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How Many Folks Gave Up On Powerball When It Went To $2?

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Posted: February 8, 2014, 5:53 pm - IP Logged

I am curious.. if I am the only one that gave up on PB when it went to $2 per ticket for a single line?  I used to play $5 a game before but since the cost and the odds went out of site (not like they weren't before I know), I just have a tough time with $2 a ticket and $3 for the bonus and now that they cut the bonus ball win from $14 to $8 makes it not even worth adding the extra dollar in my opinion?  Anyone else feel the same way?  Or am I being petty?

 

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    Posted: February 8, 2014, 5:57 pm - IP Logged

    Nope, not alone.

    We don't play either.

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      Posted: February 8, 2014, 5:58 pm - IP Logged

      I played Powerball on occasion, but, after $2.00, not much, maybe, once every 6 months.

       

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        Posted: February 8, 2014, 6:03 pm - IP Logged

        I am curious.. if I am the only one that gave up on PB when it went to $2 per ticket for a single line?  I used to play $5 a game before but since the cost and the odds went out of site (not like they weren't before I know), I just have a tough time with $2 a ticket and $3 for the bonus and now that they cut the bonus ball win from $14 to $8 makes it not even worth adding the extra dollar in my opinion?  Anyone else feel the same way?  Or am I being petty?

         

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        I still play, but usually just one line. But I do not play the power option, because unlike mega millions, it does not increase the 2 mil prize structure. Plus the odds are better at hitting the pb as opposed to the mega, even tho both are astronomical...LOL. Besides, you can't win if your not in !!!

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          Posted: February 8, 2014, 6:30 pm - IP Logged

          I recently gave up on mega millions and I use that money on buying more powerball numbers.

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            Posted: February 8, 2014, 7:37 pm - IP Logged

            I agree with you BB...if I had to give up one it would be the mega....toooo long on the odds..

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              Posted: February 8, 2014, 7:44 pm - IP Logged

              Nope, not alone.

              We don't play either.

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                Posted: February 8, 2014, 7:56 pm - IP Logged

                Hey it could be you if you buy 1 million tickets or it could be you if you buy 1 ticket...The only thing you can do is buy a ticket, cause you gotta be in it to win it

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                  Posted: February 9, 2014, 9:56 am - IP Logged

                  How Many Folks Gave Up On Powerball When It Went To $2?
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                  I have kept my promise to focus on local games in 2014. At work though there is a lady who runs a lottery pool and at $1 a person per game, I get to play PB. So technically I still haven't given up. But I won't pluck down $2 or $3 for PB for now. If I win something on the local games then maybe.

                  That money's gone fo ever

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                    Posted: February 9, 2014, 11:02 am - IP Logged

                    I just got back into playing PB and here's my reason... the odds are better for matching 5 numbers than MM.  I'm playing for matching 5 white on PB and MM.  Often I get two numbers on PB, even tho it doesn't pay anything.  I buy 2 lines for PB (my own numbers) and I always play powerplay.  I do powerplay because the little wins goes back into more tickets.  So, I spend $12 a week on PB... its my entertainment with potential.

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                      Posted: February 9, 2014, 1:27 pm - IP Logged

                      I didn't give it up, but I cut way back.  I used to always have at least one ticket, and now I usually just sit out the first few drawings after the JP is won.   And when the JP got high, I'd spend $10 or $15, whereas now the highest JPs get a $6 or $8 donation from me.

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                        Posted: February 9, 2014, 1:44 pm - IP Logged

                        I actually didn't really start playing PB until the switch because MM was having higher jackpots for better odds. Once PB started getting bigger jackpots I started to play. This year I'm going to try to play a little less, since there are other $2 games here with better odds for the prizes. I will probably play PB maybe 3 or 4 times (depending on the prize Thumbs Up). And I never use Power Play.

                        If the chances of winning the jackpot are so slim, why play when the jackpot is so small? Your chances never change, but the potential payoff does.
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                          Posted: February 9, 2014, 1:46 pm - IP Logged

                          I just got back into playing PB and here's my reason... the odds are better for matching 5 numbers than MM.  I'm playing for matching 5 white on PB and MM.  Often I get two numbers on PB, even tho it doesn't pay anything.  I buy 2 lines for PB (my own numbers) and I always play powerplay.  I do powerplay because the little wins goes back into more tickets.  So, I spend $12 a week on PB... its my entertainment with potential.

                          "I just got back into playing PB and here's my reason... the odds are better for matching 5 numbers than MM."

                          Yes but did you bother to calculate the odds of winning per two dollars spent?

                          PB

                           MATCH    ODDS  PER $2 SPENT
                           5/5+B   1 : 190242668
                           5/5+0   1 : 5141694
                           4/5+B   1 : 704602
                           4/5+0   1 : 19043
                           3/5+B   1 : 13294
                           3/5+0   1 : 359
                           2/5+B   1 : 767
                           1/5+B   1 : 120
                           0/5+B   1 : 60

                          MM

                           MATCH    ODDS  PER $2 SPENT
                           5/5+B   1 : 129445425
                           5/5+0   1 : 9246102
                           4/5+B   1 : 369844
                           4/5+0   1 : 26418
                           3/5+B   1 : 5360
                           3/5+0   1 : 383
                           2/5+B   1 : 237
                           1/5+B   1 : 28
                           0/5+B   1 : 11

                           * you don't need to buy more tickets, just buy a winning ticket * 
                             
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                            Posted: February 9, 2014, 9:32 pm - IP Logged

                            Sorry, I didn't mean to bring an end to this thread with my last post. Leaving

                             * you don't need to buy more tickets, just buy a winning ticket * 
                               
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                              Posted: February 9, 2014, 11:55 pm - IP Logged

                              Sorry, I didn't mean to bring an end to this thread with my last post. Leaving

                              I don't know about other folk, but I like truth. The odds are actually better as you've posted, but the lotteries do still make twice the money on the same losses while players lose twice the money for worse odds. Oh, but wait...the jackpots are much higher now which makes it worth it!! Yeah, that's it!! I get the point that people wanna play when the pot reaches a half billion dollars...I get it completely. Have you ever wondered, though, just how many folks may have already missed out on 'their win' because their win may have been $55 million but they decided to wait and play for that $200 million? Uh, huh...I know it's d*mned good question 'cause you can never really know when you didn't play.

                              An old and very, very wise man told me years ago that 'wait never got anywhere...and isstill waitin'. Critical thinking at its' best as always. I can guarantee you that if any one person knew for a fact that were going to win $5 million dollars, but they could also possibly win $50 million, they'd take the lesser. Yep, that old thread of mine, "Choosing How Much Money (To Try) And Win" just keeps coming out on top. I can dig it.

                               

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