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Texas Lottery May Eliminate Lotto Bonus Number

Topic closed. 22 replies. Last post 11 years ago by Bradly_60.

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Rainmaker2k's avatar - voodoo
Dallas, TX
United States
Member #5506
July 8, 2004
24 Posts
Posted: August 18, 2005, 5:49 pm - IP Logged

The problem with the TLC is when the TX lottery was started there was a lot of excitement with everyone believing they had the winning numbers.  As the lottery aged and the ether wore off, some people started to wake up they realized that winning wasn't so easy.  The TLC was bragging about having the most profitable game in the U S, but they forgot that when a game matures the masses reduce the amount of money that they will wager on a game.  So they decided to change the game, when they did a lot of people stopped playing.  Someone came up with the bright idea that if they made the game harder to win and the jackpots increased that would cause more people to play.  The people that had their favorite numbers that they played every week were lost when they introduced the bonus ball and refused to play.  Now they are realizing that we Texans want our old game back.  So what if the chances of winning is 1 in 13 million we still want to see someone win!!!!

    United States
    Member #379
    June 5, 2002
    11296 Posts
    Posted: August 18, 2005, 5:50 pm - IP Logged

    CA Super Lotto Plus has only 27 mega balls, but you win with 0+1. And matching only the Hot Ball in Hot Lotto (5/39 + 1/19) doubles your money.

      LANTERN's avatar - kilroy 28_173_reasonably_small.jpg
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      May 4, 2004
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      Posted: August 18, 2005, 11:28 pm - IP Logged

      I will repeat this again, if they want us to buy tickets for the Texas Lotto, it will have to be a 6/49 or 6/50 game with no bonus ball, not a 6/54 and not a bonus ball game either.

      Comprende ? A 6/49 or a 6/50 with no bonus ball.

      Other-wise I will not buy any Lotto Texas tickets, let people from other states buy the tickets if they can, but here on Texas I will not buy them.

      Is this understood ? If people from NY and Mine can buy them, let them, but here on Texas I won't, not unless the game is a 6/49 or a 6/50 no bonus ball game.

      I want somebody somewhere on Texas winning the jackpot whatever the ammount might be, every single draw, yes every single draw, then I will buy tickets for a 6/49 or 6/50 no bonus ball game.

      Otherwise let people from out of state be the only ones to buy Texas Lotto tickets, if they can do so.

      Is this too hard to understand ?

        Todd's avatar - Cylon 2.gif
        Chief Bottle Washer
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        Posted: August 18, 2005, 11:33 pm - IP Logged

        I agree with you Lantern, a 6/50 game will be great, but just don't expect huge jackpots.

        Again, I agree with you, in the Texas already has huge jackpots with Mega Millions.  A classic Lotto game does not have to be one with Texas-sized jackpots.


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          Member #1826
          July 11, 2003
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          Posted: August 19, 2005, 12:00 am - IP Logged

          I agree with you Lantern, a 6/50 game will be great, but just don't expect huge jackpots.

          Again, I agree with you, in the Texas already has huge jackpots with Mega Millions.  A classic Lotto game does not have to be one with Texas-sized jackpots.

          Yeah, expect more winners. But it will still roll. Only about 2 million tickets are sold each draw. And with a game with one in 14 mil, a jackpot winner would have, on average, a 1 in 7 chance of coming up. And while that's an improvement from the current 1 in 23 chance of a winner, there are still going to be rolls. Just not as many.

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            bobby623's avatar - abstract
            San Angelo, Texas
            United States
            Member #1097
            January 31, 2003
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            Posted: August 19, 2005, 12:24 am - IP Logged

            I agree with Lantern.

            Pick 6/50 was popular. There were lots of winners. Many pools and clubs existed. Players were happy.

            You are right, Todd. There wasn't and wouldn't be many huge jackpots.

            I think most players were satisfied with smaller jackpots, and will be again, should TLC decide to go back to a pick 6 game. I certainly could live happily ever after with $4 million.

            It's a shame that Gary Grief and Kim Kiplin are still in control. They want more for the state and less for the players. Be interesting to see what they come up with.


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              June 2, 2005
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              Posted: August 22, 2005, 12:12 am - IP Logged

              What's the estimated population of Texas? I think Texas Lotto should go back to a pick 6 game. I think 6/50 format is too little. I would recommend Texas Lotto to go back to a 6/54 game. I think there should be a guaranteed jackpot.

                Bradly_60's avatar - disney37
                Atlantic Mine, Michigan
                United States
                Member #416
                June 23, 2002
                1614 Posts
                Posted: August 22, 2005, 1:19 am - IP Logged

                This is where I think we become biased.  I posted this before and will again.  As lottery directors and commissioners or what ever their titles are they have one job.  Maximize revenue.  That means sell as many tickets as you can.  If you sell $500,000 worth of tickets when the jackpots are small and $5,000,000 when the jackpots are big what are you going to do?  Sure WE want better odds.  But then again we are going to buy tickets all the time.  The only way lotteries can attract the "buy a ticket once in a blue moon" people is with bigger jackpots.  Bigger jackpots mean more tickets sold.  That is what people want if we like it or not.  We as a population in general want bigger jackpots.  If you want to go against me on that you will lose.  So the next time a lottery raises their odds in a game don't blame them.  They are only doing their job.  Wouldn't you?