Idaho ends Powerball in state, fearing foreign participation


WOW, very interesting that Powerball is going international.  Not sure what to think about it - yet.  Wonder how it will be received in those countries.

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I agree DELotteryPlyr, that's the big news here for me too.  Many people complain about jackpots being won in other states — I wonder how they will feel when the jackpot is won by someone in another country.

Edit: To be clear, the Powerball states have been debating going international with the game for many years.  They also got close to starting a new international game run by MUSL in 2004.  But now we apparently have target dates set, and things have progressed to the point that the states are deciding whether or not to stay in the game.


Should there be a spin off called International Powerball, alongside the regular Powerball that the states now have? Two versions of Powerball, same Matrix, just the International Powerball has International players playing with the state players.


Found this article saying PB foreign expansion is still in the discussion stage. Wonder how many other states have laws that restrict joining out of country lottery games. 

Making PB worldwide would certainly boost jackpots and of course sales, but can't imagine what will be said after a series of foreign jackpot winners.

andl's avatar - hSk1nCp

Add another Power Ball like Euro Millions does. I want  to see billion dollar jackpots every few months.


Hmm so let me see if I understand this correctly:  you’re concerned that other countries might use their proceeds (in their own country) for political purposes you “might not agree with” so you use your political power to take away the game entirely.  Makes perfect sense to me. 

Not to mention that they don’t seem to understand that the number of entries has nothing to do with the odds of winning.  Come on, it’s not a raffle people. 

Sounds like the voters of Idaho need to elect a little more intelligent legislators.

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Who owns the lottery in USA?

The Multi-State Lottery Association (MUSL) is an American non-profit, government-benefit association owned and operated by agreement of its 34-member lotteries. MUSL was created to facilitate the operation of multi-jurisdictional lottery games, most notably Powerball.


Does this mean we get to play in their lotteries at some point in the future?

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I don't like this at all. I'm surprised that Canadians can play in U.S. lotteries.


LOTTERY TAXATION and the LAW OF MONOPOLY          as Idaho points out how the winners are more likely to come from outside and even internationally

Okay first we need to see THE BIG PICTURE, not just our own small view, because 1) LOTTERY IS A Tax FUN'd Raiser for the Government

2) Lottery is not intended to make winners, and the greater pool means bigger ocean, thus greater chance of loss per person, even less chance to win 

3) LOTTERY is by far the worst gambling choice, with the chances of winning are already ridiculous and the payouts hideously small compared to the rate of win. 

 INTERNATIONAL RISK REWARD is increased on both sides, because 4) foreign players outside of chosen countries can win and 5) players rate of win per dollar lost

These problems exist anyway, despite what local states may do, generally making or pointing the real problem with lottery is GREED and MANIPULATION

Therefore, THE REALLY BIG IDEA is this : What is really needed is a complete overhaul of lottery, making it an investment to really help people and nations get out of monopoly conditions, which mostly only benefit the lottery or nation organizers, (government) and turning it into a true ALTRUISM that should be mutually inclusive and cooperative, such as funds for charity and organizations that create real BENEFITS,

THis could be achieved most likely by decreasing the huge prizes but increasing the amount of winners in the middle class spectrum (60K approximately).. But because the greed and law of monopoly is the operating principle, this does not occur, and much of the BALLYHOO about paying for education is hardly equal to the cost and loss to the people.

FOR THE PEOPLE BY THE PEOPLE, I recall is an originating principle, IS IT NOT?     It is time all of you woke up, and see the THORNS in all the ROSEBUDS.

I am paneagle and am giving away SOLARIS winning numbers daily on with really true and great lists for PLAYERS of any race or nation or opinion.  The reason is because TRUE ALTRUISM is being shared and expressed for the NU AGEIS is here now, this year the first in the 2100 cycle. 

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Hmmm... "5-eye" Powerball?

I already have stopped playing as often as I used to because of the terrible odds.  I might play once just before $150 Million and then wait until the cash amount is over a certain amount in the hundreds of millions just because the odds really are awful and nobody ever wins.

When the odds get upped again I will quit totally.

If Mega Millions is smart they will go back to 175 million to 1 odds and  go with a $3 tik/ $2 plier ($5) ticket that people actually win on with jackpots up to $650-$700 million and great second prizes raining down all over every state.  There is little hope of that however.

I don't understand why Idaho doesn't like sending money overseas when there are some states right here in the U.S. which they also probably really object to sending money to.  It really does not make much sense and indicates a lack of depth of analysis on their part.

sully16's avatar - sharan

Idaho has many great games, I think the gamblers would support those games, plus the odds are better.



I would be completely opposed to the Powerball game adding additional countries. If I'm playing the game [which I do consistently] trying to win the jackpot and it was won by someone in another country I would be very upset. Even if I'm not the winner at least I can take solace in the fact the taxes and spending would benefit a neighboring state.

Bottom line - if other countries join I will permanently cease playing Powerball.

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