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Couple of minor changes at USA Mega

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Posted: April 21, 2010, 2:10 pm - IP Logged

Just a quick update on the USA Mega web site:

  • The Mega Millions cash options are now shown in the exact amounts, as reported by the lotteries, as opposed to previously when they were show rounded to the nearest million dollars.
  • Jackpot Alerts for Mega Millions also include the exact cash amount.
  • The Megaplier is now included as part of the text news announcement that is posted immediately after the drawing takes place.

Nothing Earth-shattering here, but useful for people who look for these things.

 

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    sully16's avatar - sharan
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    Posted: April 21, 2010, 4:43 pm - IP Logged

    Thanks Todd , I can live with rounded millions.

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      Posted: April 21, 2010, 5:10 pm - IP Logged

      I had wondered why the Mega Millions cash value didn't show the tenths.  The reason isn't really important; I just noticed because it was different from the Powerball display.

      Another change that wasn't mentioned is that the Megaplier column on the Mega Millions previous results pages is no longer labelled "Texas only."

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        Posted: April 21, 2010, 7:06 pm - IP Logged

        I had wondered why the Mega Millions cash value didn't show the tenths.  The reason isn't really important; I just noticed because it was different from the Powerball display.

        Another change that wasn't mentioned is that the Megaplier column on the Mega Millions previous results pages is no longer labelled "Texas only."

        You have a sharp eye.  I didn't bother mentioning the "Texas Only" label, but I'm glad that you noticed!

        The tenths thing on the cash value dates back a long time, to when the game was still "The Big Game".  They used to always report the cash value as a whole number -- no tenths.  If memory serves, I believe it was Ohio that first started reporting the cash value in tenths, and the official site followed some time later.  (By that point the game was called Mega Millions.)

        Believe it or not, within program code and a database system that kind of thing can have an impact, because everything that is coded as "integer" would have to be re-coded as "float/real".  It's very easy to make a mistake when re-coding a whole system like that, and I avoided doing it so that I wouldn't have a problem.

        Well, I finally finished re-coding everything, and only had one minor glitch that I had to fix this morning.  The Jackpot Alerts were late because they included a hidden reference to an integer for the cash value, and wouldn't kick off until I fixed it.

        So there you have it, in all it's gory detail! Big Grin

         

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          Posted: April 21, 2010, 10:38 pm - IP Logged

          There are other states offering the Megaplier now - Oregon being one of them :)

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            sully16's avatar - sharan
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            Posted: April 22, 2010, 10:03 am - IP Logged

            There are other states offering the Megaplier now - Oregon being one of them :)

            If they want to keep up with powerball sales they should. I play powerball over megamillions for just that reason. I wish mich. had megaplier.

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            For a lead role in a cage?

             

                                                        From Pink Floyd's " Wish you were here"