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Lottery winners question Calif. Mega Millions prizes

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comeon granny!! be happy!!! lol

 

tonight's my night...I feel it in ma bones Party

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Cry me a river ...Crying

$250,000 would make me happy !!!!

DD

SassyOhio's avatar - Picture012

I agree that yes  ... I would not complain about taking home $178,750 , But I do see the point. It isnt fair when it comes down to it that there is such a difference regardless of what state has more players or not. I think that it should be the same all over, but again I WOULD NOT COMPLAIN. Hell I just said this morning give me 100 thou  and I would be smiling from ear to ear lol. But like the article said  ... what can ya do .. NADDA  Good Luck tonight  on the MM 

RJOh's avatar - chipmunk

"John Mascari plays Mega Millions when the grand prize tops $200 million. He said it doesn't seem fair that Californians can win more money for the same risk."

Californians probably feel the same way when ever they end up winning less.Mad

 

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>During the past three months, however, California winners have taken home less, on average, than their Ohio counterparts. Since Feb. 3, there have been 45 secondprize Mega Millions winners in California and 18 in Ohio. On average, the California winners won $205,755. 

Wow, that really rubs me the wrong way. Sometimes pari-mutuel winners win more than $250K, sometimes they win less. That's the risk of pari-mutuel.

>"I thought it was one lottery, equal for everybody," said Givens, of Stark County.

Yes, if you win the jackpot and if state taxes are the same everywhere. Next she can complain that some states have no state taxes on lottery winnings, which I'm sure also rubs her the wrong way. 

 

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MEGA MILLIONS APRIL 11 DRAWING

There were 17 second-prize winners from Tuesday night's drawing: 6 from California, 3 from Georgia, 2 from Illinois, 1 from Maryland, 3 from New York, 1 from Ohio, and 1 from Washington.  Each ticket matched all five lotto numbers but not the Mega Ball number to win $250,000 each.  The California second prize winners will receive $68,647 each, because California does not use the fixed prize amounts used by the other Mega Millions states.

I DON'T THINK SHE WOULD OF MINDED TO MUCH IF IT TURNED OUT THIS WAY

Lurk More N00b's avatar - ummm

"John Mascari plays Mega Millions when the grand prize tops $200 million. He said it doesn't seem fair that Californians can win more money for the same risk."

Californians probably feel the same way when ever they end up winning less.Mad

 

Don't admit to only being an opportune jackpot player and things not being fair within the same breath, John.

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"quit fibbing" on the prizes? Good luck with that. Maybe if jackpots were listed as their post-tax cash amounts there would be less confusion but that's less likely than winning MegaMillions. Only way that would happen is if someone wins a law suit but  the bond companies issuing inflated annuities have far more money and power than those wishing to fight them.

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I wouldn't complain about $178,750. That still is a nice amount of money.

SassyOhio's avatar - Picture012

I wouldn't complain about $178,750. That still is a nice amount of money.

I dont think that any of us would ... I just think that people are venting about the MISS leading information and the  DOUBLE STANDARDS that come along with it

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Did the grandmother play in CA? If so, I think she should have claimed it in CA for more money. Either way, congratulations to her for winning lots of money matching 5/5.

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The CA payouts are not the only thing about MM that's not the same in all 12 states. Texas has the Megaplier, and of course NY and Texas (if not also NJ) require the cash/annuity choice when you PLAY.

KY Floyd's avatar - 3 hour-tour.jpg

I wouldn't complain about $178,750. That still is a nice amount of money.

I dont think that any of us would ... I just think that people are venting about the MISS leading information and the  DOUBLE STANDARDS that come along with it

What misleading information? The California lottery website says that all prizes are paid on a parimutuel basis, the websites for the other MM states tell you exactly how much you'll get for any given prize level, and the rules stay the same every week. It doesn't take much more effort to find out that only the jackpot is a multi-state game, and that all of the lower prizes are handled strictly within the individual states. Not getting $265 million when that's what was advertised is misleading. Getting exactly what the rules said you'd get isn't.

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This raises an interesting question.  Do the individual states pay the lower prizes out of their intake with no sharing of proceeds?  And proceeds are olny shared on the jackpot?  They probably have to send a certain amount of each ticket to Mega HQ to cover Jackpot.

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