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Powerball Matrix Change - April 15, 2015

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Posted: March 13, 2015, 6:54 pm - IP Logged

As long as you are not doing anything illegal to obtain the $2 necessary to purchase a Powerball ticket, you have the freedom to play whenever you want.  I have the freedom to have the minimum that I have as well.

Good luck to you and all of the lottery players out there.  I haven't played any lottery games in over nine months.

Are you saving the money to buy $5,200 worth of lottery tickets? Green laugh

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    Are you saving the money to buy $5,200 worth of lottery tickets? Green laugh

    It is good to know that somebody in this forum has enough disposable income to be able to spend $100 a week on lottery tickets.

    I spent $150 once on The Big Game (Mega Millions' predecessor) in New Jersey, before the game was available in New York.  Otherwise, I don't even remember the last time I spent $100 on lottery tickets in a year.

    Anyway, I haven't played in so long because I haven't felt lucky.  And looking back over the past nine months, I see that I haven't missed out on any net profits.

    Since you live in New York, I should tell you that the last drawing of Sweet Million on June 12, 2014 was the last time I played any lottery games.  I came away empty-handed on $7 worth of games from that drawing.  I haven't played any lottery games since.  Not the Mega Millions drawing in November that went up to $326 million.  Not the Powerball drawing that went up to $564.1 million last month.

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      Posted: March 16, 2015, 9:53 pm - IP Logged

      If it's true then this PB jackpot may be the last one to be easily won, so all you hopeful potential winners better get busy.  Good luck.

      I was wrong, there may be time to win another PB jackpot before the matrix change.

       * you don't need to buy more tickets, just buy a winning one * 
         
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        Posted: March 24, 2015, 10:29 pm - IP Logged

        "the main problem is there are just too many lottery games period. MM, PB, a plethora of state level games like Cash 5 etcetera with new state games being introduced all the time, Pick 3 and 4, All or Nothing, scratchers"

        Interesting sales stats in "the packet" for state lottery commission meetings.

        Arizona example . . 70% scratchers . . 30% draw games (14% Powerball . . 6% Mega Millions) . . source.

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          There has been no announcement of a Poweball Matrix change -- So is this 4/15/2015 change FACT or Fiction?????  To me it looks like it is Fiction..............

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            There has been no announcement of a Poweball Matrix change -- So is this 4/15/2015 change FACT or Fiction?????  To me it looks like it is Fiction..............

            It was fact.  In fact, I remember seeing several lotteries (Flordia and Illinois come to mind) that had either stopped their subscriptions or announced a step down in their dates for advanced draws earlier this year.

            If you read through all of the posts in this thread you will see that the states decided to postpone the change due to the whole monopoly draw game debacle.  The last thing I saw was that they were now thinkng of a July timeframe for the change.

            Thanks to LottoMetro for keeping us all updated!

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              Posted: April 14, 2015, 2:24 pm - IP Logged

              It was fact.  In fact, I remember seeing several lotteries (Flordia and Illinois come to mind) that had either stopped their subscriptions or announced a step down in their dates for advanced draws earlier this year.

              If you read through all of the posts in this thread you will see that the states decided to postpone the change due to the whole monopoly draw game debacle.  The last thing I saw was that they were now thinkng of a July timeframe for the change.

              Thanks to LottoMetro for keeping us all updated!

              Thanks for the info.  I went to the Illinois site, but could not find anything relating to the matrix change.  I am from IL & I went to where I buy my tickets & they were not aware of any pending change to the Powerball.

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                Posted: April 14, 2015, 2:58 pm - IP Logged

                Matrix change = quitting time!

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                  Posted: April 14, 2015, 6:16 pm - IP Logged

                  Thanks for the info.  I went to the Illinois site, but could not find anything relating to the matrix change.  I am from IL & I went to where I buy my tickets & they were not aware of any pending change to the Powerball.

                  They delayed it after reading the responses in this thread and especially those in the MMC threads. Just kidding LOL

                  You can read about the delay from April to July here: http://www.lafleurs.com/assets/LaFleursMagazineOnlineJanuaryFebruary/index.html#16

                  I don't know if Illinois had released the timeline for subscriptions/advance draws to their retailers before the delay was made, but I know Virginia and Florida did. Some states have actually already approved the new rules, just waiting on MUSL to finalize any amendments.

                  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.
                  If a crystal ball showed you the future of the rest of your life, and in that future you will never win a jackpot, would you still play?

                  2017: 0% (0 tickets)
                  P&L % = Total Win($)/Total Wager($) - 1

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                    Posted: April 14, 2015, 7:53 pm - IP Logged

                    Thanks for the info.  I went to the Illinois site, but could not find anything relating to the matrix change.  I am from IL & I went to where I buy my tickets & they were not aware of any pending change to the Powerball.

                    You are welcome!

                     

                    This is from the Illinois Lottery Powerball FAQ page:

                    Why Can't I Buy A 52-Week Or 26-Week Subscription For Powerball Anymore?


                    Your favorite game is getting even better! The Powerball game will be changing in the near future. We are temporarily suspending Powerball 52-week and 26-week subscription purchases until the game changes take effect. You can purchase a 13-week subscription or one of our other multi-play options. More details on Powerball changes will be coming soon

                     

                    I can't remember for sure but when I orginially noticed this I believe it actually mentioned April as the time frame of the change.  Although I look at so much lottery stuff it kind of runs together.  :-)

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                      They delayed it after reading the responses in this thread and especially those in the MMC threads. Just kidding LOL

                      You can read about the delay from April to July here: http://www.lafleurs.com/assets/LaFleursMagazineOnlineJanuaryFebruary/index.html#16

                      I don't know if Illinois had released the timeline for subscriptions/advance draws to their retailers before the delay was made, but I know Virginia and Florida did. Some states have actually already approved the new rules, just waiting on MUSL to finalize any amendments.

                      Q. When is $40 Million not enough?

                      A.  When you are not sure what the government is going to do with taxes you can't figure out whether to take the cash or annuity.
                           certainly it would be a nice annuity if the tax system didn't keep changing and getting worse.  Does anyone on here know if
                           The 3.8% Obamacare tax surcharge applies to the lottery annuities?

                      A.  The lump sum for $40 million after taxes is chump change considering you are beating
                           once is several lifetime odds.  IE the prize to odds ratio isn't great at the $40M point.

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                        Posted: April 21, 2015, 6:51 pm - IP Logged

                        Here is an extract of comments made April 9 by a lottery official who was briefing Texas Lottery Commission members
                        on addition of a new draw game:

                        ..." MUSL was working to propose changes to the Powerball Game. So

                         from fall until just about now, there's been ongoing

                         discussions in the industry in preparation for a new

                         version of the Powerball Game, and that game was

                         originally anticipated to be starting right about now,

                         right in the spring of 2015. That game has been

                        delayed. Changes to Powerball have been delayed. There

                         are ongoing discussions taking place right now about

                         potential game changes.
                         So what this means for us is this actual

                         delay with Powerball has actually opened up a slot for

                         us in our product launch calendar. And so we


                           slotted late September in as our opportunity to finally

                         be able to launch the Texas Triple Chance Game, and so

                         staff is working to make that happen right now as we

                         speak. And we'll just have to continue to monitor

                         developments with Powerball and see where that game

                        change or where those changes could integrate into our

                         calendar beyond that September date.

                        Seems introduction of a new Powerball game has been placed on hold.

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                          Here is an extract of comments made April 9 by a lottery official who was briefing Texas Lottery Commission members
                          on addition of a new draw game:

                          ..." MUSL was working to propose changes to the Powerball Game. So

                           from fall until just about now, there's been ongoing

                           discussions in the industry in preparation for a new

                           version of the Powerball Game, and that game was

                           originally anticipated to be starting right about now,

                           right in the spring of 2015. That game has been

                          delayed. Changes to Powerball have been delayed. There

                           are ongoing discussions taking place right now about

                           potential game changes.
                           So what this means for us is this actual

                           delay with Powerball has actually opened up a slot for

                           us in our product launch calendar. And so we


                             slotted late September in as our opportunity to finally

                           be able to launch the Texas Triple Chance Game, and so

                           staff is working to make that happen right now as we

                           speak. And we'll just have to continue to monitor

                           developments with Powerball and see where that game

                          change or where those changes could integrate into our

                           calendar beyond that September date.

                          Seems introduction of a new Powerball game has been placed on hold.

                          Yes, right now MUSL is targeting July. I honestly don't see them waiting beyond that. Tiny probability they might, and decide to swing for an October launch, as they tend to do launches in the fall. But the game's sales probably aren't going to improve much better between now and then, and the new design is basically done as far as the changes go. They've been done for awhile, but decided to make a few more tweaks to 2nd chance. Now it's just about getting everyone to agree with the changes. The MUSL group of lotteries isn't all agreeable as you would think. Some of the bigger lotteries are often at odds with each other. It took tooth and nail to get MMC finalized and passed, and it hasn't done much for states' confidence.

                          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.
                          If a crystal ball showed you the future of the rest of your life, and in that future you will never win a jackpot, would you still play?

                          2017: 0% (0 tickets)
                          P&L % = Total Win($)/Total Wager($) - 1

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                            Posted: April 24, 2015, 11:48 am - IP Logged

                            Matrix change = quitting time!

                            I also agree, I stopped playing mega millions because of the change and I will do the same if this goes thru.  For the few weekly winners (5 balls) they are still making a ton off us.

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                              Posted: April 25, 2015, 10:03 am - IP Logged

                              Well I doubt this game will go through as what we've seen here. The PB matrix change was suspended because it was too confusing for retailers to explain to players (hmmm...sound familiar?). Until they make it simple, like current and past formats, it will not get much support.

                              Going back to my mention of one (or more) jurisdictions leaving Powerball, I have a little more info on that. There are currently several lotteries quietly developing their own new multi-state jackpot game for the fall of 2016. I do not yet know the details i.e. matrix, or whether they will use that to replace Powerball, but I think that this development is interestingly coincidental.

                              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.
                              If a crystal ball showed you the future of the rest of your life, and in that future you will never win a jackpot, would you still play?

                              2017: 0% (0 tickets)
                              P&L % = Total Win($)/Total Wager($) - 1

                                 
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