The Texas Lottery Commission has decided to stop offering tickets for the interstate game Monopoly Millionairesâ€™ Club (MMC) after citing concerns about sales projections. Players have not been purchasing tickets for the game at a level that could cover the cost of paying out prizes to Texas residents.
Texas, along with 22 other states, launched MMC on Friday October 19th of this year, with the first drawing held on Friday October 24th. The game is operated by the Multi-State Lottery Association (MUSL), which also administers popular games such as Powerball and Hot Lotto. Tickets cost $5 and the game offers players the chance to win a jackpot that could roll over up to $25 million in addition to several prizes of $1 million that are unlocked when a player wins the top prize. Unlike Powerball or Mega Millions, Monopoly Millionairesâ€™ Club is designed to award smaller cash prizes to more players.
Executive Director of the Texas Lottery Commission Gary Grief stated in a press release that â€œunfortunately, players have not embraced the game as anticipated, and our options to change the game while it is being sold are limited in scope and challenging to implement.â€ The press release also states that sales for the game are down nationwide in the last two months.
Texas-based players of the game will be able to buy tickets for tonightâ€™s Monopoly Millionairesâ€™ Club drawing but sales will stop immediately afterwards. They will have 180 days from Friday December 12th 2014 to claim any prizes they may have won.