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$244 MILLION: Mega Millions lottery frenzy ramps up

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Posted: March 19, 2011, 11:40 am - IP Logged

"The cash value — the most important factor for many jackpot-watchers — stands at a staggering $155.7 million."

 

That cash value won't be the only thing staggering when I win.

(Actually, I'd probably be staggering anyway but it's nice to have a valid excuse for a change)


                                             
                     
                                         

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                   

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    I really don't notice too much of a "frenzy" anymore when the MegaMillions and PowerBall jackpots get large. Now that they're both sold in pretty much all lottery states, the jackpots grow faster and are won more often. It's just a more commonplace occurence that people don't get so excited about. None of the people who I work around ever want to start pools anymore either. (I wouldn't join a pool anyway.)

    I honestly can't recall the last time I had to stand in line to buy lottery tickets except when I happened to be behind people buying gas, beer, cigarettes, doughnuts, energy drinks and such. I think any long lines are more likely to form at lottery retailers that happen to be in towns that border non-lottery states, but that's just my guess.

    Personally, I play MegaMillions and PowerBall whether the jackpot value is the minimum twelve or fifteen million dollars respectively, or an amount of hundreds of millions of dollars. Any of the jackpots would put me in a much better spot than I'm in now. Larger, longer jackpot runs only mean that fewer jackpots are being won. Maybe I'm wrong, but I don't see that as a good thing for players. The vast majority of us would be in pretty good shape if we could just win one of those starting jackpots.

    I hear what you're saying, but the facts don't fit.  In the 14 months since PB and MM started the cross-selling arrangement, the MM jackpot has been over $200 million in only three jackpot run-ups.  And Powerball has been over $200 million in only three jackpot run-ups as well.

    Plus, it has been almost a year since Powerball was over $200 million.  (The last time was June 2, 2010.)

     

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      I hear what you're saying, but the facts don't fit.  In the 14 months since PB and MM started the cross-selling arrangement, the MM jackpot has been over $200 million in only three jackpot run-ups.  And Powerball has been over $200 million in only three jackpot run-ups as well.

      Plus, it has been almost a year since Powerball was over $200 million.  (The last time was June 2, 2010.)

      Actually, the facts do fit.

      I spoke of larger jackpots as opposed to the smaller starting minimums and lower roll-overs.  I wasn't talking about record jackpots or even necessarily over $200 million.

      I stated that the jackpots now grow faster and are won more often. That is indeed the case.

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        Actually, the facts do fit.

        I spoke of larger jackpots as opposed to the smaller starting minimums and lower roll-overs.  I wasn't talking about record jackpots or even necessarily over $200 million.

        I stated that the jackpots now grow faster and are won more often. That is indeed the case.

        Oh, I thought you were commenting on the subject of this news story and the current Mega Millions jackpot, which is $244 million when you said, " It's just a more commonplace occurence that people don't get so excited about."

        So you were commenting on OTHER Mega Millions jackpots that aren't so large.  Thanks for clearing that up.

        What is your evidence that they are growing larger faster now, as opposed to before January, 2010 (when the cross-selling arrangement began)?  Can you tell me how 14 consecutive drawings to reach this point is different than in the past?  Can you also show how they are getting hit more often?  I believe I have shown in the past year how they are NOT getting hit more often.

         

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          Posted: March 19, 2011, 12:39 pm - IP Logged

          I believe it is pure chance to win ................... otherwise I would not play ..................... my only hobby is spending about $2 a week on either Mega Millions or Powerball ........................... so if it happens  - great - otherwise it gives a little pleasure to have a modest hobby !

           

          I have all day to formulate my financial plans ............... just in case!

           

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            Posted: March 19, 2011, 12:50 pm - IP Logged

            "The cash value — the most important factor for many jackpot-watchers — stands at a staggering $155.7 million."

             

            That cash value won't be the only thing staggering when I win.

            (Actually, I'd probably be staggering anyway but it's nice to have a valid excuse for a change)

            LOL!  rdgrnr would that be from the shock? or the Whiskey??  If your posts are any indication I think your Press Conference for your win would be hillarious!

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              Posted: March 19, 2011, 1:19 pm - IP Logged

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                Posted: March 19, 2011, 1:19 pm - IP Logged

                My first comment on Lottery Post! How's everybody doing? Been playing the big jackpot games Mega Millions and Powerball since a few drawings right before Powerball came to NJ (hope that makes sense)! 

                Good luck everyone and I hope someone shares the good news on Lottery Post when they win it all!

                Welcome to LP...and good luck to the both of US!!! Wink

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                  Posted: March 19, 2011, 1:31 pm - IP Logged

                  todd made a intresting point, lets take a look at lastest draw vs odd pre cross selling draw rollover amounts per draw

                  for this draw, we have on our  14th draw coming up

                  tuesday march 22, 2011  244m , cash of 155.7   

                  Friday, March 18, 201114 · 33 · 34 · 54 · 56    + 374$201 Million
                  Tuesday, March 15, 201110 · 11 · 12 · 28 · 43    + 454$172 Million
                  Friday, March 11, 201114 · 19 · 21 · 42 · 45    + 062$151 Million
                  Tuesday, March 08, 201103 · 17 · 19 · 41 · 55    + 244$127 Million
                  Friday, March 04, 201108 · 10 · 15 · 23 · 41    + 074$105 Million
                  Tuesday, March 01, 201101 · 12 · 19 · 20 · 47    + 253$88 Million
                  Friday, February 25, 201104 · 05 · 17 · 19 · 50    + 074$76 Million
                  Tuesday, February 22, 201115 · 22 · 23 · 48 · 55    + 314$64 Million
                  Friday, February 18, 201105 · 06 · 07 · 30 · 45    + 423$52 Million
                  Tuesday, February 15, 201117 · 18 · 24 · 35 · 39    + 184$40 Million
                  Friday, February 11, 201108 · 09 · 17 · 32 · 34    + 132$30 Million
                  Tuesday, February 08, 201125 · 35 · 36 · 47 · 48    + 182$19 Million
                  Friday, February 04, 201106 · 20 · 29 · 48 · 55    + 064$12 Million

                   

                  to be fair to odd sales data, i should take  highest 14th draw before cross selling begin

                   Whats this? 252 in 14 draws vs current 244, and we have more states!

                  Tuesday, August 25, 200903 · 12 · 19 · 22 · 40    + 024$252 Million
                  Friday, August 21, 200909 · 38 · 44 · 48 · 49    + 134$207 Million
                  Tuesday, August 18, 200904 · 05 · 26 · 37 · 56    + 254$170 Million
                  Friday, August 14, 200908 · 22 · 25 · 33 · 35    + 464$146 Million
                  Tuesday, August 11, 200906 · 12 · 15 · 32 · 42    + 403$124 Million
                  Friday, August 07, 200907 · 18 · 35 · 45 · 56    + 033$102 Million
                  Tuesday, August 04, 200901 · 28 · 34 · 42 · 50    + 273$84 Million
                  Friday, July 31, 200917 · 35 · 44 · 52 · 56    + 222$73 Million
                  Tuesday, July 28, 200904 · 17 · 24 · 25 · 48    + 343$60 Million
                  Friday, July 24, 200903 · 06 · 43 · 51 · 52    + 364$48 Million
                  Tuesday, July 21, 200903 · 08 · 21 · 50 · 52    + 024$37 Million
                  Friday, July 17, 200908 · 17 · 40 · 47 · 50    + 134$27 Million
                  Tuesday, July 14, 200920 · 29 · 35 · 45 · 53    + 414$16 Million
                  Friday, July 10, 200905 · 10 · 26 · 27 · 28    + 044$12 Million

                   

                  however, this same draw had a 15th draw,  and it went to  336m form 256m, 

                  yet  looks compare it this recent high one, that i remb so well , Sky rocketed in its last roll before its death by 2 lucky as beep players

                  recent one, it started lower, yet Rolled much higher,   only when lotto fever sets in do the added states Help A ton.

                  soon as media on it,  41 states selling MM go into buying frenze that is pure Epic in scale,

                   

                  Mega Millions Jackpot for Jan. 4, 2011   

                  $380,000,000

                   cash $240,000,000

                  Mega Millions Jackpot for Dec. 31, 2010   

                  $242,000,000

                   cash $154,000,000

                  thats a 86 million cash Jump VS  51 cash jump on old rollover without added states, and it had a higher number to begin with , so no doubts can be , cross selling pay off big time

                  Mega Millions Jackpot for Aug. 25, 2009   

                  $252,000,000

                   cash $159,000,000

                  Mega Millions Jackpot for Aug. 28, 2009   

                  $336,000,000

                  cash $210,000,000

                   

                   only  evidence ofc  is of lotto fever of 41 states making it Jump much faster At high jackpots levels of 200+ tl

                  not many people play when jackpot low, its just how it is,   more players are always going to help out sure , but only when everyone buying


                  now to get back to planing my wicked vacation of my dreams as a backup Plan incase am"cursed" with a lottery win , a curse i glady take LOL

                  also
                      tlc doing their  lottery changed my  life show

                  , 7 hours worth of it to be spot on, come sunday 20th,  am planning to rematch Mega-Mansion Millionaires One,

                  sense they had a major nice home and a even a hired chef cook for them  LOL, with 100 m atfer tax's, i could so for see my self getting hired Help LOL

                  Plus i think i start up my own mini zoo in a back yard, when you can hire people to look atfer all the pets,  hell i need to reseach is it allowed to have a pet beaver,i love the engineers of wild kindom, smart little devils


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                    I really don't notice too much of a "frenzy" anymore when the MegaMillions and PowerBall jackpots get large. Now that they're both sold in pretty much all lottery states, the jackpots grow faster and are won more often. It's just a more commonplace occurence that people don't get so excited about. None of the people who I work around ever want to start pools anymore either. (I wouldn't join a pool anyway.)

                    I honestly can't recall the last time I had to stand in line to buy lottery tickets except when I happened to be behind people buying gas, beer, cigarettes, doughnuts, energy drinks and such. I think any long lines are more likely to form at lottery retailers that happen to be in towns that border non-lottery states, but that's just my guess.

                    Personally, I play MegaMillions and PowerBall whether the jackpot value is the minimum twelve or fifteen million dollars respectively, or an amount of hundreds of millions of dollars. Any of the jackpots would put me in a much better spot than I'm in now. Larger, longer jackpot runs only mean that fewer jackpots are being won. Maybe I'm wrong, but I don't see that as a good thing for players. The vast majority of us would be in pretty good shape if we could just win one of those starting jackpots.

                    I Agree! That is why I always buy a ticket no matter the jackpot amount.  And I still buy an extra ticket even when the jackpot was just hit (unfortunately by someone else Crying).  That is also why I now routinely play my state lottery...I would be just as fine with $3.5 million cash as I would with $109 million cash...the only difference is that the interest the $109 million would generate each year would afford me a much higher standard of living than $3.5 million, but seriously, I do not see myself spending over 5 percent of any jackpot amount I might be lucky to win.  So the only reason I am ever really happy that a jackpot rolled over is when I look at my tickets and find they did not match...so just another chance to win an increasing amount even though I would be fine with $7 or $9 million (starting cash value of MegaMillions and Powerball respectively).  So tonight I am rooting for my numbers to match in Illinois' Lotto drawing and Powerball!

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                    The guy who won the presidency in 2008 really won the lottery...he is now millions richer, travels in first class style, and even has a staff that would be the envy of the richest Powerball winner (she has a staff of 2). Every night he goes to sleep, he probably plays the close of Dave Chappelle's Show: I'm rich beyatch!

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                      I Agree! That is why I always buy a ticket no matter the jackpot amount.  And I still buy an extra ticket even when the jackpot was just hit (unfortunately by someone else Crying).  That is also why I now routinely play my state lottery...I would be just as fine with $3.5 million cash as I would with $109 million cash...the only difference is that the interest the $109 million would generate each year would afford me a much higher standard of living than $3.5 million, but seriously, I do not see myself spending over 5 percent of any jackpot amount I might be lucky to win.  So the only reason I am ever really happy that a jackpot rolled over is when I look at my tickets and find they did not match...so just another chance to win an increasing amount even though I would be fine with $7 or $9 million (starting cash value of MegaMillions and Powerball respectively).  So tonight I am rooting for my numbers to match in Illinois' Lotto drawing and Powerball!

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                        They say it will radically change someone's life...but chances are likely for another rollover.

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                          I am actually rooting more for my six numbers to roll in the lottery drawings (at any given time, not just because the jackpot is over a certain amount) than I will ever root for any NCAA college basketball team during March Madness.  Although I don't make it a practice to watch the televised drawings, I have effectively avoided watching any of the NCAA basketball tournament.  Something about the hypocrisy surrounding the NCAA...if I were a politician, that is one organization I would have the IRS look into revoking tax-exempt status...then I would disband the IRS.  If the govt is looking to fill holes in their budget coffers, the NCAA is a multi-billion dollar per year revenue source...and although I am not an accountant, I do know that when you tax billions, you can end up with millions for government programs.  And I know this would not be unpopular with the general American public...the NCAA is the biggest scam outside of Bernie Madoff.

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                          The guy who won the presidency in 2008 really won the lottery...he is now millions richer, travels in first class style, and even has a staff that would be the envy of the richest Powerball winner (she has a staff of 2). Every night he goes to sleep, he probably plays the close of Dave Chappelle's Show: I'm rich beyatch!

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                            "players across the United States will vie for a Mega-jackpot Tuesday that promises to radically change one lucky winner's life."

                             

                            This statement isn't really true. It's possible for more than one person to pick the same set of  numbers and the jackpot would be spilt among the people who correctly matched all five white balls + the mega ball.

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                              "players across the United States will vie for a Mega-jackpot Tuesday that promises to radically change one lucky winner's life."

                               

                              This statement isn't really true. It's possible for more than one person to pick the same set of  numbers and the jackpot would be spilt among the people who correctly matched all five white balls + the mega ball.

                              THE LOTTERY COMPUTER ALWAYS PICK THE WINNING COMBINATION.Certain DEMOGRAPHIC AREAS AT STATES AND LOCAL LEVELS WIN MORE THAN OTHERS.That is why i have decided to play 1 QP .IT DOES NOT MATTER WHETHER IT IS QP OR SELF PICK.THE LOTTERY MACHINES ALREADY KNOW WHEN AND WHERE.