|Posted: August 26, 2005, 12:36 am - IP Logged|
Massachusetts players like choices, both between games and within games.
The Numbers Game
Switch to fixed payouts. It's one thing to have a pari-mutuel digit game, but when it's the only pari-mutuel game, it just doesn't make a whole lot of sense.
Daily 5 (formerly Mass Cash)
Switch to daily draws, change the top prize into a rolling jackpot, and give out a buck for matching 2 numbers.
Change to a 6/52, $1 a play game. Draws will move to Wednesday and Saturday. Payouts, minimum jackpot, and Winfall points will not change. This will help CW become MA's true flagship game.
The most radical change comes here. Megabucks is supposed to fill the gap between CW and Daily 5 (MC), and right now it's too close to CW as far as odds and payouts. I suggest the following changes to bring it more toward the middle between CW and D5.
- Drop 6 balls, become a 6/36
- Add cash option (beginning at $200,000)
- Add 1 draw and change draw days to Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.
And change the prizes to thus:
|Match 6||Jackpot||1 : 1,947,792|
|Match 5||$500||1 : 10,821|
|Match 4||$50||1 : 298|
|Match 3||$1||1 : 24|
Overall odds are 1 in 22.
Well, maybe a Massachusetts Megaplier would work. Or maybe some sort of Instant Match? One thing is for sure, they need new playslips. Right now you can only play 3 per slip, and there's no quick pick option. Actually, no slips have quick pick, so that's another change.