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since they keep raising the matrix and making the game harder and harder driving up the jackpot it causes more people to buy tickets because they want that 250 million.i'm really disapointed in MUSL computerizing hot lotto.now they got rid of one the two 5x multipliers as uncle jim has stated.i don't like the way things are headed here lately and i think they have made a couple bad decisions but thats my opinion.you hear that more and more people are winning nothing.they have changed the way the annuities are paid out.what do you think??

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Since I don't play PB or MM, I really don't care.  I much prefer jackpots I have a chance of winning versus those with astronomical odds that ligtning would have to strike me twice, then run over by a city bus, and, finally, be beaten with a cane by a blind senior citizen just to come close.

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lotto 5 is our best chance gasmeterguy.i feel like i have a real good shot with it.on pick 5 games this year on the prediction board i have 4 out of 5 right at least 50 times.chances are i'm going to hit 5 out of 5 in the next couple years on the board here.i'd like to hit 5 out of 5 on the lotto 5.i'd be happy with 200 or 300 thousand dollars......

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Mike I agree with you completely.  I dislike the changes Powerball has made and I think it's just a matter of time before they go to a RNG.

Jim 

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thanks jim.here is what they are up to.they keep seeing what they can get away with and they do it because most of the powerball buyers don't keep up with the details.....

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I know you do.  And I printed out your predictions.  And I ran them thru my computer with the flimsy system I have develped.  I use your predictions as a map, guiding me thru the mist.  Hopefully I will be the first, the first I say, to develop a system that puts every lottory out of business.  LOL.

I have noticed that you do not go beyone the number 29.  From my meager data and with the power of Excel, I found that 75% of the time, the highest number drawn is over 29.  But that 25% window just might bring one fame and fortune.  One never knows in this business.

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since they keep raising the matrix and making the game harder and harder driving up the jackpot it causes more people to buy tickets because they want that 250 million.i'm really disapointed in MUSL computerizing hot lotto.now they got rid of one the two 5x multipliers as uncle jim has stated.i don't like the way things are headed here lately and i think they have made a couple bad decisions but thats my opinion.you hear that more and more people are winning nothing.they have changed the way the annuities are paid out.what do you think??

I think it's worth a dollar. Before they raised the matrix, it was worth a dollar. Personally, it has never been worth a lot of time to me spent trying to figure it out. There are simply (and have been) too many numbers in the matrix, and therefore, way too many combinations.  It's never going to be "cracked" by wheeling by one person. A large enough syndicate, maybe.

But its worth a buck, just to play.

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The matrix is the only right decision they made. I think the megaplexer/powerplay is a waste of money since I play for the jackpot. If you cover all the powerballs most states end  their liability close to what you would win anyways. Before the matrix change they were stuck in months of pots below 100 million. At that range you would have better luck at a state lottery.

Their bad decisions were several. A terrible annuity that pays a pitance of what it's advertised prize level is. Winners are in for a big surprise when they see the difference between the actual little check and the useless ceremonial big check. I would like it if a game finally had the courage to just offer a cash prize then ridicule the other game for using inflated annuities.

The cap has also limited their sales. I don't know any other game where the focus is on the second prize and not the first. Games with problems focus on second place, well structured games don't.

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Hi Mike:

I played the numbers when the game was run by the mob.  I'll probably keep playing Powerball, even though I believe the game was run more honest by the hoods who were hoods, rather than whatever these call themselves.

But the while I spent buying powerplay is over.  I forked out an extra buck per ticket for several months after they changed  it by sleight of hand during the matrix hoopla, but this new change clinches it for me.

Good luck on your pick 5s.

Jack

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Lottomike, I remember back when Powerball got hit every other week, you were wishing you lived closer to a Mega Millions state. The game isn't THAT much harder to win than it was before they added the two balls, but at least the jackpots won are now more appropriate for the odds than when it was getting hit every other week.

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i went through a phase where i was really into powerball but i grew out of it and started playing the state pick 5....

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Yes but inspite of Mega having the highest odds it still can't roll once it breaks 300. It already distinguished itself by having the worst annuity since Pepsi Billions.

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lol I guess it is sad that the only way they could justify a higher opening jackpot and rollovers to go with the increased combinations was by inflating the annuity. Unlike Mega Millions, they can't justify it off the strength of their own player base. Also, Mega Millions will roll when it gets past $300 million sometime; it just hasn't happened yet. However, since its sales at high jackpot levels are slipping as well, a $400 million MM jackpot will happen sooner than you think. The only way Powerball did it twice is because it has less combinations purchased in proportion to the total number of combinations it has than Mega Millions has, so it has more of a chance of rolling so many times; Mega is setting the higher increases per roll record though.

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The Question: is powerball really worth it?

It is if your the one holding the winning ticket.

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The Question: is powerball really worth it?

It is if your the one holding the winning ticket.

the chances of me holding that winning ticket is about as good as me replacing mick jagger in the rolling stones........it could happen! lol

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