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$257 MILLION: Mega Millions jackpot expands

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dpoly1's avatar - driver
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Posted: December 3, 2013, 9:40 am - IP Logged

Well,

I am just hoping that it will be Christmas in December for me LOL

Big Grin Santa

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    imagine's avatar - WINGS

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    Posted: December 3, 2013, 10:59 am - IP Logged

    Sounds like you are just speaking from your own experience and are ignorant of what goes on at other stores.

    We aren't allowed to play on duty.

    Well, that's the whole point of this off-topic discussion isn't it?

    Like I said, clerks shouldn't be allowed to play while on the clock by store policy. But other clerks at other stores DO play on duty. Not all, just some. And just some of those that play may use aggressive techniques to try and gain an advantage. It really depends on the store. Less often at a high traffic convenience store, more common with a low traffic liquor store or coffee shop/deli where there are lots of regulars and most players scratch in-store. I don't play at stores where I see the clerks playing.

    Trust me the clerks do no better than the customers.

    Yeah, I believe that you and the clerks at your store do no better than the customers who buy tickets randomly.

    You are not the problem. Other clerks at other stores who play on duty are the problem. Why you're sticking up for them, I don't know. Just defending your industry I guess. I understand. It often gets a bad rap from thieving clerks giving players the wrong (smaller) prizes, stealing packs, micro-scratching, etc. But I'm sure not all of you are bad, just some.

    Sounds like I need you to explain the industry.

    So help us all...
    What are there they micro scratching.  I've seen one micro scratch story in 10 yrs.  What stratchers/ states.
    Local stores have a 20 or 25 card layout.   Rolls can last days or even weeks.  How do they know what prizes paid on other shifts.  How do they know what the prize was if they don't bring it back?  The quit selling rolls?  Make sure they don't sell unless they are on duty?  You live in LA what stores are doing this?

    A few stories of clerks ripping people off and it's supposed to be a big thing.
    Like the micro scratching?  Big enough to bring up so educate me.

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      Posted: December 3, 2013, 11:21 am - IP Logged

      Largest jackpot in 20 months

      By Todd Northrop

      The last time the multi-state Mega Millions jackpot was this big, it was busy setting the record for the largest lottery jackpot in history.

      After nobody won Friday night's grand prize, the Mega Millions jackpot grew to an estimated $257 million — the largest since the record-setting $656 million jackpot set on March 30, 2012.

      The lump-sum cash value stands at a staggering $139.2 million.

      Tuesday's Mega Millions jackpot is the accumulation of 17 consecutive drawings without a top prize winner. The current jackpot run-up started on October 4 as a $12 million grand prize — it has been two months since Mega Millions has had a jackpot winner.

      Players should note that jackpot amounts are conservative estimates provided by the lotteries, and are often somewhat higher by the time the drawing occurs. Occasionally the official jackpot estimate is raised even before the drawing, due to larger-than-expected sales.

      In Friday night's Mega Millions drawing, there was no jackpot winner, but 1 lucky player from Kentucky matched the first 5 numbers for a $1,000,000 prize.

      The Kentucky winner did not purchase their ticket with the Megaplier option for an extra $1 per play.  If they had, their prize would have been increased to $4 million, because the Megaplier number drawn was 4.

      Also, a total of 44 tickets matched four of the first five numbers plus the Mega Ball to win a $5,000 prize. Of those tickets, 6 were sold in California, where the prize awarded this drawing is $5,744.

      The Mega Millions winning numbers for Friday, November 29, 2013, were 9, 41, 43, 47, and 57, with Mega Ball number 5. The Megaplier number was 4.

      Following the Friday drawing, the Mega Millions annuity jackpot estimate was raised $27 million from its previous amount of $230 million. The cash value was raised by $14.1 million, from its previous amount of $125.1 million.

      Mega Millions is currently offered for sale in 43 states, plus Washington, D.C. and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Drawings are Tuesdays and Fridays at 11:00 pm Eastern Time. Tickets cost $1 each.

      A 44th Mega Millions state may be added in early 2014, as the state of Wyoming has approved a new state lottery with the intention of joining multi-state lottery games. (See Wyoming officially becomes 44th state with a lottery, Lottery Post, Mar. 14, 2013.)

      The Mega Millions winning numbers are published at USA Mega (www.usamega.com) minutes after the drawing takes place.

      This whole Mega Million thing kinda stinks.

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        Posted: December 3, 2013, 11:53 am - IP Logged

        "The lump-sum cash value stands at a staggering $139.2 million."

        These stories have always read like corny press releases but come on... Before this bogus payout and matrix change the cash would be around $180 million with that $257M annuity. Obviously that's still a lot of money but this has been total BS.

        You can't predict random.

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          Posted: December 3, 2013, 1:22 pm - IP Logged

          If nobody doesn't win to night. A Mega Million frenzy will begin.Lurking


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            Posted: December 3, 2013, 1:34 pm - IP Logged

            "The lump-sum cash value stands at a staggering $139.2 million."

            These stories have always read like corny press releases but come on... Before this bogus payout and matrix change the cash would be around $180 million with that $257M annuity. Obviously that's still a lot of money but this has been total BS.

            I think it said 174 million on USA Mega

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              Posted: December 3, 2013, 2:10 pm - IP Logged

              If nobody doesn't win to night. A Mega Million frenzy will begin.Lurking

              lol probably not quite yet. If it rolls tonight it will be $291 million for Friday. Cash won't even be $160 million.

              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: December 3, 2013, 3:35 pm - IP Logged

                "Why would anyone with a lick of sense spend their money on chances for a $15 million jackpot when they can spend it on chances for a $100 million or $200 million jackpot?"

                My lick of sense would tell me to play both of 'em.

                Cuz I'd be as happy to win $15 Million as $200 Million.

                You'd get half of that 15 million.  The cash jackpot has to be at least 200 million or more before I jump in,  or else it ain't worth dealing with the idiot media.

                  Jon D's avatar - calotterylogo
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                  Posted: December 3, 2013, 3:55 pm - IP Logged

                  Sounds like I need you to explain the industry.

                  So help us all...
                  What are there they micro scratching.  I've seen one micro scratch story in 10 yrs.  What stratchers/ states.
                  Local stores have a 20 or 25 card layout.   Rolls can last days or even weeks.  How do they know what prizes paid on other shifts.  How do they know what the prize was if they don't bring it back?  The quit selling rolls?  Make sure they don't sell unless they are on duty?  You live in LA what stores are doing this?

                  A few stories of clerks ripping people off and it's supposed to be a big thing.
                  Like the micro scratching?  Big enough to bring up so educate me.

                  I can't believe you're still arguing this issue of clerks playing Scratch games?

                  And as far as clerks ripping people off, it's not just a few, the problem is rampant. You should check out the whole Dateline NBC Chris Hansen Lotto Clerk Thief investigative series. Here's few links:

                  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HSvIvJzLTho

                  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o5Dk1QJtc6E

                  Whether it's theft of tickets, underpaying, discounting, etc. It's like a constant battle for the security team. As the lottery official said: retailers, clerks and their relatives turn in a large proportion of winners. Either they're playing a lot, or they're cheating.

                  As for your question about the specific scratch scenario, we often see stories of clerks behaving badly in small family stores where there is collusion among relatives, so imagine this:
                  Two cousins work a store owned by their uncle, and the 2nd cousin comes in to take over the afternoon shift:
                  Kumar: Hey Sanjay, I just put up a new pack of Calif. Gold this morning, and we had two big winners of $200 and $500 already!
                  Sanjay: Whoa, no kidding?
                  Kumar: Yeah, don't play that pack, you know what I mean? <wink, wink>
                  Sanjay - Exactly! Thanks bro, see you tomorrow.
                  CLERK ADVANTAGE!!!
                  And to add insult to injury, later that afternoon, Harry the postman comes in and gets a few tickets of Calif. Gold, all losers. He continues to chase wins, asking Sanjay for ticket after ticket, and ends up buying out the whole rest of the roll, blows almost $200 and got back just a few ticket value wins.
                  Sanjay: Whoa, sorry Harry, that's too bad. <chuckles to himself>

                  Is this cool? For a gambler, knowing when NOT to play is just as important.

                  But let's not continue to take this nice Mega Millions news story off-topic any further.

                  Let's take it outside. Step on over to the Scratch Off forum, and you can start a thread over there about advocating for clerks playing Scratchers if you want. Many Scratch players have experiences and stories of clerks playing, and they're usually not good. But we'll see what the response is. There's even an existing related topic already there that you could respond to if you want:

                  http://www.lotterypost.com/thread/267975

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                    Posted: December 3, 2013, 5:45 pm - IP Logged

                    It's a crime to steal?  My gosh who would have thunk that.

                    If I find a ticket in the trash I enter it in the second chance draw.  I have every right to do that.  I have every right to cash it if it won.  I'm quite sure your familar with the bearer instrament rules on tickets.

                    Honestly I have never heard of bearer "INSTRAMENT", but I have heard of bearer instrument. From your all day yapping, I take it that bearer "INSTRAMENT" stands for when a clerk lies to a customer, that a winning ticket is a losing ticket, puts it in his back pocket{TRASH according to you}, collects the payments later, and claims that he has a constitutional right, to keep the money.  In my neck of the woods, they call it stealing.Dupe Alert

                    ....BEARER INSTRUMENT = VERY GOODThumbs Up

                    ....BEARER "INSTRAMENT" = VERY BAD{STEALING}Thumbs DownShifty

                    ....ARGUING THAT YOU HAVE A RIGHT TO KEEP THE TICKET = INSANECrazy

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                      Posted: December 3, 2013, 7:34 pm - IP Logged

                      Honestly I have never heard of bearer "INSTRAMENT", but I have heard of bearer instrument. From your all day yapping, I take it that bearer "INSTRAMENT" stands for when a clerk lies to a customer, that a winning ticket is a losing ticket, puts it in his back pocket{TRASH according to you}, collects the payments later, and claims that he has a constitutional right, to keep the money.  In my neck of the woods, they call it stealing.Dupe Alert

                      ....BEARER INSTRUMENT = VERY GOODThumbs Up

                      ....BEARER "INSTRAMENT" = VERY BAD{STEALING}Thumbs DownShifty

                      ....ARGUING THAT YOU HAVE A RIGHT TO KEEP THE TICKET = INSANECrazy

                      Sorry that I put the wrong word.
                      So I should guard the ticket by the trash can until the rightful owner comes back?  Stop it.
                      It's stupid to think it's someones responabilty to try and figure out who's ticket it was.

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                        Posted: December 3, 2013, 7:39 pm - IP Logged

                        I can't believe you're still arguing this issue of clerks playing Scratch games?

                        And as far as clerks ripping people off, it's not just a few, the problem is rampant. You should check out the whole Dateline NBC Chris Hansen Lotto Clerk Thief investigative series. Here's few links:

                        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HSvIvJzLTho

                        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o5Dk1QJtc6E

                        Whether it's theft of tickets, underpaying, discounting, etc. It's like a constant battle for the security team. As the lottery official said: retailers, clerks and their relatives turn in a large proportion of winners. Either they're playing a lot, or they're cheating.

                        As for your question about the specific scratch scenario, we often see stories of clerks behaving badly in small family stores where there is collusion among relatives, so imagine this:
                        Two cousins work a store owned by their uncle, and the 2nd cousin comes in to take over the afternoon shift:
                        Kumar: Hey Sanjay, I just put up a new pack of Calif. Gold this morning, and we had two big winners of $200 and $500 already!
                        Sanjay: Whoa, no kidding?
                        Kumar: Yeah, don't play that pack, you know what I mean? <wink, wink>
                        Sanjay - Exactly! Thanks bro, see you tomorrow.
                        CLERK ADVANTAGE!!!
                        And to add insult to injury, later that afternoon, Harry the postman comes in and gets a few tickets of Calif. Gold, all losers. He continues to chase wins, asking Sanjay for ticket after ticket, and ends up buying out the whole rest of the roll, blows almost $200 and got back just a few ticket value wins.
                        Sanjay: Whoa, sorry Harry, that's too bad. <chuckles to himself>

                        Is this cool? For a gambler, knowing when NOT to play is just as important.

                        But let's not continue to take this nice Mega Millions news story off-topic any further.

                        Let's take it outside. Step on over to the Scratch Off forum, and you can start a thread over there about advocating for clerks playing Scratchers if you want. Many Scratch players have experiences and stories of clerks playing, and they're usually not good. But we'll see what the response is. There's even an existing related topic already there that you could respond to if you want:

                        http://www.lotterypost.com/thread/267975

                        Cool start the thread,  lead of with all the micro scratch stories.
                        Racist much.  Love the names in your play by play.
                        Typical false blame the clerk because the player doesn't win enough to suit you.

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                          Posted: December 3, 2013, 8:39 pm - IP Logged

                          Sorry that I put the wrong word.
                          So I should guard the ticket by the trash can until the rightful owner comes back?  Stop it.
                          It's stupid to think it's someones responabilty to try and figure out who's ticket it was.

                          You are trying your best to side-step the issue of crooked clerks lying to customers. Taking tickets, money or things that belong to the customers, and pretending that you "found it in the trash", is absolutely insane. If a clerk genuinely finds a winning ticket in a "public domain" trash bin, I have no problem with that. If a clerk tricks a customer, tosses the winning ticket in the trash bin, and then wink, wink to another clerk to retrieve the ticket, or retrieves the ticket himself later and redeems it, they should be jailed and the store's lotto license should be revoked.

                          Seek and ye shall find -Matt. 7:7 ...Ask and ye shall receive -John 16:24 ...Give and it shall be given unto you -Luke 6:38 ...Be careful what you ask for!!! -Mypiemaster 1:1

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                            Posted: December 3, 2013, 8:46 pm - IP Logged

                            Cool start the thread,  lead of with all the micro scratch stories.
                            Racist much.  Love the names in your play by play.
                            Typical false blame the clerk because the player doesn't win enough to suit you.

                            Reverse Racist much?

                            So I try to inject a little diversity with my script, giving parts to minority characters, and you cry racism? I suppose if I'd used John and Jim as characters, a coupla WHITE BOY names, then you'd be OK with it? I'm shocked, SHOCKED, that in this day and age, there is still such intolerance in the world.

                            And for the last time, please stop polluting this MM news thread with off-topic discussion, which YOU started by the way, by ridiculing LP members out of the blue for questioning the fairness of clerks playing scratch games.

                            Enough...stop, for the sake of LP!

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                              Posted: December 3, 2013, 8:59 pm - IP Logged

                              If you win where would go on a vacation?Banana

                                 
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