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Posted: June 27, 2005, 4:13 pm - IP Logged

Many people have the opinion that MegaMillions is better than NY Lotto, why is that. I feel like I am missing something. Aren't NY Lotto odds better? Cheers,


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    Posted: June 27, 2005, 4:18 pm - IP Logged

    The jackpot odds are the ONLY thing that's better about NY Lotto. Why spend money on a game that returns ONLY 38%-40% to winners?

    The OVERALL odds are better in Mega Millions, and (except for CA) you're guaranteed to win $2 if you match the Mega Ball, v $1 for three numbers in NY Lotto.

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      Posted: June 27, 2005, 4:21 pm - IP Logged

      acronym007,

      Some members, especially Cash Only, are fervent in their belief that a jackpot winner should be allowed to change their payout option on a jackpot win at the time they claim their prize (rather than when they buy the ticket), and that the lottery should pay out in prizes at least 50% of the revenue that comes in.  The New York Lottery does neither of those things.  So they try to "penalize" the lottery by constantly harping on those two negative things, and not taking anything else into consideration when talking about lotteries.

      So you need to take their opinions with a grain of salt.

      However, one thing that I think any lottery player would squabble about with NY Lotto is that it has terrible lower tier prizes.  Matching 3 numbers out of a pool of 59 and only getting $1 is totally cheap.

      That being said, if the jackpots are identical, you should play NY Lotto before playing Mega Millions - if you're going for a jackpot win only.  (Be sure to select Cash Option when buying your ticket!)

       

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        Posted: June 27, 2005, 4:45 pm - IP Logged

        I was in New York last week and I played both. Of course I selected Cash, is there any other way? Hehe. Thanks for the tips and opinions. I was trying  to understand why people had that opinion and know I understand better. Cheers.

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          Posted: June 27, 2005, 6:11 pm - IP Logged

          There's really good points/bad points about both games. Another perspective is play both games. Chances are luck/fate has you winning, if any, only one of those jackpots, Which game will it be, if any?

          Play both Lep

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            Posted: June 28, 2005, 12:56 am - IP Logged

            I agree, and I do play both just like CT, I play Powerball and CT state lotto. Although it's a low jackpot, CT lottery odds are pretty decent when compared to other lotteries. Play both or as many as you can with a reasonable amount of money sounds like the best way to increase one's individual odds. LOL.


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              Posted: June 28, 2005, 9:33 am - IP Logged

              Almost every game is better than NY Lotto.

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                Posted: June 28, 2005, 9:37 am - IP Logged

                Almost every game is better than NY Lotto.

                In your opinion.

                 

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                  Posted: June 28, 2005, 9:38 am - IP Logged

                  50% is better than 40%. That's a FACT.

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                    Posted: June 28, 2005, 9:51 am - IP Logged

                    Some people do not take one aspect of a game and use it to form their entire opinion. 

                    There are several aspects to NY Lotto that I do not like, but is it the worst game out there?  No way.

                     

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                      Posted: June 28, 2005, 9:53 am - IP Logged

                      todd:

                      Maybe not the worst game, but close to it.


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                        Posted: June 28, 2005, 12:32 pm - IP Logged

                        MegMillions really puts the screws on the 3rd prize, where the odds are about 70 times more than the associated prize.  It'd be nice if they introduced a middle game between the mega-jackpot games (PB, MM, LS) and the 100K pick 5 where all the prizes had the odds were always in proportion to the prize awarded, such as 4-million-to-1 odds for a 2 million dollar prize, 500,000-to-1 odds for a 250 grand prize, and down the line.


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                          Posted: June 29, 2005, 11:35 am - IP Logged

                          Connecticut has a good in-state lotto.

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                            Posted: June 29, 2005, 11:40 am - IP Logged

                            I can agree with you on that Cash....


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                              Posted: June 29, 2005, 11:52 am - IP Logged

                              I agree there need to be more games where there are jackpots in the 250k-1 million dollar range, where you have a hugely better chance of hitting opposed to games like mega millions which are impossible .  A perfect game is Wisconsin super cash.  Roughly million to one odds to hit for 250k. If only they would jack up the payout percentages a game like that would create nice daily revenue for a state. Until states though jack up %'s, state lottos and smaller take five games will never grow. Pretty soon all games will be million dollar games.  Look what they did to encore in ontario.  Ten million to one odds now for a million dollar prize, now I refuse to play it when I am up there.  It is OK though I am hitting the ILLinois Little Lotto tonite, 900k jackpot with 575k to 1 odds!