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PowerBall finally may has the edge it's been seeking

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Posted: May 30, 2012, 1:43 pm - IP Logged

Since PB changed its matrix and price structure, the MM cash option and jackpot amounts have been close enough to give some players doubt about spending an extra buck for the same odds of winning a prize. 

Now that PB is at $146M/$95.4M and MM has reset to $12M/$9.1M, more players may decide to spend the extra buck on a few tickets.  I usually buy 20 MM tickets without the multiplier but tonight I will give some serious thought to picking up 10 PB tickets if I come up with 10 lines to play before the cut-off time.  This is the first time I've even thought about playing PB since its price change.

 * you don't need to buy more tickets, just buy a winning ticket * 
   
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    Posted: May 30, 2012, 1:53 pm - IP Logged

    I've almost dropped Power-Ball with the price change

      But I may need to Re-think,  I usally played 5 lines w/ multiplier, so I could win a Million from 5 white balls.

          Now... I don't think I need the multiplier, and can still win a Million  with the 5 white balls

                   and I 'm still spending the same$10 dollars.

    I sure do like more plays in Mega, though. (10 plays -vs-5 plays)

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      Posted: May 30, 2012, 2:16 pm - IP Logged

      If you look at the odds, you win more ($150 vs. $100) if you match 4 white balls playing Mega. I'll stick to Mega thank you...

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        Posted: May 30, 2012, 2:31 pm - IP Logged

        A couple days ago I was picking up my weekly lotto tickets (PB, MM, MM+, Hot Lotto, LFL). As I was cashing out at the supermarket I usually go to,

        the clerk brought to my attention a "mistake" PB ticket, that was accidentally rung in by another clerk who had already left her shift.

        It was for 5 easy picks (no multiplier), and asked me if I would be interested in purchasing the $10 ticket. I had no extra cash with me, and politely

        turned down the offer. After arriving home, I got to thinking more and more about that "mistake" ticket.

         

        Long story short, I called the supermarket to inquire if the ticket had been sold, it wasn't yet, and I asked if I could leave my name and I would

        pick up the following day. (yesterday). Well the drawing is for this evening, the numbers look good, so I'm rolling the dice. I usually never buy more

        than two lines on PB, but the intrigue of that "mistake" ticket was too hard for me to resist. Wouldn't that be the cats meow if the $146 million

        was from this ticket!!!  Banana

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          Posted: May 30, 2012, 7:28 pm - IP Logged

          This cat thinks it is the cat's meow!  But if you get 5 #'s then and no multiplier, less money.

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            Posted: May 30, 2012, 7:47 pm - IP Logged

            A couple days ago I was picking up my weekly lotto tickets (PB, MM, MM+, Hot Lotto, LFL). As I was cashing out at the supermarket I usually go to,

            the clerk brought to my attention a "mistake" PB ticket, that was accidentally rung in by another clerk who had already left her shift.

            It was for 5 easy picks (no multiplier), and asked me if I would be interested in purchasing the $10 ticket. I had no extra cash with me, and politely

            turned down the offer. After arriving home, I got to thinking more and more about that "mistake" ticket.

             

            Long story short, I called the supermarket to inquire if the ticket had been sold, it wasn't yet, and I asked if I could leave my name and I would

            pick up the following day. (yesterday). Well the drawing is for this evening, the numbers look good, so I'm rolling the dice. I usually never buy more

            than two lines on PB, but the intrigue of that "mistake" ticket was too hard for me to resist. Wouldn't that be the cats meow if the $146 million

            was from this ticket!!!  Banana

              Oh boy, if you should win you better hope the person that originally bought it doesn't show up and try to claim it as theirs.

              Otherwise, we will all be reading about you on the news forum under a jackpot lawsuit topic.  Thud

            "You can observe a lot just by watching." Yogi Berra, Hall of Fame baseball player.

            The numbers will tell you what numbers to play. Pay attention to the numbers.

            Don't just think outside the box, crush it.

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              Posted: May 30, 2012, 7:48 pm - IP Logged

                Oh boy, if you should win you better hope the person that originally bought it doesn't show up and try to claim it as theirs.

                Otherwise, we will all be reading about you on the news forum under a jackpot lawsuit topic.  Thud

              But the original person did not pay for it.  Right?  So no claim.

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                Posted: May 30, 2012, 8:07 pm - IP Logged

                But the original person did not pay for it.  Right?  So no claim.

                  Yes, but they could say; I told the clerk I didn't have $10, I will be back later to pay for it... I think I should shut up, I don't

                  want to give  anyone any ideas.   Yes Nod

                "You can observe a lot just by watching." Yogi Berra, Hall of Fame baseball player.

                The numbers will tell you what numbers to play. Pay attention to the numbers.

                Don't just think outside the box, crush it.

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                  Posted: May 30, 2012, 8:23 pm - IP Logged

                    Yes, but they could say; I told the clerk I didn't have $10, I will be back later to pay for it... I think I should shut up, I don't

                    want to give  anyone any ideas.   Yes Nod

                  This actually happened in Idaho, except the guy did show back up to buy the ticket and the clerk sold him a different ticket, telling him it was the one he originally turned down.  There was a lawsuit, but I never learned how it turned out.


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                    Posted: May 30, 2012, 8:41 pm - IP Logged

                    This cat thinks it is the cat's meow!  But if you get 5 #'s then and no multiplier, less money.

                    In all honesty, if I were to get 5+0, even without the multiplier.....I would be dancing my Irish jig all over town in jubilation!   Lep   Banana

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                      Posted: May 30, 2012, 8:47 pm - IP Logged

                      Although I'd prefer that I won versus anyone else, hitting the jackpot with that "mistake" ticket runs a close second...that would be pretty awesome.


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                          Oh boy, if you should win you better hope the person that originally bought it doesn't show up and try to claim it as theirs.

                          Otherwise, we will all be reading about you on the news forum under a jackpot lawsuit topic.  Thud

                        Actually the way the clerk explained it to me, there was no customer involved. The previous clerk had just inadvertently hit the keys by accident,

                        and presto, 5 easy picks popped out. No lawsuit here, unless the lottery clerk decides to change her story. This is all caught on video, I'm not

                        concerned in the least. I'm also a regular customer at this supermarket, and pretty much know everyone there on a first name basis.

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                          Posted: May 30, 2012, 9:32 pm - IP Logged

                          Actually the way the clerk explained it to me, there was no customer involved. The previous clerk had just inadvertently hit the keys by accident,

                          and presto, 5 easy picks popped out. No lawsuit here, unless the lottery clerk decides to change her story. This is all caught on video, I'm not

                          concerned in the least. I'm also a regular customer at this supermarket, and pretty much know everyone there on a first name basis.

                          I think it is nice the clerk promised to save those tickets for you but it is probably a bad practice overall to hold onto unpaid for tickets for a customer (for mistake tickets). I would think since no cash exchanged hands, the clerk would be under no obligation to save them or give you the right ones. It would fall under a discretionary personal favor vs a legal responsibility or some duty of care probably. There would be no implied contract since there was no consideration.

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                            Posted: May 30, 2012, 10:39 pm - IP Logged

                            Yes, with last night's win, Mega Millions has caught up to Powerball in total number of jackpots awarded so far in 2012 (5).

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                              Posted: May 31, 2012, 12:25 am - IP Logged

                              I like both games.  You have the $1 game mega millions which usually runs me between $2 and $4 to play because of the megaplier not bad.  Then you have the $2 game of powerball which usually runs me $3 to $6 with powerplay depending on if I play just my set of numbers for both games or if I add on the QP line to it.  So I usually only spend about $20 a week to stay active in each game if I play both my pick and a QP for both games.  Which I think is a cheap prize to pay for entertainment plus you might win a nice sum of money.  Good luck.-weshar75