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How many people just buy one ticket for MM and PB?

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Posted: May 18, 2012, 1:32 pm - IP Logged

I usually buy 1 ticket per drawing.

 

I figure if I'm going to win, all it takes is one. Smile

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    Posted: May 18, 2012, 9:26 pm - IP Logged

    I used to spend $5 on MM and $5 on PB every draw....if the JP got huge (over $250 million, I'd go up to $10 per draw).  After years of doing this and not seeing much of a return (I think I've won maybe like $20 back in 5 years)....I decided to cut down.  So now I only buy 2 MM (one QP and one my own numbers...different tickets).  And I buy 1 PB.  I only buy one PB because I'm kind of peeved that they raised the price, but I still play because "you never know".

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      Posted: May 18, 2012, 10:35 pm - IP Logged

      One is the loneliest number that you'll ever do

      Two can be as bad as one

      It's the loneliest number since the number one


                                                   
                           
                                               

       

       

       

       

                                                                                                         

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        Posted: May 18, 2012, 11:21 pm - IP Logged

        I like to play the scratchers so whatever I win on that during the week I use to buy mm tickets. I a up 5 for next week!

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          Posted: May 18, 2012, 11:40 pm - IP Logged

          I buy one ticket but I have two lines on that one ticket.  One line is my own pick and then the other line is a QP.  Then I put the megaplier and powerplay on each ticket that I play.  Good luck to all!-weshar75

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            Posted: May 19, 2012, 9:19 am - IP Logged

            It varies for me depending on where the JP is.  The MM was just won, so I'll buy 1 ticket for a few draws.   Like you, I also subscribe to the idea that you can't win if you don't play.  Then when the JP gets up again I'll buy a couple per draw. 

            A guy I used to work with told me that (at that time 15 years ago) the odds were not good for the JP to be won until it was at 50 million.  At that point, enough ticket combos were sold for each draw that the odds were in favor of the JP being won.  So that's kinda the rule I follow.

            It seems we both agree that you can't win if you don't play. I'm not sure I agree with your friend about the odds not good for the JP to be won until it was at 50 million or more. I've read in the last few years of people winning with amounts like 25 million or so. In my state of Mass last year in the last few years have heard of 2 different guys who had won 32 million and 25 million (or some amount like that) on either PB or MM can't remember. For years I would wait until the jackpot got pretty high to play but I also said to myself even at the lowest amount I would be happy with that amount of money. I also tend to be someone who plays hoping to win the second prize paying the extra dollar for the chance to win either 1mill on mm or 2mil on PB. Though I rarely get any numbers so it would be an extreme miracle for me to ever get 5 numbers to win that, still hope though.  I wonder if anyone ever wins the jackpot right after someone has won it. It seems like that never happens.

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              Posted: May 19, 2012, 9:22 am - IP Logged

              NY is having a PB promotion this month(10$ gets a free ticket) so i spent 1$ on MM and 10$ on pb. They probably do this hoping they get a winner so they can collect taxes. Sometimes spend more if its over 50 mill.

              I don't think my state ever has that kind of promotion. I'm not sure I would spend 10 dollars to get a free ticket, if they lowered it and gave a free ticket for buying 3 tickets then I would do that.

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                Posted: May 19, 2012, 9:44 am - IP Logged

                Since Powerball raised their price to $2 I won't even buy those tickets, even if it's one. Let them rip off someone else. The only way I would buy a PB ticket now if the jackpot is over $300 million.

                As for Mega Milliions, if the jackpot is low it makes more sense to buy the multiplier with it. If the jackpot is over $100 million, I won't buy the multiplier. But to answer your question, I normally only buy 1 ticket...

                I also agree that it was unfair that PB raised their price to 2 dollars but unfortunately I'm a sucker and still play one ticket per game with powerplay. It's interesting your theory about making more sense to buy the multiplier if the jackpot is low but not if it's over 100 million. The reason I buy the multiplier is because if I ever got 5 numbers would rather get 1million over 250k on MM so it doesn't really matter to me how much the jackpot is since I would be thrilled to even win 2nd prize and that would feel like a jackpot to me.

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                  Posted: May 19, 2012, 9:45 am - IP Logged

                  I routinely spend 2$ per game per draw.  that is 1 pb and 2 mm so... 8$ per week.  sometimes i do splurge on an extra ticket though...

                  It sounds like you are playing sensibly without going over budget, I tend to be that way too.

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                    Posted: May 19, 2012, 9:57 am - IP Logged

                    I buy one ticket but I have two lines on that one ticket.  One line is my own pick and then the other line is a QP.  Then I put the megaplier and powerplay on each ticket that I play.  Good luck to all!-weshar75

                    That is the best way to do it, weshar75.

                    I don't often share my secrets...but that's the way I do it also.

                    And the crowd goes wild...


                                                                 
                                         
                                                             

                     

                     

                     

                     

                                                                                                                       

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                      Posted: May 19, 2012, 11:09 am - IP Logged

                      I buy just 1 MMw/ mp, my wife buys just 1 MMw/out MP for each draw.

                      rarely buy PB but i do have 1 for tonight w/ PP.

                      Your playing sounds good to me, so if either of you win you both get to share.

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                        Posted: May 19, 2012, 11:11 am - IP Logged

                        As for MM...It depends what my budget it is for the week. There's been times where i get one quick pick and play one line of my own numbers and some times i'll feel like splurging and I'll buy 5 or 6. I don't play PB all the time but occasionally i'll buy 2-3 QP's if i feel like playing.

                        I liked it when you said depends on what my budget is for the week it sounds like you are not overdoing it but adding the occasion splurge.

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                          Posted: May 19, 2012, 11:12 am - IP Logged

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                          I really had a good laugh when I read your response, glad to see we are on the same page.

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                            Posted: May 19, 2012, 11:18 am - IP Logged

                            99% of the time, I buy just one PB and MM (with the multiplier).  I am always aiming for the 2nd level prize (but would not turn down the jackpot). I also pick my own numbers 99% of the time.  I have never won any $ with a quick pick.

                            It seems we are very similar in our buying habits. Like you are I am always trying for that 2nd level prize since I would be thrilled to win that (not that I wouldn't love the jackpot but the odds are so astronomical and the odds are not as astronomical to get 5 numbers but still hard). Unlike yourself I tend to do quick picks have only picked my numbers a few times, starting to think I might go back to picking my own numbers at some point because I did better those times when I picked my numbers than I have with QP's.

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                              Posted: May 19, 2012, 11:20 am - IP Logged

                              I all the time be buyin' 2 tickets.

                              Can't go wrong with 2 tickets that you buy.