TOPEKA -- There are two headlining multi-state jackpot games in American lotteries: Powerball and Mega Millions. Each lottery currently has one, but not the other. That will soon change. Because of an agreement reached between the Multi-State Lottery Association, which administers Powerball; and the Mega Millions consortium; all U.S. lotteries will now have the option to cross-sell the two games.
The Kansas Lottery will begin offering Mega Millions to its players at the end of January. The new jackpot game will be an add-on. Kansas players will still be able to play Powerball and all their other favorite games.
“Selling both Powerball and Mega Millions should create more winners and result in incremental growth in revenue,” said Kansas Lottery Executive Director Ed Van Petten. “We think our players will like having four big drawings each week for two big jackpots.”
Mega Milions tickets will go on sale at all Kansas Lottery retail locations on Sunday, January 31, 2010. The first Kansas Mega Milions drawing will take place Tuesday, February 2, 2010.
Like Powerball, Mega Millions has long odds and grows jackpot prizes into the hundreds of millions of dollars.