186 \$198,661,000.34 \$111,624,992 74.79% 18.69% \$158 \$169,769,174.02 \$95,391,057 77.36% 24.99% \$135 \$144,236,641.54 \$81,044,664 79.70% 32.30% \$115 \$121,672,813.01 \$68,366,347 81.83% 40.53% \$96 \$101,732,512.99 \$57,162,155 83.76% 49.53% \$81 \$84,110,700.09 \$47,260,691 85.50% 59.13% \$69 \$68,537,800.50 \$38,510,485 87.08% 69.16% \$57 \$54,775,584.14 \$30,777,677 88.49% 79.42% \$46 \$42,613,520.30 \$23,943,974 89.76% 89.76%

Here as before, the first column represents average annuities in millions, the second column represents the annuity jackpot, the third column the cash jackpot, the fourth column the individual likihood for a particular drawing, and the fourth column the likihood of all jackpots up to and including that one rolling.

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It will be interesting to see what MM does with sales in next draw. I hope MM continues to roll. If it does, a roll 4 record may occur because of interest rates. However, gas prices may not make a roll 4 record possible in MM. The current MM roll 4 record stands at 56 million.

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The MM jackpot has rolled over.  The cash value of the prize is 30.4M and the advertised annuity jackpot is \$54M.  The cash value of the MM has leapfrogged higher than that of the Powerball.

For statistical purposes I am treating next this jackpot like a sixth and not an average fifth, based on performance.

The average sales for MM 6th round drawings is \$20.2M.  If this is the number of tickets sold, the probability of various numbers of winners is as follows:

 0 89.09% 1 10.29% 2 0.59% 3 0.02%

The long term jackpot evolution model looks like this:

 \$540,425,927.88 \$303,658,191 50.19% 0.67% \$471,867,807.83 \$265,136,289 54.37% 1.34% (Average Annuity, M) \$411,270,190.61 \$231,087,288 58.36% 2.46% \$315 \$357,708,756.77 \$200,991,826 62.12% 4.21% \$262 \$310,366,512.52 \$174,390,844 65.65% 6.78% \$247 \$268,521,327.84 \$150,878,588 68.94% 10.32% \$217 \$231,534,921.54 \$130,096,414 71.98% 14.97% \$186 \$198,843,125.31 \$111,727,326 74.78% 20.80% \$158 \$169,947,278.22 \$95,491,131 77.35% 27.81% \$135 \$144,406,620.46 \$81,140,173 79.69% 35.96% \$115 \$121,831,570.26 \$68,455,550 81.82% 45.12% \$96 \$101,877,781.42 \$57,243,780 83.75% 55.15% \$81 \$84,240,890.90 \$47,333,844 85.49% 65.85% \$69 \$68,651,876.21 \$38,574,583 87.06% 77.03% \$57 \$54,872,951.93 \$30,832,387 88.47% 88.47%

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Prob988, I like it when it keeps rolling. However, the current jackpot of 54 million isn't a new roll 4 record. The current roll 4 and 5 records are 56 and 68 respectively.

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The MM jackpot has rolled over.  The cash value of the prize is 37.0M and the advertised annuity jackpot is \$66M.  The cash value of the MM has leapfrogged higher than that of the Powerball.

As explained earlier, because the MM is running a little higher than average, although not record breaking, I will treat this draw as a 7th draw, rather than an 6th draw.  The reason is that the long term behavior matches the models better under this circumstance.

Seventh draws average 21.5M in sales.  If this is the number of tickets sold, the probability of various numbers of winners is as follows:

 0 88.48% 1 10.83% 2 0.66% 3 0.03%

Based on sales, the recent jackpot produced a cash value of \$30.5M.  This was very close to the value predicted by the long term modelling program previously.  The new long term model predicts the following jackpot evolution:

 \$541,662,108.83 \$303,659,061 50.25% 0.76% \$473,070,606.70 \$265,206,249 54.42% 1.51% (Average Annuity, M) \$412,424,572.66 \$231,207,715 58.39% 2.78% \$315 \$358,803,623.54 \$201,147,486 62.15% 4.75% \$262 \$311,393,991.08 \$174,569,359 65.67% 7.65% \$247 \$269,476,171.88 \$151,069,975 68.95% 11.65% \$217 \$232,414,008.04 \$130,292,701 71.98% 16.89% \$186 \$199,645,032.58 \$111,922,215 74.77% 23.47% \$158 \$170,671,933.29 \$95,679,720 77.34% 31.39% \$135 \$145,055,005.36 \$81,318,715 79.67% 40.59% \$115 \$122,405,478.31 \$68,621,253 81.80% 50.94% \$96 \$102,379,615.83 \$57,394,633 83.72% 62.28% \$81 \$84,673,499.19 \$47,468,477 85.46% 74.38% \$69 \$69,018,414.82 \$38,692,142 87.03% 87.03%

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I wonder, if Powerball rolls tonight, if its cash jackpot will be less than Mega Millions'. Of course, I hope I win Powerball tonight, as I'd be happy with \$32.6 million cash, even before taxes.

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I wonder, if Powerball rolls tonight, if its cash jackpot will be less than Mega Millions'. Of course, I hope I win Powerball tonight, as I'd be happy with \$32.6 million cash, even before taxes.

Anyone would be happy with any kind of jackpot win, except maybe CashOnly.

Anyway, it didn't happen that MM exceeded PB this time around, but if neither jackpot is won, MM will pass PB in cash value within a few draws, I think.

The PB is still a better bet than MM, since the odds of winning PB are much better than winning MM.  In order for the bets to be equivalent, MM must exceed PB by about 20% in cash value.

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The only thing Cashonly wouldn't want would be a win for life without a cash option.

I still think neither game will break 300 this time around.

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According to the Illinois website, the MM has rolled.  The new annuity jackpot is \$80M.  The new cash jackpot is not yet available.  If we treat this drawing as an 8th round roll, and expect its sales to match the 8th round average of 23.3M, the probability of various numbers of winners will be:

 0 87.58% 1 11.61% 2 0.77% 3 0.03%

has not updated the sales figures.  The long term projections and other analysis will need to wait until these figures are available.

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You're really up late. That's one advantage to living on the west coast - updates right before bedtime.

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The MM has rolled.  The new annuity jackpot is \$80M.  The new cash jackpot is \$44.  If we treat this drawing as an 8th round roll, and expect its sales to match the 8th round average of 23.3M, the probability of various numbers of winners is as follows:

 0 87.58% 1 11.61% 2 0.77% 3 0.03%

The long range modeling program gives suggests the following jackpot evolution:

 \$619,227,666.82 \$347,142,783 45.94% 0.40% \$541,703,022.91 \$303,681,998 50.27% 0.87% \$473,150,917.75 \$265,251,272 54.43% 1.74% (Average Annuity, M) \$412,532,888.63 \$231,268,438 58.40% 3.19% \$315 \$358,930,662.33 \$201,218,705 62.15% 5.46% \$262 \$311,532,244.62 \$174,646,864 65.67% 8.78% \$247 \$269,619,619.79 \$151,150,393 68.95% 13.37% \$217 \$232,557,873.75 \$130,373,353 71.98% 19.40% \$186 \$199,785,576.00 \$112,001,005 74.77% 26.95% \$158 \$170,806,274.87 \$95,755,033 77.33% 36.04% \$135 \$145,180,976.91 \$81,389,336 79.66% 46.61% \$115 \$122,521,496.89 \$68,686,294 81.79% 58.51% \$96 \$102,484,577.28 \$57,453,475 83.71% 71.54% \$81 \$84,766,688.47 \$47,520,719 85.45% 85.45%

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Prob988, I hope it continues to roll. The MM roll 7 record is 96 million.

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Prob988, I hope it continues to roll. The MM roll 7 record is 96 million.

Prob988, MM Jackpot for 5/16 has rolled to 94 million. The MM roll 8 record is 117 million.

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The MM has rolled.  The new cash jackpot is \$52.6.  The advertised annuity jackpot is \$94M.    If we treat this drawing as an 9th round roll, in order to accomidate the fact that it is running ahead of average, and expect its sales to match the 9th round average of 26.4M, the probability of various numbers of winners is as follows:

 0 86.05% 1 12.93% 2 0.97% 3 0.05%

The long range model suggests the following jackpot evolution:

 \$619,316,744.61 \$347,192,720 45.97% 0.47% \$541,862,171.63 \$303,771,217 50.29% 1.02% \$473,359,914.01 \$265,368,437 54.45% 2.03% (Average Annuity, M) \$412,775,249.76 \$231,404,307 58.42% 3.73% \$315 \$359,193,051.59 \$201,365,802 62.16% 6.38% \$262 \$311,803,964.02 \$174,799,192 65.67% 10.27% \$247 \$269,892,178.05 \$151,303,191 68.94% 15.63% \$217 \$232,824,618.97 \$130,522,892 71.97% 22.68% \$186 \$200,041,383.80 \$112,144,412 74.76% 31.51% \$158 \$171,047,283.97 \$95,890,144 77.32% 42.15% \$135 \$145,404,365.56 \$81,514,569 79.65% 54.51% \$115 \$122,725,294.00 \$68,800,544 81.77% 68.44% \$96 \$102,667,503.44 \$57,556,025 83.70% 83.70%

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