About $ 1B Mega Millions Reward Due To Long Hurdles, Slow Sale

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – The jackpot for the Mega Millions lottery game has surpassed Friday night’s drawing by nearly $ 1 billion, after more than four months as a winner without misfortunes, poor odds, and low playing coronovirus But the partially pandemic epidemic was blamed.

This is only the third time a lottery jackpot has grown so big, but the last time Graves has received such a big prize in 2018. A lot has changed. The chances of winning the jackpot remain the same – incredibly small – but for a variety of reasons fewer people are playing Mega Millions or Powerball, two lottery games have been offered in most of the country.

And in the huge Mega Millions prize and a $ 731.1 million Powerball jackpot sold for the Games on Wednesday from a ticket sold in Maryland, Maryland Lottery Director Gordon Maidenica said: “We’re not out of the woods yet.”

Medenica acknowledged that sales were dramatically lower prior to the epidemic, and they moved forward in the spring and summer as well.

After a peak in October 2018, Medenica said sales of big lottery games had dropped by almost 50%, talking about jackpot fatigue among lottery officials. Sales of Mega Millions and Powerball continued to decline after the virus was hit with other lottery games, but scratch tickets and other improvised games rebounded later in the year, while national game sales stalled.

In response to falling sales, officials updated the National Games to reduce jackpots from $ 40 million to $ 20 million and change the rules about guaranteeing a minimum increase between drawings. The moves made fiscal sense but as the jackpot progressed slowly, sales declined further, as indicated by Record 37, without the winner reaching the current Mega Millions jackpot, still from all-time highs is less.

“That’s why it takes so many rolls to reach a high jackpot level,” Maidenica said.

Those that have not changed are.

By design, Mega Millions and Powerballs are relatively generous in awarding small dollars and lottery officials claim that there is almost one in 24 chances of winning something. But to make the giant jackpot, the authorities must be completely unhappy about paying the jackpot.

It is difficult to beat one of 292.2 million for Powerball or 302.5 million for Mega Millions.

Portland State University Professor of Mathematics and Statistics Steven Bleuler said that to give people an idea of ​​their possibilities, you need a swimming pool 40 feet (12.2 m) wide, 120 feet (36.6 m) long and 5 feet (1.5 m). Should be wide. Deep, loaded with M & Ms, only one of which is green. To win, all players must do is to blindfold and jump around to find that single green candy.

Andrew Swift, a professor of mathematics at the University of Nebraska-Omaha, puts it this way: Your chances of picking two oysters and finding pearls in both are nearly twice as likely as winning the lottery jackpot.

Still, someone always wins eventually, and it happened again after Wednesday night’s Powerball drawing when a ticket was sold at a convenience store In the small community of Lonaconing, Maryland, all six numbers hit. The winner can take a $ 716.3 annuity paid over 30 years or a cash prize of $ 546.8 million.

What comes next is unclear. Some states are banking on an increase in online games, but 10 states are seeing increased sales allowed on computer and phone apps, with such purchases being a relatively small percentage of overall revenue.

“The current roll has revived the game as it is designed,” Maidenica said. “Whether we continue to make changes or not.”


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