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Would you still play Mega Millions if your state lottery's jackpot was bigger?

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mediabrat's avatar - 18z0typ
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Posted: February 9, 2013, 4:06 pm - IP Logged

Yes, I play MM regardless of the size... every drawing!

I Agree!


I've been living out this exact scenario for a couple weeks now.  NY Lotto has been over $12 million since the beginning of the year, so with MM being at or near the minimum since the last week of January, Lotto has actually been higher for a few draws now.  (Except for that one draw when MM was at $19M.)  It hasn't stopped me from playing MM; all it's done is get me to play Lotto a little more than usual.

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    Posted: February 9, 2013, 6:29 pm - IP Logged

    LottoGuyBC,

    "focus on the larger jackpot"

    That wouldn't necessarily be your best bet.

    Here's a post that might help you "do the numbers" to get a more precise read on the games RJOh mentioned above.  It compares the straight Powerball with the Powerplay option.  Using your state's odds numbers and the Megamillions ones, you can make the same comparisons to answer this Topic Question.  Once you've done the work for all the smaller fixed prizes, all you have to do then for each draw is plug in the current variable Jackpot numbers.  Have fun!

    https://www.lotterypost.com/thread/256392/2919432 

    --Jimmy4164

    While MM offers the best odds of winning something and PB offers the best odds of winning a million dollars when you're only playing 5-20 lines, I'm looking for the best odds of winning a prizes over $10M playing 10 lines and today that's Classic Lotto.

     * you don't need to buy more tickets, just buy a winning ticket * 
       
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      Posted: February 9, 2013, 6:40 pm - IP Logged

      No way! State lottery all the way. Odds are waaaayyyy better.

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        Posted: February 9, 2013, 6:45 pm - IP Logged

        The reason I never played classic lotto is because their lower tier prizes aren't alot and they also have three drawings per week.  To win $1,500 you need to get five white numbers... on MM (all white numbers) you win a minimum of $250k and if you play the extra dollar (I also do) it would be $500k.  While I play MM and PB in every drawing, I'm not playing for the jackpot... I'm playing for the lower prize amounts.  I already hit three white numbers several times, its just a matter of time before five white comes up.  My stats are from the Ohio Lottery.

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          Posted: February 9, 2013, 6:56 pm - IP Logged

          I play MM & PB for the big jackpots and also the huge second prizes.  For 3 lousy dollars you can hit PB second prize of

           $2,000,000 cash and the odds for that is only 1 in 5,153,632.65. Most state lottos are 6/49 and the odds  of hitting

          the jp is  1 in 13,983,816 and the jp is an annuity which means you end up collecting 1/3 of the original jp. Blue Thinking

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            Posted: February 9, 2013, 7:22 pm - IP Logged

            Illinois Lotto is a 6/52 game, the odds are over 1:20,000,000 and the lower prizes are chump change.

            There is a new twist called Extra Shot for another buck that would make a 5 of 6 prize somewhere around $40,000 instead of $1200 but it doesn't gt a whole lot of play.

            For the Extra Shot one ball is drawn from 25 and it's always a QP.

            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: February 9, 2013, 7:25 pm - IP Logged

              Florida does not have Mega Millions, but if they ever put it in I will play it no matter what the jackpot is.

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                Posted: February 9, 2013, 7:31 pm - IP Logged

                Look at the positive side, making a decision about which game to play is simpler.

                Lol.... True

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                  Posted: February 9, 2013, 7:46 pm - IP Logged

                  Since Oklahoma has no state lotto game Bang Head we are only left to play multi-state games. So whenever we're in Texas we play Lotto Texas.

                  i only go to oklahoma for the Casinos Dance

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                    Posted: February 9, 2013, 7:47 pm - IP Logged

                    Let's say the Mega Millions jackpot was $13 million and your state lottery's jackpot was $14 million. Would you play Mega Millions at all or just play the state lottery instead?

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                      Posted: February 9, 2013, 10:12 pm - IP Logged

                      The reason I never played classic lotto is because their lower tier prizes aren't alot and they also have three drawings per week.  To win $1,500 you need to get five white numbers... on MM (all white numbers) you win a minimum of $250k and if you play the extra dollar (I also do) it would be $500k.  While I play MM and PB in every drawing, I'm not playing for the jackpot... I'm playing for the lower prize amounts.  I already hit three white numbers several times, its just a matter of time before five white comes up.  My stats are from the Ohio Lottery.

                      IPlayWeekly,

                      You'll enjoy playing this simulator.

                      http://www.justwebware.com/powerball/powerball.html 

                      --Jimmy4164

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                        Posted: February 10, 2013, 6:46 am - IP Logged

                        IPlayWeekly,

                        You'll enjoy playing this simulator.

                        http://www.justwebware.com/powerball/powerball.html 

                        --Jimmy4164

                        Interesting link, not accuate in my case... already beat those odds several times.  So far, I've hit every level... top being three white balls.  For me playing is fun, I will win five white numbers... not even worried.  I do other stuff also, have rentals and play stocks.

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                          Posted: February 10, 2013, 9:31 am - IP Logged

                          i only go to oklahoma for the Casinos Dance

                          I tried the Casinos a couple of times once for Birthday a few years back couldn't get in to it. Now I have several co-workers that go all the time & they win.

                          I Love Pink & Green 1908

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                            Posted: February 10, 2013, 10:40 am - IP Logged

                            The reason I never played classic lotto is because their lower tier prizes aren't alot and they also have three drawings per week.  To win $1,500 you need to get five white numbers... on MM (all white numbers) you win a minimum of $250k and if you play the extra dollar (I also do) it would be $500k.  While I play MM and PB in every drawing, I'm not playing for the jackpot... I'm playing for the lower prize amounts.  I already hit three white numbers several times, its just a matter of time before five white comes up.  My stats are from the Ohio Lottery.

                            I matched 5of6 for $1500 in 2002 under Super Lotto and came within one digit of winning the jackpot so when MM resets to $12M and Classic Lotto is $25M+, I remember the old days and have to try again even though it's easier to get a small win with MM than CL.

                             * you don't need to buy more tickets, just buy a winning ticket * 
                               
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                              Posted: February 10, 2013, 2:16 pm - IP Logged

                              I matched 5of6 for $1500 in 2002 under Super Lotto and came within one digit of winning the jackpot so when MM resets to $12M and Classic Lotto is $25M+, I remember the old days and have to try again even though it's easier to get a small win with MM than CL.

                              Wow, that's crazy... just one number off.  Your time is coming, keep playing... there's to many others winning.