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is it better to play the Powerball or Megamillions?

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norman
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i was doing some figuring and if you match the first 5 numbers of the powerball then you have a 1 in 35 chance to win the big one since there are 35 powerball red number balls. now...on the other hand if you match the first 5 numbers on the megamillions then you have a 1 in 15 chance to match the mega ball since there are 15 mega balls.

the powerball jackpots start at \$40 million and can get big really fast and cross \$100+ million in just a couple weeks then grow massive after each drawing when there's no jackpot winner. now...the mega millions on the other hand starts at \$15 million and takes at least 3-4 weeks before the jackpot really starts to look enticing then can grow really massive after each drawing when there's no jackpot winner...

So...based on everyone's your research and fact findings, is it better to play 16 mega millions tickets every drawing OR play 9 powerball tickets every drawing regardless of what these jackpots are at?

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i was doing some figuring and if you match the first 5 numbers of the powerball then you have a 1 in 35 chance to win the big one since there are 35 powerball red number balls. now...on the other hand if you match the first 5 numbers on the megamillions then you have a 1 in 15 chance to match the mega ball since there are 15 mega balls.

the powerball jackpots start at \$40 million and can get big really fast and cross \$100+ million in just a couple weeks then grow massive after each drawing when there's no jackpot winner. now...the mega millions on the other hand starts at \$15 million and takes at least 3-4 weeks before the jackpot really starts to look enticing then can grow really massive after each drawing when there's no jackpot winner...

So...based on everyone's your research and fact findings, is it better to play 16 mega millions tickets every drawing OR play 9 powerball tickets every drawing regardless of what these jackpots are at?

Play both. Just one or two lines each and hope to win.

CAN'T WIN IF YOU'RE NOT IN

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 Posted: March 12, 2015, 8:49 am - IP Logged

LOL I lose equally on both. Now I stick to my state games and scratch offs....unless of course either of them hit those hundereds of millions ranges

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Neither. Play Pick 3 or 4 where your chances are WAY better.

Do You Want To Win Today?  http://www.lotterypost.com/thread/286011

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 Posted: March 12, 2015, 9:55 am - IP Logged

I recently  looked up the Map of the Continental United States & thought about all  the convenient stores, gas stations & whatever  selling MM & PB lottery tickets and thought" Every once in a while ONE of those spots gets a winner"- then l thought about MM's odds and said "Astronomical is the word Bud, "..Hope that answers the question. I will play the PB game until they mess with the odds..

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

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Neither. Play Pick 3 or 4 where your chances are WAY better.

I play pick 4 too.

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 Posted: March 12, 2015, 10:30 am - IP Logged

i was doing some figuring and if you match the first 5 numbers of the powerball then you have a 1 in 35 chance to win the big one since there are 35 powerball red number balls. now...on the other hand if you match the first 5 numbers on the megamillions then you have a 1 in 15 chance to match the mega ball since there are 15 mega balls.

the powerball jackpots start at \$40 million and can get big really fast and cross \$100+ million in just a couple weeks then grow massive after each drawing when there's no jackpot winner. now...the mega millions on the other hand starts at \$15 million and takes at least 3-4 weeks before the jackpot really starts to look enticing then can grow really massive after each drawing when there's no jackpot winner...

So...based on everyone's your research and fact findings, is it better to play 16 mega millions tickets every drawing OR play 9 powerball tickets every drawing regardless of what these jackpots are at?

When I play PB or MM I just buy 1 ticket (the exception being over 300 million for a jacket when I buy 2 tickets). Even if you bought 15 MM tickets and had all of the mega ball numbers you would still have to get the 5 numbers out of a 75 number matrix and that is impossible to win the jackpot (with the exception of the lucky few who have won jackpots).

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 Posted: March 12, 2015, 10:37 am - IP Logged

I recently  looked up the Map of the Continental United States & thought about all  the convenient stores, gas stations & whatever  selling MM & PB lottery tickets and thought" Every once in a while ONE of those spots gets a winner"- then l thought about MM's odds and said "Astronomical is the word Bud, "..Hope that answers the question. I will play the PB game until they mess with the odds..

PB's changing in April,right? It will be almost the same odds as MM. Better win quick!

Do You Want To Win Today?  http://www.lotterypost.com/thread/286011

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Oh??? i wasn't aware of any changes in PB coming up till you said so. i just googled powerball changes april 2015 and saw the "bad" news and "poorer" odds to win the jackpot now becoming 1:285,000,000. i wonder if the minimum jackpot will increase from starting at \$40million? also, what will be the new odds to win the 2nd tier million \$\$\$ dollar prize? and with the new PB multiplier does one have to pay any extra \$1 to get this multiplier \$\$\$ benefits?

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Oh??? i wasn't aware of any changes in PB coming up till you said so. i just googled powerball changes april 2015 and saw the "bad" news and "poorer" odds to win the jackpot now becoming 1:285,000,000. i wonder if the minimum jackpot will increase from starting at \$40million? also, what will be the new odds to win the 2nd tier million \$\$\$ dollar prize? and with the new PB multiplier does one have to pay any extra \$1 to get this multiplier \$\$\$ benefits?

Maybe I'll be seeing you on the Pick 3/4 boards after all.

Do You Want To Win Today?  http://www.lotterypost.com/thread/286011

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 Posted: March 12, 2015, 12:39 pm - IP Logged

i was doing some figuring and if you match the first 5 numbers of the powerball then you have a 1 in 35 chance to win the big one since there are 35 powerball red number balls. now...on the other hand if you match the first 5 numbers on the megamillions then you have a 1 in 15 chance to match the mega ball since there are 15 mega balls.

the powerball jackpots start at \$40 million and can get big really fast and cross \$100+ million in just a couple weeks then grow massive after each drawing when there's no jackpot winner. now...the mega millions on the other hand starts at \$15 million and takes at least 3-4 weeks before the jackpot really starts to look enticing then can grow really massive after each drawing when there's no jackpot winner...

So...based on everyone's your research and fact findings, is it better to play 16 mega millions tickets every drawing OR play 9 powerball tickets every drawing regardless of what these jackpots are at?

"So...based on everyone's your research and fact findings, is it better to play 16 mega millions tickets every drawing OR play 9 powerball tickets every drawing regardless of what these jackpots are at?"

Who's research are you referring to when you say everyone?  Based on what you call research you should do what ever you want and can afford to do.

* you don't need to buy more tickets, just buy a winning ticket *

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 Posted: March 12, 2015, 1:13 pm - IP Logged

i was doing some figuring and if you match the first 5 numbers of the powerball then you have a 1 in 35 chance to win the big one since there are 35 powerball red number balls. now...on the other hand if you match the first 5 numbers on the megamillions then you have a 1 in 15 chance to match the mega ball since there are 15 mega balls.

the powerball jackpots start at \$40 million and can get big really fast and cross \$100+ million in just a couple weeks then grow massive after each drawing when there's no jackpot winner. now...the mega millions on the other hand starts at \$15 million and takes at least 3-4 weeks before the jackpot really starts to look enticing then can grow really massive after each drawing when there's no jackpot winner...

So...based on everyone's your research and fact findings, is it better to play 16 mega millions tickets every drawing OR play 9 powerball tickets every drawing regardless of what these jackpots are at?

Don't know which one is better to play, but after they changed the matrix, I personally only play MM when it gets to a sufficiently large amount. Also, I find them more media-whorish than PB which I abhor. So between the worse odds and the higher exploitation factor of its winners, I shy away from MM.

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I play MM only,  \$1 each draw,  \$2 bucks a week total for both tuesday & friday drawings.  In it to win it!.

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 Posted: March 12, 2015, 4:06 pm - IP Logged

PB's changing in April,right? It will be almost the same odds as MM. Better win quick!

l think they moved the PB matrix change  date further back LL, till June, per Lottometro's " inside " information.

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

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 Posted: March 12, 2015, 4:44 pm - IP Logged

I'll take a smaller pot with bigger chances.  Once they change PB I'm done except when the pot is hundreds of millions of bucks.  I'll switch to CA Superlotto after the change.

They must make more money on the larger pots. But as a player, I prefer smaller wins with better odds.

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