New lottery game promises more millionairesAugust 15th, 2014 at 2:47 pm by Jim Shella under Jim Shella's Political Blog
The state of Indiana is joining as many as 20 other states to create a new lottery game with multi-million dollar jackpots. It’s significantly different from existing games like Powerball and Hoosier Lotto.
Jackpots will be capped at a reported $25 million. The idea is that a single drawing could create dozens and maybe hundreds of millionaires.
The game called The Monopoly Millionaires Club and uses a theme borrowed from the popular Monopoly board game.
The Hoosier Lottery already has a Monopoly themed scratch off game that is designed to pave the way for the new drawing game.
The goal is to attract lottery players familiar with Monopoly, including Gary Edwards. “I love Monopoly,” said Edward. “I’ve been playing it since I was a kid.”
Hoosier Lottery officials confirmed plans to sell the game that uses $5 dollar, higher than other drawing games. Lottery officials could not, however, confirm other elements of the game.
It will be similar to the Canadian game called Lotto Max, which limits jackpots to $50 million dollars with multiple million dollar winners.
“That would make players want to actually play more,” said lottery player Chandra King, “if they know that, even though it’s a little more with the price, if they know that they’re going to have more chances to win.”
“What would I do with $600 million,” said Edwards, “you know, 50 million’s good enough.”
Comedian Billy Gardell of Mike and Molly fame will also host a weekly TV show from Las Vegas where additional prizes will be handed out. Like the TV show, drawings will take place weekly.
The Monopoly Millionaires Club will begin in October. Actual details of how the game will work will be available in the next two weeks.