|“It’s been an exciting year for the California Lottery, with great new games and promotions and big jackpots,” Acting Lottery Director Paula LaBrie said. “We’re proud of the record-breaking amount of supplemental funds sent to California’s public schools. However, it’s a new year and we plan to work even harder to further our mission of supporting those schools and their students.”|
Heralded New Lottery Game Launches with Times Square Event
“Monopoly Millionaires’ Club™” Designed to Make More Millionaires
Companion TV Game show starts February 2015
NASHVILLE— On Sunday, October 19, the Tennessee Lottery will start selling tickets for the newest, most innovative game in U.S. lottery history, MONOPOLY Millionaires’ Club. A unique drawing-style game offering three different ways to win a million dollars or more,MONOPOLY Millionaires’ Club is designed to spread big winnings among more players by providing multiple million-dollar prizes in addition to a Top Prize of up to $25 million.
The much-anticipated new game kicks off with a high-profile media event in New York’s Times Square early Monday morning, October 20. ABC’s Good Morning America is expected to feature the event as part of its broadcast that morning. Rebecca Hargrove, President and CEO of the Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation, is the National Chairman for the new game and will participate in the Times Square event.
Included in the overall game concept is a Monopoly-themed national TV game show, set to debut in February 2015, hosted by actor and comedian Billy Gardell (Mike & Molly) and made up of players selected from among the lottery ticket holders who have registered their tickets on the game’s online web site.
The novel design of MONOPLOY Millionaires’ Club is expected to generate more simultaneous millionaires than any other game in U.S. lottery history. The prize pool begins with a $15 million “Top Prize” and ten (10) $1 million “Millionaires’ Club” prizes. Once the Top Prize grows to $25 million, additional prize money will be allocated to fund more $1 million prizes. When the Top Prize is won, all the million-dollar prizes will then be awarded.
Additional game details include:
· Tickets are $5 per play
· Drawings held every Friday night at 10:15 p.m. CT/11:15 p.m. ET
· First drawing is Friday, October 24
|"We are excited about the addition of Monopoly Millionaires' Club to the Maryland Lottery's game portfolio,” said Maryland Lottery Director Stephen Martino. "It's a unique game with new features that will keep things interesting for our players."|
|According to a report recently issued by Spain's CODERE Foundation and the Institute of Policy and Governance of the Charles III University, nearly half of the country's online poker players currently play their games on illegal sites. And according to the latest figures released by the DGOJ about the second quarter of 2014, Gross Gaming Revenues fell by 6 percent compared to the same quarter of 2013, while the total number of online poker players fell by 5 percent.|
|"All of us who work at the Lottery are proud of that. It's why we go to work each day," spokesman John Haggerty said.|
Public Gaming Magazine January/February 2014