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Powerball eliminates one 5X's slot...

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Posted: April 12, 2006, 7:55 pm - IP Logged

For all of you who think Powerball is doing a great job limiting the number of winners and the amount of payouts here's a story that will warm your hearts:

Powerball has "wisely" decided to reduce the chances of getting a 5X's multiplier by eliminating one of the 5X's multiplier slots.  In the past Powerball had 5 slots on a wheel to determne the Powerplay multipler.  One slot each for a 2X's...3X's and 4X's multiplier and 2 slots for a 5X's multiplier.

Last month Powerball decided to run a promotion by offering a 10X's multipler.  They simply replaced on of the 5X's slots with a 10X's slot.  Good deal huh?

So what happened after the promotion?  Did Powerball go back to the way it was?  Nope!  They have now...very quietly (and very "wisely") eliminated one of the 5X's slots so that there are simply 4 slots...one each for 2X's...3X's...4X's and 5X's.

Whereas there was a 40% chance of getting a 5X's multiplier in the past (for those of us who "wisely" purchased Powerplay) there is now only a 25% of getting a 5X's multiplier.  The chances of getting any of the other multipliers has gone up by 5% each which means now instead of there being a 60% chance of getting one of the lesser multiplier's there is now a 75% chance of getting a lesser multiplier. 

This just keeps getting worse and worse.  Increased odds...extended backloaded annuities...reduced cash values...and now reduced Powerplay multipliers.

But hey...look at the bright side...more people are losing and Powerball keeps setting new records every week! 

Jim

 


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    Posted: April 12, 2006, 8:00 pm - IP Logged

    thanks for catching them in the act jim.next they'll be computerized.mark my words......

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      Posted: April 12, 2006, 8:09 pm - IP Logged

      That is not correct. The decrease in the chances of getting a 5x happened when they added two white balls last year, not after the 10x promo. Here is the history of Powerplay wheel configs.

      03/07/2001 - 10/05/2002 : two 1x slots, two 2x slots, two 3x slots, two 4x slots, four 5x slots, 12 total slots

      10/09/2002 - 08/27/2005 : three 2x slots, three 3x slots, three 4x slots, six 5x slots, 15 total slots

      08/31/2005 - present : four 2x slots, four 3x slots, four 4x slots, four 5x slots, 16 total slots

      I didn't like the change either, but you've got to check your facts once, twice, if not thrice, if you're going to post something like this.

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        Posted: April 12, 2006, 8:17 pm - IP Logged

        For all of you who think Powerball is doing a great job limiting the number of winners and the amount of payouts here's a story that will warm your hearts:

        Powerball has "wisely" decided to reduce the chances of getting a 5X's multiplier by eliminating one of the 5X's multiplier slots.  In the past Powerball had 5 slots on a wheel to determne the Powerplay multipler.  One slot each for a 2X's...3X's and 4X's multiplier and 2 slots for a 5X's multiplier.

        Last month Powerball decided to run a promotion by offering a 10X's multipler.  They simply replaced on of the 5X's slots with a 10X's slot.  Good deal huh?

        So what happened after the promotion?  Did Powerball go back to the way it was?  Nope!  They have now...very quietly (and very "wisely") eliminated one of the 5X's slots so that there are simply 4 slots...one each for 2X's...3X's...4X's and 5X's.

        Whereas there was a 40% chance of getting a 5X's multiplier in the past (for those of us who "wisely" purchased Powerplay) there is now only a 25% of getting a 5X's multiplier.  The chances of getting any of the other multipliers has gone up by 5% each which means now instead of there being a 60% chance of getting one of the lesser multiplier's there is now a 75% chance of getting a lesser multiplier. 

        This just keeps getting worse and worse.  Increased odds...extended backloaded annuities...reduced cash values...and now reduced Powerplay multipliers.

        But hey...look at the bright side...more people are losing and Powerball keeps setting new records every week! 

        Jim

         

        Jim,

        Thanks for the info.  I was wondering why we don't get the 5x multiplier much anymore.  Now I know.  I play the Powerball.  Every game I have a $3 spending limit.  1 Quick Pick and 1 PowerPlay.  I've had folk tell me that I need to focus more on the Powerball game, but my brain won't let me do that.  Now I know why.  I believe that when it's my time to hit I will.  I still like the game though.  I can blow $6 each week. Funny thing though I generally win 3 - 4 times each month.  I usually win my money back.  Let's play for fun! Dance

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          Posted: April 12, 2006, 8:18 pm - IP Logged

          i'm happy as long as they don't computerize it.after the hot lotto change we are going to have to watch them closely.......

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            Posted: April 12, 2006, 8:19 pm - IP Logged

            Hi Jimmy:

            If I am incorrect then we have our friends at the Hoosier Lottery to thank for the incorrect information.  Last month when the Promo started I spoke to a Hoosier Lottery Rep and asked them how the promo worked.  They informed me that there were a total of 5 slots on the wheel and that one of the 5X's slots was going to be replaced by a 10X's slot.

            I never watch the Powerball drawings so actually I don't know.  I took the information at face value.  I just found out today when I looked at the new slips we got at work.  

            Sorry for the incorrect info but the bottom line is the chances of getting a 5X's multiplier are reduced.

            Jim  


            Money frees you from doing things you dislike.  Since I dislike doing nearly everything, money is handy.  - Groucho Marx

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              Posted: April 12, 2006, 11:29 pm - IP Logged

              I still don't understand getting powerplay since you could buy another shot at the jackpot instead. Considering Hot Lotto is computerized now and the IQ level at MUSL I wouldn't be shocked if Powerball was the first big game to be computer drawn. If it does become computer drawn it makes complaints about it being bias and non-random far more believable.