The Massachusetts State Lottery has announced its plans to offer Jackpot Poker, a poker-themed lottery games, beginning June 17.
The Massachusetts Lottery new poker game will ask players to select five numbers from 1 to 52. The numbers serve as cards, and following a computer-run random drawing, the winner will be determined based on the best hand made from a player’s tickets and the numbers drawn. The top prize will be $25,000 if a player is able to make a royal flush with their selected numbers. Other prizes range from $2 to $2,000 for the various hands of poker they are dealt. The odds of winning are one in 4.85 and payouts are roughly 70% of the wagered money.
Jackpot Poker will also have a Progressive Jackpot. This will continue to increase until someone is lucky enough to hit a Royal Flush. The winner will take home at least $100,000. Skills are not required to play. Unlike real poker, this game is played solely on fun and luck.
Jackpot Poker comes right after Massachusetts lawmakers voted against allowing online poker within the state. The bill was proposed for the 2014 budget, but was dropped after being determined unconstitutional. The Massachusetts Lottery believes poker is great opportunity to provide more fun for their state in order to increase revenue for their beneficiaries.
Jackpot Poker will discontinue the Daily Race Game, which is a horse-race styled game. The game has been offered by the MAssachusetts Lottery for seven years. The racing community hopes that pulling this game will not affect the racing and betting community in America. The growth of online poker has caused the racing community to worry that interests will shift, causing lower ticket sales for horse races. Many racing associations have begun to look into online poker as an offering for race tracks and other gambling outlets.
Despite concerns, the MAssachusetts Lottery is convinced their new poker game will add fun and revenue for the state and all who want more fun ways to win.
For more information on Jackpot Poker, go to the Massachusetts Lottery website.