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Powerball, Mega Millions explore agreement

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Posted: March 14, 2009, 9:47 pm - IP Logged

 But this will practically kill off state lotteries. If Californians can play both MM and PB, why would they ever bother to play Super Lotto Plus?

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    Posted: March 14, 2009, 10:26 pm - IP Logged

     But this will practically kill off state lotteries. If Californians can play both MM and PB, why would they ever bother to play Super Lotto Plus?

    California has not lost anything -- they gain a lot more by adding Mega Millions.  Yes, adding another jackpot game to a state takes *some* money away from another game.  That's only natural.  But overall the state gains a lot more than that one game declines.

    In fact, because SuperLotto Plus is drawn on Wednesdays, the state gains from all the people who play both games.

    Do you think a state would add a game if they would lose money as a result?  Never in a million years!

    Besides, if it would lose money for the state, it's not like they would be forced to participate in both.  They are merely talking about the possibility of doing it.  It would be up to each individual state to decide what mix of games their residents would like to play.

     

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      Posted: March 14, 2009, 10:33 pm - IP Logged

      Individual States wouldn't they have to approve also? nj was exploring this already, now I guess the PB/MM people are taking the idea further?

      I would usually play at least 1 ticket in the "other" game and more of the one with a higher jackpot. Separate algorithms. The upside will be that there will almost always be a drawing that night for one of the two. I think some will play whatever is drawing that night. With equal jackpots I would go strongly for MM because it's easier to win and I do better with it. The downside is, no excuse to go to PA except maybe to try the new Super 7 and the confusion of people who will be confused between the two, and maybe trying to play their favorite numbers for the "other" game and finding a # is outside of the matrix, or asking for MM and meaning for PB or the clerk making a mistake that way. "Yeah I want the one with the ball in it, the big one, what's it called...? Mega Ball???"

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        Posted: March 14, 2009, 11:24 pm - IP Logged

        i think people are going to guide themselves by the jackpot the higher the more they will play...

        when MM & PB are high, SUperLP will suffer but when all 3 are low it will not...that's how i see it...for super Lotto plus to stay competitive with MM & PB, i feel they will have to increase the price of super Lotto plus tickets to 2 dollars...but i also feel people would think? Oh more choices, great...but i bet they will spend 2 dollars per game...

        i meant to say it will increase the number of wanna be lotto crackers....

        this is a magnificent idea...

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          Posted: March 14, 2009, 11:36 pm - IP Logged

          Offering both games would be awesome, but combining them would be insane. It's hard enough to win Powerball with odds of 1 in 195 million.

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            Posted: March 14, 2009, 11:42 pm - IP Logged

            That will save people from crossing state lines to play either one or both games.

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              Posted: March 15, 2009, 12:55 am - IP Logged

              Hey...if you are going to do it...dont take the next 10 years to tease our fantasies and we all get too old for too much excitement...get it done within the next year or two

              The MegaMillions will hit...it will be me...this you heard here first

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                Posted: March 15, 2009, 5:50 am - IP Logged

                The jackpot will reached 100+ millions by the third draw if there's no 1st prize winner(s). With two multi-states games available the excitement will never stop...unless people are used to the 100 Million mark by the second week, and is expecting 400+ millions to have any wow factor. Still, would be great to have the option to play both.

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                  Posted: March 15, 2009, 9:56 am - IP Logged

                  as the matrix goes up even when u add1  more state, how mad will it get with both games basically adding double their penetration will the odds of winning double?

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                    Posted: March 15, 2009, 10:02 am - IP Logged

                    There's always a possibility .... although very remote ... if MM & PB tickets were sold in all states both organizations might consider rolling back matrices to previous sensible levels.

                    From my perspective both games have long since ceased to be fun they once were due to high matrices.  If something isn't fun I don't purchase tickets.

                    Good luck to everyone!

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                      Posted: March 15, 2009, 10:35 am - IP Logged

                      Individual States wouldn't they have to approve also? nj was exploring this already, now I guess the PB/MM people are taking the idea further?

                      I would usually play at least 1 ticket in the "other" game and more of the one with a higher jackpot. Separate algorithms. The upside will be that there will almost always be a drawing that night for one of the two. I think some will play whatever is drawing that night. With equal jackpots I would go strongly for MM because it's easier to win and I do better with it. The downside is, no excuse to go to PA except maybe to try the new Super 7 and the confusion of people who will be confused between the two, and maybe trying to play their favorite numbers for the "other" game and finding a # is outside of the matrix, or asking for MM and meaning for PB or the clerk making a mistake that way. "Yeah I want the one with the ball in it, the big one, what's it called...? Mega Ball???"

                      I'm thinking it's more PB/MM people coming into some agreement to allow states they have contracts with to open up the chance for the competing game to also be played in the same state. I'm almost certain that MM and PB have exclusivity clauses in their contracts with the states.

                      Anyway, IMO this is still not to great an idea, while it will lead to another option to players and also easier since people wouldn't have to cross state lines to play the other game. It still could affect how each game rolls because it'll be which ever game has the bigger jackpot that gets the attention and even still it could split sales when people only choose one game to play over the other due to the JP amount and we all know most people won't care about the odds or even know them. On the other hand it would open up the chance to win four times a week though how many of those people would have just spent two dollars on the one game instead of one for each? Eh, I anyway I could see it being both a good and bad thing. The worst thing that could happen though is the games merging. The odds for the jackpot would have to be monstrous and I kind of like how MM is only played in 12 states, even if I have a snowball's chance in hell of winning.

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                        I like both games !!!

                        It would be nice to play them both.

                        I only get to play MM when I travel.

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                          Posted: March 15, 2009, 8:46 pm - IP Logged

                          Hey...if you are going to do it...dont take the next 10 years to tease our fantasies and we all get too old for too much excitement...get it done within the next year or two

                          Happy Sunday.......

                          ..........I totally agree with "Someday The Mega".........totally, especially considering that most of us play the MEGAMI$$$$$ & PB.....throughout the week, even if we have to cross the border to do it...

                          I play MEGAMI$$$$$ in Maryland and play the PB GAME on CAPITOL HILL  in the District of Columbia Washington......;...)  I will continue to cross the border to play regardless of the $$$$$$ in the Kitty........after all,  a win is a win.......and 25-50-75-100MI$$$$$$ is more than I started out with when I played the games.....but it would make it easier to play PB if Maryland could offer it too.......

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                            Posted: March 16, 2009, 12:21 am - IP Logged

                            i totally miss the part that they will be played in all the states...Oh Lord, you will see jackpots of 100 million by the end of the month...LOL..

                            You see this is what i am talking about this is so great...

                            but wouldn't they increase the matrix, if all the states are going to participate they are going to have to increase the matrix/configuration...

                            but i also hope that all states put a win for life or Hot Lotto or Pick6/42 or PIck6/44....

                            but something lots of us don't see, is that if all players that play play 2 or 3 dollars 1 dollar for Powerball, 1 dollar for MM and 1 dollar for the Pick6/42 then there will be winners of the jackpots a lot quicker...

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                              Lottery behemoths Powerball and Mega Millions are discussing a possible arrangement to sell tickets for both games in the 42 states where they now operate alone.

                              The talks, however, do not appear aimed at combining the two lotteries into one super game.

                              Powerball is played in 30 states, including Pennsylvania and Delaware; Mega Millions is offered in New Jersey and 11 other states.

                              "We are aware of the discussions between Powerball and Mega Millions, but at this point those discussions are only preliminary," said Stephanie Weyant, spokeswoman for the Pennsylvania Lottery. "So it's premature to comment."

                              New Jersey Lottery director William Jourdain also has acknowledged that preliminary discussions took place, although nothing has been determined, according to spokeswoman Mary Ann Rivell.

                              The talks were hinted at by a line in Gov. Corzine's new budget estimating that Powerball could bring in $10 million for the state.

                              But that won't happen without an agreement between Powerball and Mega Millions.

                              "As of right now, states sell one or the other, or neither," Weyant said.

                              Offering both could boost revenues, because players would see more of the huge jackpots that make sales soar.

                              On Feb. 28, a Powerball jackpot worth $174 million was hit by two tickets, one sold at the Plymouth Meeting Mall, and the other at a Dover, Del., liquor store.

                              Three days later, a single ticket bought in Toms River, N.J., won a Mega Millions jackpot worth $216 million.

                              we would love to have it here and fl hell we just got powerball  here!

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