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How far will you drive to get PB and MM tickets?

50 miles? [ 10 ]  [33.33%]
100 miles? [ 4 ]  [13.33%]
1 state away? [ 13 ]  [43.33%]
2 states away? [ 1 ]  [3.33%]
farther? [ 2 ]  [6.67%]
Total Valid Votes [ 30 ]  
Discarded Votes [ 11 ]  

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Posted: May 25, 2008, 12:50 pm - IP Logged

1 state a way for me, because that's exactly what we do, but we live not all that far from the state border.

Usually when we go though it's not just to play PB (We're in a MM state).

When I lived in Nevada a lot of us would drive from Vegas to a small town in California called Nipton, that had lotto ), but its lotto action has probably all dried up since Primm opened and put a gas station about 3 inches from the "Welcome to California" sign so they could sell lottery tickets.

Before Primm opened, we were in Nipton one day and a train stopped and had everything blocked. The Californai lotto was pumped up at that time, about $43,000,000 and people were honking and yellig at the train.

Well, it turned out the enginner himself had went into the lottery place and when he came out waving lottery tickets everyone cheered!

That itself had to have a "behind the scenes" story about Primm though, AHEM because at that time the Californai law stated AHEm that to sell lottery tickets a California business had to have been in the present location for five years AHEM and the place was selling tickets the day it opened, AHEM.

Also, this shows you the Nevada mentality towards lotto, people were acting as runners and showing up with steno pads full of pages of numbers to be played, and some poor slob who worked in one of the casinos actually got busyted by the Nevada Gaming Commission for buying lottery tickets for people other than himself and coming back across the Nevada state line with them.

They actually had agenst at the lotto place watching for Nevada plates on vehicles and how many ticekts people played - then had Nevada Highway Patrol pull them over as soon as they were back in Nevada.

Have A Lucky Day!

PS

We do know a couple of people who are "jackpot chasers" and bounce from our MM state to a PB state whenever a jackpot is up. It's almost entertaining listening to them, as if the odds wherever the JP is pumped are so much better than the other game.

Good story.  Been there, done that, have T-Shirt proving it.  I just sit there and smile at the camera on the dash of the black and white!  Nevada wants to keep ALL its money in Navada.  The "whats happens here, stays here" is not quite accurate.  What they can take from you stays there.  DoO love the excitement those.  Get bored drive into town and stroll through the lobbies.  Minimum cost, maximum intertainment.  Wouldn't change it for NYC for a second.


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    Posted: May 25, 2008, 12:54 pm - IP Logged

    I live in a Powerball state and a Mega Millions state is about a mile away across the Mississippi river.I have the best of both worlds.It doesn't seem to make me any luckier,though.

    W-O-W!  Double chance to loose or double chance to win!  I'd take those odds any day.  Hang in there, fortune has to land some where.  There are billions of people on the planet and that damn mosquitoe bit me.  Mother Luck may also!

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      Posted: May 25, 2008, 4:31 pm - IP Logged

      I drive to Virginia State Line. It is only about a 45 minute drive. I can buy as many as 26 draws in advance, which runs me $130.00

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        Posted: May 25, 2008, 5:58 pm - IP Logged

        We have MegaMillions in Ohio and last year I would drive 115 minutes down the Lincoln highway (Rt30) to New Haven, Indiana for PowerBall tickets when its jackpot was $200M+ and MM jackpot was a lot less. 

        Lately both games have had similar size jackpots so the differences weren't worth the drive.  Now that gas prices are $4 per gallon, driving that far for lottery tickets is even less attractive.  If MM jackpot size isn't big enough then I'll wait out a couple of drawings and it will be.  Putting all my money on one game will probably improve my odds of winning one of them.

         * you don't need to buy more tickets, just buy a winning ticket * 
           
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          Posted: May 25, 2008, 8:54 pm - IP Logged

          How many advance plays can you get?

          Wisconsin only lets you get 8.  I usually get 8 but will get less depending where the jackpot level is.  If it is 300 Million I would not get 8.

          I like PA better cause you can get (or you could the last time I was there) 26 advance draws

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            Posted: May 27, 2008, 12:42 am - IP Logged

            I live in Kentucky and PB is my main game . I play it most draws ,  no matter what the jackpot. Always picking my own numbers, with a QP or 2 throwed in for good measure.

            But I play Mega Millions maybe 15 % of the time......usually when the jackpot is high. As the state of Ohio is only 4 miles from my home, and once in awhile I drive over there for breakfast on the week-ends , and when I do, I always stop in the small town accross the River, and buy a few Mega Millions tickets. And once in awile a couple Rolling Cash tickets also. ( But I seldom make a special trip over there to play either game ).

            Also I dont study the Mega Million game as deep as I do the PB game.

            I do feel it is an advantage to live on the borderline of 2 states like that. Especially with 4.00 a gallon gas. ( But only if you keep your play with-in reason ). Otherwise , you would be better off , to live 1000 miles away.

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              Posted: May 27, 2008, 1:33 am - IP Logged

              <Moved to Jackpot Games forum>

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

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                Posted: May 27, 2008, 1:59 am - IP Logged

                Well, if I want Powerball tickets there a few stores within walking distance from me. If I wanted Mega Millions tickets, I would have to drive to another state and that's not going to happen unless I end up traveling or something. So basically, I wouldn't go out of my way to buy tickets.

                ditto for me, too.

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                  Posted: May 28, 2008, 8:14 pm - IP Logged

                  Ok.... this is a confession and a poll.  About a month ago when the PB and MM were well over 100 million, I got up one morning and drove from Central Florida to Hardeville, SC via I-95 to buy PB tickets (plus 10 advance draws).  At this point I grabbed something to eat, gased up and hit the mens room.  I then turned around and headed home stopping at the first exit in Georgia to pick up some MM picks (and 10 advance draws), and then headed home.  575 miles/8.5 hours...........priceless, maybe a little manic............LOL!!!  Share your fun!!

                   

                  P.S. my draws are up on the 30th of May so I'm day tripping it again soon.  Agree with stupid

                  I thought I was nuts but you're insane LOL... I drove from Jax FL to GA/SC get tickets as well when the JP was over 100m or more I thought I was the only one doing that....... but when you win the JP nobody will be questioning  you why you did it..... you are the man because of gas prices I've only been traveling to Ga only.

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                    Posted: May 28, 2008, 8:38 pm - IP Logged

                    1 state is the max for me.

                    Gonna win.Big Smile

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                      Posted: June 2, 2008, 10:14 pm - IP Logged

                      Ok.... this is a confession and a poll.  About a month ago when the PB and MM were well over 100 million, I got up one morning and drove from Central Florida to Hardeville, SC via I-95 to buy PB tickets (plus 10 advance draws).  At this point I grabbed something to eat, gased up and hit the mens room.  I then turned around and headed home stopping at the first exit in Georgia to pick up some MM picks (and 10 advance draws), and then headed home.  575 miles/8.5 hours...........priceless, maybe a little manic............LOL!!!  Share your fun!!

                       

                      P.S. my draws are up on the 30th of May so I'm day tripping it again soon.  Agree with stupid

                      My tickets from May are expired....I'm road tripping tomorrow before tomorrow nights mm draw.  I haven't checked last results......will post after I get back tomorrow.  I'm gonna get PB from SC and MM in GA.............and 10 advance plays from each........

                       

                      Good luck ALL!!!!!Dance

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                        Posted: June 3, 2008, 5:13 pm - IP Logged

                        My tickets from May are expired....I'm road tripping tomorrow before tomorrow nights mm draw.  I haven't checked last results......will post after I get back tomorrow.  I'm gonna get PB from SC and MM in GA.............and 10 advance plays from each........

                         

                        Good luck ALL!!!!!Dance

                        Made it back.......won the big $7.00 (or should I say only lost $193.00?) from the last set of tickets.   Got 20 adv PB and 10 MM which was the max for both states.....at least I don't have to drive to SC for 2 months now.

                         

                        Good luck to all, and myself of course!!Jester

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                          Posted: June 10, 2008, 3:21 am - IP Logged

                          I guess I have the best of both worlds.  I just moved from Oregon (Powerball) to Washington (MegaMillions).  I like 1 block away from a store that has a MM terminal and if I want to buy PB I just go to work and stop at the store 1/2 mile from work.

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                            Posted: June 10, 2008, 4:07 am - IP Logged

                            Ok.... this is a confession and a poll.  About a month ago when the PB and MM were well over 100 million, I got up one morning and drove from Central Florida to Hardeville, SC via I-95 to buy PB tickets (plus 10 advance draws).  At this point I grabbed something to eat, gased up and hit the mens room.  I then turned around and headed home stopping at the first exit in Georgia to pick up some MM picks (and 10 advance draws), and then headed home.  575 miles/8.5 hours...........priceless, maybe a little manic............LOL!!!  Share your fun!!

                             

                            P.S. my draws are up on the 30th of May so I'm day tripping it again soon.  Agree with stupid

                            I'm not judging you, but I'm a little puzzled by all of this.  Not sure where in Central Florida you live, but I'm in the Naples area on the west coast and live about 500 miles (each way) from Hardeeville. 

                            Anyway, I'm just trying to use logic here and my question is this.  Florida has a lot of games, including a state lotto with 1 in 23M odds.  MM odds are about 1 in 176M.  PB odds are about 1 in 146M.  So, although we all know it just takes one ticket, the chances you might win our state game are significantly better than the multi-state ones..in fact the difference is astronomical.  Right now the Lotto jackpot is $61 million if you spend $3.   Isn't that enough?

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                              Posted: June 23, 2008, 12:37 am - IP Logged

                              I guess I have the best of both worlds.  I just moved from Oregon (Powerball) to Washington (MegaMillions).  I like 1 block away from a store that has a MM terminal and if I want to buy PB I just go to work and stop at the store 1/2 mile from work.

                              That's actually kind of cool. I'm jealous. LOL I would love to be able to have the ability to play both games.

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