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Why do you play Multi-state lottery?

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Why do you play Multi-state lottery?

For the really BIG jackpots. [ 12 ]  [32.43%]
For any jackpot. [ 7 ]  [18.92%]
For 2nd prize amount. [ 3 ]  [8.11%]
To win some money. [ 7 ]  [18.92%]
To make some profit. [ 1 ]  [2.70%]
To break even. [ 0 ]  [0.00%]
I love gambling. [ 1 ]  [2.70%]
Am addicted. [ 2 ]  [5.41%]
For entertainment. [ 3 ]  [8.11%]
To fund education or other [ 1 ]  [2.70%]
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Posted: November 18, 2005, 2:10 pm - IP Logged

For me, I want to win $200,000 on PB. It is just something I have aspired to. Trying to win the jackpot seems impossible and infinte amount of luck. It migth seem silly and I know 2nd prize is 1:42 odds to win in PB, but it is why I play. It doesn't make that much difference if the jackpot is 15 million or 100M.

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    Posted: November 18, 2005, 2:48 pm - IP Logged

    I play for mulitple reasons. I love to win money, I like gambling, it's fun and maybe I am a bit addicted. =)

    Dance like no one is watching.

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      Posted: November 18, 2005, 3:18 pm - IP Logged

      I play for mulitple reasons. I love to win money, I like gambling, it's fun and maybe I am a bit addicted. =)

      I Agree! I can relate to all the above.Big Smile

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        Posted: November 18, 2005, 4:14 pm - IP Logged

        For the jackpot, but only because the jackpot rises above the single digit million long before a state level can - California doesn't count for me.  If I was in CA, I would play MM at $300M+, not before.  In NJ, their $2.5M annuity isn't worth the dollar.  I'm looking for the $20-50M cash option.  Anything below is a waste of a dollar, and anything more reduces my odds of winning.

        Cheers

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          Posted: November 18, 2005, 7:29 pm - IP Logged

          My vote is when the jackpot is very high jackpots. For example, the MM jackpot hit 300+ million. My dad decided to buy just $2 in the previous draw. Remember, it might take only $1 to win a huge jackpot. I agree with Chewie's example.

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            Posted: November 18, 2005, 8:48 pm - IP Logged

            For the BIG pots ($50MM cash value and up).

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              Posted: November 18, 2005, 8:50 pm - IP Logged

              I don't understand how it reduces your odds of winning. I thought the odds were the same regardless!?!?!?

              No No

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                Posted: November 18, 2005, 9:17 pm - IP Logged

                I don't understand how it reduces your odds of winning. I thought the odds were the same regardless!?!?!?

                Count the number of people playing. Only one can win. The odds of a winner are the same, the odds of you being that winner are dependant on the number of players.  The greater the number of jackpots, the greater your chances of being a winner.

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                  Morrison, IL
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                  Posted: November 19, 2005, 1:23 am - IP Logged

                    Yep the fact that Powerball is at a record for number of jackpot winners for a single year justifies me playing at any jackpot level.  It makes me feel more like I actually have a shot at winning.

                    Also, yeah, $200,000 is a great second prize, and that stays the same regardless of jackpot level (and actually increases in the event Powerball's jackpot goes more than $25 million over its previous record).  Hell, with exception of Hot Lotto, it's more than the other online games in Iowa offer as TOP PRIZES ($100,000 for Iowa's Daily Cash Game)!!!

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                    Dolce, Illinois
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                    Posted: November 20, 2005, 4:02 pm - IP Logged

                    Coffee  It's sort of like the cheap thrill you get from punching the gas and going real fast, but a lot safer.

                    I don't really believe I'll win, but as they say, you can't unless you play.

                    I spend so little on it, and only play at certain times, it's still fun.

                     

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                      Posted: November 20, 2005, 4:10 pm - IP Logged

                      For me, I want to win $200,000 on PB. It is just something I have aspired to. Trying to win the jackpot seems impossible and infinte amount of luck. It migth seem silly and I know 2nd prize is 1:42 odds to win in PB, but it is why I play. It doesn't make that much difference if the jackpot is 15 million or 100M.

                      I feel the same way in some ways. My goal is to get the 2nd prize on Powerball but if I luck up and win it all I wouldn't turn it down,lol. On MM the goal is the Jackpot, but if they had a multiplier then I would be striving for the 2nd  prize. I would be happy with $200,000 or $250,000 with a multiplier.

                      I love doubles and remember, it's just a game!!!!!!

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                        Posted: November 20, 2005, 7:14 pm - IP Logged

                        For me, I want to win $200,000 on PB. It is just something I have aspired to. Trying to win the jackpot seems impossible and infinte amount of luck. It migth seem silly and I know 2nd prize is 1:42 odds to win in PB, but it is why I play. It doesn't make that much difference if the jackpot is 15 million or 100M.

                        I feel the same way in some ways. My goal is to get the 2nd prize on Powerball but if I luck up and win it all I wouldn't turn it down,lol. On MM the goal is the Jackpot, but if they had a multiplier then I would be striving for the 2nd  prize. I would be happy with $200,000 or $250,000 with a multiplier.

                        Why, on earth, would you set a "goal" of second place on anything?  Why not set a "goal" of the highest and accept second place as adequate? 

                        I'm sure glad you will never represent this country in the Olympics!

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                          Posted: December 7, 2005, 5:25 pm - IP Logged

                          I play multi-state (MM and PB) for a reason unique to NYers: Our Lotto game has a terrible (38%-40%) payout percentage.

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                            Posted: December 8, 2005, 12:01 pm - IP Logged

                            I think it's fun.  Think about it.  One minute before the draw and you are sitting in front of the TV thinking what if my numbers rolled out tonight.  I mean everyone has the same chances.  What if tonight is my to be your night?  Then you watch the drawing...  First number poped out is yours!  You think ok this could be it...  Second number isn't yours.  You think darn wasn't my night; however, that $10,000 3rd prize comes to mind.  Third Number pops out and it isn't yours.  You say there goes my $10,000; however, I still could win $100. Fourth number isn't. fifth number is!!!  You think well I still may break even with $7 if I match the PB.  Then the PB rolls down and you see that you indeed win $7.  I know it's not as great as winning the JP or $200,000 but everyone gets some fun out of watching drawings and trying to match the numbers.  Or atleast I think it's fun.

                            How are you going to win if you don't play?

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                              Posted: December 8, 2005, 12:52 pm - IP Logged

                                Yep, the fact that you can win even a prize by matching just the Powerball or Mega ball makes those televised drawings more fun to watch than the traditional state pick 6 games.