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Posted: November 19, 2005, 1:22 pm - IP Logged

CA paid only $1 for matching only the Mega ball in the recent (Nov 18) Mega Millions draw. Normally the payout is $2. The $1 payout has happened a total of 8 times out of 43 draws. In each case the Mega ball was 11 or below. Interesting to note that 3 out of the 8 times, the Mega ball was 11. This may be a favorite number in CA.

A good strategy for CA players is to choose larger numbers for the Mega Ball to get at least a $2 payout.

 

Good luck,
Jake


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    Posted: November 21, 2005, 1:12 pm - IP Logged

    Do you think that CA is going to have mainly a $2 payout if the MB is 28 or higher? I think it depends on all lottery sales and number of winners.

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      Posted: November 23, 2005, 2:11 pm - IP Logged

      Look what CA payed out to two people who matched four and the mega ball in this past drawing...over $24,000.

      CA sales are actually now higher than New York's are.  I think CA has gotten into it after this really large jackpot we just had.

      Brad

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        Posted: November 23, 2005, 8:30 pm - IP Logged

          $24,000!!?  LUCKY!!

          I wonder if we will ever see a MM drawing where CA gets NO match 4+1 winners.  Then it would be really interesting to see how much the CA match 4+1 winners would get the following drawing.

          Bradly_60's avatar - disney37
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          Posted: November 23, 2005, 11:36 pm - IP Logged

          CA's payouts are weird.....last drawing the 5+0 prize was listed as $250,000 and now for this drawing it was only $310,000.  A sixty thousand dollar increase isn't that much for over $3 million in ticket sales.

          Brad

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            Posted: November 30, 2005, 9:14 am - IP Logged

            The pattern continues. A low Mega ball number of 5 and the CA payout for matching only the Mega ball pays $1.

            Good luck,
            Jake

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              Posted: December 10, 2005, 10:00 am - IP Logged

              CA paid only $117 for a match 4 and $3,004 for a match 4+Mega on the Dec 6 draw. This is the lowest amount ever paid in CA for a match 4 and a match 4+Mega. 5 of the 6 numbers, including the Mega ball, were birthday numbers. The previous record lows were $119 and $4,087 both set in the same draw on Sept 27, 2005.

              Also, I notice that when the match 5 is not won in CA, the size of the match 5 prize is not reported. They used to report the amount that would have been won. I found it interesting to track its growth. Now the prize amount will be a surprise when it is won. It has not been won for 4 draws in a row.

              Good luck,
              Jake