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Mega Millions - No Winner, JP Stays At $12M

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Posted: December 19, 2012, 1:29 pm - IP Logged

All "Birthday Numbers" and 9 lucky folks matched 5 for $250k each!

Considering the first rollover on a new MM jackpot only goes up by 1 to 2 million, I'd say that's where the increase for Friday went, paying off those 9 prizes.

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    Posted: December 19, 2012, 3:21 pm - IP Logged

    All "Birthday Numbers" and 9 lucky folks matched 5 for $250k each!

    Considering the first rollover on a new MM jackpot only goes up by 1 to 2 million, I'd say that's where the increase for Friday went, paying off those 9 prizes.

    It's my understanding that all prizes other than the jackpots are paid by the states where they are won.  MUSL is only responsible for the jackpots which all state contribute 30% of their local sales toward.

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      Posted: December 19, 2012, 5:31 pm - IP Logged

      Perhaps fewer people buy tickets right before the holiday??

      Ronnie316,

      I'm thinking maybe play picks up a little just before Christmas and New Year's. Perhaps players and those who don't play often are all hoping Santa Claus brings them a jackpot. 

      Santa It would be interesting to see if December varies greatly from other months, up or down. Smiley Santa

      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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        Posted: December 19, 2012, 5:43 pm - IP Logged

        Ronnie316,

        I'm thinking maybe play picks up a little just before Christmas and New Year's. Perhaps players and those who don't play often are all hoping Santa Claus brings them a jackpot. 

        Santa It would be interesting to see if December varies greatly from other months, up or down. Smiley Santa

        That could be.... And people also buy a lot of scratcher's as gifts and stocking staffers. I have to admitt Im a little bewildered at the lack of increase in the anticipated jackpot for Fri. night and was hoping some type of news story would come out, or perhaps an explanation from the brass over there at MUSALAUSALASAULASAUSALUASASLAUASASALULSALSAULA and company.????????????????????????????

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          Posted: December 19, 2012, 6:49 pm - IP Logged

          This doesn't surprise me. MM needs to up their jackpots. I mean look how many weeks it takes MM just to reach the PB minimum..

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            Posted: December 19, 2012, 7:05 pm - IP Logged

            I was shocked too.  When I saw that the jackpot rolled to $12 million again.  Sales must really be taking a nose dive.  It will be interesting to see what the jackpot rolls to on friday because that will be two draws of rolls so I hope it does go up not stay at $12 million again.-weshar75

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              Posted: December 19, 2012, 7:31 pm - IP Logged

              I was shocked too.  When I saw that the jackpot rolled to $12 million again.  Sales must really be taking a nose dive.  It will be interesting to see what the jackpot rolls to on friday because that will be two draws of rolls so I hope it does go up not stay at $12 million again.-weshar75

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              I will gladly accept the low profile win of 12 big ones,

              I hope it does not backfire and draw attenition for being a small win, about 4 mils clear.

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                Posted: December 19, 2012, 7:32 pm - IP Logged

                I hate to complain about a low  jackpot.....Cause I'll take any size jackpot right now....

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                  Posted: December 19, 2012, 7:51 pm - IP Logged

                  This doesn't surprise me. MM needs to up their jackpots. I mean look how many weeks it takes MM just to reach the PB minimum..

                  By upping their jackpots it means they will make it more expensive to play or a little harder to win. I kinda like the way both are structured right now. I don't want them to look too similar. Also $12M is still a lot of money. A man earning $50,000 a year will have to work 180,000 to earn $9M (Cash option for MM before taxes). I like the contrasts of the two games.

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                    Posted: December 19, 2012, 8:08 pm - IP Logged

                    Some of the larger states have local games with larger jackpots and better odds.  For example, Ohio has Classic Lotto with a jackpot of $24M/$12M cash with odds of 1:14M which is likely to take away from MegaMillions sales for a week of so until it's larger.

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                      Posted: December 19, 2012, 9:26 pm - IP Logged

                      Has anyone heard any recent details about why the jackpot didn't increase?  I've looked and don't see where they specify no jackpot increase if they have "x" amount of non jackpot winners and don't see this mentioned anywhere......just curious.....

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                        Posted: December 19, 2012, 11:49 pm - IP Logged

                        I guess Mega Millions has no guaranteed minimum rollovers like Powerball does.  Up until this year, I thought Mega Millions had to increase by at least $2 million for every draw there is no winner.  To compete with Powerball, and taking into consideration Mega Millions' annuity is paid in equal installments, as opposed to the graduated installments Powerball pays, in addition to its $1 ticket price, as opposed to Powerball's $2 ticket price, Mega Millions should up its opening jackpot to $16 million, with minimum increases of $4 million.

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                          Posted: December 19, 2012, 11:57 pm - IP Logged

                          Has anyone heard any recent details about why the jackpot didn't increase?  I've looked and don't see where they specify no jackpot increase if they have "x" amount of non jackpot winners and don't see this mentioned anywhere......just curious.....

                          MUSL only guarantees a minimum jackpot of $12M for MegaMillions, not a minimum rollover amount like it does for PowerBall.  That's probably the reason you can't find any such statement.  The $14M in sales shown at LR was the lowest this year for a $12M jackpot, they usually averaged about $17M.

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                            Posted: December 20, 2012, 12:13 am - IP Logged

                            I guess Mega Millions has no guaranteed minimum rollovers like Powerball does.  Up until this year, I thought Mega Millions had to increase by at least $2 million for every draw there is no winner.  To compete with Powerball, and taking into consideration Mega Millions' annuity is paid in equal installments, as opposed to the graduated installments Powerball pays, in addition to its $1 ticket price, as opposed to Powerball's $2 ticket price, Mega Millions should up its opening jackpot to $16 million, with minimum increases of $4 million.

                            Usually when lotteries have a minimum rollover and sales are less than the rollovers , they don't last long before something changes.  Ohio Super Lotto once had a $2M minimum rollover amount and when neighboring state got PB and MM and out of state players stop playing their game, it was replaced with a new and improved game Lot'O Play that had smaller rollovers and smaller jackpots.  That game was later replaced with Classic Lotto.

                            I'm surprised PB hasn't made some changes to its minimum rollover amount, maybe they don't want to admit a mistake or the states are making up the difference.

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                              Posted: December 20, 2012, 9:05 am - IP Logged

                              The payouts are paid out off the top and what's left over is added or subtracted from the JP prize.

                              Since the drawing was all low numbers then I expect that many lower prize payouts were claimed.

                              You also must consider it's christmas time and many may be making fewer lottery purchases and

                              spending lottery budgets on other items.    Nothing to be concerned about.

                               

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