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Mega Millions multi-state lottery to get harder to win in Oct.

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Posted: May 20, 2013, 8:52 pm - IP Logged

I don't understand how people can say it does not matter. When the odds are getting worse by close to 100 million. IT DOES MATTER. Why would ANYONE play early on when you just sit out the JP will at some point end up high enough when someone will win.

WHAT ARE THEY GIVING US for taking our odds away? We get nothing back. Powerball was a lot different for $2. Went from starting at 20 mill to 40. And the odds got BETTER not worse. Even if JP started WAY higher the odds are worse. They was not selling as many tickets this year already 19 draws to get to 190 mill ONLY is pathetic. So they make it HARDER to win? Great idea........I am surprised there is not a bigger issue with this.

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    Posted: May 20, 2013, 8:52 pm - IP Logged

    Boycott time...

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    I Agree! This sucks! This smells like a proposal that came from someone linked to the NY Lotto game.  75 numbers!  That is crazy!  Or maybe someone confused raising Social Security age with raising pool of 5 up to the 75 mark. 

     

    Actually, I won't boycott the game.  It brings in all of my significant numbers so I will play on.  Maybe I might get lucky and win the first ever billion dollar jackpot!  While they are at making changes, why don't they scrap the whole annuity thing and make whatever they advertise the cash value, taxes paid amount!!!

    Get MONEY!!! Winning a JACKPOT lottery is all the HOPE and CHANGE I desire!!!  NOW give me MONEY!US Flag

    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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      Posted: May 20, 2013, 8:59 pm - IP Logged

      Wow! Florida players finally get Mega Millions and then they decide to make the game harder. It may be time for all players to return to playing their state lotteries only. A Dollar and A Dream.

      The last time that Mega Millions changed was in June 2005.

      California added Mega Millions to its repertoire in June 2005.

      I'm sure that there was some relation.

      Today's winning 3-ball is going to be a number between 000 and 999.

      In a lot of states, lotteries benefit education. That makes the REAL winners the only people who can't play!

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        Posted: May 20, 2013, 9:11 pm - IP Logged

        It was a shot in the dark at 175 million to one.

        It'll be a shot in the dark at 258 million to one.

        It ain't like you ever really had a good shot at it anyway.

        Todd once explained beating the current odds as akin to getting struck by lightning while being eaten by a shark.

        And now it'll be like being struck by lightning while being eaten by a shark while in your tool shed eating mayonnaise out of the jar with a pool cue with Oprah on your back.

        Know what I'm sayin'?

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          Posted: May 20, 2013, 9:18 pm - IP Logged

          how greedy can they get?  i guess there is no limit to greed.  everybody should boycott this because that is terrible odds.

          Thumbs Up yup.. come Oct I STOP playing......

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            Posted: May 20, 2013, 10:04 pm - IP Logged

            It was a shot in the dark at 175 million to one.

            It'll be a shot in the dark at 258 million to one.

            It ain't like you ever really had a good shot at it anyway.

            Todd once explained beating the current odds as akin to getting struck by lightning while being eaten by a shark.

            And now it'll be like being struck by lightning while being eaten by a shark while in your tool shed eating mayonnaise out of the jar with a pool cue with Oprah on your back.

            Know what I'm sayin'?

            Ya close to a extra 100 mill WORSE odds is NOTHING. When games like Powerball make the odds better these guys make it WORSE. Do they not see lower sales now then last year? So instead of MAYBE making odds better. They make them WORSE. The sales will be half of what they are this year by next year. Will people buy when it get's to a CRAZY amount of course. But until then they will not be selling well.

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              Posted: May 20, 2013, 10:07 pm - IP Logged

              I will wait and see what the prize structure looks like but with 18 million to 1 odds for second prize I doubt they will have a big enough prize for me to consider it worth the bother.

              I will probably wait until the Jackpot is over $650,000,000 before I buy a ticket.

              Consider the second prize odds about what a 6/51 jackpot game would be.

              For 6/51 odds second prize had better be a $25,000,000 annuity.

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                Posted: May 20, 2013, 10:21 pm - IP Logged

                how greedy can they get?  i guess there is no limit to greed.  everybody should boycott this because that is terrible odds.

                EXACTLY!!!  Nothing but pure GREED from the lottery people!!!

                The boycott might work, but will never happen...  There are FAR too many people that either know absolutely nothing about odds, or don't care about the odds, that will continue to play.

                Gotta keep in mind that no matter what the many SMART people on LP think about this and how it affects the chances of winning (even though the odds were already ridiculously high), you have to look at how many people there are that finance MM for it to have the jackpots that it already has.

                 

                I personally don't care what they do to muck up MM, since I don't play it ... But the same MUSL people just got through doing the same thing to Hot Lotto, which is my game.  I bet another change will come soon for PB too!


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                  Posted: May 20, 2013, 10:46 pm - IP Logged

                  This is GREAT news, it's too easy to win currently.

                  This will only make it a little less easy.

                  You all watch, the same states east of the Mississippi will still win like crazy.

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                    Posted: May 20, 2013, 10:51 pm - IP Logged

                    I mean when you think about it odds dont matter at a certain point. If its your time ... ITS YOUR TIME.

                    People complained about PB $2 change till no end but then when they saw its potential they hopped right on the bandwagon. Everyone was saying Im moving to the MEGA MILLIONS now...WELL LOOK AT PB TODAY!! Hitting two of the highest payouts in LOttery History.

                    I do have one complaint about this system and that is people are only going to play one ticket at a time or maybe 2 when before they might have played 5 because now they know this is near impossible. But if MM starts its jackpot at least around 50 million then we are good - Otherwise it will take MONTHS to get a good jackpot.

                    Ive done some analysis on these type of impossible jackpots and one example is the SuperEnalotto which is played in ITALY. guess what the odds are? 

                    1 in 622,614,630. NOW THAT IS WHEN WE BOYCOTT. MEGAMILLIONS is becoming too EASY TO WIN Before it hits 200M. I mean if people constantly are getting 5 numbers ( average 5-6 people a drawing) then its really unlikely. NO BODY even plays MM anymore...its all about PB.

                    I mean how in the world do 17 people match 5 numbers last drawing for MM but on a similar draw for PB only 5-6 people?? TIME FOR A CHANGE!! Smash

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                      Posted: May 20, 2013, 11:09 pm - IP Logged

                      Some people seem happy about the planned changes, I guess they think they'll feel better about losing if there are more players in the same situation as them.

                       * you don't need to buy more tickets, just buy a winning ticket * 
                         
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                        Posted: May 20, 2013, 11:11 pm - IP Logged

                        None for me, I'll pass !! Its already a suckers bet...geez !!! 


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                          Posted: May 20, 2013, 11:26 pm - IP Logged

                          It's a trick for sales and I will stop playing this game will spend my time on cash 5 for a realistic hit

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                            Posted: May 21, 2013, 12:28 am - IP Logged

                            Idiots, MM was IMO the better game over the last several years and I mocked PB for all the stupidity they've gone through with fiddle with their odds which utter failed to where they had to bring them back down, now they're doing the same. Guess in a couple more years they'll be changing MM to a $2 game too.

                            You can't predict random.

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                              Posted: May 21, 2013, 12:45 am - IP Logged

                              Idiots, MM was IMO the better game over the last several years and I mocked PB for all the stupidity they've gone through with fiddle with their odds which utter failed to where they had to bring them back down, now they're doing the same. Guess in a couple more years they'll be changing MM to a $2 game too.

                              Probably. It's called inflation.

                                 
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