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MM Megaplier

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Where should it be available?

In all MM states [ 16 ]  [53.33%]
All except CA (pari-mutuel) [ 6 ]  [20.00%]
Texas only [ 2 ]  [6.67%]
Nowhere [ 6 ]  [20.00%]
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Posted: June 3, 2006, 1:46 am - IP Logged

If Mega is going to change something how about a change that generates larger pots. The jackpot drives sales. It's as simple as that. If you look at a high jackpot there are high sales associated with it. Mega didn't even hit 50 this time. They should have had the matrix slightly higher than it is now.

Higher odds do not guarantee the jackpot will roll 12+ times each run. If someone is meant to win the jackpot, it will happen regardless of odds. After all, do you play to win, or to raise the jackpot? Of course, you don't play until the jackpot hits $250 million, but if everyone were like you there would never be a $250 million jackpot, and players would not play for jackpots under $50 million if it were not possible to win them.

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    Well there is a balance. I think Powerball has that balance now. Mega doesn't and Euromillions really doesn't. I always hope games get hit at all levels. The problem with mega is it never gets to a high level. Instead of all levels it's just small levels. Something you could expect in a large state game like CA or FL.

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      Yeah, like $265 million annuity / $150 million cash isn't a high level! The game already made it there two consecutive runs this year.


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        Yeah, like $265 million annuity / $150 million cash isn't a high level! The game already made it there two consecutive runs this year.

        MM has trouble rolling over at that level. Since Big Game/MM began in 1996, the matrixes have changed every three years (1999, 2002, 2005.) Would there be another change come 2008?

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          I assume all the MegaMillions states have the option of having a side bet or another game on their MM cards as Ohio has its KICKER game on its MM card.  The KICKER has its own drawing as does the Texas Megaplier. 

          Since all prizes except the jackpots are paid out of local ticket sales, there's enough confusion with California having its own pari-mutuel rules for the lower tier prizes with out more states coming up with their own rules for the same game. If all states can't abide by the same rules, it better not to have the Megaplier as part of the basic game.

          Actually, TX and OH are the only states to offer a side bet.

          The Texas Megaplier is related to MM. Ohio Kicker is not (it was an add-on to Super Lotto Plus before it was retired).

          Yes, but you have to play MegaMillions to have any chance of playing the KICKER game.  My point was that since each state created their own side game and paid prizes out of local sales, any game in one of the other state with a similar name might create more confusions.  Besides,Texas probably owns the name Megaplier and would probably want royalties if any other state used it.

          KICKER should be a stand-alone game, or be retired. For some reason, Canada has many add-on opportunities.

          Ohio already has an auto-pick stand-alone game, the Lot'O Play.  Such games don't attract the most players but they are very profitable so the state likes them.

           * you don't need to buy more tickets, just buy a winning ticket * 
             
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            I think it's possible that both MM and PB may have a matrix change in 2008 or 2009. However, if this happens, all states in MM and PB must have multiplier except for CA (pari-mutuel/my vote).

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              Frankly I don't like spending an extra dollar for a game. We don't have MM in Florida, but Fantasy 5 has EZ Match. At first it was very popular and the jackpots increase quite a bit, but I think less people now are spending the extra dollar. I could be wrong, because millions of snowbirds left in May which also has an effect on the lottery.  I agree with Prob that it's better to just buy more tickets.  If the Matrix changes, I would never play MM or PB. The odds are too high now. What's wrong with winning $5 or $10 million anyway? Most people I work with are living paycheck to paycheck! If a megaplier were added to a state lottery, I probably would never spend the money. The way I look at it, I spend at least $6 every week just playing our state lotto, so then it would be $12 a week..way above my budget for a 6/53 game where you rarely get only a $5 win.  I've never gotten 5 numbers and I've gotten 4 numbers three times, winning a total of about $200 in more than 10 years. So to me it makes more sense, if you're going to spend that extra dollar bill to just get a QP or play another game.

              BTW, I've played MM in Massachusetts twice. I'm pretty certain the lower tier prizes were paid on a pari-mutuel basis, although I didn't even get 2 numbers on any ticket.  I don't think the Megaplier was an option, but I'm glad it wasn't. Then I would have blown $20 instead of only $10.

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                Frankly I don't like spending an extra dollar for a game. We don't have MM in Florida, but Fantasy 5 has EZ Match. At first it was very popular and the jackpots increase quite a bit, but I think less people now are spending the extra dollar. I could be wrong, because millions of snowbirds left in May which also has an effect on the lottery.  I agree with Prob that it's better to just buy more tickets.  If the Matrix changes, I would never play MM or PB. The odds are too high now. What's wrong with winning $5 or $10 million anyway? Most people I work with are living paycheck to paycheck! If a megaplier were added to a state lottery, I probably would never spend the money. The way I look at it, I spend at least $6 every week just playing our state lotto, so then it would be $12 a week..way above my budget for a 6/53 game where you rarely get only a $5 win.  I've never gotten 5 numbers and I've gotten 4 numbers three times, winning a total of about $200 in more than 10 years. So to me it makes more sense, if you're going to spend that extra dollar bill to just get a QP or play another game.

                BTW, I've played MM in Massachusetts twice. I'm pretty certain the lower tier prizes were paid on a pari-mutuel basis, although I didn't even get 2 numbers on any ticket.  I don't think the Megaplier was an option, but I'm glad it wasn't. Then I would have blown $20 instead of only $10.

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                Florida Lotto has very good prizes. You shouldn't be complaining that you win "only" $5 for three numbers when NY Rotto pays ONE DOLLAR for 3/6. And it's a 6/59 game!

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                  Posted: June 7, 2006, 11:55 am - IP Logged

                  Yeah, like $265 million annuity / $150 million cash isn't a high level! The game already made it there two consecutive runs this year.

                  MM has trouble rolling over at that level. Since Big Game/MM began in 1996, the matrixes have changed every three years (1999, 2002, 2005.) Would there be another change come 2008?

                  Probably, when they let Florida play.


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                    Yeah, like $265 million annuity / $150 million cash isn't a high level! The game already made it there two consecutive runs this year.

                    MM has trouble rolling over at that level. Since Big Game/MM began in 1996, the matrixes have changed every three years (1999, 2002, 2005.) Would there be another change come 2008?

                    Probably, when they let Florida play.

                    I'm guessing Florida's next governor will allow PB, and that they will join in 2007. After that, it might be years before PB expands further.

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                      Posted: June 8, 2006, 12:29 pm - IP Logged

                      If Florida joins Powerball, that game might need another matrix change as well.


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                        If Florida joins Powerball, that game might need another matrix change as well.

                        I'm going to Florida in mid-October. My friend wants to come along. I plan to play Florida Lotto and Mega Money.


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                          Posted: June 20, 2006, 11:09 am - IP Logged

                          All states except CA should have a side bet on Megaplier in MM because CA is pari-mutuel. A few weeks ago, CA was able to have lottery approval to stay with MM.


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                            All states except CA should have a side bet on Megaplier in MM because CA is pari-mutuel. A few weeks ago, CA was able to have lottery approval to stay with MM.

                            I heard that California could still be kicked out of MM. I think the issue is the claiming period (180 days v 1 year).


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                              Posted: June 22, 2006, 11:52 am - IP Logged

                              I don't think that mega millions should have the megaplier, every game has some kind of characteristic's that make the game unique, I don't think you should try to add or take something away just to try and make the game better, And witht the claim period in california they are giving them one year to sort that out.

                              I'm not too worried the courts will make California leave MM. They'll work it out.