ÔÇïBOISE, Idaho ÔÇô Idahoans may get the chance to play another multi-million dollar jackpot game this winter. The Idaho State Lottery Commission announced this morning that Mega Millions with Megaplier, the nation's other big jackpot, multi-state draw game could have tickets available for sale in the Gem State by as early as January 31, 2010.
Tuesday morning, the five-member Idaho State Lottery Commission unanimously approved offering Mega Millions with Megaplier tickets in Idaho. Powerball with PowerPlay, Idaho's other big jackpot game, will also continue to be sold in Idaho. Pending final agreements and approval between the Mega Millions consortium and the Multi-State Lottery Association (the group that operates Powerball), Idaho could begin selling both games on January 31, 2010.
"Adding Mega Millions with Megaplier to our product lineup means our players will now have the chance to play for two, "always big" multi-million jackpots, four times a week," said Idaho Lottery Director Jeff Anderson.
Mega Millions with Megaplier, with Tuesday and Friday night draws, will join the Wednesday and Saturday night draw games of Powerball with PowerPlay, Hot Lotto Sizzler, and Wild Card in the Idaho Lottery line-up. The Idaho Lottery will also continue to offer daily games Idaho Pick3 and Double Play Daily.
"This game addition is a win for Idaho," added Anderson. "It's a win for our players who enjoy big jackpot games; it's a win for Idaho businesses who offer Lottery products; and it's a win for the Idaho Lottery's primary beneficiaries ÔÇô public schools and the permanent building fund. Both will realize an increase in dividends from the game."
While there will be added excitement for more opportunities to play for more frequent big jackpots with the addition of Mega Millions with Megaplier, the Idaho Lottery urges players to play responsibly.
Idaho is one of 33 United States jurisdictions that currently participate in Powerball. Mega Millions (megamillions.com) is the other large, multi-state multi-million dollar game that is currently played in twelve jurisdictions in the United States. Just like Powerball with PowerPlay, tickets cost $1 and players select five white balls from 1 to 56 and one "Mega Ball" from 1 to 46. Mega Millions jackpots begin at $12 million and grow until the jackpot is won. The Idaho version of Mega Millions will feature a "Megaplier" which will multiply non-jackpot winnings by 2, 3, or 4 times for $1 more per play at the time of purchase. The current jackpot for tonight's Mega Millions draw is an estimated $17 million and the Powerball jackpot for Wednesday night is an estimated $25 million.