POWERBALL / MEGA MILLIONS LOTTERY POOL FAQs

 


Powerball pool members (left to right) Jerry Sumrall, Rene' Parham, Lyon Hebert, Ronny Parham, and Robert Burns
Enjoying Lunch at Parrain's Seafood in Baton Rouge, Louisiana on Friday, October 4, 2013

 

 

 


========>For How to JOIN POOL , Go to Question # 6 <============

 

 

1.  When do you play which game (Powerball vs. Mega Millions)?

First, we don't play EITHER game unless the jackpot is AT LEAST $70 million (for MM) or $100 million (for P/B).  With that in mind, if the P/B jackpot isn't at least 50% more than MM's, we play the Mega Millions Game.  The remainder of this page is devoted to how the P/B game works, but the play is similar for the preceding MM link. 
 

2.  How many members do you presently have and how many chances does the pool take each drawing?

As of March 2014, we have 34 members, and each player purchases one (1) ticket per drawing, and each ticket is power-played, so each ticket costs $3.  If the Powerball Jackpot reaches $225 million or more, players may purchase as many additional tickets as they desire at a cost of $2 each (we "ditch" the power-play feature for very large jackpots).

3.  Does the pool take quick picks (QPs) or hand-picked #s?

Quick picks.    
    
4.  How are pool winnings distributed?

On the master listing of tickets (see Question 5 Link C below), a player's name is located out to the right of EACH individual ticket.  Once the powerball numbers are pulled on drawing nights, I immediately enter the winning #s on the master spreadsheet.  No prize levels exist between $200 and $40,000, so here is how prize money is distributed:

Individual prizes of $200 or less go to the player whose name is to the right of the winning ticket.  (see Question 5 Link E below).

Prizes of $40,000; $2 million; or the Jackpot are shared equally by all players if the Jackpot is LESS THAN $225 million.  If the jackpot is $225 million or more, those three prize levels are shared IN DIRECT PROPORTION TO THE NUMBER OF TICKETS EACH PLAYER PURCHASES (see Question 5 Link B below).

5.  How are results communicated to players?

Via email within about 15 minutes of the drawing!  Also, a pre-drawing email goes out to all participants (here's a copy & paste): 
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Here are the applicable links for the next P/B drawing (if links appear unchanged from yesterday/today, click on your browser’s REFRESH button):

 1.  Confirmation of participation:: 

 www.la-powerball.com/confirmation.htm

 2.    “Dream a Little” (i.e. expected prize level) and Odds Link:  www.la-powerball.com/dream.htm

 3.  Ticket Link www.la-powerball.com/set_numbers.htm

 4.  Receipt link for proof of purchase:  www.la-powerball.com/pb_receipt.pdf

5.  Results Link (initial – i.e. non-nationwide -- results posted @ approximately 10:15 p.m. drawing night):  www.la-powerball.com/results.htm
 
Thanks for everyone’s continued support!

 Note:  Link for established donor/beneficiary relationships (for deficit balances):  www.la-powerball.com/donors.html

Note:  Pay Pal Email Account to Add to Your Powerball Account:  rburnsbtr@hotmail.com OR robert@auctionsellsfast.com

             No fee if funding from bank account or Pay Pal balance.  Fee if using debit or credit card = $0.30 + 3% of amount funded.

Note:  Link to invite friends, relatives, co-workers to join the pool:  www.la-powerball.com.  

NOTE:  Click on the following links to see the desired # of tickets for each game (P/B & MM) you’ve told me you wish to purchase when the jackpot is >= $225 million:

 www.la-powerball.com/PBsetamt.html   (Powerball)

 www.la-powerball.com/MMsetamt.html  (Mega Millions)

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6.  How do I become a member of the pool?

Simple.  You merely communicate to me how many Mega Millions tickets you plan to purchase when that Jackpot is $225 million or more and mail
a check for 20 times that number of tickets (i.e. one ticket per drawing = $20, two = $40, three = $60, etc.).  My mailing address is:

              Robert Edwin Burns
           4155 Essen Lane, Suite 228
           Baton Rouge, LA  70809-2152

7.  Do you have any other mechanism for payment into the pool?

Yes.  Roughly half our members have opted to take advantage of a PAY PAL payment option.  If you wish to use the Pay Pal
option, Click Here for Details.
  

       
9.  What happens if a player's credit balance goes negative?

Simple.  Either that player MAY have a donor/beneficiary relationship  under which his/her tickets are purchased.  If not, tickets are NOT purchased (or only partially purchased until his/her balance is exhausted) for that player.  The bottom line is that, at the time of ticket purchase, funds either need to be in the player's account or a donor needs to have pledged to use his/her balance to buy tickets for that player.


10.  Who all have won so far?

 

To date, we've had the following lucky individual winners:

One (1) $250 winner                                                                    Martin Cooper, Shawnee, KS

 

 

Five (5) $100 winners:                                                                 Carroll Flowers (now deceased), Meadville, MS

Jerry Cox (now deceased), Sarah, MS

Marie Gilley, Baton Rouge, LA

Eric Gilley, Baton Rouge, LA

Lois Gwin, Metairie, LA