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They are Increasing the PB Odds Again, How Lame

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Posted: December 18, 2008, 12:56 pm - IP Logged

I used to buy 5, 10, 20 tickets at a time when the PB first came to TN at about 125m:1.  Then they raised the odds to 146m:1 so now I only buy 2,5 tickets at a time.  Now they are going to raise the odds to 196m:1?  What's my motivation to spend more than a buck on this insanity?  My odds are effective zero not matter what I spend at this point.  I will probably buy 1 ticket just to be in the game and if the game gets over a hundred million I will bump up to 2-5, but I can see people being turned off the same way I am and when it takes six months to get to 100 million and people see no one ever wins, I think they are going to lose money.  Granted the pot will be over the 100 million dollar mark for a much longer period of time, but don’t you think that will just desensitize people to large pots that never get hit?  I think they need a winner about every two months to keep people interested.  What do you all think?

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    Posted: December 18, 2008, 7:06 pm - IP Logged

    You're luck you don't live in a Mega Millions state.....


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      I used to buy 5, 10, 20 tickets at a time when the PB first came to TN at about 125m:1.  Then they raised the odds to 146m:1 so now I only buy 2,5 tickets at a time.  Now they are going to raise the odds to 196m:1?  What's my motivation to spend more than a buck on this insanity?  My odds are effective zero not matter what I spend at this point.  I will probably buy 1 ticket just to be in the game and if the game gets over a hundred million I will bump up to 2-5, but I can see people being turned off the same way I am and when it takes six months to get to 100 million and people see no one ever wins, I think they are going to lose money.  Granted the pot will be over the 100 million dollar mark for a much longer period of time, but don’t you think that will just desensitize people to large pots that never get hit?  I think they need a winner about every two months to keep people interested.  What do you all think?

      I posed this question to the folks at MUSL several months ago when they first announced that they were moving to Florida and would change the matrix.Their answer was that people have been asking for bigger jackpots and changing the matrix would allow bigger jackpots.They know that most people will continue to play if there is any chance at all of winning a mind blowing jackpot.They also know that the higher the jackpot is the more tickets they will sell.

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        Posted: December 19, 2008, 3:55 am - IP Logged

        I guess one question would be, are they going to increase players or buys per player?  My guess is the result will be more players and less buys per player.  I am sure they have done the calculus on this to get the best $ return, all I know is that I don't like it.

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          I guess one question would be, are they going to increase players or buys per player?  My guess is the result will be more players and less buys per player.  I am sure they have done the calculus on this to get the best $ return, all I know is that I don't like it.

          Just one word: GREED!

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            Posted: December 19, 2008, 5:02 am - IP Logged

            On the up side, there is a much greater chance of winning a lower tier prize now. Thumbs Up

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              Posted: December 19, 2008, 12:25 pm - IP Logged

              On the up side, there is a much greater chance of winning a lower tier prize now. Thumbs Up

              The $3 I win for every $30 spent isnt really a motivator.

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                Posted: December 19, 2008, 1:02 pm - IP Logged

                The $3 I win for every $30 spent isnt really a motivator.

                No, but every $1 spent has a better chance of winning $3!!

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                  Posted: December 19, 2008, 1:43 pm - IP Logged

                  No, but every $1 spent has a better chance of winning $3!!

                  That is one of the reasons local state lotteries lose out.  All of them have better odds of winning the jackpot, but worst odds of winning the lowest tier prizes and after weeks of winning nothing playing them most players are happier playing the multi-games and winning a couple of bucks once in a while.

                   * you don't need to buy more tickets, just buy a winning ticket * 
                     
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                    Posted: December 19, 2008, 1:53 pm - IP Logged

                    That is one of the reasons local state lotteries lose out.  All of them have better odds of winning the jackpot, but worst odds of winning the lowest tier prizes and after weeks of winning nothing playing them most players are happier playing the multi-games and winning a couple of bucks once in a while.

                    Exactly! While it would be GREAT to win a jackpot, I'm perfectly contented if my hobby puts me in the BLACK, instead of in the RED.

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                      Posted: December 19, 2008, 1:56 pm - IP Logged

                      <Moved to Jackpot Games forum>

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

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                        Posted: December 19, 2008, 2:40 pm - IP Logged

                        Just one word: GREED!

                        I agree. This matrix change is only to fill their pockets with more money, which I am sure they will. Yes I do know that they are in the business to make money, so I understand why they see this as a good decision for them, but for us players I think it's a horrible move.

                        "No one remembers the person who almost climbed the mountain, only the person who eventually gets to the top."

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                            that's ALL "we" Need in 2009 "change"

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                            so PSYKO kan play moe "LOTTERY"!!!!!!!!

                            Remember, all "U" Big-rats & Big-pugs

                            enjoy UR OBAMA PARTY PartyNo Pity!

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                            ALL 2-MILLION  >>>>> OF "U" $$$$

                            LUVLY PEOPLE (did U have all d-food)

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                            $50,000 big one's for a ticket 2 ride!

                            WOW 2-MILLION march EXPECTED!!

                            NO recession or depression yo towne!!

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                            "MERRYXMAS" JesterBig Grin AngelBig Grin Santa NoelWhite BounceWhite Bounce

                            "HAPPYNEWYEAR" @))((@ 2009-2ALL

                            PSYKOMO is watchin U better not BE BAD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



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                              Posted: December 25, 2008, 12:03 am - IP Logged

                              No matter how many numbers they increase it too the game will still have winners based on the odds 196 million people playing or less is enough too produce a winning ticket somewhere in the U.S. where the game is played!!!