|Posted: February 15, 2004, 9:55 pm - IP Logged|
Some info from the old PlayBigGame.com Web site:
The Lottery Directors of the original member states of Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan and Virginia created The Big Game in 1996. Sales for the game began in the previously mentioned states on August 31, 1996. The first drawing took place on September 6, 1996.
After successful growth of the game in 1997, a Tuesday drawing was added in February of 1998 and players were given a larger numbers matrix to choose from and a lump sum or "cash option" payout in January of 1999. The latest change occurred in May of 1999 when New Jersey was added as the sdventh Big Game State.
Starting the drawing of Friday, May 17, 2002, several additional changes took place: New York and Ohio joined the game to increase the number of member states to nine, the prize structure was changed, the number pools were changed (which altered the odds of winning), and the game was renamed to Big Game Mega Millions.
Also, check the BigGameLottery.com Statistics Page. The Notes at the bottom give details about the number matrix.