Utah Lottery - When to Play
Use this guide to determine when to play a specific game in the California lottery.  This page focuses on the odds of playing any particular game and what I call the "Expected Value" 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 California 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 160 Million to justify playing the game.
Powerball - Avoid
Based on the odds of playing the Powerball, the Jackpot should be at least $161,134,919 before you consider playing.  I do not recommend playing Powerball games because the odds are far too astronomical for you to affect. Note that you can also add to your potential winnings by choosing the powerplay option but this does not increase your odds of winning.
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