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Arkansas lottery to sell Mega Millions tickets

Arkansas LotteryArkansas Lottery: Arkansas lottery to sell Mega Millions tickets

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — The Arkansas Lottery Commission agreed Tuesday to sell Mega Millions tickets next year, making multi-state jackpots available to lottery participants four nights a week instead of two.

The panel unanimously voted to begin selling tickets for Mega Millions by Jan. 31. The state already sells tickets for the multistate Powerball game.

Arkansas Lottery Director Ernie Passailaigue said he didn't know how much additional money the state would get from the Mega Millions game. Arkansas has sold $71.3 million in Powerball and scratch-off tickets since the lottery launched Sept. 28, Passailaigue told commissioners.

Four of the five states that border Arkansas and sell lottery tickets are considering or have approved plans to offer both Powerball and Mega Millions next year. Currently, Louisiana, Missouri, Oklahoma and Tennessee participate in Powerball, while Texas offers Mega Millions.

"If we do not pass it, we could be in peril because we could lose some cross-border sales," Passailaigue said.

The organizations behind the games have agreed in principle to cross-sell tickets for both games beginning next year, but have left it up to individual states to decide whether they'll participate.

Officials with both games have said the cross-selling could lead to a national lottery next fall.

Passailaigue said he expects some increase in sales with the addition of Mega Millions, but he didn't know how many players would buy both types of tickets or choose one based on the jackpots offered.

Mega Millions holds the record for the largest U.S. lottery jackpot — $390 million on March 6, 2007. The largest Powerball jackpot was $365 million on Feb. 18, 2006. Mega Millions drawings are held every Tuesday and Friday, while Powerball drawings are held every Wednesday and Saturday.

"You have four drawings a week, and your sales spike during those drawings," Passailaigue said.

He said he didn't know how the size of jackpots in Mega Millions and Powerball would affect sales. Players might buy tickets for the game with the bigger jackpot or buy tickets for both, he said.

The lottery commission also agreed to add two new games next year, a twice-daily Cash 4 draw game and an instant win ticket. The commission has already approved a twice-daily Cash 3 draw game that will begin Dec. 14.

Passailaigue has predicted the lottery will sell more than $400 million in tickets in its first year. Voters approved the lottery to raise money for college scholarships.

AP

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Posted: November 19, 2009, 7:36 am - IP Logged

Awesome! With all other states joining in, hope the matrix does not add another ball.

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    Posted: November 19, 2009, 8:44 pm - IP Logged

    this is going to be so awesome. I am counting down the days until MM is offered here.

    now that Arkansas has lottery i will have something to throw a few dollars away on when i drive across the state to Texas....lol

    Oogle  waiting patiently for my jackpot

      ThatScaryChick's avatar - x1MqPuM
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      Posted: November 20, 2009, 12:39 am - IP Logged

      Congrats to Arkansas! It really does look like, more and more states, are deciding to offer both Powerball and Mega Millions. I'm guessing, that a lot of these states, see what others are doing and will be following suit. Otherwise, they will be out of the extra money they could get, from offer another big game.

      "No one remembers the person who almost climbed the mountain, only the person who eventually gets to the top."

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        Posted: November 20, 2009, 2:27 pm - IP Logged

        I guess, I will play which ever one is the highest.

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          Posted: November 20, 2009, 11:00 pm - IP Logged

              Hopefully California will replace Super Lotto Plus with Powerball.  With an equal chances to win (=0) PB has much higher jackpots.

            pt109's avatar - lib
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            Posted: November 21, 2009, 2:00 am - IP Logged

            I am so excited that the lottery is coming to Arkansas! I have a kid in college on a state scholarship. She earned her way with good grades and high test scores. Thank you for buying Arkansas Scholarship Lottery tickets!

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              Posted: November 22, 2009, 4:57 am - IP Logged

              I am so excited that the lottery is coming to Arkansas! I have a kid in college on a state scholarship. She earned her way with good grades and high test scores. Thank you for buying Arkansas Scholarship Lottery tickets!

              Sweet deal.

              What is your kid studying?

                pt109's avatar - lib
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                Posted: November 22, 2009, 12:40 pm - IP Logged

                She is studying chemistry. Her major is pre-pharmacy. Thank you for asking.

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                  Posted: November 28, 2009, 3:10 am - IP Logged

                  can't wait to try mega millions!