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Will MM and PB ever be combined?

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No [ 13 ]  [72.22%]
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Posted: July 12, 2003, 11:38 pm - IP Logged

Now that Texas is considering BOTH Mega Millions and Powerball, if they decide on selling both games, and other lotteries "double-up," would the two games merge?

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    Posted: July 13, 2003, 1:05 am - IP Logged

    powerball and mm merge?

    ... the lottery never fails to surprise!
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      Posted: July 13, 2003, 6:23 am - IP Logged

      I think they will definitely merge at some point. Keeping the Powerball brand name and slightly increasing the odds. Maybe around 150 Million to 1.


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        Posted: July 13, 2003, 6:42 am - IP Logged

        I hope they do merge.  I hope the odds are 200M to 1.  Minimum should be set at $25M.  And because the jackpot might reach over $500M with ease, they should only pay in ANNUITY.  I say over 26 years.

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


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          Posted: July 14, 2003, 2:38 pm - IP Logged

          I say 30 annual payments WITH a cash option (today's PB)

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            Posted: July 14, 2003, 3:12 pm - IP Logged

            If they would make the winnings from a national lottery non-taxable, it would make a big difference.  A tax-free top prize would appeal to many players and the government would get it back in increased ticket sales.

            Making the national lotto tax free would make it more appealing than Powerball and Mega Millions where players have to pay 60% off the top.  This would only be available if the player chose the lump sum payment. 

            Norway already does this.  Why not the good old USA?

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              Posted: July 14, 2003, 3:14 pm - IP Logged

              I'm sorry, I meant 40% off the top.  In reality the tax hit is 39.7 in the top tax bracket until the new tax law kicks in . . .

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                Posted: July 14, 2003, 7:22 pm - IP Logged

                Orangeman,

                I'm afraid that once the US Federal government develops a tax stream, the inertia it creates is almost impossible to stop.  Do you see all the difficulty that President Bush is going through for his relatively small tax cut?  That's why taxes need to be stopped before they ever get started.

                Case in point: the day the government signs into law an Internet sales tax is the day that Internet commerce gets stabbed in the back, because the genie will be impossible to get back into the bottle.

                 

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                  Posted: July 16, 2003, 12:04 pm - IP Logged

                  The real issue about a tax-free lotto is the fact that one party (guess who) would say it wasn't fair to the ones who didn't win.  The famous Missouri pol who condemned those who "win the lottery of life" would definitely not like it.

                  This particular party is a lot like the Russians in their jealousy.  There is an old joke that goes like this:

                  Every nationality has its own pot to boil sinners with devils around the edge to keep them in.  Except for the Russian pot which needs no devil guards.  In the Russian pot when someone makes it to the edge, everyone else grabs him and pulls him back in.

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                    Posted: July 17, 2003, 3:31 am - IP Logged

                    Orangeman:

                     

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                      Posted: July 18, 2003, 7:29 pm - IP Logged

                      I suppose one reason not to combine the games would be to continue giving players a CHOICE of playing one, or both.