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Tickets for updated Mega Millions game on sale Saturday

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She right the state lotto better odds.not great odds but better.....i wonder have any one ever hit a jackpot on here before?

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    I'm just going to play all 15 mega balls alone, and QP the white balls, and use the multiplier for a total of $30 per draw. Guaranteed $2 back and chances to win more on rest.

    You may be guaranteed to win $2, but statistically it guarantees that you'll lose $28.

    If you do that for every draw, over the course of a year you'll spend $3,120 for 1560 chances at winning something. Based on the odds, here's what you can expect to win:

      Match        average prize     total 
    74   0+1       $  3.46           $256.53
    28   1+1       $  6.93           $194.13
    3.3  3+0       $17.33           $  57.20
    2     2+1       $17.33           $  34.66

    That means you can expect to win a total of $542.52.

    There's a 1 in 7 chance for a 3+1 match that would pay between $50 and $250, and 1 in 35 chance of matching 4+0 to win between $500 and $2500. Chances for the bigger prizes are small enough to be mostly meaningless, so even if the 4+0 match guaranteed $2500 what you get for $3,120 is a 1 in 35 chance of turning a profit of $42.52 and a 97% chance of losing at least $2350.

    Woo hoo!

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      I'll buy that for a dollar.

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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

        Thanks for sharing but I'm too cheap to spend the extra money for a stamp so when its jackpot gets high enough I'll just buy two $1 tickets instead. Roll Eyes

         * you don't need to buy every combination, just the winning ones * 

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          I'll buy that for a dollar.

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          ROFL roflmao

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            Good luck to the people participating in this new matrix. It will be part of my current event this week.

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              You may be guaranteed to win $2, but statistically it guarantees that you'll lose $28.

              If you do that for every draw, over the course of a year you'll spend $3,120 for 1560 chances at winning something. Based on the odds, here's what you can expect to win:

                Match        average prize     total 
              74   0+1       $  3.46           $256.53
              28   1+1       $  6.93           $194.13
              3.3  3+0       $17.33           $  57.20
              2     2+1       $17.33           $  34.66

              That means you can expect to win a total of $542.52.

              There's a 1 in 7 chance for a 3+1 match that would pay between $50 and $250, and 1 in 35 chance of matching 4+0 to win between $500 and $2500. Chances for the bigger prizes are small enough to be mostly meaningless, so even if the 4+0 match guaranteed $2500 what you get for $3,120 is a 1 in 35 chance of turning a profit of $42.52 and a 97% chance of losing at least $2350.

              Woo hoo!

              I think there is merit to playing 30 lines, but not in the manner suggested by the OP.

              Instead of playing the Megaplier with 15 lines, I would play 30 lines without the Megaplier.  That will win the same guaranteed $2 every draw, but provide enough lines (30) for a decent wheel.

              Which brings me to the next point:  quick-picking the 5 white balls is a pretty poor plan.  Create a 30-line wheel that has some kind of guarantee, so that if your group of numbers hits, you're guaranteed to have a decent winner.

              There is not enough history with a 75-number pool to do any kind of analysis, so just use your favorite numbers in the wheel. 

              The nice thing about a 15-number Mega Ball pool is that you can ramp things up in quantities of 15, while playing every Mega Ball number in each new chunk of 15 you add to your wheel.

              I personally have played Mega Millions like this many times, and I have had some nice hits, including a 4+0 and some 3+1's.  My 4+0 was one digit away from a 5+0.  (It has been a while, but I think it was like I had a 46 on the 4+0 line and the 5th number was a 47.)

               

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                They wouldn't try something sneaky like put two (or more) Megaballs with each numeral in the machine, would they?  Would that tilt the odds in any drastic fashion?

                 

                I have been playing six set numbers for years, dating to before I heard of MegaMillions.  I had been rotating one of the numbers into the Megaball position on a calendar-month basis.  This new limit of 15 has effectively limited my ability to do that to only one of the six numbers.  I just bought my first ticket for this 75/15 matrix with a quick pick in the Megaball position.  Here's hoping....

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                  They wouldn't try something sneaky like put two (or more) Megaballs with each numeral in the machine, would they?  Would that tilt the odds in any drastic fashion?

                   

                  I have been playing six set numbers for years, dating to before I heard of MegaMillions.  I had been rotating one of the numbers into the Megaball position on a calendar-month basis.  This new limit of 15 has effectively limited my ability to do that to only one of the six numbers.  I just bought my first ticket for this 75/15 matrix with a quick pick in the Megaball position.  Here's hoping....

                  There was a rumor that Texas did something like that with the PB multiplier to get higher numbers when they were in charge of it, but then there were rumors that Texas paid out larger jackpot amounts than they should to attract more players in some of their other games too.  Players like to hear those types of rumors.

                   * you don't need to buy every combination, just the winning ones * 

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                    Even though the second prize is $1 million, CA winners won't get $1 million , correct? It will be based pari-mutuel for that draw?

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                      Even though the second prize is $1 million, CA winners won't get $1 million , correct? It will be based pari-mutuel for that draw?

                      Yep, the new MM will be pari-mutuel like all CA games.

                      Tomorrow's draw 2nd prize would be around $400,000.

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                        Yep, the new MM will be pari-mutuel like all CA games.

                        Tomorrow's draw 2nd prize would be around $400,000.

                        hmmm ..thats just bad..

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                          MM sure knows what they're doing. They are banking on everyone to figure out ' hey I can spend$15 each draw and cover all 15 numbers and win SOMETHING'

                          But with those 75 numbers in the white ball field it is astronomical almost to win.

                          Also isn't 1:258 million odds astronomical too? I'm not seeing how that equates to 1:129 mill.

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                            They wouldn't try something sneaky like put two (or more) Megaballs with each numeral in the machine, would they?  Would that tilt the odds in any drastic fashion?

                             

                            I have been playing six set numbers for years, dating to before I heard of MegaMillions.  I had been rotating one of the numbers into the Megaball position on a calendar-month basis.  This new limit of 15 has effectively limited my ability to do that to only one of the six numbers.  I just bought my first ticket for this 75/15 matrix with a quick pick in the Megaball position.  Here's hoping....

                            If you buy two pints of milk will you still get 1/4 gallon?

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

                               

                              • Match 1 number + the Mega Ball: $2 (odds are 1 in 56)
                              • Match only the Mega Ball: $1 (odds are 1 in 21)

                               

                              This is the part in the article where I noticed immediately the "NEW"  odds of winning various prizes that are listed are incorrect. How can the Odds of matching ONLY  the mega Ball be 1 in 21, if there are only 15 Mega Balls to choose from?? That would be impossbile. Obviously if I play one game and pick one mega Ball out of the 15 that are avaiable to choose from, my odds of correctly matching "ONLY THE MEGA BALL" ARE 1 in 15.

                               

                              Now how can matching 1 white ball number from a field of 1 thru 75, PLUS matching a mega ball correctly  from a field of 1 thru 15 in the same event be only1 in 56? Since there are 75 white ball numbers to choose from, your odds will have to automatically be GREATER then 75  because you have to match the mega ball in addition to matching one of the 75 white balls numbers that are available to choose from. Your odds of winning that $2 is WAY TOUGHER than you may think.

                              I haven't done any further research on the other new odds that are listed for the other prize levels  but I assume some of the others listed may be incorrect as well, INCLUDING the odds of winning a jackpot prize which may be higher than the stated 1 in 258,890,850. 

                              I have not gotten a chance to look at the new playslips yet as I have forgotten to check but if there is anyone that mentioned they have the new playslips, please let us know what odds of winning various prizes are listed in the  new playslips. THanks!