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Mass. 6/42 & 6/49

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6/42 cash option; 6/49 annuity [ 0 ]  [0.00%]
6/42 annuity; 6/49 cash option [ 1 ]  [14.29%]
Cash option for both games [ 3 ]  [42.86%]
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Posted: March 1, 2003, 1:03 pm - IP Logged

These days, when somebody hits Powerball, Mega Millions, or some other US jackpot game, you almost expect the winner(s) to collect the jackpot prize in lump sum. However, (although Massachusetts DOES allow its Mega Millions winners to select the cash option) its Megabucks (6/42) and Mass Millions (6/49) winners still CANNOT collect their jackpot prize in lump sum. NOTE: As of today, Mass. Keno is drawn every four minutes instead of five. Perhaps change(s) to their   in-state jackpot games would be preferable.


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    Posted: March 10, 2003, 4:46 pm - IP Logged

    Saturday's Mass. 6/42 was hit by one ticket. If the top prize was hit in any other (except Mass. 6/49) US jackpot game, the player could have chosen a lump-sum payment. (Mass. winners in Mega Millions DO have a cash option, however.) Due to the quirky rules, the 6/42 "winner" is REQUIRED to receive 20 annual payments of about $223,000 each, minus withholdings. Mass.' new lottery director, Joseph Sullivan, needs to push for allowing ALL Mass. Lottery winners to collect       (non-lifetime) prizes in lump sum.


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      Posted: March 14, 2003, 10:05 am - IP Logged
      Somebody voted to keep the 6/42 ANNUITY-ONLY, but allow 6/49 winners to choose lump sum (instead of changing _both_ games.)

      I'd like the know the reasoning behind that idea.


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        Posted: April 12, 2003, 5:36 am - IP Logged

        Mass. is where "AnnuityIsGreat" should move to.

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          Posted: April 17, 2003, 1:03 pm - IP Logged

          I live in Massachusetts and have a season ticket

          for Megabucks. Whatever the reasoning 20 years ago,

          there's definitely no reason for denying winners

          the cash now, and they should change it. But this

          is Mass, where corruption, small-mindedness,

          incompetence and inertia rule, so I don't know

          what it would take to get a small change like

          that done.   



          To be honest, the Mass lottery *really* needs to do

          something to make both games more exciting and

          get a little publicity and fresh ticket sales.

          The Big Game has made the $5-10 million jackpots

          a little boring. Having a cash option should be

          the first thing they should do. They should also

          have a bonus number like Tri-State does to generate

          more winners - I haven't won a cent on my season

          ticket since March 1998. And they should increase

          the lower prizes by a lot more. I haven't seen

          any evidence that the new lottery director

          has made any changes at all. Guess they were all

          talk.

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            Posted: April 17, 2003, 1:18 pm - IP Logged

            Sorry, I forgot about the change they made to

            Keno to help drunken gambling addicts lose

            their money even faster.


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              Posted: April 17, 2003, 3:48 pm - IP Logged
              TG:

              NY (my home) did the same thing with Quick Draw this year.

              Are you the one (you need to get on here more often!) whose subscription expires in February?

              Even if all three Mass. games (including MM) offered a cash option, there's too many jackpot games. The new director, IMO, should replace BOTH the 6/42 and 6/49 with, say, a 6/48 game with a CASH OPTION (duh...) and a $3 prize for matching 3/6, $125 for matching 4/6, and $4000 for matching 5/6. I would DROP the "bonus ball" to simplify the game. This game should be drawn Wednesdays and Saturdays.

              Also, I would OVERHAUL the Mass Cash game, and draw it at least 4x/week, if not daily. (The Connecticut and NY pick-5s are 7x/week.)

              As for "Tri-State", I would like to see Maine join MUSL, so they could sell "Hot Lotto" as well as Powerball.


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                Posted: April 28, 2003, 7:52 pm - IP Logged

                I understand that Mass. has a very low advertising budget, if at all. The NY Lottery is very aggressive about advertising; however, I don't buy tickets on impulse.


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                  Posted: May 5, 2003, 1:46 am - IP Logged

                  The Mass. 6/49 has "tiny" rollovers.


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                    Posted: May 16, 2003, 7:32 am - IP Logged

                    Is the new Mass. lottery director going to do something about these stupid games?


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                      Posted: May 16, 2003, 10:28 am - IP Logged

                      If the games were stupid, they would have already extinguished it for good.

                      The reason why they are around is because they are so so so so so GREAT!!!!

                      People just love the game!

                      Don't blow all your winnings in one place - Choose Annuity


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                        Posted: May 16, 2003, 10:31 am - IP Logged
                        AIG:

                        So why do all other such games have a CASH OPTION?


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                          Posted: May 19, 2003, 5:35 am - IP Logged
                          "If it ain't broke, don't fix it."

                          Well, both these games have been needing fixing for years.


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                            Posted: May 22, 2003, 11:43 pm - IP Logged

                            Perhaps the name "Massachusetts" could be shortened to "A$$achusetts" (yes, some call it "Taxachusetts".)


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                              Posted: May 25, 2003, 7:36 am - IP Logged

                              I see Vermont is finally joining Powerball.