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Time for Mega Millions to change

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Posted: March 10, 2016, 10:15 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 beg to differ.  Leave the mm alone.  Look at the odds.  I live in Philadelphia and when PB was at that record people were fighting.  Fighting over a machine.  Seriously. 

 

The people that run powerball should take it back to where it used to be and go from there.  Perhaps ask some of the other members what they think.

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    Posted: March 10, 2016, 10:26 am - IP Logged

    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.

    Monopoly Millionaire.

    For all those crying in the wilderness, "give us a game that allows lots of million dollar prizes". It did not have a big jackpot. It wasn't designed to.

    The way I look at it is this. ALL lottery games are hard. Heck, I spent a fair amount of money trying to hit a Pick 4 straight, and that's only 1 in 10000. By fair amount, I'm talking $5 on one number for $25000. But, I finally realized $25000 is a nice score, but in the big picture of things, not really what I'm wanting. So I ignore the big odds and play the jackpot games. If MM and PB are too hard, just about every state has a lotto type game with better odds but still multi-million dollar jackpots.

    I still think they eventually should and maybe will merge MM and PB. We shall see.

    CAN'T WIN IF YOU'RE NOT IN

    A DOLLAR AND A DREAM (OR $2)

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      Posted: March 10, 2016, 2:06 pm - IP Logged

      Monopoly Millionaire.

      For all those crying in the wilderness, "give us a game that allows lots of million dollar prizes". It did not have a big jackpot. It wasn't designed to.

      The way I look at it is this. ALL lottery games are hard. Heck, I spent a fair amount of money trying to hit a Pick 4 straight, and that's only 1 in 10000. By fair amount, I'm talking $5 on one number for $25000. But, I finally realized $25000 is a nice score, but in the big picture of things, not really what I'm wanting. So I ignore the big odds and play the jackpot games. If MM and PB are too hard, just about every state has a lotto type game with better odds but still multi-million dollar jackpots.

      I still think they eventually should and maybe will merge MM and PB. We shall see.

      Now that Ohio's Classic Lotto jackpot is $4M, it has the best odds of winning a couple of million dollars in the state.

      Classic Lotto = 1:13,983,816 @ $1 per ticket
      MegaMillions = 1:18,492,204 @ $2 per ticket
      PowerBall = 1:11,688,054 @ $3 per ticket

       * you don't need to buy more tickets, just buy a winning ticket * 
         
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        Posted: March 10, 2016, 4:28 pm - IP Logged

        Sounds like a merger with PB would be best but, I don't think it will happen anytime soon.

        Marco Rubio says he's going to win Florida so you never know what will happen.

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          Posted: March 11, 2016, 11:23 am - IP Logged

          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.

          I think the smallest prize in MM and PB
          needs to be a minimum of $10 (ten dollars).

          Why?  Because I (along with millions of others) have been a loyal
          lotto customers, and have spent a considerable amounts, over the years.

          And also because every week when I go in to get the next week's tickets,
          I only cash in at the MOST, a couple of dollars.  And that's per week,
          but that's not every week.

          • 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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            Posted: March 11, 2016, 11:31 am - IP Logged

            IO:

             

            "Have You Won YET".........???

             Party...Party..???..Party...Party

            No Sir, I have not won.

            I suspect you have, though.

            • 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)
              RJOh's avatar - chipmunk
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              Posted: March 11, 2016, 7:06 pm - IP Logged

              I think the smallest prize in MM and PB
              needs to be a minimum of $10 (ten dollars).

              Why?  Because I (along with millions of others) have been a loyal
              lotto customers, and have spent a considerable amounts, over the years.

              And also because every week when I go in to get the next week's tickets,
              I only cash in at the MOST, a couple of dollars.  And that's per week,
              but that's not every week.

              "I think the smallest prize in MM and PB
              needs to be a minimum of $10 (ten dollars)."

              With MM having overall odds of winning a prize of 1:14.7 on a $1 ticket you sound like you want to be paid to play.

              Dream on. Wink

               * you don't need to buy more tickets, just buy a winning ticket * 
                 
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                Posted: March 11, 2016, 7:56 pm - IP Logged

                Monopoly Millionaire.

                For all those crying in the wilderness, "give us a game that allows lots of million dollar prizes". It did not have a big jackpot. It wasn't designed to.

                The way I look at it is this. ALL lottery games are hard. Heck, I spent a fair amount of money trying to hit a Pick 4 straight, and that's only 1 in 10000. By fair amount, I'm talking $5 on one number for $25000. But, I finally realized $25000 is a nice score, but in the big picture of things, not really what I'm wanting. So I ignore the big odds and play the jackpot games. If MM and PB are too hard, just about every state has a lotto type game with better odds but still multi-million dollar jackpots.

                I still think they eventually should and maybe will merge MM and PB. We shall see.

                I don't think my state ever had the Monopoly game.  I read that it was a $5 ticket. That would doom it right from the beginning. 

                 

                I'm for leaving MM the way it is. Not that I think any lottery commision is going to listen to what we say.

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                  Posted: March 11, 2016, 7:58 pm - IP Logged

                  I think the smallest prize in MM and PB
                  needs to be a minimum of $10 (ten dollars).

                  Why?  Because I (along with millions of others) have been a loyal
                  lotto customers, and have spent a considerable amounts, over the years.

                  And also because every week when I go in to get the next week's tickets,
                  I only cash in at the MOST, a couple of dollars.  And that's per week,
                  but that's not every week.

                  If the minimum prize were $10, there would never be big jackpots. And it's been proven that big jackpots are what drive sales.

                  CAN'T WIN IF YOU'RE NOT IN

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                    Posted: March 12, 2016, 11:17 am - IP Logged

                    Now that Ohio's Classic Lotto jackpot is $4M, it has the best odds of winning a couple of million dollars in the state.

                    Classic Lotto = 1:13,983,816 @ $1 per ticket
                    MegaMillions = 1:18,492,204 @ $2 per ticket
                    PowerBall = 1:11,688,054 @ $3 per ticket

                    I think they should make the PB & MM easier to win smaller jackpots, not like they just changed to make the games harder to win to make humongous jackpots.

                    Players want to win, even if it's a smaller amount....we still can say we won something!

                    In NY State, we have NY Lotto where the odds of getting 6 of 6 is 1: 45,057,474. but we get 2 games for $1 which makes the odds 1: 22,528,737. Tonight's jackpot is $15.7 mil. Not too shabby!

                    The Meatman

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                      I see one ticket matched 5 numbers in Mega Millions from California and they won...................$94,702 before 25% Federal withholding.

                      I know all of us would take that prize but, it's really not that much............I bet that person is:%&*(

                      It's time for Mega Millions to merge with Powerball.

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                        Posted: March 12, 2016, 4:30 pm - IP Logged

                        Monopoly Millionaire.

                        For all those crying in the wilderness, "give us a game that allows lots of million dollar prizes". It did not have a big jackpot. It wasn't designed to.

                        The way I look at it is this. ALL lottery games are hard. Heck, I spent a fair amount of money trying to hit a Pick 4 straight, and that's only 1 in 10000. By fair amount, I'm talking $5 on one number for $25000. But, I finally realized $25000 is a nice score, but in the big picture of things, not really what I'm wanting. So I ignore the big odds and play the jackpot games. If MM and PB are too hard, just about every state has a lotto type game with better odds but still multi-million dollar jackpots.

                        I still think they eventually should and maybe will merge MM and PB. We shall see.

                        It did not have a big jackpot. It wasn't designed to.

                        My point exactly.  They should have designed a game to make a big jackpot that's hard to win, plus a million dollar prize that's a little easier.  MM and PB sometimes go for several draws without one million dollar winner.  If there were several each draw across the country, I'd see that as a more worthwhile game.  Maybe that game would have succeeded.

                        Plus someone mentioned that was a $5 game.  Really, $5 for one chance at a million when I can buy 5 Megas or 5 Hot Lottos for the same price?  And with MM I'd have 5 chances at an additional huge jackpot?  No way I'd buy that $5 Monopoly game.

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                          Posted: March 12, 2016, 5:46 pm - IP Logged

                          I see one ticket matched 5 numbers in Mega Millions from California and they won...................$94,702 before 25% Federal withholding.

                          I know all of us would take that prize but, it's really not that much............I bet that person is:%&*(

                          It's time for Mega Millions to merge with Powerball.

                          With California rules the payouts for matching five would still be less than other states most of the times.  Californians who want a guarantee $1,000,000.00 for matching five in MM and PB should buy their tickets in neighboring states.

                           * you don't need to buy more tickets, just buy a winning ticket * 
                             
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                            Posted: March 12, 2016, 5:54 pm - IP Logged

                            If the minimum prize were $10, there would never be big jackpots. And it's been proven that big jackpots are what drive sales.

                            Many players claim they would prefer games with lower jackpots and better odds than MM and PB but avoid playing local games that have both. Yes Nod

                             * you don't need to buy more tickets, just buy a winning ticket * 
                               
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                              Posted: March 12, 2016, 6:38 pm - IP Logged

                              Many players claim they would prefer games with lower jackpots and better odds than MM and PB but avoid playing local games that have both. Yes Nod

                              Yes Nod