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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 ]  
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Posted: August 1, 2006, 6:31 pm - IP Logged

I agree. Believe in the current matrix - more winners now means less winners in the future.

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    Posted: August 1, 2006, 8:50 pm - 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.

    I actually agree with you Cash Only. I think the matrix is fine how it is at the moment.

    Dance like no one is watching.

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      Posted: August 1, 2006, 9:45 pm - IP Logged

      I choose "None of the above."  As it is, I only play when the jackpot is $50 million or more.  If they change the matrix again or increase the price, I'll quit playing and return to playing the state Lotto.  I say leave it as it is.

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        Posted: August 1, 2006, 11:48 pm - IP Logged

        You mean you actually play Lotto? It's been a while since it's had a decent jackpot. I liked Lotto plus more. Quinto actually has a better jackpot most of the time and with better odds.

        The problem is Mega has a hard time even getting to $50 million lately. I seriously doubt it will even break $200 million for the rest of the year.

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          Posted: August 2, 2006, 1:25 am - IP Logged

          Looks like Mega was hit again this time at 31 million. Considering the odds you would think the prizes would be a little higher. Unfortuneately considering the diversified structure of Mega (there is no centeral office like MUSL) big jackpot chasers will have to wait a long time for this to be fixed.

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            Posted: August 2, 2006, 5:45 am - IP Logged

            Big jackpot chasers have to wait no matter which lottery they play because all jackpots start out small and depend on players willing to play for a small jackpot at the same odds big jackpot chasers are willing to play for a large jackpot.  I doubt if any lottery could survive if it depended only on big jackpot chasers to buy tickets.  Big jackpot chasers will just have to continue to wait their turn if they don't want to play when the jackpot is small.

             * you don't need to buy more tickets, just buy a winning ticket * 
               
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              Posted: August 4, 2006, 12:47 pm - IP Logged

              Looks like Mega was hit again this time at 31 million. Considering the odds you would think the prizes would be a little higher. Unfortuneately considering the diversified structure of Mega (there is no centeral office like MUSL) big jackpot chasers will have to wait a long time for this to be fixed.

              To add insult to injury dvidva about the Mega Millions hitting at 31 million, the combination was 14-29-32-43-49 MB 14. The first time MM jackpot was hit with a double number since 2003 and the first since California joined Mega Millions. I think they need to either increase the number of MBs back to 3rd version [52] and keep the number of WBs at 56 or increase the price to $2 with same odds.

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                Posted: August 4, 2006, 3:39 pm - IP Logged

                I didn't vote because I don't think the game will be changed any time soon, if ever.

                The states in MM are making money. They certainly want more profits, but they are smart enough to know that changing the game matrix often in attempt to build jackpots to a certain level is risky. 

                I read the Texas lottery commission meeting minutes and they believe, and I agree, that players are more apt to spend their money on scratch tickets than take a chance on a lottery game they aren't likely to win. Lottery games are just not as popular as they once were, particularly when one has to spend nearly $100 to get a tank full of gas.

                Instant gratification is popular in all  forms of entertainment!

                When Texas chose MM over Powerball, they no doubt thought MM would have larger jackpots. What a blunder!! Another reason is they chose MM was to avoid killing the Texas lotto game. Another blunder.

                The MM folks decided to change the matrix after Texas joined. Unfortuntely, the big jackpots they had in mind at the time didn't materialize as often as they had probably hoped.

                The MM group had another opportunity to change the matrix when California joined, but they let it pass.

                The pendulum is in the players court, but probably not for long. The house always wins and larger jackpots are down the road, but probably not in the 100 million range. The player pool is too small.

                Besides, where did the 100 million jackpot come from? Is this a figure the lottery put out, or, the hopes of players who seem to get enjoyment out of not winning a big jackpot?

                 Stay cool!


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                  Posted: August 4, 2006, 3:48 pm - IP Logged

                  Actually, MM was changed to its current format in June 2005 when California got on board.

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                    Posted: August 4, 2006, 3:59 pm - IP Logged

                    Thanks Cash 5.

                    I should have done some research on when the game was changed. I knew it was after Texas joined. Got that much right. LOL

                    My views are the same regarding future changes.

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                      Posted: August 4, 2006, 6:37 pm - IP Logged

                      Remember though, for a while, Mega Millions had more $100+ million jackpots after Texas joined than it did before Texas joined, and last year, it appeared Texas was right on betting MM for the bigger jackpots. This year, Mega just seems to get hit more often than Powerball. You just never know what will happen in any lottery game, as it's all luck.

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                        Posted: August 4, 2006, 7:52 pm - IP Logged

                        The only positive adjustment I see is to add the megaplier to the entire consortium so all the states can benefit in the extra money spent on it.  You might as well be like powerball since you are rip off of powerball any way.-weshar75

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                          Posted: August 5, 2006, 1:31 am - IP Logged

                          The megaplier might not be a bad idea. I remember when Powerball was on its sting of low jackpots in winter 2005, most Powerball ads heavily emphasized the PowerPlay. Mega Millions would be able to do the same if it had the "megaplier" for all states (although California should not be forced to have it due to its pari-mutuel prize payouts, as it would be real messy there).


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                            Posted: August 5, 2006, 1:09 pm - IP Logged

                            ryanm, I agree about the megaplier idea for all states except for California because they're pari-mutuel and it's gets too messy. Remeber, California had one ticket won about $1.4 million by matching 5/5 in August 2005. My request is to increase the odds by adding 6 more MBs to 52.


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                              Posted: August 5, 2006, 2:10 pm - IP Logged

                              The right thing to do would be to increase the white balls, and decrease the Mega balls, giving players a better chance to win SOMETHING.