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Who will turn in their ticket first?

$340 million winner [ 6 ]  [28.57%]
$36 million winner [ 12 ]  [57.14%]
Anybody but Steve West [ 3 ]  [14.29%]
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Posted: November 3, 2005, 3:41 pm - IP Logged

The lottery didn't let anybody win. Whomever the person/persons who won just happened to have the winning numbers. Which can happen for any powerball draw at anytime the fact that there are tremendous odds doesn't mean small jackpots won't be won? Every jackpot isn't going to go 12 or more times without being hit.

  Every Mega Millions jackpot this year has gone 11 or more times without being hit.

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    The lottery didn't let anybody win. Whomever the person/persons who won just happened to have the winning numbers. Which can happen for any powerball draw at anytime the fact that there are tremendous odds doesn't mean small jackpots won't be won? Every jackpot isn't going to go 12 or more times without being hit.

      Every Mega Millions jackpot this year has gone 11 or more times without being hit.

    Hey your right since the new matrix. However last November it was hit quite often and you voiced your opinion about how many times it was hit in such a short time frame.

    When I say it can be hit on any draw what's so hard to understand about that.

     

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      Posted: November 3, 2005, 6:42 pm - IP Logged

        Even the last four MM jackpots won before the new matrix were the result of at least 11 rolls.

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        Posted: November 3, 2005, 6:55 pm - IP Logged

        Apparently some here have difficulty defining "sarcasm." Nonetheless, I am still skeptical about the lottery, although not a real lot. As long as I am not there at the headquarters, there will always be at least some skepticism. You just never know what could be going on between the scenes. Course if I win, well then that is a different story...

        I'm not being sarcastic I'm being realistic.

        Integrity of the game sounds like a conspiracy to me now that would be sarcastic.
        (I have voiced my opinion on this many times I have no doubt they are legit. I don't think any group or individual would be stupid enough to try and rig either on of these games). (one main reason is individuals whom work for the games and their family are not allowed to participate in the drawing cant claim a winning ticket). prohibited from playing. The security in force for these games is way beyond someone's ability to rig the game. switch balls, etc., to many people involved in the security.

        Powerball and mega millions do more to insure the games are as legitimate as possible in fact the games are probably audited better than the finances in your banking institution.

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          I guess I just still have demented thoughts after those few "insiders" rigged the daily number in my state many years ago. Although I agree things have gotten much more 'secure' since then. You are right though, why would they try and rip us off? The IRS will do that.

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            I guess I just still have demented thoughts after those few "insiders" rigged the daily number in my state many years ago. Although I agree things have gotten much more 'secure' since then. You are right though, why would they try and rip us off? The IRS will do that.

            Oh I'm sure that it bummed out a whole group of people especially the old timers. When I heard about it I thought well what's the use in playing. Just because they got caught that time who knows how many times they actually got away with it.

            Hence after that happened the various lotteries implement different control measures to prevent it from happening again. Now the security measures are somewhat standardized.

            As for being ripped off.... the lottery is a money making machine that's why they have it under state control they don't want the common folk to run lotteries. They took the illegal game off the street so to speak and made it legal. I'm sure there are still small time bookies in PA as is everywhere else.

            And the gov. is making money hand over fist on just about everything connected to living here.

             

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              Posted: November 6, 2005, 1:54 pm - IP Logged

              Hmm - just typed a post and it disappeared! Well, what I wrote was that I doubt if the games are rigged, but I don't like the way they're always changing. A few years ago, when FL increased the numbers to 53, I felt cheated, as if all my previous plays were wiped out, since the odds were increased dramatically. Then they started to have 2 draws each week, which forces someone who plays the same numbers to spend more. Although the odds are astronomical, someone who bets every Sat certainly wouldn't want to skip Wed. This is another reason Quick Picks are better. You don't know what you didn't bet! Once I didn't buy my tickets in advance and I fell asleep after work. Fortunately only 3 of my numbers were picked, so not winning $3.50 isn't a big deal. I'm not sure I believe all the rumors about the people who didn't play their regular numbers and they came up. The odds of winning are so great that the odds of skipping one night and losing must be even higher. However, an 81 year old lady I worked with this year swore on the Bible and her family that it happened to her. Actually, she changed one number and won $5,000 instead of $15 million, but that would have driven me over the edge. I still wonder about these stories.  I've been playing state games for over 30 years and only know a handful of big winners. NH had what we called a sweepstakes drawing well before lotteries were so common to raise revenue for education. 


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                Posted: December 3, 2005, 9:58 am - IP Logged

                Why is/are the MO winner(s) stalling? The 60-day deadline to choose cash will come and go before we know it.

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                  Posted: December 3, 2005, 10:22 am - IP Logged

                  Hmm - just typed a post and it disappeared! Well, what I wrote was that I doubt if the games are rigged, but I don't like the way they're always changing. A few years ago, when FL increased the numbers to 53, I felt cheated, as if all my previous plays were wiped out, since the odds were increased dramatically. Then they started to have 2 draws each week, which forces someone who plays the same numbers to spend more. Although the odds are astronomical, someone who bets every Sat certainly wouldn't want to skip Wed. This is another reason Quick Picks are better. You don't know what you didn't bet! Once I didn't buy my tickets in advance and I fell asleep after work. Fortunately only 3 of my numbers were picked, so not winning $3.50 isn't a big deal. I'm not sure I believe all the rumors about the people who didn't play their regular numbers and they came up. The odds of winning are so great that the odds of skipping one night and losing must be even higher. However, an 81 year old lady I worked with this year swore on the Bible and her family that it happened to her. Actually, she changed one number and won $5,000 instead of $15 million, but that would have driven me over the edge. I still wonder about these stories.  I've been playing state games for over 30 years and only know a handful of big winners. NH had what we called a sweepstakes drawing well before lotteries were so common to raise revenue for education. 

                  Over the years every Lottery State has added more Games and/or Drawings to their lineup.

                  The end result is a Nation of Gamblers. Thud 


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                    Posted: December 3, 2005, 12:43 pm - IP Logged

                    36 mil,just pocket change to some,personally i wished the lottery would let 100 winners for 3 million each,then we'd have a CHANCE!

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                      Posted: December 3, 2005, 12:51 pm - IP Logged

                      I think 36 million is more then pocket change to most, I wouldn't want a 100 winners for a 3 million jackpot. No one would be able to retire off of that.

                      Dance like no one is watching.

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                        Posted: December 3, 2005, 1:02 pm - IP Logged

                          $36 million is pocket change!!?  Yeah, maybe to some greedy CEO's who get severance pay equal to that of the average Powerball or Mega Millions jackpot but still can't retire because they develop lifestyles where they can't live off that much money their whole lives while the rest of us will never see that much money in our whole lives!!

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                          Posted: December 3, 2005, 4:26 pm - IP Logged

                          I would not complain about $3million in the least! Even at a low 5% return that would be about  $10,000 a month. That more than most make a year where I live! So I would be retiring real well, especially considering I would not even spend more than about $1,500-$2,000 tops!

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                            Posted: December 3, 2005, 5:57 pm - IP Logged

                            I think 36 million is more then pocket change to most, I wouldn't want a 100 winners for a 3 million jackpot. No one would be able to retire off of that.

                            Yes. But some will not see that much ever.

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                              Posted: December 3, 2005, 6:19 pm - IP Logged

                                $3 million after taxes may be enough for some to retire, assuming they don't have kids.