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Do you think a Billion Dollar Mega Millions Jackpot is next if not won Friday?

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Do you think a Billion Dollar Mega Millions Jackpot is next if not won Friday?

Yes [ 20 ]  [34.48%]
Maybe [ 10 ]  [17.24%]
No [ 28 ]  [48.28%]
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Posted: March 29, 2012, 10:20 am - IP Logged

First of all even if it was a billion dollars no one would ever actually win a billion dollars. That's what's so misleading about these jackpot numbers. After taxes it is so so less. If you watch any of those lottery shows they will always come on saying so and so won $50 million dollars! And then later on you learn they only got half or less  than that. But they love to boast those big numbers before Uncle Sam gets his finger in the pie.

This is something that always irks me...so don't mind me,lol. Rant

I Agree! it annoys me as well. Not only the Lottery shows but the media as well just absolutely love to glorify the jackpots and what you could do with it. Up until a few years ago, jackpot winners were lucky just to net 1/3rd of the annuity prize.

 

If the MM jackpot rolls this Friday, I'm thinking more in line of 850-900 million (600-640 Cash).

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    Posted: March 29, 2012, 11:06 am - IP Logged

    They will have to change all the store signs. Most only go to 999.

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      Posted: March 29, 2012, 3:48 pm - IP Logged

      At the end of the drawing Friday, I'd like to hear John Crow, or Yolanda Vega, say "if there are no winners tonight, Tuesday's jackpot will be, well, we honestly don't know."

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        Posted: March 29, 2012, 4:46 pm - IP Logged

        What IF it hit a BILLION and the sole winner decided they couldn't handle the pressure so they the LET the jackpot expire unclaimed.  Jester

        that would be messed up!!!!!

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          Posted: March 29, 2012, 5:16 pm - IP Logged

          What IF it hit a BILLION and the sole winner decided they couldn't handle the pressure so they the LET the jackpot expire unclaimed.  Jester

          Or better yet, tried to barter with the Lottery to LOWER their amount (no no really... I only WANT 100M... you keep the rest... give it to Obama... he seems to really REALLY need it)

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            Posted: March 29, 2012, 10:22 pm - IP Logged

            They will have to change all the store signs. Most only go to 999.

            All the store signs will be reading "000," or even better, "HEL"

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              Posted: March 29, 2012, 10:25 pm - IP Logged

              At the end of the drawing Friday, I'd like to hear John Crow, or Yolanda Vega, say "if there are no winners tonight, Tuesday's jackpot will be, well, we honestly don't know."

              There will be a winner Friday. Everybody and their brother are buying tickets.

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                Posted: March 29, 2012, 10:33 pm - IP Logged

                I wonder if they know at the time of the draw whether all the combinations are bought or not.

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                  Posted: March 29, 2012, 11:56 pm - IP Logged

                  It's virtually impossible for all of the combinations to be in play, even if they sell a billion tickets.

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                    Posted: March 30, 2012, 10:09 am - IP Logged

                    It's virtually impossible for all of the combinations to be in play, even if they sell a billion tickets.

                    What data do you have that leads you to this conclusion?

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                      Posted: March 30, 2012, 12:26 pm - IP Logged

                      Now at $640,000,000.00.

                      Looking like we could go to a $1,000,000,000.00.

                      Eek

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                        Posted: March 30, 2012, 12:56 pm - IP Logged

                        What data do you have that leads you to this conclusion?

                        Simple statistics. If it was all random, once 90% of combinations are in play there will only be 1 unused combination sold for every 10 tickets. When it gets to 95% it will be 1 in 20. At 99% it's only 1 in 100.  There will still be 1.75 million unused combinations and selling another 100 million tickets  would only use abut half of that. At a billion tickets it's close, but there will still be a few hundred thousand combinations that aren't played.

                        Then remember that it's not really random. A substantial portion of self picks usenumbers that players consider significnat, which skews things towards birthday numbers. I'll guess that becomes less of a factor when sales are this high - I'm sure that people spending $100 and more are mostly just taking whatever QP the machine spits out.

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                          Posted: March 30, 2012, 2:39 pm - IP Logged

                          Now at $640,000,000.00.

                          Looking like we could go to a $1,000,000,000.00.

                          Eek

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                            Posted: March 30, 2012, 2:48 pm - IP Logged

                            I voted no yesterday but want to change that to yes after today's increase.  Unbelievable!


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                              Posted: March 30, 2012, 3:05 pm - IP Logged

                              What IF it hit a BILLION and the sole winner decided they couldn't handle the pressure so they the LET the jackpot expire unclaimed.  Jester

                              That'd be so funny. Today at the Exxon Station the machine was printing and printing and the total was up to $700 and this lady was buying single tickets.. Do you think buying single tickets instead of blocks is better?? She was buying QP which is stupid.