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

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Posted: May 20, 2013, 11:53 am - IP Logged

Didn't it just take 19 rolls for the mega millions to get to 190 million?  It will take forever at those odds to get it in the realm of playing for a higher jackpot.  I play every draw now but I will sit back and wait for it to get huge before I will waste money on those odds.

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    Posted: May 20, 2013, 11:55 am - IP Logged

    Now that almost every State has both, they would be better off combining mm & pb and playing them the same 4 days. The jackpots could start high enough to attract more players and rise faster to spark a frenzy. It's the only way i could see justifying 75 numbers.  LOL, Maddogs challenge will be impossible now.

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      Posted: May 20, 2013, 11:55 am - IP Logged

      I agree that it makes no sense in the long run.  People know that there's a huge difference in odds between 175million and 258 million and sales will show this if the recent 600 million Powerball has shown us.

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        Posted: May 20, 2013, 11:57 am - IP Logged

        Screw MM and PB. Sure, when jackpots get over $100 mil I'll buy a ticket or two.

        Other than that, it's Ohio and Mich. Lottos. Live close enough to state line I can do both.

        Either jackpot, even at minimum, gets me to retirement.

        No Hawaii beach-front property, no fleet of new cars, no jet-set lifestyle. Just comfortable. And I can live with comfortable.

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          Posted: May 20, 2013, 12:01 pm - IP Logged

          A better idea would had been two dollars per ticket 60 white balls and 40 red balls with jackpots starting at 50 millions then you would steal powerball thunder but your greed blinds you Mr.mega millions.


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            Posted: May 20, 2013, 12:12 pm - IP Logged

            I vote $4. per ticket.


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              Posted: May 20, 2013, 12:13 pm - IP Logged

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                Posted: May 20, 2013, 12:23 pm - IP Logged

                Many people were extremely vocal when Powerball went to $2 per ticket, but it is undeniable at this point what a stroke of genius it was — and how gutsy the Powerball organizers were in putting it through.

                The brilliance is not just that there would be more money coming in for jackpots (at $2 per ticket), but that by raising the ticket price without making the game any easier to win it almost guaranteed huge jackpots — and thereby bring in even more sales!

                Think about it:  in order for the game to perform exactly the way it was before the price increase, they would only have to sell half as many tickets as before (because the price doubled).  And by selling fewer tickets, the jackpot would be much more likely to roll each time.  And then when the jackpot gets to record levels (like it did last week), everyone and their uncle would still buy tickets, because the $2 price is not a "barrier to entry" at that jackpot level.  And even with all those tickets sold and money rolling in, the jackpot still had a 1-in-5 chance of rolling.

                So those calling for a price increase of Mega Millions, rather than making the game harder to win, may be on to something.  But I think ultimately the lotteries want the two games to be different, and to still offer a big multi-state game at a $1 ticket price.

                It will be interesting to watch and compare to Powerball!

                 

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                  Posted: May 20, 2013, 12:26 pm - 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 with you on that. Mega Money & Florida lotto

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                    Posted: May 20, 2013, 12:31 pm - IP Logged

                    Didn't it just take 19 rolls for the mega millions to get to 190 million?  It will take forever at those odds to get it in the realm of playing for a higher jackpot.  I play every draw now but I will sit back and wait for it to get huge before I will waste money on those odds.

                    It sure did! The record MM jackpot of $656 million took 19 rolls as well. What a difference a year makes!

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                      Posted: May 20, 2013, 12:51 pm - IP Logged

                      Good luck to the people in this game.

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                        Posted: May 20, 2013, 1:26 pm - IP Logged

                        OMG. This is new. Hopefully it works. With an implementation like this, we could finally see an $1 Billion Jackpot. Anythings possible. :)

                        Here's Tuesdays MM winning numbers:

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                          Posted: May 20, 2013, 1:27 pm - IP Logged

                          If it's not broke, don't fix it.  I thought Mega Millions is fine the way it is.  This does seem like a very greedy move.  It really puts the shaft to the lottery players and has a huge chance of backfiring. 

                          Who wants more difficult odds???  Not ME!!! Banana

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                            Posted: May 20, 2013, 1:41 pm - IP Logged

                            It sounds like this may be a boon to the state lotto games. I guess that explains why Texas Lotto stopped the $1m minimum jackpot increase per draw and added the "plus" factor. I buy fewer of those tickets, as I'm sure others do, too. I'll be buying fewer MM also as I'm in it to win the JP, not the lower winnings.

                            Any word on increased payouts for non jackpot wins? Or higher starting point?

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                              Posted: May 20, 2013, 1:43 pm - IP Logged

                              This reminds me of when New Coke was introduced.  People hated it.  I think people missed the old stuff.  So they brought back Old Coke.  This was a HUGE mistake!  I bet people got fired over that mess.  Maybe this will happen to Mega Millions too.  If it doesn't work out, they might bring back old Mega Millions. 

                              Maybe or maybe not???  Banana

                                 
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