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$297 MILLION: Mega Millions jackpot raised again before tonight's drawing

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Posted: December 6, 2013, 8:32 pm - IP Logged

Good luck everyone. Im in it to win itNoelParty

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    Posted: December 6, 2013, 8:33 pm - IP Logged

    I'm going to wait to see if this one rolls higher before jumping in.

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      Posted: December 6, 2013, 8:35 pm - IP Logged

      Lone ticket winnner emerging tonight?...... Banana

      Not yet my Friend!! We're getting close though. Three more I predict!!!

      "It's good to have money and the things that money can buy, but it's good, too, to check up once in a while and make sure that you haven't lost the things that money can't buy." - George Lorimer

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        Posted: December 6, 2013, 8:44 pm - IP Logged

        Seasons Greetings @pickone4me,

         

             You might want to get in on this one earlier partner.......with the odds being reduced for the lower prizes, you could win a coo! million just like that.

        Come On......Get back in it and win it!!

         

        Dreamer,

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          Posted: December 6, 2013, 8:46 pm - IP Logged

          Is it me or has the 'JP cash value 'decreased in MM since they started the new marix?

          In addition to interest rates, this is a direct result of them changing the annuity from 26 to 30 payments.

          I really don't think we will get a $1 billion jackpot this draw cycle, but you never know. I agree that MM has not been performing very well since the change, but time will tell if the frenzy sales can make up for it. I have a feeling if this new matrix fails, a $5 jackpot game will arrive in the near future.

          If the chances of winning the jackpot are so slim, why play when the jackpot is so small? Your chances never change, but the payoff does.

          If a crystal ball showed you the future of the rest of your life, and in that future you will never win a jackpot, would you still play?

          Money returned that is less than or equal to the amount wagered should not be considered a "win," but rather a second chance.

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            Posted: December 6, 2013, 10:17 pm - IP Logged

            Here's my idea:

            They should keep the previous version of the game going January through September or so.  Then, say around Columbus Day, they change it up for the rest of the year, or until a jackpot is won after the end of the year.  January through September the betting slips are in play.  But afterwards, there's the 75/15 matrix that can only be accessed by quick picks -- no slips.

            "NO" to $5 tickets!

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              Posted: December 6, 2013, 10:40 pm - IP Logged

              Is it me or has the 'JP cash value 'decreased in MM since they started the new marix?

              Yes, they weakened the cash value significantly (by extending the time period of the annuity value if paid).

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                Posted: December 6, 2013, 10:48 pm - IP Logged

                In addition to interest rates, this is a direct result of them changing the annuity from 26 to 30 payments.

                I really don't think we will get a $1 billion jackpot this draw cycle, but you never know. I agree that MM has not been performing very well since the change, but time will tell if the frenzy sales can make up for it. I have a feeling if this new matrix fails, a $5 jackpot game will arrive in the near future.

                Actually, MM sales seem to have responded nicely since the new matrix. Their ploy with the pumped up annuity value seems to have worked, players seem to have bit into it hook, line and sinker. Sales have been boosted by the pumped up annuity value.

                Below graph compares current run in blue (with projections) compared to preceding $189M run (P) on old matrix ending 10/1/13 in orange:

                But compared to a year ago with the record $656M run (R) , yes, way down. But that was a different time when large jackpots were less common. What a difference a year makes:

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                  Posted: December 6, 2013, 11:01 pm - IP Logged

                  Jackpot will be $344 million if nobody hits tonight.

                   

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                    Posted: December 6, 2013, 11:13 pm - IP Logged

                    Jackpot will be $344 million if nobody hits tonight.

                    NO way!! $360 million minimum!!!     Banana

                    "It's good to have money and the things that money can buy, but it's good, too, to check up once in a while and make sure that you haven't lost the things that money can't buy." - George Lorimer

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                      Posted: December 7, 2013, 12:41 am - IP Logged

                      JonD,

                      Time will tell. The previous $189M Mega Millions run was hampered by not one, but two $400M+ Powerball jackpots. The matrix change may help MM catch up, but at the same time will accelerate jackpot fatigue. With fatigue comes sluggish sales and longer rolls, though Powerball has some advantage with a higher price. That's why I don't think the new MM will last and hence, my mentioning of a $5 game (which I know is in the works).

                      If the chances of winning the jackpot are so slim, why play when the jackpot is so small? Your chances never change, but the payoff does.

                      If a crystal ball showed you the future of the rest of your life, and in that future you will never win a jackpot, would you still play?

                      Money returned that is less than or equal to the amount wagered should not be considered a "win," but rather a second chance.

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                        Posted: December 7, 2013, 12:50 am - IP Logged

                        344 million from the megamillions site

                        $1 Quick Pick > 1 Winner > 1 Billion+ > 1 Press Conference > MegaMillions #1!

                        Don't forget to visit the Lottery Post Gift Shop!

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                          Posted: December 7, 2013, 12:50 am - IP Logged

                          Jackpot will be $344 million if nobody hits tonight.

                          Wow, Todd. That's impressive. $344 right on the money.

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                            Posted: December 7, 2013, 12:55 am - IP Logged

                            Figures NYL has'nt updated their MM jackpot while pa, ct and nj already did.

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                              Posted: December 7, 2013, 12:57 am - IP Logged

                              Wow, Todd. That's impressive. $344 right on the money.

                              LOL. Didn't you watch the drawing? The host says that if no one wins, Wednesdays jackpot could be worth $344 mil.

                              http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sFC6gdrO6HQ&feature=c4-overview&list=UUOKAdrQ0sKR9H1hi88RmQkA

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