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New multi-state lottery game launches Sunday

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Bold new game concept has been years in the making

Updated with 'How to Play' video

By Todd Northrop

A new mutli-state lottery game featuring more but smaller jackpots will debut this weekend in some U.S. states.

The Monopoly Millionaires' Club game has $5 tickets that will be sold starting Sunday in 23 states. The game will have a niche audience that won't compete with Powerball and Mega Millions, the two other national games, according to Rebecca Hargrove, chairwoman of the new game and president and CEO of the Tennessee Lottery.

"If you look at Powerball and Mega Millions, those are truly jackpot-driven games," she said. "This is a completely different game. This is driven by the number of millionaires that will be created when that top prize is hit."

Monopoly Millionaires' Club will be drawn once per week on Friday evenings. The game features a maximum jackpot of $25 million, which sets it apart from multi-state games that have jackpots that continue to roll into the hundreds of millions of dollars.

"We've heard for years, 'Why should one person win $100 million? Why don't 100 people win $1 million apiece?' So that's exactly what we're creating," Hargrove said.

For all its differences, Monopoly Millionaires' Club has some similarities to Powerball and Mega Millions. All three have a set of numbers that need to be matched. With Monopoly Millionaires' Club, that's five numbers between 1 and 52, and a number representing a "property" — inspired by the board game — will range from 1 to 28.

The odds of winning the top prize are 1 in about 72 million. Powerball odds are one in about 175 million and Mega Millions is about 1 in 258 million, Hargrove said.

The concept for a $5 game has been in the works for years, said Terry Rich, president of the North American Lottery Group and CEO of the Iowa Lottery.

"Many times when we do research people ask us, 'Why not give away a lot of million dollar prizes?'" Rich said. "And I think that's where this game began."

Last year alone, lottery sales totaled about $68 billion.

That revenue gets divided three ways: about 60 percent goes to prize winners, 15 percent to retailers and operating expenses and 25 percent — or $17 billion — to help states fund everything from education to housing.

"I think that local states are looking more and more for ways to raise revenues and lottery has been a very popular way to do that," Rich said.

The two-pronged game also offers a chance to win trip to Las Vegas to appear on a new television show that offers a top prize of $1 million.

While the jackpot for the draw portion of the game will never climb as high as it generally does in Powerball or Mega Millions, the structure of the game is likely to produce more $1 million winners.

If someone is lucky enough to match all six numbers (one of which will always be computer generated), other randomly selected players will automatically win a $1 million prize. The catch is that $1 million prizes are only awarded if there's a jackpot winner.

Jackpots begin at $15 million and will roll over to $18 million, $21 million and finally $25 million in subsequent drawings without a jackpot winner, spokeswoman Judy Drucker said.

The number of randomly chosen $1 million winners will also depend on the size of the jackpot. If the jackpot is $15 million — 10 will be selected; at $18 million, 12 are chosen; at $21 million, 14 people will win $1 million.

If someone hits the maximum $25 million jackpot, 16 additional $1 million payouts will be awarded, lottery officials said.

The other element of the game is a shot to appear on a new "Monopoly Millionaires' Club" television show that will begin airing in early 2015. Players will collect "properties" that are displayed on each ticket. When ticket buyers complete a "Monopoly," they can go online and enter the sweepstakes for a five-day, four-night trip for two to Las Vegas to join the show's studio audience of other players.

At least three players from each state will win the Vegas vacation each week, according to lottery officials. The remainder of the 125 players and 125 audience members will be chosen based on ticket sales in each state.

The series will be hosted by comedian and actor Billy Gardell.

Tickets will go on sale on Sunday, October 19, with the first scheduled drawing held on Friday, October 24. Subsequent drawings will be held every Friday at 11:15 p.m. Eastern Time (8:15 p.m. Pacific).

The odds of winning the top prize are 72,770,880 to 1; the odds of winning any of the smaller prizes are 1 in 10.

"Players are always looking for something different," said Carolyn Hapeman, spokeswoman for the New York Gaming Commission. "Any product has to evolve. Our jackpot games have to evolve."

Multistate lotteries began in the 1980s with Lotto America, which became Powerball, said Rich.

Powerball and rival Mega Millions signed a cross-selling agreement in January 2010 that saw 23 state lotteries adding Mega Millions and Powerball picking up 10 Mega Millions members.

Monopoly Millionaires will be "the first where we started out as a big group together," Rich said.

Another nine states are tentatively expected to join Monopoly Millionaires' Club in coming months, including Ohio, California, and Wisconsin, Rich said.

Meanwhile, smaller multi-state lotteries are mushrooming across the nation, such as Iowa and Minnesota's All or Nothing game, which started in January, and New Jersey's Cash for Life, which New York is joining on Oct. 20. Lucky for Life, which began in Connecticut and expanded to five other New England states in 2012, expects to be available in at least 14 more states by spring.

"The games perform a little better with a bigger population base," said Minnesota Lottery Director Ed Van Petten, adding that three more states have asked to sign onto All or Nothing. "With more players, you have more grand prize winners, which makes for better advertising for you and makes the game more kind of in their face."

Participating states launching October 19

  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kentucky
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Missouri
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New Mexico
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Washington D.C.

States expected to launch post October 19

  • California
  • Idaho
  • Kansas
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin

VIDEO: How to play Monopoly Millionaires' Club

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Posted: October 17, 2014, 11:25 am - IP Logged

The lottery here in Maryland has been marketing this game a lot over the past few weeks. I'll probably give it a try, since it's a new style game.

Following the trends and patterns means following the money!Banana

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    Posted: October 17, 2014, 11:39 am - IP Logged

    ..will def give this one a shot....sounds alluring ..hey maybe itll be this one that i win millions on !..im in! gotta keep tryin .. lol ;)

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      Posted: October 17, 2014, 11:55 am - IP Logged

      Hope Massachusetts gets that game sometime. I will definitely drive up to the NH border to get a ticket next week.

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        Posted: October 17, 2014, 12:22 pm - IP Logged

        Hope Massachusetts gets that game sometime. I will definitely drive up to the NH border to get a ticket next week.

        Last I heard they were still discussing it. What's keeping them is the fee that all the lotteries have to pay on an annual basis. Because this is a licensed property I think it is higher than other games. Other states have similar issues or their legislature mandates a minimum/maximum payout that the game does not meet. And many are taking a "wait and see" stance so they don't risk joining an unprofitable game.

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

        2016: -48.28% (13 tickets) ||
        P&L % = Total Win($)/Total Wager($) - 1

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          Posted: October 17, 2014, 1:19 pm - IP Logged

          When you build, they will come... There was a time when a $5 a ticket cost seemed impossible and yet now we're there. Good luck to those playing.

          That money's gone fo ever

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            Posted: October 17, 2014, 2:53 pm - IP Logged

            Don't see Oklahoma on the listBang Head and they(OLC) wonder why lottery sales are down Mad

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              Posted: October 17, 2014, 2:55 pm - IP Logged

              Maybe I would play if it was limited to only: $3/ticket, 10 Midwestern states as members ... otherwise too many way-overpopulated states, who's on-line lottery ticket buyers already dominate Powerball and Mega Millions, would be selling the top prize collecting tickets.  And to the lump-sum winner (I hope it's not an annuity prize adversized), taxes will still probably be about 48% from the amount won.  Thus, difficult to obtain the ideal $4M Net walk-away amount with (people forget about half taxes being deducted when they say that a $1M or $2M jackpot prize would be enough for them during these surprise phone surveys!

              Lastly, I don't want to deliver a huge portion of my time and cleverness participating in a second, live game in Las Vagas!

              What?

              Having several millions of dollars in my financial accounts means receiving several valuable services each day!

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                Posted: October 17, 2014, 3:26 pm - IP Logged

                The game is Monopoly, patterned on the streets of Atlantic City, and they have the grand ol' tube-time in Las Vegas.

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                  Posted: October 17, 2014, 4:09 pm - IP Logged

                  I really have no desire to play this game, but it's not being offered in my state yet.

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

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                    Posted: October 17, 2014, 4:32 pm - IP Logged

                    Smile Monopoly in Las Vegas !  Shake the dice well & Good Luck. Party 

                         I can't forget David Lee Edwards (rip) and his trip to Las Vegas after he won and before he collected the winning lottery check.

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                      Posted: October 17, 2014, 4:36 pm - IP Logged

                      I'll pass, I have no interest

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                        Posted: October 17, 2014, 5:07 pm - IP Logged

                        I really have no desire to play this game, but it's not being offered in my state yet.

                        It's being offered in my state (KY), but for some reason they are reluctant to show a pay table.

                        MatchesPrizeOdds of winning
                        2 numbers; no Property$51 in 16.62
                        Property only$71 in 47.44
                        1 number plus Property$101 in 81.60
                        3 numbers; no Property$201 in 249.33
                        2 numbers plus Property$251 in 448.79
                        3 numbers plus Property$2501 in 6,731.81
                        4 numbers; no Property$5001 in 11,469.01
                        4 numbers plus Property$20,0001 in 309,663.32
                        5 numbers; no Property$100,0001 in 2,695,217.78
                        5 numbers plus PropertyJackpot1 in 72,770,880.00
                        Millionaire Club Number*$1,000,000Varies with Sales

                        Found this table and it looks like each ticket will get a specific 12-digit number (three sets of four digits, preceded by a two-letter code representing the game member) and apparently when the jackpot is won, they will draw from those numbers and the winners get $1 million. Each ticket has a five 5-digit numbers/letters that will be used for a chance to appear on the game show in Las Vegas.

                        There is similar game called Lotto Max and for some reason the article I read with the pay table expected me to know that game, but I think I now understand it. The overall odds are 1 in 10 which is terrible for a $5 ticket.

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                          Posted: October 17, 2014, 5:10 pm - IP Logged

                          Don't see Oklahoma on the listBang Head and they(OLC) wonder why lottery sales are down Mad

                          Sorry, Oklahoma is out due to the legislative payout mandates Unhappy

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

                          2016: -48.28% (13 tickets) ||
                          P&L % = Total Win($)/Total Wager($) - 1

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                            Posted: October 17, 2014, 5:38 pm - IP Logged

                            I will be playing very often on this game....