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Will you play Powerball more often before the Matrix change in 2015?

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Posted: December 17, 2014, 9:28 am - IP Logged

Hi everyone,

Will you play the Powerball more than you might have since the Matrix change in April 2015 will make it even more impossible to win? I am very upset with this news and thank LottoMetro for her post about this change occurring. I always play one ticket only with the extra dollar for Powerball. I do not play every draw but might start doing so before this change happens. One thing I know for certain is that I will not be playing the extra dollar for the Power Up next year. I think it's nuts that 2nd prize for Power Up will be only 500k and if you do not spend the extra dollar and win 2nd place you get 1 million. I'm very frustrated with the matrix change. When Mega Millions changed their matrix to 75 balls I cut back and rarely play anymore. At least with the current Powerball if you play with Power Play you can win 2 million (minus taxes of course) and the odds are not as horrible to win 2nd place. I will most likely not play much when the matrix change happens. Why couldn't they just let this game stay the way it was?

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    Posted: December 17, 2014, 9:32 am - IP Logged

    Hi everyone,

    Will you play the Powerball more than you might have since the Matrix change in April 2015 will make it even more impossible to win? I am very upset with this news and thank LottoMetro for her post about this change occurring. I always play one ticket only with the extra dollar for Powerball. I do not play every draw but might start doing so before this change happens. One thing I know for certain is that I will not be playing the extra dollar for the Power Up next year. I think it's nuts that 2nd prize for Power Up will be only 500k and if you do not spend the extra dollar and win 2nd place you get 1 million. I'm very frustrated with the matrix change. When Mega Millions changed their matrix to 75 balls I cut back and rarely play anymore. At least with the current Powerball if you play with Power Play you can win 2 million (minus taxes of course) and the odds are not as horrible to win 2nd place. I will most likely not play much when the matrix change happens. Why couldn't they just let this game stay the way it was?

    I'm taking a wait and see attitude. But based on current info, I will probably drop PB and keep playing MM and my state games.

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      Posted: December 17, 2014, 9:59 am - IP Logged

      I'm taking a wait and see attitude. But based on current info, I will probably drop PB and keep playing MM and my state games.

      Have to agree ... I will also "wait and see" on my part. I stopped playing the MM an PB in November, at least for awhile. I seem to have little interest in losing any further dollars on those games ... going to also work my state games.

      The fact that they are adding a 10 to the PB multiplier really means very little ... the 2s will continue to show up more often than any of the other numbers, this is not a seller for me. Unless they drop the 2 or decrease the number of 2s showing up ... it's just a game that will be harder for all of us to hit ... but there are always going to be a lucky player somewhere that will rain on the PB parade.

      I hope the jackpot continues to get hit under $100 million ... won't that upset the planners.

      They should just make MM and PB with 100 numbers and 100 MM and PB bonus balls ... they will get their billion dollar jackpot and then we can all stand back and say, as we look at the billboard ... Now What ???

      CW

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        Posted: December 17, 2014, 10:15 am - IP Logged

        Ditto. After the price doubling to $2, I cut back on Powerball and rarely play. Was never a big PB player, but used to play some tickets most drawings. Now, at $2+1 (I always add powerplay), it's not worth the measly payouts one can most likely expect. The proposed changes look to bulk-up the very low tier prizes, but with too much of a tradeoff in complexity and even worse odds. Powerball is currently a relatively decent value for hitting 2nd place, which many players also aim for.

        A better approach for MUSL would be to increase the overall payout percentage from 50% to around 65-75% - that would allow for increased lower tier prizes and faster jackpot growth, while leaving the overall game matrix and format unchanged. But the states are too greedy to do that, but they should, since the higher payout percentage is much of the reason why instant ticket sales, which typically payout in the 60%-75% range, are doing well, and continue to grow - players like winning / more playtime, even if they're really still losing, overall.

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          Posted: December 17, 2014, 11:51 am - IP Logged

          Ditto. After the price doubling to $2, I cut back on Powerball and rarely play. Was never a big PB player, but used to play some tickets most drawings. Now, at $2+1 (I always add powerplay), it's not worth the measly payouts one can most likely expect. The proposed changes look to bulk-up the very low tier prizes, but with too much of a tradeoff in complexity and even worse odds. Powerball is currently a relatively decent value for hitting 2nd place, which many players also aim for.

          A better approach for MUSL would be to increase the overall payout percentage from 50% to around 65-75% - that would allow for increased lower tier prizes and faster jackpot growth, while leaving the overall game matrix and format unchanged. But the states are too greedy to do that, but they should, since the higher payout percentage is much of the reason why instant ticket sales, which typically payout in the 60%-75% range, are doing well, and continue to grow - players like winning / more playtime, even if they're really still losing, overall.

          Yes the jump to a $2 PB ticket was a killer for me also ... I didn't play for months and then I started again "off and on" ... if the PB would go back to a $1 ticket, I could work $4 a week into my lottery budget ... $2 for MM and $2 for PB ... I just hate throwing away $2 on a game that is hopeless to win for most people but throwing away a dollar doesn't seem as bad as throwing away $2 ... probably a mindset ... but a dollar is a dollar!

          I agree a larger payout would be one way to get my interest ... so they make less on tickets but they will probably sell more tickets ... we can all play or we can all vote with our wallets, change purses or money hidden in our shoe!

          As I said earlier ... it's going to be a "wait and see" thing for me.

          CW

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            Posted: December 17, 2014, 11:59 am - IP Logged

            Once MM made the change last year, I rarely play.  With the new PB matrix, I won't bother playing the extra number.  The lottery "big wigs" should understand you can only push the public so far before they stop playing

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              Posted: December 17, 2014, 12:16 pm - IP Logged

              If I played the game regularly I would probably be upset about the changes, but ever since Powerball became $2.00 to play, I've only played the game 2 or 3 times so this doesn't really effect me. I basically quit playing it and these changes won't get me to start playing it now.

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                Once MM made the change last year, I rarely play.  With the new PB matrix, I won't bother playing the extra number.  The lottery "big wigs" should understand you can only push the public so far before they stop playing

                I also rarely play the MM with it only being $1 ... I usually add the extra dollar but in my head I know the number odds ... a lot of people don't play or pay much attention to odds. It's hopeless ... maybe and I only say maybe ... if a person could live to be 600 yrs old ... maybe lightning would strike at age 400 and you could still have 200 yrs left to enjoy the money!

                Even a $1 price tag doesn't have the magic it once did ... not when you actually study the odds so a $1 PB would probably mean nothing to me these days ... too many matrix changes.

                Show me the money NOW ... might have to check the instant tickets out again ... along with the other state games.

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                  Posted: December 17, 2014, 12:35 pm - IP Logged

                  If I played the game regularly I would probably be upset about the changes, but ever since Powerball became $2.00 to play, I've only played the game 2 or 3 times so this doesn't really effect me. I basically quit playing it and these changes won't get me to start playing it now.

                  Just curious TSC ... what games do like to play in Idaho? Does Idaho have a 6/49 game or something similar?

                  What game, if any, do you win on? ... a Cash 5 game?

                  CW

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                    Playing is fine but playing many lines when you know they're just taking more of your money is crazy. I used to average 5 lines for MM & PB back when PB was $1. 

                    I don't do that anymore

                    That money's gone fo ever

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                      Posted: December 17, 2014, 2:33 pm - IP Logged

                      Just curious TSC ... what games do like to play in Idaho? Does Idaho have a 6/49 game or something similar?

                      What game, if any, do you win on? ... a Cash 5 game?

                      CW

                      We have our own Pick 5 game called Weekly Grand that I like but it's $2 to play so I don't like the price tag much but if you get 2 numbers you get a free ticket and 3 numbers gives you 25 bucks and I get 3 numbers quite often so I play it every now and then.

                      I tend to play Wild Card and Hot Lotto although those involve other states. I really like Wild Card because you get two lines for a dollar. And nope we don't have a 6/49 game. I have to go to Oregon to play their 6/48 game.

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                        Posted: December 17, 2014, 3:11 pm - IP Logged

                        Hi everyone,

                        Will you play the Powerball more than you might have since the Matrix change in April 2015 will make it even more impossible to win? I am very upset with this news and thank LottoMetro for her post about this change occurring. I always play one ticket only with the extra dollar for Powerball. I do not play every draw but might start doing so before this change happens. One thing I know for certain is that I will not be playing the extra dollar for the Power Up next year. I think it's nuts that 2nd prize for Power Up will be only 500k and if you do not spend the extra dollar and win 2nd place you get 1 million. I'm very frustrated with the matrix change. When Mega Millions changed their matrix to 75 balls I cut back and rarely play anymore. At least with the current Powerball if you play with Power Play you can win 2 million (minus taxes of course) and the odds are not as horrible to win 2nd place. I will most likely not play much when the matrix change happens. Why couldn't they just let this game stay the way it was?

                        I play the lottery sporadically regardless of the of the odds of winning. I make sure to have an spending limit though.

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                          Posted: December 17, 2014, 3:14 pm - IP Logged

                          Playing is fine but playing many lines when you know they're just taking more of your money is crazy. I used to average 5 lines for MM & PB back when PB was $1. 

                          I don't do that anymore

                          Buying multiple lottery tickets increases your chances of winning, but you spend more money in the short run. You can limit the daily, weekly and monthly disappointment by playing once a year.LOL

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                            Posted: December 17, 2014, 4:05 pm - IP Logged

                            If I played the game regularly I would probably be upset about the changes, but ever since Powerball became $2.00 to play, I've only played the game 2 or 3 times so this doesn't really effect me. I basically quit playing it and these changes won't get me to start playing it now.

                            I can't remember the last time I bought PB tickets, but it was when PowerPlay had a fix prize. I can remember because I matched 4 + 0 making PB one lottery game where I know I'm in the black.

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                              Buying multiple lottery tickets increases your chances of winning, but you spend more money in the short run. You can limit the daily, weekly and monthly disappointment by playing once a year.LOL

                              Starving oneself leads to binge eating so in this case I think completely not playing will make you splurge when you decide to play and that wouldn't be good. I think it's best to play a little at a time and hope for the best.

                              That money's gone fo ever