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Posted: April 15, 2005, 9:37 pm - IP Logged

I am a Massachusetts Mega Millions season ticket holder. Today I got a letter from the MA lottery saying they are changing Mega Millions as of June 24th when California is joining, did I want to change my number? The new set up is 5 of 56 and 1 of 46 for the Megaball. Not sure what the new odds are, letter did not say.

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    Posted: April 15, 2005, 9:42 pm - IP Logged

    A 5/56 + 1/46 matrix has odds of 175,711,536:1.  A step in the right direction toward super jackpots.  I think this could easily generate a $400 million prize.

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        I think that it's lame they're jacking up the odds to 1 in 175,711,536 but increasing the starting jackpot to only $12 million, while Powerball is only jacking up its odds to 1 in 146,107,962 but increasing its starting jackpot to $15 million.  Mega should increase theirs to at least $15 million as well.


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        Quote: Originally posted by ryanm on April 16, 2005

        I think that it's lame they're jacking up the odds to 1 in 175,711,536 but increasing the starting jackpot to only $12 million, while Powerball is only jacking up its odds to 1 in 146,107,962 but increasing its starting jackpot to $15 million. Mega should increase theirs to at least $15 million as well.







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          Posted: April 16, 2005, 12:14 pm - IP Logged

          So do I.

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            Posted: April 16, 2005, 9:43 pm - IP Logged
            Quote: Originally posted by ryanm on April 16, 2005


              I think that it's lame they're jacking up the odds to 1 in 175,711,536 but increasing the starting jackpot to only $12 million, while Powerball is only jacking up its odds to 1 in 146,107,962 but increasing its starting jackpot to $15 million.  Mega should increase theirs to at least $15 million as well.




            Heh, a paltry $2 million increase. They sure do think highly of their customers.

            Can you all say  "getting the S H A F T ?"

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              Posted: April 16, 2005, 10:02 pm - IP Logged

              I wish Mega would start out at $15 million too.  With Cali they will be able to afford it.    AND since they are changing it they need to add the megaplier to all MM states.  Just my thoughts.

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                Posted: April 16, 2005, 10:50 pm - IP Logged

                is it too late for players to demand a 5 million increase on mega millions like powerball is getting??????

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                  The new MegaMillions game has ALREADY been approved and adopted by the 12 states involved. This was done WITHOUT any player input. In some states the new game was adopted in secret. They are announcing the new game now because they have to shut down multidraws for the current game. Otherwise, the game would have been started without any significant advance notice.

                  Each state has to adopt and implement the megaplier feature available in Texas. There is a lot of risk involved for some states. Recently. Texas lost a bundle when several players won $700,000 each. The state is way ahead, but could go into the red if many players have a lucky streak.

                  The only way players can have any affect is to NOT PLAY. Course this not going to happen, primarily because there are millions of players who seem to think that, despite the odds, they have a better chance of winning when the jackpot if large.

                  Can't believe some people are praising the Mega Millions gang for coming up with a game that could produce a $400 million jackpot!!

                   

                   

                   



                  pots than lower ones.

                   

                  The only way players can affect the game is NOT PLAY.

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                    Posted: April 17, 2005, 12:12 pm - IP Logged

                    I'm from Maryland and i agree this is kinda ridiculous. Buddy Roogow is the head honcho of megamillion. My guess is that he must have been pressured into this by the majority of other lottery directors. It wasn't that long ago that they said they were satisfied with the game and that no changes were forthcoming. But as soon as they said powerball was changing and California was joining megamilions they sought compete with powerball.

                    I'm not happy about the change but people aren't going to stop playing, if anything more people will play when the pot hits the 200,000,000 mark.
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                      Posted: April 17, 2005, 7:42 pm - IP Logged

                      I am just happy to final get a date for when MM will be available in CA.  I live in CA and have been wanting the large jackpots of MM compared to the usually small jackpots of SuperLotto PLUS - especially since there are no reputable online ticket sources for MM. 

                      Well, now my calendar looks like:


                      • May 19 - see RotS

                      • June 24 (morning) - buy my first MM ticket(s)

                      • June 24 (evening) - win my first MM jackpot

                      • June 25 - wake up and see if it was all a dream!
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                        Posted: April 17, 2005, 8:30 pm - IP Logged
                        Quote: Originally posted by bobby623 on April 17, 2005


                        there are millions of players who seem to think that, despite the odds, they have a better chance of winning when the jackpot if large.


                        I never understood that. Can someone please explain the rationale behind that idea?
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                          Posted: April 17, 2005, 8:33 pm - IP Logged
                          Quote: Originally posted by Maverick on April 17, 2005



                          Quote: Originally posted by bobby623 on April 17, 2005


                          there are millions of players who seem to think that, despite the odds, they have a better chance of winning when the jackpot if large.


                          I never understood that. Can someone please explain the rationale behind that idea?


                          I spend more money at higher jackpots, to give me a better shot at winning, because I'd rather win $200 million than $10 million.
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                            Posted: April 17, 2005, 8:43 pm - IP Logged

                            I may not have my thinking cap on today, but how does playing during a higher jackpot give better chances of winning?

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                              Posted: April 17, 2005, 8:46 pm - IP Logged
                              Quote: Originally posted by Maverick on April 17, 2005



                              Quote: Originally posted by bobby623 on April 17, 2005


                              there are millions of players who seem to think that, despite the odds, they have a better chance of winning when the jackpot if large.


                              I never understood that. Can someone please explain the rationale behind that idea?


                              It is just simple probablity.  Buy one ticket you have a chance of 1 in some huge number.  Buy five tickets, you have 5 chances in some huge number.  Theoretically, you could buy every number combination, but the jackpot would have to be around $16 billion to break even.  I am curious as to how MM states the odds as 1:135 million (approximately) when the theoretical number combinations are over 16 billion?  Does anyone know?