|Posted: November 26, 2011, 12:00 am - IP Logged|
I don't play any game other than the Pick-3 or Pick-4 unless both of the following conditions are met: 1) there is a recordbreaking or near-recordbreaking jackpot and 2) the drawing takes place on New Year's Day, my birthday (Jan. 4), Leap Year Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve.
I don't play any game other than the Pick-3 or Pick-4 because the smaller prize payouts are, in my opinion, unacceptably low. I will not accept $150 for matching 4 white balls if the odds of winning that prize are 1 in 15,313. I feel that a payout of $150 for odds of 1 in 15,313 is basically highway robbery. In order for me to even REMOTELY consider playing Mega Millions except in the conditions listed above, the payout for matching 4 white balls must be AT LEAST $5000. Unless the payouts for the lower tier prizes approach 25% of the odds (e.g. $250 for 1 in 1000 odds), I will not play Powerball or Mega Millions except under the conditions detailed above.
Today's winning 3-ball is going to be a number between 000 and 999.
In a lot of states, lotteries benefit education. That makes the REAL winners the only people who can't play!