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which is best--powerball or mega millions

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which game do you think is best--powerball or mega millions?

powerball [ 18 ]  [40.00%]
mega millions [ 11 ]  [24.44%]
both are great [ 13 ]  [28.89%]
not sure at this time [ 3 ]  [6.67%]
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Posted: December 17, 2006, 7:14 am - IP Logged

i know i've done this poll a while back but there are a lot of new members.which do you think is best...powerball or mega millions.give the reason why you think the game you chose is best.

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    Posted: December 17, 2006, 9:38 am - IP Logged

    <Moved to Jackpot Games forum>

    Please post in the appropriate forum ... thank you.

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      Posted: December 17, 2006, 10:21 am - IP Logged

      I think MegaMillions is best because I don't play it and I've never lost any money on it.

      PowerBall, on the other hand, .... 

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        Posted: December 17, 2006, 5:09 pm - IP Logged

        I don't know if anyone follows it or cares, but I regularly post the expectation value for these games.  The expectation value is the possible reward (the prize size) divided by the odds of winning it.  I bet with an expectation value of 1.00 is considered a good bet.    Typically neither of these lotteries become a good bet until the prize is well over an advertised annuity value of over $200,000,000.

        The annuity values of both games are fraudulent in that they do not record the actual value.  As a share of the advertised value, MM actually has a bigger cash prize.  However the odds of winning that prize are actually lower.

        Right now with the advertised prizes close to one another, the PB is a slightly better bet.  This is often not the case however.  The expectation value for PB now is 0.37 whereas the expectation value for MM is 0.31

        For the record, I live in a border area and can easily play either game.  I do pay attention to the expectation values and play accordingly. 

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          Posted: December 18, 2006, 1:01 pm - IP Logged

          megamillion for me only because i dont get powerball in NY and i  dont feel like driving to jersey to play it ,im havin a hard enough time hitting the jackpot on MM so i figure im savin some money too not going for PB Smiley

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            Posted: December 18, 2006, 1:54 pm - IP Logged

            megamillion for me only because i dont get powerball in NY and i  dont feel like driving to jersey to play it ,im havin a hard enough time hitting the jackpot on MM so i figure im savin some money too not going for PB Smiley

            You would be disappointed if you drove to New Jersey expecting to buy a PowerBall Ticket:

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              Posted: December 18, 2006, 3:06 pm - IP Logged

              I play both games, but prefer the Powerball due to the multiplier feature.

              The extra dollar has increased my payout several times...

              However, I won't be too picky- I will gladly take either jackpot.

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                Posted: December 18, 2006, 4:23 pm - IP Logged

                ah..i thought nj had it too, guess the news was showing all those people in line at Conn.

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                  Posted: December 18, 2006, 5:44 pm - IP Logged

                  I agree with DoubleDown on this, the powerplay option gives an overall improved chance of a return on investment. If you can even call it an investment.

                   

                  I would say that Powerball is the most fun to play for me, although, I do play MM from time to time when I travel, but I do not go outta my way to purchase tickets.

                   

                  Cheers and best of luck in the drawings, the point is to have fun and enjoy the dream of winning, even if living the dream is only for a few of us.

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                    Posted: December 18, 2006, 7:42 pm - IP Logged

                    My vote is for both LOTTOMIKE. However, I like Mega Millions more than Power ball because California also has Super Lotto Plus game.

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                      Posted: December 19, 2006, 11:36 am - IP Logged

                      I like MM because of the higher dollar percentage amount that goes to the jackpot and that means it takes less time to reach the 50 million dollar cash value than PB. I play PB also but only when the cash value reaches 50 million and that takes forever because of the low percentage dollar amount that goes to the jackpot.

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                        Posted: December 19, 2006, 12:09 pm - IP Logged

                        Powerball is 5 minutes away or less and Mega Millions is 2 hours and 15 minutes one way.  I do play both but Powerball is more convenient.  So I play it more and hopefully I will win one of the jackpots.-weshar75

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                          Posted: December 19, 2006, 6:49 pm - IP Logged

                          ah..i thought nj had it too, guess the news was showing all those people in line at Conn.

                          If you saw it on NYC news stations it was definitely Connecticut, since that's a short drive for the news crews. If you do decide to drive,  don't go to Connecticut unless it's a lot closer than Pennsylvania. If you won anything serious you'd pay taxes to CT, but not PA.

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                            Posted: December 19, 2006, 9:33 pm - IP Logged

                            I like MM because of the higher dollar percentage amount that goes to the jackpot and that means it takes less time to reach the 50 million dollar cash value than PB. I play PB also but only when the cash value reaches 50 million and that takes forever because of the low percentage dollar amount that goes to the jackpot.

                            BaristaExpress...Mega Millions does have a higher percentage amount go to the jackpot then does Powerball, but not that much.  Mega Millions is 31.8% and Powerball is 30.3%(rounded). 

                            The reason that Mega Millions moves quicker is  Mega Millions has a greater population base to pull from versus Powerball.  Rough estimates are 150 million for Mega Millions, 100 million for Powerball.  The greater the population, the greater the sales.

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                              Posted: December 22, 2006, 8:15 am - IP Logged

                              Powerball's cash jackpot is also usually less than 30.3% of sales because they have to take away from the jackpot to cover the set prize reserve, and multiple times they've had more second place winners than expected, so the money has to come from somewhere. The states would be damned if they had to pay it out of their own program funds, so, ultimately, the nonguaranteed jackpot winner pays for greater than expected fixed prize payouts and guaranteed jackpot payouts. Mega Millions, on the other hand, has not had any drastic second place prize payouts over the past two years, so they often can pay the full allocated jackpot amounts.