California State Lottery - Increase Your Lottery Odds
Use this guide to determine when to play a specific game in the California state lottery.  This page focuses on the odds of playing any particular game and the "Expected Value" of that game to determine when is the best time to play.
Mega Millions - Avoid
The mega millions draws people in by offering enormous jackpots.  Before you play this game you should ask yourself "Do I really need 180 Million Dollars?  Or will 10 Million due?" 

In the Mega Millions the only guaranteed win (divided by the number of winners) is the Jackpot.  This makes it impossible for me to determine the Dollar Value per Odd for this game.  The odds of winning the Jackpot are 1 in 175,711,536.  Generally this means that the Jackpot should be about 144 Million to justify playing the game.
California
Super Lotto Plus - Avoid
Unlike most states that have a straight 6 number draw, California makes use of the powerball again in their single state lottery.  While they have less numbers to choose from than most states (47 and 27 for the powerball), the odds of winning the jackpot is still astronomical.  To obtain a Dollar Value per Odd of 1 you would need a jackpot of $32,105,696.  This would be the best time to play.
*These prizes are based on a jackpot of 16 Million and may change with higher jackpots.
Fantasy Five - Best Choice
Although I consider this game the best choice among the big 3 games in California, is still don't think the odds really justify the jackpots.  You would need a jackpot of $367,017 to justify playing this game.
*Prize values are used from a sample jackpot of $194,000
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