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Mega Millions when CA joins

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What will the matrices be?

5/52 + 1/52 (same as now) [ 10 ]  [55.56%]
5/63 + 1/24 ( odds 1: ~168m) [ 3 ]  [16.67%]
5/71 + 1/17 (1: ~221m) [ 4 ]  [22.22%]
Different matrices not listed [ 1 ]  [5.56%]
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Posted: February 9, 2005, 1:42 pm - IP Logged

CA will have pari-mutuel prizes (state law) and presumably like NY and TX, require the cash/annuity choice to be made when you play. There is the possibility of a $250,000 (fixed) second prize; the 5/71 proposal could have a 2+0 category.

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    Posted: February 9, 2005, 3:45 pm - IP Logged

    i don't see a change right away.  i think the mega millins people would rather wait and see what effect CA players have on the game.

    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.

      Maverick's avatar - yinyang
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      Posted: February 9, 2005, 10:59 pm - IP Logged
      Quote: Originally posted by CASH Only on February 9, 2005


      There is the possibility of a $250,000 (fixed) second prize; the 5/71 proposal could have a 2+0 category.


      Todd said the idea of a $250,000 second prize was in their presentation, but was the 5/71 idea also in there?
        Bradly_60's avatar - disney37
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        Posted: February 9, 2005, 11:00 pm - IP Logged

        No there will be a change.  They are hinting at it all over the place.  The day California joins we will get a new matrix.  Look what happened when New York joined...different name and matrices.  But I guess only time will tell.

        Brad 

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          Posted: February 9, 2005, 11:04 pm - IP Logged

          i know multi-state games like to change several things at a time, and the population of CA is really big, but i don't see a change until CA shows an effect on the game (they keep hitting the jackpot.).

          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.

            Maverick's avatar - yinyang
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            Posted: February 9, 2005, 11:10 pm - IP Logged

            Hmm, what do y'all think about the potential for increased odds? Does the joining of CA deem it necessary to increase the odds? I see the increased odds above, and I'm already thinking of BARELY playing Mega Millions! As it is at 135 million, I'm disgusted.

              Maverick's avatar - yinyang
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              Posted: February 9, 2005, 11:11 pm - IP Logged
              Quote: Originally posted by DoctorEw220 on February 9, 2005


              i know multi-state games like to change several things at a time, and the population of CA is really big, but i don't see a change until CA shows an effect on the game (they keep hitting the jackpot.).



              That's what I mean. I think it's unfair if they increase the odds when nothing has changed yet with the winning.

              Powerball has more states involved and the odds are 1 in 120,526,770.

              To the Mega Millions people: Don't make me open up a can of whup-ass!

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                Posted: February 9, 2005, 11:45 pm - IP Logged

                I hope they change it to anything else other than a $2 price ticket. The game needed to be changed BEFORE California. Now with California the average jackpot will really fall. I think we will see yet another year of low jackpots. The average mega pot is already $6 million less than powerball. With each added state it gets lower.

                If I had to pick it would be a 5/60 plus 1/33 that would give enough space on the play forms to have a void area incase of mistakes. Seven rows for the pick 5 and four rows for the pick one. The odds would be 1:5.4 million for the pick five and 1:180 million over all.

                  Maverick's avatar - yinyang
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                  Posted: February 10, 2005, 6:55 am - IP Logged

                  I hear some talk that the jackpot will be lower. At the same time I read several articles saying jackpots will potentially be as high as $200-$300 million. One article said a $400 million jackpot certainly is possible for Mega Millions with California on board. Here's just one article http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/national/apus_story.asp?category=1110&slug=California%20Lottery

                  What's the real deal?


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                    Posted: February 10, 2005, 9:36 am - IP Logged

                    Mav:

                    Mega Millions in any form is MUCH BETTER than NY Lotto.

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                      Posted: February 10, 2005, 9:47 am - IP Logged

                      seems like the same conversations we had when Texas joined approx. 16 months ago, yet nothing changed and the average jackpot win seems to keep going up, I think its somewhere around 80+million average now.......

                      "Everybody has to believe in something...I believe I'll have another beer!"   = W.C.Fields                      

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                        Posted: February 10, 2005, 9:50 am - IP Logged

                        Its 47 million and it went down. Its below powerball now.

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                          Posted: February 10, 2005, 10:05 am - IP Logged

                          dvdiva,

                          I'm a little confused, can I ask how you got 47 million?

                          "Everybody has to believe in something...I believe I'll have another beer!"   = W.C.Fields                      

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                            Posted: February 10, 2005, 1:49 pm - IP Logged

                            I don't have any stats to back it up, but my gut feeling is that the average jackpot win has been significently lower since NY & TX came on board - even with the matrix change.  The odds are already so far out there, that jacking them up really does make that much difference.  I don't play MM or PB for the small wins, its the ideal of chasing a big jackpot that thrills me and the members of my pools.  I can get more people to play when the jackpot is high, and I like having more tickets.

                            MrMST

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                              Posted: February 10, 2005, 3:23 pm - IP Logged

                              you would think with those huge jackpots last year, the average would go up.

                              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.