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Should we boycott Mega Millions?

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RJOh's avatar - chipmunk
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Posted: September 3, 2014, 12:25 pm - IP Logged

Thanks.

It seems Virgina doesn't play much. Population of 8 million yet only $5,300 in sales compared to Idaho with 2 million population and $68,000 spent. And of course New York and California combined blow every other state out of the water (the two together spent as much as the next 5 states combined on the last jackpot winning draw).

I doubt there's a way to actually see the combinations played though, right? I mean, the $180m jackpot draw had $36,066,782 in sales, but how many of those lines played were unique? I know it would probably be quite low, but I think it would still be interesting to look at.

The unique combinations percentages among all players would probably be similar to those among the winners except for those who play 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 .

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    Posted: September 3, 2014, 12:34 pm - IP Logged

    To answer the question it doesn't look like people are boycotting megamillions.  Its trending in the top 10 of yahoo right now and its only $33 million.  Its getting desperate out there. Big Grin

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      Posted: September 3, 2014, 2:36 pm - IP Logged

      Thanks.

      It seems Virgina doesn't play much. Population of 8 million yet only $5,300 in sales compared to Idaho with 2 million population and $68,000 spent. And of course New York and California combined blow every other state out of the water (the two together spent as much as the next 5 states combined on the last jackpot winning draw).

      I doubt there's a way to actually see the combinations played though, right? I mean, the $180m jackpot draw had $36,066,782 in sales, but how many of those lines played were unique? I know it would probably be quite low, but I think it would still be interesting to look at.

      Think about it, a large % of the VA population lives in the DC suburbs. Why win in VA, and have your name and picture released, when you can cross the state line and win with anonymity?

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        The unique combinations percentages among all players would probably be similar to those among the winners except for those who play 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 .

        You're probably correct, it would just be interesting to see roughly how many lines are duplicates (or maybe even just sales numbers without including megaplier sales). Like the last two big winners that had two winners. One had $336,545,306 in sales and the other had $113,435,277. Almost triple the sales but the same results.

        I just have a weird thing with numbers.

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          Posted: September 3, 2014, 7:36 pm - IP Logged

          Think about it, a large % of the VA population lives in the DC suburbs. Why win in VA, and have your name and picture released, when you can cross the state line and win with anonymity?

          I'm not too familiar with the living arrangements in that area, but that still seems weird. Even Wyoming, with just under 600,000 population has more than Virginia and DC in sales combined ($44,845). Also Vermont, with just over 600,000 population has triple the sales of Virginia ($17,830). Plus Maryland appears to have a similar situation in regards to closeness to DC and had $480,000 in sales last draw. Even the $600,000,000+ draw they didn't break into the six digit sales figures when a majority of states were in the 7 or 8 digits.

          It's just weird. I thought it may be they are richer or smarter than other states, but they rank below others that spend way more on the lottery, so I'm at a loss.

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            Posted: September 3, 2014, 9:19 pm - IP Logged

            You're probably correct, it would just be interesting to see roughly how many lines are duplicates (or maybe even just sales numbers without including megaplier sales). Like the last two big winners that had two winners. One had $336,545,306 in sales and the other had $113,435,277. Almost triple the sales but the same results.

            I just have a weird thing with numbers.

            That information is also available eventually from the same sources that Todd and Dawn purchase information for display on their websites.  It's probably only purchased by those who are doing serious lottery research.

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              Posted: September 3, 2014, 9:29 pm - IP Logged

              I'm not too familiar with the living arrangements in that area, but that still seems weird. Even Wyoming, with just under 600,000 population has more than Virginia and DC in sales combined ($44,845). Also Vermont, with just over 600,000 population has triple the sales of Virginia ($17,830). Plus Maryland appears to have a similar situation in regards to closeness to DC and had $480,000 in sales last draw. Even the $600,000,000+ draw they didn't break into the six digit sales figures when a majority of states were in the 7 or 8 digits.

              It's just weird. I thought it may be they are richer or smarter than other states, but they rank below others that spend way more on the lottery, so I'm at a loss.

              Unlike some of the smaller states, larger states like my state (Ohio) have a bunch of local games like pick3, pick4, pick5, Keno, Rolling Cash5 (5/39), Classic Lotto (6/49), Cash Explosion and numerous scratch off game that compete with those games.

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                Posted: September 3, 2014, 9:45 pm - IP Logged

                I'm not too familiar with the living arrangements in that area, but that still seems weird. Even Wyoming, with just under 600,000 population has more than Virginia and DC in sales combined ($44,845). Also Vermont, with just over 600,000 population has triple the sales of Virginia ($17,830). Plus Maryland appears to have a similar situation in regards to closeness to DC and had $480,000 in sales last draw. Even the $600,000,000+ draw they didn't break into the six digit sales figures when a majority of states were in the 7 or 8 digits.

                It's just weird. I thought it may be they are richer or smarter than other states, but they rank below others that spend way more on the lottery, so I'm at a loss.

                I'm curious to know the source of your information especially when you say " Even Wyoming, with just under 600,000 population has more than Virginia and DC in sales combined ($44,845). " My sources give the sales figures for last nights MM draw as follows for the states you mentioned.

                DC $36,632

                MD $479,035

                VA $563,516

                VT $17,830

                WY $44,845

                That money's gone fo ever

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                  Posted: September 3, 2014, 9:51 pm - IP Logged

                  The three states that the cry babies on here love to complain that they win all the times had the most sales in last nights low JP

                  CA $2,168,744

                  FL $755,329

                  NY $1,553,581

                  That money's gone fo ever

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                    Posted: September 3, 2014, 10:33 pm - IP Logged

                    I'm curious to know the source of your information especially when you say " Even Wyoming, with just under 600,000 population has more than Virginia and DC in sales combined ($44,845). " My sources give the sales figures for last nights MM draw as follows for the states you mentioned.

                    DC $36,632

                    MD $479,035

                    VA $563,516

                    VT $17,830

                    WY $44,845

                    Sorry, I'm an idiot.

                    Our source is probably the same, just I was confusing VI and VA. NOW it all makes complete sense, as I was confusing the Virgin Islands for Virginia.

                    At least the mystery is solved, lol. Now my mind is equally blown that MegaMillions is old in the Virgin Islands and now I really want to see a winning ticket from there.

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                      Posted: September 4, 2014, 5:44 am - IP Logged

                      The three states that the cry babies on here love to complain that they win all the times had the most sales in last nights low JP

                      CA $2,168,744

                      FL $755,329

                      NY $1,553,581

                      Kick those 3 states out and the jackpot will grow even slower and your chances of winning will be the same as before.

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                        Posted: September 4, 2014, 6:30 am - IP Logged

                        Sorry, I'm an idiot.

                        Our source is probably the same, just I was confusing VI and VA. NOW it all makes complete sense, as I was confusing the Virgin Islands for Virginia.

                        At least the mystery is solved, lol. Now my mind is equally blown that MegaMillions is old in the Virgin Islands and now I really want to see a winning ticket from there.

                        I knew it had to be a mistake because VA population is very energized when it comes to playing the lottery.

                        That money's gone fo ever

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                          Posted: September 4, 2014, 6:36 am - IP Logged

                          Kick those 3 states out and the jackpot will grow even slower and your chances of winning will be the same as before.

                          I agree. NY lottery leads in lottery sales nationwide. They go hard

                          That money's gone fo ever

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                            Posted: September 4, 2014, 12:32 pm - IP Logged

                            I knew it had to be a mistake because VA population is very energized when it comes to playing the lottery.

                            I had thought so, which made me even more confused. I know other areas in that state are pretty big on playing. In the past two years, Maryland has won as many times as California and New Jersey has won one more.

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                              Posted: September 4, 2014, 8:39 pm - IP Logged

                              I'm beginning to wonder if we should boycott Mega Millions.  They promised huge jackpots with the new matrix, but the jackpots have been anaything but huge.  It can never seem to get above $200 million.  A new, HARD matrix needs to be put in place because it's way too easy for some to win still.  Odds need to be at least 1 in 500 trillion.

                              Also, the game is rigged to let California win most of the time.  California needs to be kicked out of all MUSL games, or have their winnings taxed at a 95% rate.  California can just have their own state lottery & all 38 million residents can win & split the change with each other.

                              I'll play Powerball only from now on.

                              I can remember a group of people here in Michigan trying to start a boycott of the 6/47 game because they thought 10 million to 1 odd were too hideous.  They wrote to newspapers at the time to solicit a boycott.  That was in 1989.

                                 
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