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# Poll: ILlinois: PB or Lotto

Topic closed. 7 replies. Last post 7 years ago by Rowen.

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If you were in Illinois and Illinois gets PB, which would you play?

 Powerball and Powerplay, no brainer [ 7 ] [63.64%] Go with the lower odds [ 3 ] [27.27%] Powerball, you might catch 5 + 1 [ 0 ] [0.00%] Teh Lotto jackpots start too low for me [ 0 ] [0.00%] After taxes the 5 + 0 is only \$600,000 [ 0 ] [0.00%] Go with the higher jackpot, always [ 0 ] [0.00%] Other [ 1 ] [9.09%] Total Valid Votes [ 11 ] Discarded Votes [ 1 ]
Zeta Reticuli Star System
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 Posted: December 31, 2009, 1:31 am - IP Logged

If Illinois gets Powerball, which would you say is a better shot?

The Illinois Lotto (6/52) starts at \$2,000,000. It only got hit 11 times in 2009, and the prizes for 5 of 6 and 4 of 6 aren't much at all.

The PB, with the Powerplay, pays \$1,000,000 for 5 + 0.

The odds against that are 1 in 5,138,133.00

The odds against hitting 6 for 6 in the Lotto are 1:10,179,260.

The Lotto progresses, the PB 5 + 0 with the extra \$1 Powerplay is a constant \$1,000,000.

The Powerball, should you hit 5 + 1, will probably be a juch larger jackpot than the Lotto but those odds are 1 in 195,249,054.00

What I'm asking here is the better play between 6/52 or PB shooting for the 5 + 0.

Which do you think is a beter shot? For the sake of the question, let's say you're only going to play one. Which would it be?

Those who run the lotteries love it when players look for consistency in something that's designed not to have any.

There is one and only one 'proven' system, and that is to book the action. No matter the game, let the players pick their own losers.

Illinois
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 Posted: December 31, 2009, 10:01 pm - IP Logged

If Illinois gets Powerball, which would you say is a better shot?

The Illinois Lotto (6/52) starts at \$2,000,000. It only got hit 11 times in 2009, and the prizes for 5 of 6 and 4 of 6 aren't much at all.

The PB, with the Powerplay, pays \$1,000,000 for 5 + 0.

The odds against that are 1 in 5,138,133.00

The odds against hitting 6 for 6 in the Lotto are 1:10,179,260.

The Lotto progresses, the PB 5 + 0 with the extra \$1 Powerplay is a constant \$1,000,000.

The Powerball, should you hit 5 + 1, will probably be a juch larger jackpot than the Lotto but those odds are 1 in 195,249,054.00

What I'm asking here is the better play between 6/52 or PB shooting for the 5 + 0.

Which do you think is a beter shot? For the sake of the question, let's say you're only going to play one. Which would it be?

Is the powerplay option offered in all PB states and is it unform? I saw that Iowa will be doing a 10x promotion.

I would go with the powerplay over lotto. I have always disliked that game since it rarely get hit. The odds are roughly the same because you're spending \$2 for powerplay versus \$1 on lotto. Now you get 2 lines in lotto for a buck but odd is based on the single dollar ticket right?

Way back up in them dadgum hills, son!
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 Posted: January 2, 2010, 2:51 pm - IP Logged

If I had to play just one it would be the PB with PP.

But in reality I would be playing both.

I'm a ramblin' gamblin' kinda guy though.

"The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing"

--Edmund Burke

Zeta Reticuli Star System
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 Posted: January 5, 2010, 7:30 pm - IP Logged

I think there's a boo-boo on the website, this is the posted odds for lotto:

The odds against hitting 6 for 6 in the Lotto are 1:10,179,260.

These are the odds on the back of a playslip:

1:20,358,530.

Those who run the lotteries love it when players look for consistency in something that's designed not to have any.

There is one and only one 'proven' system, and that is to book the action. No matter the game, let the players pick their own losers.

Zeta Reticuli Star System
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 Posted: January 9, 2010, 10:17 am - IP Logged

This is the reply from the Illinois Lottery (bolded), original e-mail query last.

That’s because there are two lines for \$1  –  so you can either calculate it from one set, or you can calculate from both.

Sent: Tuesday, January 05, 2010 6:16 PM
To: REV, Lottery info
Subject: Lotto odds

The posted odds on the website for lotto are off by 10,000,000.

On the back of the playslip the correct odds are 1:20,358,520.

The website shows 1:10,179,260

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I've been saying only people selling systems and tickets pitch this nonsense about cutting the odds in half. Here's proof. The website had the correct odds until recently.

Those who run the lotteries love it when players look for consistency in something that's designed not to have any.

There is one and only one 'proven' system, and that is to book the action. No matter the game, let the players pick their own losers.

Chicago
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 Posted: January 9, 2010, 9:47 pm - IP Logged

If Illinois gets Powerball, which would you say is a better shot?

The Illinois Lotto (6/52) starts at \$2,000,000. It only got hit 11 times in 2009, and the prizes for 5 of 6 and 4 of 6 aren't much at all.

The PB, with the Powerplay, pays \$1,000,000 for 5 + 0.

The odds against that are 1 in 5,138,133.00

The odds against hitting 6 for 6 in the Lotto are 1:10,179,260.

The Lotto progresses, the PB 5 + 0 with the extra \$1 Powerplay is a constant \$1,000,000.

The Powerball, should you hit 5 + 1, will probably be a juch larger jackpot than the Lotto but those odds are 1 in 195,249,054.00

What I'm asking here is the better play between 6/52 or PB shooting for the 5 + 0.

Which do you think is a beter shot? For the sake of the question, let's say you're only going to play one. Which would it be?

HUH?  I feel like I just read a brain-teaser.

PB with Powerplay sounds good but at 2 dollars a pop 5 lines will cost \$10 versus 20 lines for that same \$10 on Lotto with of course the not so good odds.

For the sake of the question I would go with PB shooting for the 5 + 0 but only because of the better odds and only having to match 5 vs 6 balls.

For the poll I chose other......I'll stick with Little Lotto : )

Zeta Reticuli Star System
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 Posted: January 18, 2010, 5:54 pm - IP Logged

Well it looks like it's official.....this is on the ticket I played today;

POWERBALL TIX GO ON SALE JAN 31 IN IL. 1ST DRAW IS FEB 3 (DRAWS EVERY WED & SAT). PLAY P-BALL AND MEGA!

Those who run the lotteries love it when players look for consistency in something that's designed not to have any.

There is one and only one 'proven' system, and that is to book the action. No matter the game, let the players pick their own losers.

Illinois
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 Posted: January 18, 2010, 9:55 pm - IP Logged

Well it looks like it's official.....this is on the ticket I played today;

POWERBALL TIX GO ON SALE JAN 31 IN IL. 1ST DRAW IS FEB 3 (DRAWS EVERY WED & SAT). PLAY P-BALL AND MEGA!

Hmm how long will they wait until mega in IL introduced their own megapiler to compete with Powerball/w powerplay. I will be dropping Pick 6 all together for PB so look like end of Lotto.

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