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

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mid-Ohio
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 Posted: June 5, 2013, 12:27 pm - IP Logged

I guess the chances of winning MegaMillions are pretty slim huh?

If they weren't, everybody would be winning.

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

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 Posted: June 19, 2013, 1:55 am - IP Logged

85MM higher odds?  LOL  We rarely play MM now, and once these increased odds take place I suspect will quit playing altogether.

It's interesting how the current odds for the MM and PB jackpots are nearly identical and few people ever win.  Two lines on MM cost the same as one line on PB, yet the cash value for PB jackpots is always 9 to 12% lower than the proportional cash vlaue for MM.  It's something I've tracked since January 2011.  When thinking about these proportional differences in the context that every jackpot is millions of dollars, it winds up being a lot of money over time.

Does PB actually payout 9 to 12% more in prizes than MM?  Surely not.  Or maybe PB's admin, marketing and margins are consistently 9 to 12% higher than MM?

I would like to see the multi-state lotteries devise their drawings differently.  Here's an example.  The numbers I've used are arbitrary.

One set of winning numbers would be drawn for an anuitized jackpot that reaches the \$100MM threshold.  The jackpot is evenly split based on number of winning tickets.  Just like it does now.

Two sets of numbers would be drawn when the anuitized jackpot reaches the \$200MM level.  Tickets sold that match one set of numbers would win half of the jackpot.  Then reset the annuitized jackpot to \$50MM.  If tickets sold match both sets of numbers, then split the entire jackpot among the tickets, and then reset the jackpot to a minimum level - say \$25MM.

In other words, one additional set of winning numbers are drawn as the jackpot reaches the next \$100MM threshold.

Just an idea.

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 Posted: June 20, 2013, 11:34 am - IP Logged

If the lottery will be much harder to play, I think more and more people will become intereted in playing especially if the jackpot is extremely high. If that is the case it will generate a lot of revenue for the government. We need to play smarter to outwit this game!

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 Posted: June 20, 2013, 11:43 am - IP Logged

Increasing the price decreases the chances of someone winning because fewer tickets are sold...

I personally think it would be a disaster if the jackpots gets to a \$1 billion, and still no one can win it.

MAYBE YOU NEED TO TRY HARDER

Let it Snow

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 Posted: June 20, 2013, 11:45 am - IP Logged

I don't think they're making it hard enough, there will still be PLENTY of winners.  If you want my opinion, I think the odds need to be increased to over 1 in 1,000,000,000.

Let it Snow

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 Posted: June 20, 2013, 1:32 pm - IP Logged

you make it 50c a ticket, and 1 in 1 billion m that's \$1 buys a 1 in 500 mill chance.  people will see the 50c and huge jackpots and flock to it; ignoring the  incredibly high odds. you could also make the min buy \$2, keeping the shop keepers happy.

The only issue i have with that is decreasing the ticket price to 50 cents would decrease the value of the JP. But yes, if the JPs get to a certain amount  I'd rather spend \$2 on 4 tickets (even if the odds of winning are worse) than \$2 on 1 ticket.

Someone would have to do the math for me, but at some point the odds of winning the MM would equal the PB once you buy x number of MM tickets with different numbers. If the odds of winning the MM with 4 tickets becomes greater than winning the PB with 1 ticket, then increasing the odds but lowering the ticket price might be a good option. Except that that'll never happen.

I might wake up early and go running.  I might also wake up and win the lottery.

The odds are about the same.

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 Posted: June 20, 2013, 4:32 pm - IP Logged

The only issue i have with that is decreasing the ticket price to 50 cents would decrease the value of the JP. But yes, if the JPs get to a certain amount  I'd rather spend \$2 on 4 tickets (even if the odds of winning are worse) than \$2 on 1 ticket.

Someone would have to do the math for me, but at some point the odds of winning the MM would equal the PB once you buy x number of MM tickets with different numbers. If the odds of winning the MM with 4 tickets becomes greater than winning the PB with 1 ticket, then increasing the odds but lowering the ticket price might be a good option. Except that that'll never happen.

This is a dumb idea. The only way to make the game BETTER is by increasing the ticket price.

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 Posted: June 28, 2013, 2:40 pm - IP Logged

Sounds like GREED            IT'S not like they aren't making enough now

It will get to a point people will not play the game .....

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 Posted: June 28, 2013, 3:18 pm - IP Logged

If they received enough complains, is there any chance that they would change their mind?

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 Posted: June 29, 2013, 11:34 pm - IP Logged

If they received enough complains, is there any chance that they would change their mind?

Poor ticket sales after the fact is the only thing they will comprehend.

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 Posted: June 29, 2013, 11:35 pm - IP Logged

Sounds like GREED            IT'S not like they aren't making enough now

It will get to a point people will not play the game .....

I dont think people will play as much once they realize no one is going to win.

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 Posted: June 29, 2013, 11:36 pm - IP Logged

The only issue i have with that is decreasing the ticket price to 50 cents would decrease the value of the JP. But yes, if the JPs get to a certain amount  I'd rather spend \$2 on 4 tickets (even if the odds of winning are worse) than \$2 on 1 ticket.

Someone would have to do the math for me, but at some point the odds of winning the MM would equal the PB once you buy x number of MM tickets with different numbers. If the odds of winning the MM with 4 tickets becomes greater than winning the PB with 1 ticket, then increasing the odds but lowering the ticket price might be a good option. Except that that'll never happen.

I don't do math either.

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 Posted: July 16, 2013, 6:16 pm - IP Logged

What a bummer. My favorite game is being hijacked.

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 Posted: July 16, 2013, 8:07 pm - IP Logged

Not playing power ball much (if at all) since they increased the cost- gonna DROP Mega next...

Indiana
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 Posted: July 17, 2013, 7:16 pm - IP Logged

I,for one,will NOT fall into line like a nice little sheep and go along with being fleeced out of my money by a greedy lottery commission!I will boycot this decision and refuse to buy MM tickets.I have one ticket left for tomorrow nights jackpot and then that's it for me.

I agree with you!!  However, I will probably play until October 18th which is the last draw on the current game.  Then boycot it is!!  What a total waste of money it will be.

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