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Multi-state lottery options will expand in 33 states

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Posted: January 21, 2010, 9:25 pm - IP Logged

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

They might be able to get away with it when the megamillions jackpot is higher than that of powerball. Nobody will buy mega millions in the states that wont offer mega plier when powerball jp is higher or even the same size.

The first powerball tickets in Massachusetts will be a collectors item of some sort.

And the last thing I want to see is those New Yorkers and NJ guys winning all the powerball jp's, <snip> those guys, they win everything ha ha ha

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    North Carolina (West of Charlotte)
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    Posted: January 22, 2010, 12:08 am - 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?

    I just noticed that on a sign today, that NC will have the megaplier with it.  Cant wait!!!!!!!!

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      Posted: January 22, 2010, 2:51 pm - IP Logged

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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

      Yeah!  I can't wait to play Power Ball in Texas, finally.


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        Posted: January 22, 2010, 11:43 pm - IP Logged

        That's 9 days away!  Something to look forward to yippie!

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          Posted: January 23, 2010, 2:51 am - IP Logged

          They probably read the comments here.

          Maybe Florida will start reading the comments.

          "...a chance to push everything aside, the circumstances that've controlled our lives, and do it our way now. Good, bad or otherwise. You'll maybe get lost in it, tied up in it a little bit, but if you work your way through that the real you shows up, I think. Maybe what's at your core deep down, maybe that comes out. Maybe that's what it's about." Mike Pace 

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            Posted: January 23, 2010, 10:00 am - IP Logged

            According to the Nebraska lottery site, it looks like Nebraska will be selling Megamillions across the state by March 31st. Awesome.

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              Posted: January 23, 2010, 8:58 pm - IP Logged

              It is wonderful to see the availability and the capacity of prosperity expand to a greater number. May the Law of Attraction bless each of you and your dreams be fulfilled.

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                Posted: January 24, 2010, 11:31 pm - IP Logged

                well i finally saw the ads on tv about powerball coming to washington state. i am sad. my trips to oregon will fewer and further apart. Bummer!

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                  Posted: January 25, 2010, 8:02 am - IP Logged

                  I have a question, PB allowed you to collect jackpots privately.  Will MM follow this attitude???  I would love to win, but I would love to secretly win.  what about you!

                    rdgrnr's avatar - walt
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                    Posted: January 25, 2010, 8:46 am - IP Logged

                    I have a question, PB allowed you to collect jackpots privately.  Will MM follow this attitude???  I would love to win, but I would love to secretly win.  what about you!

                    I think your state determines if you can claim anonymously, not the game, as far as I know.

                    Personally, I don't care who knows. I'll be there the next day and I'll be heeled. And LadyMylena will be backin' me up.

                    I'm yer huckleberry.







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                      Posted: January 25, 2010, 1:28 pm - IP Logged

                      Great!....Now New Yorkers can win all the Mega Millions jackpots in addition to the Powerball....LOL  But sarcasm aside at least i'll save a few dollars in gas money when I want to buy MM tickets...

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                        Posted: January 26, 2010, 3:15 pm - IP Logged

                        I just went to the NC lottery website and it has information and even a flash program about MM, but it doesn't mention anywhere WHEN it starts!!

                        Thank goodness for Todd!! I learn more here than anywhere else!

                        "Don't be a schmuck, always take the cash." -Coin Toss

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                          Posted: January 26, 2010, 4:52 pm - IP Logged

                          I just went to the NC lottery website and it has information and even a flash program about MM, but it doesn't mention anywhere WHEN it starts!!

                          Thank goodness for Todd!! I learn more here than anywhere else!

                          January 31, 2010 MM starts in NC!

                          "Quite often, more is less!"

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                            Posted: January 27, 2010, 3:34 pm - IP Logged

                            1 more roll and that Mega Millions jackpot is mine!Big Grin

                            Gonna win.Big Smile


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                              Posted: January 27, 2010, 8:04 pm - IP Logged

                              States in green = states with both games

                              States in red = states with just Powerball

                              States in yellow = states with just Mega Millions

                              Green dot = will have both games, but after 1/31

                              Note : Delaware is miscolored, it will have both games after 1/31.

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