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Changes in Mega Millions

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Which change in Megamillions would be your favorite?

Raise the price to $2 a ticket/keep game the same [ 1 ]  [5.00%]
Raise price to $2 a ticket/Lower the odds [ 11 ]  [55.00%]
Raise the odds a little [ 8 ]  [40.00%]
Total Valid Votes [ 20 ]  
Discarded Votes [ 5 ]  
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Posted: July 19, 2006, 1:21 am - IP Logged

Currently Mega is a 1/56 + 1/46 game.

It has been on a record low jackpot sting lately and it's sales have also followed suite. It's now not a matter of if but when Mega will be changed.

This is just a poll to see which option is the most palitable.

For lowering the odds I was thinking they could drop both a white ball and a mega ball bringing  the odds to 1:156 million.

For raising the odds they would have to add a white ball (57 + 46) bringing the odds to 1:192 million instead of the current 1:175 million. Adding Mega balls doesn't effectively change the odds. A 56+47 game would be 179 instead of 175 million to one.

    dvdiva's avatar - 8ball

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    Posted: July 19, 2006, 1:29 am - IP Logged

    This poll would be for those who actually play Mega now not for those who don't play. If it's 57 balls it would have the Heinz thing going on though.

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      Posted: July 19, 2006, 2:26 am - IP Logged

      whats up with mega millions, how many jackpots has it been since they went over $100 million? it just got hit tonight at $49 million


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        Posted: July 19, 2006, 4:18 am - IP Logged

        dvidva, my vote is to raise the odds. I say 5/56+1/56, 5/56+1/52, or 5/59+1/52.

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          Morrison, IL
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          Posted: July 19, 2006, 8:17 am - IP Logged

          No matter what Mega does, it can still get a sting of low jackpot wins. If someone is destined to win, he or she will win regardless of how high the odds are.

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            Posted: July 19, 2006, 8:33 am - IP Logged

            I think its great more players are winning at MM.  The players winning these "small" jackpots, are regular lottery players.  These are not the players,  that only play when it gets to 100mil or more.

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              Posted: July 19, 2006, 9:18 am - IP Logged

              Exactly, RyanM and bambini, does everyone understand if the balls fall right, someone will win, and if not, they don't. And, 49 mil the last time I checked my bank accounts, is 15 times more than I have now, so I would gladly accept it, as would EVERY person on this website! Why change the game to get "over 100 Mil"?

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                Posted: July 19, 2006, 9:35 am - IP Logged

                That's easy to answer. Money. Games that have big prizes have big sales to match. While having lower prizes won is nice a mix between high and low jackpots would be ideal. States are loosing money or are making far less than a game that has a jackpot run once in a while. It's also the reason I'm sure the participating states will have to change MM at this point. Powerball went through the exact same problem a while ago and they changed the odds. It looks like it will be MM's turn this time.

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                  Posted: July 19, 2006, 9:49 am - IP Logged

                  Not enough options in the poll.

                  Reduce the matrix, not increase it.

                  I do play Mega Millions, but am doing so less and less. MM making moves like the Mega Tripler (promotions, 3 X's the smaller payoffs, and I mean smaller) just don't cut it, whoop tee do, so for the promotion period you win $9 instead of $3, or even $30 instead of $10.

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                    Posted: July 19, 2006, 9:58 am - IP Logged

                    dvdiva- we just have to agree to disagree- it HAS had runups over 100, 200, 300 mil under this format, so it is simply the luck of the draw........your poll also needs to say "don't change at all", to get a true poll. The worse the odds increase, the LESS people will spend, so it has a negative effect on the other side. Don't you care about YOUR chance of winning vs. the Mega Millions game making more money? Geez!

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                      Posted: July 20, 2006, 8:18 am - IP Logged

                      lol Dvdiva has 0 chance of winning Mega Millions if it keeps getting hit at low jackpot levels though, because she won't play until the jackpot is $250 million.

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                        Posted: July 20, 2006, 9:33 am - IP Logged

                        All will go back to normal if MM will just had me a nice Jackpot.......anything over $29 mill after taxes will do me just fine......all I need is to spend half the year doing charitable volunteer work and the other half is to be by the beach watching the waves roll in and reading a nice book.Thinking of...

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                          Posted: July 24, 2006, 8:21 pm - IP Logged

                          Not enough options in the poll.

                          Reduce the matrix, not increase it.

                          I do play Mega Millions, but am doing so less and less. MM making moves like the Mega Tripler (promotions, 3 X's the smaller payoffs, and I mean smaller) just don't cut it, whoop tee do, so for the promotion period you win $9 instead of $3, or even $30 instead of $10.

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                            I Agree!    I used to spend 3 X as much $$ when the matrix was lower. 

                          Now I sit on my money and don't funnel it into any other alternative game. 

                          Am sure others are not being lead around by the elusive carrot on a string. 

                          One of these days they're going to Idea figure it out.

                          Good luck to everyone!

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                            Posted: July 25, 2006, 2:07 am - IP Logged

                            Lowering the odds with no price change isn't an option for them. Sales are already stagnant due to the string of low jackpots. Also sales always go up on large jackpots compared to lower jackpots. I think a small reduction in odds combined with a price increase might work but it's hard to say.


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                              Posted: July 25, 2006, 9:38 am - IP Logged

                              It's too soon after the most recent matrix change to alter the game again. MM will have high jackpots before the year is out.