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which do you prefer mega millions or powerball and what is the reason behind your choice?

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Like em both

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I gotta play where I stay!

I choose MM

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I play both but would prefer Powerball. I'm in a Mega Millions state and the Powerball odds are a "mere" 140,000,000 :1 as oppossed to Mega Million's 176,000,000:1.

A lot of peole don't realize these games are actually two lotteries in one, upper grid and lower grid. A lot of people also never repeat one of their five numbers in the upper as the lower number. Often when a huge jackpot is hit one of the same numbers from the five repeats as the Powerball or Mega number. 

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The powerball website list the odds of hitting the correct powerball number as 1:68.96

How can the odds be that high with only 42 numbers to pick from?        Ponder

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I don't play either.  I wish I can say I play them, but with the odds so high, I don't believe there is ANY system that can help you choose these numbers correctly.  That being said, at 176M:1, I choose to put my money into the cash 5 which is a mere 658,000:1, and I haven't hit THAT yet.

If I wanted to play a higher odds game, I would go with the Pick 6.  A few million is good enough for me!!!!  LOL

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The powerball website list the odds of hitting the correct powerball number as 1:68.96

How can the odds be that high with only 42 numbers to pick from?        Ponder

I'm not a math wizz, but you would think that the odds would be something like..............1:42??

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The powerball website list the odds of hitting the correct powerball number as 1:68.96

How can the odds be that high with only 42 numbers to pick from?        Ponder

I'm not a math wizz, but you would think that the odds would be something like..............1:42??

The 1:69 odds are for matching NO white balls, but matching the Powerball. Two different conditions (white balls and red ball) must be met.

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I gotta play where I stay!

I choose MM

Yep, that's why I choose Powerball!!

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The powerball website list the odds of hitting the correct powerball number as 1:68.96

How can the odds be that high with only 42 numbers to pick from?        Ponder

I'm not a math wizz, but you would think that the odds would be something like..............1:42??

The 1:69 odds are for matching NO white balls, but matching the Powerball. Two different conditions (white balls and red ball) must be met.

Pardon my ignorance Cash Only, but I still don't get the math, or perhaps I don't fully understand how Powerball is played.  If you have 42 powerballs, and they reside in a separate tumbler (my assuption), aren't the odds 1:42?  How do the white balls have anything to do with how often the powerball occurs?  This is confusing to me.  Again, a math whiz I'm not!  What?

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megamillions and super lotto plus !!

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I've only played the Powerplay three or four times, and that is the only realy difference to me.  The ratio between cash and annuity, or the odds mean nothing to me - the other hundred million people don't matter when I win, or when I loose; they are just numbers.  I am going to win or not win.  Mega gives me a higher dollar value when I win.

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I prefer powerball.  Though I don't play it regularly cause I have to drive 4 and 1/2 hours to the nearest border to buy tickets.  We have megamillions here in my state.

Powerball has produced more jackpot winners in recent years than megamillions.

2003 - 16 winners

2004 - 13 winners

2005 - 14 winners

Megamillions:

2004 - 11 winners

2005 - 9 winners

 

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I prefer Powerball because I can walk down 3 blocks and play it at the local retailer...

that reminds me... be back later ;-)

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Some think too many winners lower the jackpot amounts and prefer MegaMillions for that reason.  I like them both.  I play MegaMillions more because it's a local lottery but I'll make the two hours trip to Indiana when the PowerBall jackpot is $200M+.

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