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mega millions or powerball

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which do you prefer mega millions or powerball?

mega millions [ 12 ]  [26.09%]
powerball [ 19 ]  [41.30%]
i like both [ 13 ]  [28.26%]
i don't play either one [ 1 ]  [2.17%]
not sure [ 1 ]  [2.17%]
Total Valid Votes [ 46 ]  
Discarded Votes [ 4 ]  
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Posted: February 4, 2006, 7:17 pm - IP Logged

Powerball is the only game I play from the Oregon lottery regularly.

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    Posted: February 4, 2006, 8:34 pm - IP Logged

    If you win one of them, it will be your favorite.  If you don't win, it makes no difference.  If you can't play them, who cares.

    Cheers

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      Posted: February 4, 2006, 9:28 pm - IP Logged

      Always liked Powerball much better, hands down, win or lose.  Wish Georgia hadn't dumped Powerball.

      Good luck to everyone!

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        Posted: February 4, 2006, 10:12 pm - IP Logged

        I play both, MM in Md. and I drive 5 minutes across the line into D.C. for PB.  I like both for various different reasons, but PB's Powerplay helps me to win more money frequently. 

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          Posted: February 4, 2006, 10:54 pm - IP Logged

          I subscribe to Chewies' idea. Whichever one I hit the grand prize on is the one I'll most *prefer*. I reside in a PB state yet I have no qualms in heading across the Dixie Line to play MM. :) Each game has given me about the same bang for the buck. Unfortuantely that bang is a dent in my purse !

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            Posted: February 4, 2006, 11:10 pm - IP Logged

            lol.yeah they keep raising the odds and the only damage is to a persons wallet!

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              Posted: February 5, 2006, 12:58 am - IP Logged

              The powerball website list the odds of hitting the correct powerball number as 1:68.96

              How can the odds be that high with only 42 numbers to pick from?        Ponder

              I'm not a math wizz, but you would think that the odds would be something like..............1:42??

              The 1:69 odds are for matching NO white balls, but matching the Powerball. Two different conditions (white balls and red ball) must be met.

              Pardon my ignorance Cash Only, but I still don't get the math, or perhaps I don't fully understand how Powerball is played.  If you have 42 powerballs, and they reside in a separate tumbler (my assuption), aren't the odds 1:42?  How do the white balls have anything to do with how often the powerball occurs?  This is confusing to me.  Again, a math whiz I'm not!  What?

              As some membes said, let’s think about it this way – that is, regarding the white balls and the red Powerball as two separate games, and then combining the two.


               First, the odds of hitting the red PB is 1 in 42. That is correct. But, assume one hits the red PB, what would be waiting for him with respect to white balls? Either one of two cases: no single correct white ball OR at least one or more correct white balls.


              Out of all possible 3,478,761 (5 out of 55 WBs) combinations, 61% include NONE of the correct white balls, and the remaining 39% include at least one or more correct White Balls. That is, assuming one hits the red PB 100 times, on average, 0+1 would come 61 times and either one of the remaining (1+1, 2+1, 3+1, 4+1, 5+1) 39 times.


              So, the odds of hitting just the red PB, with none of the white balls, should be 1 in 69(42/.61=69 vs. 42/.39=108).

              1/42 x 61/100 = 61/4,200 =1/69

                     ===>  the odds of hitting exactly 0+1

               

              1/42 x 39/100 = 39/4,200 = 1/108

                    ===>   the odds of hitting either one of the following prize-tiers – [1+1], [2+1], [3+1], [4+1], [5+1].

               

              One can see that summing the two (1/69 + 1/108) makes 1/42, exactly.

               

               


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                Posted: February 5, 2006, 12:58 am - IP Logged

                The powerball website list the odds of hitting the correct powerball number as 1:68.96

                How can the odds be that high with only 42 numbers to pick from?        Ponder

                I'm not a math wizz, but you would think that the odds would be something like..............1:42??

                The 1:69 odds are for matching NO white balls, but matching the Powerball. Two different conditions (white balls and red ball) must be met.

                Pardon my ignorance Cash Only, but I still don't get the math, or perhaps I don't fully understand how Powerball is played.  If you have 42 powerballs, and they reside in a separate tumbler (my assuption), aren't the odds 1:42?  How do the white balls have anything to do with how often the powerball occurs?  This is confusing to me.  Again, a math whiz I'm not!  What?

                The reason the white balls are included in the calculation of the odds of matching 0+1 is 0+1 represents matching the red ball ALONE for the $3 prize. There is a 1 in 42 chance you could match 0+1, 1+1, 2+1, 3+1, 4+1, or 5+1. If you match one or more white balls with the Powerball, you win some other prize, but not the $3 prize.

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                  Posted: February 5, 2006, 7:50 am - IP Logged

                  Mega Millions is better because it has less states than Powerball   

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                    Posted: February 5, 2006, 10:22 am - IP Logged

                    Mega Millions is better because it has less states than Powerball   

                    how does that make it better???

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                      Posted: February 5, 2006, 11:41 am - IP Logged

                      To be honest, I've never tried MegaMillions, since I live in a Poweball state and the nearest MegaMillions state(Texas) is around 3 hours away, so I don't have an opinion.

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                        Morrison, IL
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                        Posted: February 5, 2006, 2:12 pm - IP Logged

                        Mega Millions is better because it has less states than Powerball

                        how does that make it better???

                        Mega Millions may have less states, but its twelve states have a combined population of over 156 million (according to census.gov's 2005 figures). Powerball's 28 states, the Virgin Islands (population 108,000), and Washington, D.C. have a combined population of just over 96 million. When North Carolina joins Powerball, the total population for that game's states will increase to over 104 million.


                        Even if every state in the United States and Puerto Rico got a lottery, and Powerball grabbed all of those states and Florida, the total Powerball population would still be less than the combined population of the 12 MM states, just over 144 million.
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                          Posted: February 5, 2006, 4:13 pm - IP Logged

                          Powerball. Because only Powerball has the PowerPlay. Sorry, don't expect the Megaplier to go anywhere outside Texas.

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                            Posted: February 5, 2006, 7:25 pm - IP Logged

                            For me it's a no brainer.

                            Powerball 365 million = 175 million cash, 98 million after tax (including 9% income tax from Oregon)

                            Megamillions 365 million =  211 million cash, 137 million after tax (WA state - no income tax)

                            If Powerball were played in a state with no icome tax you would win 113 million or 24 million dollars less. To me 24 million is a lot of money so Megamillions is better. 

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                              Posted: February 7, 2006, 7:52 am - IP Logged

                              i never understood why mega millions never had a multiplier like powerball for all players........