Editorial By Dawn Nettles
Publisher - The Lotto Report
Double Play is a new draw game that will be played roughly 30 minutes
after each Powerball drawing on Monday's, Wednesdays's and Friday's.
In order to play it, you must buy a Powerball ticket and pay an
extra dollar. This means you'll be spending $3 for each set
of numbers and $4 IF you bought PowerPlay to play Double Play.
I can't find adequate words to describe how low life I feel a state is
that is willing to sell this game to it's citizens. If you stay with me
for a couple of minutes, I think you'll agree and understand
why I say this.
The states are reasonably certain (nearly positive) that you will
not win the top prize in Double Play very often - if at all. And I'm
just as confident that you won't win the top prize either plus
very few people will win one of the top tier prizes.
Here's proof of what I'm saying, Let's put aside the FACT
that your numbers haven't been drawn in 20 or 30 years
for 99.9% of you. That's a proven fact.
But the actual PROOF is in the game rule.
The division of monies for Double Play is that 55% of total draw sales is
to be paid out to prize winners - this is called the Prize Pool. 45%
of total draw sales is the states share. In all games, they allocate
(same as budget) monies to be paid out for each prize category.
This means a certain percent is set aside for the top prize, a
percent is set aside to pay the 5+0 winners, a percent
is set aside to pay 4+1 winners and so on.
For Double Play, they are ONLY allocating 4.9889% to pay a
top prize of $10 Million. To put this in perspective for you, let's
pretend that the 13 states sell 20 million tickets for a drawing.
This means that only $997,780 is budgeted from sales
to pay out a $10 million prize.
As you can see, they are short to fund! At this rate,
it would take them 10 draws to have enough money
to pay a top prize. (Of course, I don't think
they'll sell 20 million tickets but we'll see.)
Most games have allocations (budgets) with the
highest percent of the prize pool going into the
top prize or the jackpot prize pool. For instance:
Powerball allocates .3400655%
Mega Millions allocates .376509%
Just the Jackpot allocates .502012%
Texas for Lotto Texas allocates .4047%
Texas for 2 Step allocates .2378%
Double Play is only allocating 4.9889
This is four and nine thousand eight hundred
and eighty-nine TEN thousandths percent.
The allocation for each prize category is proof that the lotteries
have absolute confidence that the top prize will not be won
often. They also have the horrific odds in their favor to
ensure no winners .... and they will not sell enough tickets
to put a dent in the total number of combinations
- 292,291,338 - in this game.
To try to explain how unfair the "total combinations"
(odds) are, imagine trying to find one needle in a haystack
that is 20 foot tall and 500 miles long. Do you think
you could find that needle?????????
Some of you fear or believe that the 30 minute delay between
draws gives them enough time to INSURE no winners though I
don't know that I agree with this theory that many of you seem to
have. You see, they don't have to cheat like that, they cheat
by selling a game with colossal odds knowing they'll rarely sell
enough tickets to generate a winner .... in my humble opinion.
Sad by True
Did you know that the Just the Jackpot add on
feature to Mega Millions has never had a winner
and all sales have been 100% pure profit for the
states. Few states sell this game because
quite frankly, it's nothing short of a RIP OFF.
14 states sell this game including TX.
See Just the Jackpot sales, click here
- Powerball's Double Play Details -
Odds of winning and prize amounts
Match 5 + 1 (Odds: 1:292,201,338) - $10 Million
Match 5 + 0 (Odds: 1:11,688,053.52) - $500,000
Match 4 + 1 (Odds: 1:913,129.1813) - $50,000
Match 4 + 0 (Odds: 1:36,525.1673) - $500
Match 3 + 1 (Odds: 1:14,494.1140) - $500
Match 3 + 0 (Odds: 1:579.7646) - $20
Match 2 + 1 (Odds: 1:701.3281) - $20
Match 1 + 1 (Odds: 1:91.9775) - $10
Match 0 + 1 (Odds: 1:38.3239) - $7
Powerball's Double Play Prize Allocations
For Each Prize Category
(Prize Pool is 55% of total Draw Sales)
Match 5 + 1 - 4.9889%
Match 5 + 0 - 4.2779%
Match 4 + 1- 5.4757%
Match 4 + 0 - 1.3689%
Match 3 + 1 - 3.4497%
Match 3 + 0 - 3.4497%
Match 2 + 1 - 2.8517%
Match 1 + 1 - 10.8722%
Match 0 + 1 - 18.2653%
As you can see, they believe most prize pay outs
will be the $7 prize. OH BOY - How exciting that is!
All set prizes amounts. Jackpots do not roll if not won.
PowerPlay is NOT applicable to Double Play tickets.
Drawing held Mon, Wed, Sat and will not be televised.
Jurisdictions/States Selling Double Play
Colorado, Florida, Indiana, Maryland,
Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, Pennsylvania,
Puerto Rico, South Carolina, South Dakota,
Will I Be Covering Double Play On My Site
Yes, I have no choice because it's directly tied to Powerball.
I will post the drawing results, sales, sales by state, and will track
the winners so you can see at all times how the game is doing.
Between the new game and adding the 3rd draw, players will
reduce spending, make adjustments to their play habits
and/or simply quit.
Personally, I believe Double Play will fail as quickly as Monopoly did.
Why players would support another "lotto" game with odds much
greater than their state lottery offers - I'll never know or understand.
Lotto Texas, Powerball and Mega Millions have gotten
out of control. Lotteries refuse to listen to their players
so ya'll MUST speak with your dollars now if you want
fairer and affordable games to play.