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Mega Millions getting boring

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Time to change MM already?

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smd:

MM could use a "MegaPlay". Ohio might have a "PowerPlay" option next time they replace its Lotto.


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    Saturday (5/17) is the first anniversary of the initial MM drawing.

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      I'm in favor of GA get


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        Konane:

        MM is run jointly by the 10 states that offer the game, so, the Georgia lottery director is hardly to blame.

        The NY Lottery had much more to do with the change from Big Game to MM, since NY (and Ohio) were added when MM began. NY's large population base was the biggest factor in the longer odds of MM vs Big Game.

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          Quote: Originally posted by CASH Only on May 18, 2003


          Konane:

          MM is run jointly by the 10 states that offer the game, so, the Georgia lottery director is hardly to blame.

          The NY Lottery had much more to do with the change from Big Game to MM, since NY (and Ohio) were added when MM began. NY's large population base was the biggest factor in the longer odds of MM vs Big Game.







          Fully understand that.  Big Game was BEGUN and drawn in Illinois, then the headquarters of it transferred later to GA under the authority of the GA Lottery Assn. 

          My point was about decisions made by the GA lottery director to manipulate successful games with lower fields of play, to games barely eeking by because in the effort to drive jackpots higher it has forgotten that people have to feel they have a chance of winning.  She could have been intelligent like FL and for Fantasy 5 LOWERED the number of balls to 26 at one time, now 36.

          As the odds have been ratcheted upward there are people like me who used to play regularly and have fun doing so that don't spend the dollars they were trying to get.

          Summarily when the field of play goes too high, people bail and send their money out of state with a friend to play another state's lottery if they play at all.  Lotteries following the same course as GA are going to raise the odds so high that they will put themselves out of business..... but unfortunately aren't smart enough to realize what they're doing.

           


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            Konane:

            While you may be critical of the Georgia Lottery, be thankful you don't live in NY. Our Lotto 6/59 game returns to players a ridiculously low 38-40%. Lotto and MM players (within NY) still must make the cash/annuity choice when they PLAY, instead of after they win. Finally, most of our $5 and higher scratch games have ANNUITY-ONLY top prizes.

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               Cash only "ANNUI


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                Konane:

                I have sent numerous e-mails to the NY Lottery about the "annuity-only" scratch games. The NY Lottery is giving in to insurance companies who want to make money off of players' winnings. It's one thing to offer a "Win for Life"-type game, where someone can collect for the rest of their life (a "cash option" cannot easily determined). It's another thing for a lottery to pay roughly $650,000 to buy a $1 million, 20-payment annuity WITHOUT offering the winner the $650,000 or so as a cash option (minus withholdings).

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                  I believe the


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                    Konane:

                    Actually, NY has a third-term GOP governor (Pataki) although he's probably not conservative by your standards.

                    The other lottery that is as bad (probably worse) in terms of forcing winners to receive annuity payments is Mass.; I know what you're going to say about THEIR politics (yet their governor is GOP, and Mormon).

                    Connecticut, which borders both states, isn't much different politically, but, their lottery is MUCH BETTER (and is partly run in the private sector).

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                      Megamillions is structured to generate large jackpots and can not do that with better odds.  States can change thier state lotteries to attract those players who are willing to play for smaller jackpots with better odds.  Some players will alway play the games with the bigger jackpots even if they have to travel to another state regardless of the odds.  Ohio has been disappointed with the Megamillions,  but not with the odds but the sizes of the jackpots, so it not likely the odds are going to get better.

                      RJOh

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                        Posted: May 20, 2003, 3:40 pm - IP Logged

                        05/20/03 Megamillions estimated cash value
                        $22,388,076.00 - or state will invest this amount in an annuity that will pay $36M over the next 25 years.  You can buy a chance to win for $1

                        What is boring about this?

                        RJOh

                         


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                          RJ:

                          MM just hasn't been able to create even a $200 million jackpot (let alone $500 million) in the year+plus since MM replaced Big Game. It's debatable whether we should wait for MM sales to improve, or alter the game already.


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                            You can't snatch 5 balls ye

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                              I simply believe they have