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OH Lot O' Play a failure?

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I just went to the Ohio Lottery website and noticed that the payout for the second LO'P was lower than the first, with a sharp drop for the third draw, despite being a jackpot game.

The cash value of the LO'P annuity is exactly 50%. The annuity for Mega Millions is also 26 annual payments. It looks like Ohio players know they are getting a bum deal with the new game.

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Todd

I personally think the state lotteries need to immediately axe the dopey names for these games.  I can imagine there are a lot of people who would feel dopey asking for "Lot O' Play" tickets.  They probably can't even figure out what the heck it is, based on the name.  How about just calling it "Lotto"?

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LoP should have been an all-cash game with a $500,000 starting jackpot and 50k minimum rollovers. Like PA Match 6.

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Bradly_60

I still don't understand how Ohio is calculating their annuitized jackpots.  If they are simple based annuities there is no way a cash option could be worth 50% of the annuity.  Especially if it is the same as Mega Millions.  With todays rates the cash option needs to be around 60% of the annuity or they are misleading the public with those numbers.  (Just like the last Super Lotto drawing they had.  To advertise a  $12mil jackpot they should of had more than $6mil cash.)  Someone should check into that is you live in OH.

Brad

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RJOh

Ohio players don't whine about a bad game, they just don't play it.  That is the most effective way to make their point.  If that bingo game doesn't sell like a lottery game, it will be replaced by a real lotto game in a few months.

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I wonder if Michigan and Ohio are still considering a joint jackpot game. I would like to see it happen, especially if the cash option is a floating percentage of the annuity.

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NoCompLotto!

I played Lot 'O Play on the second drawing and won $6 ($2 on 3 tickets). I like it - it's fun and unique.

But, I would love to see a joint MI-OH game...

I thought about this:

  Introducing: Lotto Doubler!

  Main Jackpot is a 6/49 game. Double Jackpot is a 7/49 game.

  Pick 6 of 49 numbers, or use a quick pick. Each Ticket costs $1.

  For an extra $1, you can pick a 7th number from the remaining field of 43, or have the computer do it for you! 

  For regular players, match all 6 numbers drawn and win the jackpot!

  For Doubler players, match all 7 numbers drawn and win DOUBLE the jackpot!!!

  The doubler number also acts as a bonus ball, increasing the prizes at all other levels!

Payout Examples & Odds:

6/49 Regular (cost: $1)

Numbers Matched                        Prize                        Odds

6 of 6                                          Jackpot               1 in 13,983,816

5 of 6                                           $2,500                1 in 317,814

4 of 6                                          $175                   1 in 14,125

3 of 6                                          $5                      1 in 921

Payouts & Odds with doubler feature added (costs an additional $1):

Numbers Matched                        Prize                        Odds

7 of 7                                    DOUBLE JACKPOT        1 in 85,900,584

6+0                                      $1 million lump-sum        1 in 1,997,688

5+1                                      $75,000                          1 in 25,466,727

5+0                                      $10,000                          1 in 90,804

4+1                                      $5,000                            1 in 878,163

4+0                                      $250                              1 in 6,053

3+1                                      $25                                1 in 39,916

3+0                                      $2                                  1 in 526

This would be a perfect game for BOTH states... with 3 caveats:

    1. Ohio would have to draw it, because otherwise MI will step in with computers, and

    2. It would need to be at least a $4M starting JP, with $500K min rollovers.

    3. It would need to follow the MICHIGAN annuity schedule (20 years vs. 30)

I go to OH about every week or two, and I would love to be able to play the same games I play there (except MM, which I already play in MI & OH) in Michigan...  Ohio has pretty much one of the best-payout lotteries I've seen (IMHO). I've always won something fairly decent when I go there (most: $500 on scratch-off).

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Just6ntlc

I agree what you said NoCompLotto except for the payout situation if you match just the bonus ball. Players just matching the Bonus Ball will get even money returned or $2 because they pay an extra $1 for double feature.

Introducing: Lotto Doubler!

  Main Jackpot is a 6/49 game. Double Jackpot is a 7/49 game.

  Pick 6 of 49 numbers, or use a quick pick. Each Ticket costs $1.

  For an extra $1, you can pick a 7th number from the remaining field of 43, or have the computer do it for you! 

  For regular players, match all 6 numbers drawn and win the jackpot!

  For Doubler players, match all 7 numbers drawn and win DOUBLE the jackpot!!!

  The doubler number also acts as a bonus ball, increasing the prizes at all other levels!

Payout Examples & Odds:

6/49 Regular (cost: $1)

Numbers Matched                        Prize                        Odds

6 of 6                                          Jackpot               1 in 13,983,816

5 of 6                                           $2,500                1 in 317,814

4 of 6                                          $175                   1 in 14,125

3 of 6                                          $5                      1 in 921

Payouts & Odds with doubler feature added (costs an additional $1):

Numbers Matched                        Prize                        Odds

7 of 7                                    DOUBLE JACKPOT        1 in 85,900,584

6+0                                      $1 million lump-sum        1 in 1,997,688

5+1                                      $75,000                          1 in 25,466,727

5+0                                      $10,000                          1 in 90,804

4+1                                      $5,000                            1 in 878,163

4+0                                      $250                              1 in 6,053

3+1                                      $50                                1 in 39,916

3+0                                      $10                                  1 in 526

2+1                                      $7

1+1                                      $3

0+1                                      $2

This would be a perfect game for BOTH states... with 3 caveats:

    1. Ohio would have to draw it, because otherwise MI will step in with computers, and

    2. It would need to be at least a $4M starting JP, with $500K min rollovers.

    3. It would need to follow the MICHIGAN annuity schedule (20 years vs. 30)

RJOh, I hope that Lot O' Play could be a success. I won't be surprised if Ohio returns to their Super Lotto Plus, but their jackpot starts at 1 million and grows without a jackpot winner.

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DoctorEw220

I like Lot O'Play.  I have yet to not have a winning ticket and I have played every drawing.

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Bradly_60

Payout Examples & Odds:

6/49 Regular (cost: $1)

Numbers Matched                        Prize                        Odds

6 of 6                                          Jackpot               1 in 13,983,816

5 of 6                                           $2,500                1 in 317,814

4 of 6                                          $175                   1 in 14,125

3 of 6                                          $5                      1 in 921

A 6/49 game has different odds then what you have listed.  The 6 of 6 odds are correct but the rest are not.

The odds for the rest of the prizes are a lot less than what you have listed.

 

Brad

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RJOh

My calculations for a 6/49 game are:

 MATCH        GAME ODDS
 6 / 6          1 : 13983816
 5 / 6          1 : 54201
 4 / 6          1 : 1032
 3 / 6          1 : 57

I hope Lot'O Play is a success too, but it's not the type of game I play, but I don't like scratch-offs, pick3's and pick4's and they all do fine without my money.

RJOh

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NoCompLotto!

My calculations for a 6/49 game are:

 MATCH        GAME ODDS
 6 / 6          1 : 13983816
 5 / 6          1 : 54201
 4 / 6          1 : 1032
 3 / 6          1 : 57

I hope Lot'O Play is a success too, but it's not the type of game I play, but I don't like scratch-offs, pick3's and pick4's and they all do fine without my money.

RJOh

I just used some lottery odds calculator to figure those out. I do think that they are a little too high... doesn't seem like good odds (by my calcs) for 3/6.

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NoCompLotto!

I agree what you said NoCompLotto except for the payout situation if you match just the bonus ball. Players just matching the Bonus Ball will get even money returned or $2 because they pay an extra $1 for double feature.

Introducing: Lotto Doubler!

  Main Jackpot is a 6/49 game. Double Jackpot is a 7/49 game.

  Pick 6 of 49 numbers, or use a quick pick. Each Ticket costs $1.

  For an extra $1, you can pick a 7th number from the remaining field of 43, or have the computer do it for you! 

  For regular players, match all 6 numbers drawn and win the jackpot!

  For Doubler players, match all 7 numbers drawn and win DOUBLE the jackpot!!!

  The doubler number also acts as a bonus ball, increasing the prizes at all other levels!

Payout Examples & Odds:

6/49 Regular (cost: $1)

Numbers Matched                        Prize                        Odds

6 of 6                                          Jackpot               1 in 13,983,816

5 of 6                                           $2,500                1 in 317,814

4 of 6                                          $175                   1 in 14,125

3 of 6                                          $5                      1 in 921

Payouts & Odds with doubler feature added (costs an additional $1):

Numbers Matched                        Prize                        Odds

7 of 7                                    DOUBLE JACKPOT        1 in 85,900,584

6+0                                      $1 million lump-sum        1 in 1,997,688

5+1                                      $75,000                          1 in 25,466,727

5+0                                      $10,000                          1 in 90,804

4+1                                      $5,000                            1 in 878,163

4+0                                      $250                              1 in 6,053

3+1                                      $50                                1 in 39,916

3+0                                      $10                                  1 in 526

2+1                                      $7

1+1                                      $3

0+1                                      $2

This would be a perfect game for BOTH states... with 3 caveats:

    1. Ohio would have to draw it, because otherwise MI will step in with computers, and

    2. It would need to be at least a $4M starting JP, with $500K min rollovers.

    3. It would need to follow the MICHIGAN annuity schedule (20 years vs. 30)

RJOh, I hope that Lot O' Play could be a success. I won't be surprised if Ohio returns to their Super Lotto Plus, but their jackpot starts at 1 million and grows without a jackpot winner.

The reason why I didn't include lower-tier prizes in the doubler part of the game is becasue too many people would match just the 7th ball and there would be no way to fund the double annuity. They would have to take the prize out of the reserve fund and if that happened, you could say buh-bye to this game.

The point of this is to have a way to double the jackpot, raise the prize amounts with the "bonus ball", and fund a double-the-advertised-jackpot annuity. If there were lower tiered prizes than 3+0 (which may be too high in the doubler version), there would be so many winners (don't get me wrong, it's great to win) that the state would not have a way to fund the prize.

I love Lot O' Play. I hope it stays for a while. If not, I'll submit this idea to both lottery commisioners... I won't, however, expect any sort of reply from them. Cussing Face     No No

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JMorenoMars

I like Lot O Play... I've played every draw so far and have yet to win anything. But it's pretty cool the way it works, I love it. The odds are a lot better than Super Lotto Plus too. Even if an Ohio-Michigan game WERE to get started, I hope they keep Lot O Play. However, almost every time I go into a store and ask for 1 "Lot O Play".. They ALWAYS ask me "What game?" They keep thinking that I am asking for one "LOTTO PLAY". Ha ha.

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Saturday payouts for LoP were down from the first Saturday draw, despite the larger jackpot.

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