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Lotto Texas - World's Worst Jackpot Game?

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TonyB

Someone hit the $44 million last Saturday. The Wednesday jackpot was the minimum $4 million. It rolled and was still $4 million on Saturday. I really wasn't surprised by that given recent events.

But nobody won tonight and it rolled to $4 million again. I have never seen a jackpot game roll twice and still be stuck at the minimum.

This is unreal.

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Todd

What that means is that they didn't really have the funds for the minimum $4 million jackpot in the last drawing, but they had to make it $4 million anyway, because that's the set minimum.  They were just embroiled in a big scandal about over-inflating jackpots, so they won't be doing that anymore.  If they don't have the sales to justify a higher jackpot, then they won't do it.

It's hard and fast sales numbers, has nothing to do with how good the game is.

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JimmySand9

What that means is that they didn't really have the funds for the minimum $4 million jackpot in the last drawing, but they had to make it $4 million anyway, because that's the set minimum.  They were just embroiled in a big scandal about over-inflating jackpots, so they won't be doing that anymore.  If they don't have the sales to justify a higher jackpot, then they won't do it.

It's hard and fast sales numbers, has nothing to do with how good the game is.

Yep, that's just the way it works sometimes. You set a minimum jackpot high, but it takes a while for the actual money in the prize pool to exceed it. It happens in AZ and MA too.

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orangeman

Todd, I beg to differ . . .

Dawn Nettles is right.  There are too many combinations for the population of the state.  In other words, it is too hard to win and we refuse to throw our money away on a bad game.  Not playing is the result.  Texans are smarter than their "leaders" look.

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As player find other games with higher jackpots to play, States will have to reduce the minimum starting jackpots and minimum roll over amounts of their games because they will have fewer players.  Ohio has been during that with their SuperLottoPlus games and next month they will eliminate the game all together replacing it with a game that has a starting jackpot of $1M.

RJOh

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Badger

Pretty much the same in WI. Our state 6/49 game is MEgabucks. But the odds at the jackpot are nearly 7 million to 1, and we only have about 5 million people in the entire state last I heard.  So it takes forever for it to build.  Add the fact that they only pay a first tier prize of$2 for 3 of 6, and $30 for 4 of 6, and it just isn't worth spending money on. There are too many other ways to spend your dough. The first and second tier prizes are chintzy for a game that has a minimum of $1M jackpot.

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CASH Only

You can complain about your games all you want. I still say the worst US jackpot games are MA Mega$.uck$ (still annuity-only) and NY Lotto 59 (38%-40% prize return; 3/6 always $1). By contrast MA Ca$h WinFall probably is the best game.

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TonyB

No winner tonight. The jackpot rolls to....
$4 million for Saturday.
That makes 4 drawings at the mimimum with no winners.

And if I'm reading the online jackpot estimation sheet correctly, they believe that they will still be underfunded by $310,386 for the Saturday drawing.

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ryanm

  The TLC screwed themselves when they went to a Powerball-style game.

  My state, Iowa, does not have a rolling jackpot game because Iowa is too small for one, but my neighboring state, Illinois, still has their Lotto game with a starting jackpot of $2 million and minimum rollovers of $250,000 (drawings are still three nights a week too).

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LANTERN

I won't play the Texas Lotto unless it is a 6/49 or 6/50 no bonus ball game.

Let it roll to $4 000 000 forever and ever on every draw, I will never play it myself.

I advice people to only play pick 3, cash5 and two step.

But mostly cash 5 and pick 3, the bonus ball on the 2step screws that game.

I refuse to play bonus ball games and also anything bigger than 6/49 or 6/50.

If they make it a no bonus ball 6/54 I still will not play it at all never , but never.

6/49, 6/50 or nothing for me.

If you want the game changed, then quit buying tickets, that is what I do.

10 more years might go buy and still I won't play the lotto, not as it is, I will only play it in my own terms, or I won't play it.

There is always the cash 5 and pick 3.

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CASH Only

ryan:

Don't forget Hot Lotto, the multi-state mini-Powerball. IA used to have in-state jackpot games, including Lucky Day.

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Drivedabizness

Dawn Nettles is a certified idiot with absolutely no idea how lottery games work.  Anyone who quotes her is either lazy or a certified idiot who knows nothing about the way lotetry games work.

 

You folks in Texas take the cake.  You stop playing your lotto game - so, the lottery changes it.

 

Then you complain that they changed the game.

 

They try to accommodate you - but you still don't play unless the jackpot gets really big. 

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orangeman

Drivedabizness:

I'm glad you don't live in Texas.  Stay in "Californey"  and make everyone in Texas happy! 

Dawn told the TLC not to make the changes.  They made them anyway.  At least visit her website before you run her down.  I'm with Lantern on this one.  You don't know what you are talking about.

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Just6ntlc

Now, I checked the Lotto Texas Jackpot. It's stuck at 4 million again for the third draw in a row. I'm disappointed about the Lotto Texas having a bonus ball. I think they should go to a 6/50 or 6/49, or screw them!

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Drivedabizness

Orangeman

 

That cool-aid will kill you. 

 

 

Ever hear (even down there) the old saying "a little knowledge is a dangerous thing"? Just because she keeps saying "don't do this" or "do that" - I've worked with her.  She has no clue what she is talking about.  Sales were already way down WHEN THE GAME WAS THE WAY SHE WANTED IT.  What do you expect the Lottery to do - nothing?

 

Where was she to rally all the players to come back to the game?

 

Oh and by the way - I've helped generate many more additional millions of lottery proceeds for Texas than you AND Dawn Nettles combined.  I don't just sit on the web bitching - I help do something about it.

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