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Will Powerball officials concede?

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Posted: May 13, 2012, 6:03 pm - IP Logged

I know it's only been 4 months since the Powerball change but I was just thinking.....if it doesn't turn around for them do you think they will ever concede and drop the starting jackpots and the roll the price back to $1?

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    Posted: May 13, 2012, 6:45 pm - IP Logged

    No, $2 is here to stay.

    still enough ppl. playing, and everyday lots of ppl. turn 18 = new customers.

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      Posted: May 13, 2012, 7:23 pm - IP Logged

      I know it's only been 4 months since the Powerball change but I was just thinking.....if it doesn't turn around for them do you think they will ever concede and drop the starting jackpots and the roll the price back to $1?

      In one of John Wayne's movie the main character said "Never apologize, it's a sign of weakness".

      The lottery managers version of that is "Never admit you guessed wrong, it's a sign you don't know what you're doing.  Instead guess again and come up with a new and improved scheme". 

      If anything they would probably reduce the starting jackpot and change the payout for match 1+1 to $6 instead of $4 which is the same as 0+1 pays and say this new and improved game allows the winners of smaller prizes to win more but the $2 ticket stays regardless.

      It happened before.  Back in '07, Ohio dropped its $2/ticket Lot'O Play game after a year and came back with an "improved version" of their old Super Lotto Plus game (6/49+1) with a $1/ticket Classic Lotto(6/49).  Its starting jackpot was $1M instead of the $4M? of SLP and the jackpot increased $100K after each drawing instead of $2M? like SLP.

       * you don't need to buy more tickets, just buy a winning ticket * 
         
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        Posted: May 13, 2012, 8:06 pm - IP Logged

        I know it's only been 4 months since the Powerball change but I was just thinking.....if it doesn't turn around for them do you think they will ever concede and drop the starting jackpots and the roll the price back to $1?

        I do not think that powerball has to do anything but be powerball.  If you do not like the $2 and $3 tickets then you can play mega millions which is having a good year because of this record run they had.  But powerball is still doing good too.  I do not know if powerball can have a record run like mega millions but it would be nice to see this year.  I like that the jackpot grows faster in powerball now so going back to $1 and $20 million starting pots would be foolish in my opinion.  They are going to have some good sized jackpots this year but maybe not record ones.  I still will play for them because I do not have that kind of money laying around my apartment.-weshar75


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          Posted: May 13, 2012, 8:23 pm - IP Logged

          $2 PB is here to stay. The more logical question, is when the next price hike will take place? Maybe in 8-10 years we may see another $1-2 increase,

          by further "enhancing" the perceived value of the game.   Stretch

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            Posted: May 13, 2012, 10:58 pm - IP Logged

            The $2 PB is the lottery version of "If you build it they will come."

            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: May 14, 2012, 12:02 am - IP Logged

              No, $2 is here to stay.

              still enough ppl. playing, and everyday lots of ppl. turn 18 = new customers.

              I wonder how long it will be before the lottery decides that another 'new' targeting method (that the cc'd's discovered LONG ago) is the college crowd... and start luring them in with 'incentives' to get them hooked...

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                Posted: May 14, 2012, 12:16 am - IP Logged

                I thought it was a stupid idea when I first heard it.   NOW Pa Lottery wants to sell the "Business" to a private owner?   We have some idiots that manage our everyday life right now.   One doesn't have to be smart to get into a powerful position, just cunning and back stabbing, with a large dose of plain evil in their personality. 

                I haven't played the powerball since they set the tickets at two bucks and not going to.   Switched over to the MegaBall, and if they do it to that (which I doubt) I'll stop playing it also. 

                Use to be our Government would protect us, protect the country.  Now they protect big business and themselves.   We are ....................you fill in the blank.

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                  Posted: May 14, 2012, 7:18 am - IP Logged

                  I think RJ is right.  IF any change occurs it will probably be a "restructuring".

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                    Posted: May 14, 2012, 7:36 am - IP Logged

                    It won't be long before the PB has a large jackpot and people are playing more.  but a restructuring of the payouts may be in order in the near future.

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                      Posted: May 14, 2012, 3:40 pm - IP Logged

                      When Powerball made the change they predicted larger jackpots and more $1 million winners. Average players consider the $40 million starting jackpot "a large jackpot" and there are many more new millionaires who matched 5 + 0 without using Powerplay. For those who expected $1/2 billion jackpots, only time will tel if that happens.

                      The states that only sell PB might be experiencing a drop in ticket sales, but the states with both games have a cash cow.

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                        Posted: May 14, 2012, 10:49 pm - IP Logged

                        Based - somewhat - upon this topic, i decided to give PB a boost (like my 1 extra ticket sale will matter), and i purchased a 3$ ticket... and this is history for me... since i played the powerplay option.  yikes!  (figured i had better to my part to support powerball)  LOL

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                          Posted: May 15, 2012, 12:09 am - IP Logged

                          Nope, because it was a good decision.  It gives the players two options, and has caused Mega Millions sales to increase.  In the short 30 some odd draws that have occured in PB, the players have been unusually lucky, but still (not including the first real big JP partly seeded from the old PB) there has still been one 172 million jackpot.

                           

                          I think this decision will increase overall sales between Mega Millions and Powerball.

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                            Posted: May 15, 2012, 7:21 am - IP Logged

                            $2 PB is here to stay. The more logical question, is when the next price hike will take place? Maybe in 8-10 years we may see another $1-2 increase,

                            by further "enhancing" the perceived value of the game.   Stretch

                            another $1-2 increase

                            Thud

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                              Posted: May 15, 2012, 12:45 pm - IP Logged

                              I would rather buy 2 of SM for $1m-1:3.8m than 1 of PB for $2  1:5.1m.  I get 4 of Lotto for $2; and jp is now $10.5m in NY.  Consider, if both PB and MM are say $80m, which would you buy $10 of?