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Mega Millions Coming to South Dakota in May

For Immediate Release: 4/20/2010

(PIERRE) - Beginning May 16, 2010, lotto players in South Dakota will have another chance to win million dollar jackpots when Mega Millions joins the state Lottery's line-up of lotto games.

The legislative Rules Review Committee today approved administrative rules for Mega Millions; the South Dakota Lottery Commission unanimously approved adding the game on March 26, 2010. The Lottery currently offers three multi-state lotto games - Powerball, Hot Lotto, and Wild Card 2 - as well as Dakota Cash, which is played only in South Dakota.

Lottery executive director Norm Lingle says players should have no trouble learning how to play the game, which is similar to Powerball.

"With Mega Millions, players choose 5 numbers from 1 to 56 and one Mega Ball number from 1 to 46. The game also has a Megaplier feature which works like the Power Play feature offered in Powerball. For an extra dollar per play, players could increase their non-jackpot prizes by up to four times," said Lingle.

Although the two games have their similarities, they also have some differences. The starting jackpot for Mega Millions is $12 million while Powerball has a $20 million starting jackpot. Mega Millions offers a larger second prize ($250,000) compared to Powerball's $200,000 prize for matching five of five numbers but not the extra ball. Mega Millions drawings are Tuesdays and Fridays; Powerball drawings are Wednesdays and Saturdays.

Mega Millions is the first new lotto game offered in South Dakota since April of 2002, when Hot Lotto was introduced. 

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