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Posted: March 9, 2016, 1:40 pm - IP Logged

I thought Mega Millions would bust through the $200 million jackpot but, it was won AGAIN!

I think what Mega Millions should do is maybe add 10 more Mega balls to the mix so it would be 5/75 - 1/25 and
then maybe the jackpot will start to grow.

The other option might be to make it $2 a game and keep the same matrix or merge with Powerball.

It's time for a change.


Any thoughts?

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    Posted: March 9, 2016, 1:56 pm - IP Logged

    Is this to get more winners or a higher jackpot?

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      Posted: March 9, 2016, 2:08 pm - IP Logged

      I thought Mega Millions would bust through the $200 million jackpot but, it was won AGAIN!

      I think what Mega Millions should do is maybe add 10 more Mega balls to the mix so it would be 5/75 - 1/25 and
      then maybe the jackpot will start to grow.

      The other option might be to make it $2 a game and keep the same matrix or merge with Powerball.

      It's time for a change.


      Any thoughts?

      Since the $648M MM jackpot back in Dec. 2013 it has only crossed the $300M mark twice, both times in 2014. That's why I mentioned in another thread that a billion dollar MM was highly unlikely.

      With your proposed changes though, the odds would increase to 431,484,750 along with the $2 bet, MM ever producing a jackpot winner would also be highly unlikely, lol.

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        Posted: March 9, 2016, 2:20 pm - IP Logged

        I thought Mega Millions would bust through the $200 million jackpot but, it was won AGAIN!

        I think what Mega Millions should do is maybe add 10 more Mega balls to the mix so it would be 5/75 - 1/25 and
        then maybe the jackpot will start to grow.

        The other option might be to make it $2 a game and keep the same matrix or merge with Powerball.

        It's time for a change.


        Any thoughts?

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          Posted: March 9, 2016, 2:50 pm - IP Logged

          I thought Mega Millions would bust through the $200 million jackpot but, it was won AGAIN!

          I think what Mega Millions should do is maybe add 10 more Mega balls to the mix so it would be 5/75 - 1/25 and
          then maybe the jackpot will start to grow.

          The other option might be to make it $2 a game and keep the same matrix or merge with Powerball.

          It's time for a change.


          Any thoughts?

          How does this make sense?

          A mind once stretched by a new idea never returns to its original dimensions!

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            Posted: March 9, 2016, 2:54 pm - IP Logged

            I thought Mega Millions would bust through the $200 million jackpot but, it was won AGAIN!

            I think what Mega Millions should do is maybe add 10 more Mega balls to the mix so it would be 5/75 - 1/25 and
            then maybe the jackpot will start to grow.

            The other option might be to make it $2 a game and keep the same matrix or merge with Powerball.

            It's time for a change.


            Any thoughts?

            This is coming from someone who lives in a state that hardly wins a jackpot. Increasing the odds to make it more difficult..lol

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              Posted: March 9, 2016, 2:56 pm - IP Logged

              <Moved to Jackpot Games forum>

              Please post in the appropriate forum ... thank you.

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                Posted: March 9, 2016, 6:17 pm - IP Logged

                Since the $648M MM jackpot back in Dec. 2013 it has only crossed the $300M mark twice, both times in 2014. That's why I mentioned in another thread that a billion dollar MM was highly unlikely.

                With your proposed changes though, the odds would increase to 431,484,750 along with the $2 bet, MM ever producing a jackpot winner would also be highly unlikely, lol.

                April 18, 2012, RED BUD, IL—The Illinois Lottery today presented a ceremonial oversized check to the third and final winners of last month’s record Mega Millions prize – Merle and Patricia Butler of Red Bud. The couple, who were able to keep their win a secret for nearly three weeks, came forward at a press conference held in the Red Bud Village Hall to claim their share of the $656 million Mega Millions grand prize. Their $218,666,667 share is the largest prize in Illinois Lottery history.

                http://www.megamillions.com/winners-gallery/illinois-couple-claims-218-6-million-lottery-mega-millions-prize

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                I think that was the record for mm and it was split 3 ways.

                What you say about Itsonly$'s proposed changes is true but if a poll was done here on LP about it some people would say they still would play such a game.

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

                Lep

                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.

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                  Posted: March 9, 2016, 6:52 pm - IP Logged

                  I thought Mega Millions would bust through the $200 million jackpot but, it was won AGAIN!

                  I think what Mega Millions should do is maybe add 10 more Mega balls to the mix so it would be 5/75 - 1/25 and
                  then maybe the jackpot will start to grow.

                  The other option might be to make it $2 a game and keep the same matrix or merge with Powerball.

                  It's time for a change.


                  Any thoughts?

                  "The other option might be to make it $2 a game and keep the same matrix or merge with Powerball. "

                  Your suggestions were more valid when PB and MM were not played in the same states. Now it's just player game preference where players can choose to play either game, both, neither, or play the game with the highest jackpot.

                  PB jackpots grow because 94% of the ticket win nothing and players must beat odds up to 36,525 to 1 just to win $100.  Along with PB and MM, some state lotteries offer multi-million 6 number lotto games, 5 number lotto type games, pick-5, pick-4, pick-3, pick-10 Keno type games, 4 minute Keno, etc. With all these playing options and knowing how highly unlikely it is to win an out right $billion jackpot (3 winning tickets on the record jackpot), winning a $300 million jackpot is almost the same.

                  The $1.58 billion jackpot was created when almost $2.5 billion was wagered in three drawings. Of the $2.5 billion in wagers, 1.175 billion tickets won nothing; why do you still believe an even harder to win jackpot game should be created?

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                    Posted: March 9, 2016, 10:31 pm - IP Logged

                    MM is fine the way it is

                    If it goes to $2 or makes it even more difficult to win (Already abysmal odds that are only better then PB) then I dont see myself playing it anymore

                    PB at $2 and absurd odds is already a joke that is only worth playing when pot gets big. If MM follows in its footsteps then like PB it would be a game I rarely play

                    Lotto's should not be looking to price out buyers and make jackpots almost impossible to win

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                      Posted: March 9, 2016, 11:09 pm - IP Logged

                      I actually think lottery tickets should be .50 cents apiece to get more people to play.  Also, lower the matrix to win.  So what if there are not hundreds of millions of dollars in the pot!

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                        I actually think lottery tickets should be .50 cents apiece to get more people to play.  Also, lower the matrix to win.  So what if there are not hundreds of millions of dollars in the pot!

                        They tried introducing a game in which there would be more million dollar winners. It flopped spectacularly.

                        Fact is, despite people "saying" they want a game that produces more winners with smaller prizes, ie; "who needs a billion dollars" people really want big jackpots. Heck, look at all the folks on LP that say they don't play MM or PB until the jackpot gets to a certain amount.

                        I believe that if we see any changes in the next few years, it will be MM and PB merging into one game. We'll see.

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                          Posted: March 10, 2016, 3:25 am - IP Logged

                          Hard enough to win now.  Why make it more difficult?

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                            Posted: March 10, 2016, 9:25 am - IP Logged

                            I thought Mega Millions would bust through the $200 million jackpot but, it was won AGAIN!

                            I think what Mega Millions should do is maybe add 10 more Mega balls to the mix so it would be 5/75 - 1/25 and
                            then maybe the jackpot will start to grow.

                            The other option might be to make it $2 a game and keep the same matrix or merge with Powerball.

                            It's time for a change.


                            Any thoughts?

                            I agree it's time for a change.
                            Not like the "change" that O'bama promised us early in his Prisidency.

                            Merging the game with another? Then, what would we do on Tue. and Fri. nights?

                            I want to win me some serious loot too, but I'd never suggest making the game harder.
                            I just want to win me a modest home and a new RAM truck, or a Jeep (preferably the RAM).

                            • Don't chase the numbers you play.
                            • Play only numbers you've already played, plus however many random picks.
                            • But, ALWAYS the regular numbers you play.  This will make you a winner, not a chaser.
                                      (so far, though, I've yet to win any significant lotto prize)
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                              They tried introducing a game in which there would be more million dollar winners. It flopped spectacularly.

                              Fact is, despite people "saying" they want a game that produces more winners with smaller prizes, ie; "who needs a billion dollars" people really want big jackpots. Heck, look at all the folks on LP that say they don't play MM or PB until the jackpot gets to a certain amount.

                              I believe that if we see any changes in the next few years, it will be MM and PB merging into one game. We'll see.

                              They tried introducing a game in which there would be more million dollar winners. It flopped spectacularly.

                               

                              But did that game also have a humongous jackpot prize?  I can't think which game you're talking of.

                              That's the direction I think MM should go.  Increase the number of megaballs to make it harder to win the jackpot and allow it to get huge.  Decrease the number of white balls to make it easier to win a million.

                              It seems like the money the states make when the JP is over half a billion would be enough extra to fund the extra million dollar prizes.  If not, then I wouldn't even mind if they decreased the lower prizes.  If they wanted to lower the prize for 2 + 1 and 3 + 0 to two or three bucks in order to finance the extra larger prizes, I'd be fine with that and 3 + 1 could go as low as $25.   The higher prizes probably need to stay where they're at.