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HoLeeKau's avatar - YheaShea
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Posted: July 22, 2010, 12:43 pm - IP Logged

Here in Idaho thru July we can buy a Mega Value which is a PowerBall and a MegaMillions with the multiplier(s) for $3.  Is this just an Idaho thing?

I don't usually buy the MegaPlier on the MM because the payout depends on whichever ball comes up.  I do buy the PowerPlay on PB because it's an automatic million no matter which ball comes up. 

We just got the MM in Idaho several months ago, and I guess they're trying to get more people to buy it, or to invest in the megaplier, or both. 

It seems to me it's a better buy on MM to spend your $2 on 2 tickets without the multiplier rather than on one ticket with.  Choose the first 5 numbers the same on both tickets, but a different MegaBall.  That gives you another chance to win the JP, and if you match 5-0 you still get double.

Anyone else have other strategies?  What's your reasoning?

    RJOh's avatar - chipmunk
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    Posted: July 22, 2010, 4:23 pm - IP Logged

    We now have both MM and PB in Ohio also but our MM has never had the multiplier feature.  PB was added in April and the only promotion Ohio has ever had for either game was the 10X multiplier for PB which all states selling PB had.  Apparently Ohioians are more willing to part with their money for a lottery ticket than Idahoans are.

    I usually play the game with the larger jackpot but everything being equal I'm starting to prefer PB since it has fewer bonus numbers.  Seems like for me to get a win in either game I have to match the bonus number and that's easier to do with PB.

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      Posted: July 22, 2010, 5:09 pm - IP Logged

      RJOh, I didn't know that Ohio joined PB also. Only California is the only state that has Mega Millions game, but doesn't join Powerball.

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        Posted: July 22, 2010, 5:27 pm - IP Logged

        Here in Idaho thru July we can buy a Mega Value which is a PowerBall and a MegaMillions with the multiplier(s) for $3.  Is this just an Idaho thing?

        I don't usually buy the MegaPlier on the MM because the payout depends on whichever ball comes up.  I do buy the PowerPlay on PB because it's an automatic million no matter which ball comes up. 

        We just got the MM in Idaho several months ago, and I guess they're trying to get more people to buy it, or to invest in the megaplier, or both. 

        It seems to me it's a better buy on MM to spend your $2 on 2 tickets without the multiplier rather than on one ticket with.  Choose the first 5 numbers the same on both tickets, but a different MegaBall.  That gives you another chance to win the JP, and if you match 5-0 you still get double.

        Anyone else have other strategies?  What's your reasoning?

        If you like to megaply and powerplay that's not a bad deal. In Tx we had MM before PB, and we always had megaplier, and I believe, but may be wrong, that Tx was the only state with the megaplier before the expansion of MM and PB into other states in January.

        I used to always megaply and even did the powerplay when we first got PB, even won $8 instead of $4 back in the spring, but I don't do either anymore. It's got a little expensive, and I like to play scatchers some too now.

        I would be po'd if I got 5 of 5 and only won 200 or 250k, but..... there's only so much $$$ to spend.

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          RJOh's avatar - chipmunk
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          Posted: July 23, 2010, 8:09 am - IP Logged

          If you like to megaply and powerplay that's not a bad deal. In Tx we had MM before PB, and we always had megaplier, and I believe, but may be wrong, that Tx was the only state with the megaplier before the expansion of MM and PB into other states in January.

          I used to always megaply and even did the powerplay when we first got PB, even won $8 instead of $4 back in the spring, but I don't do either anymore. It's got a little expensive, and I like to play scatchers some too now.

          I would be po'd if I got 5 of 5 and only won 200 or 250k, but..... there's only so much $$$ to spend.

          You're right, Texas was the only state that had the megaplier when MM was limited to 14 states and it was a local drawing.  Ohio decided to move the KICKER to its MM tickets and still offers it.  Now as I understand, states with megaplier are using Texas results.

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            RJOh's avatar - chipmunk
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            Posted: July 23, 2010, 8:13 am - IP Logged

            RJOh, I didn't know that Ohio joined PB also. Only California is the only state that has Mega Millions game, but doesn't join Powerball.

            All the games available in each state is available in the resources area.  You should check it out, you'll find there's a lot you don't know.

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              bobby623's avatar - abstract
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              Posted: July 23, 2010, 10:18 am - IP Logged

              While no official announcement has been made (that I'm aware of), the computerized Megaplier drawing in Texas will be conducted in Georgia where the MM drawing is held.

              The move has been discussed by the 3-member Texas Lottery Commission. There was concern that the move would cost Texas jobs, but
              this was discounted by lottery officials. However, the commission wants to retain the computer.

              The commission also discussed rule changes that will change the way the Mega Millions jackpot is determined. Instead of a percentage of sales,
              the jackpot will be set to a certain amount. Apparently this will apply to all states having the MM game.

              As an aside, it was announced at the July commission meeting that the proposed 'national' game will be discussed at a joint meeting of
              MM and Powerball lottery folks in August.

              No details about the structure of the proposed game has been released.

                RJOh's avatar - chipmunk
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                Posted: July 23, 2010, 10:44 am - IP Logged

                Now that MM is played in 42 states, I would think all those states would have a say about any changes in  future games.  When Texas decided to add the megaplier to it version of MM, it didn't effect any of the other states and when California opted for para-mutel payouts for its prizes, it didn't effect any of the other MM states.

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                  Posted: July 23, 2010, 12:47 pm - IP Logged

                  I agree RJOh on California having pari-mutuel prizes on their game.

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                    Posted: July 23, 2010, 1:38 pm - IP Logged

                    I've read the minutes of the Texas lottery commission July meeting, and the specific rules which would change the way the MM jackpot is determined, and found nothing that indicates that Texas will stand alone.

                    I can't imagine the MM jackpot being different in participating states. It would have to be the same in all 42 states.

                    I think Texas is just rewriting the rules to conform with a change not yet announced by the MegaMillions joint committee.

                      RJOh's avatar - chipmunk
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                      Posted: July 23, 2010, 8:41 pm - IP Logged

                      I read the information on Texas Lottery website and it looks like the megaplier will no longer be drawn in Texas and matching 5+0 will pay a million dollars if the player paid extra for the megaplier regardless of the number drawn as PowerBall does.  Now I wonder if all states will start offering the megaplier option.

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                        Posted: July 26, 2010, 2:59 am - IP Logged

                        Reading governmental and legal documents is right up my alley, so I looked up the relevant Texas Register issue.

                        The proposed changes are conditional.  Concerning one of the changes, the description says, "Once the agreementis signed by all Mega Millions party lotteries, the Executive Directorhas the authority to implement."  It further states, "The amendmentwill make the language of the rule consistent with the Megaplier drawingbeing moved to the State of Georgia, to be conducted with the MegaMillions drawing, should that move occur."

                        Rules concerning jackpot payments are also changed.  I read the existing text and proposed text, and there are differences, but they don't appear to be substantial differences in most circumstances.

                        The proposed amendments to the Texas Adminstrative Code are given below the description.  Moving the Megaplier drawing to Atlanta and the $1,000,000 guarantee are included, but, as stated in the description, the changes take effect only if all of the participating states approve.

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                          Posted: July 26, 2010, 10:22 am - IP Logged

                          Longarm: Thanks for your comments.

                          Prior to recent expansion of MegaMillions to 42 states, decisions regarding the jackpot and other aspects of the game were conducted by
                          telephone conference. In other words, unlike Powerball, MM didn't have a 'central office,' so to speak. Each state lottery director had an input and decisions were generally made by majority vote.

                          One has to wonder how the game is now being managed with 42 lottery directors having a say.

                          Apparently, there is now a MM committee of some sort, but there is little information on how it functions.
                          The fact that the megaplier drawing is moving to Georgia where the MM drawing is held suggests that someone, or some group, is
                          now making the decisions.

                          I think that explains why the rule change is conditional.

                          It appears some folks working behind the scene are trying to make MegaMillions and Powerball games the same.

                          I just hope it doesn't mean that the MegaMillions matrix will be changed to 5/59 - 1/39!

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                            Longarm: Thanks for your comments.

                            Prior to recent expansion of MegaMillions to 42 states, decisions regarding the jackpot and other aspects of the game were conducted by
                            telephone conference. In other words, unlike Powerball, MM didn't have a 'central office,' so to speak. Each state lottery director had an input and decisions were generally made by majority vote.

                            One has to wonder how the game is now being managed with 42 lottery directors having a say.

                            Apparently, there is now a MM committee of some sort, but there is little information on how it functions.
                            The fact that the megaplier drawing is moving to Georgia where the MM drawing is held suggests that someone, or some group, is
                            now making the decisions.

                            I think that explains why the rule change is conditional.

                            It appears some folks working behind the scene are trying to make MegaMillions and Powerball games the same.

                            I just hope it doesn't mean that the MegaMillions matrix will be changed to 5/59 - 1/39!

                            "It appears some folks working behind the scene are trying to make MegaMillions and Powerball games the same"

                            I thought the same thing when I heard of a possible change. MM is not doing as well as assumed in the cross over states. If you look at a majority of the total sales for the cross over states, MM is barely bringing in enough to pay a 2nd prize winner that doesn't pay for the Megaplier. I believe that once this change takes place we are about to see a few record jackpots. Next year is going to be an exciting year with MegaMillions.

                            Oogle  waiting patiently for my jackpot