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Does the size of powerball affect mega?

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Posted: September 24, 2008, 11:03 am - IP Logged

   I live in an area where i'm 45 minutes away from a powerball and mega million state and I choose what game to play strictly on who has the larger current jackpot. My question is for those who don't have the option of playing both games . When you see the powerball swell up to 176 million and the mega millions at "only" 24 million, does this in any way make mega seem less atractive and does it limit your mega play at all?

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    Posted: September 24, 2008, 12:28 pm - IP Logged

    I don't know why it would make a game seem less attractive. After all, that person's state doesn't have the other game. There's nothing they can do about it. Even if I was able to play both games, I wouldn't decide which one to play strictly on whichever one has the larger jackpot unless it's a short drive.

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      Posted: September 24, 2008, 12:36 pm - IP Logged

      <Moved to Jackpot Games forum>

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

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        Posted: September 24, 2008, 2:02 pm - IP Logged

        I would play both regardless of the diffence in jacpot size, this way I double the number of times I am in a jackpot draw.....(4 times a week vs. 2).  If I win the smaller jackpot I will feel bad for about a second. 

        "Everybody has to believe in something...I believe I'll have another beer!"   = W.C.Fields                      

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          Posted: September 24, 2008, 7:41 pm - IP Logged

          Well, if I was in a PB or MM state and very close to the boarder of the other state, I think that would dictate my choice, I'd choose whichever one is bigger.

          You can't predict random.

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            Posted: September 26, 2008, 11:33 pm - IP Logged

            I live near a border NJ/PA and it effects what I buy.

             

            Many hundreds of thousands of people, actually millions if you count Philadelphia, live in a similar way in this area.

            It must effect sales.

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              Posted: October 5, 2008, 4:43 pm - IP Logged

              This is what I found on the New York Lottery website.

               

              "The estimation of Mega Millions jackpots is based using projected sales. Sales are estimated by a Finance Committee consisting of Finance personnel from each Mega Millions state. The committee bases its estimate upon recent historic trends, weather, competing jackpots and the amount to which potential players are distracted by current events. Once sales are estimated, the jackpot is set using a formula regarding how much of each sales dollar goes to the jackpot. This amount of cash is then multiplied by a factor to estimate the announced jackpot annuity value. The Directors of the Mega Millions states have the final decision on setting jackpot levels."

              So the answer to your question is yes.

              Oogle  waiting patiently for my jackpot

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                Posted: October 6, 2008, 10:30 am - IP Logged

                I guess "size" matters then.....LOLOLOLOL!!!

                                        Hurray!

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