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Does the size of the lottery jackpot matter to you?

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RJOh's avatar - chipmunk
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Posted: September 7, 2016, 8:04 pm - IP Logged

"Majority of my winners are $7 or less so I would be extremely greatful on anything larger."

Now you have all the LP members sitting on pins and needles waiting for your "how to win $7" lottery system.

I guess no one's interested in my guaranteed $1 win system when you buy all 15 megaballs. Unhappy

 * you don't need to buy more tickets, just buy a winning ticket * 
   
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    Posted: September 7, 2016, 9:11 pm - IP Logged

    Green laughhahah both make decent points truth is stay on topic and win big. It is human nature to feel as if you missed out even when winning a 4+1. Truth is in life you get what you work for so I wouldn't set my aim for a 4+1 win in PB or MM. I'll be at ease with a million dollar prize or better because that's what is advertised so that's what I get in the game for nothing less.

    All of us will be at ease winning the $1 million second prize, but that prize is always there regardless of the size of the jackpot.

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      Posted: September 7, 2016, 9:32 pm - IP Logged

      I guess no one's interested in my guaranteed $1 win system when you buy all 15 megaballs. Unhappy

      Do you use all 75 numbers on your 15 lines?

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        Posted: September 8, 2016, 12:33 am - IP Logged

        I guess no one's interested in my guaranteed $1 win system when you buy all 15 megaballs. Unhappy

        As far as I'm concerned, my friend, this the right idea as long as the player can afford it. Executing the most coverage is the absolute path to a win providing that patience and consistency are also present. If I was big on these jackpot games, it's the way I'd go for sure but there's still a lot of heavy lifting for the one line which has to wholly/partially match the megaball to do. Hmmm, I think I just got an idea to try.Smiley

        Small games, frequent wins, and regular payouts 'cause.....

        There are seven days in the week...'Someday' isn't one of them.

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          Posted: September 8, 2016, 11:24 am - IP Logged

          Do you use all 75 numbers on your 15 lines?

          It's kind of hard to use all 75 numbers if you're trying to follow a pattern for the 5 number combinations.

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            Posted: September 8, 2016, 11:55 am - IP Logged

            It's kind of hard to use all 75 numbers if you're trying to follow a pattern for the 5 number combinations.

            I have played 15 lines with all 15 megaballs occasionally, but now usually just 1 line.

            For kicks, a year or so back I randomly assembled 15 lines with all 75 numbers and all 15 megaballs. Every draw I compare how those lines did. So far this year the cost would have been $1080, and the payback with those lines would have been $100. Of course, if the numbers were arranged differently, the payback would have been more, or maybe less. But, I think it's still a good indicator of what to expect unless Ladyluck visits.

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              RJOh's avatar - chipmunk
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              Posted: September 8, 2016, 12:11 pm - IP Logged

              I have played 15 lines with all 15 megaballs occasionally, but now usually just 1 line.

              For kicks, a year or so back I randomly assembled 15 lines with all 75 numbers and all 15 megaballs. Every draw I compare how those lines did. So far this year the cost would have been $1080, and the payback with those lines would have been $100. Of course, if the numbers were arranged differently, the payback would have been more, or maybe less. But, I think it's still a good indicator of what to expect unless Ladyluck visits.

              That's to be expected.  If you do the math, MM is set up with its payout amounts to payback an average of $0.17 for every $1 spent unless someone wins the jackpot.  Someone has to pay for that MegaMillions jackpot. Wink

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                Posted: September 17, 2016, 3:25 pm - IP Logged

                Not only does the size matter, but also the date. Because I object to major lotteries' payout schemes, which rip off lower-tier prize winners, the only games I play on a regular basis are the 3-ball and the 4-ball. I will play Powerball and Mega Millions ONLY when BOTH of the following criteria are met: 1) the jackpot is one of the five highest on record AND 2) the drawing is scheduled to take place on a MAJOR holiday or my birthday or Leap Day. The last time that both these criteria were met that I know of was January 4, 2011.

                Today's winning 3-ball is going to be a number between 000 and 999.

                In a lot of states, lotteries benefit education. That makes the REAL winners the only people who can't play!

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                  Posted: September 17, 2016, 4:26 pm - IP Logged

                  Not only does the size matter, but also the date. Because I object to major lotteries' payout schemes, which rip off lower-tier prize winners, the only games I play on a regular basis are the 3-ball and the 4-ball. I will play Powerball and Mega Millions ONLY when BOTH of the following criteria are met: 1) the jackpot is one of the five highest on record AND 2) the drawing is scheduled to take place on a MAJOR holiday or my birthday or Leap Day. The last time that both these criteria were met that I know of was January 4, 2011.

                  I also play PB and MM only when JP is in record territory...and I'm in anonymous (Delaware/Maryland) territory.

                  But how does the holiday/b-day/Leap day factor effect your decision to play ?

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                    Posted: September 18, 2016, 2:26 pm - IP Logged

                    They keep getting ungrateful and raising the odds on the games so I now wait before I jump in.

                    I have been playing so long without winning that I view increasing odds as an attack on loyal players.

                    My jackpot limits are $400,000,000 for Powerball and $150,000,000 for Mega Millions because the more they raise the odds the more I expect to lose.

                    The Powerball second prize isn't so great anymore given the $2 or $3 ticket price vs the Mega Millions second prize being decent for $2 tickets.

                    As far as Fantasy 5 I start my buy in at around $150,000 +/- and cut it off at around $180,000 before I start again around $500,000.

                    With the Classic 47 game here it is an RNG game and it takes forever to roll so I try to wait until it is at least $3,000,000 annuity to buy in. (BTW I would take the annuity up to $5,600,000 but over that would opt for the cash option because of current tax laws)

                    So, it isn't the jackpot size so much as it is getting to be the insane odds that matter to me along with quirky tax laws

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                      Posted: September 18, 2016, 2:59 pm - IP Logged

                      Now that both PB and MM have been won and reset to their lowest jackpot levels, I'm considering playing the local Classic Lotto(6/49) game again for a few drawings.

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