Powerball, Mega Millions creating national lottery?

October 13, 2009 11:03:40 AM PDT
The organizations behind the nation's two biggest lottery games are talking about cross-selling tickets in all U.S. lottery jurisdictions with the potential for a national lottery.

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Powerball is played in 31 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Mega Millions is in 12 states. The consortium behind Mega Millions and the Urbandale, Iowa-based Multi-State Lottery Association, which runs Powerball, agreed in principle to cross-sell tickets for both games.

Association executive director Chuck Strutt noted Tuesday that many details remain, including how to sell the games and financial and security processes.

He says cross-selling could begin in early 2010, and the organizations could begin a national lottery by next fall.

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