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Florida to join multi-state Mega Millions lottery

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Florida will start selling tickets to the popular Mega Millions game later this year.

Florida Lottery officials told The Associated Press on Thursday that the state will join 42 other states in selling tickets. Tickets will go on sale on May 15.

The first Mega Millions drawing that Florida tickets will participate in is on Friday, May 17.

The state already sells tickets to Powerball, another multi-state game. It also has its own game called Florida Lotto.

Lottery Secretary Cynthia O'Connell said retailers and lottery players have been asking the state to join Mega Millions for years.

Lottery officials contend that adding Mega Millions will generate additional money for the state, despite past fears that adding games would erode sales of existing games.

Last summer the Florida Lottery wrapped up the most financially successful fiscal year in its history, with sales of $4.45 billion.

Mega Millions drawings occur every Tuesday and Friday night at 11:00 pm Eastern Time (8:00 pm Pacific Time).

All information, winning numbers, and news about Mega Millions can be found at USA Mega, a Web site devoted to the two largest United States multi-state games, Powerball and Mega Millions.

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Posted: February 28, 2013, 4:50 pm - IP Logged

California, Wyoming now Florida....can you say Lottery Fever!!!!BananaHurray!Dance

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    Posted: February 28, 2013, 4:57 pm - IP Logged

    California, Wyoming now Florida....can you say Lottery Fever!!!!BananaHurray!Dance

    Yep, but hopefully Alabama will be next.  But welcome Florida to Mega Millions!

    The lottery is NOT a tax on the poor.  By calling it a tax, you are calling it mandatory, which is what taxes are.  But the lottery is NOT mandatory, therefore calling it a tax highly inaccurate.

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      Posted: February 28, 2013, 5:30 pm - IP Logged

      Congrats Florida players!  You finally get to join the party!  Thumbs Up

       

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        Posted: February 28, 2013, 5:42 pm - IP Logged

        Congrats Fla!! My sister lives in FLA, now she can get both games to play. What will be the odds now of winning a Jackpot! 42 states playing now.

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          Posted: February 28, 2013, 7:27 pm - IP Logged

          I got a brother in law who going to be one happy guy, Congrats Florida !

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            Posted: February 28, 2013, 8:47 pm - IP Logged

             Well HELl YEAH! Just in time for when I plan to travel back to Florida May to June time frame.

               Can't wait to play. lol Gonna be buying my MM and PB Tickets all the time for the few weeks I'm there.

             Now please can the Mega Millions get BIG such as that $656Million;

             The Powerball near that $587Million around the time I'm there?! LOL lol I have not got to join in an play when it's BIG like that.

             

            Cool Drum

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              Posted: February 28, 2013, 10:02 pm - IP Logged

              so last 2 holdout states are about to fall, woot for  100% national "ever state with  a  lottery" jackpot

               

              ca getting pb in april  followed by florida getting mm on may,   so 43 states with all the games,    could be 44 states if Wyoming does ever thing right.

               

              so soon we can look at 6 states who don't have one and say

              why  so slow/late to the party? 

              thro i understand why some don't make one,  them big casino's people own all there major lawmakers over in them states rofl

              No bees, no honey.

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                Posted: March 1, 2013, 12:26 am - IP Logged

                so last 2 holdout states are about to fall, woot for  100% national "ever state with  a  lottery" jackpot

                 

                ca getting pb in april  followed by florida getting mm on may,   so 43 states with all the games,    could be 44 states if Wyoming does ever thing right.

                 

                so soon we can look at 6 states who don't have one and say

                why  so slow/late to the party? 

                thro i understand why some don't make one,  them big casino's people own all there major lawmakers over in them states rofl

                You're not trying to say Senator Harry Reid(D) of Nevada is a crook, are you?

                Just because he became a multi-millionaire after taking office doesn't necessarily mean he's a crook, ya know.

                Maybe he won it all in a casino in Vegas.

                Yeah, that's the ticket, he won it all in Vegas.


                                                             
                                     
                                                         

                 

                 

                 

                 

                                                                                                                   

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                  Posted: March 1, 2013, 12:38 am - IP Logged

                  4.5 billion in sales, huh? A good chunk of that came from me, lol!!

                  I knew they couldn't hold out forever. It was just a matter of time. Now I don't have to send away for tickets from my friends in TX and GA.

                  Have they said anything about the Megaplier, or is that standard now?

                  "...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: March 1, 2013, 12:56 am - IP Logged

                    Congrats, Florida.

                    Just know that no matter how long it takes the second time someone in FL wins the MM jackpot someone on here will post, "How come it's always Florida?"

                    Those who run the lotteries love it when players look for consistency in something that's designed not to have any.

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                      Posted: March 1, 2013, 2:24 am - IP Logged

                      Congrats, Florida.

                      Just know that no matter how long it takes the second time someone in FL wins the MM jackpot someone on here will post, "How come it's always Florida?"

                      What we have here is a lottery Tsunami. Hiding Behind Computer

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                        Posted: March 1, 2013, 8:14 am - IP Logged

                        yipeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee - now I dont have to ask anybody from Mass. to play Mega Millions for me when the jackpot get over the top...LOL

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                            Posted: March 1, 2013, 12:48 pm - IP Logged

                            Good luck to Florida joining Mega Millions. Just to let everyone know that California is joining Powerball for their first draw on Wednesday April 10, 2013.