With many notable “Firsts in US Lottery”, Massachusetts Lottery is one of the earliest Lottery operating states in the US. The MA Lottery is the first state lottery that introduced US Lotto game in 1978, called MA Lotto. It was the Mass lottery that launched the instant lottery tickets first time ever in the US in May 1974, with an instant top prize of ten grand. Also, Massachusetts lottery is the first to allow the players to buy the lottery tickets online using credit cards.
The Massachusetts Lottery was created in 1971 with a legislation to establish a state lottery. Since its inception, Mass Lottery handed out huge jackpots to its players, including an $18 million jackpot in Mega Bucks lottery in March 1984 and a $197 million jackpot in Big Game followed by another huge Jackpot of #363 million in the same game. During these big jackpot days, MA lottery sales have touched $10 million a day.
Mass lottery profits are distributed to the commonwealth as per local aid formula established by the state legislature. In 2014, MA lottery reported the profit of $971 million. In the 2016 year itself, Massachusetts lottery returned more than $980 million to the 351 cities and towns of the commonwealth.
The games Mass Lottery offers include,
The Number Game, a four-digit draw game played twice daily. The minimum bet is 25Cents.
Mass Cash, with top prize $100,000. Player has to choose five numbers from 1 through 35. If the player able to match only four numbers then the prize would be $250 and for three numbers match the payout is $10.
Mega Bucks Doubler, the players have to choose six numbers from 1 through 49. The draws are two times a week on Wednesdays and Saturdays. The jackpot starts at $500,000. For 5 numbers match the payout is $2,500 and for 4 numbers match it is $100. For 3 numbers match the prize would be $2. If the player matches the Doubler number the non-jackpot prizes will be doubled.
Apart from above state-operated lotteries, Mass Lottery also offers multi-jurisdictional games. MA lottery started offering Lucky For Life since 2012. Mega Millions with Megaplier became available in Massachusetts from 2011. MA lottery added Powerball to its list of games in Jan 31st, 2010.
Along with above drawing games, Mass Lottery also offers many instant scratch-off tickets. The players should be 18 years or older to play any game in Mass lottery.
For details of Massachusetts lottery and latest news visit Massachusetts Lottery Official Website