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Indiana lottery ticket wins $540 million Mega Millions jackpot

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I agree with you Needy...the odds are awful but for how high this JP was and how

many tickets must have been sold, to have one winner is grounds for not playing.

$1 with all the hype isn't worth it. I noticed on some ads for lottery on radio stations

here in PA curiously were missing the: if you or someone you know has a gambling

problem, call xxxxx.…I thought about this and at the time the PA raffle was falling short

in sales and the MM was increasing in jp size. I'll make sure to listen and see if the

ads are back to normal now. If anyone thinks these games are offered because the

lottery thinks people deserve more options, bigger prizes, more fun and the notion

that states are serving them, they need to open their eyes.

I do not begrudge any winner, just the amount of winners. How many weeks did people

buy tickets, win measly prizes or no prizes and they are ok with that? It's a bad game

with a rotten prize structure. I had 4 tickets. I'm not mad cause I didn't win and I played

to take a shot at the pot...I'm over not winning, I never win that game but not over the 

point people are missing when they say stop complaining about 1 winner. They 

think, what the heck, I spent one or a few bucks for a chance at millions. Everyone thinks

that on an individual level...the lottery thinks in millions too: of people and the money they

are spending. Does everyone like the matrix change? I find it hard to believe if they say yes.

It didn't benefit players but that's who is eyeing the prize. Someone said there were 7? Million 

dollar prize winners? Wow, pitiful. If someone wants to get excited with rollovers and a chance

to win, ok. Just try and understand some other points of view about the game. Why is it wrong

to think there should have been more winners when you are thinking about your dollar or ten

that got you nothing was a small price for a prize? When it could have had a better chance at

something if the structure was a little bit better? It's the structure that stinks and who the real

winners are with it in place.

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    I was kinda annoyed to see 1 person win the jackpot too, but I have my doubts about the whole thing.

    me personally, having done lots of research on these draw games (not saying it's fact, but just based on what I've read), I think it's absolute bull<snip> that 1 ticket won. When you look at the number of tickets that won $1 or $2 prizes (not including the losers, like the 2 I bought which matched 2 of the winning numbers on different lines)...it was 7 MILLION TICKETS that made $1. How is that possible? Perhaps the numbers are being manipulated? And...how do we know it really was a winner, and not a scandal to roll it back to 15 million? 

    I was already having my doubts about mega millions and random draws, but after this I'm done with it. I would be happy with $10,000 right about now. Hell, $5,000 would make some big changes right now. I rather play games with odds of 1 in 3 or 1 in 4,  rather than chase some numbers for a ridiculous sum of money which you likely won't even be able to access for awhile anyway (I wonder how long the hold on a check of many millions, not to mention the issues of trying to safely secure it). 

    That said , I'm not mad at whoever won. I just don't think it's fair game. The odds are too long. You don't get anything back. I've played dozens of MM tickets, and only won $2 twice. I played two $5 scratch off games I've never played before and made $15 today. I played fantasy 5 and made $21 my first time playing.

    If I really believed in mega millions, I wouldn't stop just because someone won. The game isn't over, the draws are going to continue. I'd just have to dream a smaller jackpot. 

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    I think it was in the 80's.

    I wasn't really a lottery player, but, I played the big game in Illinois.

    It was a big hype about it , like recently in Power ball and Mega millions.

    I had 3 or 4 numbers, I think I won $10, or something like that, lmaoooooooooooooooooooooooo, me and 33,333 other people.

    I thought , because of the amount of the Jackpot, I would win more? 

    After that, I was over the big games, lmaoooooooooooooooooooo.

     

    Good Luck.

    Stay healthy, be safe, take care of yourself and others!  "Mask On" !Type

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      Have you checked yours??

      Saylorgirl, i got my tickets in Michigan then Indiana wins that's the way it goes.Yawn

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        To all of the conspiracy theorists.  Yes, it drives me nuts to see California, Florida, New York etc.. win all the time, but:

         

        This is the only 2nd Mega Millions jackpot sold in Indiana, however Indiana still has the most PB wins in the nation (38) mostly thanks to how we were the only state in the area with Powerball back in the day. We used to have Illinois and Ohio pouring over the borders to buy up tickets, so as you will see eventually New York, California, Florirda etc.. will eventually decrown us if not Pennsylvania first.  The thing I found odd was we would typically have 5-6 2nd prize winners a year, however we have had very few in the last few years.  The latest being the Powerball 2nd prize won a few draws ago.  I think it goes with the massive decline in sales seen in the state due to all states being MM and PB for the most part now.

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          I was kinda annoyed to see 1 person win the jackpot too, but I have my doubts about the whole thing.

          me personally, having done lots of research on these draw games (not saying it's fact, but just based on what I've read), I think it's absolute bull<snip> that 1 ticket won. When you look at the number of tickets that won $1 or $2 prizes (not including the losers, like the 2 I bought which matched 2 of the winning numbers on different lines)...it was 7 MILLION TICKETS that made $1. How is that possible? Perhaps the numbers are being manipulated? And...how do we know it really was a winner, and not a scandal to roll it back to 15 million? 

          I was already having my doubts about mega millions and random draws, but after this I'm done with it. I would be happy with $10,000 right about now. Hell, $5,000 would make some big changes right now. I rather play games with odds of 1 in 3 or 1 in 4,  rather than chase some numbers for a ridiculous sum of money which you likely won't even be able to access for awhile anyway (I wonder how long the hold on a check of many millions, not to mention the issues of trying to safely secure it). 

          That said , I'm not mad at whoever won. I just don't think it's fair game. The odds are too long. You don't get anything back. I've played dozens of MM tickets, and only won $2 twice. I played two $5 scratch off games I've never played before and made $15 today. I played fantasy 5 and made $21 my first time playing.

          If I really believed in mega millions, I wouldn't stop just because someone won. The game isn't over, the draws are going to continue. I'd just have to dream a smaller jackpot. 

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          It's not only possible, it's probable. Why? Well....... there are over 258 MILLION reasons.

          I play several games here in Tx including MM and PB. I would be happy with a Tx 2 Step win, although I couldn't retire on it. But, with MM and PB, I could retire on second prize. And that's why it's worth it for me to play.

          As far as the conspiracy thing about numbers being manipulated. Sorry, that makes no sense whatsoever. Again, look at the number of combinations and tell me how big it is. They don't need to rig anything with odds like those. The odds are why the jackpot grows to what it did and will again.

          Good luck!

          CAN'T WIN IF YOU'RE NOT IN

          A DOLLAR AND A DREAM (OR $2)

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            I just went through USA Mega and counted a total of 333 second prize PB and MM winners for the year. Already 53 for the first 9 days of July thanks to the MM jackpot run.

            I didn't count how many were megaplied or powerplayed (plus CA doesn't have those).

            Would anybody turn down at least a million dollars?

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              No I would not, but 333 second prize pb and mm is very small.

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                happy to the florida lottery winners of the big jackpot; mr. mugga the black pop!!!

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                  Congratulation to the winner/s... Hurray!

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                    Ridiculous.

                    People complaining that there was 1 winner.

                    If the same people who are complaining on this thread actually was the sole winner. Then there would be no complaints.

                    BS

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                      Ridiculous.

                      People complaining that there was 1 winner.

                      If the same people who are complaining on this thread actually was the sole winner. Then there would be no complaints.

                      BS

                      I Agree!

                      Some want the money spread among several winners. They forgot MUSL tried that with the Monopoly game. We saw how that worked out.

                      Almost every draw there are second prize winners winning at least $1 million.

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                         Here in California, I will keep after all taxes $133.7 million. This is an unbelievable amount of money.

                         I have been reminded by other LP members to not forget about creating an LLC, Limited Liability Company.

                        I will not be at the Lottery Office the next day. I need time to get my ducks in a row. I will store my ticket in a safe deposit box. 

                         I will have my Trust & Estate Attorney create a Living Revocable Trust and place it inside my LLC. I do not want my Estate going through Probate here in Cali.

                         I will need Umbrella Insurance also called Excess Liability Insurance. 

                         I will contact The Mutual Fund Store. Mutual Funds are boring but safe. 

                         I will decline the Press Availability and the grip and grin photo shoot. The Lottery Office will post a picture of my ticket on their website.

                         I will run by our fearless leader here, Todd, a written statement which will include who Todd is and what LP and USAMEGA are before giving it to the Press.

                        Dance

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                          "Mutual Funds are boring but safe."

                          Your list should include not believing everything salespeople tell you. Investing in mutual funds is no different than any other investment in financial markets. The only advantages they offer are that they make it easy to put a lot of eggs in your basket, and some are no load funds (of course they still pay themselves by taking a chunk of  the earnings). There's nothing magical about being a mutual fund that makes the individual investments any better or any worse than if you bought them yourself.

                          Most reasonable investments do well over longer periods, but short term losses can be significant. It's obviously unlikely that a fund with hundreds of individual investments will  go completely belly up, but if the market as a whole does poorly then anything invested in the market can be expected to do poorly.  Take a look at what happened to most mutual funds when just about everything went south in 2008 and decide if you still think mutual funds fit your definition of safe.

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                            It's not only possible, it's probable. Why? Well....... there are over 258 MILLION reasons.

                            I play several games here in Tx including MM and PB. I would be happy with a Tx 2 Step win, although I couldn't retire on it. But, with MM and PB, I could retire on second prize. And that's why it's worth it for me to play.

                            As far as the conspiracy thing about numbers being manipulated. Sorry, that makes no sense whatsoever. Again, look at the number of combinations and tell me how big it is. They don't need to rig anything with odds like those. The odds are why the jackpot grows to what it did and will again.

                            Good luck!

                            I agree with the logistics. Thank you for being concise.

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                               Here in California, I will keep after all taxes $133.7 million. This is an unbelievable amount of money.

                               I have been reminded by other LP members to not forget about creating an LLC, Limited Liability Company.

                              I will not be at the Lottery Office the next day. I need time to get my ducks in a row. I will store my ticket in a safe deposit box. 

                               I will have my Trust & Estate Attorney create a Living Revocable Trust and place it inside my LLC. I do not want my Estate going through Probate here in Cali.

                               I will need Umbrella Insurance also called Excess Liability Insurance. 

                               I will contact The Mutual Fund Store. Mutual Funds are boring but safe. 

                               I will decline the Press Availability and the grip and grin photo shoot. The Lottery Office will post a picture of my ticket on their website.

                               I will run by our fearless leader here, Todd, a written statement which will include who Todd is and what LP and USAMEGA are before giving it to the Press.

                              Dance

                              You know Music, I think you will win. You certainly have your head on your shoulders.

                              California has an excellent 26 page or so informational pamphlet on  what to do if you win the lottery...I printed mine about 10 years ago still waiting for the big win.