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August 08, 2017


Thanks for sharing your comment here, Ron. We do hear this thought regarding games like Powerball, but sales don't reflect that. Sales always follow the jackpot up -- meaning the higher the prize is, the more people jump into the game and play. It seems like people vote with their pocketbooks on that point. But your point is why we offer all the other prize levels in the game and have always kept the "second" prize in Powerball and Mega Millions (the Match 5 prize) a significant amount as well. That way, we have lots of big winners in the game, and not just at the jackpot level.

These jackpots should never get this high before someone wins. This is crazy. You should make it easier, not harder to win.

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