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Powerball or Mega millions

Topic closed. 6 replies. Last post 1 year ago by ArizonaDream.

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Which do you think is best for players?

Powerball [ 1 ]  [7.69%]
Mega Millions [ 4 ]  [30.77%]
Hot Lotto [ 0 ]  [0.00%]
State Lotto [ 5 ]  [38.46%]
Other [ 3 ]  [23.08%]
Total Valid Votes [ 13 ]  
Discarded Votes [ 1 ]  
United States
Member #3210
January 3, 2004
66 Posts
Posted: December 1, 2015, 4:36 pm - IP Logged

After playing both which one is better?


    United States
    Member #169365
    October 13, 2015
    135 Posts
    Posted: December 2, 2015, 12:22 am - IP Logged

    In California, Super Lotto Plus JP odds are 1:42M.  Compared to MM (1:258M) or PB (1:292M).

    Cost per ticket weighs into it, as well.  PB is twice the amount to play with slightly less chance of winning a JP?

    It wouldn't surprise me at all if PB lowers their cost back down to a buck.  Their sales are stagnant since the matrix change.

    They should have lowered the PB-count, because its the only reason I'll play MM instead of SLP (15 vs 27 MBs).


    The JPs might be smaller with SRLs (about proportionate to odds for say mid-size JPs), but I'd rather have better odds of winning.

    Also, SRLs make their games more appealing by having slightly higher payout for the lower tier payouts.

      travelintrucker's avatar - morph
      Greenville, SC
      United States
      Member #169870
      November 4, 2015
      374 Posts
      Posted: December 2, 2015, 8:34 pm - IP Logged

      Mega has a higher cash option amount. Plus, it's still a dollar.

      May the balls bounce in your favor!

        United States
        Member #23835
        October 16, 2005
        3474 Posts
        Posted: December 4, 2015, 6:36 pm - IP Logged

        "Mega has a higher cash option amount. Plus, it's still a dollar."

        Right now the cash option for MM is $28.9 million and for PB it's $77.9 million. I'm not sure how you do math, but it looks to me like the cash value of PB is more than 2.5 times as much as for PB. When you account for the difference in the cost of tickets and the odds the cash values are pretty much equal, but it changes for each drawing.

          Romancandle's avatar - moon
          United States
          Member #136306
          December 8, 2012
          428 Posts
          Posted: December 5, 2015, 11:48 am - IP Logged

          Wasn't there supposed be a lot more lower tier winners (2nd 3rd prizes etc.) with the matrix change with each drawing... it doesn't appear to be any different to me, in fact there seems to be less.


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            United States
            Member #93164
            June 23, 2010
            1322 Posts
            Posted: December 5, 2015, 2:04 pm - IP Logged

            My vote is State Lotto in terms of their jackpot. If it's the real jackpots, I go for the Mega Millions ($1 per draw) instead of Power ball ($2 per draw).

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              United States
              Member #169277
              October 10, 2015
              630 Posts
              Posted: December 5, 2015, 3:08 pm - IP Logged

              It's between the state lotto and MM, depending on how long the state has been rolling over. At the lotto starting level, MM 2nd place looks better than the lotto jackpot(annuity). 

              My plan is one MM ticket with multiplier for each drawing and add lotto only when the jackpot has been rolling over for a while.