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$170 MILLION: Mega Millions lottery jackpot raised

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DC81's avatar - batman39
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Posted: December 8, 2008, 1:58 pm - IP Logged

 It is actually not accurate since larger JPs accelerate at much higher pace.  If I don't take these 170M on tuesday, the next would be already 210, then 270 and then it goes into news and the craze begins...  last time indeed the leap was from 270 all the way to 390 for the annuity... This time it is not predictable - given the economy woes, it is possible even the rich guys would play. So we have maximum 4 draws left including the one on tuesday.

   I have a strong feeling itz been a while since we had a California winner cause I am so very much ready for it... 

 

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I really doubt it's going to jump 40M, it'll be lucky if it breaks 200M if it rolls again at the rate it's been going. Due to the weakness in the bond market, it's 50M behind the pace of where it was earlier this year after the same number of rolls. On the bright side, even with how big a difference there is in the annuity the cash difference is only about 18M.

You can't predict random.

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    Posted: December 8, 2008, 2:04 pm - IP Logged

    I wish I lived closer to the Washington border. I would have liked to pick up a ticket or two for the drawing.

    "No one remembers the person who almost climbed the mountain, only the person who eventually gets to the top."

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      Posted: December 8, 2008, 2:19 pm - IP Logged

      I wish I lived closer to the Washington border. I would have liked to pick up a ticket or two for the drawing.

      If you live in the western U.S. and not in California, Washington or Texas and you want to play MM, you either has to drive to one of those states or take a chance with one of those on-line services that buy lottery tickets.  I feel your pain.

       * you don't need to buy more tickets, just buy a winning ticket * 
         
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        Posted: December 8, 2008, 4:04 pm - IP Logged

        I agree with you 100%!!!! It's someone else's turn lol....Like say maybe Washington state?! Who has not won a MM Jackpot since 2006.  I'm feeling lucky people....I....I....I think I just might win this time. LOL

        Wouldn't mind seeing it roll over again...a BIG win for someone right before Christmas.  I still shiver over the fact that it WILL be won sometime....and seeing its the holiday season, someone out there is living their daily routine and have NO clue they will be multi-millionaires very soon.  Just goes to show everyone keep playing because it just may be YOU and you don't want to miss out on your chance!  Even one dollar could win..even your QP could win...or even your set numbers you have chosen can win.

         

        GOOD LUCK EVERYONE! OH AND HAPPY HOLIDAY'S!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Smiley Santa

        I love your attitude!

        Thanks for posting.....it so easy to smile just reading it!

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          Posted: December 8, 2008, 5:57 pm - IP Logged

          Since I said "figuring a bit conservatively I'd imagine something along these lines" it's 100% accurate. I wouldn't be at all suprised if it grows a bit faster, especially if we do see 2 more rolls, but I think you're living in the past if you think it will jump to 210 on the next roll. Last May it went from 166 to 196, which is essentially the same as 170 to 200, but that was with higher interest rates. At that time an annuity increase of 30 million meant sales of about $56 million . Right now it would take sales of about 65 million to increase the annuity value to 200. Closing in on Christmas, sales are likely to go up, but I don't think we'd see an increase of almost 20% compared to last May, at least at this level.

          OTOH, sales at a given level definitely fluctuate, and gas is only about half of what it was in May. While some people will be more cautious about spending in this economy, others will see the big jackpot and spend more. In the past we've seen jumps of 250 to 330 and 270 to 390. That 2nd one was 50% more than the first, and there isn't really a big difference between 250 and 270, so I assume other factors were at work.  I'd love to see it go 170, 210,260, 340 (which would be more cash than the 390 annuity), but I think that's overly optimistic. OTOH, once it goes past 300 I'm pretty sure that even a little bit past 300 would add another 100 if it rolled again. FWIW, the sales to add 100 to the annuity value are almost exactly what took it from 270 to 390.

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            Posted: December 8, 2008, 6:18 pm - IP Logged

            If you live in the western U.S. and not in California, Washington or Texas and you want to play MM, you either has to drive to one of those states or take a chance with one of those on-line services that buy lottery tickets.  I feel your pain.

            I thought those services were illegal or at least  not honored.  I  don't care much about MM but I would love to play powerball.  I wondered if I could use some type of subscription but I keep hearing that they don't exist (LEGALLY)  I have a friend that lives in AZ.  But I can't remember the last time AZ won powerball.  California seems so stingy, I would love to play something else.  i ENVY you folks that live in Ohio, that state seems to win all the time.

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              Posted: December 8, 2008, 8:21 pm - IP Logged

              I thought those services were illegal or at least  not honored.  I  don't care much about MM but I would love to play powerball.  I wondered if I could use some type of subscription but I keep hearing that they don't exist (LEGALLY)  I have a friend that lives in AZ.  But I can't remember the last time AZ won powerball.  California seems so stingy, I would love to play something else.  i ENVY you folks that live in Ohio, that state seems to win all the time.

              The same types of games often seem better in another state.  I use to drive to Indiana to buy PowerBall tickets because it has fewer bonus numbers and matching 0+1 pays $3 instead of $2 like MegaMillions and their jackpots were sometimes bigger than MM.   

              I finally decided no lottery game is perfect all the time, most times there are going be one that has a better payout or a bigger jackpot somewhere else so now I stay local and play what ever is available.  Winning a jackpot will be just as sweet regardless.

               * you don't need to buy more tickets, just buy a winning ticket * 
                 
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                Posted: December 8, 2008, 11:21 pm - IP Logged

                The story didn't say they were from Georgia, just that they had some property there. Of course then I think it was the next winner, who also won the same amount being from from Georgia. I was waiting for that story to mention that they had some land in Michigan and they were going to retire up here, but of course that'd be silly. No one wants to retire in Michigan, let alone move here.

                Actually yes they do own land in Georgia because they  >ARE< from Georgia and are eager to move back.  I would post a link here but if I did Todd would delete it.

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                  Posted: December 9, 2008, 12:02 am - IP Logged

                  Damn, I didn't even know it grew so big. I went back up to my home state (Mass) for thanksgiving and bought a few tickets, of course just to lose..It was at about 110 mil then. I live in southwest florida which is a good 5 1/2 hours from Georgia :(

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                    Posted: December 9, 2008, 2:04 am - IP Logged

                    I love your attitude!

                    Thanks for posting.....it so easy to smile just reading it!

                    I've always had a hard time playing.  What I mean by that is that I always second guess myself on everything.  Would I have a greater chance if I bought at this store..or this town.  Would I have a better chance if I bought $10 worth instead of $5...when I lose..maybe I would of had a better chance if I spent $20.  Maybe I should of done the QP instead of my own picks...maybe I should of did my own picks instead of the QP..it goes on and on and on.

                     

                    I was talking to my husband about some winners who say they prayed for it...one I read the other day said he "got down on his knees and asked" and I was like  gee! thats all I had to do? lol  I asked him if he thought it was just luck, or if there may be something to this......

                     

                    He told me that he believes if your meant to win..you will win.  No matter where you buy it, or how much you spend.  If you did a QP or your own numbers.  If its meant to be...its meant to be.  It was a whole new light on the way I was thinking!

                     

                    So...since then I've realized he was right.  If I was meant to win on a $2 ticket...well then it will happen.  I didn't mess anything up by not choosing the right numbers off my head, or bought the QP at the wrong store.    My changed way of thinking has saved me money, and kinda eased me when I lose.  Just wasn't my time..if I am even meant to win someday lol. Wonder if that winner out there will be a $1 ticket winner!?

                     

                    Is it just me, or does anyone else hear about how much the actual jackpot winners bought in tickets? I always hear "they bought the winning ticket at XXXXXX" but they never say "they bought $5 worth of QP at XXXXXX."  I have heard a few...one being the guy from Georgia who won that $270M off a $2 ticket.  He said the one line was his grandkids birthdates, but never heard about the second line.  I always thought the reason they don't say much about that is if everyone see's they are winning with $1, $2...$3 tickets that they may decrease their lotto spending?  Ahh probably not..just a thought though.

                     

                    Oh my.......what a Christmas it will be!!!!!!!!!!

                    Surrender You can run, but you can't hide mighty Jackpot...surrender to me at once!

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                      Posted: December 9, 2008, 5:19 pm - IP Logged

                      $ 170 million I could help alot of people, I don't wan't it all I could work with $ 250.000!Noel


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                        $ 170 million I could help alot of people, I don't wan't it all I could work with $ 250.000!Noel

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                          For $170m, I can help a lot of people including myself. I could do with $2,000,000 net per year.   Jester Laugh

                           

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                            Posted: December 9, 2008, 10:17 pm - IP Logged

                            If you live in the western U.S. and not in California, Washington or Texas and you want to play MM, you either has to drive to one of those states or take a chance with one of those on-line services that buy lottery tickets.  I feel your pain.

                            Does anyone believe those people will pay you if they have a jackpot winning ticket in their hands.  NOT A CHANCE.

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                              Posted: December 10, 2008, 1:27 am - IP Logged

                               It is actually not accurate since larger JPs accelerate at much higher pace.  If I don't take these 170M on tuesday, the next would be already 210, then 270 and then it goes into news and the craze begins...  last time indeed the leap was from 270 all the way to 390 for the annuity... This time it is not predictable - given the economy woes, it is possible even the rich guys would play. So we have maximum 4 draws left including the one on tuesday.

                                 I have a strong feeling itz been a while since we had a California winner cause I am so very much ready for it... 

                               

                               PartyChristmas

                              Well, looks like someone was close to being right after all because it's rolled to 207M.Thumbs Up

                              You can't predict random.