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

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Posted: May 21, 2013, 6:58 pm - IP Logged

The jackpot won't grow any faster. Maybe even fewer will play at low levels; so it will take forever to get to a level (200 million+) for a frenzy to start, and it will continually get won at lower jackpots because the jackpot size (and sales) can never accelerate fast enough to get to the levels where everyone starts playing. Powerball already tried higher odds @ 1 in 195 million, it failed; during that period it never broke any records or even came close to $300 million jackpots.

Exactly, that's why MM needs a $4. price point and a BETTER prize structure.

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    Posted: May 21, 2013, 7:07 pm - IP Logged

    If they are going to make it harder to win, they better start the jackpot at $500 million dollars.


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      If they are going to make it harder to win, they better start the jackpot at $500 million dollars.

      Making it harder to win wont work. If they move forward with those plans it will be a flop.

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        Posted: May 21, 2013, 7:31 pm - IP Logged

        Making it harder to win wont work. If they move forward with those plans it will be a flop.

        I agree big time. This will be a major flop for Mega Millions.

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          Posted: May 21, 2013, 7:38 pm - IP Logged

          I am very dissapointed....Poke

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            Posted: May 21, 2013, 7:47 pm - IP Logged

            I sent an email this morning to MM and got this reply from someone at the Ohio Lottery.

             

            Thanks for your inquiry.  The game is changing but not the price point. The number of balls to choose from is increasing which will allow for larger and more jackpots. Also, the game will have a starting jackpot of $15 million!

             

            Linda

            Ohio Lottery WebMail

             

            So, I may still play, but I really don't like the increase of the odds.

            Life's Too Short To Be Unhappy Cool

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              Posted: May 21, 2013, 7:49 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.

              People said the samething with powerball and now last weekend powerball produced 33 new one million dollar winners accross America so it depends on what other prices will be like but left to me i will say leave the game the way it is but double the price to $2 like powerball America doesn't have a problem paying $2 so far lol with all the long line arround building like a bikini lady selling hot dogs.

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                Posted: May 21, 2013, 8:06 pm - IP Logged

                I keep thinking if winning the jackpot is just a dream then players will really be playing to win the second prize.

                Now the question is what amount will the second prize has to be with odds of 1:18M to be competitive with local games offering jackpots with better odds.  For example Ohio has Classic Lotto(6/49) with jackpots of $1-$50M with odds of 1:14M.

                It's supply and demand. The players want larger jackpots, but won't play until it's almost $200 million. PB solved that problem by increasing ticket prices and it looks like MM is just going to add more combos and make it harder to win. Personally I'd rather see 20 players win $30 million than one player winning $590 million but that ain't going to happen.

                The secondary prizes, the prizes we'll most likely win barely cover the cost of play; beat odds 360 to 1 with a $2 ticket and win $5. If the players want bigger jackpots and bigger prizes, eliminate all the secondary prizes but 4 + 1 and 5 + 0, give bigger payoffs for them and put the rest towards the jackpot.

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                  Posted: May 21, 2013, 8:32 pm - IP Logged

                  There are going to be less Players in the beginning of the Jackpot cycle,so it won't the 100 Millionen point by about  20 drawings so it could take over 26 weeks to have a Jackpot winner maybe even 39 weeks,so what are they gaining if they only will have one big Jackpot a Year for 1 Billion Jackpot.

                  It is total ludicris what the MEGA Millions Lottery wants to accomplish by incrising the ODDS of winning ,I will boycot the MEGA Million Game completely!!!!!!!!

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                    Posted: May 21, 2013, 8:54 pm - IP Logged

                    I sent an email this morning to MM and got this reply from someone at the Ohio Lottery.

                     

                    Thanks for your inquiry.  The game is changing but not the price point. The number of balls to choose from is increasing which will allow for larger and more jackpots. Also, the game will have a starting jackpot of $15 million!

                     

                    Linda

                    Ohio Lottery WebMail

                     

                    So, I may still play, but I really don't like the increase of the odds.

                    $15 million? Wow, this increase in odds is so justified.Roll Eyes

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                      Posted: May 21, 2013, 10:01 pm - IP Logged

                      I sent an email this morning to MM and got this reply from someone at the Ohio Lottery.

                       

                      Thanks for your inquiry.  The game is changing but not the price point. The number of balls to choose from is increasing which will allow for larger and more jackpots. Also, the game will have a starting jackpot of $15 million!

                       

                      Linda

                      Ohio Lottery WebMail

                       

                      So, I may still play, but I really don't like the increase of the odds.

                      <snip> The number of balls to choose from is increasing which will allow for larger and more jackpots. <snip>

                      Talk about blowing smoke up your a**!!!  That is NOT the way it works!!!  More balls means LESS jackpots, because it is harder to match your numbers with the winning numbers ... HIGHER ODDS !!!

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                        Posted: May 21, 2013, 10:46 pm - IP Logged

                        I bet if we give this new odds some time to do draws like a year and they see how bad the game is doing they will change it again.  Lowering the odds and upping the ticket prize to $2 which is what I said they should do to keep the odds low.  And it still will be hard to win the jackpot.-weshar75

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                          Posted: May 22, 2013, 12:45 am - IP Logged

                          <snip> The number of balls to choose from is increasing which will allow for larger and more jackpots. <snip>

                          Talk about blowing smoke up your a**!!!  That is NOT the way it works!!!  More balls means LESS jackpots, because it is harder to match your numbers with the winning numbers ... HIGHER ODDS !!!

                          It doesn't mean "more" or "less" jackpots. More or less is dependent on the draw frequency, nothing else. 

                           

                          I highly doubt this is going to fail like you all think. Most people probably don't know much about the probability anyway. 

                           

                          Also, it'd be a lot greedier to up the $ per ticket. I think upping the odds is really nice of them. Making tickets expensive, like $4 as Ronnie suggested would 

                          mean most casual players stop playing. This means that they're just getting more money from the regular "addicts". That's really not very humane. It's really

                          nice to keep the ticket price low so that any casual player might help contribute a bit instead of addicts losing all their money.

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                            Posted: May 22, 2013, 1:08 am - IP Logged

                            There are going to be less Players in the beginning of the Jackpot cycle,so it won't the 100 Millionen point by about  20 drawings so it could take over 26 weeks to have a Jackpot winner maybe even 39 weeks,so what are they gaining if they only will have one big Jackpot a Year for 1 Billion Jackpot.

                            It is total ludicris what the MEGA Millions Lottery wants to accomplish by incrising the ODDS of winning ,I will boycot the MEGA Million Game completely!!!!!!!!

                            LOL. Imagine being Winner of the Year. I will play all 15 golden balls and win all the time.

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                              Posted: May 22, 2013, 2:38 am - IP Logged

                              I noticed Tuesday MM jackpot went from $12M to $15M instead of its normal $13M.  Could it be that this announcement that the good old day of easy picking will end in October be causing players to spend more before they end?

                               * you don't need to buy more tickets, just buy a winning ticket * 
                                 
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