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Michigan Lottery dropping Roll Down, adding Fantasy 5

Aug 23, 2004, 7:29 am

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The Michigan Lottery says it is dropping the Roll Down game Sept. 11 and adding Fantasy 5, a game in which players try to match five numbers from one to 39.

Fantasy 5 will have a guaranteed first prize of $100,000. It starts Sept. 12.

The jackpot will grow until someone wins it, said Michigan Lottery Commissioner Gary Peters.

"We expect the average jackpot to be about $155,000," Peters told The Detroit News. "We call it our mini-lotto."

Peters said Roll Down, like many lottery games, lost popularity over time. He said in January that Roll Down would end later this year.

Roll Down involves trying to match five numbers from one to 33. When it started in 2002, the first-place prize money was $35,000 to $40,000, lottery officials say. First prize now is about $11,000. The jackpot is based on the amount of money gambled.

Fantasy 5 will pay $100 for matching four of the five numbers. Tickets with three winning numbers will pay $10 and those with two will pay $1.

The Michigan Lottery had sales of $1.68 billion in fiscal 2003 and generated $586 million for public schools.

AP

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Posted: August 23, 2004, 9:33 am - IP Logged

MI will make five states with a "Fantasy 5", and the first not in the Sun Belt.


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    Posted: August 23, 2004, 10:24 am - IP Logged

    Yeah the rolldown prize structure was horrible.  This will probably mirror Illinois Little Lotto, but a year from now ,w hen the newness of the game wears off they will be in same boat as they are now.  Unless they increase the payback %!! Dopes.  The Ill Little Lotto is already seeing a decrease in sales as people are purposely waiting to play when the jackpots gets big, not playing when its 100k.  I will only play when its big as I think the 4 out of 5 prize is horrible.

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      Posted: August 23, 2004, 2:50 pm - IP Logged

      I'm with you GutGNT!  Little Lotto was WAY better with "only" 30 numbers.  Overall odds were 1:140,000.  Now it's 1:575,000. !!!!  ARGH!!!!  I've been playing it non-stop for 10 years.  Had at least 16 occasions I hit of 4/5 when it was 30 numbers.  All payouts over $200.  Haven't had one single 4/5 now that it's changed.  I've only hit 3/5 twice since Feb. !!    Needless to say, I've decreased the amount I spend on it considerably!.  All we can do is wait for the sales to languish to the point we they change it again...

       

      -Curt

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        Posted: August 23, 2004, 10:04 pm - IP Logged

        i'm not surprised.  i saw what the top prize winners got.  it was sometmes less than $10,000.  that's chump change for what some states were offering for the same, if not smaller matrixes.

        I've redone my website.  Go to www.dr-ew.com.  I kept a lot of the old stuff, and I've added some new stuff.  Look for more new stuff in the coming weeks.

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          Posted: August 26, 2004, 11:23 pm - IP Logged

          i also think that with the inception of winfall, michigan has had the problem of two games that work the same way with one paying in the millions.

          I've redone my website.  Go to www.dr-ew.com.  I kept a lot of the old stuff, and I've added some new stuff.  Look for more new stuff in the coming weeks.

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            Posted: August 26, 2004, 11:24 pm - IP Logged

            which game would you rather play, winfall or michigan rolldown?

            I've redone my website.  Go to www.dr-ew.com.  I kept a lot of the old stuff, and I've added some new stuff.  Look for more new stuff in the coming weeks.

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              Posted: August 26, 2004, 11:26 pm - IP Logged

              one last thing.  only the jackpot amounts and the matrix will change with the new game.  the lower prizes will remain the same.

              I've redone my website.  Go to www.dr-ew.com.  I kept a lot of the old stuff, and I've added some new stuff.  Look for more new stuff in the coming weeks.


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                Posted: September 8, 2004, 4:22 pm - IP Logged

                Probably WinFall, plus the new Massachusetts Ca$h WinFall.