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2 lottery tickets split $333M Mega Millions jackpot

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Posted: August 30, 2009, 6:54 pm - IP Logged

Why in the world did that store in the bronx get only $10,000 ?. The state of New York should be ashamed of them-selfs !.That store that sold that winning ticket  of $166,5000.00 should get at least $500,000 !!!. If I ever win the Mega Millions,that store will get at least 5% of my winnings,after taxes.New York...WAKE-UP!!.Smash

In Ohio agents(retailers) selling the winning tickets for a MegaMillions Jackpot get $1,000 per Million*.  Each state have their own rules.  A few years ago a BigGame jackpot was shared by winners in Michigan and Illinois and the retailer in Michigan got $10K while the one in Illinois got $150K.

* Shared among all winning ticket selling agents, minimum bonus of $10,000.

 * you don't need to buy more tickets, just buy a winning ticket * 
   
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    Posted: August 31, 2009, 2:26 am - IP Logged

    Why in the world did that store in the bronx get only $10,000 ?. The state of New York should be ashamed of them-selfs !.That store that sold that winning ticket  of $166,5000.00 should get at least $500,000 !!!. If I ever win the Mega Millions,that store will get at least 5% of my winnings,after taxes.New York...WAKE-UP!!.Smash

    Why should the retailer get anything at all? They already got paid for selling the winning ticket, as well as every other ticket they sold. Did selling the winning ticket take some kind of extra work?

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      Posted: August 31, 2009, 9:48 am - IP Logged

      I am also glad more then one person won the jackpot. That is a lot of money and is more then enough to help out multiple people! Congrats to the winners!

      Obamnian attitude -

      Gotta spread the wealth !

      I prefer one ticket to win - that makes an enormous impact !

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        Posted: August 31, 2009, 10:02 am - IP Logged

        Why should the retailer get anything at all? They already got paid for selling the winning ticket, as well as every other ticket they sold. Did selling the winning ticket take some kind of extra work?

        Retailer incentives are a huge boost to lottery sales.  I know this because I know several owners of convenience stores that do whatever they can to increase awareness of jackpots, etc.

        If you truly want to gain understanding of why things happen the way they do with the lottery, you need to think of it as the huge business that it is -- not as just a challenging game between you and the rubber balls.

         

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          Posted: August 31, 2009, 10:42 am - IP Logged

          In Ohio agents(retailers) selling the winning tickets for a MegaMillions Jackpot get $1,000 per Million*.  Each state have their own rules.  A few years ago a BigGame jackpot was shared by winners in Michigan and Illinois and the retailer in Michigan got $10K while the one in Illinois got $150K.

          * Shared among all winning ticket selling agents, minimum bonus of $10,000.

          That is correct.  Lottery retailers signed on to sell lottery tickets and knew full well what they would receive, should they sell a jackpot winning ticket.

          If MI was to give the retailer some kind of extra "bonus" that is not in the contract, that would be like the retailer or the lottery commision deciding to give you some kind of extra bonus for a jackpot win.  It just isn't done. 

          Besides, where would they take the extra money from?  Maybe their paychecks?  Maybe off the winning jackpot?  In either case, if they did do that, someone would be unhappy.

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            Posted: August 31, 2009, 11:16 am - IP Logged

            Obamnian attitude -

            Gotta spread the wealth !

            I prefer one ticket to win - that makes an enormous impact !

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              Posted: August 31, 2009, 1:25 pm - IP Logged

              Retailer incentives are a huge boost to lottery sales.  I know this because I know several owners of convenience stores that do whatever they can to increase awareness of jackpots, etc.

              If you truly want to gain understanding of why things happen the way they do with the lottery, you need to think of it as the huge business that it is -- not as just a challenging game between you and the rubber balls.

              Are those retailers trying to increase jackpot awareness because they're hoping to collect a bonus for selling a jackpot winner, or do they do it because it sells more of the tickets for which they get the standard commission?  Obviously the retailers have a much better chance of selling a jackpot winner than any given player has of buying the winner, but I sure hope that collecting the bonus isn't part of their business plan. I'd be very surprised if annual bonus payments to retailers average out to more than a couple of hundred bucks per retailer. Some retailers made that much simply on the increased ticket sales for the last MM drawing.

              I am thinking of it as a business. That's why I don't think it'snecessary for the retailers to become part of the game of chance. The retailers earn a modest commission on every ticket sold, and they also collect a modest amount for redeeming prizes. If they do happen to sell a big prize winner, they usually benefit substantially from the publicity and an increase in ticket sales to players who decide it's a lucky place to buy tickets, and anything else they pick up at the same time.

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                Posted: August 31, 2009, 1:38 pm - IP Logged

                Retailer Bonus Structure (OHIO)

                5.5% on every sale and up to an additional 1.5% based on how many winning tickets they cash; Jackpot selling bonus is $1,000 for every million of the jackpot.

                Retailer Bonus Structure (NEW YORK)

                6% sales commission on any New York Lottery ticket; $10,000 bonus for selling a jackpot-winning MM ticket.

                Retailer Bonus Structure (TEXAS)

                Sales commission is 5%; Mega Millions bonus is 1% of advertised jackpot portion won, capped at a total of $1,000,000 for all bonuses paid for a single drawing. Bonus is pari-mutuel. If multiple jackpot winning tickets are sold, retailers will share the bonus equally.

                Retailer Bonus Structure  (CALIFORNIA)

                6¢ selling bonus; 1/2 of 1¢ bonus for selling a Mega Millions jackpot

                Just a few bonus structures from the MM website....

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                  Posted: August 31, 2009, 1:44 pm - IP Logged

                  Obamnian attitude -

                  Gotta spread the wealth !

                  I prefer one ticket to win - that makes an enormous impact !

                  Argue

                  No, it's not "Obamnian attutude" or some other such nonsense. Roll Eyes I am just not a greedy person. A huge jackpot that is worth over 300 million can impact and do a lot of good for more then just one person. It can allow mulitple people to share in making their dreams come true.

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

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                    Posted: August 31, 2009, 5:36 pm - IP Logged

                    No, it's not "Obamnian attutude" or some other such nonsense. Roll Eyes I am just not a greedy person. A huge jackpot that is worth over 300 million can impact and do a lot of good for more then just one person. It can allow mulitple people to share in making their dreams come true.

                    I resent the implication that People like me, that like to see one ticket win, are Greedy !No Pity!

                     

                    I am just tired of the Greed of Envy being perpetrated on our Nation ! Crying

                     

                    Best wishes to anyone that wins ! Hyper

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                      Posted: August 31, 2009, 5:54 pm - IP Logged

                      Sometimes people like me need some individual luck because of years of financial problems steming from a lost job and longterm illness.  That is why I like individual tickets to win Jackpots ! Dance

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                        Posted: August 31, 2009, 6:34 pm - IP Logged

                        Sometimes people like me need some individual luck because of years of financial problems steming from a lost job and longterm illness.  That is why I like individual tickets to win Jackpots ! Dance

                        there  you  go  .........its  LUCK  and  lots  of  it  if  those  were  your  numbers ..........look  has  anyone  claimed  the  money  ???

                        just  think  if  they  lost  the  ticket  or  died  of  shock  after  discoverning  they  had  won ??

                        will  luck  be  on  their  side Dance

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                          there  you  go  .........its  LUCK  and  lots  of  it  if  those  were  your  numbers ..........look  has  anyone  claimed  the  money  ???

                          just  think  if  they  lost  the  ticket  or  died  of  shock  after  discoverning  they  had  won ??

                          will  luck  be  on  their  side Dance

                          my  point  is  its  better  if  you  have  the  luck  on  your  side  and   a  strong  intuition   :

                          you   will  win  more  often  and  you  wont  loose  your  money  so  often ......wonder  who  won this  jackpot :

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                            Posted: September 1, 2009, 12:04 am - IP Logged

                            I heard there is a new game coming up sept 15 " Sweet Millions" you only have to choose 1-40. Its the best game to win a million dollar. You should try it

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                              Posted: September 1, 2009, 12:07 pm - IP Logged

                              I resent the implication that People like me, that like to see one ticket win, are Greedy !No Pity!

                               

                              I am just tired of the Greed of Envy being perpetrated on our Nation ! Crying

                               

                              Best wishes to anyone that wins ! Hyper

                              You want it all for yourself. What do you call it?

                              Don't get me wrong. I'd prefer to see only one winner, too. At least if I'm the winner. Trust me, the wealth will be spread around just fine that way, and I'm completely confident that I can do a better job of that than by just leaving it up to chance. Imagine if you shared a $300 million jackpot with David Edwards, Jack Whittaker and the nutjob that held that kidnapped girl for 18 years. I'm pretty sure nobody thinks that's better than a single winner.