US lotteries suspend Monopoly Millionaires' Club ticket sales

US lotteries suspend Monopoly Millionaires' Club ticket sales

Wednesday, December 17, 2014 Totally Gaming

US state lotteries that have been participating in Scientific Games’ new Monopoly Millionaires' Club multi-state lottery are to temporarily suspend the sale of tickets due to lower-than-expected sales.

Despite having only launched in the US a couple of months ago, lotteries in the 23 states that opted into the multi-state game have reported that ticket sales are below what they had expected at this point. As a result, ticket sales will be suspended from December 26, with a relaunch date not yet having been announced.

The premium Monopoly-themed game first launched in various US states in October. In that time, players have been offered three different ways to win $1m (€801,924).

Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas and Washington DC all opted to launch the multi-state lottery in October.

Scientific Games said at the time of the launch that it expected the multi-state lottery to generate more simultaneous millionaires than any other lottery game in history. The prize pool began with a $15m top prize and 10 $1m club prizes.

Sil Lutkewitte, executive director of the Pennsylvania Lottery, said although ticket sales in the state will end next Friday, players will still be able to purchase tickets up to that date. Players in the state will also have one year from a draw date to claim any prize won on that particular draw.

“While Pennsylvania has been leading the nation in sales of Monopoly Millionaires' Club, achieving the highest per capita sales among all lotteries, the game is not resonating with players the way the industry anticipated,” Lutkewitte said. “We will continue developing a strong and diverse portfolio of entertaining lottery products that our players have come to expect.”

The future of a primetime television show that was launched to accompany the Monopoly Millionaires' Club also remains unclear, with neither Scientific Games nor the 23 states having clarified their position over this. However, it has been confirmed that players who have already won a prize package on the programme will receive the prizes in due course.

Scientific Games did not respond to a request from TotallyGaming.com to clarify the situation surrounding the Monopoly Millionaires' Club.

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