More Lottery Games on the Way
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No state currently offers its lottery players the chance to play both Powerball and Mega Millions, but expect both lottery games to be offered in some states soon.
The Arkansas Lottery Commission voted unanimously on Tuesday (Nov. 17) to offer its residents Mega Millions in addition to Powerball, The Arkansas News reports . Iowa's lottery board voted unanimously for the same thing this week, according to The Des Moines Register , while the Texas Lottery Commission agreed to add Powerball, according to the San Antonio Express-News . Texas already offers Mega Millions.
Other states are likely to join Arkansas, Iowa and Texas after the organizations that run Mega Millions and Powerball announced earlier this year that they would allow states to "cross-sell," or offer both games, starting next year. For states, that means more revenue at a time when they desperately need it.
Thirty-one states now offer Powerball, and 12 offer Mega Millions, according to The Arkansas News .
The Arkansas Lottery Commission's decision was based largely on the threat of competition from other states. "All of our surrounding states have either passed their cross-selling initiative or will pass it, so if we do not pass it we will be in peril, so to speak," Arkansas' lottery director told members of the commission before the vote.