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Is Match 5 Bonus Prize a BIG MISTAKE ??

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Is Match 5 Bonus Prize a BIG MISTAKE ??

Yes [ 5 ]  [22.73%]
No [ 17 ]  [77.27%]
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Posted: October 18, 2005, 8:54 pm - IP Logged

I think the purpose  of the Bonus Prize is to generate sales by touting the LOWER odds of 5 of 5  (1:3,563,609).   I doubt it has that effect.  I would rather see that bonus money added to the top prize since that is the ultimate goal of any player and the proof is in the volume of sales increasing with each rollover.  Without a Bonus Prize; Wednesday's jackpotpot would probably be $385m or higher and the NEXT rollover (please!) be $500m.

The only Bonus Prize hype I see is on the PowerBall site.  I have NOT heard any mention of it on CNN or in any other media soundbite.

Annuities are for Lovers...Lumps are for LOSERS !!!

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    Posted: October 18, 2005, 9:21 pm - IP Logged

    Lets get clear on the simple purpose of any lottery- its to generate funds.

    Doesnt take a rocket scientist to figure out that lotteries deserve the right to promote just as well as any marketing business. Its called Free Enterprise for a reason here in the USA.

    It is better to feed a few then to feed just one- so I stick with the idea setforth on the *share the winnings* bonus Match 5 idea. I'd be glad to share 15 million with 6 or 7 other ticket holders! And this might break your heart but they actually payout the funds in cash and not annuity for the 5pick bonus.

     

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      Posted: October 18, 2005, 9:40 pm - IP Logged

      I Agree! 

      Keep dreaming the impossible dream, it just may come true! Thumbs Up

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        Posted: October 18, 2005, 10:37 pm - IP Logged

        I don't mind it, and yes I did hear about it on the news here. How much is the bonus so far?

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          Posted: October 19, 2005, 12:56 am - IP Logged

           The bonus is $15 million.  I've heard they statistically expect 30 match 5+0 winners, so they should expect to pay an extra $500,000 per ticket if the jackpot is hit.

            Man, would I be po'ed if I got a match 5+0 ticket this Wednesday and the jackpot was NOT hit!!

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            Posted: October 19, 2005, 12:58 am - IP Logged

            I've been complaining about the cap for years, join the club. This is just the first time it's been implemented.

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              Posted: October 19, 2005, 1:22 am - IP Logged

               

              So vote NO !!!

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                Posted: October 19, 2005, 1:46 am - IP Logged

                 

                I mean YES !!!

                 

                O the Stress...you are confusing me with your Smoldering diva GLOW !!!

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                  Posted: October 19, 2005, 3:51 am - IP Logged

                  No, I'm not a fan of caps. It's a sad and weird emphasis on the secondary prize. They aren't getting record sales due to the big secondary prize. I look forward to MM getting big if it ever does. Then sales will be pushing the pot even higher instead of some weird second place pot.

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                    Posted: October 19, 2005, 10:22 am - IP Logged

                    A few days ago I was against the cap.

                    Now I just don't care, so I voted no.  It's still a lot of money, and the cap in the future will never be below $365m.

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                      Posted: October 19, 2005, 10:37 am - IP Logged

                      Is it still 15 million if no one wins the jackpot?

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                        Posted: October 19, 2005, 10:41 am - IP Logged

                        Is it still 15 million if no one wins the jackpot?

                        No, that's the nasty caveat.  The Match 5 Bonus keeps rolling with the record jackpot.  So if no one wins the jackpot tonight, the $15 million will roll into $40-$50 million for Saturday's draw.

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                          Posted: October 19, 2005, 10:43 am - IP Logged

                          Is it still 15 million if no one wins the jackpot?

                          If nobody wins tonight, Saturday's jackpot will be $365 million, and the bonus pool will continue to receive all the excess money that would normally go to the jackpot.  Also, if nobody wins tonight, all second-place winners tonight will get the normal $200,000 payout.  They only pay the bonus pool to second-place winners in a drawing in which someone wins the jackpot.  It continues to build until that point.

                           

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                            Posted: October 19, 2005, 11:04 am - IP Logged

                            Ah I see. That is bad, but is cool at the same time. Knowing my luck I would hit 5 tonight, and no jackpot winner. LOL Umm knock on wood. Nice see some lower tier prizes stepping up for a change though, even if it is temporarily.

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                              Posted: October 19, 2005, 11:23 am - IP Logged

                              My prediction is one or two winners tonight ... we'll see.

                               

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