Welcome Guest
Log In | Register )
You last visited April 25, 2017, 8:09 pm
All times shown are
Eastern Time (GMT-5:00)

Powerball-Mega Millions Merger!

Topic closed. 20 replies. Last post 5 years ago by TheRightPrice.

Page 2 of 2
haymaker's avatar - Lottery-012.jpg
Egg Harbor twp.south Jersey shore
United States
Member #112968
June 29, 2011
3910 Posts
Posted: March 18, 2012, 10:55 pm - IP Logged

MM minimum jackpot averages about $18 million in sales and PB averages slightly higher. The $200 million MM jackpot had $66 million in sales. Who is going to pay the starting $100 million jackpots when they get hit in back to back drawings or 3 out of 5?

This is why i wanted to know, how many draws they could do.

don't seem possible.

Extraordinary Popular Delusions & the Madness of Crowds    -- Charles Mackay  LL.D.

    Thread Starter
    United States
    Member #3210
    January 3, 2004
    66 Posts
    Posted: March 19, 2012, 6:12 pm - IP Logged

    They have to merge people are getting tired off playing both merge them have Super Lottery and be done with it.

      maximumfun's avatar - Lottery-030.jpg
      Lavender Rocket

      United States
      Member #124616
      March 16, 2012
      2642 Posts
      Posted: March 19, 2012, 6:20 pm - IP Logged

      Sooner or later Powerball-Mega Millions will merge creating a National Lottery. With jackpots starting around $100 million and jumping by 1oo million per draw.  we will then see $500 million jackpots common. What do you think.I Agree!

      If they merge they can go to 3 drawings per week.  like a Monday, thursday, Saturday... or m-w-f, or something like that.  It sure would open it back up for states to have their own smaller lottery games! 

      so... Mega-ball or Power-millions?

        Morrison, IL
        United States
        Member #4657
        May 13, 2004
        1884 Posts
        Posted: March 20, 2012, 7:47 am - IP Logged

        I would go with the name Mega-ball.


          Coin Toss's avatar - shape barbed.jpg
          Zeta Reticuli Star System
          United States
          Member #30470
          January 17, 2006
          10444 Posts
          Posted: March 20, 2012, 7:22 pm - IP Logged

          Way back when Powerball was LottoAmerica or something similar and Mega Millions used to be The Big Game.

          The Lotto America implies that the plans for a national lottery were there even then.


          Powerball replaced Lotto*America in April 1992; Mega Millions replacedThe Big Game in May 2002 (see below for the evolution of the nameMega Millions.)


          Powerball's predecessor began in 1988;[2] it was known as Lotto*America. The game, and name, were changed to Powerball on April 19, 1992. Powerball's first drawing was held on April 22.

          Maine joined MUSL in 1990, dropping out when Powerball began; it did not rejoin MUSL until summer 2004.

          The Big Game

          The Big Game logo prior to the Mega Millions name change.

          Tickets began to be sold in in Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, and Virginia on August 31, 1996, for the new game, then known asThe Big Game. Drawings were initially held Fridays only.

          The Georgia Lottery was a member of MUSL at the time and wanted to sell both games for the remainder of 1996; however, within a few days, Georgia was forcibly removed from MUSL, returning with the 2010 cross-selling expansion.

          Beginning in January 1999, jackpot winners were given the option to receive their prize in cash.

          In May 1999, New Jersey joinedThe Big Game, the only jurisdiction to do so beforeThe Big Game became Mega Millions in 2002.

          The Big Game Mega Millions

          New York and Ohio joined The Big Gameon May 15, 2002, when the game was changed to its second name, The Big Game Mega Millions, temporarily retaining the old name and its "gold ball" logo. The "Big Money Ball" became the "Mega Ball." After the game's name was altered, the yellow ball in the new Mega Millions logo read "The Big Game." The first (The Big Game) Mega Millionsdrawing was held on May 17, 2002. The first three additional lotteries offering Mega Millions were Washington (September 2002), Texas (2003), and California (2005). California was the last addition to Mega Millions before the cross-sell expansion of 2010. Montana joined Mega Millions on March 1, 2010, the first addition to Mega Millions after the cross-sell expansion.

          When Texas added Mega Millions in 2003, it began offering an option then available only to Texas Lottery players, theMegaplier, which is similar to Powerball'sPower Play. The 11 Mega Millions lotteries withoutMegaplieron the January 31, 2010 cross-selling date gradually added the multiplier; by January 2011, all Mega Millions lotteries offered theMegaplier.


          As far as merging and starting jackpots of $100,000,000 and increaes of $100,000,000 per draw, it's very doubtful that will happen. One of the things leanred here at LP is that the advertised jackpot amount does not exist. Tonight's MM is $241M, there is no $241M or a winner opting for lump sum would get that sum (less taxes) and not something less, which is $170.9 million for tonight's drawing. The advertised jackpots are based on winners taking the annuity).

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


          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.

            Orlando, FL
            United States
            Member #115785
            August 28, 2011
            259 Posts
            Posted: March 20, 2012, 8:26 pm - IP Logged

            I imagine the Powerball people would like to see that right about now cuz it seems their price increase has put the whole game and it's players into kind of a malaise like the country was in under Jimmy Carter.

            They've made you feel like you're getting ripped off if you play Powerball compared to Mega Millions. And actually, you are.

            I think this greed shown by Powerball is going to leave a bad taste in a lot of people's mouths. Lotta pissed off people out there.

            OMG! I agree with you. This $2.00 PB sucks the big one. Who came up with this crazy idea. I'd like to see a PETITION started to send to PB. We should organize a BOYCOTT of PB so they get the message.