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the future of mega millions and powerball

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once the matrix is changed again on the powerball and mega millions it could eventually reach 5/70,where you have to choose 5 numbers out of 70,then a power or mega ball out of a field of 60.......near the end of the decade of course......

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this could also be when we might see our first billion dollar jackpot.never say never...a few years back people never dreamed we would see a 100 million jackpot now it happens all the time.just 10 years ago a 10 or 20 million dollar jackpot was big news.this things always expand and evolve.......

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That would probably kill sales at the starting level, making the game take weeks upon weeks of rollovers to get an eye-catching jackpot, and you think Powerball's rollovers are pathetic now!!

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I think they will just add another Bonus ball/Mega Ball/Power Ball.  Instead of only one drawn there will be two.  Hard to see them going higher with the numbers.

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Doubt we'll see another matrix change for a while. You have to look at the big picture these big money games are about the state making money. They are supposedly set up to help reduce the tax burden. They jumped the gun on the last matrix change. Because of powerballs games produced so many small jackpot winners in a short period of time.

The lottery directors panicked and chose to change the structure of the game by making the game harder to win.

Then California joined and mega millions followed suite to compete with powerballs matrix change. These games are becoming more political as time go buy because each state is competing for the taxpayers dollars. When the smaller pots are won they flip out because they didn't think with the new matrix change that smaller posts would win as often.

In the long run it doesn't matter what the matrix is what matters is whose holding the winning numbers or not after a drawing, and the pots can be won and will be won at any level regardless of the matrix or amount of people playing, or size of the pot.

Personally I'd like to see more people win at the 30 to 50 million dollar level then say 3 people win 300 million a piece 3 or 4 times a year.

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If powerball has another change in the next five years it will probably be like a 5/57 white balls and 1/42 red balls.  That is the only change I see as realistic.

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It could happen. But they darn well better put in a 2+0 prize in there.

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Doubt we'll see another matrix change for a while. You have to look at the big picture these big money games are about the state making money. They are supposedly set up to help reduce the tax burden. They jumped the gun on the last matrix change. Because of powerballs games produced so many small jackpot winners in a short period of time.

The lottery directors panicked and chose to change the structure of the game by making the game harder to win.

Then California joined and mega millions followed suite to compete with powerballs matrix change. These games are becoming more political as time go buy because each state is competing for the taxpayers dollars. When the smaller pots are won they flip out because they didn't think with the new matrix change that smaller posts would win as often.

In the long run it doesn't matter what the matrix is what matters is whose holding the winning numbers or not after a drawing, and the pots can be won and will be won at any level regardless of the matrix or amount of people playing, or size of the pot.

Personally I'd like to see more people win at the 30 to 50 million dollar level then say 3 people win 300 million a piece 3 or 4 times a year.

Actually, Mega Millions announced its matrix change first, because of California. Powerball just changed its as well so it could compete not only with MM's jackpots, but with its second and third place prizes as well.

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BUT - does Joe Blow, on the street, care what the matrix is, or even what it means?  Once they start seeing the three digit number, they become pack animals after fresh meat.  No matter what the matix is, $200M is the shiney lure and the fish are going after it.  Joe Blow doesn't care about annuity or cash values, on the numbers on the TV screen.

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Once everyone STOPS playing PowerRipoff and MegaRipoff, for at least 3 months, the lottery powers that be will abandon these games with no money coming in OR offer a 5/35 game with a bonus ball field of 1-10 for those of us out here in Lottoland who would be happy with a jackpot of $25.mil. and MORE concerned about a number field that is REASONABLE and somewhat PLAYABLE.

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Looking at the number of jackpots over the last two years, the current versions seem extremely reasonable and playable.  Lots of money coming in and lots going out.  Millionaires being made all over the place. What other purpose is there - to compete with Bingo?

 

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The number of people playing lottery is growing at such a rapid pace it would be easier to count the people who don't play...the lure of easy money will win out every time!Lottery has to be the fastest growing past time in U.S.A....uh oh move over baseball there is a new sheriff in town!Stooges

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LOL,wreakshavok that little video in the left hand corner is a trip!

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My vote is for maybe. With the population growing, I think Mega Millions, Powerball, and CA SLP should increase the matrix at the end of the decade. I would rather see Powerball increase the red powerball to at least 45 or more because 44 of their numbers already have been the winning numbers of both WB and PB. I think Mega Millions should go 5/60+1/52 and Powerball should go 5/60+1/55.

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Why should Powerball go higher than Mega Millions? Mega Millions currently has a population of 60 million more than Powerball (52 million after North Carolina joins), and even if Powerball was somehow able to grab Florida, Alabama, Arkansas, Alaska, Nevada, Mississippi, Hawaii, Utah, Wyoming, and Puerto Rico (assuming the last nine jurisdictions ever get a lottery), under today's population, Mega Millions would still outnumber Powerball by 14 million people.

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