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New Jackpot Idea - The Rollover Ball

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What is your opinion of the "rollover" ball idea?

Worst idea - ever [ 9 ]  [50.00%]
Good idea [ 7 ]  [38.89%]
Bad idea but will get used anyways [ 2 ]  [11.11%]
Total Valid Votes [ 18 ]  
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Posted: April 24, 2006, 1:52 am - IP Logged

Just wondering about the "rollover" ball idea. Balls could be labelled "Rollover" instead of a marked number on Powerballs/Megaballs. Not on the white balls.

Players could still win a 5+0 but not the prize if a rollover ball was drawn. The idea is the ball marked "rollover" isn't covered by a playslip or a quickpick. If drawn the prize automatically rolls over and the jackpot increases. While it might really aggravate players who win a 5+0 on that drawing and might alienate players

I was wondering what others thought of the idea. Also if it would be more or less aggravating than a matrix change.

"Rollover" balls could also reduce as the prize gets bigger. 

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    Posted: April 24, 2006, 6:45 am - IP Logged

    I would like that idea under one condition... Well, maybe two conditions...

    The roll-over ball has to be in the powerball hopper and when the roll-over ball comes up, all of the non-powerplay tickets automatically become powerplay tickets.



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      Posted: April 24, 2006, 11:54 am - IP Logged

      Yeah, the rollover ball is bad because it blocks a bunch of prizes from being won. Yes, the $200000 tickets cannot be jackpots, but then the $10000 prize cannot be won either and neither can a $7 ticket win $100 instead or a ticket that would win nothing win $3, $4, or $7. Powerball isn't an all or nothing game.

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        Posted: April 24, 2006, 12:04 pm - IP Logged

        Bonus drawings are always a big seller because people have a chace to get more money. 

        Anything deterring a possible jackpot win would diminish sales and defeat the purpose of a drawing. 

        After all what good is a jackpot if you don't have the possibility of winning it every time you play?????

        Good luck to everyone!

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          Posted: April 24, 2006, 12:08 pm - IP Logged

          It's a good idea, but perhaps after a rollover ball is drawn, another ball would be drawn to determine lower prizes.

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            Posted: April 24, 2006, 1:43 pm - IP Logged

            I think it's a good idea in my vote.


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              Posted: April 24, 2006, 1:56 pm - IP Logged

              I've thought of something like this. Maybe mark the ball "0"/"00" as in roulette.

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                Posted: April 24, 2006, 2:51 pm - IP Logged

                Looking at the lower prizes they would have to have a bonus ball for the lower prizes with a seperate 5+bonus ball prize. Just a way at getting rollovers without a matrix change.

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                  Posted: April 24, 2006, 11:12 pm - IP Logged

                  Powerball already has a big enough chance of rolling over without any more help. The only exception to that, of course, is if the jackpot is over $300 million.

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                    Posted: April 24, 2006, 11:21 pm - IP Logged

                    How bout a wild ball added to the white balls an if it is drawn you can plug into any nonmatched number on an individual playline? so say you mathced two white balls and the wild ball is drawn that would make it three matched and increase you prize amount. What ya think?

                    "Money won is twice as sweet as money earned"

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                      Posted: April 25, 2006, 12:30 pm - IP Logged

                      That would probably put many lotteries in the red with the prize structure they have now. They'd probably end up lowering the cash prizes if they put in a "wild ball."

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                        Posted: April 25, 2006, 7:12 pm - IP Logged

                        I don't like it.

                        It's just another way of raising the odds.  They are already too long, in my view. 

                        It's such a bad idea, that I'm sure it will be adopted. 

                         

                         

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                          Posted: April 26, 2006, 1:34 pm - IP Logged

                          I agree Prob988. I think it's a bad idea. I also think it will turn many people away.

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                            Posted: April 27, 2006, 4:49 am - IP Logged

                            interesting idea.......


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                              Posted: May 1, 2006, 11:52 am - IP Logged

                              A "rollover" or "zero" ball might work better in a pari-mutuel game. Lotteries need to keep coming up with new ideas.