Feb. 28, 2014 – The lottery world was this week pitched back into what some experts call “jackpot fatigue,” the lull in the lottery news cycle following the fall of a huge jackpot. While that may have been the industry-wide consensus Monday, tonight is a different story.
There’s another big jackpot out there, and if players nationwide were fatigued from last week’s $425 million Powerball jackpot, tonight’s Mega Millions prize should stir some excitement.
Weekly Jackpot Update
Tonight’s Mega Millions jackpot sits at an estimated $216 million, with a cash value of about $119 million – very exciting. Players who want to get in on the big jackpot action before all those “jackpot fatigued” players catch onto the big prize should buy their tickets before sales close tonight.
For a list of sales cutoff times in each state, read this post.
Powerball is climbing steadily since the jackpot fell to a single ticket last week. Ahead of Saturday’s drawing the jackpot sits at an estimated $60 million, with a cash value of about $34 million.
Here at LotteryHUB, we believe in playing the smaller jackpots because, guess what? You’ve got a better chance of being the sole winner of a life-changing sum of money.
Players who buy tickets for tonight’s drawing should save them into the free LotteryHUB mobile app for iOS and Android, and if it looks like you’re a winner after the numbers are drawn, LotteryHUB will send you an email to let you know.
Weekly Game News
This week was a big one for new game announcements as popular games are set to make their debut around the nation. Most exciting among new game news is Missouri’s new $250k Triple Play game, which debuted on Wednesday and had its first top prize winner in the first-ever drawing.
Triple Play is a simple game where players choose one set of numbers and, included in the $2 ticket price, receive eight more sets of quick pick numbers free. To learn more about how to play and win cash prizes, click here.
Another big announcement came from the Georgia Lottery this morning. Officials there announced that All or Nothing, a game already very popular in Texas, Iowa and Minnesota will debut in Georgia this Sunday, March 2.
All or Nothing is a popular game because it offers a unique play style in which players can win the $250,000 top prize for matching all 12 of their numbers or for matching none of the 24 winning numbers drawn.
The game proved immediately popular after it was launched in a joint effort by the Iowa and Minnesota lotteries late in January.
Exciting news came this week for one man in Maryland, who won Baltimore Ravens season tickets for the next 20 years. The contest win is perfect proof that everyone should enter non-winning lottery tickets into second-chance promotions.
Finally in game news this week, the biggest win this editor has ever seen in the lottery industry actually came last week, but LotteryHUB didn’t pick up the story until Monday.
One very lucky man in Iowa won the lottery 42 times in one day. Though he collected $200,000 – not an enormous sum by most players’ standards – the lucky winner played a specific combination of wagers with his winnings, $200,000 even, in mind.
This Week in the Lottery Industry
There was big news in the lottery industry as a whole this week, and while it is not directly related to the lottery industry, it could set a precedent for the future of internet lottery games.
Gov. Brian Sandoval and Gov. Jack Markell this week signed an inter-state Poker Compact, which will allow online poker players in Nevada and Delaware to sit at the same virtual tables and place bets against one another, from thousands of miles away.
As state lotteries move towards online sales, the poker compact (which New Jersey has also expressed interest in) will serve as an example of the potential for online gaming in the U.S.
That’s it for this week’s weekly review, good luck in tonight’s Mega Millions drawing and Saturday’s Powerball drawings, and remember to catch the drawing live, right from your smartphone with the free LotteryHUB mobile app, available for iOS, Android and Windows Phone.