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

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Posted: May 22, 2013, 3:29 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?

Jumping from 12M to 15M is not that unusual. Last time it happened was from Sept 14 to Sept 18 2012, May 8 to May 11 2012 and Jan 27 to Jan 31, 2012.

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    You know as they say, "If it ain't broke..."

    I'd like for them to just leave the game alone. MM is doing just fine as the "standard game" with PB as the "premium game".

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      Posted: May 22, 2013, 8:57 am - IP Logged

      You know as they say, "If it ain't broke..."

      I'd like for them to just leave the game alone. MM is doing just fine as the "standard game" with PB as the "premium game".

      I Agree!

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        Posted: May 22, 2013, 9:19 am - IP Logged

        I think they should give it a 6 month trial run. If it doesn't result in more profit for everyone, then return it back to it's original format.

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          I think they should give it a 6 month trial run. If it doesn't result in more profit for everyone, then return it back to it's original format.

          They already know the change is supposed to mean more profit for the states, no one ever said it would mean more profit for every one.

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            They already know the change is supposed to mean more profit for the states, no one ever said it would mean more profit for every one.

            Yeah. They aren't interested in profits for players. They are interested in profits for themselves.

            Players sometimes forget that. Including me.

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              Posted: May 22, 2013, 9:38 am - IP Logged

              You know as they say, "If it ain't broke..."

              I'd like for them to just leave the game alone. MM is doing just fine as the "standard game" with PB as the "premium game".

              That's like saying the states should have never produced a $!0 0r $20 scratch card. 

              Thanks to PB its abundantly clear that there is a market for higher priced draw games.


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                Posted: May 22, 2013, 9:43 am - IP Logged

                Yeah. They aren't interested in profits for players. They are interested in profits for themselves.

                Players sometimes forget that. Including me.

                Jackpot games sell tickets because of "jackpots" and smaller prises dont matter as much.


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                  Posted: May 22, 2013, 9:46 am - IP Logged

                  I Agree!

                  Thumbs Up Good idea, but progress and competition demand change.

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                    Posted: May 22, 2013, 6:38 pm - IP Logged

                    This is very disappointing as I'd been playing MM quite regulary for awhile now, but I will NOT be playing on a regular basis with these types of odds......I might invest a dollar or two when the jackpot is very , VERY high, but I can't feel myself going into a buying frenzy like I'd been doing with unusually high jackpots...The odds are just too high for me to feel I'd even have a chance...

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                      Posted: May 22, 2013, 7:19 pm - IP Logged

                      This is very disappointing as I'd been playing MM quite regulary for awhile now, but I will NOT be playing on a regular basis with these types of odds......I might invest a dollar or two when the jackpot is very , VERY high, but I can't feel myself going into a buying frenzy like I'd been doing with unusually high jackpots...The odds are just too high for me to feel I'd even have a chance...

                      I Agree!   I used to play $10 a draw back when it first started, but I would never win anything. So I thought, why bother. Now I

                      wait for the jackpot to pile up and I get 3 lines with the megaplier. But not till it hits at least 400 mill, and even then I don't

                      play every draw. It's not that I'm cheap, but I have a little better chance with the Pick 3...  Big Grin

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                        Posted: May 22, 2013, 7:44 pm - IP Logged

                        Come this fall, winning the multi-state Mega Millions lottery jackpot will become even more difficult in the 45 states and jurisdictions that offer the lotto game.

                        The consortium that operates Mega Millions is upping the odds to 1 in about 258.9 million that someone picks all six numbers right.

                        The current odds are 1 in about 175.7 million that a person correctly chooses five of 56 numbered white balls and one of 46 gold balls.

                        The odds will change under a new format for the Oct. 22 drawing. Players will choose five of 75 white balls and one of 15 gold balls.

                        For comparison, the odds of winning either Powerball or Mega Millions are about the same right now. Powerball is 1 in about 175.2 million.

                        The goal is to increase sales. Making winning more difficult might seem counter-intuitive to selling more tickets, but big jackpots drive sales.

                        "The idea is not to keep more money but to raise more money," South Dakota Lottery Commission lottery director Norm Lingle told commissioners. "Unfortunately, the way to make jackpots grow bigger is to make it more difficult to win," he said.

                        South Dakota and several other states were back-doored into selling Mega Millions in 2010. A national deal reached between Powerball states and Mega Millions states resulted in all of them selling both games. South Dakota was a Powerball state.

                        The changes coming for Mega Millions will keep the overall odds of winning some prize at 1 in 40, according to Joe Willingham, who oversees sales of lotto and instant ticket games for the South Dakota Lottery.

                        He said smaller prizes will become easier to win.

                        The proof of a big jackpot's attraction came in late November 2012 as the Mega Millions top prize surpassed $660 million.

                        South Dakota sales spiked to $2.4 million and plunged back to the $500,000 neighborhood after the jackpot was won.

                        "We got an extra million in sales just out of that one draw," Willingham said.

                        Fifty cents from each dollar spent by Mega Millions players in South Dakota goes to the Mega Millions organization for prizes and administration.

                        The South Dakota Lottery keeps the other 50 cents to pay retailer commissions and expenses, with profits used for specific purposes of state government.

                        South Dakota already offered four lotto games — Powerball, Hot Lotto, Wild Card 2 and Dakota Cash — when Mega Millions was added.

                        As to some commission members wondering whether South Dakota has to accept the change in Mega Millions odds, Willingham said, "We're part of this, or we can't have the game."

                        Profits from sales of all five lotto games totaled $9.4 million for the 2012 fiscal year that ended June 30, 2012.

                        Lotto sales through 44 weeks of the 2013 fiscal year stood at $26.17 million. They were at $24.02 million at the 44-week mark a year ago.

                        I'm not a regular lottery player. I'll buy a few tickets for high jackpots such as the recent MM and PB drawings. I typically don't bother playing a few lines unti the $100 million mark. Having said that; I think the new 5/75 + 1/15 format will keep me from playing - even at $100 million and up draws.

                        Reason being: Matching 5/56 is <snip> near impossible; adding 19 more numbers to pick from is overkill. Pretty negligent.

                        I play to win the 5+1 prize. The new format would make my few dollars per year seem irrelevant in the big scheme of things. I don't care for the PB $2 lines and my 1 line in this last giant drawing will back me up on that comment. I bought 5 lines for the big MM drawing.

                        Those who think casual players (like me) won't/don't notice changes like this are fooling themselves. I'll probably never win a huge jackpot because I don't play enough. With a matrix like 5/75 + 1/15 coming, I'll play even less than I do now...if at all. Come October, my few dollars will most-likely go to Hot Lotto (even though I hate computerized drawings).

                        Oh, and $4 dollar lines are completely out of the question. Some of the people on this forum should just whip out their checkbook and make donations directly to your states' lottery commission and skip the ticket buying.

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                          I'm not a regular lottery player. I'll buy a few tickets for high jackpots such as the recent MM and PB drawings. I typically don't bother playing a few lines unti the $100 million mark. Having said that; I think the new 5/75 + 1/15 format will keep me from playing - even at $100 million and up draws.

                          Reason being: Matching 5/56 is <snip> near impossible; adding 19 more numbers to pick from is overkill. Pretty negligent.

                          I play to win the 5+1 prize. The new format would make my few dollars per year seem irrelevant in the big scheme of things. I don't care for the PB $2 lines and my 1 line in this last giant drawing will back me up on that comment. I bought 5 lines for the big MM drawing.

                          Those who think casual players (like me) won't/don't notice changes like this are fooling themselves. I'll probably never win a huge jackpot because I don't play enough. With a matrix like 5/75 + 1/15 coming, I'll play even less than I do now...if at all. Come October, my few dollars will most-likely go to Hot Lotto (even though I hate computerized drawings).

                          Oh, and $4 dollar lines are completely out of the question. Some of the people on this forum should just whip out their checkbook and make donations directly to your states' lottery commission and skip the ticket buying.

                          This post has been automatically changed by the Lottery Post computer system to remove inappropriate content and/or spam.

                          I recently increased my MM lines to 30 per draw and if tickets were $4. I would drop back to 10 lines per draw and spend $40 instead of $30. But only if the odds are the same or BETTER.


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                            Posted: May 22, 2013, 8:37 pm - IP Logged

                            This is very disappointing as I'd been playing MM quite regulary for awhile now, but I will NOT be playing on a regular basis with these types of odds......I might invest a dollar or two when the jackpot is very , VERY high, but I can't feel myself going into a buying frenzy like I'd been doing with unusually high jackpots...The odds are just too high for me to feel I'd even have a chance...

                            I Agree! Such long odds would give me a very dismal feeling.


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                              I Agree!

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