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Update on MegaMillions and Powerball in Texas

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Posted: July 20, 2009, 1:22 pm - IP Logged

Looks like having MM and PB in same state has been rejected.

Texas and few others are now looking to start a new game, as described in this
Texas Lottery Commission meeting extract,

MR. GRIEF:  Very good, Madam Chair.
9   Commissioners, in addition to the information that I
10  provided you in your notebooks today, I have a few
11  other items I'd like to brief you on.
12                The first thing I'd like to cover is
13  that from June 22nd to June 25th, I attended the
14  Spring Director's meeting, which was held in
15  Nashville, Tennessee, and which was sponsored by the
16  National Association of State and Provincial
17  Lotteries, which is known as NASPL, which Texas is a
18  member.
19                This is an annual event, and it brings
20  together all the state lottery directors around the
21  country.  It's an opportunity for the directors to
22  talk about common challenges and opportunities and new
23  game ideas, discuss industry best practices and
24  standards.  And in addition at least one full day
25  during this time is allocated for meetings to occur of
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1   both the Powerball and the Mega Millions multistate
2   lottery consortiums, and those meetings are what I
3   want to highlight for you today.
4                 The Multistate Lottery Association,
5   which oversees Powerball, which is also referred to as
6   MUSL, is the umbrella organization.  MUSL considered
7   two issues of interest during their meeting on June
8   the 22nd.  The first issue that MUSL took up was a
9   request from the new Arkansas Lottery to join
10  Powerball, and Arkansas was granted admission to
11  Powerball.  And my understanding is they're looking to
12  start their scratch-off tickets around November and
13  start selling Powerball possibly as early as
14  January 1st.
15                The second issue had to do with a recent
16  letter that I sent to MUSL asking them to act upon
17  their 2003 invitation for Texas to join Powerball.
18  Now, my understanding is that during this meeting a
19  member of the MUSL group produced a copy of a letter
20  which was sent from Reagan Greer, our former Executive
21  Director, back in 2003, in which Mr. Greer declined
22  the 2003 invitation to join Powerball.  MUSL then
23  determined that since Texas had formally declined that
24  invitation, that that invitation had closed and it was
25  no longer valid.  So, therefore, my recent letter to
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1   MUSL was now going to be considered as a new request
2   for Texas to join that game.
3                 Subsequently a vote was taken on that
4   issue, and it was denied.  It was my understanding
5   that there was a great deal of concern expressed among
6   the small border states of Texas and about the
7   potential negative impact that Texas joining Powerball
8   would have on those states' Powerball sales.
9                 The following day our Mega Millions
10  group met, and I briefed our group on what had
11  occurred, at least any understanding of what had
12  occurred, in the MUSL meeting.  And once we were all
13  made aware of that decision, we've set aside now the
14  idea of trying to sell both Powerball and Mega
15  Millions in Texas and in other Mega Million states, at
16  least for now.  And we're turning our attention to the
17  development and the launch of a new national game,
18  with the idea being that the 12 Mega Million states
19  along with any other MUSL states that might be
20  interested in joining us would come up with a much
21  higher population and potentially offer that national
22  game at a higher price point than the one dollar that
23  we're currently selling Mega Millions and Powerball
24  today.
25                Under that concept, the game could
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1   potentially start with a much higher starting jackpot,
2   and jackpots could potentially reach far greater
3   levels than we currently have today in either
4   Powerball or Mega Millions.
5                 At this point, it's all conceptual in
6   nature, and we anticipate another joint meeting of the
7   five member subcommittees that have been appointed in
8   both Mega Millions and Powerball to continue those
9   discussions.  Now, once again, I've been asked to
10  serve as a member of the Mega Millions subcommittee,
11  and I plan on keeping you informed as we move forward
12  on that.

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    Posted: July 20, 2009, 4:24 pm - IP Logged

    Interesting, thanks for posting.

     

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      Posted: July 22, 2009, 10:41 pm - IP Logged

      Yes very interesting, thanks much.

      Good luck to everyone!

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        Monkey Butt, USA
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        Posted: August 5, 2009, 6:15 pm - IP Logged

        Wow hope we, TX, get it. so I don't have to go to LA or OK for my tickets.

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          Posted: August 5, 2009, 7:44 pm - IP Logged

          Wow hope we, TX, get it. so I don't have to go to LA or OK for my tickets.

          You need to read the post.  You're hoping for something with no chance of coming true.

           

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            Monkey Butt, USA
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            Posted: August 19, 2009, 12:39 am - IP Logged

            You need to read the post.  You're hoping for something with no chance of coming true.

            Never underestimate the power of greed, my good man. It is the fat-cats purpose in life. As long as greed exists it will always make a way to liberate you from your burdensome disposable income. I believe if the right fat-cats come to be it will happen. Not only in TX but in as many states as possible. Why??? Because of the money, my good lad. I never thought I would see a black man as president of the U.S.  but I have. I never thought I be fee'd up the yin-yang but I am and so are you. Don't believe me look at your bank statement or house statement. Things that used to be free are free no more. So yes there is a strong possibility of having both Mega and Powerball being sold in TX and other states. And when it happens I intend to indulge in both, liberating myself from my burdensome disposable income.