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Why Do We Play The Jackpot Games Even Though 99.99999% Of The Time We Lose?

Topic closed. 29 replies. Last post 6 years ago by THRIFTY.

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Posted: February 3, 2011, 5:07 pm - IP Logged

None of the 42 states hit a second prize in powerball last night.


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    July 11, 2003
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    Posted: February 3, 2011, 6:27 pm - IP Logged

    I think that it has alot to do with the smaller prizes. It makes people feel like winning is, in fact, possible, and that a bigger win is on the horizon.

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      RJOh's avatar - chipmunk
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      March 24, 2001
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      Posted: February 3, 2011, 10:11 pm - IP Logged

      Why Do We Play The Jackpot Games Even Though 99.99999% Of The Time We Lose?

      Actually that's not true, the overall odds of winning a prize in PowerBall are 1:35.1 which means you lose 97.1509972% of the time and for MegaMillions it's 1:39.8 which means you lose MM 97.4874372% of the time.

       * you don't need to buy more tickets, just buy a winning ticket * 
                   Evil Looking       

        sully16's avatar - sharan
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        October 28, 2009
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        Posted: February 3, 2011, 10:17 pm - IP Logged

        we play because we are addicted, to the thrill or high you get when you win.

         HyperBe Happy.

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          March 30, 2005
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          Posted: February 3, 2011, 10:52 pm - IP Logged

          You can't win AT ALL, unless you play ... contrary to what many junk e-mails claim. Approve

          In neo-conned Amerika, bank robs you.
          Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms should be the name of a convenience store, not a govnoment agency.

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            Norfolk , Va
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            May 2, 2004
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            Posted: February 4, 2011, 12:03 am - IP Logged

            A DOLLAR AND A DREAM !!


             Good Luck,


              GTO-1965's avatar - metheboyz
              Ft Wright KY
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              December 28, 2010
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              Posted: February 4, 2011, 9:12 am - IP Logged

              for myself the way my wife and family spends money it is my only hope of reaching retirement Unhappy

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                Chief Bottle Washer
                New Jersey
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                Posted: February 4, 2011, 9:13 am - IP Logged

                None of the 42 states hit a second prize in powerball last night.

                I've removed the pasted content from the NY Lottery web site.  Please don't copy and paste big swaths of content from other sites.  Thanks!


                Check the State Lottery Report Card
                What grade did your lottery earn?


                Sign the Petition for True Lottery Drawings
                Help eliminate computerized drawings!

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                  Posted: February 4, 2011, 9:25 am - IP Logged

                  We play because it can happen to anyone. If you don't want to be in that class, then you don't have to play but for a few dollars, why not try?

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                    Posted: February 4, 2011, 9:40 am - IP Logged

                    Dreams have come true with a  few  dollars on the game. We all dream .

                    Surely the most important news of any day ...

                                                                    is that the sun has risen one more time. Sun Smiley

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                      Posted: February 4, 2011, 10:04 am - IP Logged

                      what else can you do when it's -9 degrees out,with 5 foot snowbanks.the danger is if you play too much money.i think one lottery said,just a dollar and a dream.

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                        Posted: February 4, 2011, 10:26 am - IP Logged

                        for me it's a form of entertainment. I could spend a dollar to rent a DVD but I might end up wasting my money if the movie isn't any good. For me, a lotto ticket is more entertaining than renting a DVD because the dreams I have are better than anything I can see in a movie.

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                          Posted: February 4, 2011, 7:26 pm - IP Logged

                          We play the lottery in the hope of winning a big sum of money that we know we could never have otherwise. Where else could you invest a dollar and except such a huge return in investment? I guess the answer is pretty easy to that the question. There is no where. So when we play the lottery, we realize that our dream could come true. I'm not saying it will but just for the sake od it. Some people have been playing for years and never win big, and they still continue to play despite losing. Its just the feeling that you could win that keep you going.

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                            Posted: February 4, 2011, 8:48 pm - IP Logged

                            A DOLLAR AND A DREAM !!

                            I Agree!

                            CAN'T WIN IF YOU'RE NOT IN

                            A DOLLAR AND A DREAM (OR $2)

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                              Posted: February 5, 2011, 2:42 am - IP Logged

                              We play because it is a GAME, it's FUN, and there is that one in 198 million chance you might win, or one in 20 million maybe.