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$160 MILLION: largest Mega Millions jackpot in 5 months

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Posted: August 18, 2014, 7:03 pm - IP Logged

14 draws to $160 million....just me or does it seem to be taking longer Skeptical

So much for growing "faster" and "bigger" LOL

Guess I'll be sitting out awhile longer

Under the old matrix, it took 19 draws to get to the largest jackpot seen under it, $656M annuity.   (The cash to annuity ratio was also higher back then.)

The last $400M MM Jackpot, took 21 draws to reach that figure (actually ending up at $414M), at 19 draws it was at $309M.

One may draw one's own conclusions from these facts, at the risk of hearing from a rather touchy fellow here who insists that the new matrix is great.

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    Posted: August 18, 2014, 7:15 pm - IP Logged

    Good to see the cash value jack pot at almost 100 million,  once it hits the 100 million point I am in,  it takes too long to get any higher.

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      Posted: August 18, 2014, 7:33 pm - IP Logged

      .....count me in for 5 tickies

       

      Big SmileWould be nice to be the first person from CT to win since we adopted the game here .

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        Posted: August 18, 2014, 7:46 pm - IP Logged

        .....count me in for 5 tickies

         

        Big SmileWould be nice to be the first person from CT to win since we adopted the game here .

        Type and thank you for your kind donation to my big win on Friday Cheers

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          Posted: August 18, 2014, 8:44 pm - IP Logged

          14 draws to $160 million....just me or does it seem to be taking longer Skeptical

          So much for growing "faster" and "bigger" LOL

          Guess I'll be sitting out awhile longer

          Yup and I think many of us saw that coming.

          You can't predict random.

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            Posted: August 18, 2014, 10:54 pm - IP Logged

            This jackpot is more than enough for one to call it a day and retire. Waiting for it to creep over $200 mil does not increase one's chances in the least.

             

            * When l read of people sitting out a jackpot , it tells me that these folks are regular jackpot winners and they are in total control as to how the game unfolds....what a lucky bunch. Smile  ( sigh!)

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              Posted: August 19, 2014, 12:59 am - IP Logged

              Under the old matrix, it took 19 draws to get to the largest jackpot seen under it, $656M annuity.   (The cash to annuity ratio was also higher back then.)

              The last $400M MM Jackpot, took 21 draws to reach that figure (actually ending up at $414M), at 19 draws it was at $309M.

              One may draw one's own conclusions from these facts, at the risk of hearing from a rather touchy fellow here who insists that the new matrix is great.

              I have to agree with your assessment. at the end of the draw they always say what the next jackpot will be and it was only going to be 490 million. at 22 draws, that is pathetic! To reach it's full potential (600+) i think it would take at least another 3 draws... people have become jackpot fatigued... Powerball is "too expensive" for some... and Mega Millions is a rip off due to the payout spread... they too should make it 2.00 that way state lottery jackpot games have a chance. Powerball is taking 16 draws to get to 400 million too... it used to be around 14 draws... and that was 600 million. maybe Wyoming is the answer to Mega's slow growth... if we could get Alabama and Mississippi to join in with lotteries... faster bigger jackpots

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                Posted: August 19, 2014, 1:05 am - IP Logged

                Play every draw and still see where this is headed.  I have a friend that plays only when it get really high, and than he's mad if someone wins the jackpot say, when it is at 60 million.  I will take any jackpot win.

                Yeah, I agree bigbear29, I'd take any jackpot.

                Don't you just love it when people who only play when a jp is pumped up want all the other players to pump it up for them.

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                Those who run the lotteries love it when players look for consistency in something that's designed not to have any.

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                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: August 19, 2014, 1:22 am - IP Logged

                  Under the old matrix, it took 19 draws to get to the largest jackpot seen under it, $656M annuity.   (The cash to annuity ratio was also higher back then.)

                  The last $400M MM Jackpot, took 21 draws to reach that figure (actually ending up at $414M), at 19 draws it was at $309M.

                  One may draw one's own conclusions from these facts, at the risk of hearing from a rather touchy fellow here who insists that the new matrix is great.

                  Jackpot fatigue. Remember that $656m jackpot was the 1st time ever that it had reached $400m+ and it really took off in sales. You can see all the Powerballs and Megas that reached $400m+ since then have seen lower and lower total sales each drawing for comparable jackpot levels.

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                    I have to agree with your assessment. at the end of the draw they always say what the next jackpot will be and it was only going to be 490 million. at 22 draws, that is pathetic! To reach it's full potential (600+) i think it would take at least another 3 draws... people have become jackpot fatigued... Powerball is "too expensive" for some... and Mega Millions is a rip off due to the payout spread... they too should make it 2.00 that way state lottery jackpot games have a chance. Powerball is taking 16 draws to get to 400 million too... it used to be around 14 draws... and that was 600 million. maybe Wyoming is the answer to Mega's slow growth... if we could get Alabama and Mississippi to join in with lotteries... faster bigger jackpots

                    16 drawings - remember there were several winter storms during that run-up.

                    It would take about 14 now, depending on if the Powerball jackpot has any of its run at less than Mega's prize (the higher jackpot takes more sales from the other). It took as little as 12 in 2013, that was the result of California joining and it seems sales are stronger right off a large ($300+ jackpot) run even after it resets to $40 million and this carries through for subsequent drawings.

                    Odd thing I've noticed lately is that weekday drawings are much weaker in sales despite the extra day than the Saturday drawings.

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                      Posted: August 19, 2014, 1:49 am - IP Logged

                      Yeah, I agree bigbear29, I'd take any jackpot.

                      Don't you just love it when people who only play when a jp is pumped up want all the other players to pump it up for them.

                      Bang Head

                      Don't you just love it when people who only play when a jp is pumped up want all the other players to pump it up for them.

                      Hahaha I love this! No Pity!PokeBig Grin Angel

                      For me it's not a matter of the jackpot being "enough" but more the fact that I know it will never materialize. If I'm gonna throw down moolah, at least make it a big fish worth fishing for! By holding out, I don't have any less (or more) chance of winning than anyone else, but my dreams can get bigger with a bigger prize. If everyone else wants to contribute to my big fish, I won't stop ya Yes Nod

                      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: August 19, 2014, 5:22 am - IP Logged

                        The big news that i got out of this one was that a 44th state will join the mega million frenzy. I say good let them join the rest of the states,maybe then the MM jackpot will rollover faster and bigger.

                        I am gonna focus on the small lotterys for now...

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                          Posted: August 19, 2014, 9:24 am - IP Logged

                          $160 Million Woo Hoo....... Banana White Bounce Dance

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                            Posted: August 19, 2014, 9:34 am - IP Logged

                            Adding 580k in population will be marginal at best

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                              Posted: August 19, 2014, 10:36 am - IP Logged

                              LottoMetro, how do you know it will never materialize?  I look at it this way, just be in the game, if only $1.00  .   I have my thoughts about the game as far as the randomness of the game, and I still believe that the game looks for the least played set of numbers.  I have no proof of this, but I'm still in the game.