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It makes you wonder some times that whenever Powerball or Megaball have high jackpots, that there is always just one ticket that is a winner. I know there are millions of combinations, but there are millions of people that play. You would think there has to be a lot of tickets with the same numbers.It would be nice to have two tickets or ten tickets with the lucky numbers. Let me hear you think.

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It depends on the number of tickets SOLD FOR THAT DRAWING minus takeout and minus Powerplays, not the number of players or the current jackpot. Notice how much the jackpot rolls over, normally maybe 20 million initially, which means (ignoring PowerPlay) 40 million tickets sold each drawing. A 200 Mill jackpot doesn't mean 200 million tickets in play! Odds are flirting with 200 million to 1, so that means each drawing about a 5-1 to 10-1 chance of a winner. Also bear in mind most get Quick Picks which generate horrible combinations. There is even rumor that the RNG won't give you a set that has already been played somewhere for that drawing.

One time there was an instance where a set of numbers was the Powerball different from a set commonly printed in some Fortune Cookies. 100 people won $100K or more each. Had the Powerball number matched, there'd have been some 100 jackpot winners!!!

If there were more often multiple jackpot winners, there would be less rollovers. When there are not enough rollovers, guess what, Powerball Headquarters tosses in a few more balls! 

dvdiva's avatar - 8ball

They don't toss in a few more balls. While the idea of a "rollover" ball hasn't occured to any lottery yet it might in the future. Currently MUSL/MegaMillions changes the matrix then balls are added but that takes months.

A "rollover" ball would have to be a ball not on the playslips and couldn't be covered by players. I suppose they could add a ball to the power/mega balls that just said "rollover" then you know the lottery is going to rollover. It would more than likely aggravate players to no end though, unless you were hoping for a rollover. Rollover balls could decrease as the jackpot grows. Wouldn't work on the Euromillions game unless all the "rollover" balls were gone on the 12th drawing.

As for being one of many winners - just play 1-2-3-4-5-6 in a lottery. There are already enough pools winning as is for the "just one shouldn't win it" crowd. 

RJOh's avatar - chipmunk

According to the report at the lottoreport website, sales varies from 20M when the jackpot is $12M to 95M when the jackpot is $250M+ which leaves at least 75M+ combinations not sold when sales are at their highest.  That's 75M additional chances for someone to buy a combination nobody else has.  It's not hard to understand  when the the odds of winning the jackpot is 1:175,711,536 why only one ticket wins when 100,000,000 tickets are sold. 

Like the fortune cookie incident there could be an event that cause a lot of people to play the same winning numbers, but there would be a lot of unhappy winners.

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It's like a jungle sometimes... It makes me wonder how I keep from going under.

justxploring's avatar - villiarna

"Like the fortune cookie incident there could be an event that cause a lot of people to play the same winning numbers, but there would be a lot of unhappy winners." RJOh

I don't think I'm a selfish person, but I have to agree with RJOh here. If I finally won a jackpot after years and years of playing, I'd be very upset to learn I had to share it with 50 other players since the odds of winning it a second time are very, very slim. However, if a jackpot is over $100M, I think it would be nice if more than 1 person won. BTW, 2 quickpicks just won the $82M Florida jackpot on Wed. I read that in the news just after I said "I'll never buy a quickpick again!"

spy153's avatar - maren

I personally hate the quickpicks. They just take all the fun out of it for me.Wink

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It depends on the number of tickets SOLD FOR THAT DRAWING minus takeout and minus Powerplays, not the number of players or the current jackpot. Notice how much the jackpot rolls over, normally maybe 20 million initially, which means (ignoring PowerPlay) 40 million tickets sold each drawing. A 200 Mill jackpot doesn't mean 200 million tickets in play! Odds are flirting with 200 million to 1, so that means each drawing about a 5-1 to 10-1 chance of a winner. Also bear in mind most get Quick Picks which generate horrible combinations. There is even rumor that the RNG won't give you a set that has already been played somewhere for that drawing.

One time there was an instance where a set of numbers was the Powerball different from a set commonly printed in some Fortune Cookies. 100 people won $100K or more each. Had the Powerball number matched, there'd have been some 100 jackpot winners!!!

If there were more often multiple jackpot winners, there would be less rollovers. When there are not enough rollovers, guess what, Powerball Headquarters tosses in a few more balls! 

add more balls? What would happen if the same #'s came up twice. Wouldnt they have to add more #'s to choose from? I dont see how that could be pulled off.......

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I personally hate the quickpicks. They just take all the fun out of it for me.Wink

I also do not care much for QP's (even though I get a couple when the jackpot is high) - However both winners for FL lotto on Wed were QP's..........

savagegoose's avatar - ProfilePho

no they meant  draw more balls,  like if its a 6/49. draw 7 and any 6 of the 7 hit the jackpot.

 

it seriously messes with the odds tho

 

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