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

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Posted: May 20, 2013, 1:49 pm - IP Logged

*"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.

It was that kind of slick talks by Ohio's lottery officials that doomed Ohio's SuperLotto game a few years ago when they decided to limit the amount one ticket could win regardless of the jackpot size.  They said by limiting the winnings to $20M, the jackpot would not have to reset to $4M every time there was as a single winner thus keeping the jackpot large which would attract more players.

They found out large jackpots only attract more players if more players think they can win them.

*Note: If states raise more money, they will be keeping more money.

 * you don't need to buy more tickets, just buy a winning ticket * 
   
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    Posted: May 20, 2013, 1:53 pm - IP Logged

    I vote $4. per ticket.

    What planet are you from,anyway?

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      Posted: May 20, 2013, 1:56 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

      I Agree!    It's a dumb idea to change the game if it's not broken.

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        Posted: May 20, 2013, 1:59 pm - IP Logged

        *"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.

        It was that kind of slick talks by Ohio's lottery officials that doomed Ohio's SuperLotto game a few years ago when they decided to limit the amount one ticket could win regardless of the jackpot size.  They said by limiting the winnings to $20M, the jackpot would not have to reset to $4M every time there was as a single winner thus keeping the jackpot large which would attract more players.

        They found out large jackpots only attract more players if more players think they can win them.

        *Note: If states raise more money, they will be keeping more money.

        I Agree!

        Unfortunately in this case, MM does not have a players best interest at heart. They are indeed looking to raise more money but also keeping a larger portion as well.

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          Back in the days, the state of PA, had a game along those lines. Needless to say, it died an untimely death. Those who do not learn from history, are bound to repeat it.

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            Posted: May 20, 2013, 2:05 pm - IP Logged

            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.

            If that's true then just matching one of the 15 bonus numbers won't pay anything, you'll need at least a 1+1 to win something and it won't be $3 as it is now.

             * you don't need to buy more tickets, just buy a winning ticket * 
               
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              Posted: May 20, 2013, 2:08 pm - IP Logged

              Man F*************** its no other way to say it than the lottery is becoming rigged and the worst part is these greedy idiots out in the world will continue play with inflated odds and less chances to winCussing Face

              Its most these greedy peoples fault too, I hope they dont mess with any other games....

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                Posted: May 20, 2013, 2:08 pm - IP Logged

                What planet are you from,anyway?

                He's from area 51 and 4$ would still be a bargain. Where else could you invest 4$ for a chance to get millions.

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                  Posted: May 20, 2013, 2:17 pm - IP Logged

                  If they make 2nd prize $5000000.00

                                     3rd prize $500000.00

                                     4th prize $50000.00

                                    5th prize $5000.00

                                    6th prize $500.00

                  With a prize breakdown like these, there will be no complaints from me. NONE OF THOSE PARI-MUTUEL CRAP, EXCEPT FOR THE JACKPOT THOUGH. Nice dreams.

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                    Posted: May 20, 2013, 2:20 pm - IP Logged

                    I Agree!

                    Unfortunately in this case, MM does not have a players best interest at heart. They are indeed looking to raise more money but also keeping a larger portion as well.

                    Players best interests was always the responsibility of the players.  Lotteries consider their responsibilities end when they post "Play Responsible" somewhere on the their websites, play slips and tickets.

                     * you don't need to buy more tickets, just buy a winning ticket * 
                       
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                      Posted: May 20, 2013, 2:24 pm - IP Logged

                      If they raised the price that would be a turn off, but i never pay attention to the odds when i play.

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                        Posted: May 20, 2013, 2:25 pm - IP Logged

                        He's from area 51 and 4$ would still be a bargain. Where else could you invest 4$ for a chance to get millions.

                        Anyone who would pay $4 for a 1 in 258.9 million chance to win ANYTHING is crazy as a loon!I won't even pay $1 at those odds. 

                        I do,however,believe you when you say he is from Area 51.

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                          Posted: May 20, 2013, 2:35 pm - IP Logged

                          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.

                          If that's true then just matching one of the 15 bonus numbers won't pay anything, you'll need at least a 1+1 to win something and it won't be $3 as it is now.

                          I had read elsewhere that matching the bonus number will not win you anything. Their 40-1 odds would be skewed and God forbid that happens.

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                            Posted: May 20, 2013, 2:36 pm - IP Logged

                            Anyone who would pay $4 for a 1 in 258.9 million chance to win ANYTHING is crazy as a loon!I won't even pay $1 at those odds. 

                            I do,however,believe you when you say he is from Area 51.

                            There are just enough crazy people out there that it might work.  After all when PB doubled the prices of its tickets and didn't double their prize amounts, some thought that was crazy too.  Now they're saying PB was ahead of its time and MM has to catch up.

                            These games will continue to stretch the envelope until it breaks and then start over with a new and improved version that looks like the original one.

                             * you don't need to buy more tickets, just buy a winning ticket * 
                               
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                              Posted: May 20, 2013, 2:46 pm - IP Logged

                              PB bumped the 2nd tier prize from $200k to $1 million which is probably why the complaints have been kept to a minimum. If MM did something similar then it may not be as bad.

                                 
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