Lottery deal could bring 'Mega Millions' to Tennessee

Thursday, October 15, 2009 at 12:18am
Staff reports

The Tennessee Lottery’s popular game of Powerball could soon have a mega-jackpot partner in a move designed to generate additional revenue for education programs in the state.

“After months of discussion, the groups that oversee Powerball and Mega Millions have come to an agreement in principle to begin the process to allow states to sell both games,” said Rebecca Hargrove, president and CEO of the Tennessee Lottery and Chair of the Powerball group.

“Pending approval from the Tennessee Lottery’s Board of Directors, Tennessee would be one of the states to offer both of these exciting games. We expect cross-selling two mega-jackpot games to create more winners and additional dollars for education programs in Tennessee.”

The Tennessee Lottery’s Board of Directors holds its regular meeting in early November.

The decision to allow states the option of offering both Powerball and Mega Millions, which is currently prohibited, was reached in a joint meeting of all U.S. lottery jurisdictions. Although it is an agreement in principal and details must be finalized, if the Board approves the recommendation to offer the game, Tennessee Lottery fans may be able to play Mega Millions in early 2010.

“It’s clear that a large percentage of our players support a mega-jackpot game, and I’m optimistic about the success of adding another such game,” said Hargrove.

5 Comments on this post:

By: govskeptic on 10/15/09 at 7:01

The citizens of this state are flush with cash for just
such another opportunity. Hopefully the lottery board
will also consider poker machines at every neighborhood
market. After all it's "for the children"!

By: Blanketnazi2 on 10/15/09 at 7:31

i agree, govskeptic.

By: wrangler on 10/15/09 at 3:38

LOT-tur-e': (n) A tax on people who do not understand math.

By: CallMeAL on 10/15/09 at 9:31

I'm not mathmatically challenged and I think its great to have both multi-state games available to play. I don't play Powerball unless there is more than 50 million in prize money. Now, if Powerball doesn't have that amount, maybe Mega Millions will.

There is no other way than lotteries to go to bed merely 'comfortable' and wake up Sunday morning filthy, stinking rich. Whats $10-20 per week?

By: frodo on 10/16/09 at 11:07

CallMeAL, I could invest in shady land schemes and have a better chance of getting rich...but that wouldn't make it a good idea.