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Arkansas, Georgia and Kentucky lotteries to cancel Decades of Dollars

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Making room for upcoming national Monopoly game

By Todd Northrop

There are just twenty remaining chances to play and win the multi-state Decades of Dollars game in Arkansas, Georgia, and Kentucky.

The first drawing of Decades of Dollars was on Feb. 3, 2011, in the states of Georgia, Kentucky, and Virginia.  Arkansas later joined the game starting with the drawing on May 5, 2011.

Arkansas, Georgia, and Kentucky will not be participating in any drawings after October 16, 2014.  After that date, Decades of Dollars will become a Virginia-only game.

Decades of Dollars is a $2 multi-state draw game.  Drawings will continue to be held at 11 p.m. Eastern Time (10 p.m. Central) on Monday and Thursday, until the final drawing on Thursday October 16, 2014.

In the Decades of Dollars game, six numbered balls are drawn from 1 to 47.  If all your numbers match those that are drawn, you win $250,000 per year for 30 years, or $4 million cash.

Secondary prizes range from $2, for matching two of the six numbers drawn all the way to the $10,000 prize, for matching five of the six numbers drawn.

Starting after the drawing on Monday, August 11, 2014 a countdown to end the game will begin, and players purchasing multi-draw tickets for Decades of Dollars will see a limited amount of draws available, starting from nineteen (19) and showing one less with each draw that takes place thereafter.

As Decades of Dollars ends in the three states, a new game will begin.  The states will offer players a new national game, with a familiar name and theme that everyone will recognize.  Starting on October 19th, 2014, Monopoly Millionaires' Club will kick off.

The new national multi-state draw game (5 of 52 plus 1 of 28 Monopoly properties), will have a drawing every Friday at 11:15 p.m. Eastern Time (10:15 p.m. Central). The game has a top prize that ranges from $15 million to $25 million, along with guaranteed $1 million Millionaires' Club cash prizes nationwide whenever the top prize is won.

Additional information about the new multi-state game will be published as the October game launch gets closer.

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Posted: August 8, 2014, 1:36 pm - IP Logged

Any cogent reason why those games cannot coexist together?.

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    Posted: August 8, 2014, 2:06 pm - IP Logged

    Any cogent reason why those games cannot coexist together?.

    It doesn't make sense to me either, considering that Decades of Dollars is drawn on Mondays and Thursdays, so the draw days do not conflict with any other multi-state game offered in the states, including the upcoming Monopoly game.  I'm sure they have their reasons, but heck if I can understand it.

     

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      Posted: August 8, 2014, 2:11 pm - IP Logged

      It doesn't make sense to me either, considering that Decades of Dollars is drawn on Mondays and Thursdays, so the draw days do not conflict with any other multi-state game offered in the states, including the upcoming Monopoly game.  I'm sure they have their reasons, but heck if I can understand it.

      I'm almost 100% sure it has to do with the higher per-capita revenues that the organizers of the new Monopoly game have 'promised' (better than PB). Lotteries will want to funnel as many players as possible towards such a game. $5 price point with national branding...can't go wrong there, they say.

      If the chances of winning the jackpot are so slim, why play when the jackpot is so small? Your chances never change, but the payoff does.

      If a crystal ball showed you the future of the rest of your life, and in that future you will never win a jackpot, would you still play?

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        I'm almost 100% sure it has to do with the higher per-capita revenues that the organizers of the new Monopoly game have 'promised' (better than PB). Lotteries will want to funnel as many players as possible towards such a game. $5 price point with national branding...can't go wrong there, they say.

        Right, I get that, but there is not really a high cost factor for the Decades of Dollars game, as the cost is shared among four states.  So even if the game is not producing the revenue numbers of a high-profile national game, it is relatively easy money for the four states.  I have to believe the margins are high and that it wouldn't cannibalize sales of the new Monopoly game.

         

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          Posted: August 8, 2014, 3:20 pm - IP Logged

          Right, I get that, but there is not really a high cost factor for the Decades of Dollars game, as the cost is shared among four states.  So even if the game is not producing the revenue numbers of a high-profile national game, it is relatively easy money for the four states.  I have to believe the margins are high and that it wouldn't cannibalize sales of the new Monopoly game.

          I don't have access to Decades of Dollars sales figures, but perhaps they have diminished to the point that this decision was made. According to Wiki, since the game's launch, there have only been jackpot winners in 2012....none in 2011, 2013, or this year (so far). That's bound to affect its popularity.

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          Arkansas is replacing Decades of Dollars with Lucky for Life in January. Reason given during June meeting: "The game has thus far underperformed and ALC intends to withdraw in October 2014."

          I imagine the situation is similar in Georgia and Kentucky.

          If the chances of winning the jackpot are so slim, why play when the jackpot is so small? Your chances never change, but the payoff does.

          If a crystal ball showed you the future of the rest of your life, and in that future you will never win a jackpot, would you still play?

          2013: -35.14% (158 tickets) || 2014: +20.00% (13 tickets)

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            Posted: August 8, 2014, 4:52 pm - IP Logged

            This is interesting since Virginia never had their own state game then the other states got out of Win for Life and now Decades of Dollars. They are my favorite 2 games and I can get 3 of 6 often and 3 plus that floating bonus ball in win for life. I never understood why more people don't win the Jackpot in Decades of Dollars.

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              Posted: August 8, 2014, 9:49 pm - IP Logged

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                Change is always a good thingDance

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                  Posted: August 9, 2014, 12:33 pm - IP Logged

                  According to a rumor on Wikipedia, VA lottery is supposed to join NY and NJ's Cash4Life and Arkansas lottery will join the 6 New England states in their Lucky 4 Life game. But Wikipedia is as reliable as a Chrysler LOL

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                    According to a rumor on Wikipedia, VA lottery is supposed to join NY and NJ's Cash4Life and Arkansas lottery will join the 6 New England states in their Lucky 4 Life game. But Wikipedia is as reliable as a Chrysler LOL

                    That is interesting. I hope they don't get out of decades of dollars and win for life. They bragged on their website how Win for life (after the other states got out of it) was now a game only for VA.

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                      Posted: August 9, 2014, 1:37 pm - IP Logged

                      That is interesting. I hope they don't get out of decades of dollars and win for life. They bragged on their website how Win for life (after the other states got out of it) was now a game only for VA.

                      he Cash 4 Life has long odds but the payout is good. Good luck in the games your choose to play Thumbs Up

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                        Posted: August 9, 2014, 10:46 pm - IP Logged

                        Good riddance to DOD. It never really caught on in Georgia. I may have played it about 6 times. I won't miss it. We have more than enough games of chance to take our money.

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                          Posted: August 10, 2014, 2:28 am - IP Logged

                          That's a bummer, I like Decades of Dollars.

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                            Best of luck to you!Smile

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