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Multi-state lottery options will expand in 33 states

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By Todd Northrop

On Jan. 31, a multi-state wave will roll over the USA.  33 out of 44 states with a lottery (including D.C.) will begin selling tickets for both of the USA's nation-wide games.

Powerball and Mega Millions, the two premier multi-state lottery games in the USA, entered into a cross-selling agreement late last year, in response to state legislators seeking new revenue sources.

Previous to the agreement, states were permitted only to sell tickets for one multi-state game or the other.  The cross-selling agreement removed that restriction, and gave each state the option of selling tickets for both games.

33 states have seized on that new option, offering tickets for both games on the first day of availability: Jan. 31.

The first Mega Millions drawing under the new cross-selling agreement will be Feb. 2, and the first for Powerball will be Feb. 3.

10 of the 12 states currently offering Mega Millions will add Powerball to their slate of games.  All of those states will offer the Power Play option as well.  Power Play costs an extra $1 per ticket, and multiplies any non-jackpot prizes won by up to 5 times.

23 of the 33 states and jurisdictions currently offering Powerball will add Mega Millions.  All of those states will offer the Megaplier option, which is similar to Powerball's Power Play option.

The Megaplier is a number between 2 and 4 drawn in the state of Texas, and the Megaplier is currently offered only in that state.  The Texas Megaplier number will continue to be used as the official Megaplier number in each of the additional 23 states offering Mega Millions staring Jan. 31.

Texas will continue to be the only one of the twleve current Mega Millions states that will offer the Megaplier.

In total, 182,000 retailers across the nation will offer both Powerball and Mega Millions starting Jan. 31.

Although twelve states/jurisdictions will not sell both multi-state games on Jan. 31, in the coming months most are expected to add the option to sell the other game not currently offered.

There are various reasons why some states are not immediately offering both games.

States such as Ohio and Montana have already announced plans to sell the other multi-state game, but require more time to prepare.  In those states both games will be available likely in the Spring.

In Lousiana, the lottery has expressed a sentiment that one multi-state game is enough, and their gambling market is already saturated, but they are willing to revisit their "no" decision in the future.

Other states have to work through political issues to gain approval. The Florida Lottery, for example, was the last state to offer a multi-state game because of the political issues that need to be navigated in the state.

It is unclear whether the U.S. Virgin Islands will be given the option to offer Mega Millions.

The Web site USA Mega (www.usamega.com) will continue to publish the winning numbers, jackpot analysis, rules, frequently asked questions, and statistics for both United States multi-state games.

State-by-state breakdown

Starting Jan. 31, the following states/jurisdictions will offer both Powerball and Mega Millions:

  • Arkansas
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • Georgia
  • Idaho
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Missouri
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New Mexico
  • New York
  • Oklahoma
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • Washington
  • Washington, D.C.
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin

States/jurisdictions continuing to offer only Powerball on Jan. 31:

  • Arizona
  • Colorado
  • Florida
  • Louisiana
  • Maine
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • Oregon
  • South Dakota
  • U.S. Virgin Islands

States/jurisdictions continuing to offer only Mega Millions on Jan. 31:

  • California
  • Ohio

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Posted: January 20, 2010, 10:11 am - IP Logged

Can't wait to play Powerball in N.J....

 

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    Posted: January 20, 2010, 10:12 am - IP Logged

    I can't wait to play Mega Millions in New Mexico.

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      Posted: January 20, 2010, 10:20 am - IP Logged

      I am not sure if this has been asked in other threads, but with so many states offering both lotteries, what will that do, if anything, to the odds on each game?

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        Posted: January 20, 2010, 10:21 am - IP Logged

        I am not sure if this has been asked in other threads, but with so many states offering both lotteries, what will that do, if anything, to the odds on each game?

        http://www.lotterypost.com/news/206915

         

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          Posted: January 20, 2010, 12:36 pm - IP Logged

          Can't wait to play powerball in Michigan.

           HyperBe Happy.

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            Posted: January 20, 2010, 1:52 pm - IP Logged

            Chomping at the bit to play powerball in TX.  Great timing as my PB pool numbers ran out 1-16-10 and I would have had to drive to LA to get new numbers.

             

            I am so HAPPY about this.  I like the idea of more jackpot winners as long as we still see an occasional 150mil+ jackpot for each one.  What I hope we don't get is a lot of shared smaller jackpots.

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              Posted: January 20, 2010, 2:59 pm - IP Logged

              The new states to add Mega Millions will have the Megaplier, while the current Mega Millions states still won't have the Megaplier (with the exception of Texas which already has it).

               

              Am I understanding this correctly?

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                Posted: January 20, 2010, 3:03 pm - IP Logged

                Can't wait to play Mega Millions in Pennsylvania !

                Dance

                Come on Mega Millions keep on rolling over for February 2nd !

                Cool

                 

                PA will have the Megaplier !

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                  Posted: January 20, 2010, 4:13 pm - IP Logged

                  I can't wait to play Mega Millions in Idaho. I love the fact, that I will be able to play two big jackpot games. I'm very excited!

                  Hyper

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                    Posted: January 20, 2010, 4:37 pm - IP Logged

                    I can't wait for MM. I am planning on playing them both.


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                      Posted: January 20, 2010, 5:39 pm - IP Logged

                      Here's what I don't understand:  if Vermont is going to sell Mega Millions (and don't get me wrong, I hope they do!)...then why haven't I heard anything from the Vermont Lottery or any other news source save for the CNN Money article posted here earlier this month?  Their web site and the local news outlets have been silent on the matter, and thus far these two articles have been the only evidence I've seen that Mega Millions is coming to my home state.

                      So, Vermont Lottery:  if you've got it, why not flaunt it?

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                        Posted: January 20, 2010, 5:56 pm - IP Logged

                        Banana Been waiting for this for a while, only a few more days before I can buy Powerball in New York. Drum

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                          Posted: January 20, 2010, 6:02 pm - IP Logged

                          Woohoo! I'm ready for MM! They've already got the play slips out, and I've hoarded some to add to my collection. lol

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                            The new states to add Mega Millions will have the Megaplier, while the current Mega Millions states still won't have the Megaplier (with the exception of Texas which already has it).

                             

                            Am I understanding this correctly?

                            Yup, you got it.  As dumb as it sounds, it is correct.

                             

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