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Demise of Instant Powerball Millionaire.

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Lotto Czar's avatar - sam
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Posted: April 12, 2004, 8:54 am - IP Logged

I'm surprised that no one has mentioned this before. 

 As of the end of this month, the instant Powerball Millionaire Scratch game is history.  These games varied by name and format, from state to state, but basically, mpost costs $3, and offered a grand prize of a trip to Las Vegas, to be on TV.  (The last telecast is in September).

Ours in Pa. (there were actually 2 of them for a while) had pretty good odds and payouts compared to the average $3 game.  I've played in Delaware and West Virginia, too and both states had comparable games. 

According to most info I saw, MUSL is concerned with low TV ratings and poor participation.  I can see that, the TV show, which was fun to watch, came on at 11:30 Saturdays where we live.  Due to the inconvenient hour, only saw it once or twice, and even then for only a little bit.  Jeopardy, it wasn't; but entertaining none the less.

I'm dissappointed, but can understand MUSL's thinking.  Any thoughts on this?

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    Posted: April 12, 2004, 9:40 am - IP Logged

    Lotto Czar, I voted in your poll and left comments there.

    If they had the TV game on right after the Powerball drawing. it would have been more popular. Only problem is, on the east coast, that conflicts with our 11PM local newscast. 

    I only watched the TV game show once or twice and won't miss it.

    Did anyone actually win one million dollars?

    Chas

      Lotto Czar's avatar - sam
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      Posted: April 12, 2004, 10:54 am - IP Logged

      I guess I won't either, dventually.  Probably will be another win a second chance Jackpot/Merchandise prize game down the pike again.  Time for the Annual NASCAR game again.  Won a jacket, and almost a car (with a trip to the races), once. --even though I'm not a fan, I would have went.  Overnight at Solit Rock, nice place.  Been there several times and am going back in Sept.  (Business).

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        Posted: April 19, 2004, 8:45 am - IP Logged

        Lotto Czar,

        There was a little bit of discussion about it in the Lottery Discussion forum - http://www.lotterypost.com/thread/83763.  Kansas had it's last drawing on Friday for contestants.  I played the scratch off game a few times but never was that interested in the show although I would have loved to have been a contestant in order to get a free trip to Vegas.

        plnwebguy

         

          Lotto Czar's avatar - sam
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          Posted: April 19, 2004, 11:05 am - IP Logged

          Same here, but the few times I saw the show, I enoyed it.  But then, I enjoy watching game shows in general.

            DoctorEw220's avatar - alien helmet.jpg
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            Posted: April 19, 2004, 11:35 am - IP Logged

            one person from LA won the million.  nobody else pulled it off.

            I've redone my website.  Go to www.dr-ew.com.  I kept a lot of the old stuff, and I've added some new stuff.  Look for more new stuff in the coming weeks.


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              Posted: April 20, 2004, 9:37 am - IP Logged

              Several won the $1 million lump sum during the four seasons.


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                Posted: April 25, 2004, 4:32 pm - IP Logged

                MUSL now should concentrate on getting more states to try Hot Lotto.

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                  Posted: April 25, 2004, 5:54 pm - IP Logged

                  I think the decision on whether or not to join Hot Lotto is really up to the states.  The MUSL would probably approve just about any state that would want to join Hot Lotto join, so long as they were a MUSL member.

                  I've redone my website.  Go to www.dr-ew.com.  I kept a lot of the old stuff, and I've added some new stuff.  Look for more new stuff in the coming weeks.


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                    Posted: April 26, 2004, 1:36 pm - IP Logged

                    Dr EW:

                    IMO what most likely would encourage more states to play Hot Lotto is a higher jackpot potential.

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                      Posted: May 7, 2004, 1:44 pm - IP Logged

                      I'm actually going to miss it, but I also grew up watching game shows on daytime TV(which were alot better than the courtroom and talk stuff that's there now).  I didn't like the first incarnation of the show, with Bob Eubanks, but I do like Instant Millionaire with Todd Newton.  I think he's a better host than Bob Eubanks, and the show isn't as "random" as the Bob Eubanks show was(i.e. it is possible to devise a strategy for the games that reduces the randomness a little, though not by much).  The chance to go to Las Vegas and have a room at the Venetian along with $750 spending money and to win $1000 just for showing up is pretty cool too.  In fact, it was that that motivated me to seek out and buy the tickets. 

                      I've been buying them since the beginning and sending in my entries for the last few years, but have never been called.  Fortunately, there are a few places around here that still have them, so I'm going to keep buying and sending them in until the May 24 deadline the Louisiana Lottery has put forth.

                      As for the low ratings, I can understand why that is even though it isn't necessarily the fault of the program or the MUSL.  In my city, the show was originally airing Saturday nights at 6:30PM, but was replaced by sitcom reruns and then moved to Saturday's at 5PM.  The problem with this timeslot was NBC, the network this station is affiliated with, often had sports on Saturday afternoons which often ran overtime and bumped the show completely or forced the station to air only part of it.  I wrote a snail mail letter to the Louisiana Lottery Corporation about this and never received a response, but the bumping problem seems to have gone away this season.

                      Out of curiousity, I looked up some TV schedules online of the other Louisiana TV stations airing the program and found it was in similar timeslots, i.e. Saturday or Sunday afternoons at 5PM or late night Saturday or Sunday, times which don't have alot of viewers.  This could be part of the problem that stations scheduled it in poor timeslots or perhaps dumped the show into these timeslots because it didn't do well at other times.

                      Although I enjoyed the show, I can understand MUSL's thinking.  They, like any other business, are there to make money, and if this isn't profitable, they should change it or get out of it.

                      My 2 cents.