Kansas-Iowa joint lottery game
Topeka Kansas and Iowa will become the first states to offer a joint scratch-off lottery game, officials said Wednesday.
"Midwest Millions" will be launched in September.
The $10 per ticket game will have instant scratch-off prizes ranging from $10 to $50,000, and two second-chance drawings with each offering a $500,000 prize and 50 prizes of $1,000.
Kansas Lottery Director Ed Van Petten said by pooling both state's resources, the game offers payouts that exceed standard games.
"I fully expect this game to sell out," Van Petten said.
Ed Stanek, chief executive officer of the Iowa Lottery and one of the creators of the multistate Powerball game, said, "A multistate instant-scratch game definitely deserves a fair shot in the market."
Miles Stotts, a Baldwin resident and Kansas State Department of Health and Environment employee, said he's in favor of the joint lottery. About twice a month he purchases a Powerball ticket, he said.
"The idea of multistate is good with me," he said.
The game will have 1.2 million tickets divided equally between the two states. One in 2.8 tickets will have a prize and 74 percent of the ticket revenue will be paid out in prizes.
Statewide sales in both states will start Sept. 10, although the Kansas Lottery will start selling the tickets Sept. 7 at the Kansas State Fair in Hutchinson.
Losing tickets can be sent back to the Kansas Lottery offices or designated areas for second-chance drawings that will be held next year - Jan. 11 in Topeka and April 18 in Des Moines, Iowa.
The ticket will be postcard-sized for easy mailing, although postage will be necessary. The ticket includes artwork representing both states: sunflowers for Kansas and corn for Iowa.
Van Petten said he got the idea for the joint effort after seeing the success of similar lottery ventures between Canadian provinces.