TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) – The Florida Lottery will have a new multi-state game for players to toss money toward next week, while the action for another fixture goes cold.
Starting Wednesday, May 15, Florida joins 42 other states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands, in offering Mega Millions.
Lottery Secretary Cynthia O’Connell said that retailers and lottery players have been asking the state to join Mega Millions for years.
The addition of the game in Florida could spell a big economic hit for retailers just north of the border in Georgia, which have reported a surge of Florida players when the Mega Million jackpot has reached into triple digits.
The jackpot drawings, held every Tuesday and Friday, start at $12 million.
The start of Mega Millions comes as Florida Lottery discontinues the Lucky Lines instant-win terminal game on Tuesday.
The game has been offered since late 2010.
“The News Service of Florida contributed to this report.”