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Does anyone play their state lotteries any more?

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Posted: April 1, 2012, 3:42 pm - IP Logged

Now that MM has reset to $12M and PB is $2 a ticket, state lotteries with smaller jackpots and much better odds of winning may be worth looking at until the MM and PB jackpots build up to more attractive amounts.  I know for the next week or so, I'll be looking at Ohio's Classic Lotto.  Its jackpot is only $6.8M but the odds of winning it are 1:14M.

 * you don't need to buy more tickets, just buy a winning ticket * 
   
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    Posted: April 1, 2012, 3:56 pm - IP Logged

    I play all the Florida Lottery big games Powerball, Lotto, Mega Money, and Fantasy 5. Our Lotto jackpot is up to 9 million. Hopefully by the time Mega Millions grow to 100+ million Florida will have joined in.

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      Posted: April 1, 2012, 4:31 pm - IP Logged

      State lottery games are fabulous!  I dont play any of them, but love watching them.  Homegrown at their finest!

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        Posted: April 1, 2012, 5:00 pm - IP Logged

        I always play at least $5 on Hoosier Lotto. It's at $6.5M and the odds are 1 in 12,271,512. Way better than PB and MM. 14.5x easier to win. 1 in 12 million isn't exactly the best odds either, but considering all the numbers are chosen from the same pool, my system is more effective.

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          Posted: April 1, 2012, 5:00 pm - IP Logged

          That -IS- what I play!  I never have cared much for the bigger games with the slim odds, such as Powerball and MegaMillions.

          For Idaho it's Wild Card 2 and Hot Lotto.  I play Wild Card regularly, have been close many times, and I will continue to play it 'til I nail it.  With a spread of 1 to 31, I feel like I actually have a chance, know what I mean.  I like to pick my own numbers, do better that way.

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            Posted: April 1, 2012, 5:03 pm - IP Logged

            Also, meant to say, I play the state games not just because of the better odds but also because I could do a helluvaLOT with a jackpot between $100,000 and a million.  I could pay off my bills and buy a house.  AND - I would have something leftover to keep playing my games!  I just don't subscribe to the philosophy that "luck" is something that may happen only once in a lifetime.


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              Posted: April 1, 2012, 6:20 pm - IP Logged

              I play them all. I enjoy the diversification, and better odd's than the big games. Have hit pick 4 for $2500 (.50 cent wager). We also have Hot

              Lotto, Megabucks Plus, Lucky For Life and of course pick 3-4. Will always play the PB and MM, however.  Type

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                Posted: April 1, 2012, 8:17 pm - IP Logged

                When the jackpot resets, that's when I take a break, not go and play other games.

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                  Posted: April 1, 2012, 9:28 pm - IP Logged

                  I always play at least $5 on Hoosier Lotto. It's at $6.5M and the odds are 1 in 12,271,512. Way better than PB and MM. 14.5x easier to win. 1 in 12 million isn't exactly the best odds either, but considering all the numbers are chosen from the same pool, my system is more effective.

                  Can your system be effective with only five lines?  I usually have to be ready to play all 49 numbers for my system to work.  However there are times when after it pick 5 lines it can't find any other lines that fits within the parameters I set without an addition cycle that allows it to use a number more than once.

                   * you don't need to buy more tickets, just buy a winning ticket * 
                     
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                    Posted: April 1, 2012, 10:25 pm - IP Logged

                    Nope, Oklahoma does not have a state lottoe game, WE NEED ONE!!!!!! when ever DH & I go Texas we multi draw the Lotto Texas....

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                      Posted: April 1, 2012, 10:54 pm - IP Logged

                      I always play every jackpot game, every drawing. Now I usually play only one line, sometimes two. But I figure it's worth a buck ($2 for PB) to be in the game.

                      I often think about playing heavy on Lotto Texas which is a 6/54 game. When I do play heavy on it I like to play all the numbers in the matrix on 9 lines. But even then it's extremely hard to even get 3 numbers on one line for $3. And since I play all the jackpot games and Daily 4 as well, if I play extra on one game like Lotto, then I have to drop one or more of the other ones to keep from blowing the bank account.

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                        Posted: April 1, 2012, 11:17 pm - IP Logged

                        Usually play Fantasy 5 .....since Powerball came to FL 3 years ago I havent spent more than $25. Our jackpots only go up a million at a time now....last Jackpot I observed up over 20 million was last Christmas.....

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                          Posted: April 1, 2012, 11:32 pm - IP Logged

                          I play oregon megabucks when it is close to $10 million which does take time to get to that amount but the jackpot was just hit this week so I will have to wait until it climbs again.  I will continue to play mega millions and powerball though.-weshar75

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                            Posted: April 2, 2012, 3:41 am - IP Logged

                            I love playing Classic Lotto!  The odds are much better and since drawings are more frequent, you get to play more often.  Although, because the MM was so high last week, it did cut into my Classic fund for the next couple of weeks.

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                              Posted: April 2, 2012, 5:14 am - IP Logged

                              Can your system be effective with only five lines?  I usually have to be ready to play all 49 numbers for my system to work.  However there are times when after it pick 5 lines it can't find any other lines that fits within the parameters I set without an addition cycle that allows it to use a number more than once.

                              Well I'm simply playing the odds. Straight up, using no filters, it's 5 in 12,271,512 or 1 in 2,454,302. In fact, all the program would be doing is just generating quick picks. Depending on the filters I use, my "potential odds", for lack of a better term, is much better. So if I apply a filter that eliminates say 5,000,000 bad sets, another that eliminates 3,000,000 bad sets, and another that eliminates 2,000,000 bad sets, and I went and bought 5 lines then, then it would be 5 in 2,271,512 or 1 in 454,302. That's still not exactly the best odds, but for a jackpot game, it's not that bad.

                              Right now, I'm trying to come up with filters that work differently than what I'm use to.

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