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Posted: July 28, 2004, 7:50 pm - IP Logged

I just think it's hysterica

 

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    Posted: July 28, 2004, 8:12 pm - IP Logged

    Todd:

    The odds of a 5/52+2/52 game are in the billions.

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      Posted: July 28, 2004, 8:16 pm - IP Logged

      CO:

      I know, it's preposterous.  That's why I posted it - I wanted to show you an example of the "suggestions" I get.

       

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        Posted: July 28, 2004, 8:27 pm - IP Logged

        Todd,

        You must be getting e-mail from people that have won several small jackpots because I've been playing MegaMillions since it came to Ohio and I've never matched more than 3 or 1 and 2 with the Mega ball.  Either that or they think it's too easy for someone else to win.  They must not understand that if no one thought it was worth playing for a $10M jackpot, the States would never be able to save up for a $250M jackpot.  To some of those players who have never won, it will alway be too easy for someone else to win because it take the same amount of effort to lose as to win, you only have to buy a ticket.

        RJOh 

         * you don't need to buy more tickets, just buy a winning ticket * 
           
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          Posted: July 28, 2004, 9:17 pm - IP Logged



          Thats just prpability, I am happy with megamillions the way it is. 10M is a lot of money. If u want smallr chanses play italian lotto 6 out of 99. Good luck with that.

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            Posted: July 29, 2004, 1:39 am - IP Logged

            I have always been in favor of changing it since they have added more states but in a more reasonable way like 5/53 + 1/53 making the odds 1 in 152 million instead of 1 in 135 million. I dont think a big change is warranted. If powerball added California for instance they also should change the game to reflect the increase in the amount of players.

            Sales are what count in a lottery and big jackpots sell. Expecting a big pot for every rollover is wrong but expecting a big pot every 6 to 9 months or so is a realistic expectation for a well run game.

            I for one dont buy tickets until the cash value matches the odds and while here thats a tiny minority that describes a lot of players. It would also be important to players that the secondary prizes also went up.


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              Posted: July 29, 2004, 1:52 am - IP Logged

              Yes I agree that secondary prizes need to go up.  The payback % can be raised to produce that and entice more players to buy meaning more money for states, but lawmakers dont want to understand that and would rather rake us over the coals at 50%.

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                Posted: July 29, 2004, 1:58 am - IP Logged

                Well I meant an increase in the secondary prizes to reflect the odds change. More money going to the players is always a good idea however it would be about as likely as having lottery winnings being tax free like in europe.

                By big prizes I mean close or above 300 million for powerball/megamillions style games.

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                  Posted: July 29, 2004, 1:03 pm - IP Logged

                    Oh geez.  I remember back when the Mega Millions jackpot was on a wild run and the Powerball jackpots were shorter than normal, including one that was won at $21 million, people here were putting that game down like crazy.  Now that Mega Millions is on a hot streak, everyone is jeering at that game now.  It's crazy.

                    If Mega Millions were to add more balls to increase the odds, more than likely they would increase the set cash prize payouts.

                    Tuesday night's payout was just dumb luck because every number except the Mega Ball was a low number.  As they always say, you never know what numbers are going to come out of the draw machine.