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Posted: December 29, 2011, 11:12 am - IP Logged

Question. If no one wins Powerball, will Powerball automatically add 20 million to the jackpot or will it reset to the minimum 40 million Jackpot in a few weeks?

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    Posted: December 29, 2011, 1:53 pm - IP Logged

    They always have to add to it.

    They don't reduce the pot when nobody wins. It always has to increase.


                                                 
                         
                                             

     

     

     

     

                                                                                                       

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      Posted: December 29, 2011, 2:14 pm - IP Logged

      Question. If no one wins Powerball, will Powerball automatically add 20 million to the jackpot or will it reset to the minimum 40 million Jackpot in a few weeks?

      They'll probably just add 32% of sales to the next jackpot and continue as they have in the past.  If it had been a completely new game then they might have done what others had done when ending an old game by rolling down the jackpot to the lower tier prizes. 

      Ohio did that when they ended Lot'O Play and winners of the lower prize actually made some money since there wasn't a jackpot winner.  If PB was doing that, I would probably buy a $100 worth of tickets for the last game before the change.

       * you don't need to buy more tickets, just buy a winning ticket * 
         
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        Posted: January 2, 2012, 6:51 am - IP Logged

        The price is now going up to $2 a ticket. I don't see how this is going to increase my chance of winning; but this is the spin on this change taking place on Jan 15th. I don't get it. The odds of winning will still be the same, but maybe less people will play. If they bought 10 tickets for $1.00; now they will only buy 5 tickets.

        If people play the same amount of tickets; yes the prize will increase, but I don't get how this is going to increase my chance of winning.

        If you think you can or if you think you can't you are right!

        Today could be the day!

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          Posted: January 2, 2012, 9:29 am - IP Logged

          The price is now going up to $2 a ticket. I don't see how this is going to increase my chance of winning; but this is the spin on this change taking place on Jan 15th. I don't get it. The odds of winning will still be the same, but maybe less people will play. If they bought 10 tickets for $1.00; now they will only buy 5 tickets.

          If people play the same amount of tickets; yes the prize will increase, but I don't get how this is going to increase my chance of winning.

          The odds are being reduced to about 175 million to 1. About the same odds as MM. The extra $2 will fund a larger second prize fro $200000 to $1000000. It's ok with me since I always play powerplay anyway. I won't pay an extra dollar after the change for the powerplay though.

          CAN'T WIN IF YOU'RE NOT IN

          A DOLLAR AND A DREAM (OR $2)

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            Posted: January 2, 2012, 10:42 am - IP Logged

            The price is now going up to $2 a ticket. I don't see how this is going to increase my chance of winning; but this is the spin on this change taking place on Jan 15th. I don't get it. The odds of winning will still be the same, but maybe less people will play. If they bought 10 tickets for $1.00; now they will only buy 5 tickets.

            If people play the same amount of tickets; yes the prize will increase, but I don't get how this is going to increase my chance of winning.

            sunjune6,

            The bottom matrix, the Powerball, is going from 39 numbers down to 35, thus the 'better chances of winning'.

            It's still trying to find a needle in a mountian of haystacks, but it is lower odds.

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

            Lep

            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.

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              Posted: January 2, 2012, 5:58 pm - IP Logged

              It matters not to Quick Piggers!!!!!!!  Pay up swine!!!!!!!  The odds are better.

              Release the pigs!!!!!!!!!!

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                Posted: January 3, 2012, 5:46 am - IP Logged

                im happy about the changes, matching 5 numbers gets u 1 million or with powerplay 2 million.  great!

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                  Posted: January 6, 2012, 8:48 pm - IP Logged

                  sunjune6,

                  The bottom matrix, the Powerball, is going from 39 numbers down to 35, thus the 'better chances of winning'.

                  It's still trying to find a needle in a mountian of haystacks, but it is lower odds.

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                    Posted: January 6, 2012, 10:25 pm - IP Logged

                    im happy about the changes, matching 5 numbers gets u 1 million or with powerplay 2 million.  great!

                    Not sure there is a power play when the change comes...

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                      Posted: January 6, 2012, 11:06 pm - IP Logged

                      Not sure there is a power play when the change comes...

                      Yep, 3 bucks with Power Play, $2 without.

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                        Posted: January 7, 2012, 2:57 am - IP Logged

                        Just a thought here but you know, if you watch the drawings there sure are a lot more $200,000 winnners for 5 + 0 than there are $1,000,000 winners with the Powerplay.

                        I'm thinking most people don't play the extra buck which makes me wonder if the whole Powerplay thing was intended to make PB a $2 affair and considered a "flop". So now they're going to fix that and just get the $2 action by 'default'.

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

                        Lep

                        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.

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                          Posted: January 7, 2012, 7:58 am - IP Logged

                          Just a thought here but you know, if you watch the drawings there sure are a lot more $200,000 winnners for 5 + 0 than there are $1,000,000 winners with the Powerplay.

                          I'm thinking most people don't play the extra buck which makes me wonder if the whole Powerplay thing was intended to make PB a $2 affair and considered a "flop". So now they're going to fix that and just get the $2 action by 'default'.

                          When players realize except playing for larger jackpots with $10M rollovers and winning $1M for matching 5+0, they didn't gain much for their extra dollar, they may think twice before buying the $2 ticket.  Payouts for a match 4+0 and lower will be the same as they are now with a $1 ticket. 

                          A $1 MM and a $2 PB ticket will pay $10K for a match 4+1 and lets face it, 95%+ of players never do any better than that.

                           * you don't need to buy more tickets, just buy a winning ticket * 
                             
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                            Posted: January 7, 2012, 8:01 am - IP Logged

                            Not sure there is a power play when the change comes...

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                              Posted: January 7, 2012, 9:49 am - IP Logged

                              Just a thought here but you know, if you watch the drawings there sure are a lot more $200,000 winnners for 5 + 0 than there are $1,000,000 winners with the Powerplay.

                              I'm thinking most people don't play the extra buck which makes me wonder if the whole Powerplay thing was intended to make PB a $2 affair and considered a "flop". So now they're going to fix that and just get the $2 action by 'default'.

                              Because of Powerplay lots of $200,000 winners are kicking themselves because for a buck more they would have won $1 million. But it really doesn't work like that because the Powerplay players are playing for the secondary prizes and the $1 players are getting more chances to win the jackpot. With the exception of matching 5 numbers, the secondary prizes are terrible in both MM and PB.

                              There are other $2 games; Kentucky has the $2 3 Line Lotto and has prizes for match 3, 4, 5, or 6 numbers on one of the 3 line and prizes for matching at least 5 numbers on all 3 lines. The multi-state Decades of Dollars is another.