Mass. Lottery proposes changes to Megabucks game
Game will get new name, longer odds, bigger jackpots
For devotees of Megabucks, the odds of winning may soon be getting longer under a proposal to update the 27-year-old jackpot game.
Though it will be harder to win the twice-weekly drawing, with odds falling from approximately 1 in 5 million to 1 in 13 million, there's an upside, says a lottery official. The game will be getting richer, meaning bigger jackpots.
A lot of the things that are going to change will be more user-friendly, s ...
Mar 30, 2009, 8:48 am - Lottery News forum
N.M. Lottery to replace Powerball tickets printed in error
The New Mexico Lottery has discovered that approximately 450 Powerball wagers were printed in error earlier this month.
The wagers were purchased from two self-service lottery machines provided by Intralot, Inc., the lottery's gaming system vendor.
Players who purchased those wagers will be offered a replacement ticket for the Jan. 28 drawing.
The error occurred when Intralot deployed two self-service lottery machines before upgrading internal software supporting Powerball's new format. ...
Jan 23, 2009, 6:56 pm - Lottery News forum
Powerball lottery to have larger jackpot, but harder to win
The Powerball lottery game will be going through some changes beginning in January, including having a larger starting jackpot that is more difficult to win.
Starting on Jan. 4, Florida will join the 30 United States lotteries that now offer Powerball, adding a population of 18.8 million to those who have the chance to play the game.
The starting jackpot will jump from $15 million to $20 million, the world's largest starting jackpot for a lotto-style game. In addition, the average jackpot ...
Dec 29, 2008, 11:21 am - Lottery News forum
Minn. Lottery to add Gopher 5 drawing
Schedule will change days of week starting next Monday
The Minnesota State Lottery announced they will begin holding a third weekly drawing for their Gopher 5 game.
Starting Oct. 6, drawings will be held on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
Previously, drawings have been held on Tuesdays and Fridays, which is as it's been since the game was inaugurated in 1991.
Last week, local media sources reported that the Minnesota State Lottery announced an increase in ticket sales compared to la ...
Sep 30, 2008, 12:08 am - Lottery News forum
Powerball multi-state lottery game to change rules
Changes to coincide with addition of Florida in January; Jackpots to start at $20 million
Powerball, arguably the world's best known jackpot lottery game, will be making changes to the game with the addition of Florida in January.
The multi-state game will add some white ball numbers and will remove some red ball numbers, to accomodate the increase in number of players once Florida joins the game. If the number matrix is not changed, the jackpot would be hit too often, and it would not re ...
Aug 12, 2008, 9:57 pm - Lottery News forum
Californians to get a full year to claim Mega Millions lottery prizes
California lottery players originally had just 6 months to claim Mega winnings, while those in other states had 12. The change takes effect Jan. 1.
Californians who keep their winning Mega Millions lottery tickets in their sock drawers will soon get an additional six months to dig them out and cash them in.
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed legislation Wednesday that extends the time for claiming a jackpot in the multi-state lottery game from six months to a year.
The change, effective ...
Apr 24, 2008, 1:15 pm - Lottery News forum
New Florida Lotto playslips a bother to some
Some players annoyed by re-writing slips used 'for years'; don't understand new jackpot options
As the Florida Lottery made changes to its Lotto game, a Lauderhill woman claimed the $3 million jackpot from the March 1 game.
Melony Gregory, of Lauderhill, chose the one-time, lump-sum payment, and will receive $1,711,642 after taxes.
Meanwhile, Lotto players faced a slightly longer wait to purchase tickets for Wednesday night's drawing, the first since the Florida Lottery made changes to ...
Mar 6, 2008, 11:35 am - Lottery News forum
Tonight's Fla. Lotto drawing first to let players increase jackpot
Also first drawing to use new playslips
Lotto players who buy their tickets on the day of the drawing need to give themselves a few extra minutes to get tickets for tonight's drawing. Tonight's is the first drawing since the Florida Lottery made changes to Lotto and the old play slips no longer work.
The big change is that players can spend $1 or $2 extra to increase the size of the Lotto jackpot.
Tonight's jackpot is $3 million and a $1 play buys a chance to win that amount or a cha ...
Mar 5, 2008, 2:09 pm - Lottery News forum
Texas Lottery to add 'Sum It Up' feature to Pick 3 game
Daily 4 launch deemed 'successful'
On September 30, the Texas Lottery launched a brand new game, Daily 4 with an add-on feature called Sum It Up.
According to unaudited numbers, the game and associated add-on feature brought in more than $5.2 million during the first three weeks of sales. Of that number, approximately $1.2 million came directly from sales of Sum It Up.
The Texas Lottery is hoping to strike gold a second time, by adding the Sum It Up feature to the state's other daily n ...
Oct 30, 2007, 12:21 pm - Lottery News forum
Mass. Lottery plans big expansion of keno-style game
The Massachusetts state lottery, which fell short of revenue projections last year, is dramatically expanding a keno-style game in a move it estimates could bring in an additional $160 million annually, officials said.
The Daily Race Game, in which players can win up to $900 on a $1 bet, will expand from 200 to 1,500 locations across the state, and the graphics will change from cars to horses. Lottery commissioners on Wednesday approved the changes, which should be complete by next spring.
Oct 10, 2007, 7:45 pm - Lottery News forum