|Posted: January 27, 2015, 6:27 am - IP Logged|
Would like to hear thoughts from others about playing all the high paying jackpot games in their state ... or just picking only one jackpot game and hitting it hard with all your lottery dollars.
OK ... for example let's say you have a lottery budget of $200 for the month ... I imagine most people don't spend that much but some do ... so for now, let's work with the $200 figure.
In PA the 6/49 game cost $2 a ticket but you get 3 plays or lines to win the jackpot, there are also other ways to win some money but I will go into that later. For now let's only think about a jackpot win, no lower tiers or prizes.
So in PA we have the Treasure Hunt, Cash 5, Match 6, Mega Millions and Power Ball with various jackpot prizes. So a person can take their $200 and divide it for the month playing all five jackpot games ... like covering many numbers on a casino roulette table or a person could decide to pick one of those games and concentrate their money on that one game or maybe two games, but for now let's say just "one" jackpot game.
Maybe you decide to pick one jackpot game because of the better odds or you just happen to like one game over the other games, the odds really don't matter.
Just curious if some people here are playing that way, throwing all their lottery money on one game hoping for a decent hit with more chances or do you spread the money over all the games?
Now getting back to PA and the Match 6 - 6/49 game ... PA may be the only state with a 6/49 game setup like this, where you get three lines for $2.00 ... I'm thinking most states have a $1 ticket price with only one line of six numbers printed ... not 100% sure.
However, with the PA $2 Match 6 ticket you only win the jackpot with six numbers across but since you have three lines or chances to win the jackpot the odds are considerly better in doing so ... also because there are three lines that means there are 18 numbers on the ticket ... now the 18 numbers are a separate game for the same $2 ticket price.
If you missed the jackpot win you can still win some money by hitting four numbers or more anywhere on the ticket.
So getting back to the $200 lottery money for the month ... just putting the fantasy $200 only on the Match 6 game ... that would be 11 tickets for each of the nine draws in a month totaling $198 ... but a person would have 33 sets of numbers for each draw for a jackpot win or 198 numbers going for a smaller type win ... which can be as high as $2500 for 10 out of 18 numbers plus you would also win money if you have 3, 4 or 5 numbers across on one line, just short of six numbers for the jackpot. So you can win money two ways with all those tickets and numbers.
If your state had a 6/49 game like this, would that be more tempting to cover the 6/49 game more and less on the other jackpot games ... like I said earlier, just curious how others are playing or would play.
Maybe some others share my thoughts about "working" just one game like MM or PB or one of their state games? ... some may already be playing this way.
I will add, it is still very hard to win any money on the Match 6 game in PA but with more numbers covered there is a good chance that you will win some money through the month to put toward next month ... some months are better and then there is always the chance at the jackpot.
Also, maybe some people don't bother with the jackpot games and would work the Pick 4 or Pick 5 games but a lot more money could be involved with playing or covering those games everyday and two times a day where the MM, PB and Match 6 only have nine drawings a month ... the Treasure Hunt and Cash 5 are daily so that could influence spending $200 spread over 30 drawings a month.