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

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Posted: May 20, 2013, 10:08 am - IP Logged

"Players will choose five of 75 white balls and one of 15 gold balls. " and "The changes coming for Mega Millions will keep the overall odds of winning some prize at 1 in 40,"

The odds of matching one of the bonus numbers is 14 to 1 and to keep the overall odds at 40 to 1 means there will be no payoff for matching the bonus number. The odds of matching 5 + 0 will be 17,259,390 which is higher than a 6/49 lotto game.

The only thing that might make it worthwhile playing this game is when the jackpot reaches the buying frenzy point, but who knows how long that will take. I guess the idea is for a small group of players to contribute every week until the jackpot reaches the "must win" level and then the majority of the players will start buying tickets.

Do the players really want to have one $590 million winner or 12 $50million winners because with these odds, there won't be many split jackpots?

I seriously doubt that a core group will want to contribute draw after draw so that someone (like boney) can come along and spend $10. and win a huge jackpot once or twice a year.

They would be BETTER served by lowering the odds (5/50 + 1/45) and charging $4. per line.

That would be $20. for a 5 line card and even more people would start playing.

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    Posted: May 20, 2013, 10:08 am - IP Logged

    Isn't raising more money the same as keeping more money?
    Their bottom line is making money.
    What makes me sick is the frenzy that goes along with jp's that rise to
    impossible amounts. Everyone wants a piece which is natural but not
    everyone can afford what they spend to chase a dream. 1/258M odds?
    I'll bet most people won't even know what that means for the 5, 10 or
    100 block of plays they purchase.
    This change was made to create record selling days leading up to a huge
    jp draw night. Honestly they should be ashamed of themselves but the
    reason shame is not an issue is there is a big payout to be won and
    someone will win it...eventually. That erases all responsibility and guilt
    and makes the reality of what they're doing easy to ignore.
    Their goal is big profits, they don't care whose dollar is funding the pot.
    This move makes them predators...not beneficiaries.

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      Posted: May 20, 2013, 10:13 am - IP Logged

      I remember when the starting jackpot in Florida was 7 million and that was with 1 drawing per week. Now it takes 2 weeks to get to 7 million. Still better odds then PB or MM. I'll just stick to my MegaMoney.

      I Agree!


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        Posted: May 20, 2013, 10:22 am - IP Logged

        Raising the odds without raising the price is just plain stupid. If they want to increase revenue they should offer shared jackpots. For a price.

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          Posted: May 20, 2013, 10:37 am - IP Logged

          This should finish off the killing of this game.


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            Posted: May 20, 2013, 10:39 am - IP Logged

            This should finish off the killing of this game.

            I Agree! The idea of creating a "frenzy" wont work if it takes a year to get there.

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              Posted: May 20, 2013, 10:45 am - IP Logged

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

                Dear Mega Millions,

                Enclosed is $2 that I was going to play on MM but I decided why not skip the formality of playing and just send the money in.

                I do want to thank you though for giving me Pick 3 and 4 numbers,

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                LP members,

                Remember the threads about at what point would you stop playing a game, what size matrix, what price?

                Some people said, "Never, I'll play no matter what".

                Think this board isn't monitored by lottery officials?

                Those who run the lotteries love it when players look for consistency in something that's designed not to have any.

                Lep

                There is one and only one 'proven' system, and that is to book the action. No matter the game, let the players pick their own losers.

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                  Posted: May 20, 2013, 10:49 am - IP Logged

                  Can't win MM now as it is, After OCT, won't be playing anyways. Odds are going to be against us!

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                    Posted: May 20, 2013, 10:49 am - IP Logged

                    Well it looks like I will be sticking with the Super Lotto Plus and its 1 in 42,000,000 odds.

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                      Posted: May 20, 2013, 10:57 am - IP Logged

                      It will only work to make jackpots larger if people keep playing. When average amount players realize they CANNOT really win, they will sit on the siedlines and wait.  So yes the jackpot will grow, however it will take longer to get there because fewer people will be playing early in the game...


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                        Posted: May 20, 2013, 10:59 am - IP Logged

                        It will only work to make jackpots larger if people keep playing. When average amount players realize they CANNOT really win, they will sit on the siedlines and wait.  So yes the jackpot will grow, however it will take longer to get there because fewer people will be playing early in the game...

                        Right, and after waiting a year for the jackpot to grow it will be a yawner.

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                          Posted: May 20, 2013, 11:33 am - IP Logged

                          Agreed.  People are now likely to play less frequently and likely to purchase less tickets so it would definitely take a long, long time for the jackpot to grow to a "huge" amount.  Most people would prefer having the more frequent opportunity to win "smaller" jackpots, albeit with crazy odds, than waiting around for a very, very long time for "huge" jackpots with far, far more impossible odds at winning.  What a terrible, terrible idea!

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                            Posted: May 20, 2013, 11:38 am - IP Logged

                            Okay, so kill the dream and take the money.

                            I was never a fan of huge jackpot frenzies, but it gets none players to try their hand because the saw it on the news.

                            It wouldn't be any fun trying to track numbers to play. But I am a sucker too, I'll wait for the impossible huge jackpots.


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                              Posted: May 20, 2013, 11:40 am - IP Logged

                              Agreed.  People are now likely to play less frequently and likely to purchase less tickets so it would definitely take a long, long time for the jackpot to grow to a "huge" amount.  Most people would prefer having the more frequent opportunity to win "smaller" jackpots, albeit with crazy odds, than waiting around for a very, very long time for "huge" jackpots with far, far more impossible odds at winning.  What a terrible, terrible idea!

                              Huge jackpots are the big draw. No doubt about that. But higher odds only ensures that NO ONE will win for a very long time. Have players pay more AND offering a shared jackpot (for a price) would solve both issues.

                                 
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