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kodiakzach
07-17-2012, 10:36 AM
Seems like every morning when I drive to work I pass a Powerball billboard that slowly creeps up and up and never seems to be won until it exceeds the $100 million mark. If it were not rigged, it would seem that someone would win it before it gets to really big money amounts, yet that rarely seems to happen. In fact, it would seem that it is never won until the pot gets to huge amounts and the public reach a feverish frenzy buying tickets. Personally, I think it is rigged. Your thoughts?

Buford Cletus
07-17-2012, 10:42 AM
How is Powerball Changing?
On January 15, 2012, Powerball will undergo major changes to produce bigger jackpots, better odds of winning and more millionaires. The cost of a ticket will increase to $2. Here are the key changes:
• Starting jackpot doubles from $20 million to $40 million.
• Jackpots increase by a minimum of $10 million with each roll.
• Odds of winning the jackpot will improve from 1 in 195.2 million
to 1 in 175.2 million.
• Overall odds of winning will improve from 1 in 35 to 1 in 32.
• Match-5 prize will increase from $200,000 to $1 million.
• The Powerball-only prize will increase from $3 to $4.


Hope this helps.

Fish Haid
07-17-2012, 10:44 AM
Yes.

Mackeral Snatcher
07-17-2012, 10:47 AM
I have noticed over the years that around Christmas time the jackpots seem to grow.

GJBenn85
07-17-2012, 10:54 AM
I don't think it is rig, but I do think it reveals the greed of the average American. A $40 million jackpot is not attractive enough; it needs to be over $100 million before people really start buying tickets.

Lucky7Team2
07-17-2012, 10:55 AM
:signs

Yup, when it hits those high numbers it attracts players that do not normally play. More players more money, more chance someone wins..

NACl H2O Luvr
07-17-2012, 11:02 AM
I highly doubt the game is rigged. The way the game is designed (by mathematicians) makes millions of dollars for state government’s. I don’t think people realize what the 1 in 175 million odds means.

Imagine if it were proven that the game had been rigged, the class action lawsuit would be one for the record books. I highly doubt that there could be collusion between so many states and so many people involved with the game, and not have it not leak out.

It would be like killing the goose that lays the golden eggs to rig the game.

johnnyb
07-17-2012, 12:13 PM
Just browsing the past results it looked to me like <>75% of the Jackpot payouts were under $100 million. You are only noticing the big ones. That's just by eyeball. I ain't building a spreadsheet to analyze it.

I'll take a $2 million payout and won't complain.

drkptt
07-17-2012, 12:17 PM
I highly doubt the game is rigged. The way the game is designed (by mathematicians)...

How is the random drawing of ping-pong balls designed by mathematicians?

navigator2
07-17-2012, 12:25 PM
I have noticed over the years that around Christmas time the jackpots seem to grow.

I am pretty sure they beef it up with state held lottery proceeds to bump it during the holidays. I know the Florida Lottery has done that in the past.

NACl H2O Luvr
07-17-2012, 12:35 PM
How is the random drawing of ping-pong balls designed by mathematicians?

I wasn't refering to the ping pong balls :rolleyes, the mathemeticians were involved in the design of the game to determine if the game would be profitable for the lottery board. This was done before the game was ever mentioned to the public.

frank
07-17-2012, 01:34 PM
How is the random drawing of ping-pong balls designed by mathematicians?

different weighted paints

RRR
07-17-2012, 01:36 PM
not rigged
long odds

Fly Hooker
07-17-2012, 01:42 PM
not rigged
long odds

Correct, they used to do the drawings at a stage in Universal Orlando...........