With both this week’s American lotteries soaring well into the 100 million Dollar jackpot amount, offline and online lottery players are all asking themselves, “Which lottery should I play?”
Looking at the current American jackpot standings, Powerball and Mega Millions are the two largest lotteries in the US in terms of jackpot size, the number of players and therefore the revenue generated from these two US lotto games.
There are hundreds of millions of lotto players, both online and offline that play the lottery every day for a chance to win millions of Dollars.
It's of course the ultimate lottery fantasy, to either walk into your local store or play the lottery online, pay for your lotto ticket, and with nothing but luck (well, amazing, extraordinary luck) you hit the jackpot. In a blink of an eye you are rich, seriously rich, with more than enough money to buy anything you, your family or friends desire. The odds of that happening, of course are rather slim, but we still play the lotto and we love it.
With most online ticketing companies offering both lotteries, it’s natural to wonder which lottery is "better."
The answer depends on how you define "better." Do you simply look at the current jackpot size, or do you delve a little deeper?
Let’s take a look and examine the overall probability of winning any of the prize tiers, the expected return for your buck and the typical sizes of the prizes. By looking at this we will be able to analyse these American lotteries and see a clearer picture of which lottery best suits your interests as a regular lottery player or casual lotto player buying either the Mega Millions ticket or a Powerball lottery ticket.
Powerball Odds and Prizes
With the new changes implemented on the Powerball lottery, the odds of winning a prize got a little worse unfortunately: from 1 in 175,223,510 to 1 in 292,201,338, to be precise. The Gaming Commission did this by increasing the numbers to choose from in the first set from 59 to 69 and decreasing the numbers to choose from in the second set from 35 to 26. As we know, Powerball players need to choose five numbers from the first set and one number from the second set.
Mega Millions Odds and Prizes
The overall odds of winning the Mega Millions jackpot is 1 in 14.71.
While some people might say you are suffering from a mega-delusion, you know better. You play the lottery not as a form of investment, but for fun and because you can afford to.
With no mathematically-sound secret strategies for picking winning numbers or avoiding losing numbers, despite what the lotto strategy sites have to say. Let’s face it, if they really knew the secret to winning, they would definitely never part with that information.
As long as you only play for fun, you will ensure that when you do win the jackpot, you will be even happier than you ever thought possible. Playing the lottery is harmless fun for most people and as with any form of gaming, you should never spend more than you can afford to lose.
With both the Mega Millions and the Powerball lotteries having undergone extensive changes to the game, we can be certain that there are already those that are diligently trying to figure out how to best play these lotteries to their advantage.
On the other hand, there will be those online lottery players who believe that there are unseen forces of luck that decide who wins the lottery.
Just how many times have you heard the saying, “you are more likely to be attacked by a shark, than win the lottery.” Well, depending on how you run those stats, it’s not necessarily true. Since 2010, only 6 people in the US have died from an unprovoked shark attack and yet, eighty-seven have won a Powerball jackpot! At the end of the day, if you want to win an argument, it all comes down to those little numbers…
So try a little lottery ticket, put aside what you really need to do to get your life on track, and be part of something bigger than your problems. After all, someone will win, and even if it is not you, it may be someone like yourself, someone in your situation that you can identify with and cheer on!
If you want to give yourself the opportunity to change your life completely with either $144 million or $142 million in your bank account, we suggest you buy a Mega Millions ticket today and buy a Powerball lottery ticket immediately thereafter.
Good luck gaming!
The PlayUSALotteries.com Team