|Posted: April 9, 2009, 7:04 pm - IP Logged|
Normally I just buy one PowerBall ticket with PowerPlay. This gives fate (Lady Luck, G-d, whatever motivating force you prefer to refer to) a chance to smile on me in a big way, and doesn't make me spend too much on the game, given the ridiculous odds for the jackpot. Given those odds, I tend to think of playing PowerBall as playing for the 2nd and 3rd prizes (the $1,000,000 or the $20-50,000 prizes). They don't change value over time, so I don't usually vary my playing style much.
Most of my attention to lottery games is based on winning the Hot Lotto jackpot, with better odds to win a prize that suits my goals (assuming the Hot Lotto prize has moved up well past the $2,000,000 mark, which is the goal I've set for myself).
Having said that, if the Hot Lotto jackpot is "small" (less than $2,000,000) and the PowerBall prize is unusually large (over $100 million or preferably $150 million) I've been known to be tempted to buy more PowerBall tickets. Rather silly of me, since I don't think I'd be that much happier with a $100 million jackpot than with a $4 milliion one). But I'm human, not just a strategy-following machine!