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Mega Millions Considers Multiplier

Mega MillionsMega Millions: Mega Millions Considers Multiplier

In the wake of Texas' choice to join the Mega Millions, the multi-state lottery game may be enhanced to include a multiplier option similar to the Powerball Power Play feature.

The multiplier option is among the points to be negotiated before Texas officially becomes a Mega Millions member state.  Powerball players can pay an extra $1 and if they win a lower-tiered prize, their winnings can be multiplied by up to five times.  Rebecca Paul, a leader in the Mega Millions organization, indicated that they are "absolutely" willing to do it.

Lottery officials have not announced any other requests for changes to Mega Millions, such as the number pools or prize structure.

If a deal is worked out, Mega Millions tickets could be on sale in Texas by late October or early November.

"Mega Millions is the best multijurisdiction game for Texas," said Reagan Greer, the lottery's executive director.

Officials said they expect $324.5 million in ticket sales in Texas over 10 months starting this fall.

Mega Millions, an organization of 10 states that team up on a lottery game designed to generate jackpots into the hundreds of millions of dollars, was recommended over the better-known Powerball consortium. Both groups made pitches to the commission on June 29, saying Texas would be welcomed into their mix.

Mega Millions had an edge, Greer said, because the organization is comprised mostly of larger states, including New York, Virginia and New Jersey. The game has drawings on Tuesday and Friday nights. Lotto Texas drawings are held on Wednesday and Saturday nights.

The issue was decided, Greer said, by answering the questions, "What is the best fit for the state of Texas? Who does Texas want to be at the table with?"

Officials say that joining a multistate game will likely cause a loss in ticket sales in such games as Lotto Texas, but that loss will be offset by the added excitement of large jackpots that Mega Millions are expected to generate. The game's current jackpot is $42 million.

Lottery Commission Chairman C. Thomas Clowe said he decided to move ahead with joining the multistate game because most of the 3,400 players who contacted the commission expressed support for the idea.

"This is the people of Texas' decision," Clowe said. "It must be pleasing to the people to be successful."

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vincejr's avatar - wallace
Somewhere in VA
United States
Member #1944
July 29, 2003
130 Posts
Posted: August 5, 2003, 11:53 am - IP Logged

I guess this answers my question about whether the Mega Millions states will go for adding a multiplier to the game. I hope that they do; it would certainly enhance the playing experience for the player and would be a revenue booster for the bottom line.

    United States
    Member #1610
    June 3, 2003
    668 Posts
    Posted: August 5, 2003, 4:59 pm - IP Logged

    I wish PB had the $175,000.00 prize for match 5 white numbers like MM. The PB match 5 prize always seems quite low considering the odds are fairly similar to MM matching 5.

    ... the lottery never fails to surprise!
      megamillionaire's avatar - Sphere animated_small_ neg2.gif
      Queens, NY
      United States
      Member #245
      April 15, 2002
      451 Posts
      Posted: August 5, 2003, 6:16 pm - IP Logged

      Bring on the multiplier. MM needs a little spicing up.


      Time is a wonderful teacher, but it kills all its students.

      A man must consider what a rich realm he leaves when he becomes a conformist.

        LotterySpy's avatar - underground
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        United States
        Member #2079
        August 15, 2003
        2 Posts
        Posted: August 15, 2003, 8:00 pm - IP Logged

        It is settled...there is no negotiation...there will be a MM multiplier. However, it won't look anything like PowerPlay, according to informed sources. Instead it will involve a separate, yet to be determined, prize payout table for those who purchase the "multiplier".

        Also, there is the distinct possibility, rumors say, that not all states will offer the multiplier at the roll out. I can't see how that would be able to happen and keep game integrity, but only time will tell for sure.

          United States
          Member #379
          June 5, 2002
          11296 Posts
          Posted: August 16, 2003, 7:06 am - IP Logged

          MM is not "organized", like MUSL.                                                        Example: NY players of MM must choose cash or annuity                    when they PLAY, whereas AFAIK the nine other states allow the choice to be made after winning.