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Which states will join PB/MM or have both games?

Alabama MM or PB Explain [ 1 ]  [8.33%]
Mississippi MM or PB Explain [ 1 ]  [8.33%]
Any state added will be MM [ 3 ]  [25.00%]
Alabama PB or MM Explain [ 0 ]  [0.00%]
Florida PB or MM Explain [ 3 ]  [25.00%]
Delaware adding MM [ 0 ]  [0.00%]
Nevada PB and MM [ 0 ]  [0.00%]
Alaska MM or PB Explain [ 0 ]  [0.00%]
Arkansas MM or PB Explain [ 2 ]  [16.67%]
Any state added will be PB [ 2 ]  [16.67%]
Total Valid Votes [ 12 ]  
Discarded Votes [ 5 ]  
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Posted: March 30, 2008, 7:23 am - IP Logged

So far the PB states outnumber the MM states.  No states offer both games.  That would be a great convenience for those who like to play both games without having to drive hundreds of miles to a state that offers the game you want.  The PB States are: AZ, CO, CT, D.C., DE, IN, ID, IA, KS, KY, LA, ME, MN, MO, MT. NB, NH, NM, NC. ND. OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, VT, WI, WV, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.  The MM States are: CA, GA, IL, MD, MA, MI, NJ, NY, OH, TX, VA, and WA.

I hope that the two letter abbreviations are correct.  It has been many years since I had to remember them. LOL!  Since there are fewer MM states, I would suppose that the next state to add a game would choose MM.  I look at Alabama and Mississippi being the next potential states to add a lottery since the topic has been brought up and voted on numerous times and those states could certainly use a boost "for education". Mississippi, I think, will go ahead of Alabama due to the fact that there are inland casinoes and coastal casinoes already flourishing in the state.

Alabama might surpass Mississippi, though I doubt it.  Despites signs getting closer to the Georgia line chiding Alabamians for not having a lottery of their own and giving money to the Georgia Lottery System, Alabama failed to pass the lottery despite the fact they also have dog tracks and casinoes already operating in the state as well.

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    I really wish Indiana would add Mega Millions. I don't forsee that happening though with the Hoosier Lotto. They need to just do away with it. The jackpot only increases 500k each time and it took more than a year for the last person to win it.

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      I think Arkansas will be next to get the lottery since they see the revenues Missouri, Louisiana, Tennessee, and now Oklahoma are getting from their lotteries.  States that currently have only very profitable casinoes have those very same casinoes lobbying against state lotteries.  That is why Nevada will NEVER have a lottery.  But Arkansas is more than likely looking for other sources of revenue and perhaps don't like that they are behind the lottery curve that even Oklahoma is enjoying.  I think they would logically add MM as they are surrounded by all Powerball states, so the hope would be to get lottery revenue from their instate residents as well as those living in bordering states who want to play MM as well as PB; kind of like I do here in IL.

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        Posted: March 30, 2008, 9:34 am - IP Logged

        I really wish Indiana would add Mega Millions. I don't forsee that happening though with the Hoosier Lotto. They need to just do away with it. The jackpot only increases 500k each time and it took more than a year for the last person to win it.

        That's $500,000 annuity, not cash, and the cash value got over 70% of what the annuity value was on that big run too. Not to mention, you don't know if that's all the lottery can afford to increase the jackpot for that game. You don't know the sales figures. Why should they increase the jackpot more than $500,000 if the game doesn't bring in enough cash to do so? Also, going a year without a winner is mathematically possible. Just like any other jackpot game, there are times when the jackpot rolls longer than expected. That's why we have $300M+ PB and MM jackpots. Since Indiana already has 2 jackpot games(PB and Hoosier Lotto), I don't expect Mega Millions to join. Actually, I hope another state joins PB because that would mean our PB jackpots would climb quicker and we would also have higher cash values.

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          Posted: March 30, 2008, 9:44 am - IP Logged

          Your right, I don't know the sales figures. That's why I think it would be better to base the increase off of the sales rather than have one set amount. The odds of winning are                1:12,271,512 and I don't know how well you follow the lottery or not, but the Hoosier Lotto is rarely ever won. Perhaps the news should begin questioning them again? ;)

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            Your right, I don't know the sales figures. That's why I think it would be better to base the increase off of the sales rather than have one set amount. The odds of winning are                1:12,271,512 and I don't know how well you follow the lottery or not, but the Hoosier Lotto is rarely ever won. Perhaps the news should begin questioning them again? ;)

            You do realize 12,271,512 is a lot right? The state's population is 3.6 million and I doubt every single person(this would include children) plays Hoosier Lotto. Even at 3.6 million, that's still only 29.3%, which still is only a fraction of what the total possibilities are, and that's if there's no duplicates. After you factor in duplicates, possibility of a hit goes down even more. Take into consideration that it's possible that less than 250,000 tickets(again, not counting duplicates) per drawing for Hoosier Lotto are sold the first few months after the jackpot is reset. Like I said, this game can go a long time without a hit. Actually, the Hoosier Lottery might only be be able to increase it a set amount simply because when the game first starts off, they are bringing in less money than what is offered and then it is made up for once the jackpot starts to grow big. They know they can take this risk because they know this game can go a long time without getting hit.

            Also, you do realize what you are implying when you say "The lottery is making it so nobody hits" right? You are implying that the software on the drawing machines is accessing a list of all the combinations that were sold for that drawing, and then preventing one of those combinations from coming up. From what I know, the drawing is on a stand alone machine. This is why I need cold hard facts. I can't be convinced the lottery is cheating simply because someone has a hunch. 

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              I realize what the odds are. But when they begin facing scrutiny perhaps they should reconsider their plan. I don't agree with alot of things Mitch Daniels did but perhaps leasing out the Hoosier Lottery to a private company would not have been such a bad thing.

              Don't get me wrong, I play it weekly and I win alot of free tickets and $3 prizes. I'm not trying to offend you in what I say. You did just put words in my mouth, though. I may be a skeptic but I did not come right out and say that. Who am I to say they are making it so nobody hits? I am a firm believer in choosing balls rather than using software to generate the numbers for the actual drawing though. Do you know if they have people who participate in watching the draws? I remember when I was pretty young they use to do the draws on TV but as far as I know they stopped doing that. I would love to go up to Indy and sit in on a draw.  

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                Posted: March 30, 2008, 12:26 pm - IP Logged

                I think Arkansas or Alaska may be the next to state to offer lottery games.

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                  Posted: March 30, 2008, 1:02 pm - IP Logged

                  MM needs more states so it can better compete with PB.

                  As for Nevada I say no way...the casinos indusrty just doesn't want a lottery.

                  First the Mega Millions slots were supposed to be the Nevada answer to a lottery, then came Nevada Numbers, but I just don't see Nevada becoming a lottery state.  

                  (Which is really silly, A.C. does well and Jersey has casinos and lotto). 

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

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                    MM needs more states so it can better compete with PB.

                    As for Nevada I say no way...the casinos indusrty just doesn't want a lottery.

                    First the Mega Millions slots were supposed to be the Nevada answer to a lottery, then came Nevada Numbers, but I just don't see Nevada becoming a lottery state.  

                    (Which is really silly, A.C. does well and Jersey has casinos and lotto). 

                    ..The casisno industry doesn't want a lottery...I never thought of that being the reason especially since the casinoes send no money from the coffers to benefit the states they are in or do they?  I do not think that they do.  I agree, the next states will probably offer the MM since they are so few in number.

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                      "MM needs more states so it can better compete with PB."

                      MM started 2008 with an advertised jackpot of $33 million, has paid jackpots of 33 and 270 million, and is now advertising a jackpot of 135 million. That has generated almost 750 million in sales. PB started 2008 with an advertised jackpot of 52 million, and paid jackpots of 95 and 275 million, and is now advertising a jackpot of 46 million. PB sales for the year are about 620 million.

                      I think MM is competing reasonably well.

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                        "MM needs more states so it can better compete with PB."

                        MM started 2008 with an advertised jackpot of $33 million, has paid jackpots of 33 and 270 million, and is now advertising a jackpot of 135 million. That has generated almost 750 million in sales. PB started 2008 with an advertised jackpot of 52 million, and paid jackpots of 95 and 275 million, and is now advertising a jackpot of 46 million. PB sales for the year are about 620 million.

                        I think MM is competing reasonably well.

                        I think they forgot to factor in the populations of the 12 Mega Millions states and just assumed there are more players in the 29 Powerball states.

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                          ..The casisno industry doesn't want a lottery...I never thought of that being the reason especially since the casinoes send no money from the coffers to benefit the states they are in or do they?  I do not think that they do.  I agree, the next states will probably offer the MM since they are so few in number.

                          The Casinos in Nevada pay so much in taxes to the state, they don't have a state individual income tax, a corporate income tax and they don't tax your retirement from other states like most other states do! Most of the other states that have some form of gambling are just greedy chumps; because they still tax the heck out of you for anything and everything they can tax you for! Nevada does have a state tax though of 7.5% (I think). I know when I lived there it was 7.25% and I think they pushed it up a 1/4 of a percent since then (so don't quote me on that).

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                            The Casinos in Nevada pay so much in taxes to the state, they don't have a state individual income tax, a corporate income tax and they don't tax your retirement from other states like most other states do! Most of the other states that have some form of gambling are just greedy chumps; because they still tax the heck out of you for anything and everything they can tax you for! Nevada does have a state tax though of 7.5% (I think). I know when I lived there it was 7.25% and I think they pushed it up a 1/4 of a percent since then (so don't quote me on that).

                            I meant to say a state sales tax....... sorry my bad.

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