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Lawyer thinks Calif. participation in Mega Millions is illegal
According to one legislative lawyer, California's much-heralded entrance into the 11-state Mega Millions lottery may be illegal, even as outlets around the state prepare for the debut of the popular game.Lottery Director Chon Gutierrez was told by legal advisers when California joined Mega Millions that the move to revitalize the state's languishing lottery was legal because it advanced the education-benefiting cause of the voter-approved Lottery Act of 1984.Around the state, locations for buyin
Jun 15, 2005, 11:33 am - Lottery News

Powerball lottery to implement changes
Sales for a new, enhanced version of the Powerball multi-state lottery game will begin on Sunday, August 28.The new game will feature the country's largest opening jackpot, faster growing jackpots and bigger second-tier prizes that will allow players matching five white ball numbers to win up to $1 million.The Powerball opening jackpot will increase from $10 million to $15 million. Powerball's second-tier prize for matching five white ball numbers (without matching the red Powerball number) will
Jun 1, 2005, 8:12 pm - Lottery News

Kansas Lottery Re-tools eScratch Game
In addition to enjoying higher payouts and improved odds, Kansas eScratch players will be able to choose from more than 20 entertaining and interactive Internet games, including Hunting Bonanza, Groovy Hoops, Casino Golfer, Monopoly and Spin Words. Sales of eScratch have been somewhat disappointing since the initial launch of the game one year ago, said Kansas Lottery Executive Director Ed Van Petten. Our players have suggested ways to make the game better, and we've listened. We think Kansas
May 20, 2005, 1:09 pm - Lottery News

Lottery officials forsee $500 million Mega Millions jackpots
California, the Golden State, will bring a lot of green to the Mega Millions Lottery jackpots when the state joins the multistate game next month. That's green as in greenbacks.Mega Millions Lottery officials expect jackpots, under the right circumstances, to reach a staggering half of a billion dollars, said Michigan Lottery Commissioner Gary Peters. With California in, the computer model says there is a high probability of a $500 million Mega Millions jackpot, Peters said. The largest Mega Mi
May 8, 2005, 7:54 am - Lottery News

Mega Millions to change lottery game's game and prize structure
Updated: April 30, 2005, 8:10 amFirst drawing of new game set for June 24When California becomes the 12th state in which the Mega Millions multi-state lottery game is played, players across the country will see changes that will make it even more exciting.The addition of California as a Mega Millions state adds 35.9 million people to the population of Mega Millions states, which increases the 12-state game total to 155.1 million, an increase of 30%.Californians are expected to be as enthusiastic
Apr 29, 2005, 7:12 pm - Lottery News

Powerball Lottery States Vote to Change Game
The 29 lotteries that participate in the Powerball game have voted to make changes that will boost the average jackpot size, but also will boost the odds of winning.Starting Aug. 29, the beginning jackpot will increase to $15 million from the current $10 million, the Multi-State Lottery Association announced Wednesday. The top prize will grow by no less than $5 million between each drawing. Lottery games need to be changed from time to time, to respond to both player demands and population chang
Apr 6, 2005, 4:57 pm - Lottery News

Illinois Lottery adds Monday Lotto drawing
Illinois Lottery officials are giving players another chance at becoming a millionaire.The lottery added a Monday Lotto drawing to its weekly schedule. That's on top of the existing Lotto drawings done on Wednesday and Saturday.Lottery Superintendent Carolyn Adams says adding a drawing will bring in more money for Illinois schools, while providing fun for Lotto players.The Lotto game was introduced in 1983. Lottery officials say it has created more millionaires in Illinois than any other lotter
Apr 6, 2005, 9:30 am - Lottery News

Too many players winning Powerball, lottery says
The agency running the Powerball lottery might decrease the odds of winning the multimillion-dollar jackpot to stem a record-setting run of winners that is keeping jackpots small and, the agency says, causing ticket sales to plunge. To some extent, you try to ride it out. But I think we'll need to make some changes to the game pretty soon, said Chuck Strutt, executive director of the Urbandale, Iowa-based Multi-State Lottery Association, which runs the game. We'll lose more than $400 milli
Mar 22, 2005, 7:21 am - Lottery News

Texas Lottery Approves Mega Millions Changes
Friday, the Texas Lottery Commission voted to propose rule amendments to the Mega Millions multi-state lottery game, which aim to make the game bigger than ever. The proposed changes come after the California Lottery announced last month that it plans to become the 12th lottery member to join the multi-state game. We welcome the opportunity to work with the California Lottery, and having them as an addition to the Mega Millions game will help generate those larger jackpots that players li
Mar 14, 2005, 8:22 am - Lottery News

Mega Millions lottery to introduce changes when California joins game
Buddy Roogow, president of Mega Millions and Maryland Lottery director, offers no detail of changesThe California Lottery Commission voted unanimously Tuesday to join the multistate lottery Mega Millions in a drive to pump up annual ticket sales by $500 million.Joining Mega Millions gives Californians the first significant new choice in lottery games since the California Lottery began 20 years ago - and more chances per year of winning jackpots of $100 million or more.The state will continue to
Feb 10, 2005, 10:36 am - Lottery News

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