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Posted: June 27, 2016, 2:20 pm - IP Logged

While everyone is bemoaning the big jackpot, (which is the reason people play), the smaller jackpots that folks also want is right there. Getting the first 5 numbers pays a million dollars without the multipliers, and most draws there are 1, 2, or more that win that.

Changing the matrix to make it easier to win the jackpot would kill the games. PB and MM aren't for everyone. But they are for the people that want and like big jackpots. For those that don't, there the state lottos, pick 5 games, keno, Lucky for Life games. There are lots of other games out there to play if you like better odds, smaller prizes. You can even play a Pick 4 game for $5 straight to win $25,000, odds 1 in 10,000.

I play a lot of different games in my state, and the one thing I have learned is that they are ALL hard to win.

In addition to what you said, I don't know which is worse.....

  1. Checking your ticket(s) after the drawing and finding out someone won, but it wasn't you
  2. Checking your ticket(s) after the drawing and finding out that NOBODY won

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    Posted: June 27, 2016, 3:48 pm - IP Logged

    While everyone is bemoaning the big jackpot, (which is the reason people play), the smaller jackpots that folks also want is right there. Getting the first 5 numbers pays a million dollars without the multipliers, and most draws there are 1, 2, or more that win that.

    Changing the matrix to make it easier to win the jackpot would kill the games. PB and MM aren't for everyone. But they are for the people that want and like big jackpots. For those that don't, there the state lottos, pick 5 games, keno, Lucky for Life games. There are lots of other games out there to play if you like better odds, smaller prizes. You can even play a Pick 4 game for $5 straight to win $25,000, odds 1 in 10,000.

    I play a lot of different games in my state, and the one thing I have learned is that they are ALL hard to win.

    Problem is state lotto's are following example and changing matrix as

    Illinois Lotto got harder to win and now it just an endless # of rollovers with very few actual winners. It goes months without a winner at times

    Smaller jackpots with more winners would be so much better

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      Posted: June 27, 2016, 4:09 pm - IP Logged

      Problem is state lotto's are following example and changing matrix as

      Illinois Lotto got harder to win and now it just an endless # of rollovers with very few actual winners. It goes months without a winner at times

      Smaller jackpots with more winners would be so much better

      You're absolutely right.

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        Posted: June 27, 2016, 5:02 pm - IP Logged

        Go on usamega and see how many hit 5+0 on the last MM and PB draws. The Tx MM 5+0 winner won 5 mil because he played the megaplier.

        CAN'T WIN IF YOU'RE NOT IN

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          Posted: June 28, 2016, 9:26 am - IP Logged

          Go on usamega and see how many hit 5+0 on the last MM and PB draws. The Tx MM 5+0 winner won 5 mil because he played the megaplier.

          I think there is a way of hitting in some form way but which ones will come out.   I like the usamega and need to look carefully comparing what could come out.

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            Posted: June 28, 2016, 11:36 am - IP Logged

            While everyone is bemoaning the big jackpot, (which is the reason people play), the smaller jackpots that folks also want is right there. Getting the first 5 numbers pays a million dollars without the multipliers, and most draws there are 1, 2, or more that win that.

            Changing the matrix to make it easier to win the jackpot would kill the games. PB and MM aren't for everyone. But they are for the people that want and like big jackpots. For those that don't, there the state lottos, pick 5 games, keno, Lucky for Life games. There are lots of other games out there to play if you like better odds, smaller prizes. You can even play a Pick 4 game for $5 straight to win $25,000, odds 1 in 10,000.

            I play a lot of different games in my state, and the one thing I have learned is that they are ALL hard to win.

            ????  Everyone????

            That was one person and one post and suddenly the poster is speaking for everyone???

            Mega Millions is setting a new record and that record is most number of rolls before the jackpot is won.

            If they are going to give it away quarterly or every six months or every year then they should convert it into a raffle with 1,2, or 4 draws per year!

            Lucky for Life should be a raffle too because they seem to want to award only 1 jackpot per year so I don't play LFL either  because nobody wins!

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              Posted: June 28, 2016, 11:43 am - IP Logged

              Problem is state lotto's are following example and changing matrix as

              Illinois Lotto got harder to win and now it just an endless # of rollovers with very few actual winners. It goes months without a winner at times

              Smaller jackpots with more winners would be so much better

              Coincidentally The Michigan 6/xx game is an RNG game and while the Mega Millions is not producing any winners the Michigan 6/xx RNG game has, all of a sudden, been paying out the Wazoo with many many small jackpots without the odds having been changed at all!

              I believe it may be setting a record for how often it  is paying out the RNG jackpots

              "The American Voter is too Stupid..."   Jonathan Gruber Obamacare Architect

              "There is no sin except stupidity" Oscar Wilde

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                Posted: June 28, 2016, 1:09 pm - IP Logged

                The lotteries have changed their matrix structure to create exactly what is happening...bigger jackpots with less jackpot winners!

                Most people, myself included, would rather see more people winning smaller jackpots more often and not have it rollover week after week with no winner(s).

                Since you have to be "in it to win it", I buy at least one ticket per drawing. Otherwise, there's no chance at all of winning.

                Yes, it's frustrating to not win, but not everyone will win...even a smaller prize...ever. Being a regular player, we just keep plugging along and hope for the best.

                That is extremely incorrect. Most people want BIG Jackpots, not more random people collecting their money. Use a more appropriate term like "a few" or " almost nobody" rather than most. 

                  Kingofearth's avatar - Kinnak
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                  Posted: June 28, 2016, 1:11 pm - IP Logged

                  In addition to what you said, I don't know which is worse.....

                  1. Checking your ticket(s) after the drawing and finding out someone won, but it wasn't you
                  2. Checking your ticket(s) after the drawing and finding out that NOBODY won

                  Number 1 is FAR worse. Nobody winning allows me to compete for a real jackpot on the next drawing while someone else winning it means i have to wait 2 months or more for a real jackpot.

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                    Posted: June 28, 2016, 1:25 pm - IP Logged

                    Problem is state lotto's are following example and changing matrix as

                    Illinois Lotto got harder to win and now it just an endless # of rollovers with very few actual winners. It goes months without a winner at times

                    Smaller jackpots with more winners would be so much better

                    I agree, Illinois lotto has become really bad with only one, maybe two winners in a year.  Lucky Day lotto is looking better to me, there's a winner about once a week. It's too much to play every day with twice a day drawings, but once it gets up to 800,000 or more, it's worth a try.

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                      Posted: June 28, 2016, 8:59 pm - IP Logged

                      I just started playing LDL in Feb

                      Before that it never appealed to me but the fact there seems to be more winners and somewhat better odds (Still extremly unlikley you will ever win anything) made me start buying

                      I do one line for 14 draws (Both day/evening draws). So $14 a week and I usually win back a few bucks so its not total loss

                      I am thinking of cutting back on Instant tickets and playing two lines of LDL for a while to see how it goes. $28 is a bit steep for 2 lines in 14 draws but at same time I buy $20 instant tickets and lose often so its not that much of a stretch financially right now

                      My current lotto budget weekly

                      $12 on regular lotto
                      $28 on LDL (Started this past week)
                      $20-100 depending on how I do on stratch offs

                      Some weeks I spend big ($100) if I have some good runs like my $500 or $1000 wins this year. Sometimes I only play low ($20) on scratch offs

                      I play PB and Mega when jackpots get big. Usually do 2 lines of PB ($4) and 3 lines of Mega ($3) each draw though occasionally I will do $4 a draw in Mega if I go with an additional QP

                      I know I am ultimately losing $$$ overall but right now I can afford this type of budget

                      It just sucks that Illinois lotto seems to have so few winners even on any games lately. LDL is only exception ,, Seems like its rare for big instant wins either for Illinois this year

                      I have noticed the odds on newer instant tickets are slowly creeping upwards so its becoming less appealing knowing that all the jackpot games are getting more and more rare wins for people

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                        Posted: June 28, 2016, 11:39 pm - IP Logged

                        This is what I have been doing a little bit.  I go to usamega and look at the numbers and stats.   '

                         

                        I might also take a look at what some members do play but of course no one really knows what will come out.  I predict 7-5-2016 someone hits.

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                          Posted: July 3, 2016, 9:05 am - IP Logged

                          really irritating.  I may have to set my new ticket buy in point on the Mega Millions at $265 Million cash.  I'm tired not only of losing drawing after drawing  but I'm also tired of not seeing anyone win much of anything.

                          Ok everybody repeat after me -

                          Matrix Change! Matrix Change! Matrix Change!

                          I was thinking about this posting last night too.   Yeah well maybe some of us need the experts who predict the correct numbers out.

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                            Posted: July 3, 2016, 5:57 pm - IP Logged

                            I would stick to Mega Millions because they cost only $1 per draw versus $2 per draw for Powerball.

                            I hope that one $2 ticket is the only one that matches all 5 numbers plus the Powerball to win the largest Powerball Jackpot in United States history of over $2 Billion Dollars!

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                              Posted: July 3, 2016, 9:21 pm - IP Logged

                              So many rollovers without a winner is getting discouraging.

                              .

                              Exactamundo!

                              • Don't chase the numbers you play.
                              • Play only numbers you've already played, plus however many random picks.
                              • But, ALWAYS the regular numbers you play.  This will make you a winner, not a chaser.
                                        (so far, though, I've yet to win any significant lotto prize)