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Mega Millions And Powerball Odds Are Approaching The Size Of The Usa Population Of 318.9 Million.

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IS IT STUPID TO KEEP PLAYING THE LOTTERY?

YES [ 9 ]  [30.00%]
NO [ 21 ]  [70.00%]
I DO NOT PLAY THE LOTTERY [ 0 ]  [0.00%]
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Posted: March 4, 2015, 12:19 pm - IP Logged

PLAY THE LOTTERY SOMEDAY- IT IS OKAY TO DREAM!

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PLAY THE LOTTERY SOMEDAY-IT IS OKAY TO DREAM!

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    Posted: March 4, 2015, 12:25 pm - IP Logged

    Well, if you spend money you can't afford chasing Mega Millions/Powerball then yeah it's kind of stupid. But spending a couple of dollars for a chance to win (even if you probably won't) isn't a big deal. People obviously do win so it's worth it to most players.

    "No one remembers the person who almost climbed the mountain, only the person who eventually gets to the top."

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      Posted: March 4, 2015, 1:11 pm - IP Logged

      No matter the odds someone always wins.  Who knows?  You might get lucky.  Play on! Guitar Smile

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        Posted: March 4, 2015, 3:06 pm - IP Logged

        Nothing Ventured , Nothing Gained.

        If you asked those fortunate Climbers who reached the Summit of Mt Everett " Was it worth it?" ..I think the majority if not all of them would say Yes!

        Think of the negatives :The climb is exhausting, the Air is thinner, many humans who do attempt the climb perish on the slopes, their bodies are left there because there is no way to carry them down..yet despite it all- people continue to try. The question from a non Climber is why?  The answer: because it's there. That can also be applied to the lottery as well, despite the odds Thrifty.

        People who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it- George Bernard Shaw.

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          Posted: March 4, 2015, 4:02 pm - IP Logged

          Well since people are winning the jackpot I say keep playing Big Grin

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            Posted: March 4, 2015, 4:08 pm - IP Logged

            I don't think it stupid to play the lottery. Playing Mega Million & the Powerball . It could happen. No, regrets about a couple of tickets. Somebody get to win it ,why not me.

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              Posted: March 4, 2015, 7:03 pm - IP Logged

              It's not stupid to play the lottery if one plays with the hope of winning a jackpot.

              If one plays and becomes obsessed and buys more and more and more tickets per draw because they just know they are going to win a jackpot that's another story.

              Anyone remember the couple in Pennsylvania some years ago that sold everything they had and mortgaged their house because they knew they would win? I think they just about broke even but of course had to start all over from scratch.

              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: March 4, 2015, 7:11 pm - IP Logged

                Thrifty if you're ever lucky enough to hit the big J one day we will know it's you. You will not be able to resist reciting these lines you have become famous for on LP. LOL

                "Everything works  ONCE!"

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                  Posted: March 4, 2015, 7:33 pm - IP Logged

                  PLAY THE LOTTERY SOMEDAY- IT IS OKAY TO DREAM!

                  lovely!

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                    Posted: March 4, 2015, 8:05 pm - IP Logged

                    PLAY THE LOTTERY SOMEDAY- IT IS OKAY TO DREAM!

                    Absolutely.  As for answering  the question,  it depends on the odds of the specific lottery game,  and if it is a fixed or rolling jackpot.

                    Trump 2016!

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                      Posted: March 5, 2015, 6:03 am - IP Logged

                      PLAY THE LOTTERY SOMEDAY- IT IS OKAY TO DREAM!

                      THRIFTY so nice of you to send that message to me in my P.M.box. my answer still stands. the odd can be 318.9 million, I believe , I'm that one in 318.9 to win it. I don't doubt what my father "GOD" can do for me. Have a great day THRIFTY.

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                        Posted: March 5, 2015, 10:02 am - IP Logged

                        THRIFTY so nice of you to send that message to me in my P.M.box. my answer still stands. the odd can be 318.9 million, I believe , I'm that one in 318.9 to win it. I don't doubt what my father "GOD" can do for me. Have a great day THRIFTY.

                        cbr$ - me too!  Hope we win back to back wins!  ... but I still like thrifty's comment about it being nice to dream.  :)

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                          Posted: March 5, 2015, 4:34 pm - IP Logged

                          PLAY THE LOTTERY SOMEDAY- IT IS OKAY TO DREAM!

                          I don' think it's stupid to wager $1 or $2 hoping to win several million, but because of the huge odds against winning a jackpot, the huge majority of players are just buying a dream.

                          The best odds players got in a long time was when 1 out of every 63,175,082 PB tickets was a jackpot winner.

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                            Posted: March 5, 2015, 5:03 pm - IP Logged

                            I don' think it's stupid to wager $1 or $2 hoping to win several million, but because of the huge odds against winning a jackpot, the huge majority of players are just buying a dream.

                            The best odds players got in a long time was when 1 out of every 63,175,082 PB tickets was a jackpot winner.

                            Most states offer jackpot games with million dollars plus jackpots with odds of 1:14M or better, it just that the arrogant and greedy players fell they are entitled to win a whole lot more.  It's still dreaming to play those games but they produce more jackpot winners.

                             * you don't need to buy more tickets, just buy a winning ticket * 
                               
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                              Posted: March 5, 2015, 5:17 pm - IP Logged

                              Most states offer jackpot games with million dollars plus jackpots with odds of 1:14M or better, it just that the arrogant and greedy players fell they are entitled to win a whole lot more.  It's still dreaming to play those games but they produce more jackpot winners.

                              I agree.

                              I play the lottery because I hope I'll get super lucky one day and win.  But I don't hold my breath because I know that it's a sucker bet. 

                              All I do know about playing is I will never win if I don't play, so I give myself a miniscule chance by buying tickets. And I play games that have smaller jackpots more than I play MM or PB.  If I was ever so lucky to win one million (which really would be less than a million due to state and federal taxes) I'd be very happy.

                              About playing the lottery --  You will lose more than you win. Until you hit a jackpot.  Then everything changes!