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All Things Considered, Which Is The Better Game - PB or MM?

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Considering matrices, odds, prizes and multiplier options, which is best?

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Posted: December 7, 2009, 3:20 pm - IP Logged

If you had to pick one of the two games for your state, which would it be and why?


                                             
                     
                                         

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                   

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    Posted: December 7, 2009, 5:23 pm - IP Logged

    I voted for Powerball

      I've gotten to where I almost use the Multiplyer everytime

     ( Had to cut my play a little to 5 or 6 plays)

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      Posted: December 7, 2009, 9:37 pm - IP Logged

      Mega Millions.

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        Posted: December 7, 2009, 9:40 pm - IP Logged

        The Two Will Become One.

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          Posted: December 7, 2009, 11:13 pm - IP Logged

          If you had to pick one of the two games for your state, which would it be and why?

          The REAL question should be, "Which would you PLAY?" to which I would respond, a TRUE Cash 5 game with a number field NO BIGGER than 30-39 numbers!

          Yes, I KNOW it would not pay out MILLIONS, but I'd settle for 3-5 Cash 5 jackpots a year from $50k to $600k than suffer the loss of all those dollars (for decades) from only having a 1 in 173,000,000 chance winning what in actuality is TWO lotteries in ONE!

           

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            Posted: December 7, 2009, 11:17 pm - IP Logged

            Megamillions has a bigger cash fraction compared to the annuity (which is generally a fraudulent representation) and slightly better odds, not that it really matters.

            Since I play according to expectation value, I am more likely to play megamillions.   I live on a border and can choose either one, although my state will soon play both.

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              Posted: December 8, 2009, 12:29 am - IP Logged

              i like prob988 point

               

              also sense i have been playing PB, let me tell you our weak points

              less money per buck goes to the jackpot then compared to MM jackpot

              , in short, if both had the same tickets sales

              for say same jackpot levels, MM would beat it in faster jackpots/biger is better

              ,  seeing as must states will have both, this will make MM the fastest by far

               

              also PB has this thing called a "Cap"  the must stupid idea ever for  JACKPOT game

              if your selling point IS a jackpot, and how it keeps getting bigger and bigger,and that brings more sales,in, YOU DON'T Cap it

              thats like  selling running shoes but saying right when they start to hit run Speed, you must slow down to walking speed,   its so idotic,

               

              in short, MM is hands down the best, and thank god my state"TN" IS  bringing us MM next year

               

               

              now the real question is with both games doubleing in size over nite early next year

              what will happen to the odds/matrix for both

               

              that will change ever thing,  the one with the best odds, win's

               

               

              am hopeful MM new matix  will stay better odds then PB oddslike it is atm,    and god would i love it if PB removed its Cap next year

              , sense you know,  having  MM now being sold in the same places, with no cap,     they would want to claim their #1 game,now their twin sult sister MM is moving in on their player base

              if they keep the cap next year, MM will have no issue with wiping the floor with PB in sales

               

              they may as will be Twins come next year, 2 national lotto games FTW

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                Posted: December 8, 2009, 2:54 am - IP Logged

                As a practical matter the odds are the same, so I'd say the better game is the one with the bigger jackpot. The real jackpot, of course, which means the cash value. If I had the choice of both in the same location and could only play one I might  go for a somewhat smaller jackpot  in MM.

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                  Posted: December 8, 2009, 3:12 am - IP Logged

                  If you had to pick one of the two games for your state, which would it be and why?

                  Simple: Powerplay.

                  "...a chance to push everything aside, the circumstances that've controlled our lives, and do it our way now. Good, bad or otherwise. You'll maybe get lost in it, tied up in it a little bit, but if you work your way through that the real you shows up, I think. Maybe what's at your core deep down, maybe that comes out. Maybe that's what it's about." Mike Pace 

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                    Posted: December 8, 2009, 9:01 am - IP Logged

                    MM is better. Jackpots grow faster. Odds are lower.

                    Only thing PB is better is that it starts higher and if you powerplay and get 5+0 you automatically win a million. You don't in MM.

                    Also, forgot that Tx is the only state with MM megaplier. I play that every time. But it pays $500K, $750K, or $1M depending on the megaplier number drawn. So PB would be a little better in that regard.

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                      Posted: December 8, 2009, 1:51 pm - IP Logged

                      I Agree! But you dont get an automatic million with powerplay you get 2 to 5 times the $200,000 second tier prize,,,depending on which power play number is drawn (2,3,4 or 5)

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                        Posted: December 8, 2009, 2:29 pm - IP Logged

                        I Agree! But you dont get an automatic million with powerplay you get 2 to 5 times the $200,000 second tier prize,,,depending on which power play number is drawn (2,3,4 or 5)

                        Actually, that is no longer true. The Powers that be changed how the second prize works a long time ago. No matter if the powerplay ball that is drawn is 2, 3, 4 or 5, if you get 5 white balls and you have powerplayed your ticket, you automatically get a million dollars.

                        ThatScaryChick, Powerball payout table

                         

                        "The Match 5 prize with the PowerPlay option now has a guaranteed 5x multiplier, pushing the second prize to $1 MILLION."

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                          Actually, that is no longer true. The Powers that be changed how the second prize works a long time ago. No matter if the powerplay ball that is drawn is 2, 3, 4 or 5, if you get 5 white balls and you have powerplayed your ticket, you automatically get a million dollars.

                          ThatScaryChick, Powerball payout table

                           

                          "The Match 5 prize with the PowerPlay option now has a guaranteed 5x multiplier, pushing the second prize to $1 MILLION."

                          For that reason I'm going with PB.

                          "...a chance to push everything aside, the circumstances that've controlled our lives, and do it our way now. Good, bad or otherwise. You'll maybe get lost in it, tied up in it a little bit, but if you work your way through that the real you shows up, I think. Maybe what's at your core deep down, maybe that comes out. Maybe that's what it's about." Mike Pace 

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                            Actually, that is no longer true. The Powers that be changed how the second prize works a long time ago. No matter if the powerplay ball that is drawn is 2, 3, 4 or 5, if you get 5 white balls and you have powerplayed your ticket, you automatically get a million dollars.

                            ThatScaryChick, Powerball payout table

                             

                            "The Match 5 prize with the PowerPlay option now has a guaranteed 5x multiplier, pushing the second prize to $1 MILLION."

                            Wow, that rule change got by me completely.  I am a MM state so I don't check for powerball changes unles they come up here.  Oh well, Thanks for the update....

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                              Posted: December 9, 2009, 3:02 pm - IP Logged

                              Wow, that rule change got by me completely.  I am a MM state so I don't check for powerball changes unles they come up here.  Oh well, Thanks for the update....

                              You're welcome. Smile

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