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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: January 20, 2007, 2:25 pm - IP Logged

Choice not offered.......neither.  Both games are ridiculously high odds games with an infinitesimal  chance of winning a ridiculous amount of money.  Just my opinion.

Posted 4/6:  IL Pick 3 midday and evening until they hit:  555, 347 (str8).


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    Posted: January 20, 2007, 9:09 pm - IP Logged

    Mega is better because I can play it and watch it here in nj. But also because it is a lot easier to systemize - I have had much more wins in Mega than Powerball. If they added the Megaplier it would be a LOT better! I wish the two games would merge although that would mean adding more balls. Everytime another state joins they seem to do that and it fouls up my algorithms and then my program crashes on me! What I like with Powerball beside the PowerPlay option is it has a cooler name! "Mega Millions" is too many words & too many syllables! (and redundant unless the jackpot was several million million (trillion) dollars!)


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      Posted: February 26, 2007, 7:55 pm - IP Logged

      I hope MM on this run sets up a new US record jackpot hit between 365 and 390 million.

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        Posted: February 26, 2007, 8:35 pm - IP Logged

        I play both but the power play has MM beat as far as Im concerned

        although I hear California's governor "The Terminator" was able to negotiate

        a sweet MM deal for their state.  Wish Illinois had it like that

        And I even signed Todd's petition

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          Posted: February 26, 2007, 8:38 pm - 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.

          virtually the same.  I can't name many differences so I voted:  "they are both great"

           

          Psst.....

          Where is the "they are both great if you win" option?

           

          heh...

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            Posted: February 27, 2007, 2:18 am - IP Logged

            Even pick 3 is great if you win. As far as I'm concerned MM has PB beat hands down, but that will change as soon as PB has a jackpot that's a lot higher than MM. The odds in both games are high enough that there's absolutely no realistic chance of winning, so the better game is the one that will pay more if I happen to get incredibly lucky.


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              Posted: February 27, 2007, 1:18 pm - IP Logged

              i like the pb because of multiplier too,but when i travel to atlantic city,nj,i can get twice the tickets,but still don't win much.seems like at this time,pb wins a lot out in northwestern states.

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                Posted: February 27, 2007, 1:48 pm - IP Logged

                I voted both are great in that they both offer millions of dollars I eventually will win!  In fact, I am going to win the Mega Millions jackpot prize tonight (thanks in advance to all who continue to support this game) and then do a double take in winning Powerball tomorrow night (gotta love living in Chicago near Wisconsin with Indiana not too far away).  Once I win, I will largely play PB because I want to have a chance to win a record amount regardless of the advertised jackpot...one can only do that by focused play using the Powerplay feature (or the Megaplier for you lucky Texans).  It's all about the dough and the 1 in .... chance of winning.

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                The guy who won the presidency in 2008 really won the lottery...he is now millions richer, travels in first class style, and even has a staff that would be the envy of the richest Powerball winner (she has a staff of 2). Every night he goes to sleep, he probably plays the close of Dave Chappelle's Show: I'm rich beyatch!

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                  Posted: February 27, 2007, 3:25 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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                  What would be the cash value of a $400,000,000 Mega Million Jackpot?  I'm curious and you seem to be the one that would know.  I welcome anyone's best estimation. 

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                    Posted: February 27, 2007, 3:58 pm - IP Logged

                    Prob988-

                    What would be the cash value of a $400,000,000 Mega Million Jackpot?  I'm curious and you seem to be the one that would know.  I welcome anyone's best estimation. 

                    The cash value of a $400,000,000 Mega Millions Jackpot would be approximately $235,155,600 (according to the current cash value to annuity ratio).  This ratio of cash value to annuity would change depending on the interest rate that affects the current market value of government securities used to fund the annuity.

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                      Posted: February 27, 2007, 4:02 pm - IP Logged

                      The cash value of a $400,000,000 Mega Millions Jackpot would be approximately $235,155,600 (according to the current cash value to annuity ratio).  This ratio of cash value to annuity would change depending on the interest rate that affects the current market value of government securities used to fund the annuity.

                      Thank you!

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                        The cash value of a $400,000,000 Mega Millions Jackpot would be approximately $235,155,600 (according to the current cash value to annuity ratio).  This ratio of cash value to annuity would change depending on the interest rate that affects the current market value of government securities used to fund the annuity.

                        Thank you!

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                          Posted: February 27, 2007, 4:06 pm - IP Logged

                          Thank you!

                          No problem.  You might want to check out www.ohiolottery.com (official website of Ohio Lottery).  It tries to list a accurate (I don't know how accurate it is) cash value of the current annuity jackpot.


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                            Posted: February 27, 2007, 4:28 pm - IP Logged

                            oh ok.i just got torn away,breaking news about stock market crashing.