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Tickets for updated Mega Millions game on sale Saturday

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Posted: October 19, 2013, 11:18 am - IP Logged

Get ready for a billion dollar Xmas jackpot y'all.

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    Posted: October 19, 2013, 11:19 am - IP Logged

    By Todd Northrop

    Starting Saturday, October 19, lottery players from around the United States will be able to buy tickets for the newly-refreshed Mega Millions game, with a ticket price that is remaining just $1 per play.

    Mega Millions drawings will have larger, faster growing jackpots, million-dollar second prizes and better odds of winning any prize.

    "We think that players will respond favorably to the new Mega Millions changes and expect even greater sales for the game," said Gary Grief, executive director of the Texas Lottery.

    The first drawing to incorporate the changes will be on October 22.

    Minimum jackpots will increase from $12 million to $15 million, and jackpots will grow by at least $5 million after each drawing when the jackpot rolls.

    The enhancements also will feature second-tier jackpot prizes of $1 million, increasing from $250,000.

    The Megaplier still is an additional $1 per play, but it has been expanded so that a Mega Millions ticket can win up to $5 million without matching all six numbers.

    Mega Millions drawings still will consist of five white balls and one gold Mega Ball, for a total of six winning numbers. The number of white balls will increase to 75, and the Mega Ball will decrease to 15.

    Th result of the number pools changing is that overall odds to win any prize have improved greatly to 1 in 15, and the overall odds of winning the jackpot playing Mega Millions are approximately 1 in 259 million.

    "New Jersey loves to hand out winnings to its players and the Mega Millions game change will allow us to do even more of that," said Carole Hedinger, New Jersey Lottery Executive Director. "The game enhancements will allow the jackpots to climb higher, heightening public excitement, while more New Jersey millionaires are created with each game roll. The updated Mega Millions game offers all of these benefits while keeping the ticket price at just a $1."

    Under the revamped game, the prizes and odds for matching numbers will be as follows.

    • Match 5 numbers + the Mega Ball: Jackpot (odds are 1 in 258,890,850)
    • Match 5 numbers: $1 million (odds are 1 in 18,492,204)
    • Match 4 numbers + the Mega Ball: $5,000 (odds are 1 in 739,688)
    • Match 4 numbers: $500 (odds are 1 in 52,835)
    • Match 3 numbers + the Mega Ball: $50 (odds are 1 in 10,720)
    • Match 3 numbers: $5 (odds are 1 in 766)
    • Match 2 numbers + the Mega Ball: $5 (odds are 1 in 473)
    • Match 1 number + the Mega Ball: $2 (odds are 1 in 56)
    • Match only the Mega Ball: $1 (odds are 1 in 21)

    The overall odds of winning any prize are 1 in 14.7.

    If a player adds the $1 Megaplier feature, matching just five white balls could increase the winnings to $2 million, $3 million, $4 million or even $5 million, depending on the Megaplier number drawn that evening. The Megaplier feature is available in all Mega Millions states except California. The fixed nature of the Megaplier prizes is not compatible with California regulations that require all prizes to be paid using a pari-mutuel formula.

    In recent weeks, state lotteries have been limiting the number of future drawings that can be purchased on a multi-draw Mega Millions ticket, as new betslips are needed after the changes go into effect. Saturday that restriction will be lifted.

    It has been more than 8 years since Mega Millions was last changed. (See Mega Millions to change lottery game's game and prize structure, Lottery Post, Apr. 29, 2005.)

    Mega Millions currently is played in 43 states plus Washington, D.C. and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Drawings are held Tuesday and Friday evenings at 11 p.m.

    The Mega Millions winning numbers are published minutes after the drawing takes place at USA Mega (www.usamega.com), a Web site devoted to the two biggest United States lotteries, Powerball and Mega Millions.

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      Posted: October 19, 2013, 11:35 am - IP Logged

      I will be playing my state lottery games with better odds and less players.

      Guess Who's Back?

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        Posted: October 19, 2013, 11:37 am - IP Logged

        Anybody notice how much the annunitized JP jumped from the last drawing?... 18 million (37 to 55)... when's the last time that's happened in the past when the advertised JP was below 40 million?

        I think MM is so confident that nobody will win next Tuesday with these new odds that they're betting the bank on it LOL

        Hey Roman, I noticed that large increase but I also noticed the small increase in the cash value: from $25.2M to $30.4M. So it jumped $18M in annuity and only $5.2M in cash value. Is that unusual or normal?

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          Posted: October 19, 2013, 11:38 am - IP Logged

          Anybody notice how much the annunitized JP jumped from the last drawing?... 18 million (37 to 55)... when's the last time that's happened in the past when the advertised JP was below 40 million?

          I think MM is so confident that nobody will win next Tuesday with these new odds that they're betting the bank on it LOL

          Actually, the cash value hasn't jumped much.  The only reason the advertised jackpot went up is because, like Powerball, Mega Millions switched to a graduated annuity, so they can boast a higher advertised jackpot for the same TRUE cash available.  In fact, Mega Millions can even boast a higher annuity than Powerball, because Mega Millions pays 30 annual payments increasing by 5% each year, while Powerball pays 30 annual payments increasing by only 4% each year.  Personally, I think they should have increased the opening jackpot to $20 MILLION since they did that trick, instead of just $15 million.

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              Posted: October 19, 2013, 1:20 pm - IP Logged

              Metro, I'm confused. Crazy

               

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              lol golfer when I say C(75,5) it means N choose K, or 75 choose 5.....how many ways (combinations) of 5 out of 75. It's part of how the odds are figured.

              You can see how they are calculated yourself here: http://www.lottonumbers.net/lotto-odds-calculator.asp?Lottery=Mega-Millions-From-October-22nd-2013

              Just click on the "Show/Hide" for each tier and it will explain the math.

              The new Megaplier has six 5’s, three 4's, four 3's and two number 2's.

              If the chances of winning the jackpot are so slim, why play when the jackpot is so small? Your chances never change, but the potential payoff does.
              If a crystal ball showed you the future of the rest of your life, and in that future you will never win a jackpot, would you still play?

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                Posted: October 19, 2013, 3:13 pm - IP Logged

                Just so everyone is aware, the Mega Millions info on Lottery Post's pages has been updated with the new changes.  So that means the statistics, Quick Picks Generator, Words and Phrases to Lottery Numbers, etc., have all been updated.

                Unfortunately, we are in that transition period where the statistics won't have great meaning until at least a month or two passes.  But if you visit the stats page, it will be accurate -- just not extremely useful yet.

                The info at USA Mega will be updated later this weekend, probably Sunday.

                 

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                  Posted: October 19, 2013, 4:03 pm - IP Logged

                  I doubt Ohio will refuse to sell you Mega Millions tickets on Saturday -- unless they need to take an extra day to update their lottery terminals.  They probably just posted the wrong date.

                  I tried buying  an advanced draw ticket today and the machine would not accept it. They offered to sell me one for one draw and I declined. I'll just wait until tomorrow.

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                    I tried buying  an advanced draw ticket today and the machine would not accept it. They offered to sell me one for one draw and I declined. I'll just wait until tomorrow.

                    I successfully purchased by Mega tickets this after arguing with the manager that the old numbers running up to 56 were not valid. The assistant manager who was on fortunately on hand at the same time requested me to try the old tickets to see if they were still valid. As expected they were invalid and they had to open new boxes for the new tickets. The same thing happened here in Arizona when the Megamillions was introduced in 2010, the managers and supervisors did not have a clue as to what was going on. I had previously e-mailed the state lottery office to tell retailers in advance when the changes would take place, though at times I think some of these managers and supervisors are goats and sheep despite having been foretold of these changes well in advance.

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                      Posted: October 19, 2013, 5:02 pm - IP Logged

                      I will play both MM and PB because I'm so bloody desperate. Razz

                      I Agree! I will also continue to play both.

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                        Posted: October 19, 2013, 7:35 pm - IP Logged

                        I'm going to do what I said I was going to do when the changes were announced.

                        I'm going to send a playslip and $2 (as I always played the Megaplier) to the MUSL and say, "Considering your new game format I'll skip the formality of playing a ticket and here's your $2."

                        Scared

                        For anyone else who wants to do that here's the address:

                        Multi-State Lottery Association
                        4400 N.W. Urbandale Drive
                        Urbandale, Iowa 50322

                        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: October 19, 2013, 9:24 pm - IP Logged

                          I am still shackled to the game until the end of the year when my subscription ends. After that I am gonna accept defeat and find another game that I think I can win in my lifetime. Mass Cash 5/35 & Megabucks Doubler 6/49 are on my radars.

                          That money's gone fo ever

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                            I'm going to do what I said I was going to do when the changes were announced.

                            I'm going to send a playslip and $2 (as I always played the Megaplier) to the MUSL and say, "Considering your new game format I'll skip the formality of playing a ticket and here's your $2."

                            Scared

                            For anyone else who wants to do that here's the address:

                            Multi-State Lottery Association
                            4400 N.W. Urbandale Drive
                            Urbandale, Iowa 50322

                            Well Well Coin Toss- l finally found out that the Zeta Reticuli Star System is in Iowa. To think l was focusing in on something 200 light years beyond the Persus Galaxy Cluster formation.

                            Approve

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                              Posted: October 20, 2013, 5:45 am - IP Logged

                              PB with a current jackpot of $216M Vs MM's  $55M,  is gonna end up, stealing the thunder away from MM, and raining on MM's parade. Sad

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