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Odds longer, prizes bigger as California joins Mega Millions
The odds of winning the Mega Millions lottery game got a bit longer on Wednesday, but the prizes also got sweeter.California became the 12th state in the Atlanta-based game, adding 36 million potential players that could swell the game's jackpots as high as half a billion dollars.At the same time, the odds of taking the grand prize were tweaked -- from one in 135 million to one in 175 million. We're not ever trying to hide the fact this is a very long-odds game, said Georgia Lottery CEO Margare ...
Jun 22, 2005, 7:06 pm - Lottery News forum

Mega Millions lottery goes on sale in California
Today, 35 million Californians get their first chance to buy a ticket on what may become the biggest lottery jackpot ever offered -- but the odds of winning a fortune are the longest ever seen.California becomes the 12th state to join the Mega Millions lottery game, where a ticket that costs only a dollar could, in time, win $500 million. The odds for this happening, however, are an astronomical one in 175 million, apparently a world record for a lottery.Until today, the longest odds of winning ...
Jun 22, 2005, 6:15 pm - Lottery News forum

A lottery for those bored by mini millions
Come Friday, California residents will no longer have to endure wimpy, yawn-producing California SuperLotto Plus jackpots that start at $7 million.State residents soon will be able to plunk down a dollar for a shot at the kind of winnings that could put them into the San Diego housing market.The state has joined the multistate lottery game Mega Millions. Tickets go on sale Wednesday for the first drawing, which is Friday.And look out.Mega Millions produced the nation's largest jackpot $363 mil ...
Jun 20, 2005, 2:51 pm - Lottery News forum

California could be golden for 12-state Mega Millions
At Bluebird Liquors in Hawthorne, California, where there's almost always a line to buy lottery tickets, owner Frank Kumamoto is eagerly awaiting California's entry into the multistate Mega Millions game. So are his regular customers. Oh, yeah, I'll play, because there's a bigger jackpot and more to win, said Barbara Fluffy Brown, a Boeing worker who drove from nearby Los Angeles to play the numbers here. It's only a dollar, so what the heck? A week from Wednesday, California will become the ...
Jun 15, 2005, 12:33 pm - Lottery News forum

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 forum

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 forum

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 forum

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 forum

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 forum

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 forum