Feb 10, 2010 6:16 PM by Elaine Sheridan
The Colorado Lottery Commission approved the sale of the Mega Millions Jackpot game in Colorado at its monthly meeting Wednesday morning. The game, which is now being offered in 35 jurisdictions nationwide, could begin selling in Colorado in mid-May.
"We believe Mega Millions will complement our current line-up of games, offering another chance for our players to win a large jackpot," said Colorado Lottery Acting Director Tom Kitts.
The Colorado Lottery began pursuing the idea of selling Mega Millions after the organizations that operate Powerball and Mega Millions formed a partnership allowing cross-selling in October 2009. Both games are now sold in 32 states and the District of Columbia. The Mega Millions will be added to the Lotto lineup that includes MatchPlay, Powerball, Cash 5, Scratch Tickets, and Lotto and the drawings for the new game will be on Tuesdays and Fridays.
The largest jackpot in Mega Millions history was a 390 million prize and the largest Powerball prize was 365 million.
Proceeds from the Lottery's games stay in Colorado. The Lottery has returned more than $2.2 billion to the state of Colorado since 1983 that goes to funding for new trails, precious open space and wildlife protection.