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Mega Millions Won :-(

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Posted: September 1, 2007, 10:37 am - IP Logged

I am sure at least 2 of those tickets were picked numbers.  I don't see 4 tickets being sold if they were all easy picks.  There was only 137,000,000 tickets sold which I thought was kinda low.  But there will be no $500+ million jackpots if they keep the matrix this way.  We just buy too many tickets. 

"But there will be no $500+ million jackpots if they keep the matrix this way.  We just buy too many tickets."

And yet if we don't buy more tickets there will be no $500+ million jackpots either.  A matrix change will create more losers, do we not have enough losers now?  Are losing players willing to lose even more just to see $500+ million jackpots?  Those are the questions.

 * you don't need to buy more tickets, just buy a winning ticket * 
   
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    Posted: September 1, 2007, 10:48 am - IP Logged

    I wonder if any of the winners are going to be disappointed they 'only' won 82 million instead of 330 million?  :-)

    I am one of the winners and disappointed that I only got the Megaball - $2 

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      Posted: September 1, 2007, 11:58 am - IP Logged

      "But there will be no $500+ million jackpots if they keep the matrix this way.  We just buy too many tickets."

      And yet if we don't buy more tickets there will be no $500+ million jackpots either.  A matrix change will create more losers, do we not have enough losers now?  Are losing players willing to lose even more just to see $500+ million jackpots?  Those are the questions.

      Yes I agree.  We can't go with longer odds....what we need is a  higher ticket price.  $2 and maybe odds of 1 in 100 million.  I think that might help out to bring about the jackpots that they once promised.

      Brad

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        Posted: September 1, 2007, 12:47 pm - IP Logged

        Just my $.02 on this- and it may not be popular- but I'd rather see multiple winners (not a pool, individuals) from multiplae states.

        It's better for everone invilved, the players and the lottery.  

        Those who run the lotteries love it when players look for consistency in something that's designed not to have any.

        Lep

        There is one and only one 'proven' system, and that is to book the action. No matter the game, let the players pick their own losers.

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          Posted: September 1, 2007, 1:00 pm - IP Logged

          "But there will be no $500+ million jackpots if they keep the matrix this way.  We just buy too many tickets."

          And yet if we don't buy more tickets there will be no $500+ million jackpots either.  A matrix change will create more losers, do we not have enough losers now?  Are losing players willing to lose even more just to see $500+ million jackpots?  Those are the questions.

          I suppose it depends on how many of these $200 million jackpots a person has "contributed" to. It might seem reasonable to buy 50 tickets and maybe even somewhat justified because of what we could win until we have done it a few times. Eventually people will figure out that they weren't kidding when they say the overall odds of winning anything is 1 in 40 and they just donated 50 bucks.

          Last night my donation dropped to $10 and since the jackpot was won, I won't have to think about my next donation for a couple of months. When I bought 50 tickets I cashed for $7 so maybe I should be happy with the fact I decreased my losses from $43 to $10.

          "Are losing players willing to lose even more just to see $500+ million jackpots?"

          That depends on the players that contribute $5 a draw while the jackpot is building. There are other games and if those players decide they can get more for their lottery bucks playing them, we might see jackpots under $100 million for months.

          The lower prize payoffs are terrible so even when the jackpot is high it's difficult to figure out how we can get the most out of our lottery budget. I was looking at Maddog's challenge where people pick 12 numbers and 4 Mega balls and thought of a way where they could play it for $12 and get a decent win expectation. Use the 3if4 of 12 number wheel and use each of the Mega balls 3 times. Compare it to buying 12 QPs.

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            Posted: September 1, 2007, 1:06 pm - IP Logged

            Just my $.02 on this- and it may not be popular- but I'd rather see multiple winners (not a pool, individuals) from multiplae states.

            It's better for everone invilved, the players and the lottery.  

            That is why lotteries have experimented with raffles.

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              Posted: September 1, 2007, 1:22 pm - IP Logged

              That is why lotteries have experimented with raffles.

              Yes! They were thinking of the Players: Not All the Money they would Rake In! ROFL

              A mind once stretched by a new idea never returns to its original dimensions!

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                Posted: September 1, 2007, 2:11 pm - IP Logged

                 Well, there's always Super Lotto for me. I live in CA.

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                  Posted: September 1, 2007, 4:47 pm - IP Logged

                  Why be pessimistic; congrats to the winners.

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                    Posted: September 1, 2007, 5:04 pm - IP Logged

                    Why be pessimistic; congrats to the winners.

                    Yes, Congratulations to all the winners !

                    I like seeing multiple jackpot winners......spread it around !!!

                     

                                                   

                                  

                     

                     

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                      Posted: September 1, 2007, 5:20 pm - IP Logged

                      That is why lotteries have experimented with raffles.

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                      Good in theory but the way they've been conductd so far, so-so.

                      A higher price tag with a much lower and stagnant top prize and a minute number of winners, everything being relative. 

                      The way Illinois did it, anyway- 500,000 tickets had to be sold, at $20 a pop, and 509 winners. This is a bookie's dream come true. 

                      509 / 500,000 = 0.001018 winners. Have a lucky day! 

                      I don't think four $1,000,000 prizes will ever create quite the stir that a $330,000,000 prize does, either- but that's just me! 

                      Those who run the lotteries love it when players look for consistency in something that's designed not to have any.

                      Lep

                      There is one and only one 'proven' system, and that is to book the action. No matter the game, let the players pick their own losers.

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                        Posted: September 1, 2007, 8:04 pm - IP Logged

                        Yes I agree.  We can't go with longer odds....what we need is a  higher ticket price.  $2 and maybe odds of 1 in 100 million.  I think that might help out to bring about the jackpots that they once promised.

                        Brad

                        Yeah, I wouldn't mind a $2 ticket price if they doubled all the prizes, including the jackpot.