Game Rules

Scratch Games Rules

CHAPTER Sw 1000 RULES FOR ALL SCRATCH LOTTERY GAMES

 

PART Sw 1001 RULES FOR ALL INSTANT GAMES

 

PART Sw 1002 INSTANT TICKET CHARACTERISTICS AND VALIDATION

 

PART Sw 1003 CLAIMS

 

PART Sw 1004 GAME END

 

PART Sw 1005 INSTANT SALES AGENT

 

CHAPTER Sw 1000 RULES FOR ALL INSTANT LOTTERY GAMES

 

Sw 1001.01 Definitions. The following definitions shall apply for scratch tickets:

a. "Agent" means a sales outlet authorized to sell lottery tickets.

b. "Commission" means the New Hampshire lottery commission

c. "Director" means the administrative head appointed by the New Hampshire lottery commission to act on their behalf in the daily decision making process.

d. "Instant game" means a pre-determined amount of pre-printed tickets, of which the play area is uncovered by the player to determine the prize won.

e. "Play area" means the pre-printed grouping of symbols, words or numbers hidden by a scratch-off covering, used to determine the prize won.

f. “Claim” means to submit a lottery ticket and a completed commission- issued form to the commission for prize payment processing.

Source: #1573, eff 5-6-80; EXPIRED: 5-6-86

New: #6580, eff 9-19-97; ss by #8366, eff 6-2-05; ss by #9164, eff 5-31-08

 

Sw 1002.01 Ticket Characteristics.

a. To purchase an instant ticket, an individual shall be 18 years of age or older.

b. A valid instant ticket shall contain the following:

  1. The price of the ticket;
  2. "New Hampshire Lottery" on the front of the ticket;
  3. Directions for play;
  4. A play area that has not been exposed prior to sale;
  5. Instant game and ticket identifying number;
  6. Validation bar code and human-readable number;
  7. Claimant signature and address area on the back of the ticket;
  8. The name of the game;
  9. A prize validation serial number; and
  10. A 4 digit prize validation code.

Source: #1573, eff 5-6-80; EXPIRED: 5-6-86

New: #6580, eff 9-19-97; ss by #8366, eff 6-2-05; ss by #9164, eff 5-31-08

 

Sw 1002.02 Ticket Validation Requirements.

For a ticket to be deemed valid for payment or claim, the following shall be true:

a. The ticket shall have been issued by an authorized lottery agent.

b. The ticket shall not be:

  1. Altered or tampered with in any manner;
  2. Counterfeit in whole or in part; or
  3. Stolen or misregistered.

c. The ticket shall contain complete information from at least 2 of the following 3 validation methods:

  1. validation bar code and at least 2 of the 4 digits of the validation code;
  2. The human readable code associated with the validation bar code and at least 2 of the 4 digits of the validation code; or
  3. The prize validation serial number and at least 2 of the 4 digits of the validation code.

d. The symbols, numbers, or words shall be consistent with their respective caption or validation number.

e. The winning ticket’s validation methods shall be verified and correspond to the data in the commission’s central computer system’s validation file.

f. The game shall be played in accordance with the game’s instructions and shall be interpreted in accordance with the working papers on file with the lottery.

g. It shall be the player’s responsibility to determine the value of a ticket’s prize, if any, prior to presenting the ticket for payment.

h. In the event that some but not all of the 2 required validation methods is damaged and unreadable, the player may submit the ticket and a commission- issued form to the commission for further review.

i. The commission shall pay the prize won if:

  1. The commission can positively identify the ticket on the validation file by using other identifying information located on the ticket; and
  2. The commission determines that no missing part of the same ticket contains validation information that would allow another claim to be filed for the same prize.

Source: #6580, eff 9-19-97; ss by #8366, eff 6-2-05; ss by #9164, eff 5-31-08

 

Sw 1002.03 Ineligible Tickets.

Any ticket which does not pass all the validation checks shall be ineligible for any prize and the holder of the ticket shall not be paid. In the event that a defective ticket is purchased, the only responsibility or liability of the commission shall be the replacement of the defective ticket, with an unplayed ticket or tickets of equivalent sales price from any other current lottery game. This shall be the sole and exclusive remedy of the bearer of the ticket.

Source: #6580, eff 9-19-97; ss by #8366, eff 6-2-05; ss by #9164, eff 5-31-08

 

Sw 1002.04 Lost or Stolen Tickets.

The commission shall not be responsible for any lost or stolen tickets.

Source: #6580, eff 9-19-97; ss by #8366, eff 6-2-05; ss by #9164, eff 5-31-08

 

PART Sw 1003 CLAIMS

 

Sw 1003.01 Claims.

Claims for payment of a winning instant lottery ticket shall be made in accordance with the requirements set forth in Sw 600.

Source: #1573, eff 5-6-80; EXPIRED: 5-6-86

New: #6580, eff 9-19-97; ss by #7168, eff 12-21-99; ss by #8366, eff 6-2-05; ss by #9164, eff 5-31-08

 

Sw 1003.02 Surrendering a ticket for prize payment.

After a ticket has been provided to a clerk for payment and the prize payment has been provided to the player, the ticket shall be retained by the clerk and processed in accordance with that store’s policy.

Source: #9164, eff 5-31-08

 

PART Sw 1004 GAME END

 

Sw 1004.01 Termination of a Game by the Commission.

a. The commission or its designee shall terminate a game at any time if:

  1. The security or integrity of the instant game program is at risk; or
  2. The last top prize has been claimed at lottery headquarters.

b. The commission or its designee may terminate a game if the instant game has been on sale for more than 26 consecutive weeks.

c. When a game is terminated, the lottery field representatives shall be instructed to return all tickets for that game to the warehouse.

Source: #1573, eff 5-6-80; EXPIRED 5-6-86

New: #6580, eff 9-19-97; ss by #8366, eff 6-2-05; ss by #9164, eff 5-31-08

 

Sw 1004.02 Natural Game End.

When an instant game has been substantially sold, the commission or its designee shall announce the game end. All agents shall be notified by the lottery field representative that the game is no longer available for sale.

Source: #1573, eff 5-6-80; EXPIRED 5-6-86

New: #6580, eff 9-19-97; ss by #8366, eff 6-2-05; ss by #9164, eff 5-31-08

 

PART Sw 1005 INSTANT SALES AGENT

 

Sw 1005.01 Agent Commissions.

All lottery agents, excluding the lottery sales offices, shall receive a minimum 5 percent commission basis for services rendered. The Commission may establish higher sales commission rates no greater than 6 percent to increase lottery sales, pursuant to RSA 284:21-h (II), d.

Source: #6580, eff 9-19-97; ss by #8366, eff 6-2-05; ss by #9164, eff 5-31-08

 

Sw 1005.02 Agent Bonus.

All lottery agents, excluding the lottery sales offices, who cash a winning instant ticket shall receive as a cashing bonus, one percent of the cashed amount pursuant to RSA 284:21-s.

Source: #6580, eff 9-19-97; ss by #8366, eff 6-2-05; ss by #9164, eff 5-31-08

 

APPENDIX

 

Rule Specific State Statutes the Rule Implements

Sw 1000 RSA 541-A:16, I(b); Statutory Authority: RSA 284:21-i, IV

Powerball Game Rules

These Rules are effective January 4, 2018 or with the Drawing on September 13, 2018 as noted.

 

PART I — ADMINISTRATION

 

PB RULE 1 — DISPUTES, VOTING, ELECTIONS.

 

1.1 First Review: The Product Group shall have the first opportunity to informally resolve any disputes arising among Party Lotteries and Licensee Lotteries regarding the Product Group, rules, policies, or guidelines. The Selling Lottery seeking resolution of a dispute shall seek a remedy from the Product Group by filing a notice of dispute with the Product Group. Filing shall be done by certified mail, return receipt requested, addressed to the Executive Director. If the Product Group fails to resolve the dispute to the satisfaction of any party to the dispute within sixty (60) days after receiving notice of the dispute, the aggrieved Selling Lottery may seek any other remedy authorized by the Multi-State Lottery Agreement.

Amended December 8-9, 2009; November 15, 2012.

1.2 Voting: The Product Group shall use a dual system of voting. One (1) vote will be taken in which each Party Lottery has one (1) vote (member vote). A second vote will be taken in which each Party Lottery has a number of votes equivalent to its proportionate percentage of the total game's sales for the one-year period immediately previous to the vote (sales vote). If a Party Lottery has less than a one-year history of sales, then that Party Lottery's vote for the period without sales will be calculated using average per capita sales applied to its total population (as per the most recent U.S. Census). In no case, however, shall a Party Lottery's sales vote exceed fifteen percent (15%) of the total sales vote. Unless a different percentage is provided in these rules, the percentage of votes necessary to allow action by the Product Group shall be more than fifty percent (50%) of the votes cast pursuant to both methods of voting. All sales voting percentages shall be calculated exclusive of Licensee Lottery sales.

Amended September 9, 1998; December 8-9, 2009; November 15, 2012.

1.3 Amendment of Rules: These Product Group Rules may be amended upon a vote of more than two-thirds (2/3) of the votes cast pursuant to both methods of voting.

Amended November 15, 2012.

1.4 Quorum: The quorum necessary to hold an official meeting of the Product Group shall be representation in person or by proxy from more than fifty percent (50%) of all members. If neither the Chair nor Vice-Chair can attend a scheduled meeting in person, then the meeting shall be rescheduled.

Amended November 15, 2012.

1.5 Elections: A Product Group Chair and Product Group Vice-Chair shall be elected for one-year terms to begin with the fiscal year starting July 1, 2005. The Chair shall appoint a Nominating Committee to recommend candidates to the Product Group. Nominations may also be made by motion and properly seconded.

Amended April 24, 1997; May 13, 1998; September 14, 2005.

 

PB RULE 2 — RESERVED.

 

PB RULE 3 — BUDGET.

 

3.1 Duties of Executive Director: Annually or on a more frequent basis, the Executive Director shall prepare and submit to the Product Group Chair a proposed budget and fees for the Party Lotteries and Licensee Lotteries to pay the Product Group for the services it renders to them and shall be paid as a fee for services by each of the Party Lotteries and Licensee Lotteries in accordance with estimated sales. An acceptable method of payment shall be determined by the Product Group, subject to approval by the Board.

If a lottery withdraws from participation in the product group without giving proper notice of such withdrawal before approval of the group's budget, then that Participating Lottery shall not be entitled to a refund of its contributions to the budget.

If the Product Group terminates before the end of a fiscal year, all unspent funds shall be returned to the lotteries that contributed to the Group's budget, however Group contributions to MUSL overhead expenses shall not be refunded.

Amended April 24, 1997; December 12, 2001; May 4, 2005; December 8-9, 2009; November 15, 2012; June 5, 2014; September 12, 2017 and January 4, 2018 to be effective January 4, 2018.

 

PB RULE 4 — DRAWINGS.

 

The Executive Director shall establish, with Product Group approval, the Drawing Procedures to be followed at each Powerball®, Power Play® and Winner Take All® Drawing. The Drawing Procedures shall include procedures for randomly selecting the Winning Numbers and the Power Play multiplier.

Drawings shall be held at the times and places established by the Product Group and the results shall be subsequently announced to the public. All Drawings shall be open to the public and shallbe witnessed by an independent certified public accounting firm and other Selling Lottery officials as may be required by jurisdiction statute.

The Participating Lottery Director shall determine the time for the end of sales of Powerball and Winner Take All Plays prior to the Drawings, which shall not be less than a minimum of fifty-nine (59) minutes between the close of the Play sales and the time of the Drawing for those Plays sold. Terminals shall not process Plays for that Drawing after the time established by the Participating Lottery Director.

The Product Group shall designate the type of Drawing equipment to be used and any equipment used in a Drawing shall be inspected and tested by the MUSL in the presence of an independent certified public accounting firm before the Drawing, and shall be inspected by the MUSL in the presence of an independent certified public accounting firm after the Drawing. All Drawings, inspections, and tests shall be recorded.

Amended December 8-9, 2009; November 15, 2012; May 22, 2015 to be effective with the October 7, 2015 drawing; September 12, 2017 and January 4, 2018 to be effective January 4, 2018.

 

PB RULE 5 — RESERVED.

 

PB RULE 6 — RECORDS MANAGEMENT.

 

6.1 Records Defined: "Records" shall mean any document, paper, photograph, or recording made or received, in any form, in connection with the official business of the Product Group. Records do not include materials made or acquired for reference or exhibition purposes, or miscellaneous papers or correspondence without official significance.

Amended September 12, 2017 and January 4, 2018 to be effective January 4, 2018.

6.2 Duties of Executive Director: The Executive Director shall maintain Product Group records in a secure and orderly manner.

6.3 Confidentiality: To the maximum extent practical, Product Group records shall be made available for inspection by Participating Lotteries in a reasonable and responsible manner.

Amended June 15, 2016; September 12, 2017 and January 4, 2018 to be effective January 4, 2018.

6.4 Records Retention: The Executive Director shall establish the minimum retention period for each record or class of record with Product Group approval. The Executive Director shall establish the criteria for the disposal of Product Group records.

 

PB RULE 7 — RESERVED.

 

PB RULE 8 — PETITION FOR ADMISSION / LOTTERY LICENSE.

 

8.1 Minimum ICS Standards: A Lottery seeking admission to the Product Group, or seeking a license to sell the game, shall have a fully tested internal control system that meets or exceeds the minimum standards set forth in MUSL Rule 2 (Minimum ICS Standards) before sales of Plays commence. The Security and Integrity Committee shall review the internal control systems of each lottery seeking admission to the Product Group, or seeking to become a Licensee Lottery selling a game of the Product Group, for compliance with Rule 2 (Minimum ICS Standards) and shall issue a written report summarizing its findings.

Amended November 15, 2012; December 10, 2014; May 22, 2015 to be effective with the October 7, 2015 drawing; September 12, 2017 and January 4, 2018 to be effective January 4, 2018.

8.2 Other Admission Requirements: The Product Group shall determine other admission or licensing requirements as allowed by the Agreement.

Amended December 8-9, 2009; November 15, 2012.

 

PB RULE 9—EXPULSION OR SUSPENSION OF A PARTY LOTTERY / TERMINATION OR SUSPENSION OF A LICENSEE LOTTERY / REINSTATEMENT OF A PARTY LOTTERY OR A LICENSEE LOTTERY.

 

9.1: The Product Group can expel or suspend a Party Lottery of the Product Group for cause as determined in the sole discretion of the Product Group with the consent of more than two-thirds (2/3) of the members pursuant to both methods of voting in conformance with the MUSL Agreement. If the Product Group votes to expel or suspend a Party Lottery as provided in the Agreement, the Party Lottery being considered for expulsion or suspension shall be excluded from voting on that matter, and shall also be excluded from voting in any subsequent vote by the Product Group to reinstate that Party Lottery, and in the voting calculations outlined in these Product Group Rules.

Amended November 15, 2012; June 25, 2013; September 12, 2017 and January 4, 2018 to be effective January 4, 2018.

9.2: The Product Group can terminate or suspend the license of a Licensee Lottery for cause as determined in the sole discretion of the Product Group with the consent of more than two-thirds (2/3) of the members pursuant to both methods of voting.

Adopted December 8-9, 2009; Amended November 15, 2012; XXXX to be effective with the Drawing on April 19, 2018.

9.3: The Product Group can reinstate a Party Lottery of the Product Group with the consent of more than two-thirds (2/3) of the Members pursuant to both methods of voting in conformance with the MUSL Agreement; requests for reinstatement shall be considered by the Product Group at its earliest convenience, following submission by the requesting lottery of sufficient support for such reinstatement.

Added: September 12, 2017 and January 4, 2018 to be effective January 4, 2018.

9.4: The Product Group can reinstate a Licensee Lottery with the consent of more than two-thirds (2/3) of the Members pursuant to both methods of voting; requests for reinstatement shall be considered by the Product Group at is earliest convenience, following submission by the requesting lottery of sufficient support for such reinstatement.

Added: September 12, 2017 and January 4, 2018 to be effective January 4, 2018.

9.5: Any Participating Lottery, which fails, is unwilling, or loses the ability to transfer prize contributions as required under these Rules, shall suspend its sales of Powerball within seven (7) days of such failure or loss of ability. The Participating Lottery may request reinstatement as provided for under these Rules. Failure to notify the Product Group of such circumstances, or of the suspension of sales, or the failure to suspend sales as required, shall be grounds for suspension or termination.

Added: September 12, 2017 and January 4, 2018 to be effective January 4, 2018.

9.6: Any Participating Lottery that fails, is unwilling, or loses the ability to pay all prize levels in the game(s) after prize claimants have met all prize claim procedures of the Participating Lottery, the Group and the MUSL Board, shall immediately suspend its sales of Powerball upon such failure, unwillingness, or loss of ability. The Participating Lottery may request reinstatement as provided for under these Rules. Failure to notify the Product Group of such circumstances, or of the suspension of sales, or the failure to suspend sales as required, shall be grounds for suspension or termination.

Added: September 12, 2017 and January 4, 2018 to be effective January 4, 2018.

9.7: The liabilities and obligations under these Rules of any Participating Lottery, that has been terminated, suspended, or that has suspended sales, shall continue until all such liabilities and obligations are fulfilled.

Added: September 12, 2017 and January 4, 2018 to be effective January 4, 2018.

 

PB RULE 10 — ADVERTISING.

 

10.1 Unfair Advertising: No Selling Lottery may advertise, either directly or indirectly, that Plays sold in its jurisdiction offer better odds, better chances of winning, or better payoffs than Plays sold in other jurisdictions.  This rule does not prohibit a Selling Lottery from offering retailer promotions or other creative promotions designed to increase the sale of Plays.

Amended May 22, 2015 to be effective with the October 7, 2015 drawing; September 12, 2017 and January 4, 2018 to be effective January 4, 2018.

10.2 Grand Prize Estimate: No Selling Lottery may advertise an estimated or guaranteed Grand Prize amount that is different than the estimated or guaranteed Grand Prize amount provided to the Selling Lottery by the Product Group.

Adopted February 1, 2006; Amended December 8-9, 2009; November 15, 2012; December 10, 2014.

 

PB RULE 11 — PLAY PRICE

 

11.1 Uniform Price: Each Play shall be sold at retail for the price set by the Product Group.

Amended May 22, 2015 to be effective with the October 7, 2015 drawing; September 12, 2017 and January 4, 2018 to be effective January 4, 2018.

11.2 Taxes: The Play price set by the Product Group shall include all the applicable taxes that a Selling Lottery may be required to collect.

Amended November 15, 2012; May 22, 2015 to be effective with the October 7, 2015 drawing; September 12, 2017 and January 4, 2018 to be effective January 4, 2018.

11.3 Discounts, Rebates, and Promotions: A Selling Lottery may offer Plays through discounts, rebates, or promotions, without Product Group approval, for a period not to exceed ninety (90) days in any six-month period after advising all Group members of the terms and dates of the offering. A Selling Lottery may offer other discounts, rebates, or promotions as may be approved by the Product Group.

Amended November 15, 2012; May 22, 2015 to be effective with the October 7, 2015 drawing; September 12, 2017 and January 4, 2018 to be effective January 4, 2018.

11.4 Plays as Prizes: Nothing in this rule shall prohibit a Selling Lottery from offering Plays as a prize in any other game or promotion operated by the Selling Lottery after advising all Group members of the terms and dates of the offering.

Amended December 10, 2014; May 22, 2015 to be effective with the October 7, 2015 drawing; September 12, 2017 and January 4, 2018 to be effective January 4, 2018.

11.5 Contribution to Prize Pool: Selling lotteries that offer Plays as a prize or as part of an authorized discount, promotion, or rebate shall contribute to the prize pool the full amount assessed for a play sold at the uniform price.

Adopted July 5, 2002; Amended August 6, 2009; December 8-9, 2009; November 15, 2012; May 22, 2015 to be effective with the October 7, 2015 drawing; September 12, 2017 and January 4, 2018 to be effective January 4, 2018.

Comment: Rules 11.3 and 11.4 are intended to require reporting only where the price of the Play is reduced by a promotion or is given away for free. A Selling Lottery need not report promotions that do not change the price of the Play Promotions that increase the “value” of a Play or that offer other lottery games free or at a reduced price with the purchase of a Play do not need to be reported. The intent of the rule is to advise contiguous lotteries when their players might find that they can get the same Play at a reduced price from another lottery — not that they can get that other lottery’s games at a reduced price.

Comment: Last updated September 12, 2017 and January 4, 2018 to be effective January 4, 2018.

 

PB RULE 12 — SALE OF PLAYS.

 

12.1 Authorized Agents: Plays shall be sold only through agents and means authorized by a Selling Lottery.

Amended May 22, 2015 to be effective with the October 7, 2015 drawing; September 12, 2017 and January 4, 2018 to be effective January 4, 2018.

12.2 Ticket Stock: Plays shall be sold through an authorized Selling Lottery and, other than ticketless transaction Plays, shall be printed on ticket stock that meets the security requirements for ticket stock used in the Selling Lottery's other games and other requirements adopted by the MUSL Board and the Product Group.

Amended November 15, 2012; June 25, 2013; May 22, 2015 to be effective with the October 7, 2015 drawing; September 12, 2017 and January 4, 2018 to be effective January 4, 2018.

12.3 MUSL Markings: All Play Slips used in the game shall contain registered game trademarks and shall communicate other information as may be required by the MUSL Board and the Group.

Amended November 15, 2012; December 10, 2014; Amended March 20, 2017 to be effective with the September 30, 2017 drawing.

12.4 Game Sell Out Prohibited: No Selling Lottery shall directly and knowingly sell a Play or combination of Plays to any person or entity that would guarantee such purchaser a Grand Prize win.

Amended November 15, 2012; May 22, 2015 to be effective with the October 7, 2015 drawing.

12.5 Location and Method of Sales: An offer to buy and an offer to sell a Play shall be made only at a location or only by a method that is licensed, certified, authorized, or contracted by the Selling Lottery.

Adopted February 1, 2006; Amended December 8-9, 2009; November 15, 2012; May 22, 2015 to be effective with the October 7, 2015 drawing; September 12, 2017 and January 4, 2018 to be effective January 4, 2018.

 

PB RULE 13 — PRIZE PAYMENTS.

 

No Selling Lottery may pay Powerball prizes that are less than or more than the prize amounts established by the Product Group. The prize won cannot be indirectly increased by Selling Lottery promotions or agent promotions that have the effect of increasing the designated prize. Notwithstanding the foregoing, any Selling Lottery that, due to jurisdictional law requirements, separately determines its low-tier prize amounts and does not share prize liability with other lotteries, will be exempt from this rule with respect to any low tier prize amounts.

Adopted February 1, 2006; Amended December 8-9, 2009; November 15, 2012; June 5, 2014; September 12, 2017 and January 4, 2018 to be effective January 4, 2018.

Comment: Due to its jurisdictional law requirements, on November 15, 2012, the Powerball Group concluded that the California Lottery shall be exempt from this Rule with respect to any low-tier prize amounts.

 

PB RULE 14 — POWERBALL PRIZE FUND TRANSFERS.

 

14.1 Prize Funds Transferred to MUSL:

14.1(a) Party Lotteries: Each Party Lottery shall transfer to the MUSL in trust an amount as determined by the Product Group to be its total proportionate share of the Powerball prize pool less actual low‑tier Powerball prize liability, its proportionate share of its Power Play Prize Pool less actual Power Play prize liability, and also its total proportionate share of the Winner Take All prize pool less actual Winner Take All prize liability. If this results in a negative amount, the MUSL central office shall transfer funds from the appropriate prize account to the Party Lottery.

Adopted September 10, 1998; Amended December 8-9, 2009; November 15, 2012; December 10, 2014; May 22, 2015 to be effective with the October 7, 2015 drawing; June 15, 2016; September 12, 2017 and January 4, 2018 to be effective January 4, 2018.

14.1(b) Licensee Lotteries: Licensee Lotteries shall adhere to PB Rule 14.1(a) unless a different process is approved by the Product Group.

Adopted December 8-9, 2009; Amended November 15, 2012.

Comment. At its meeting on December 8-9, 2009, the Product Group agreed to exclude the Licensed Lotteries involved in the cross-selling initiative of Powerball and Mega Millions from PB Rule14.1(a) and such Licensee Lotteries shall transfer to the MUSL in trust an agreed-upon amount as its total proportionate share of a Grand Prize or Match 5 Bonus Prize amounts. At its meeting on June 24, 2011, the Product Group agreed to eliminate the Match 5 Bonus Prize beginning with the draw on January 18, 2012, ending the need for a Match 5 Bonus Prize transfer. At its meeting on September 12, 2017, the Product Group agreed that the Licensee Lotteries shall transfer to the MUSL, in trust, an agreed-upon amount as its total proportionate share of Winner Take All Prize amounts.

14.2 Grand Prize Funds Transferred to Selling Lottery: Grand Prize amounts held by MUSL shall be transferred to the Selling Lottery immediately after the Selling Lottery validates the prize claim and a Grand Prize payout election has been determined, and after MUSL has collected the prize pool shares from all Selling Lotteries.

Adopted September 9, 1998; Amended March 5, 2003; December 8-9, 2009; June 24, 2011 to be effective for draws beginning January 18, 2012; December 10, 2014; May 22, 2015 to be effective with the October 7, 2015 drawing; June 15, 2016.

14.3 Unclaimed Grand Prizes: All funds to pay a Grand Prize, that had been collected by MUSL from a Selling Lottery and that went unclaimed shall be returned to the Selling Lotteries in proportion to sales by Selling Lotteries for the Grand Prize in question after the claiming period set by the Selling Lottery selling the winning Play expires.

If after a winning Play has not been claimed or redeemed and the corresponding prize monies have been returned to Party Lotteries pursuant to this Rule, a claim is made or redemption sought that a Party Lottery pays (i) as a result of the provisions of the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (50 U.S.C. App. 3901 as amended) (SCRA); (ii) as a result of jurisdictional legislation adopted to satisfy the requirements of the SCRA; or (iii) as a result of jurisdictional legislation requiring such payment to a member of the armed forces who was engaged in active military service outside the paying Party Lottery jurisdiction when the usual permitted time period to make a claim or seek redemption expired, each other Party Lottery, that was a Party Lottery at the time of the Drawing, shall reimburse the paying Party Lottery in an amount equal to the amount such other Party Lottery would have contributed to the prize had the claim been made or redemption sought within the usual permitted time period for that claim or redemption. The provisions of this rule shall remain in force and effect and be binding upon the Participating Lotteries without regard to whether the Powerball game remains in existence and/or whether the Participating Lottery seeking reimbursement has withdrawn from the game at the time a Participating Lottery seeks reimbursement pursuant to this rule.

Adopted September 9, 1998; Amended July 5, 2002; March 5, 2003; December 8-9, 2009; June 24, 2011 to be effective for draws beginning January 18, 2012; November 15, 2012; December 10, 2014; May 22, 2015 to be effective with the October 7, 2015 drawing; September 12, 2017 and January 4, 2018 to be effective January 4, 2018.

 

PB RULES 15 – 18 — RESERVED.

 

PB RULE 19 — FUNDS TRANSFER.

 

Funds shall be collected from each Party Lottery and Licensee Lottery weekly by wire transfer, electronic funds transfer, or other means acceptable to the Product Group. The amount to be transferred shall be calculated in accordance with these rules. The Product Group shall determine collection days.

Amended December 8-9, 2009; November 15, 2012.

For Powerball and Power Play prize pool and reserve account contributions: At its meeting on January 11, 2010, the Product Group determined that funds shall be collected weekly from Party Lotteries on the Monday, or the first banking day, that is twelve (12) days from the applicable Wednesday Drawing or nine (9) days from the applicable Saturday Drawing. By agreement with the Licensee Lotteries, MUSL will transfer the funds to the Licensee Lotteries’ Powerball Clearinghouse (currently the Virginia Lottery) within thirteen (13) calendar days from the date of the winning Powerball Grand Prize draw at a Licensee Lottery. If a winning Grand Prize Play is sold by a Party Lottery, the Licensee Lotteries’ Powerball Clearinghouse shall collect the funds from the Licensee Lotteries and shall transfer their Grand Prize shares to MUSL within fourteen (14) calendar days of the winning Powerball Grand Prize draw. If funds are needed to pay a prize when due, MUSL may borrow the funds from other accounts of this Product Group or the MUSL Operations Account, after approval of the Product Group Officers, the Finance & Audit Committee, and the Executive Committee. The borrowed funds shall be immediately replenished upon collection of prize funds from the Party Lotteries.

For Winner Take All Prize pool contributions: Funds shall be collected weekly directly from both Party Lotteries and Licensee Lotteries on the Monday, or the first banking day, that is fourteen (14) days from the applicable Monday Drawing or eleven (11) days from the applicable Thursday Drawing. By agreement with the Licensee Lotteries, if a Grand Prize or Winner Take All winning Play is sold by a Licensee Lottery, MUSL will transfer the funds to the Licensee Lottery within fifteen (15) calendar days from the date of the winning Grand Prize or Winner Take All draw. Licensee Lottery.

Transfers to and from Licensee Lotteries may alternatively be coordinated through the Licensee Lottery Clearinghouse at the request of the Licensee Lottery.

Comment last modified September 12, 2017 and January 4, 2018 to be effective January 4, 2018.

 

PB RULE 20 — RESERVED.

 

PB RULE 21 — ADVANCE SALES.

 

Proceeds from advance sales may be held by the Party Lottery until the draw date for which the Play applies.

Adopted February 1, 2006. Amended May 22, 2015 to be effective with the October 7, 2015 drawing; September 12, 2017 and January 4, 2018 to be effective January 4, 2018.

 

PB RULES 22 – 25 — RESERVED.

 

PART II — POWERBALL GAME RULES

 

Last Amended March 20, 2017 to be effective with the drawing on September 30, 2017; Comments Last Updated March 20, 2017.

 

PB RULE 26 — DEFINITIONS.

 

The following definitions apply to all Parts of these rules unless the context requires a different meaning or is otherwise inconsistent with the intention of these rules adopted by the Product Group. Capitalized terms used but not defined in these rules shall have the meanings ascribed to them in the MUSL Agreement.

Amended December 8-9, 2009; November 15, 2012.

26.1: “Advertised Grand Prize” shall mean the estimated annuitized Grand Prize amount as determined by the MUSL Central Office by use of the MUSL Annuity Factor and communicated through the Selling Lotteries prior to the Grand Prize drawing. The “Advertised Grand Prize” is not a guaranteed prize amount and the actual Grand Prize amount may vary from the advertised amount, except in circumstances where there is a guaranteed Grand Prize amount as described in Rule 30.5.

Adopted May 22, 2015 to be effective with the October 7, 2015 drawing.

26.2: "Agent" or "retailer" means a person or entity authorized by a Selling Lottery to sell lottery plays.

Amended May 22, 2015 to be effective with the October 7, 2015 drawing.

26.3: A "Drawing" refers collectively to the formal draw event for randomly selecting the winning indicia that determine the number of winners for each prize level of the Powerball game and the Power Play multiplier. Winning indicia include the Winning Numbers for the Powerball game, and the Power Play multiplier.

Amended November 15, 2012; December 10, 2014; May 22, 2015 to be effective with the October 7, 2015 drawing.

26.4: "Computer pick" means the random selection of indicia by the computer that appear on a ticket or ticketless transaction and are played by a player in the game.

Amended November 15, 2012; December 10, 2014; December 30, 2014; May 22, 2015 to be effective with the October 7, 2015 drawing.

26.5: Reserved.

26.6: "Game ticket" or "ticket" means an acceptable evidence of play, which is a ticket produced in a manner that meets the specifications defined in the rules of each Selling Lottery and Rule 31 (Ticket Validation) and is a physical representation of the play or plays sold to the player or is a properly and validly registered ticketless transaction play.

Amended October 5, 2004; November 15, 2012; June 25, 2013; December 10, 2014; May 22, 2015 to be effective with the October 7, 2015 drawing.

26.7: “Grand Prize” shall refer to the top prize in the Powerball game.

Adopted December 10, 2014. Amended May 22, 2015 to be effective with the October 7, 2015 drawing.

26.8: “Licensee Lottery” shall mean a state lottery or lottery of a governmental unit, political subdivision, or entity thereof that is not a Party Lottery but has agreed to comply with all applicable MUSL and Product Group requirements and has been authorized by the MUSL and by the Powerball Product Group to sell the Powerball game.

Adopted December 8-9, 2009; Amended November 15, 2012; December 10, 2014; May 22, 2015 to be effective with the October 7, 2015 drawing.

26.9: "MUSL" means the Multi-State Lottery Association, a government-benefit association wholly owned and operated by the Party Lotteries.

26.10: “MUSL Annuity Factor” shall mean the annuity factor as determined by the MUSL central office through a method approved by the MUSL Finance and Audit Committee and which is used as described in these Rules.

Adopted May 22, 2015 to be effective with the October 7, 2015 drawing.

26.11: "MUSL Board" means the governing body of the MUSL, which is comprised of the chief executive officer of each Party Lottery.

Amended November 15, 2012; May 22, 2015 to be effective with the October 7, 2015 drawing.

26.12: “MUSL Finance and Audit Committee” shall mean the committee of that name established by the MUSL Board.

Adopted June 15, 2016 to be effective with the drawing on October 19, 2016.

26.14: "Party Lottery" or “Member Lottery” means a state lottery or lottery of a political subdivision or entity that has joined the MUSL and, in the context of these Product Group Rules, that is authorized to sell the Powerball game. Unless otherwise indicated, “Party Lottery” or “Member Lottery” does not include “Licensee Lotteries.”

Amended June 20, 2006; December 8-9, 2009; November 15, 2012; May 22, 2015 to be effective with the October 7, 2015 drawing.

26.15: "Play" or "Bet" means the six (6) numbers, the first five (5) from a field of sixty-nine (69) numbers and the last one (1) from a field of twenty-six (26) numbers, that appear on a ticket or communicated in a ticketless transaction as a single lettered selection and are to be played by a player in the Powerball game.

Amended July 5, 2002; May 4, 2005; August 20, 2008; June 14, 2011 and effective for draws beginning January 18, 2012; December 10, 2014; May 22, 2015 to be effective with the October 7, 2015 drawing.

26.18: “Product Group” or “the Group” means a group of lotteries that has joined together to offer a product pursuant to the terms of the Multi-State Lottery Agreement and the Product Group’s own rules.

Amended November 15, 2012; June 5, 2014.

26.19: "Play Slip" or "Bet Slip" means a physical or electronic means by which a player communicates their intended play selection to the retailer as defined and approved by the Selling Lottery.

Amended December 10, 2014; Amended March 20, 2017 to be effective with the September 30, 2017 drawing.

26.2: “Selling Lottery” or “Participating Lottery” shall mean a lottery authorized by the Product Group to sell Powerball plays, including Party Lotteries and Licensee Lotteries.

Adopted December 8-9, 2009.

Amended May 22, 2015 to be effective with the October 7, 2015 drawing; June 15, 2016 to be effective with the drawing on October 19, 2016.

26.23: "Set Prize", also referred to as “low-tier prize”, means all other prizes, except the Grand Prize, and, except in instances outlined in these rules, will be equal to the prize amount established by the Product Group for the prize level.

Amended November 15, 2012; June 5, 2014; December 10, 2014; May 22, 2015 to be effective with the October 7, 2015 drawing; June 15, 2016 to be effective with the drawing on October 19, 2016.

26.24: "Terminal" means a device authorized by a Selling Lottery to function in an on‑line, interactive mode with the gaming computer system for the purpose of issuing lottery tickets and entering, receiving, and processing lottery transactions, including making purchases, validating tickets, and transmitting reports.

Amended December 8-9, 2009; November 15, 2012; December 10, 2014; May 22, 2015 to be effective with the October 7, 2015 drawing.

26.25: “Ticketless Transaction” shall include plays sold through subscription, internet, or non-standard terminals.

Amended June 25, 2013

26.29: "Winning Numbers" means the indicia randomly selected during a Drawing event which shall be used to determine winning plays for the Powerball game contained on a game ticket or ticketless transaction.

Amended December 10, 2014; May 22, 2015 to be effective with the October 7, 2015 drawing.

26.30: Reserved.

 

PB RULE 27 — POWERBALL GAME DESCRIPTION.

 

27.1: Powerball is a five (5) out of sixty-nine (69) plus one (1) out of twenty-six (26) numbers lottery game drawn every Wednesday and Saturday as part of the Powerball drawing event, which pays the Grand Prize, at the election of the player made in accordance with these rules or by a default election made in accordance with these rules, either on an annuitized pari-mutuel basis or as a single lump sum payment of the total funding held in the Grand Prize Pool (GPP) for the winning drawing on a pari-mutuel basis. Except as provided in these rules, all other prizes are paid on a single payment basis. Powerball Winning Numbers applicable to determine Powerball prizes will be determined in the Powerball Drawing event.

To play Powerball, a player shall select (or computer pick) five (5) different numbers, from one (1) through sixty-nine (69) and one (1) additional number from one (1) through twenty-six (26). The additional number may be the same as one of the first five numbers selected by the player.

Plays can be purchased for two dollars (U.S. $2.00), including any specific statutorily mandated tax of a Selling Lottery to be included in the price of a play. Plays may be purchased from a Selling Lottery approved sales outlet in a manner as approved by the Selling Lottery and in accordance with MUSL Rules.

The Drawing Procedures shall include procedures for randomly selecting the Powerball game Winning Numbers and the Power Play multiplier.

Amended December 21, 1998, February 3, 2002; July 5, 2002; May 4, 2005; August 20, 2008; December 8-9, 2009; June 14, 2011 and effective for draws beginning January 18, 2012; November 15, 2012; June 25, 2013; June 5, 2014; December 10, 2014; December 30, 2014; May 22, 2015 to be effective with the October 7, 2015 drawing; October 22, 2015 to be effective with the February 3, 2016 drawing.

27.2 Claims: Unless otherwise permitted by a selling lottery, a ticket (subject to the validation requirements set forth in Rule 31 (Ticket Validation)) or properly registered ticketless transaction shall be the only proof of a game Play or Plays and the submission of a winning ticket to the issuing Selling Lottery or its authorized agent shall be the sole method of claiming a prize or prizes. A Play Slip has no pecuniary or prize value and shall not constitute evidence of play purchase or of numbers selected. A terminal-produced paper receipt has no pecuniary or prize value and shall not constitute evidence of play purchase or of numbers selected.

Amended October 5, 2004; December 8-9, 2009; November 15, 2012; June 5, 2014; December 10, 2014; May 22, 2015 to be effective with the October 7, 2015 drawing.

27.3 Cancellations Prohibited: A play may not be voided or canceled by returning the ticket or ticketless transaction to the selling agent or to the lottery, including tickets that are printed in error. A Selling Lottery may develop an approved method of compensating retailers for plays that are not transferred to a player for a reason acceptable to the Selling Lottery. No play that is eligible for a prize can be returned to the lottery for credit. Plays accepted by retailers as returned plays and that cannot be re-sold shall be deemed owned by the bearer thereof.

Amended November 15, 2012; December 10, 2014; May 22, 2015 to be effective with the October 7, 2015 drawing.

Comment: By proxy vote on July 7, 1993, the Board agreed that after each drawing, each Selling Lottery should check ticket numbers of returned plays and report to the MUSL as non-winners any returned plays that contain a match for all of the numbers drawn. At its meeting on September 28, 1993, the Board reaffirmed its policy that plays cannot be canceled. The Board also recognized that good retailer relations may require a Selling Lottery to compensate a retailer for plays that are misprinted, illegible, or, for other reasons that may be acceptable to the Selling Lottery, cannot be sold by the retailer. This rule permits each Selling Lottery, at its discretion, to compensate a retailer for a returned play that is not eligible to win a prize at the time it is returned to the Selling Lottery. To avoid the appearance that a returned play is being canceled, the Selling Lottery should require that the ticket not be placed in transit until after the applicable drawing. Returned plays are accepted only for a Selling Lottery’s auditing purposes and shall have no effect on the outcome of the Drawing for which they were issued or reduce the Selling Lottery’s contribution to the Grand Prize prize pool. At its meeting on April 17, 1994, the Board agreed that plays stolen by a retailer’s hired clerk cannot be accepted by the Selling Lottery as canceled or returned plays. Although the rule would permit a Selling Lottery to compensate a retailer for the loss from theft if a Selling Lottery wishes to assume such a loss, the plays cannot be canceled or returned to the Selling Lottery. The plays are owned by, and winning plays may be claimed by, the retailer.

Comment last modified May 22, 2015 to be effective with the October 7, 2015 drawing.

27.4 Player Responsibility: It shall be the sole responsibility of the player to verify the accuracy of the game Play or Plays and other data printed on the ticket or contained in a ticketless transaction. The placing of Plays is done at the player's own risk through the agent that is acting on behalf of the player in entering the Play or Plays. The purchaser of a Play or Plays through a ticketless transaction has the sole responsibility for verifying the accuracy and condition of the data at the time of purchase.

Amended November 15, 2012; June 5, 2014; December 10, 2014; May 22, 2015 to be effective with the October 7, 2015 drawing.

27.5 Entry of Plays: Plays may only be entered manually using the lottery terminal keypad or touch screen or by means of a Play Slip as approved by the Selling Lottery or by such other means approved by the Selling Lottery. Retailers shall not permit the use of Play Slips that are not approved by the Selling Lottery. Retailers shall not permit any device to be physically or wirelessly connected to a lottery terminal to enter plays, except as approved by the Selling Lottery.

Amended December 8-9, 2009; December 10, 2014; Amended March 20, 2017 to be effective with the September 30, 2017 drawing.

27.6 Registration of Plays: Ticketless transaction plays may be registered by the Selling Lottery at a lottery processing site that meets the requirements established by the Product Group and the MUSL Board.

Adopted October 5, 2004.

Amended December 8-9, 2009; November 15, 2012; June 25, 2013; December 10, 2014.

 

PB RULE 28 — POWERBALL PRIZE POOL

 

28.1 Powerball Prize Pool: The prize pool for all prize categories shall consist of fifty percent (50%) of each drawing period's sales, inclusive of any specific statutorily mandated tax of a Selling Lottery to be included in the price of a play, and including contributions to the prize pool accounts and prize reserve accounts.

Amended August 20, 2008; December 8-9, 2009; November 15, 2012; June 25, 2013; December 10, 2014; December 30, 2014; May 22, 2015 to be effective with the October 7, 2015 drawing; September 23, 2015 to be effective with the February 3, 2016 drawing.

28.2(a) Powerball Prize Pool Accounts and Prize Reserve Accounts: The Product Group shall set the contribution rates to the prize pool and to one or more prize reserve or pool accounts established by this rule.

28.2(a)(i) The following prize reserve accounts for the Powerball game are hereby established:

28.2(a)(i)(a) the Prize Reserve Account (PRA), which is used to guarantee the payment of valid, but unanticipated, Grand Prize claims that may result from a system error or other reason; and

28.2(a)(i)(b) the Set Prize Reserve Account (SPRA), which is used to fund deficiencies in low-tier Powerball prize payments (subject to the limitations of these rules).

28.2(a)(i)(b) the Set Prize Reserve Account (SPRA), which is used to fund deficiencies in low-tier Powerball prize payments (subject to the limitations of these rules).

28.2(a)(ii) The following prize pool accounts for the Powerball game are hereby established:

 
  • the GPP, which is used to fund the current Grand Prize;
  • the Set Prize Pool (SPP), which is used to fund the Set Prizes. The SPP shall hold the temporary balances that may result from having fewer than expected winners in the Set Prize (aka low-tier prize) categories. The source of the SPP is the Party Lottery’s weekly prize contributions less actual Set Prize liability;
  • the Set-Aside Pool (SAP), which is used to fund the payment of the awarded minimum starting annuity Grand Prizes and minimum annuity Grand Prize increase, if necessary (subject to the limitations in these rules), as may be set by the Product Group; and
  • the Grand Prize Carry Forward Pool (GPCFP), which is used to fund the starting minimum annuity Grand Prize, as may be set by the Product Group, if such funds are available, and if sales do not fund the Grand Prize.
 

28.2(a)(iii) The above prize reserve accounts, the GPCFP and the SAP shall have maximum balance amounts or balance limiter triggers that are set by the Product Group and are detailed in the Comments to this Rule.

The maximum balance amounts and balance limit triggers are subject to review by the MUSL Board Finance and Audit Committee.  The Finance and Audit Committee shall have two weeks to state objections, if any, to the approved maximum balance amounts or balance limiter triggers. Approved maximum balance amounts or balance limiter triggers shall become effective no sooner than two weeks after notice is given to the Finance and Audit Committee and no objection is stated or sooner if the Committee affirmatively approves the maximum balance amounts or balance limiter triggers. The Group may appeal the Committee’s objections to the full Board. Group approved changes in the maximum balance amounts or balance limiter triggers set by the Product Group shall be effective only after the next Grand Prize win.

28.2(a)(iv) The maximum contribution rate to the GPP shall be 68.0131% of the prize pool (34.0066% of sales).

An amount up to five percent (5%) of a Party Lottery’s sales shall be deducted from a Party Lottery’s GPP contribution and placed in trust in one or more prize pool accounts and prize reserve accounts held by the Product Group (hereinafter the “prize pool and reserve deduction”) at any time that the prize pool accounts and Party Lottery’s share of the prize reserve accounts(s) is below the amounts designated by the Product Group.

An additional amount up to twenty percent (20%) of a Party Lottery’s sales shall be deducted from a Party Lottery’s GPP contribution and placed in trust in the GPCFP to be held by the Product Group at a time as determined by the Product Group.

Amended June 15, 2016 to be effective with the drawing on October 19, 2016.

28.2(a)(v) The Product Group may determine to expend all or a portion of the funds in the Powerball prize pool accounts (except the GPP account and the GPCFP) and the prize reserve accounts:

(1) for the purpose of indemnifying the Party Lotteries and Licensee Lotteries in the payment of prizes to be made by the Selling Lotteries; and

(2) for the payment of prizes or special prizes in the game, limited to prize pool and prize reserve contributions from lotteries participating in the special prize promotion, subject to the approval of the Board’s Finance & Audit Committee or that Committee’s failure to object after given two weeks’ notice of the planned action, which actions may be appealed to the full Board by the Product Group.

The GPCFP may only be expended to fund the starting minimum annuity Grand Prize.

28.2(a)(vi) The prize reserve shares of a Party Lottery may be adjusted with refunds to the Party Lottery from the prize reserve account(s) as may be needed to maintain the approved maximum balance and sales percentage shares of the Party Lotteries.

Amended June 15, 2016 to be effective with the drawing on October 19, 2016.

28.2(a)(vii) A Party Lottery may contribute to its sales percentage share of prize reserve accounts over time, but in the event of a draw down from a prize reserve account, a Party Lottery is responsible for its full sales percentage share of the prize reserve account, whether or not it has been paid in full.

Amended June 15, 2016 to be effective with the drawing on October 19, 2016.

28.2(a)(viii) Any amount remaining in the Powerball prize pool accounts or prize reserve accounts when the Product Group declares the end of the game shall be returned to the lotteries participating in the accounts after the end of all claim periods of all Selling Lotteries, carried forward to a replacement game, or otherwise expended in a manner at the election of the individual Members of the Product Group in accordance with jurisdiction statute.

Amended December 12, 2001; August 1, 2003; August 20, 2008; December 8-9, 2009; November 15, 2012; May 13, 2013 to be effective October 1, 2013; June 25, 2013; June 5, 2014; December 10, 2014; December 30, 2014; May 22, 2015 to be effective with the October 7, 2015 drawing; September 23, 2015 and October 22, 2015 to be effective with the February 3, 2016 drawing.

Comment: The SPRA and the SPP, to the extent they exist, may be used to fund a deficiency in Power Play multiplier prizes; but monies from the GPP may not be used to fund or increase a Power Play prize. As permitted by Rule 30.5 and as required by Rule 28.2(a)(iii), on October 25, 2011, the Powerball Product Group set the maximum SAP balance amount at $20 million and the maximum SPRA balance amount at $40 million. As required by Rule 28.2(a)(iii), on November 15, 2012, the Product Group set the maximum PRA balance amount at $80 million.

On May 13, 2013, the Group determined that, effective October 1, 2013, the prize pool and reserve deduction is set to begin at two percent (2%) when the annuity Grand Prize, as determined after sales are known, exceeds one hundred twenty million ($120,000,000.00), and four percent (4%) when the annuity Grand Prize, as determined after sales are known exceeds two hundred fifty million dollars ($250,000,000.00). Any amount of the prize pool and reserve deduction shall first be used to fund the SAP until it reaches its maximum established balance amount, and then shall be used to fund the prize reserve accounts until they reach their individual maximum established balance amounts. Any amount of the prize pool and reserve deduction not used to fund the SAP or prize reserve accounts shall become part of the GPP.

As required by Rule 28.2(a)(iii), on September 23, 2015, as modified by Group action on January 27, 2016, and on June 15, 2016, the Group established a balance limit trigger for the GPCFP as follows: Effective with the drawing on July 2 2016, at any time that the GPCFP is below forty-five million dollars ($45,000,000) prior to a drawing, the GPCFP deduction from a Party Lottery’s GPP contribution for that drawing shall be equal to a maximum of four percent (4%) of a Party Lottery’s sales when the annuity Grand Prize, as determined after sales are known, exceeds one hundred twenty million dollars ($120,000,000.00); the GPCFP percentage shall be reduced by the percentage of sales being actually contributed to the SAP, SPRA or the PRA. At any time that the GPCFP exceeds forty-five million dollars ($45,000,000) prior to a drawing, there shall be no GPCFP deduction for that drawing. On June 15, 2016 the Group agreed to continue contributions to the GPCFP after August 2, 2017.

Approval of the Group is required to change the prize pool and prize reserve deduction percentages, maximum balances and balance limit trigger levels.

Comment last modified June 15, 2016 to be effective with the drawing on July 2, 2016.

28.2(b) Licensee Lotteries: Licensee Lotteries shall adhere to PB Rule 28.2(a) unless a different process is approved by the Product Group.

Adopted December 8-9, 2009.

Comment: At its meeting on December 8-9, 2009, and under the terms of the Cross-Selling Agreement, the Product Group agreed to exclude the Licensed Lotteries from contributing to the prize pool accounts (other than the GPP) and prize reserve accounts with the agreement of the Licensed Lotteries to be responsible for the payment of their shares of all prizes won.

Comment last modified October 22, 2015 to be effective with the February 3, 2016 drawing.

28.3 Expected Powerball Prize Payout Percentages: 

(1) The Grand Prize payout shall be determined on a pari-mutuel basis. Except as otherwise mandated by jurisdiction statute or judicial requirements, or provided for in these rules, all other prizes awarded shall be paid as set single payment prizes. All prize payouts are made with the following expected prize payout percentages, although the prize payout percentage per draw may vary:

Prize Pool Percentage

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Number of Matches Per Play Prize Payment Allocated Prize
All five (5) of first set plus one (1) of second set. Grand Prize 68.0131%*
All five (5) of first set and none of second set. $1,000,000 8.5558%
Any four (4) of first set plus one (1) of second set. $50,000 5.4757%
Any four (4) of first set and none of second set. $100 0.2738%
Any three (3) of first set plus one (1) of second set. $100 0.6899%
Any three (3) of first set and none of second set. $7 1.2074%
Any two (2) of first set plus one (1) of second set. $7 0.9981%
Any one (1) of first set plus one (1) of second set. $4 4.3489%
None of first set plus one (1) of second set. $4 10.4373%

* The maximum contribution rate may include contributions to reserves and pools as described in these rules.

Amended June 14, 2011 and July 24, 2011 and effective for draws beginning January 18, 2012; November 15, 2012, June 25, 2013 to be effective October 1, 2013; June 5, 2014; December 10, 2014; December 30, 2014; May 22, 2015 to be effective with the October 7, 2015 drawing; September 23, 2015 to be effective with the February 3, 2016 drawing.

Comment: Due to jurisdictional law requirements, on November 15, 2012, the Powerball Group concluded that the California Lottery shall separately determine the low-tier cash prize values for that jurisdiction and that it shall not participate in the Power Play multiplier.

Comment last modified December 10, 2014.

28.3(1)(a) The prize money allocated to the Grand Prize category shall be divided equally by the number of plays winning the Grand Prize.

Amended June 25, 2013 effective October 1, 2013; December 10, 2014

28.3(1)(b) Powerball Set Prize Pool Carried Forward: For Party Lotteries, the Powerball SPP (for single payment prizes of one million dollars ($1,000,000.00) or less) shall be carried forward to subsequent draws if all or a portion of it is not needed to pay the Powerball Set Prizes awarded in the current draw.

Amended June 25, 2013; June 5, 2014; December 10, 2014; May 22, 2015 to be effective with the October 7, 2015 drawing; October 22, 2015 to be effective with the February 3, 2016 drawing.

28.3(1)(c) Pari-Mutuel Powerball Prize Determinations: Except as provided for in 28.3(1)(c)(1)(c), for Party Lotteries:

Amended December 10, 2014; May 22, 2015 to be effective with the October 7, 2015 drawing.

28.3(1)(c)(1)(a) If the total of the Powerball Set Prizes (as multiplied by the respective Power Play multiplier if applicable) awarded in a drawing exceeds the percentage of the prize pool allocated to the Powerball Set Prizes, then the amount needed to fund the Powerball Set Prizes, including Power Play prizes, awarded shall be drawn from the following sources, in the following order:

28.3(1)(c)(1)(a)(i) the amount available in the SPP and the Power Play Prize Pool, if any;

28.3(1)(c)(1)(a)(ii) an amount from the SPRA, if available, not to exceed forty million dollars ($40,000,000.00) per drawing; and

28.3(1)(c)(1)(a)(iii) other amounts as agreed to by the Product Group in their sole discretion.

Amended June 25, 2013 effective October 1, 2013; December 10, 2014; December 30, 2014; May 22, 2015 to be effective with the October 7, 2015 drawing; June 15, 2016 to be effective with the drawing on October 19, 2016.

28.3(1)(c)(1)(b) If, after these sources are depleted, there are not sufficient funds to pay the Set Prizes awarded, including Power Play prizes, then the highest Set Prize shall become a pari-mutuel prize. If the amount of the highest Set Prize, when paid on a pari-mutuel basis, drops to or below the next highest Set Prize and there are still not sufficient funds to pay the remaining Set Prizes awarded, then the next highest Set Prize, including Power Play prizes, shall become a pari-mutuel prize. This procedure shall continue down through all Set Prize levels, if necessary, until all Set Prize levels become pari-mutuel prize levels. In that instance, the money available from the funding sources listed in this rule shall be divided among the winning plays in proportion to their respective prize percentages. Powerball Set Prizes and Power Play prizes will be reduced by the same percentage.

Amended January 13, 1998; May 4, 2005; December 8-9, 2009; June 14, 2011 and October 25, 2011 to be effective for draws beginning January 18, 2012; November 15, 2012; June 25, 2013 effective October 1, 2013; June 5, 2014; December 10, 2014; December 30, 2014; May 22, 2015 to be effective with the October 7, 2015 drawing.

28.3(1)(c)(1)(c) By agreement with the Licensee Lotteries, the Licensee Lotteries shall independently calculate their Set Prize pari-mutuel prize amounts. The Party Lotteries and the Licensee Lotteries shall then agree to set the pari-mutuel prize amounts for all lotteries selling the game at the lesser of the independently-calculated prize amounts.

Amended June 25, 2013 effective October 1, 2013; December 10, 2014.

Comment: The California Lottery is excluded from the Party Lotteries’ and other Licensee Lotteries’ pari-mutuel prize calculations.

28.3(1)(c)(2) Licensee Lotteries: Licensee Lotteries shall adhere to PB Rule 28.3(1)(c)(1)(a) and (b) unless a different process is approved by the Product Group.

Adopted December 8-9, 2009. Amended June 25, 2013 to be effective October 1, 2013; December 10, 2014; May 22, 2015 to be effective with the October 7, 2015 drawing.

Comment: The California Lottery is excluded from the Party Lotteries’ and other Licensee Lotteries’ pari-mutuel prize calculations. At its meeting on December 8-9, 2009, and under the terms of the Cross-Selling Agreement, the Product Group agreed to exclude the Licensed Lotteries from contributing to the prize pool accounts (other than the GPP) and prize reserve accounts with the agreement of the Licensed Lotteries to be responsible for the payment of their shares of all prizes won subject to the agreement noted in 28.3(1)(c)(1)(c).

Comment last modified October 22, 2015 to be effective with the February 3, 2016 drawing.

 

PB RULE 29 — PROBABILITY OF WINNING POWERBALL PRIZES

 

The following table sets forth the probability of winning and the probable distribution of winners in and among each prize category, based upon the total number of possible combinations in Powerball. The Set Prize Amount shall be the prizes set for all Selling Lotteries unless prohibited or limited by a jurisdiction’s statute or judicial requirements.

Probability Distribution

 

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Number of Matches Per Play Winners Probability Prize Amount
All five (5) of first set plus one (1) of second set 1 1:292,201,338.0000 Grand Prize
All five (5) of first set and none of second set 25 1:11,688,053.5200 $1,000,000
Any four (4) of first set plus one (1) of second set 320 1:913,129.1813 $50,000
Any four (4) of first set and none of second set 8,000 1:36,525.1673 $100
Any three (3) of first set plus one (1) of second set 20,160 1:14,494.1140 $100
Any three (3) of first set and none of second set 504,000 1:579.7646 $7
Any two (2) of first set plus one (1) of second set 416,640 1:701.3281 $7
Any one (1) of first set plus one (1) of second set 3,176,880 1:91.9775 $4
None of first set plus one (1) of second set 7,624,512 1:38.3239 $4
Overall 11,750,538 1:24.8671  
 

Amended July 5, 2001; May 4, 2005; December 8-9, 2009; June 14, 2011 and effective for draws beginning January 18, 2012; November 15, 2012; June 5, 2014; December 10, 2014; May 22, 2015 to be effective with the October 7, 2015 drawing.

Comment: Due to jurisdictional law requirements, on November 15, 2012, the Powerball Group concluded that the California Lottery shall separately determine the low-tier cash prize values for that jurisdiction.

 

PB RULE 30 — PRIZE PAYMENT

 

30.1 Grand Prizes: Grand Prizes shall be paid, at the election of the player made no later than sixty (60) days after the player becomes entitled to the prize, with either a per-winner annuity or single lump sum payment (which may be referred to as the “cash option”). If the payment election is not made at the time of purchase and is not made by the player within sixty (60) days after the player becomes entitled to the prize, then the prize shall be paid as an annuity prize. An election for an annuity payment made by a player before ticket purchase or by system default or design may be changed to a cash option payment at the election of the player until the expiration of sixty (60) days after the player becomes entitled to the prize. The election to take the cash option payment may be made at the time of the prize claim or within sixty (60) days after the player becomes entitled to the prize. An election made after the winner becomes entitled to the prize is final and cannot be revoked, withdrawn, or otherwise changed.

Shares of the Grand Prize shall be determined by dividing the funds available in the GPP equally among all winning plays of the Grand Prize. Winner(s) who elect a cash option payment shall be paid their share(s) in a single lump sum payment. The annuitized option prize shall be determined by multiplying a winner’s share of the Grand Prize pool by a process as approved by the MUSL Board. Neither MUSL nor the Selling Lotteries shall be responsible or liable for changes in the advertised or estimated annuity prize amount and the actual amount purchased after the prize payment method is actually known to MUSL.

In certain instances announced by the Product Group, the Grand Prize shall be a guaranteed amount and shall be determined pursuant to Rule 30.5.

If individual shares of the GPP funds held to fund an annuity is less than $250,000.00, the Product Group, in its sole discretion, may elect to pay the winners their share of the funds held in the GPP.

All annuitized prizes shall be paid annually in thirty (30) payments with the initial payment being made in a single payment, to be followed by twenty-nine (29) payments funded by the annuity. Except as may be controlled by a Selling Lottery’s governing statute, all annuitized prizes shall be paid annually in thirty (30) graduated payments (increasing each year) by a rate as determined by the Product Group. Prize payments may be rounded down to the nearest one thousand dollars ($1,000.00). Annual payments after the initial payment shall be made by the lottery on the anniversary date or if such date falls on a non-business day, then the first business day following the anniversary date of the selection of the Grand Prize Winning Numbers.

Comment: On July 8, 2005, the Product Group set the graduated rate at four percent (4%) per year. On May 22, 2015 (to be effective with the October 7, 2015 drawing), the Product Group set the graduated rate at five percent (5%) per year.

Funds for the initial payment of an annuitized prize or the lump sum cash option prize payment shall be made available by MUSL for payment by the Selling Lottery no earlier than the fifteenth calendar day (or the next banking day if the fifteenth day is a holiday) following the drawing. If necessary, when the due date for the payment of a prize occurs before the receipt of funds in the prize pool trust sufficient to pay the prize, the transfer of funds for the payment of the full lump sum cash option amount may be delayed pending receipt of funds from the Selling Lotteries. A paying lottery may elect to make the initial payment from its own funds after validation, with notice to MUSL.

Comment: On September 9, 1998, the Product Group mandated a delay in payment to a Selling Lottery until the validation of the claim. On August 20, 2008, the Product Group authorized the use of a Party Lottery’s share of MUSL non-game earnings to fund annuity payments, as may be needed, in a manner other than provided for in this rule, due to mandates of local statute.

If a Party Lottery purchases or holds the prize payment annuity for a prize won in that jurisdiction, that Party Lottery’s game rules, and any prize payment agreement with the prize winner, shall indicate that the prize winner has no recourse on the MUSL or any other Party Lottery for payment of that prize.

In the event of the death of a lottery winner during the annuity payment period, unless prohibited by jurisdictional law, the MUSL Finance & Audit Committee, in its sole discretion excepting a discretionary review by the Product Group, upon the petition of the estate of the lottery winner (the "Estate") to the lottery of the jurisdiction in which the deceased lottery winner purchased the winning play, and subject to federal, state, district, or territorial applicable laws, may accelerate the payment of all of the remaining lottery proceeds to the Estate. If such a determination is made, then securities and/or cash held to fund the deceased lottery winner's annuitized prize may be distributed to the Estate. The identification of the securities to fund the annuitized prize shall be at the sole discretion of the Finance & Audit Committee or the Product Group.

Comment. Changes made to this Rule on December 21, 1998, are intended to provide players with the advantages offered by the changes made to 26 U.S.C. §451. These rules should be interpreted in a manner that is consistent with the purposes, requirements, and restrictions of that code section. Due to its jurisdictional law, on November 15, 2012, the Powerball Group concluded that the provisions relating to acceleration of annuity payments to an estate shall not be applicable to the California Lottery.

30.2 Powerball Prize Payments: All prizes (whether described as “cash” payment prizes or otherwise) shall be paid through the Selling Lottery that sold the winning play(s) and at the discretion of the Selling Lottery that sold the winning play(s) may be paid by cash, check, warrant or electronic transfer.

A Selling Lottery may begin paying low-tier prizes after receiving authorization to pay from the MUSL central office. If a Selling Lottery, due to jurisdictional law requirements, separately determines its low-tier prize amounts, it shall be solely responsible for its low-tier prize liability, and may begin paying low-tier prizes after a drawing when it determines appropriate to do so.

Amended December 8-9, 2009; November 15, 2012; June 5, 2014; December 10, 2014; May 22, 2015 to be effective with the October 7, 2015 drawing.

Comment: Due to jurisdictional law requirements, on November 15, 2012, the Powerball Group concluded that the California Lottery shall separately determine the low-tier prize values for that jurisdiction.

30.3 Powerball Prizes Rounded: Annuitized payments of the Grand Prize or a share of the Grand Prize may be rounded to facilitate the purchase of an appropriate funding mechanism. Breakage on an annuitized Grand Prize win shall be added to the first payment to the winner or winners. Prizes other than the Grand Prize, which, under these rules, may become single-payment, pari-mutuel prizes, may be rounded down so that prizes can be paid in multiples of whole dollars. Except with regards to low-tier prizes paid by a Selling Lottery which separately determines its low-tier prize amounts pursuant to Rule 30.2, breakage resulting from rounding these prizes shall be carried forward to the prize pool for the next drawing.

Amended November 15, 2012; June 5, 2014; December 10, 2014.

Comment: Due to jurisdictional law requirements, on November 15, 2012, the Powerball Group concluded that the California Lottery shall separately determine the low-tier prize values for that jurisdiction.

30.4 Powerball Prize Rollover: If the Grand Prize is not won in a drawing, the prize money allocated for the Grand Prize shall roll over and be added to the GPP for the following drawing.

Amended July 5, 2002; June 24, 2011 and effective for draws beginning January 18, 2012; December 10, 2014; May 22, 2015 to be effective with the October 7, 2015 drawing; October 22, 2015 to be effective with the February 3, 2016 drawing.

30.5 Funding of Guaranteed Powerball Prizes:

30.5(a) The Product Group may offer guaranteed minimum Grand Prize amounts or minimum increases in the Grand Prize amount between drawings or make other changes in the allocation of prize money where the Product Group finds that it would be in the best interest of the game.

Amended June 15, 2016 to be effective with the drawing on October 19, 2016.

30.5(b) If a minimum Grand Prize amount or a minimum increase in the Grand Prize amount between drawings is offered by the Product Group, then the Grand Prize shares shall be determined as follows:

30.5(b)(1) If there are multiple Grand Prize winners during a single drawing, each selecting the annuitized option prize, then a winner's share of the guaranteed annuitized Grand Prize shall be determined by dividing the guaranteed annuitized Grand Prize by the number of winning plays;

30.5(b)(2) If there are multiple Grand Prize winners during a single drawing and at least one (1) of the Grand Prize winners has elected the annuitized option prize, then the MUSL Annuity Factor shall be utilized to determine the cash pool. The cost of the annuitized prize(s) will be determined at the time the annuity is purchased through a process as approved by the MUSL Board;

30.5(b)(3) If no winner of the Grand Prize during a single drawing has elected the annuitized option prize, then the amount of cash in the GPP shall be an amount equal to the guaranteed annuitized amount divided by the MUSL Annuity Factor.

Amended June 15, 2016 to be effective with the drawing on October 19, 2016.

30.5(c) Minimum guaranteed prizes or increases may be waived if the alternate funding mechanism set out in Rule 28.3(1)(c) becomes necessary. Approval of the Group is required to change the guaranteed minimum Grand Prize amounts or minimum increases in the Grand Prize amount. Any reduction in the guaranteed minimum Grand Prize amount or reduction in the minimum increases to the Grand Prize amount shall not become effective until after a Grand Prize win following the action taken by the Group.

Amended November 15, 2012; June 25, 2013 to be effective October 1, 2013; December 10, 2014; May 22, 2015 to be effective with the October 7, 2015 drawing; October 22, 2015 to be effective with the February 3, 2016 drawing; June 15, 2016 to be effective with the drawing on October 19, 2016.

Comment: The SAP has a cap of $20 million dollars.

The Product Group has determined that the minimum Grand Prize shall be $40 million annuity and the minimum increases in the Grand Prize shall be $10 million annuity between draws. The Group may change guaranteed minimum Grand Prize amounts for future draws at any time.

Comment last amended June 15, 2016 to be effective with the drawing on October 19, 2016.

30.6 Limited to Highest Powerball Prize Won: The holder of a winning play may win only one (1) prize per play in connection with the Winning Numbers drawn and shall be entitled only to the prize won by those numbers in the highest matching prize category. All liabilities for a Powerball prize are discharged upon payment of a prize claim.

Amended November 15, 2012; December 10, 2014; May 22, 2015 to be effective with the October 7, 2015 drawing; June 15, 2016 to be effective with the drawing on October 19, 2016.

30.7 Prize Claim Period: Prize claims shall be submitted within the period set by the Selling Lottery selling the play. If no such claim period is established, all Grand Prize claims shall be made within one hundred eighty (180) days after the drawing date.

Amended November 15, 2012; December 10, 2014; May 22, 2015 to be effective with the October 7, 2015 drawing.

 

PB RULE 31 — TICKET VALIDATION.

 

To be a valid play and eligible to receive a prize, a play’s ticket or ticketless transaction shall satisfy all the requirements established by a Selling Lottery for validation of winning plays sold through its gaming system and any other validation requirements adopted by the Product Group, the MUSL Board, and published as the Confidential MUSL Minimum Game Security Standards. The MUSL and the Selling Lotteries shall not be responsible for tickets or ticketless transactions that are altered in any manner.

Amended November 15, 2012; June 5, 2014; May 22, 2015 to be effective with the October 7, 2015 drawing.

 

PB RULE 32 — TICKET RESPONSIBILITY.

 

32.1 Prize Claims: Prize claim procedures shall be governed by the rules of the selling lottery.

The MUSL and the Selling Lotteries shall not be responsible for prizes that are not claimed following the proper procedures as determined by the selling lottery.

Amended November 20, 1998; December 21, 1998; October 5, 2004; November 15, 2012; June 25, 2013.

32.2 Reserved:

Amended November 20, 1998; November 15, 2012; June 25, 2013.

32.3 Stolen Tickets: The Product Group, the MUSL and the Party Lotteries shall not be responsible for lost or stolen tickets.

32.4 Ticketless Transactions: A receipt for a ticketless transaction play has no value and is not evidence of a play. A ticketless transaction play is valid when registered with the lottery in accordance with lottery rules and the person or, if permitted by the lottery rules, the persons registering the play shall be the owner of the ticketless transaction play.

Adopted February 1, 2006.

Amended June 25, 2013; December 10, 2014; May 22, 2015 to be effective with the October 7, 2015 drawing.

 

PB RULE 33 — INELIGIBLE PLAYERS.

 

33.1: A play or share for a MUSL game issued by the MUSL or any of its Party Lotteries shall not be purchased by, and a prize won by any such play or share shall not be paid to:

33.1(a) a MUSL employee, officer, or director;

33.1(b) a contractor or consultant under agreement with the MUSL to review the MUSL audit and security procedures;

33.1(c) an employee of an independent accounting firm under contract with MUSL to observe drawings or site operations and actually assigned to the MUSL account and all partners, shareholders, or owners in the local office of the firm; or

33.1(d) an immediate family member (parent, stepparent, child, stepchild, spouse, or sibling) of an individual described in subsections (a), (b), and (c) and residing in the same household.

Amended September 30, 1996; November 15, 2012; May 22, 2015 to be effective with the October 7, 2015 drawing.

33.2: Those persons designated by a Selling Lottery's law as ineligible to play its games shall also be ineligible to play the Powerball game in that Selling Lottery's jurisdiction.

Amended June 15, 2016 to be effective with the drawing on October 19, 2016.

 

PB RULE 34 — APPLICABLE LAW.

 

In purchasing a play, or attempting to claim a prize, purchasers and prize claimants agree to comply with and abide by all applicable laws, rules, regulations, procedures, and decisions of the Selling Lottery where the play was purchased, and by directives and determinations of the director of that Party Lottery.

A prize claimant agrees, as its sole and exclusive remedy that claims arising out of a Powerball Play can only be pursued against the Selling Lottery which issued the Play. Litigation, if any, shall only be maintained within the jurisdiction in which the Powerball Play was purchased and only against the Selling Lottery that issued the play. No claim shall be made against any other Participating Lottery or against the MUSL.

Nothing in these Rules shall be construed as a waiver of any defense or claim the Selling Lottery which issued the Play, any other Participating Lottery or MUSL may have in any litigation, including in the event a player or prize claimant pursues litigation against the Selling Lottery, any other Participating Lottery or MUSL, or their respective officers, directors or employees.

All decisions made by a Selling Lottery, including the declaration of prizes and the payment thereof and the interpretation of Powerball Rules, shall be final and binding on all Play purchasers and on every person making a prize claim in respect thereof, but only in the jurisdiction where the Powerball Play was issued.

Unless the laws, rules, regulations, procedures, and decisions of the Lottery which issued the Play provide otherwise, no prize shall be paid upon a Play purchased, claimed or sold in violation of these Rules or the laws, rules, regulations, procedures, and decisions of that Selling Lottery; any such prize claimed but unpaid shall constitute an unclaimed prize under these Rules and the laws, rules, regulations, procedures, and decisions of that Selling Lottery.

Amended May 22, 2015 to be effective with the October 7, 2015 drawing; June 15, 2016 to be effective with the drawing on October 19, 2016.

 

PART III — POWERBALL POWER PLAY PROMOTION.

 

Adopted January 26, 2001.  Last Amended June 15, 2016 to be effective with the drawing on October 19, 2016.

APPLICABILITY OF THESE RULES: The Part III Power Play Promotion Rules are applicable to all Selling Lotteries, except as may be controlled by a Selling Lottery’s governing jurisdiction statute. The Product Group shall reach an agreement with such lotteries that will permit the operation of the promotion in a manner consistent with statute.

Adopted December 8-9, 2009; Amended November 15, 2012; May 22, 2015 to be effective with the October 7, 2015 drawing.

Comment: Due to its jurisdictional law requirements, the California Lottery will not offer the Power Play promotion.

 

PB RULE A — ¾ PROMOTION DESCRIPTION.

 

The Powerball Power Play promotion is a limited extension of the Powerball game and is conducted in accordance with the Powerball game rules and other lottery rules applicable to the Powerball game, except as may be amended herein. The promotion will begin at a time announced by the Selling Lottery and will continue until discontinued by the lottery. The promotion will offer to the owners of a qualifying play a chance to increase the amount of any of the eight (8) lowest Set Prizes (the prizes normally paying four dollars ($4.00) to one million dollars ($1,000,000.00)) won in a drawing held during the promotion. The Grand Prize is not a Set Prize and will not be increased.

Amended July 5, 2002; May 4, 2005; August 25, 2010; June 24, 2011 and effective for draws beginning January 18, 2012; November 15, 2012; June 5, 2014; May 22, 2015 to be effective with the October 7, 2015 drawing.

 

PB RULE B — ¾ QUALIFYING PLAY.

 

A qualifying play is any single Powerball play for which the player pays an extra dollar for the Power Play option play and that is recorded at the Selling Lottery’s central computer as a qualifying play.

Amended November 15, 2012; May 22, 2015 to be effective with the October 7, 2015 drawing.

 

PB RULE C — PRIZES TO BE INCREASED.

 

Except as provided in these rules, a qualifying play which wins one of seven lowest Set Prizes (excluding the Match 5+0 prize) will be multiplied by the number selected, either two, three, four, five or sometimes ten (2, 3, 4, 5 or sometimes10), in a separate random Power Play drawing announced during the official Powerball drawing show. The ten (10X) multiplier will be available for drawings in which the initially advertised annuitized Grand Prize amount is one hundred fifty million dollars ($150,000,000.00) or less. The announced Match 5+0 prize, for players selecting the Power Play option, shall be two million dollars ($2,000,000.00) unless a higher limited promotional dollar amount is announced by the Group.

Amended July 5, 2002; August 20, 2008; August 25, 2010; June 24, 2011 and effective for draws beginning January 18, 2012; November 15, 2012; June 25, 2013 to be effective for the drawing on January 22, 2014; June 5, 2014; May 22, 2015 and June 25, 2015 to be effective with the October 7, 2015 drawing.

 

PB RULE D — ¾ POWER PLAY DRAWS.

 

MUSL will conduct a separate random “Power Play” drawing and announce results during each of the regular Powerball drawings held during the promotion. During each Power Play drawing a single number (2, 3, 4, 5 and sometimes 10) shall be drawn. The ten (10X) multiplier shall be available for all drawings in which the initially advertised Grand Prize amount is one hundred fifty million dollars ($150,000,000.00) or less. The Powerball Group may modify the multiplier features for special promotions from time to time.

Amended June 25, 2013 to be effective for the drawing on January 22, 2014; June 5, 2014; May 22, 2015 and June 25, 2015 to be effective with the October 7, 2015 drawing; October 22, 2015.

 

PB RULE E — PRIZE POOL.

 

E(1) Power Play Prize Pool:

E(1)(a) The Power Play Prize Pool (PPP) is hereby created, which is used to fund Power Play prizes. The PPP shall hold the temporary balances that may result from having fewer than expected winners in the Power Play. The source of the PPP is the Party Lottery’s weekly prize contributions less actual Power Play Prize liability.

E(1)(b) In total, fifty percent (50%) of each draw’s sales shall be collected for the payment of prizes:

E(1)(b)(1) In drawings where the ten (10X) multiplier is available, the expected payout for all prize categories shall consist of up to forty-nine and nine hundred sixty-nine thousandths percent (49.969%) of each drawing period's sales, including any specific statutorily mandated tax of a Selling Lottery to be included in the price of a lottery ticket. In drawings where the ”ten (10)” multiplier is not available, the expected payout for all prize categories shall consist of up to forty-five and nine hundred thirty-four thousandths percent (45.934%) of each drawing period's sales, including any specific statutorily mandated tax of a Selling Lottery to be included in the price of a lottery ticket.

E(1)(b)(2) In drawings where the ten (10X) multiplier is available, an additional thirty-one thousandths percent (0.031%) of each drawing period's sales, including any specific statutorily mandated tax of a Selling Lottery to be included in the price of a lottery ticket, may be collected and placed in trust in the PPP, for the purpose of paying Power Play prizes. In drawings where the ten (10X) multiplier is not available, an additional four and sixty-six thousandths percent (4.066%) of each drawing period's sales, including any specific statutorily mandated tax of a Selling Lottery to be included in the price of a lottery ticket, may be collected and placed in trust in the PPP, for the purpose of paying Power Play prizes.

E(1)(c) The prize payout percentage per draw may vary. The PPP shall be carried forward to subsequent draws if all or a portion of it is not needed to pay the Power Play prizes awarded in the current draw and held in the PPP.

Amended May 4, 2005; August 20, 2008; December 8-9, 2009; June 24, 2011 effective for draws beginning January 18, 2012; November 15, 2012; June 25, 2013 to be effective with the drawing on January 22, 2014; May 22, 2015 and June 25, 2015 to be effective with the October 7, 2015 drawing; September 23, 2015 to be effective with the October 7, 2015 drawing; June 15, 2016 to be effective with the drawing on October 19, 2016

E(2) Licensee Lotteries: Licensee Lotteries shall adhere to PB Rule E(1) unless a different process is approved by the Product Group.

Adopted December 8-9, 2009.

Amended May 22, 2015 to be effective with the October 7, 2015 drawing.

Comment: At its meeting on December 8-9, 2009, and under the terms of the Cross-Selling Agreement, the Product Group agreed to exclude the Licensee Lotteries involved in the cross-selling initiative of Powerball and Mega Millions from PB Rule E(2) and such lotteries shall be responsible for the payment of all prizes won in those jurisdictions.

E(3) End of Game:. Any amount remaining in the PPP when the Product Group declares the end of this game shall be returned to the lotteries participating in the account after the end of all claim periods of all Selling Lotteries, carried forward to a replacement game, or otherwise expended in a manner at the election of the individual Members of the Product Group in accordance with jurisdiction statute.

Amended June 24, 2011 effective for draws beginning January 18, 2012; November 15, 2012; June 25, 2013 to be effective for the drawing on January 22, 2014; June 5, 2014; May 22, 2015 to be effective with the October 7, 2015 drawing; June 15, 2016 to be effective with the drawing on October 19, 2016.

E(4) Expected Prize Payout:

 

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  Prize Amount Regardless of Power Play number selected:
Match 5+0 $1,000,000.00 $2,000,000.00 $2,000,000.00 $2,000,000.00 $2,000,000.00 $2,000,000.00
  Set Prize Amount 10X 5X 4X 3X 2X
Match 4+1 $50,000.00 $500,000.00 $250,000.00 $200,000.00 $150,000.00 $100,000.00
Match 4+0 $100.00 $1,000.00 $500.00 $400.00 $300.00 $200.00
Match 3+1 $100.00 $1,000.00 $500.00  $400.00 $300.00 $200.00
Match 3+0 $7.00 $70.00 $35.00 $28.00 $21.00 $14.00
Match 2+1 $7.00 $70.00 $35.00  $28.00 $21.00 $14.00
Match 1+1 $4.00 $40.00 $20.00  $16.00 $12.00 $8.00
Match 0+1 $4.00 $40.00 $20.00  $16.00 $12.00 $8.00
 

In certain rare instances, the Powerball set prize amount may be less than the amount shown. In such case, the eight (8) lowest Power Play prizes will be changed to an amount announced after the draw. For example, if the Match 4+1 Powerball set prize amount of $50,000.00 becomes $25,000.00 under the rules of the Powerball game and a 5x Power Play multiplier is selected, then a Power Play player winning that prize amount would win $125,000.00.

Amended July 5, 2002, May 4, 2005; August 20, 2008; August 25, 2010; June 24, 2011 and effective for draws beginning draw January 18, 2012; November 15, 2012; June 25, 2013 to be effective with the drawing on January 22, 2014; May 22, 2015 to be effective with the October 7, 2015 drawing.

 

PB RULE F — PROBABILITY OF WINNING.

 

The following table sets forth the probability of the various Power Play numbers being drawn during a single Powerball drawing, except that the Power Play amount for the Match 5+0 prize will be two million dollars ($2,000,000). The Group may elect to run limited promotions that may modify the multiplier features.

When the 10x multiplier is available:

 

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Power Play Probability of Prize Increase Chance of Occurrence
10X — Prize Won Times 10 1 in 43 2.3255%
5X — Prize Won Times 5 2 in 43 4.6512%
4X — Prize Won Times 4 3 in 43 6.9767%
3X — Prize Won Times 3 13 in 43 30.2326%
2X — Prize Won Times 2 24 in 43 55.8140%
 

When the 10x multiplier is not available:

 

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Power Play Probability of Prize Increase Chance of Occurrence
10X — Prize Won Times 10 0 in 42 0.000%
5X — Prize Won Times 5 2 in 42 4.7619%
4X — Prize Won Times 4 3 in 42 7.1429%
3X — Prize Won Times 3 13 in 42 30.9523%
2X — Prize Won Times 2 24 in 42 57.1429%
 

Amended June 25, 2013 to be effective with the drawing on January 22, 2014; June 5, 2014; May 22, 2015 and June 25, 2015 to be effective with the October 7, 2015 drawing.

 

PB RULE G   ¾ LIMITATIONS ON PAYMENT OF POWER PLAY PRIZES.

 

G(1) Prize Pool Carried Forward. For Party Lotteries, the prize pool percentage allocated to the Power Play set prizes shall be carried forward to subsequent draws if all or a portion of it is not needed to pay the set prizes awarded in the current draw.

Amended December 8-9, 2009; May 22, 2015 to be effective with the October 7, 2015 drawing.

G(2)(a) Pari-Mutuel Prizes —All Prize Amounts:  Except as provided for in in (G)(2)(c), for Party Lotteries:

G(2)(a)(1) If the total of the original Powerball set prizes and the Power Play prizes awarded in a drawing exceeds the percentage of the prize pools allocated to the set prizes, then the amount needed to fund the set prizes (including the Power Play prize amounts) awarded shall be drawn from the following sources, in the following order:

G(2)(a)(1)(i) the amount available in the SPP and the PPP, if any;

G(2)(a)(1)(ii) an amount from the Powerball SPRA, if available in the account, not to exceed forty million dollars ($40,000,000.00) per drawing; and

G(2)(a)(1)(iii) other amounts as agreed to by the Product Group in their sole discretion.

(G)(2)(a)(2) If, after these sources are depleted, there are not sufficient funds to pay the set prizes awarded (including Power Play prize amounts), then the highest set prize (including the Power Play prize amounts) shall become a pari-mutuel prize. If the amount of the highest set prize, when paid on a pari-mutuel basis, drops to or below the next highest set prize and there are still not sufficient funds to pay the remaining set prizes awarded, then the next highest set prize, including the Power Play prize amount, shall become a pari-mutuel prize. This procedure shall continue down through all set prizes levels, if necessary, until all set prize levels become pari-mutuel prize levels. In that instance, the money available from the funding sources listed in this rule shall be divided among the winning plays in proportion to their respective prize percentages. Powerball and Power Play prizes will be reduced by the same percentage.

Amended August 20, 2008; December 8-9, 2009; August 25, 2010; June 12, 2012; November 15, 2012; June 25, 2013 to be effective October 1, 2013; May 22, 2015 to be effective with the October 7, 2015 drawing; June 15, 2016 to be effective with the drawing on October 19, 2016.

 

Comment: By action on January 7, 2009, the Product Group agreed to combine the Powerball and Power Play prize pools in the rare instance when the set prizes, pursuant to the rules, are paid on a pari-mutuel basis, so that the Power Play prize amounts, as provided for in the rules, will remain in effect for all prize levels. Comment amended May 22, 2015 to be effective with the October 7, 2015 drawing; October 22, 2015 to be effective with the February 3, 2016 drawing.

 

(G)(2)(b) Licensee Lotteries: Licensee Lotteries shall adhere to PB Rule G(2)(a) unless a different process is approved by the Product Group.

Adopted December 8-9, 2009; May 22, 2015 to be effective with the October 7, 2015 drawing.

Comment: At its meeting on December 8-9, 2009, and under the terms of the Cross-Selling Agreement, the Product Group agreed to exclude the Licensed Lotteries involved in the cross-selling initiative of Powerball and Mega Millions from PB Rule G(2)(a) and such lotteries shall be responsible for the payment of all prizes won in those jurisdictions.

(G)(2)(c) By agreement with the Licensee Lotteries, the Licensee Lotteries shall independently calculate their set pari-mutuel prize amounts, including the Power Play prize amounts. The Party Lotteries and the Licensee Lotteries shall then agree to set the pari-mutuel prize amounts for all lotteries selling the game at the lesser of the independently-calculated prize amounts.

Amended June 25, 2013 to be effective October 1, 2013; May 22, 2015 to be effective with the October 7, 2015 drawing.

Comment: The California Lottery is excluded from the Party Lotteries and other Licensee Lotteries pari-mutuel prize calculations.

 

PB RULE H — PRIZE PAYMENT.

 

H(1) Prize Payments: All Power Play prizes shall be paid in one single payment through the Selling Lottery that sold the winning ticket(s). A Selling Lottery may begin paying Power Play prizes after receiving authorization to pay from the MUSL central office.

Amended May 22, 2015 to be effective with the October 7, 2015 drawing.

H(2) Prizes Rounded: Prizes that, under these rules, may become pari-mutuel prizes, may be rounded down so that prizes can be paid in whole dollars. Breakage resulting from rounding these prizes shall be carried forward to the prize pool for the next drawing.

Amended August 25, 2010; November 15, 2012; June 5, 2014; May 22, 2015 to be effective with the October 7, 2015 drawing.

Mega Millions Game Rules

Part I — ADMINISTRATION

   

Part II — MEGA MILLIONS GAME RULES

   

Part III — SPECIAL GAME RULES: MEGA MILLIONS® MEGAPLIER® PROMOTION

   

Part IV - SPECIAL GAME RULES: MEGA MILLIONS® JUST THE JACKPOT™ PROMOTION

   

Part I - Administration

 

MM RULE 1 — LICENSE ENTERED; DISPUTES, VOTING, ELECTIONS.

1.0 Cross-Selling Agreement; Terms Incorporated. The MUSL Board and the Powerball Product Group has entered into an Agreement with the twelve U.S. lotteries operating under an agreement to sell a game known as Mega Millions (the Mega Millions Lotteries) to permit the Party Lotteries of this Mega Millions Product Group (hereinafter “Product Group”) to sell the Mega Millions lottery game. All provisions and requirements of that Cross-Selling Agreement, as it may be amended, are incorporated herein. Any conflict between the terms of these Rules and that Cross-Selling Agreement shall be interpreted in favor of that Cross-Selling Agreement. The Mega Millions Lotteries shall determine the Grand Prize amount (cash value option and annuity) prior to each drawing with the participation of the Product Group. The Game Rules and Finance and Operations Procedures of the Mega Millions Lottery Game as adopted and amended by the Mega Millions Lotteries are also incorporated herein. Any conflict between those Rules and Procedures and these Rules shall be interpreted in favor of the Mega Millions Lottery Game Rules and Operations Procedures.

Amended June 3, 2010 to be effective September 14, 2010; March 29, 2013; June 5, 2014.

1.1 First Review. The Product Group shall have the first opportunity to informally resolve any disputes arising between or among Party Lotteries regarding the Product Group, rules, policies, or guidelines. The Party Lottery seeking resolution of a dispute shall seek a remedy from the Product Group by filing a notice of dispute with the Product Group. Filing shall be done by certified mail, return receipt requested, addressed to the MUSL Executive Director. If the Product Group fails to resolve the dispute to the satisfaction of any party to the dispute within sixty (60) days after receiving notice of the dispute, the aggrieved Party Lottery may seek any other remedy authorized by the Multi-State Lottery Agreement (the MUSL Agreement), or the Cross-Selling Agreement with the Mega Millions Lotteries.

Amended June 3, 2010 to be effective September 14, 2010; March 29, 2013; June 5, 2014.

1.2 Voting. The Product Group shall use a dual system of voting. One (1) vote will be taken in which each Party Lottery has one (1) vote (member vote). A second vote will be taken in which each Party Lottery has a number of votes equivalent to its proportionate percentage of the total game’s sales for the one-year period immediately previous to the vote (sales vote). If a Party Lottery has less than a one year history of sales, then that Party Lottery’s vote for the period without sales will be calculated using average per capita sales applied to its total population (as per the most recent U.S. Census). In no case, however, shall a Party Lottery’s sales vote exceed fifteen percent (15%) of the total sales vote. Unless a different percentage is provided in these rules, the percentage of votes necessary to allow action by the Product Group shall be more than fifty percent (50%) of the votes cast pursuant to both methods of voting. All sales voting percentages shall be calculated exclusive of Mega Millions Agreement Member Lottery sales.

Amended March 29, 2013

1.3 Amendment of Rules. These Product Group Rules may be amended upon a vote of more than two-thirds (2/3) of the votes cast pursuant to both methods of voting.

Amended March 29, 2013.

1.4 Quorum The quorum necessary to hold an official meeting of the Product Group shall be representation in person or by proxy from more than fifty percent (50%) of all members. If neither the Chair nor Vice-Chair can attend a scheduled meeting in person, then the meeting shall be rescheduled.

Amended March 29, 2013.

1.5 Elections. A Product Group Chair and Product Group Vice-Chair shall be elected for one-year terms starting July 1. The Chair shall appoint a Nominating Committee to recommend candidates to the Product Group. Nominations may also be made by motion and properly seconded.

 

[Rule 2 reserved for future use].

 

MM RULE 3 — BUDGET.

3.1 Duties of Executive Director. Annually or on a more frequent basis, the Executive Director shall prepare and submit to the Product Group Chair a proposed budget and fees for the Party Lotteries to pay the Product Group for the services it renders to them and shall be paid as a fee for services by each of the Party Lotteries in accordance with estimated sales. An acceptable method of payment shall be determined by the Product Group, subject to approval by the Board.

If a lottery withdraws from participation in the product group without giving proper notice of such withdrawal before approval of the group's budget, then that Participating Lottery shall not be entitled to a refund of its contributions to the budget.

If the Product Group terminates before the end of a fiscal year, all unspent funds shall be returned to the lotteries which contributed to the Group’s budget, however Group contributions to MUSL overhead expenses shall not be refunded.

Amended March 29, 2013; June 5, 2014; June 15, 2017 to be effective with the drawing on October 31, 2017.

 

MM RULE 4 — DRAWINGS.

The Executive Director shall establish, with Product Group approval, the minimum drawing procedures to be established for the drawing of winning numbers and shall work with the lottery conducting the drawing to implement the procedures. The Drawing Procedures shall include procedures for randomly selecting the Winning Numbers and the Megaplier® multiplier.

Drawings shall be held at the times and places established by the Product Group and the results shall be subsequently announced to the public. All drawings shall be open to the public and shall be witnessed by an independent certified public accounting firm and other Selling Lottery officials as may be required by jurisdiction statute.

The Party Lottery Director shall determine the time for the end of sales prior to the drawings, which shall not be less than a minimum of fifteen (15) minutes between the close of the game Play sales and the time of the drawing for those Plays sold. Terminals shall not process plays for that drawing after the time established by the Party Lottery Director.

The Product Group shall designate or delegate the type of drawing equipment to be used and any equipment used in a drawing shall be inspected and tested by the draw officials in the presence of an independent certified public accounting firm before the drawing. All drawings, inspections, and tests shall be recorded.

Amended June 14, 2016; June 15, 2017 to be effective with the drawing on October 31, 2017.

 

[Rule 5 reserved for future use].

 

MM RULE 6 — RECORDS MANAGEMENT.

 

6.1 Records Defined "Records" shall mean any document, paper, photograph, or recording made or received, in whatever form, in connection with the official business of the Product Group. Records do not include materials made or acquired for reference or exhibition purposes, or miscellaneous papers or correspondence without official significance.

Amended June 15, 2017 to be effective with the drawing on October 31, 2017

6.2 Duties of Executive Director. The Executive Director shall maintain Product Group records in a secure and orderly manner.

6.3 Confidentiality To the maximum extent practical, Product Group records shall be made available for inspection by Party Lotteries in a reasonable and responsible manner.

Amended June 15, 2017 to be effective with the drawing on October 31, 2017

6.4 Records Retention. The Executive Director shall establish the minimum retention period for each record or class of record with Product Group approval. The Executive Director shall establish the criteria for the disposal of Product Group records.

 

[Rule 7 reserved for future use]

 

MM RULE 8 — PETITION FOR ADMISSION.

 

8.1 Minimum ICS Standards. A Lottery seeking admission to the Product Group shall have a fully tested internal control system that meets or exceeds the minimum standards set forth in MUSL Rule 2 (Minimum ICS Standards) before sales of Plays commence. The Security and Integrity Committee shall review the internal control systems of each lottery seeking admission to the Product Group for compliance with Rule 2 (Minimum ICS Standards) and shall issue a written report summarizing its findings.

Amended March 29, 2013; June 14, 2016; June 15, 2017 to be effective with the drawing on October 31, 2017

8.2 Other Admission Requirements. The Product Group shall determine other admission requirements as allowed by the MUSL Agreement and in the Cross-Selling Agreement.

Comment: At its first meeting on December 9, 2009, it was decided that all members agreeing to sell before June 30 will have a vote for the development of these rules; once Plays go on sale anywhere, only selling lotteries will have a vote.

Comment Amended June 14, 2016.

 

MM RULE 9 — EXPULSION OF A PARTY LOTTERY.

 

The Product Group can expel a Party Lottery of the Product Group for cause as determined in the sole discretion of the Product Group with the consent of more than two-thirds (2/3) of the members pursuant to both methods of voting in conformance with the MUSL Agreement. If the Product Group votes to expel a Party Lottery as provided in the MUSL Agreement, the Party Lottery being considered for expulsion shall be excluded from the vote in that proceeding and in the voting calculations outlined in these Product Group Rules.

Amended March 29, 2013; June 25, 2013.

 

MM RULE 10 — ADVERTISING.

 

10.1 Unfair Advertising. No Party Lottery may advertise, either directly or indirectly, that Plays sold in its jurisdiction offer better odds, better chances of winning, or better payoffs than Plays sold in other jurisdictions.  This rule does not prohibit a Party Lottery from offering retailer promotions or other creative promotions designed to increase the sale of Plays.

Amended June 14, 2016; June 15, 2017 to be effective with the drawing on October 31, 2017.

10.2 Grand Prize Estimate. No Party Lottery may publicize an advertised Grand Prize amount or guaranteed Grand Prize amount that is different than the estimated Grand Prize amount provided to the Party Lotteries by the Product Group.

Amended March 29, 2013; June 14, 2016.

 

MM RULE 11 — TICKET PRICE.

11.1 Uniform Price. Each Play shall be sold at retail for the price set by the Product Group.

Amended June 14, 2016; June 15, 2017 to be effective with the drawing on October 31, 2017.

11.2 Taxes. The Play price set by the Product Group shall include all the applicable taxes that a Party Lottery may be required to collect.

Amended March 29, 2013; June 14, 2016; June 15, 2017 to be effective with the drawing on October 31, 2017.

11.3 Discounts, Rebates, and Promotions.  A Party Lottery may offer Plays through discounts, rebates, or promotions, without Product Group approval for a period not to exceed ninety (90) days in any six-month period, as long as the full prize share is paid to the Product Group, without discount, and after a notice advising all Group members of the terms and dates of the offering.

Amended June 3, 2010 to be effective September 14, 2010; March 29, 2013; June 14, 2016; June 15, 2017 to be effective with the drawing on October 31, 2017.

11.4 Tickets as Prizes. Nothing in this rule shall prohibit a Party Lottery from offering Plays as a prize in any other non-MUSL game or promotion operated by the Party Lottery after advising all Group members of the terms and dates of the offering. A Selling Lottery may offer other discounts, rebates, or promotions as may be approved by the Product Group.

Amended June 3, 2010 to be effective September 14, 2010; June 14, 2016; June 15, 2017 to be effective with the drawing on October 31, 2017.

11.5 Contribution to Prize Pool. Party Lotteries that offer Plays as a prize or as part of an authorized discount, promotion, or rebate shall contribute to the prize pool the full amount assessed for a Play sold at the uniform price.

Amended March 29, 2013; June 14, 2016; June 15, 2017 to be effective with the drawing on October 31, 2017.

Comment: Rules 11.3 and 11.4 are intended to require reporting only where the price of the Play is reduced by a promotion or is given away for free. A Party Lottery need not report promotions that do not change the price of a Play. Promotions that increase the “value” of a Play or that offer other lottery games free or at a reduced price with the purchase of a Play do not need to be reported. The intent of the rule is to advise contiguous lotteries when their players might find that they can get the same Play at a reduced price from another lottery – not that they can get that other lottery’s games at a reduced price.

Comment last amended June 15, 2017 to be effective with the drawing on October 31, 2017.

 

MM RULE 12 — SALE OF TICKETS

12.1 Authorized Agents Plays shall be sold only through agents and means authorized by a Party Lottery.

Amended June 14, 2016; June 15, 2017 to be effective with the drawing on October 31, 2017.

12.2 Ticket Stock Plays sold through the Product Group shall be sold through a Party Lottery and, other than ticketless transaction Plays, shall be printed on ticket stock that meets the security requirements for ticket stock used in the Party Lottery's other games and other requirements adopted by the MUSL Board and the Product Group.

Amended March 29, 2013; June 25, 2013; June 14, 2016; June 15, 2017 to be effective with the drawing on October 31, 2017.

12.3 MUSL Markings. All Play Slips used in the game shall contain registered game trademarks and shall communicate other information as may be required by the MUSL Board and the Product Group.

Amended March 29, 2013; June 14, 2016; June 15, 2017 to be effective with the drawing on October 31, 2017.

12.4 Game Sell Out Prohibited. No Party Lottery shall directly and knowingly sell a Play or combination of Plays to any person or entity that would guarantee such purchaser a Grand Prize win.

Amended March 29, 2013; June 14, 2016; June 15, 2017 to be effective with the drawing on October 31, 2017.

12.5 Location and Method of Sales An offer to buy and an offer to sell a Play sold through the Product Group shall be made only at a location or only by a method that is licensed, certified, authorized, or contracted by the Party Lottery.

Amended March 29, 2013; June 14, 2016; June 15, 2017 to be effective with the drawing on October 31, 2017.

 

MM RULE 13 — PRIZE PAYMENTS.

 

No Party Lottery may pay prizes that are less than or more than the prize amounts established by the Mega Millions Lotteries and the Product Group. The prize won cannot be indirectly increased by Party Lottery promotions or agent promotions that have the effect of increasing the designated prize.

Amended March 29, 2013; June 14, 2016; June 15, 2017 to be effective with the drawing on October 31, 2017.

Comment: The MUSL Party Lotteries and the Mega Millions Lotteries have agreed that if either group needs to pay pari-mutuel low-tier prizes under that games rules, then both sides will pay pari-mutuel low-tier prizes.

 

MM RULE 14 — MEGA MILLIONS PRIZE POOL TRANSFERS.

 

14.1 Grand Prize Funds Transferred to MUSL. Each Party Lottery shall transfer to the MUSL in trust an amount as determined by the MUSL and the Product Group to be its total proportionate share of the Mega Millions prize pool less actual Mega Millions low‑tier prize liability and its total proportionate share of the Just the Jackpot™ prize pool. If this results in a negative amount, the MUSL central office shall transfer funds from the appropriate prize pool to the Party Lottery.

In the event of a win at a MUSL Lottery, the Mega Millions Clearinghouse shall collect the total proportionate share of the Grand Prize pool from the Mega Millions Lotteries and shall transfer that amount to MUSL within 15 calendar days from the date of the winning draw.

Amended Dec 31, 2009; June 14, 2016; June 15, 2017 to be effective with the drawing on October 31, 2017.

Comment: The Mega Millions Lottery’s Mega Millions Clearinghouse is currently the Virginia Lottery. 

Comment last amended June 14, 2016.

14.2 Grand Prize Funds Transferred to Lottery. Grand Prize amounts held by MUSL shall be transferred to a Party Lottery having a winner in the Mega Millions game on a schedule approved by the Product Group and after MUSL has collected the prize pool shares from all Participating Lotteries selling the Mega Millions lottery game.

Amended Dec 31, 2009; June 14, 2016; June 15, 2017 to be effective with the drawing on October 31, 2017.

Comment: See Rule 19 for the approved schedule.

14.3 Unclaimed Prizes. (a) All funds to pay a Grand Prize that went unclaimed shall be returned to Selling Lotteries in proportion to sales by Selling Lotteries for the Grand Prize in question after the claiming period set by the Selling Lottery selling the winning Play expires.

If after a winning Play has not been claimed or redeemed and the corresponding prize monies have been returned to Party Lotteries pursuant to this Rule, a claim is made or redemption sought which a Party Lottery pays (i) as a result of the provisions of the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (50 U.S.C. App. §3901 et seq as amended) (SCRA); (ii) as a result of jurisdictional legislation adopted to satisfy the requirements of the SCRA; or (iii) as a result of jurisdictional legislation requiring such payment to a member of the armed forces who was engaged in active military service outside the paying Party Lottery jurisdiction when the usual permitted time period to make a claim or seek redemption expired, each other Party Lottery, that was a Party Lottery at the time of the drawing, shall reimburse the paying Party Lottery in an amount equal to the amount such other Party Lottery would have contributed to the prize had the claim been made or redemption sought within the usual permitted time period for that claim or redemption. The provisions of this rule shall remain in force and effect and be binding upon the Party Lotteries without regard to whether the Mega Millions game remains in existence and/or whether the Party Lottery seeking reimbursement has withdrawn from the game at the time a Party Lottery seeks reimbursement pursuant to this rule.

Amended March 29, 2013; June 14, 2016; June 15, 2017 to be effective with the drawing on October 31, 2017.

14.3 Unclaimed Prizes. (b) The return of unclaimed Grand Prize funds shall occur promptly upon the termination of the relevant claim period for the Participating Lottery in which the unclaimed Grand Prize Play was purchased. Interest accretion on any securities purchased to fund the unclaimed Grand Prize will be reflected in market rates at the time of liquidation by the Purchaser of the securities. The Purchaser shall return interest earned on unclaimed cash value option Grand Prizes based on the interest yields realized on such funds during the claim period.

Amended June 5, 2014; June 14, 2016; June 15, 2017 to be effective with the drawing on October 31, 2017.

14.3 Unclaimed Prizes. (c) By agreement with the Mega Millions Lotteries, the Product Group will not participate in the sharing of liabilities at the low-tier prize level (all prizes below the Grand Prize) and shall not reconcile unclaimed low-tier prizes with the Mega Millions Lotteries.

 

[Rules 15 through 18 reserved for future use]

 

MM RULE 19 — FUNDS TRANSFER.

 

Funds shall be collected from each Party Lottery by wire transfer, electronic funds transfer, or by other means acceptable to the Product Group. The amount to be transferred shall be calculated in accordance with Product Group rules. The Product Group shall determine collection days. If MUSL is unable to collect all funds in a timely manner for the transfer to the winning lottery(ies), the MUSL may borrow the funds from other appropriate Mega Millions Product Group cash reserves, or from the MUSL Operations Account, following notice to the Product Group Officers, the Finance & Audit Committee, and the Executive Committee. The borrowed funds shall be immediately replenished upon collection of prize funds from the party lotteries.

Amended March 29, 2013; May 13, 2013; June 15, 2017 to be effective with the drawing on October 31, 2017.

Comment: At its meeting on December 23, 2009, the Product Group determined that funds shall be collected weekly from the Party Lotteries on the Monday, or the first banking day, that is thirteen (13) days from the applicable Tuesday drawing and ten (10) days from the applicable Friday drawing. By agreement with the Mega Millions Lotteries, MUSL will transfer the funds to the Mega Millions Lottery’s Mega Millions Clearinghouse (currently the Virginia Lottery) within thirteen (13) calendar days from the date of the winning draw at a Mega Millions Lottery. The Mega Millions Lottery’s Mega Millions Clearinghouse shall collect the funds from the Mega Millions Lotteries and shall transfer their Grand Prize prize share to MUSL within fourteen (14) calendar days of a winning draw at a MUSL Lottery. If funds are needed to pay a prize when due the MUSL may borrow the funds from other accounts of this Product Group, or the MUSL Operations Account, after notice to the Product Group Officers, the Finance & Audit Committee, and the Executive Committee. The borrowed funds shall be immediately replenished upon collection of prize funds from the party lotteries.

Comment last updated June 15, 2017 to be effective with the drawing on October 31, 2017.

 

[Rule 20 reserved for future use]

 

MM RULE 21 — ADVANCE SALES.

 

Proceeds from advance sales may be held by the Party Lottery until the draw date for which the Play applies.

Amended June 14, 2016; June 15, 2017 to be effective with the drawing on October 31, 2017.

 

[Rules 22 through 25 reserved for future use]

 

Part II - MEGA MILLIONS GAME RULES

Last Amendment June 15, 2017 to be effective with the drawing on October 31, 2017.

Last Amendment June 15, 2017 to be effective with the drawing on October 31, 2017.

 

MM RULE 26 — DEFINITIONS.

 

The following definitions apply unless the context requires a different meaning or is otherwise inconsistent with the intention of the rules adopted by the Product Group. Capitalized terms used but not defined in these rules shall have the meanings ascribed to them in the MUSL Agreement.

26.1 “Advertised Grand Prize”. “Advertised Grand Prize” shall mean the estimated annuitized Grand Prize amount as determined by the Mega Millions Finance Committee and communicated through the Selling Lotteries prior to the Grand Prize drawing. The “Advertised Grand Prize” is not a guaranteed prize amount and the actual Grand Prize amount may vary from the advertised amount, except in circumstances where there is a guaranteed Grand Prize amount as described in Rule 30.1(a).

Adopted June 14, 2016 to be effective with the drawing on October 18, 2016; Amended June 15, 2017 to be effective with the drawing on October 31, 2017.

26.2 "Agent" or "retailer" means a person or entity authorized by a Party Lottery to sell lottery Plays.

Amended June 14, 2016 to be effective with the drawing on October 18, 2016; June 15, 2017 to be effective with the drawing on October 31, 2017.

26.3  "Drawing" refers collectively to the formal draw event for randomly selecting the winning indicia that determine the number of winners for each prize level of the Mega Millions game. Winning indicia include the Winning Numbers for the Mega Millions game.

Amended March 29, 2013; June 14, 2016 to be effective with the drawing on October 18, 2016.

26.4 "Computer pick" means the random selection of indicia by the computer, that appear on a ticket or ticketless transaction and are played by a player in the game.

Amended March 29, 2013; June 14, 2016 to be effective with the drawing on October 18, 2016.

26.5 “Finance & Audit Committee” shall mean the committee established by the Multi-State Lottery Association Agreement.

26.6 "Game ticket" or "ticket" means an acceptable evidence of play, which is a ticket produced in a manner that meets the specifications defined in the rules of each Party Lottery and Rule 31 (Play Validation) and is a physical representation of the Play or Plays sold to the player or is a properly and validly registered ticketless transaction Play.

Amended March 29, 2013; June 25, 2013; June 14, 2016 to be effective with the drawing on October 18, 2016; June 15, 2017 to be effective with the drawing on October 31, 2017.

26.7 “Jackpot” or “Grand Prize” shall refer to the top prize in the Mega Millions game.

Amended June 25, 2013 to be effective with the drawing on October 22, 2013; June 14, 2016 to be effective with the drawing on October 18, 2016; June 15, 2017 to be effective with the drawing on October 31, 2017.

26.8 “Just the Jackpot™ Plays” (“JJ Plays”) shall refer to a purchased wager which includes two (2) JJ Plays as part of the Just the Jackpot promotion as described in Part IV of these Rules.

Adopted June 15, 2017 to be effective with the drawing on October 31, 2017

26.9 “Mega Millions Finance Committee” means a Committee of the Mega Millions Lotteries that determines the Grand Prize amount (cash value option and annuity).

Amended June 3, 2010 to be effective September 14, 2010; March 29, 2013; June 5, 2014; June 14, 2016 to be effective with the drawing on October 18, 2016.

26.10  “Mega Millions Lottery or Lotteries” means those lotteries that have joined under the Mega Millions Lottery Agreement; the group of lotteries that has reached a Cross-Selling Agreement with this MUSL Product Group for the selling of the Mega Millions Game.

Amended March 29, 2013.

26.11 “Mega Millions Plays” (MM Plays) shall refer to Plays purchased as part of the Mega Millions game, but shall not include JJ Plays or Megaplier Plays.

Adopted June 15, 2017 to be effective with the drawing on October 31, 2017.

26.12 “Megaplier” shall refer to the Megaplier Promotion described in Part III of these Rules.

Adopted June 15, 2017 to be effective with the drawing on October 31, 2017.

26.13 “Megaplier Plays” shall refer to Plays purchased as part of the Megaplier Promotion described in Part III of these Rules.

Adopted June 15, 2017 to be effective with the drawing on October 31, 2017.

26.14 MUSL" means the Multi-State Lottery Association, a government-benefit association wholly owned and operated by the Party Lotteries.

26.15 "MUSL Board" means the governing body of the MUSL that is comprised of the chief executive officer of each Party Lottery.

Amended March 29, 2013.

26.16 “Participating Lottery” or “Selling Lottery” means a state lottery or lottery of a political subdivision or entity that is participating in selling the Mega Millions game and that may be a member of either MUSL or the Mega Millions Lotteries.

Amended March 29, 2013; June 14, 2016 to be effective with the drawing on October 18, 2016;June 15, 2017 to be effective with the drawing on October 31, 2017.

26.17 "Party lottery" means a state lottery or lottery of a political subdivision or entity which has joined the MUSL and, in the context of these Product Group Rules that has joined in selling the games offered by the MUSL Mega Millions Product Group.

Amended March 29, 2013.

26.18 Play" or "Bet" means a set of six (6) numbers, the first five (5) from a field of seventy (70) numbers and the last one (1) from a field of twenty-five (25) numbers, that appear on a ticket or ticketless transaction as a single lettered selection and are to be played by a player in the game. Each Play is played separately in determining matches to winning numbers and prize amounts.

As used in these Rules, unless otherwise specifically indicated, “Play” or “Bet” includes both MM Plays and JJ Plays.

“Megaplier Plays” are separately described in Part III of these Rules.

Amended June 25, 2013 to be effective with the drawing on October 22, 2013; June 14, 2016 to be effective with the drawing on October 18, 2016; June 15, 2017 to be effective with the drawing on October 31, 2017.

26.19 "Play Slip" or "Bet Slip" means a physical or electronic means by which a player communicates their intended play selection to the retailer as defined and approved by the Selling Lottery.

Amended June 14, 2016 to be effective with the drawing on October 18, 2016; June 15, 2017 to be effective with the drawing on October 31, 2017.

26.20 “Product Group” or “the Group” means the group of lotteries that has joined together to offer the Mega Millions lottery game product pursuant to the terms of its Cross-Selling Agreement with the Mega Millions Lotteries, the Multi-State Lottery Agreement and the Product Group’s own rules.

Amended March 29, 2013; June 5, 2014.

26.21 "Set Prize", also referred to as “low-tier prize”, means all other prizes except the Grand Prize and, except in instances outlined in these rules, will be equal to the prize amount established by the MUSL Board for the prize level.

Amended June 5, 2014; June 14, 2016 to be effective with the drawing on October 18, 2016.

26.22 "Terminal" means a device authorized by a Party Lottery to function in an on‑line, interactive mode with the lottery's computer gaming system for the purpose of issuing lottery tickets and entering, receiving, and processing lottery transactions, including purchases, validating tickets, and transmitting reports.

Amended June 14, 2016 to be effective with the drawing on October 18, 2016; June 15, 2017 to be effective with the drawing on October 31, 2017.

26.23 “Ticketless Transaction” shall include Plays sold through subscription, internet, or non-standard terminals.

Adopted June 25, 2013; June 15, 2017 to be effective with the drawing on October 31, 2017.

26.24 "Winning numbers" means the indicia randomly selected during a Drawing event which shall be used to determine winning Plays for the Mega Millions game contained on a game ticket or ticketless transaction.

Amended March 29, 2013; June 25, 2013 to be effective with the drawing on October 22, 2013; June 5, 2014; June 14, 2016 to be effective with the drawing on October 18, 2016; June 15, 2017 to be effective with the drawing on October 31, 2017.

 

MM RULE 27 — GAME DESCRIPTION.

 

27.1 (a) Mega Millions is a five (5) out of seventy (70) plus one (1) out of twenty-five (25) lottery game, drawn on the day(s), time(s) and location(s) as determined by the Mega Millions Lotteries, and which pays the Grand Prize, at the election of the player made in accordance with these rules or by a default election made in accordance with these rules, either on a graduated annuitized annual pari-mutuel basis or as a cash value option using a rate determined by the Mega Millions Finance Committee on a pari-mutuel basis. Except as provided in these rules, all other prizes are paid on a single payment basis.

Amended June 15, 2017 to be effective with the drawing on October 31, 2017.

27.1 (b) Mega Millions winning numbers applicable to determine Mega Millions prizes will be determined on the day(s), time(s) and location(s) as determined by the Mega Millions Lotteries. During the drawing event, five (5) numbers shall be drawn from the first set of seventy (70) numbers, and one (1) number shall be drawn from the second set of twenty-five (25) numbers, which shall constitute the Winning Numbers.

Amended June 15, 2017 to be effective with the drawing on October 31, 2017.

27.1 (c) To play Mega Millions, a player shall select (or computer pick) five (5) different numbers, from one (1) through seventy (70) and one (1) additional number from one (1) through twenty-five (25). The additional number may be the same as one of the first five numbers selected by the player.

Amended June 15, 2017 to be effective with the drawing on October 31, 2017.

27.1 (d) MM Plays can be purchased for two dollars (U.S. $2.00), including any specific statutorily-mandated tax of a Party Lottery to be included in the price of a lottery Play.

Amended June 15, 2017 to be effective with the drawing on October 31, 2017.

27.1 (e) Plays may be purchased from a Party Lottery approved sales outlet in a manner as approved by the Party Lottery and in accordance with MUSL Rules.

Amended March 29, 2013; June 25, 2013 to be effective with the drawing on October 22, 2013; June 5 2014; June 14, 2016 to be effective with the drawing on October 18, 2016; June 15, 2017 to be effective with the drawing on October 31, 2017.

27.2 Claims Unless otherwise permitted by the selling lottery, a ticket (subject to the validation requirements set forth in Rule 31 (Play Validation)) or properly registered ticketless transaction, shall be the only proof of a game Play or Plays and the submission of a winning ticket to the issuing Party Lottery or its authorized agent shall be the sole method of claiming a prize or prizes. A Play Slip has no pecuniary or prize value and shall not constitute evidence of play purchase or of numbers selected. A terminal produced paper receipt has no pecuniary or prize value and shall not constitute evidence of Play purchase or of numbers selected.

Amended June 5 2014; June 14, 2016 to be effective with the drawing on October 18, 2016; June 15, 2017 to be effective with the drawing on October 31, 2017.

27.3 Cancellations Prohibited A Play may not be voided or canceled by returning the Play to the selling agent or to the lottery, including tickets that are printed in error. A Selling Lottery may develop an approved method of compensating retailers for plays that are not transferred to a player for a reason acceptable to the Selling Lottery. No Play that can be used to claim a prize shall be returned to the lottery for credit. Plays accepted by retailers as returned Plays and that cannot be re-sold shall be deemed owned by the bearer thereof.

Amended March 29, 2013; June 14, 2016 to be effective with the drawing on October 18, 2016; June 15, 2017 to be effective with the drawing on October 31, 2017.

Comment: Each member should check ticket numbers of returned Plays and report any returned Plays that contain a match for all of the numbers drawn to MUSL as non-winners any returned Plays that contain a match for all of the Winning Numbers drawn. Plays cannot be canceled. Good retailer relations may require a Party Lottery to compensate a retailer for tickets that are misprinted, illegible or, for other reason that may be acceptable to the Party lottery, cannot be sold by the retailer. This rule permits each Party Lottery, at its discretion, to compensate a retailer for a returned Play that is not eligible to win a prize at the time it is returned to the Party Lottery. To avoid the appearance that a returned Play is being canceled, the lottery should require that the ticket not be placed in transit until after the applicable drawing. Returned Plays are accepted only for a Party Lottery’s auditing purposes and shall have no effect on the outcome of the drawing for which they were issued or reduce the Party Lottery’s contribution to the Grand Prize prize pool. Plays stolen by a retailer’s hired clerk cannot be accepted by the lottery as canceled or returned Plays. Although the rule would permit a Party Lottery to compensate a retailer for the loss from theft if a lottery wishes to assume such a loss, the Plays cannot be canceled or returned to the lottery. The Plays are owned by, and winning plays may be claimed by the retailer.

Comment last amended June 15, 2017 to be effective with the drawing on October 31, 2017.

27.4 Player Responsibility It shall be the sole responsibility of the player to verify the accuracy of the game Play or Plays and other data printed on the ticket or contained in a ticketless transaction. The placing of Plays is done at the player's own risk through the agent that is acting on behalf of the player in entering the Play or Plays. The purchaser of a Play or Plays through a ticketless transaction has the sole responsibility for verifying the accuracy and condition of the data at the time of purchase.

Amended March 29, 2013; June 5, 2014; June 14, 2016 to be effective with the drawing on October 18, 2016; June 15, 2017 to be effective with the drawing on October 31, 2017.

27.5 Entry of Plays. Plays may only be entered manually using the lottery terminal keypad or touch screen or by means of a Play Slip as approved by the Party Lottery or by such other means as approved by the Party Lottery. Retailers shall not permit the use of Play Slips that are not approved by the Party Lottery. Retailers shall not permit any device to be physically or wirelessly connected to a lottery terminal to enter Plays, except as approved by the Party Lottery.

Amended June 14, 2016 to be effective with the drawing on October 18, 2016; June 15, 2017 to be effective with the drawing on October 31, 2017.

27.6 Registration of Plays. Ticketless transaction Plays may be registered by the lottery at a lottery processing site that meets the requirements established by the Product Group and the MUSL Board.

Amended March 29, 2013; June 25, 2013; June 14, 2016 to be effective with the drawing on October 18, 2016; June 15, 2017 to be effective with the drawing on October 31, 2017.

27.7 Maximum Purchase. Except for a ticketless transaction Play purchase when the Party Lottery has a process in place to allow players to make changes to their Play purchases in the event of a game change, the maximum number of consecutive drawings on a single Play purchase is twenty-six (26). The maximum number of consecutive drawings encompassed by a ticketless transaction Play purchase when the Party Lottery has a process in place to allow players to make changes to their Play purchases in the event of a game change is one hundred four (104).

Amended June 5, 2014; June 14, 2016 to be effective with the drawing on October 18, 2016; June 15, 2017 to be effective with the drawing on October 31, 2017.

27.8 In the event of a matrix change, the Party Lottery that issued the ticketless transaction will determine the option(s) available to ticketless transaction purchasers from that Party Lottery for the balance of Plays remaining on their ticketless transactions effective as of the date of the matrix change.

Amended March 29, 2013; June 5, 2014; June 15, 2017 to be effective with the drawing on October 31, 2017.

 

MM RULE 28 — MEGA MILLIONS PRIZE POOL

 

28.1 Mega Millions Prize Pool. The prize pool for all prize categories offered by the Party Lotteries shall consist of up to fifty-five percent (55%) of each drawing period's sales, inclusive of any specific statutorily-mandated tax of a Party Lottery to be included in the price of a lottery MM Play, and inclusive of contributions to the prize pool accounts and prize reserve accounts, but may be higher or lower based upon the number of winners at each prize level, as well as the funding required to meet a guaranteed Annuity Grand Prize as may be required by Rule 30.1(a).

Amended Dec 31, 2009; September 21, 2010 to be effective December 1, 2010; June 5, 2014; June 14, 2016 to be effective with the drawing on October 18, 2016; June 15, 2017 to be effective with the drawing on October 31, 2017.

28.2 Prize Pool Accounts and Prize Reserve Accounts. The Product Group shall set the contribution rates to the prize pool and prize reserve accounts established by this rule.

(a) The following prize reserve accounts for the Mega Millions game are hereby established:

 

(i) The Prize Reserve Account (PRA) which is used to guarantee the payment of valid, but unanticipated, Grand Prize claims that may result from a system error or other reason, to fund deficiencies in the Set-Aside Pool, and to fund pari-mutuel prize deficiencies as defined and limited in Rules 28.3(c)(1)(a) and G(2)(a)(1).

(b) The following prize pool accounts for the Mega Millions game are hereby established:

 

(i) The Grand Prize Pool (GPP), which is used to fund the current Grand Prize;

(ii) The Set Prize Pool (SPP), which is used the fund the Set Prizes. The SPP shall hold the temporary balances that may result from having fewer than expected winners in the Set Prize (aka low-tier prize) categories. The Source of the SPP is the Party Lottery’s weekly prize contributions less actual Set Prize liability; and

(iii) The Set-Aside Pool (SAP) which is used to fund the payment of the awarded minimum starting annuity Grand Prizes and the minimum annuity Grand Prize increase, if necessary (subject to the limitations in these rules), as may be set by the Product Group. The source of the SAP funding shall accumulate from the difference between the amount in the Grand Prize Pool at the time of a Grand Prize win and the amount needed to fund Grand Prize payments as determined by the Mega Millions lotteries.

(c) The above prize reserve accounts shall have maximum balance amounts or balance limiter triggers that are set by the Product Group and are detailed in the Comments to this Rule.

The maximum balance amounts and balance limit triggers are subject to review by the MUSL Board Finance and Audit Committee. The Finance and Audit Committee shall have two weeks to state objections, if any, to the approved maximum balance amounts or balance limiter triggers. Approved maximum balance amounts or balance limiter triggers shall become effective no sooner than two weeks after notice is given to the Finance and Audit Committee and no objection is stated or sooner if the Committee affirmatively approves the maximum balance amounts or balance limiter triggers. The Group may appeal the Committee’s objections to the full Board. Group approved changes in the maximum balance amounts or balance limiter triggers set by the Product Group shall be effective only after the next Grand Prize win.

(d)The contribution rate to the GPP from MM Plays shall be 37.6509% of sales.

An amount up to five percent (5%) of a Party Lottery’s sales, including any specific statutorily mandated tax of a Party Lottery to be included in the price of a lottery play, shall be added to a Party Lottery’s Mega Millions Prize Pool contribution and placed in trust in one or more prize pool and prize reserve accounts held by the Product Group at any time that the Party Lottery’s share of the PRA is below the amounts designated by the Product Group. Details shall be noted in the Comments to this Rule.

(e)The Product Group may determine to expend all or a portion of the funds in the prize pools (except the GPP) and the prize reserve accounts:

(i) for the purpose of indemnifying the Party Lotteries in the payment of prizes to be made by the Selling Lotteries; and

(ii) for the payment of prizes or special prizes in the game, limited to prize pool and prize reserve contributions from lotteries participating in the special prize promotion, subject to the approval of the Board’s Finance & Audit Committee or that Committee’s failure to object after given two weeks’ notice of the planned action, which actions may be appealed to the full Board by the Product Group.

(f) The prize reserve shares of a Party Lottery may be adjusted with refunds to the Party Lottery from the prize reserve account(s) as may be needed to maintain the approved maximum balance and sales percentage shares of the Party Lotteries.

(g) A Party Lottery may contribute to its sales percentage share of prize reserve accounts over time, but in the event of a draw down from a reserve account, a Party Lottery is responsible for its full sales percentage share of the prize reserve account, whether or not it has been paid in full.

(h) Any amount remaining in the Mega Millions prize pool accounts or prize reserve accounts when the Product Group declares the end of the game shall be returned to the lotteries participating in the prize pool and prize reserve accounts after the end of all claim periods of all Selling Lotteries, carried forward to a replacement game, or otherwise expended in a manner at the election of the individual Members of the Product Group in accordance with jurisdiction statute.

Amended September 21, 2010 to be effective December 1, 2010; March 29, 2013; June 25, 2013; June 5, 2014; June 14, 2016 to be effective with the drawing on October 18, 2016; June 15, 2017 to be effective with the drawing on October 31, 2017.

Comment. The Mega Millions reserve accounts and any Mega Millions rollover monies, to the extent they exist, may be used to fund a deficiency in Megaplier prizes.

As required by Rule 28.2(a)(iii), on March 22, 2013, the Product Group set the maximum PRA balance amount at forty-five million dollars ($45,000,000.00). On ____ the Product Group set the maximum PRA balance at TBD.

On September 21, 2010, the Product Group determined to set the additional prize reserve contribution for MM Plays at two and five-tenths percent (2.5%), effective December 1, 2010. On June 16, 2011, the Product Group determined to set the additional prize reserve contribution for MM Plays at one and five-tenths percent (1.5%) effective beginning with the drawing of July 1, 2011. On January 31, 2013 the Product Group determined to set the additional prize reserve contribution for MM Plays at one percent (1%) effective beginning with the drawing of April 2, 2013 (for a total prize pool of 51%). On ____ the Product Group determined to set the additional prize reserve contribution for MM Plays at TBD (TBD %) effective beginning with the drawing of October 31, 2017 (for a total prize pool of TBD %).

The prize reserve contribution shall be used to fund the prize reserve account until it reaches its maximum balance amounts. Once prize reserve account shares reach the Party Lottery’s maximum balance amounts, prize reserve contributions will not be collected from those Party Lotteries.

Approval of the Group is required to change the prize pool and prize reserve deduction percentages, maximum balances and balance limit trigger levels.

Comment last Amended June 14, 2016 to be effective with the drawing on October 18, 2016.

28.3 Expected Prize Payout PercentagesThe Grand Prize payout shall be determined on a pari-mutuel basis. Except as otherwise provided in these rules all other prizes awarded by Party Lotteries shall be paid as single payment prizes. All prize payouts are made with the following expected prize payout percentages, which does not include any additional amount contributed to or held in prize reserves, although the prize payout percentages per draw may vary:

 

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Number of Matches Per MM Play Prize Payment MM Prize Pool Percentage Allocated to Prize MM Sales Percentage Allocated to Prize
All five (5) of first set plus one (1) of second set. Grand Prize 75.3018%* 37.6509%
All five (5) of first set and none of second set. $1,000,000.00 7.9319% 3.9659%
Any four (4) of first set plus one (1) of second set. $10,000.00 1.0742% 0.5371%
Any four (4) of first set and none of second set. $500.00 1.2889% 0.6445%
Any three (3) of first set plus one (1) of second set. $200.00 1.3749% 0.6875%
Any three (3) of first set and none of second set. $10.00 1.6498% 0.8249%
Any two (2) of first set plus one (1) of second set. $10.00 1.4436% 0.7218%
Any one (1) of first set plus one (1) of second set $4.00 4.4752% 2.2376%
None of first set plus one (1) of second set $2.00 5.4597% 2.7298%
 

* The Grand Prize shall include the MM Prize Pool percentage allocated to the Grand Prize combined with JJ Prize Pool percentage allocated to the Grand Prize.

Amended March 29, 2013; June 25, 2013 to be effective with the drawing on October 22, 2013; June 5, 2014; June 14, 2016 to be effective with the drawing on October 18, 2016; June 15, 2017 to be effective with the drawing on October 31, 2017.

(a) The Grand Prize amount shall be divided equally by the number of MM Plays and JJ Plays winning the Grand Prize.

Amended March 29, 2013; June 15, 2017 to be effective with the drawing on October 31, 2017.

(b) The SPP (for payment of single payment prizes of one million dollars ($1,000,000.00) or less) shall be carried forward to subsequent draws if all or a portion of it is not needed to pay the set prizes awarded in the current draw.

Amended March 29, 2013; June 25, 2013 to be effective with the drawing on October 22, 2013; June 5, 2014; June 14, 2016 to be effective with the drawing on October 18, 2016; June 15, 2017 to be effective with the drawing on October 31, 2017.

(c) Pari-mutuel Prize Determinations.

(c)(1) Except as otherwise provided for in 28.3(c)(2):

(c)(1)(a) If the total of the set prizes awarded in a drawing exceeds the percentage of the prize pool allocated to the set prizes, then the amount needed to fund the set prizes, including Megaplier prizes, awarded shall be drawn from the following sources, in the following order:

Amended June 14, 2016 to be effective with the drawing on October 18, 2016.

(i) the amount available in the SPP and the Megaplier Prize Pool, if any;

Amended June 14, 2016 to be effective with the drawing on October 18, 2016

(ii) an amount from the PRA, if available, not to exceed forty million dollars ($40,000,000.00) per drawing.

(c)(1)(b) If, after these sources are depleted, there are not sufficient funds to pay the Set Prizes, including Megaplier prizes, then the highest Set Prize shall become a pari-mutuel prize. If the amount of the highest Set Prize, including Megaplier prizes, when paid on a pari-mutuel basis, drops to or below the next highest Set Prize and there are still not sufficient funds to pay the remaining Set Prizes awarded, then the next highest Set Prize shall become a pari-mutuel prize. This procedure shall continue down through all Set Prize levels, if necessary, until all Set Prize levels become pari-mutuel prize levels. In that instance, the money available from the funding sources listed in this Rule shall be divided among the winning MM Plays in proportion to their respective prize percentages. Mega Millions and Megaplier prizes will be reduced by the same percentage.

Amended June 5, 2014; June 14, 2016 to be effective with the drawing on October 18, 2016.

(c)(2) By agreement with the Mega Millions Lotteries, the Mega Millions Lotteries shall independently calculate their set pari-mutuel prize amounts. The Party Lotteries and the Mega Millions Lotteries shall than agree to set the pari-mutuel prize amount for all lotteries selling the game at the lesser of the independently-calculated prize amounts.

Amended March 29, 2013; June 25, 2013 to be effective with the drawing on October 22, 2013.

Comment: The California Lottery is excluded from the Party Lotteries and other Licensee Lotteries pari-mutuel prize calculations.

(d) Except as may be required by Rule 30.1(a), the official advertised Grand Prize annuity amount is subject to change based on sales forecasts and/or actual sales.

Amended Dec 31, 2009; June 3, 2010 to be effective September 14, 2010.

(e) Subject to the laws and rules governing each Party Lottery, the number of prize categories and the allocation of the prize fund among the prize categories may be changed at the discretion of the Mega Millions Lotteries, for promotional purposes. Such change shall be announced by Mega Millions Lotteries.

 

MM RULE 29 PROBABILITY OF WINNING MEGA MILLIONS PRIZES.

 

The following table sets forth the probability of winning and the probable distribution of winners in and among each prize category for MM Plays sold by Party Lotteries, based upon the total number of possible combinations in Mega Millions.

 

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  Probability Distribution Probable/Set
Number of Matches Per MM Play Winners Probability Prize Amount
All five (5) of first set plus one (1) of second set 1 1: 302,575,350 Grand Prize
All five (5) of first set and none of second set 24 1:12,607,306 $1,000,000.00
Any four (4) of first set plus one (1) of second set 325 1:931,001 $10,000.00
Any four (4) of first set and none of second set 7,800 1:38,792 $500.00
Any three (3) of first set plus one (1) of second set 20,800 1:14,547 $200.00
Any three (3) of first set and none of second set 499,200 1:606 $10.00
Any two (2) of first set plus one (1) of second set 436,800 1:693 $10.00
Any one (1) of first set plus one (1) of second set 3,385,200 1:89 $4.00
None of first set plus one (1) of second set 8,259,888 1: 37 $2.00
Overall 12,610,038 1:24  
 

Amended March 29, 2013; June 25, 2013 to be effective with the drawing on October 22, 2013; June 5, 2014; June 14, 2016 to be effective with the drawing on October 18, 2016; June 15, 2017 to be effective with the drawing on October 31, 2017.

 

MM RULE 30 PRIZE PAYMENT

 

30.1 Grand Prize

(a) The prize money allocated from the current Mega Millions prize pool for the Grand Prize, plus any previous portions of prize money allocated to the Grand Prize category in which no matching MM Plays or JJ Plays were sold will be divided equally among all Grand Prize winning MM Plays and JJ Plays in all Participating Lotteries. The annuity Grand Prize amount will be paid in thirty (30) graduated annual installments. Grand Prizes won shall be funded by the Selling Lotteries in accordance with the formula set by the Mega Millions lotteries. The Mega Millions lotteries may set a minimum guaranteed annuity Grand Prize amount that shall be advertised by the selling lotteries as the starting guaranteed annuity Grand Prize amount.

Amended Dec 31, 2009; June 3, 2010 to be effective September 14, 2010; March 29, 2013; June 25, 2013; June 14, 2016 to be effective with the drawing on October 18, 2016; June 15, 2017 to be effective with the drawing on October 31, 2017.

Comment: The Annuitized Grand Prize amount and cash value Grand Prize amount shall be as determined by the Mega Millions Lotteries. The Mega Millions Lotteries have set the guaranteed starting annuity Grand Prize amount at $12 million. Each successive Annuitized Grand Prize in the same roll cycle will be at least one million dollars ($1,000,000.00) more than the previously established annuity Grand Prize amount. Beginning with the October 22, 2013 drawing, the Mega Millions lotteries have set the guaranteed starting annuity Grand Prize amount at fifteen million dollars ($15,000,000.00); Each successive Annuitized Grand Prize in the same roll cycle will be at least five million dollars ($5,000,000.00) more than the previously established annuity Grand Prize amount. Beginning with the October 31, 2017 drawing, the Mega Millions lotteries have set the guaranteed starting annuity Grand Prize amount at forty million dollars ($40,000,000.00); Each successive Annuitized Grand Prize in the same roll cycle will be at least five million dollars ($5,000,000.00) more than the previously established annuity Grand Prize amount.

The prize amount of a Grand Prize winner electing the annuitized payout shall be the Annuitized Grand Prize amount, as determined by the Mega Millions Lotteries, divided by the number of total Grand Prize winning MM Plays and JJ Plays.

Comment last updated June 15, 2017 to be effective with the drawing on October 31, 2017.

(b) Rollover. If, in any Mega Millions drawing there are no MM Plays or JJ Plays that qualify for the Grand Prize category, the portion of the prize fund allocated to such Grand Prize category shall remain in the Grand Prize category and be added to the amount allocated for the Grand Prize category in the next consecutive Mega Millions drawing.

Amended March 29, 2013; June 14, 2016 to be effective with the drawing on October 18, 2016; June 15, 2017 to be effective with the drawing on October 31, 2017.

(c) Unless there is a different Party Lottery rule, Grand Prizes shall be paid, at the election of the player made no later than sixty (60) days after the player becomes entitled to the prize, with either a per winner annuity or cash payment. If the payment election is not made by the player within sixty (60) days after the player becomes entitled to the prize, then the prize shall be paid as an annuity prize. The election to take the cash value option may be made within sixty (60) days after the player becomes entitled to the prize. An election made after the winner becomes entitled to the prize is final and cannot be revoked, withdrawn or otherwise changed.

Amended March 29, 2013; June 5, 2014; June 14, 2016 to be effective with the drawing on October 18, 2016.

(d) In the event of a prize winner who selects the cash value option, the prize winner’s share shall be paid in a single payment upon completion of internal validation procedures. The cash value option shall be determined by the Mega Millions Lotteries.

Amended Dec 31, 2009; June 5 2014; June 15, 2017 to be effective with the drawing on October 31, 2017.

Comment: The prize amount of a Grand Prize winner electing the cash value payout shall be the Grand Prize annuity amount, as determined by the Mega Millions Lotteries, divided by a rate established by the Mega Millions Finance Committee prior to each drawing, divided by the number of total Grand Prize winning MM Plays and JJ Plays.

Comment last updated June 15, 2017 to be effective with the drawing on October 31, 2017.

(e) Graduated annual payment option Grand Prizes shall be paid in thirty (30) graduated annual installments upon completion of internal validation procedures. The initial payment shall be paid upon completion of internal validation procedures. The subsequent twenty-nine (29) payments shall be paid graduated annually to coincide with the month of the Federal auction on date at which the bonds were purchased to fund the annuity, with graduated annual installments defined in the Mega Millions Lotteries’ Finance and Operations Procedures. Payments shall escalate by a factor of five percent (5%) annually, and annual payments shall be rounded down to the nearest even one thousand dollar ($1,000.00) increment. All such payments shall be made within seven (7) days of the anniversary of the annual auction date.

Amended March 29, 2013; June 25, 2013 to be effective with the drawing on October 22, 2013; June 14, 2016 to be effective with the drawing on October 18, 2016.

(f) If individual shares of the Grand Prize Pool funds held to fund an annuity is less than two hundred fifty-thousand dollars ($250,000.00), the Product Group, in its sole discretion, may elect to pay the winners their share of the cash held in the Grand Prize pool.

Amended March 29, 2013; June 25, 2013 to be effective with the drawing on October 22, 2013; June 5, 2014.

(g) Funds for the initial payment of an annuitized prize or the cash value option prize shall be made available by MUSL for payment by the Party Lottery on a schedule approved by the Product Group. If necessary, when the due date for the payment of a prize occurs before the receipt of funds in the prize pool trust sufficient to pay the prize, the transfer of funds for the payment of the full cash value option amount may be delayed pending receipt of funds from the Party Lotteries or other lotteries participating in the Mega Millions Game. A Party Lottery may elect to make the initial payment from its own funds after validation, with notice to MUSL.

Amended Dec 31, 2009; June 5, 2014.

Comment: On December 23, 2009, the Product Group approved a schedule to immediately transfer funds to a Party Lottery reporting a winner after the Party Lottery validates the prize claim, subject to the approved collection schedule for a transfer within fifteen (15) calendar days and the availability of funds to make the transfer. Grand Prize amounts held by MUSL shall be transferred to the Mega Millions Lottery’s Mega Millions Clearinghouse, (currently the Virginia Lottery) within fifteen (15) calendar days after a Mega Millions Lottery reports a winner.

(h) In the event of the death of a lottery winner sold by a Party Lottery during the annuity payment period, unless prohibited by jurisdictional law, the MUSL Finance & Audit Committee, in its sole discretion excepting a discretionary review by the Product Group, upon the petition of the estate of the lottery winner (the "Estate") to the lottery of the jurisdiction in which the deceased lottery winner purchased the winning Play, and subject to federal, state, district or territorial applicable laws, may accelerate the payment of all of the remaining lottery proceeds to the Estate. If such a determination is made, then securities and/or cash held to fund the deceased lottery winner's annuitized prize may be distributed to the Estate. The identification of the securities to fund the annuitized prize shall be at the sole discretion of the Finance & Audit Committee or the Product Group.

Amended June 14, 2016 to be effective with the drawing on October 18, 2016; June 15, 2017 to be effective with the drawing on October 31, 2017.

Comment: This Rule is intended to provide players with the advantages offered by the changes made to 26 U.S.C. §451. These rules should be interpreted in a manner that is consistent with the purposes, requirements, and restrictions of that code section. A Party Lottery’s share of MUSL non-game earnings may be used to fund annuity payments, as may be needed, in a manner other than provided for in this rule, due to mandates of local laws.

(i) If a Party Lottery purchases or holds the prize payment annuity for a prize won in that jurisdiction, that Party Lottery’s game rules, and any prize payment agreement with the prize winner, shall indicate that the prize winner has no recourse on the MUSL or any other Party Lottery for payment of that prize.

30.2 Prize Payments. All prizes shall be paid through the Selling Lottery that sold the winning Plays, and at the discretion of the Selling Lottery may be paid by cash, checks, warrants or electronic transfers.

A Party Lottery may begin paying low-tier prizes after receiving authorization to pay from the MUSL central office.

Amended March 29, 2013; June 5, 2014; June 14, 2016 to be effective with the drawing on October 18, 2016; June 15, 2017 to be effective with the drawing on October 31, 2017.

30.3 Prizes Rounded. Annuitized payments of the Grand Prize or a share of the Grand Prize may be rounded to facilitate the purchase of an appropriate funding mechanism. Breakage on an annuitized Grand Prize win shall be added to the first payment to the winner or winners.

Prizes other than the Grand Prize that, under these rules, may become single-payment, pari-mutuel prizes, may be rounded down so that prizes can be paid in multiples of whole dollars. Breakage resulting from rounding these prizes shall be carried forward to the prize pool for the next drawing.

Amended March 29, 2013; June 5, 2014.

30.4 Reserved.

30.5 Reserved.

30.6 Limited to Highest Prize Won. The holder of a winning MM Play may win only one (1) prize per Play in connection with the winning numbers drawn, and shall be entitled only to the prize won by those numbers in the highest matching prize category. A JJ Play is not eligible to win non-Grand Prizes / non-Jackpot prizes. All liability for a Mega Millions prize are discharged upon payment of a prize claim.

Amended March 29, 2013; June 14, 2016 to be effective with the drawing on October 18, 2016; June 15, 2017 to be effective with the drawing on October 31, 2017.

30.7 Prize Claim Period. Prize claims shall be submitted within the period set by the Party Lottery selling the Play. If no such claim period is established, all grand prize claims shall be made within one hundred eighty (180) days after the drawing date.

Amended March 29, 2013; June 14, 2016 to be effective with the drawing on October 18, 2016; June 15, 2017 to be effective with the drawing on October 31, 2017.

 

MM RULE 31 — PLAY VALIDATION.

 

31.1 To be a valid Play and eligible to receive a prize, a Play’s ticket or ticketless transaction shall satisfy all the requirements established by a Party Lottery for validation of winning Plays sold through its computer gaming system and any other validation requirements adopted by the Product Group, the MUSL Board and published as the Confidential MUSL Minimum Game Security Standards. The MUSL and the Party Lotteries shall not be responsible for Plays that are altered in any manner.

Amended March 29, 2013; June 5 2014; June 14, 2016 to be effective with the drawing on October 18, 2016; June 15, 2017 to be effective with the drawing on October 31, 2017.

31.2 Under no circumstances will a claim be paid for either the Grand Prize or the Second Prize without an official Mega Millions ticket (or validly registered ticketless transaction) matching all game Play, serial number and other validation data residing in the selling Party Lottery’s computer gaming system and such ticket (or validly registered ticketless transaction) shall be the only valid proof of the wager placed and the only valid receipt for claiming or redeeming such prize.

Amended June 5, 2014; June 15, 2017 to be effective with the drawing on October 31, 2017.

31.3 In addition to the above, in order to be deemed a valid, winning Mega Millions ticket, unless the play is a validly registered ticketless transaction, all of the following conditions must be met:

(a) The validation data must be present in its entirety and must correspond, using the computer validation file, to the number selections printed on the ticket for the drawing date(s) printed on the ticket;

(b) The ticket must be intact;

(c) The ticket must not be mutilated, altered, reconstituted, or tampered with in any manner;

(d) The ticket must not be counterfeit or an exact duplicate of another winning ticket;

(e) The ticket must have been issued by an authorized Mega Millions agent, selling agent or retailer on official paper stock of the selling Party Lottery or otherwise printed in compliance with MUSL Rule 2;

Amended June 15, 2017 to be effective with the drawing on October 31, 2017.

(f) The ticket must not have been stolen, to the knowledge of the Party Lottery;

(g) The ticket must be submitted for payment in accordance with Section 10 of the Mega Millions Lotteries Game Rules (Procedures for Claiming and Payment of Prizes);

(h) The Play data must have been recorded on the computer gaming system prior to the drawing and the Play data must match this computer record in every respect. In the event of a contradiction between information as printed on the ticket and as accepted by the Party Lottery’s computer gaming system, the wager accepted by the Party Lottery’s computer gaming system shall be the valid wager;

Amended June 15, 2017 to be effective with the drawing on October 31, 2017.

(i) The player or computer pick number selections, validation data and the drawing date(s) of an apparent winning Play must appear on the official file of winning Plays, and a Play with that exact data must not have been previously paid;

Amended June 15, 2017 to be effective with the drawing on October 31, 2017.

(j) The play must not be misregistered, and the Play’s ticket must not be defectively printed or printed or produced in error to an extent that it cannot be processed by the Party Lottery that issued the Play;

Amended June 15, 2017 to be effective with the drawing on October 31, 2017.

(k) The Play must pass validation tests using a minimum of three (3) of the five (5) validation methods as defined in the Mega Millions Finance and Operations Procedures, Section 15. In addition, the Play must pass all other confidential security checks of the Party Lottery that issued the Play;

Amended June 15, 2017 to be effective with the drawing on October 31, 2017.

(l) In submitting a Play for validation, the claimant agrees to abide by applicable laws, all rules and regulations, instructions, conditions and final decisions of the Director of the Party Lottery that issued the Play;

Amended June 15, 2017 to be effective with the drawing on October 31, 2017.

(m) There must not be any other breach of these Mega Millions Rules in relation to the Play that, in the opinion of the Director of the Party Lottery that issued the Play, justifies invalidation.

Amended March 29, 2013; June 15, 2017 to be effective with the drawing on October 31, 2017.

(n) The Play must be submitted to the Party Lottery that issued it.

Amended June 15, 2017 to be effective with the drawing on October 31, 2017.

(o) Ticketless transaction Plays must meet the validation requirements of the Party Lottery that issued the Play.

Amended June 5, 2014; June 14, 2016 to be effective with the drawing on October 18, 2016; June 15, 2017 to be effective with the drawing on October 31, 2017.

31.4 A Play submitted for validation that fails any of the preceding validation conditions shall be considered void, subject to the following determinations:

Amended March 29, 2013; June 15, 2017 to be effective with the drawing on October 31, 2017.

(a) In all cases of doubt, the determination of the Party Lottery that sold the Play, shall be final and binding; however, the Party Lottery may, at its option, replace an invalid Play with a Play of equivalent sales price;

Amended March 29, 2013; June 15, 2017 to be effective with the drawing on October 31, 2017.

(b) In the event a defective ticket is purchased or in the event the Party Lottery determines to adjust an error, the Claimant’s sole and exclusive remedy shall be the replacement of such defective or erroneous ticket(s) with a Play of equivalent sales price;

Amended June 15, 2017 to be effective with the drawing on October 31, 2017.

(c) In the event a Play is not paid by a Party Lottery and a dispute occurs as to whether the Play is a winning Play, the Party Lottery may, at its option, replace the Play as provided in paragraph (a) of this subsection. This shall be the sole and exclusive remedy of the Claimant unless the laws or regulations governing the Party Lottery provide for further administrative review.

Amended June 14, 2016 to be effective with the drawing on October 18, 2016; June 15, 2017 to be effective with the drawing on October 31, 2017.

 

MM RULE 32 — PLAY RESPONSIBILITY.

 

32.1 Prize Claims. Prize claim procedures shall be governed by the rules of the Selling lottery. The MUSL and the Selling Lotteries shall not be responsible for prizes that are not claimed following the proper procedures as determined by the selling lottery.

Amended March 29, 2013; June 25, 2013; June 15, 2017 to be effective with the drawing on October 31, 2017.

32.2 Reserved.

32.3 Stolen Plays. The Product Group, the MUSL and the Party Lotteries shall not be responsible for lost or stolen Plays.

Amended June 14, 2016 to be effective with the drawing on October 18, 2016; June 15, 2017 to be effective with the drawing on October 31, 2017.

32.4 Ticketless Transactions. A receipt for a ticketless transaction Play has no value and is not evidence of a play. A ticketless transaction Play is valid when registered with the lottery in accordance with lottery rules and the person or, if permitted by the lottery rules, the persons registering the Play shall be the owner of the ticketless transaction play.

Amended June 25, 2013; June 5, 2014; June 15, 2017 to be effective with the drawing on October 31, 2017.

32.5 The Party Lotteries shall not be responsible to a prize claimant for Plays redeemed in error by a selling agent or retailer.

Amended June 14, 2016 to be effective with the drawing on October 18, 2016; June 15, 2017 to be effective with the drawing on October 31, 2017.

32.6 Winners are determined by the numbers drawn and certified by the independent auditor responsible for auditing the Mega Millions draw. MUSL and the Party Lotteries are not responsible for Mega Millions winning numbers reported in error.

 

MM RULE 33 — INELIGIBLE PLAYERS.

 

33.1 A Play or share for a MUSL game issued by the MUSL or any of its Party Lotteries shall not be purchased by, and a prize won by any such Play or share shall not be paid to:

Amended June 14, 2016 to be effective with the drawing on October 18, 2016; June 15, 2017 to be effective with the drawing on October 31, 2017.

(a) a MUSL employee, officer, or director;

Amended March 29, 2013.

(b) a contractor or consultant under agreement with the MUSL to review the MUSL audit and security procedures;

Amended March 29, 2013.

(c) an employee of an independent accounting firm under contract with MUSL to observe drawings or site operations and actually assigned to the MUSL account and all partners, shareholders, or owners in the local office of the firm; or

Amended March 29, 2013.

(d) an immediate family member (parent, stepparent, child, stepchild, spouse, or sibling) of an individual described in subsections (a), (b), and (c) and residing in the same household.

33.2  Those persons designated by a Party Lottery's law as ineligible to play its games shall also be ineligible to play the MUSL game in that Party Lottery's jurisdiction.

33.3  A Play or share of the Mega Millions game may not be purchased in any lottery jurisdiction by any Party Lottery board member; commissioner; officer; employee; or spouse, child, brother, sister or parent residing as a member of the same household in the principle place of residence of any such person. Prizes shall not be paid to any persons prohibited from playing Mega Millions in a particular jurisdiction by rules, governing law, or any contract executed by the Selling Lottery.

Amended June 14, 2016 to be effective with the drawing on October 18, 2016; June 15, 2017 to be effective with the drawing on October 31, 2017.

 

MM RULE 34 — APPLICABLE LAW.

 

In purchasing a Play, or attempting to claim a prize, purchasers and prize claimants agree to comply with and abide by all applicable laws, rules, regulations, procedures, and decisions of the Party Lottery where the Play was purchased, and by directives and determinations of the director of that Party Lottery.

Additionally, the player shall be bound to all applicable provisions in the Mega Millions Finance and Operations Procedures.

A prize claimant agrees, as its sole and exclusive remedy that claims arising out of a Play can only be pursued against the Party Lottery which issued the Play. Litigation, if any, shall only be maintained within the jurisdiction in which the Play was purchased and only against the Party Lottery that issued the Play. No claim shall be made against any other Party Lottery or against the MUSL.

Nothing in these Rules shall be construed as a waiver of any defense or claim the Party Lottery which issued the Play, any other Party Lottery, or MUSL may have in any litigation, including in the event a player or prize claimant pursues litigation against a Party Lottery or MUSL, or their respective officers, directors or employees.

All decisions made by a Party Lottery, including the declaration of prizes and the payment thereof and the interpretation of Mega Millions Rules, shall be final and binding on all Play purchasers and on every person making a prize claim in respect thereof, but only in the jurisdiction where the Play was issued.

Unless the laws, rules, regulations, procedures, and decisions of the Party Lottery which issued the Play provide otherwise, no prize shall be paid upon a Play purchased, claimed or sold in violation of these Rules or the laws, rules, regulations, procedures, and decisions of that Party Lottery; any such prize claimed but unpaid shall constitute an unclaimed prize under these Rules and the laws, rules, regulations, procedures, and decisions of that Party Lottery.

Amended June 14, 2016 to be effective with the drawing on October 18, 2016; June 15, 2017 to be effective with the drawing on October 31, 2017.

 

Part III - SPECIAL GAME RULES: MEGA MILLIONS MEGAPLIER PROMOTION

Last amended June 15, 2017 to be effective with the drawing on October 31, 2017.

 

MM RULE A - PROMOTION DESCRIPTION.

 

The Mega Millions Megaplier Promotion is a limited extension of the Mega Millions game and is conducted in accordance with the Mega Millions game rules and other lottery rules applicable to the Mega Millions game except as may be amended herein. The promotion will begin at a time announced by the Party Lottery and will continue until discontinued by the lottery. The Promotion will offer to the owners of a qualifying Megaplier Play a chance to multiply or increase the amount of any of the Set Prizes (the prizes normally paying two dollars ($2.00) to one million dollars ($1,000,000.00) won in a drawing held during the Promotion. The Grand Prize is not a Set Prize and will not be multiplied or increased by means of the Megaplier Promotion or the Just the Jackpot promotion.

Amended September 21, 2010 to be effective December 1, 2010; March 29, 2013; June 25, 2013 to be effective with the drawing on October 22, 2013; June 5, 2014; June 15, 2017 to be effective with the drawing on October 31, 2017.

 

MM RULE B - QUALIFYING PLAY.

 

A qualifying Megaplier Play is any single Mega Millions Play for which the player pays an extra one dollar ($1.00) for the Megaplier option and that is recorded on the Party Lottery’s computer gaming system as a qualifying Megaplier Play. The purchase of Just the Jackpot Plays do not qualify to purchase a Megaplier Play.

Amended March 29, 2013; June 15, 2017 to be effective with the drawing on October 31, 2017.

 

MM RULE C - PRIZES TO BE INCREASED.

 

Except as provided in these rules, a qualifying Megaplier Play that wins one of the Set Prizes will be multiplied by the number drawn, either two, three, four, or five (2, 3, 4, or 5), in a separate random Megaplier drawing announced in a manner approved by the Product Group.

Amended June 3, 2010 to be effective when promulgated by the lottery and September 21, 2010 to be effective to be effective December 1, 2010; March 29, 2013; June 25, 2013 to be effective with the drawing on October 22, 2013; June 5, 2014; June 15, 2017 to be effective with the drawing on October 31, 2017.


 

MM RULE D - MEGAPLIER DRAWS.

 

MUSL will either itself conduct, or authorize a U.S. Lottery to conduct on its behalf, a separate random “Megaplier” drawing. Before each Mega Millions drawing a single number (2, 3, 4 or 5) shall be drawn. The Product Group may change one or more of the multiplier features for special promotions from time to time. In the event the multiplier drawing does not occur prior to the Mega Millions drawing, the multiplier number will be a 5 (five), which shall solely be determined by the lottery authorized to conduct the “Megaplier” drawing.

Amended September 21, 2010 to be effective December 1, 2010; October 25, 2011; June 25, 2013 to be effective with the drawing on October 22, 2013; June 5, 2014.

 

MM RULE E - PRIZE POOL.

 

E(1) Megaplier Prize Pool.

(a) The Megaplier Prize Pool (MPP) is hereby created, and shall be used to fund Megaplier prizes. The MPP shall hold the temporary balances that may result from having fewer than expected winning Megaplier Plays. The source of the MPP is the Party Lottery’s weekly prize contributions less actual Megaplier Prize liability.

(b) Up to fifty-five percent (55%) of each drawing period's sales, as determined by the Game Group, including any specific statutorily-mandated tax of a Party Lottery to be included in the price of a lottery ticket, shall be collected for the payment of Megaplier prizes.

(c) Prize payout percentages per draw may vary. The MPP shall be carried forward to subsequent draws if all or a portion of it is not needed to pay the Megaplier prizes awarded in the current draw and held in the MPP.

Amended September 21, 2010 to be effective December 1, 2010; March 29, 2013; June 25, 2013; June 14, 2016 to be effective with the drawing on October 18, 2016; June 15, 2017 to be effective with the drawing on October 31, 2017.

Comment: On September 21, 2010, the Product Group determined to set the Megaplier Prize Pool at fifty-two and five-tenths percent (52.5%), effective December 1, 2010. On June 16, 2011, the Product Group determined to set the Megaplier Prize Pool at fifty-one and five-tenths percent (51.5%) effective beginning with the drawing of July 1, 2011. On January 31, 2013 the Product Group determined to set the Megaplier Prize Pool at fifty percent (50%) effective beginning with the drawing on April 2, 2013. On _____ the Product Group determined to set the Megaplier Prize Pool at TBD (TBD %) effective beginning with the drawing on October 31, 2017.

E(2) End of Game. Any amount remaining in the MPP when the Product Group declares the end of this game shall be returned to the lotteries participating in the account after the end of all claim periods of all Selling Lotteries, carried forward to a replacement game or otherwise expended in a manner at the election of the individual Members of the Product Group in accordance with jurisdiction law.

Amended March 29, 2013; June 25, 2013; June 5, 2014; June 14, 2016 to be effective with the drawing on October 18, 2016.

E(3) Expected Prize Payout. Except as provided in these rules, all prizes awarded shall be paid as single payment set prizes. Instead of the Mega Millions set prize amounts, qualifying Megaplier Plays will pay the amounts shown below when matched with the Megaplier number drawn:

 

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Prize Levels Standard With Megaplier Purchase
  Standard 2X 3X 4X 5X
Match 5+0 $1,000,000.00 $2,000,000.00 $3,000,000.00 $4,000,000.00 $5,000,000.00
Match 4+1 $10,000.00 $20,000.00 $30,000.00 $40,000.00 $50,000.00
Match 4+0 $500.00 $1,000.00 $1,500.00 $2,000.00 $2,500.00
Match 3+1 $200.00 $400.00 $600.00 $800.00 $1000.00
Match 3+0 $10.00 $20.00 $30.00 $40.00 $50.00
Match 2+1 $10.00 $20.00 $30.00 $40.00 $50.00
Match 1+1 $4.00 $8.00 $12.00 $16.00 $20.00
Match 0+1 $2.00 $4.00 $6.00 $8.00 $10.00
The Megaplier Promotion and multiplier numbers do not apply to the Mega Millions Grand Prize.
 

Amended March 29, 2013; June 25, 2013 to be effective with the drawing on October 22, 2013; June 5, 2014; June 15, 2017 to be effective with the drawing on October 31, 2017.

In certain rare instances, the Mega Millions set prize amount may be less than the amount shown.

In such case, the Megaplier prizes will be a multiple of the changed Mega Millions prize amount announced after the draw. For example, if the Match 4+1 Mega Millions set prize amount of ten thousand dollars ($10,000.00) becomes two thousand dollars ($2,000.00) under the rules of the Mega Millions game, then a Megaplier player winning that prize amount with a 4X multiplier would win eight thousand dollars ($8,000): two thousand dollars multiplied by four ($2,000.00 x 4).

Amended June 3, 2010 to be effective when promulgated by the lottery and September 21, 2010 to be effective December 1, 2010; October 25, 2011; March 29, 2013; June 25, 2013 to be effective with the drawing on October 22, 2013; June 15, 2017 to be effective with the drawing on October 31, 2017.

 

MM RULE F— PROBABILITY OF WINNING.

 

The following table sets forth the probability of the various Megaplier numbers being drawn during a single Mega Millions drawing. The Product Group may elect to run limited promotions that may modify the multiplier features.

 

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Megaplier Probability of Prize Increase
5X - Prize Won Times 5 1 in 15
4X - Prize Won Times 3 in 15
3X - Prize Won Times 3 6 in 15
2X - Prize Won Times 2 5 in 15
The Megaplier Promotion and multiplier numbers do not apply to the Mega Millions Grand Prize.
 

Amended June 3, 2010 to be effective when promulgated by the lotteries and September 21, 2010 to be effective December 1, 2010; October 25, 2011; March 29, 2013; June 25, 2013 to be effective with the drawing on October 22, 2013; June 15, 2017 to be effective with the drawing on October 31, 2017.

 

MM RULE G – LIMITATION ON PAYMENT OF MEGAPLIER PRIZES.

 

G(1) Prize Pool Carried Forward. The prize pool percentage allocated to the Megaplier set prizes shall be carried forward to subsequent draws if all or a portion of it is not needed to pay the set prizes awarded in the current draw or may be held in a prize reserve account.

(a) Pari-Mutuel Prizes — All Prize Amounts. Except as otherwise provided for in G(2)(b):

(1) If the total of the original Mega Millions set prizes and the Megaplier prize amounts awarded in a drawing exceeds the percentage of the prize pools allocated to the set prizes, then the amount needed to fund the Set Prizes (including the Megaplier prize amounts) awarded shall be drawn from the following sources, in the following order:

(i) the amount available in the SPP and the MPP , if any;

(ii) an amount from the PRA, if available in the account, not to exceed forty million dollars ($40,000,000.00) per drawing.

Amended June 14, 2016 to be effective with the drawing on October 18, 2016

G(2)(a)(2) If, after these sources are depleted, there are not sufficient funds to pay the Set Prizes awarded (including Megaplier prize amounts), then the highest Set Prize (including the Megaplier prize amounts) shall become a pari-mutuel prize. If the amount of the highest Set Prize, when paid on a pari-mutuel basis, drops to or below the next highest Set Prize and there are still not sufficient funds to pay the remaining Set Prizes awarded, then the next highest Set Prize (including the Megaplier prize amount) shall become a pari-mutuel prize. This procedure shall continue down through all Set Prizes levels, if necessary, until all Set Prize levels become pari-mutuel prize levels. In that instance, the money available from the funding sources listed in this rule shall be divided among the winning MM Plays in proportion to their respective prize percentages. Mega Millions and Megaplier prizes will be reduced by the same percentage.

Amended June 14, 2016 to be effective with the drawing on October 18, 2016; June 15, 2017 to be effective with the drawing on October 31, 2017.

Comment: By action on June 25 effective with the October 22, 2013 drawing, the Product Group agreed to combine the Mega Millions and Megaplier prize pools in the rare instance when the set prizes, including the Megaplier prizes, pursuant to the rules, are paid on a pari-mutuel basis.

Monies from the GPP may not be used to fund Mega Millions Set Prizes or Megaplier prize payments.

Comment amended June 14, 2016 to be effective with the drawing on October 18, 2016.

G(2)(b) By agreement with the Mega Millions Lotteries, the Mega Millions Lotteries shall independently calculate their set pari-mutuel prize amounts, including the Megaplier prize amounts. The Party Lotteries and the Mega Millions Lotteries shall then agree to set the pari-mutuel prize amounts for all lotteries selling the game at the lesser of the independently-calculated prize amounts.

Amended September 21, 2010 to be effective December 1, 2010; March 29, 2013; June 25, 2013 to be effective with the drawing on October 22, 2013.

Comment: The California Lottery is excluded from the Party Lotteries and other Licensee Lotteries pari-mutuel prize calculations.

 

MM RULE H – PRIZE PAYMENT.

 

H(1) Prize Payments All Megaplier prizes shall be paid in one single payment through the Party Lottery that sold the winning Megaplier Play(s). A Party Lottery may begin paying Megaplier prizes after receiving authorization to pay from the MUSL central office.

Amended June 5, 2014; June 14, 2016 to be effective with the drawing on October 18, 2016; June 15, 2017 to be effective with the drawing on October 31, 2017.

H(2) Prizes Rounded. Prizes that, under these rules, may become pari-mutuel prizes, may be rounded down so that prizes can be paid in whole dollars. Breakage resulting from rounding these prizes shall be carried forward to the MPP for the next drawing.

Amended September 21, 2010 to be effective December 1, 2010; March 29, 2013; June 14, 2016 to be effective with the drawing on October 18, 2016.

 

Part IV - SPECIAL GAME RULES: MEGA MILLIONS® JUST THE JACKPOT™ PROMOTION

Adopted June 15, 2017 to be effective with the drawing on October 31, 2017.

Party Lotteries have the individual discretion whether to offer the Just the Jackpot Promotion. Party Lotteries offering the Just the Jackpot promotion agree to adhere to the following Rules.

If a Party Lottery elects not to offer the Promotion, it is recommended that they adopt the following language into their jurisdictional rules or regulations:

The Mega Millions Just the Jackpot Promotion is a limited extension of the Mega Millions game and is conducted in accordance with the MUSL Mega Millions Product Group game rules. The ___ Lottery has elected not to offer the Just the Jackpot Promotion at this time. Just the Jackpot will impact the amount of the Grand Prize in the Mega Millions game, and participants in the Just the Jackpot Promotion in other lottery jurisdictions may win the Mega Millions Grand Prize.

 

MM RULE JJ 1 – PROMOTION DESCRIPTION.

 

JJ 1.1 The Mega Millions Just the Jackpot Promotion is a limited extension of the Mega Millions game and is conducted in accordance with the Mega Millions game rules and other lottery rules applicable to the Mega Millions game except as may be amended herein, and any other lottery rules applicable to this Promotion. All rules applicable to the Mega Millions Game in Parts I and II of these rules are applicable to the Just the Jackpot Promotion unless otherwise indicated.

JJ 1.2 The Promotion will begin at a time announced by the Party Lottery and will continue until discontinued by the lottery.

The Promotion will offer to players a chance to purchase two (2) Just the Jackpot Plays (JJ Plays) for three dollars ($3.00);

Each JJ Play purchased will qualify the player for a chance to win the Grand Prize, and no other prize levels.

A JJ Play must match exactly all of the Mega Millions Grand Prize winning numbers in order to win the Mega Millions Grand Prize. A JJ Play is not eligible to win non-Grand Prizes / non-Jackpot prizes in the Just the Jackpot Promotion.

JJ 1.3 Just the Jackpot winning Plays will be paid the Mega Millions Grand Prize, at the election of the player made in accordance with these rules or by a default election made in accordance with these rules, either on a graduated annuitized annual pari-mutuel basis or as a cash value option using a rate determined by the Mega Millions Finance Committee on a pari-mutuel basis. All provisions in Parts (I) and (II) of these Rules regarding payment of the Mega Millions Grand Prize are applicable to Just the Jackpot winning Play(s). The Grand Prize amount shall be divided equally by the number of MM Plays and JJ Plays winning the Grand Prize.

JJ 1.4 The winning numbers for Just the Jackpot Promotion shall be the winning numbers for the Grand Prize drawn in the Mega Millions drawing. Mega Millions winning numbers applicable to determine Just the Jackpot prizes will be drawn on the day(s), time(s) and location(s) as determined by the Mega Millions Lotteries.

JJ 1.5 To play Just the Jackpot, a player shall select (or computer pick) two (2) sets of five (5) different numbers, from one (1) through seventy (70) and one (1) additional number from one (1) through twenty-five (25). The additional number may be the same as one of the first five numbers selected by the player. Each set of numbers shall constitute a single lettered selection, or single “Play” as that term is defined in Rule 26.15. The two (2) sets of numbers selected in each three dollar ($3.00) JJ Plays purchase may be the same between the Plays. The two (2) Plays for each three dollar ($3.00) JJ Plays purchase shall be for the same drawing, although a lottery may sell multi-draw JJ Plays as well.

JJ 1.6 The purchase price of JJ Plays shall be three dollars (US $3.00) for two (2) single lettered selection of JJ Plays, including any specific statutorily-mandated tax of a Party Lottery to be included in the price of lottery JJ Plays. JJ Plays may be purchased from a Party Lottery approved sales outlet in a manner as approved by the Party Lottery and in accordance with MUSL Rules. Except for ticketless transactions, JJ Plays must be printed on separate tickets from MM Plays and must clearly indicate the Plays are for the Just the Jackpot Promotion. Each JJ Play is played separately in determining matches to winning numbers and prize amounts.

JJ 1.7 The Grand Prize will not be multiplied or increased by means of the Megaplier Promotion.

 

MM RULE JJ 2 – RESERVED.

 

MM RULE JJ 3 – RESERVED.

 

MM RULE JJ 4 – RESERVED.

 

MM RULE JJ 5 – PRIZE POOL CONTRIBUTIONS.

 

JJ5.1 Mega Millions Prize Pool. The prize pool for JJ Plays shall consist of up to fifty-five percent (55%) of each drawing period's sales, inclusive of any specific statutorily-mandated tax of a Party Lottery to be included in the price of a lottery’s JJ Play, and inclusive of contributions to the prize pool accounts and prize reserve accounts, but may be higher or lower based on the funding required to meet a guaranteed annuity Grand Prize as may be required by Rule 30.1(a).

JJ5.2 Mega Millions Prize Pool Account and Prize Reserve Account contributions. The Product Group shall set the contribution rates to the Just the Jackpot prize pool and prize reserve accounts established by this rule.
(i) The contribution rate for JJ Plays to the GPP shall be 50.2012% of sales.

An amount up to five percent (5%) of a Party Lottery’s JJ Play sales, including any specific statutorily mandated tax of a Party Lottery to be included in the price of a lottery’s JJ Play, shall be added to a Party Lottery’s Just the Jackpot Prize Pool contribution and placed in trust in one (1) or more prize pool and prize reserve accounts held by the Product Group at any time that the Party Lottery’s share of the PRA is below the amounts designated by the Product Group; details shall be noted in the Comments to this Rule.

All provisions regarding the GPP and PRA as described in Rule 28 and otherwise in Part II of these Rules are applicable to JJ Play contributions to the GPP and PRA.

em>Comment: On ____ the Product Group determined to set the additional prize reserve contribution for JJ Plays at TBD percent (TBD %) effective beginning with the drawing of October 31, 2107 (for a total prize pool of 50.2012 + TBD %). 

The prize reserve contribution shall be used to fund the PRA until it reaches its maximum balance amounts. Once PRA shares reach the Party Lottery’s maximum balance amounts, prize reserve contributions will not be collected from those Party Lotteries.

Approval of the Product Group is required to change the prize pool and prize reserve deduction percentages, maximum balances and balance limit trigger levels.

JJ5.3 Expected Prize Payout Percentage. The Mega Millions Grand Prize payout shall be determined on a pari-mutuel basis. All prize payouts are made with the following expected prize payout percentages, which does not include any additional amount contributed to or held in prize reserves:

 

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Number of Matches Per JJ Play Prize Payment JJ Prize Pool Percentage Allocated to Prize JJ Sales Percentage Allocated to Prize
All five (5) of first set plus one (1) of second set Grand Prize 100%* 50.2012%
All other matching combinations No Prize 0% 0%
* JJ Prize Pool percentage allocated to the Grand Prize shall be combined with MM Prize Pool percentage allocated to the Grand Prize.
 

(a) The Grand Prize amount shall be divided equally by the number of MM Plays and JJ Plays winning the Mega Millions Grand Prize.

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Megabucks Game Rules

RULE No. 1 DEFINITIONS

 

(a) "Act" means the Tri-State Lotto Compact.

(b) "Agent" or "Retailer" means the licensed Lottery agent, authorized Lottery sales agent, or licensed sales agent, who are authorized to sell player selection game plays.

(c) "Board" means that area of the bet slip which contains the designated number of squares.

(d) "Commission" means the Tri-State Lotto Commission® created and established by this act.

(e) "Concurrent legislation" means legislation enacted by one of the party states which is concurred in by the other party states in the form of enactments having like effect.

(f) "Director" means the administrative head in charge of day-to-day operations of any party state's Lottery Commission.

(g) "Draw number (x)", where (x) is a whole number, refers to the draw following the most recent draw containing a top prize pool winning ticket. The draw number shall start at one (1) and continue sequentially up to and including the draw that contains a top prize pool winning ticket, after which the draw number shall revert back to one (1) for the next draw.

(h) "Drawing" means that process which is used to select randomly five (5) winning numbers between one (01) and forty-one (41) and one additional number between one (01) and six (06) referred to as the Megaball number.

(i) "Easy Pick" means a computer-generated random play to be used as a player's bet.

(j) "Game Ticket" or "Ticket" means a slip of paper produced by an authorized on-line terminal acknowledging the recording of a legal transaction between the Lottery and the recipient for a certain date.

(k) "Lotto" means a game of chance in which a player selects a certain field of numbers from a larger field of numbers.

(l) "Party states," "party Lottery," or "Lottery" means the lotteries of the states of New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine. It may also include other states in the event of expansion of the Tri-State Lotto Compact.

(m) "Person" means an individual, partnership, association, organization, club, company, corporation, trust, estate, society, joint stock company, receiver, trustee, assignee, referee, or any other person acting in a fiduciary or representative capacity, whether appointed by a court or otherwise, and any combination of individuals. "Person" shall also mean agencies and instrumentalities of the state, counties, cities, towns and villages.

(n) "Play," "game Play" or "Bet" means the players selection or a computer pick of the five (5) different two-digit numbers from one (01) through forty-one (41) and one additional two digit number between one (01) and six (06) which appear on a ticket as a single lettered selection, to be played for a specific draw.

(o) "Bet slip" means an authorized slip of paper preprinted with numbered and play style blocks, completed by the player to designate the numbers and play style to be entered into a drawing. A "bet slip" is not evidence of play.

(p) "Terminal" means a device which is authorized by the Lottery to function in an on- line, interactive mode with the central computer system, for the purpose of issuing Lottery tickets and entering, receiving and processing Lottery transactions, including purchases, voiding purchases, validating tickets and transmitting reports.

(q) "Tri-State Megabucks®" means an on-line terminal game offered for sale by the Commission.

(r) "Winning Numbers" means the five (5) two-digit numbers between one (01) and forty-one (41) randomly selected from a common set of numbers and one (01) two-digit number between one (01) and six (06) randomly selected from a common set of numbers at each official drawing to determine winning plays contained on a game ticket for a specific date.

(s) "Subscription" means a set of five (5) different two-digit numbers between one (01) and forty-one (41) and one (01) two-digit number between one (01) and six (06) purchased for a specific number of draws via any party state's mail subscription system.

(t) "Top Prize Winner" means a game play that identically matches the winning numbers.

(u) "Pari-mutuel" means the calculated prize amount for a prize category by dividing the amount of winning plays for the prize category into the amount of prize money available for the prize category.

 

RULE No. 2 TICKET PURCHASE, CHARACTERISTICS AND RESTRICTIONS

 

(a) A valid Tri-State Megabucks® ticket shall contain all of the following:

  1. The caption "Tri-State Megabucks®"
  2. The drawing date(s)
  3. The total ticket price
  4. A 15 digit validation number
  5. A terminal printed validation bar code
  6. A vendor security-issued number
  7. A ticket stock sequential number
  8. The player's chosen bet(s) each consisting of five (05) two-digit numbers and the one (01) additional two digit number.
  9. Retailer number
  10. Terminal number
  11. Time stamp
  12. Four text lines available for Lottery messages

(b) A ticket is subject to the validation requirements of Rule 9 and a play shall be void unless the bet evidenced by the ticket reaches, is accepted by, and is recorded by the central computer.

(c) A bet slip has no pecuniary or prize value and shall not constitute evidence of ticket purchase or numbers selected.

(d) A play is void unless each of the five printed numbers and the one additional number on the ticket has two digits. For example, "03" is a valid number whereas "3" is not.

(e) A ticket may be canceled under the conditions established by the Commission in Tri-State Policy No. 9.

(f) In the event that a ticket is invalid, in accordance with the provisions of Rule 9, the player shall be entitled to a refund from the party Lottery equal to the price of the ticket.

(g) It shall be the sole responsibility of the player to verify the accuracy of the game plays, amount wagered and draw day(s). In the event of an error, the player's sole remedy shall be the canceling of the ticket, pursuant to Rule 2 (f). The Commission shall not be responsible for tickets printed in error, and its liability shall be limited to the canceling of the erroneous ticket pursuant to Rule 2 (f).

 

RULE No. 3 DESIGN OF THE GAME

 

(a) The Commission shall determine the amount of numbers which constitute the field of numbers from which a player may select his/her lotto numbers. The Commission may also change the amount of numbers in that field as well as the amount of numbers to be selected from it.

(b) Tri-State Megabucks® tickets may be offered for sale at a price that has been determined by the Commission.

(c) The Commission may determine, in its sole discretion, to change the design of the game, frequency of play, and the termination date of the game. If the Commission elects to terminate the Megabucks® game, the Commission shall:

  1. Publicly announce the final draw date;
  2. Determine the method for distribution of the final Megabucks® jackpot prize pool;
  3. Determine the method for distribution of all Megabucks® prize contingency accounts;
  4. Refund, to each valid Megabucks® subscriber, the subscription value of their remaining draws beyond the game's final drawing date.

RULE No. 4 DETERMINATION OF PRIZE WINNERS

 

(a) Prizes shall be determined and awarded on the following basis:

 

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Tickets containing the following number of matches in one single game play irrespective of drawing order For $2 bet
All five (5) of the first five numbers and the Megaball number A share of the current top prize as determined in rule 4(d)
Five (5) of the first five (5) numbers and no Megaball number $30,000.00
Four (4) of first five (5) numbers, and Megaball number $1,300.00
Four (4) of first five (5) numbers, and no Megaball number $150.00
Three (3) of first five (5) numbers, and Megaball number $25.00
Three (3) of first five (5) numbers, and no Megaball number $7.00
Two (2) of first five (5) numbers, and Megaball number $5.00
Two (2) of first five (5) numbers, and no Megaball number $2.00, subscriptions receive one free play extension
One (1) of first five (5) numbers, and Megaball number $2.00, subscriptions receive one free play extension
 

(b) Only the highest prize won per game play will be paid.

(c) The formula for determining the top prize and shares of the top prize shall be as follows:

Top Prize Pool = ((TPPP-(TPPP x 4.5%)) + C) - AB - CD

where:

  • TPPP = Top Prize Pool Percentage equal to P x 43.14%
  • LTPP = Low Tier Prize Pool equal to P x 56.86%
  • AB = Agent Bonus of 1% of the annuitized value of any single winning jackpot ticket, but not to exceed a maximum of $30,000 per winning ticket and 1% of the second tier prize of $30,000 per winning ticket.
  • P = Prize Pool (50% of Gross Non-canceled Sales for Drawing Involved)
  • C = Carryover Top Prize Pool (if any) from preceding drawing.
  • CD = Commission Directed reallocation of Prize Pool for prize reserves.

(d) A "share" of the top prize is determined by dividing the Top Prize Pool by the number of Top Prize Winners. Unclaimed shares, after one year, revert to the Expired Unclaimed Prize Account. Holders of each "share" will receive equal annual payments as determined by the Commission. The amount of each annual payment will be the amount payable as determined by an annuity, or securities purchased at the time with the amount of the “share," less applicable tax withholdings. If the Cash Option was selected, the "share" shall be paid in one present cash value payment, less applicable tax withholdings. A cash winner shall not be entitled to any additional prize payments.

(e) The excess value of all low tier prizes for a drawing that is higher or less than the expected Low Tier Prize Pool shall be added to/deducted from the Megabucks® Low Tier Contingency (MPLTC) Account.

(f) In circumstances where the low tier prize payout exceeds available dollars in the low tier prize pool, the Megabucks® Low Tier Contingency Account and 50% of the Prize Reserve Account combined, the set prizes shall be paid on a pari-mutuel basis.

(g) At the end of a fiscal year the Commission shall determine the method to zero balance any shortage in the MPLTC which may include the transfer of available funds from the Prize Reserve Account and/or the expired unclaimed prizes. If the MPLTC account has a positive balance at the end of a fiscal year, the Commission shall determine whether or not to disburse the excess balance and the method of disbursement.

 

RULE No. 5 PRIZE STRUCTURE

 

(a) The prize structure of Tri-State Megabucks® shall not exceed fifty (50) percent of the total amount for which tickets have been sold and shall consist of a prize pool including:

  1. Prizes paid or committed to winners.
  2. Prizes which are unclaimed for a period of 366 days (see Rule 11 (g)) after the drawing date in which the prize was won and voted by the Commission to be included in a designated drawing or promotion.
  3. Agent bonuses will be 1% of the annuitized value of any single winning jackpot ticket, but not to exceed a maximum of $30,000 per winning ticket and 1% of the second tier prize of $30,000 per winning ticket. Whenever a winning Megabucks® ticket is sold in a New Hampshire State Liquor Store, the agent bonus will be paid to the Liquor Commission employees of that store in a manner decided and managed by the Liquor Commission.
  4. Special prizes or bonuses as specified by the Commission to maintain public interest in the game.

(b) The Commission shall determine the distribution of the prize pool and shall announce the prize structure in appropriate directives.

(c) In the case of an unclaimed jackpot ticket, upon the expiration of 366 days (see Rule 5(e)) after the drawing date in which the prize was won, the prize shall revert to the expired unclaimed prize pool.

(d) At least once a year, the Commission shall be required, no later than September 14, to make a decision as to the disbursement of expired unclaimed prize money.

(e) All prizes must be claimed as directed within 366 calendar days of the drawing in which the prize was won. For purposes of determining the claim period, the first (draw) day shall be excluded, and the last day included. In the event the last day falls on a Saturday, a Sunday, or a legal holiday, the time to claim shall be extended to close of business on the next day thereafter when Lottery offices are open for business. Any prize not claimed within the specified period shall be forfeited.

(f) The minimum annuitized value for a Megabucks® top prize pool for draw number one (1) shall be $1,000,000. For each subsequent draw, the minimum annuitized value of the Megabucks® top prize pool shall be incremented no less than $50,000, until such time the top prize pool is self funded, as determined by the Commission. The minimum cash value for a Megabucks® top prize pool shall be one half the annuitized value of the top prize pool, until such time as the top prize pool is self funded, as determined by the Commission.

(g) In the event of a winning ticket(s) for a draw prior to the first self funded top prize pool, if there are insufficient funds to fund the minimum top prize pool, the Tri-State Business Office shall transfer funds from the Tri-State contingency account(s) necessary to fund the minimum value for the top prize pool established for the winning draw number.

(h) An amount equal to .97% of the value of the gross, non-cancelled sales for each drawing shall be deducted from the top prize pool and placed in trust in a prize reserve account to be used for future Megabucks® prizes won in excess of a drawing's expected low tier prize amount, or, to fund any guaranteed minimum jackpot. Additional amounts may be deducted from the top prize pool and added to the prize reserve as directed by the Commission. The Commission shall establish a maximum balance for the Prize Reserve Account (PRA). Once the Prize Reserve Account exceeds the designated amount, the excess shall become part of the Top Prize pool. The Commission may determine to expend all or a portion of the funds in the account for the payment of prizes or special prizes in the game. Any amount remaining in a Prize Reserve Account at the end of this game shall be carried forward to a replacement game Prize Reserve Account or expended in a manner as directed by the Commission and in accordance with state law. (Comment: The intent of this language is to contribute .97% of sales to a guaranteed jackpot contingency fund. Once the jackpot is self funded an additional $15,000 shall also be contributed to the fund until the fund exceeds a designated amount. The established maximum balance or designated amount is set at $1,000,000.)

 

RULE No. 6 DRAWINGS

 

(a) Drawings shall be conducted in such manner, with such frequency, and at such times and places as the Commission may determine, and shall be announced to the public.

 

RULE No. 7 PRICE

 

(a) Game plays shall sell for the amount determined by the Commission, who shall make a public announcement of the same. Game plays and tickets may be purchased only through licensed agents.

 

RULE No. 8 TICKET RESPONSIBILITY

 

(a) Until such time as a signature is placed upon the back portion of a ticket in the area designated therefore, a ticket shall be owned by the physical possessor thereof. When a signature is placed on the back of said ticket in the place designated therefore, the person whose signature appears in such area shall be the owner of said ticket and shall be entitled (subject to the validation requirements of Rule 9) to any prize attributable thereto.

(a) The Lottery shall not be responsible for lost, damaged or stolen tickets prior to validation.

 

RULE No. 9 TICKET VALIDATION REQUIREMENTS

 

(a) To be a valid ticket and eligible to receive a prize, unless a subscription, all the following requirements must be satisfied:

  1. The ticket must have been issued by the party Lottery through a licensed agent, via a terminal, in an authorized manner. The ticket must be intact and must not be mutilated, altered, reconstructed, or tampered with in any manner.
  2. The ticket date must have been recorded in the central computer system before draw break and at least five (5) minutes prior to the scheduled drawing; even if it appears that a bet is accepted (by virtue of a printed ticket), any bet not meeting the criteria in this section is void.The information appearing on the ticket must correspond precisely with the party Lottery's computer record.
  3. The fifteen (15) digit validation number must appear in its entirety, and correspond, using a computer validation file, to the winning game play or plays printed on the ticket. The ticket stock sequential number on the back of the ticket must correspond to the party Lottery's inventory records.
  4. The ticket must not be defectively printed, fuzzy, produced in error, counterfeit in whole or in part, altered, unreadable, reconstructed, tampered with in any manner, stolen, blank or partially blank, misregistered, or defective.
  5. All information appearing on an apparent winning ticket must correspond to the party Lottery's records of winning tickets, and another ticket with identical data shall not have been paid.
  6. The ticket must be intact, fully legible, complete and not miscut, correspond to the art work on file at the party Lottery in every respect.
  7. The ticket must pass all other security criteria determined by the Commission.
  8. The ticket must be validated in accordance with the provisions of these rules relating to the procedures for claiming prizes and for the payment thereof.
  9. An apparent winning ticket shall be void unless the ticket is printed on a paper stock roll which was in use at the time of the bet by, and validly issued to, the agent from whom the ticket was purchased.

(b) In the event that a ticket fails to pass all the criteria set forth in subpart (a) of this rule, the ticket shall be deemed void and ineligible for any prize and shall not be paid. In the event of a dispute or other instance of doubt, the decision of the director shall be final and binding. If the director determines that the ticket is not eligible to receive a prize, then the director may, at the director's option, replace an invalid, defective or otherwise erroneous ticket with a ticket of equivalent sales price from any current Lottery game. Replacement of the ticket shall be the bearer or claimant's sole and exclusive remedy.

 

RULE No. 10 CANCELLATION OF DRAWINGS

 

(a) The Lottery has the right to cancel drawings and/or sales of tickets on holidays, days of special importance, or on days when conditions make conducting the game impractical or inappropriate. The Lottery is authorized to conduct drawings and make-up drawings at times, dates, and pursuant to methods determined by the Lottery.

 

RULE No. 11 PRIZE PAYMENTS AND CERTIFICATION OF WINNERS

 

(a) All prizes of $599 or less or amount required by individual party state may be paid directly by Lottery sales agents. The claimant shall present his/her ticket to a Lottery agent, fill out his/her name and address on the back of the ticket, and show identification as required by individual states. The agent, after verifying that the ticket is a winning ticket and examining it for alteration, shall pay the claimant directly or to his/her authorized representative. Prizes are validated in the state of which the ticket is purchased.

(b) Prizes of $600 or more or amount required by individual party state will be paid centrally by the party Lottery office or at a location(s) authorized by the individual state's director. A match 5 plus 1 winning ticket holder(s) shall visit a Tri-State Lottery agent or member state office and present the signed ticket with any required identification. The ticket holder(s) shall complete and sign a claim form, and mail or submit it with the ticket, to the state Lottery office. The agent or Lottery office shall then attempt to validate the ticket. Upon validation, the ticket holder(s) shall receive a copy of the claim form acknowledging receipt of the claim. Upon receipt of the claim form and the ticket, the state Lottery office shall activate a five (5) working day processing period. During the five-day processing period, the ticket holder(s) may add or substitute other persons as co-holders or trustees. This must be a written, notarized request from the original holder(s) to the state Lottery office where the ticket was validated. After the five (5) day processing period has been completed, the state Lottery office shall release or mail the prize payment to the ticket holder(s) and/or any co-holders or trustees designated in writing. The signer(s) of the ticket shall determine whether the payment(s) are in cash or annuity but shall not select or be paid a combination thereof.

(c) Annuity Clause. All jackpot liabilities will be funded by means of thirty year annuities or treasury strips with thirty equal, annual payments.

  1. The jackpot prize shall be paid, at the election of the player no later than 60 calendar days after the player becomes entitled to the prize, with either a per winner annuity or cash payment.
  2. Prize entitlement is defined as the day the winner files an initial claim with a party Lottery at that Lottery's headquarters.
  3. If the payment election is not made by the player within 60 calendar days after the player becomes entitled to the prize, then the prize shall be paid as an annuity prize.
  4. The election to take the cash payment may be made at the time of the prize claim or within 60 calendar days after the player becomes entitled to the prize.
  5. The jackpot winner shall complete and sign a Lottery-provided election form at the time of final election, and within 60 calendar days after the player becomes entitled to the prize, which shall designate the form of payment, either annuity or cash, elected by the jackpot winner.
  6. An election made after the winner becomes entitled to the prize is final and cannot be revoked, withdrawn or otherwise changed.
  7. The minimum annuity payment over thirty years is $15,000. In the event of multiple prize winners, should any thirty year prize fail to pay a minimum of $15,000 per annum, the Tri-State Lotto Commission® will pay the winner(s) a lump sum payment. The payment will be made from available cash in the jackpot prize pool. The payment will not be doubled to approximate the publicized annuity estimate.
  8. The first payment shall be made in cash and all payments, regardless of amount, shall be made less that portion payable to the Federal Government for withholding tax purposes. The central business office may withhold applicable state tax and/or other state withholdings allowed by state law.

(d) Cash Clause. If one or more of the top prize winners chose the "cash option," then the Top Prize Pool shall equal the cash available in the jackpot pool. If more than one top prize winner, the cash available in the jackpot pool will be shared equally. Rule 4(d) shall determine each share of the top prize.

(e) The following shall be supplied by the claimant on the claim form:

  1. Name
  2. Address
  3. Telephone number
  4. Social Security number
  5. Date of Birth
  6. Claimant signature and date signed

(f) Claims submitted to the Commission shall be subject to validation.

(g) All prizes shall be claimed within 366 days after the drawing date in which the prize was won. Any prize not claimed within 366 days (see Rule 5 (e)) shall be forfeited.

 

RULE No. 12 LICENSING OF TRI-STATE LOTTO AGENTS

 

(a) No license to sell Tri-State Lotto tickets shall be issued to any person for the purpose of engaging in business exclusively as a sales agent.

(b) A person interested in becoming a Tri-State Lotto sales agent must complete and sign an application and/or agreement form with the particular party state.

(c) Authority to issue, suspend or revoke licenses under this rule is given to the director of that state where the agent is located.

(d) Before issuing such license, the Director shall consider but not be limited to such factors as:

  1. the financial responsibility and security of the business or activity in which the person is engaged;
  2. the accessibility of the place of business or activity to the public;
  3. the sufficiency of existing licenses to serve public convenience;
  4. whether the place of business or activity is predominantly frequented by persons under the age of eighteen years;
  5. volume of expected sales;
  6. the possession of valid party state license.

RULE No. 13 SUSPENSION AND REVOCATION OF LICENSES

 

(a) The Director of each state may suspend or revoke after notice and hearing, any license issued pursuant to this Act. The license may, however, be temporarily suspended by the Director without prior notice, pending any prosecution, investigation or hearing. A license may be suspended or revoked for just cause, including one or more of the following reasons:

  1. failure to account for tickets received or the proceeds of the sale of tickets or to file a bond if required by the Commission or to comply with instructions of the Commission concerning the licensed activity;
  2. conviction of any criminal offense;
  3. failure to file any return or report, to keep records, or to pay any tax;
  4. engaging in fraud, deceit, misrepresentation or conduct prejudicial to public confidence;
  5. insufficiency of the number of tickets sold by the sales agent; and
  6. a material change, since issuance of the license, with respect to any of the matters required to be considered by the director under Rule 12 (d).

(b) Any suspension or revocation of a state license shall automatically result in suspension of the Tri-State products.

(c) A party state license suspension or revocation under this section may be appealed by the agent. The appeal shall be directed to the individual party state, whose decision shall be final.

 

RULE No. 14 SALE BY PARTY STATES DIRECTLY

 

(a) Any party state may sell Tri-State Megabucks® tickets at any selling point it establishes in its own state or on state-owned land in other states.

 

RULE No. 15 TRI-STATE MEGABUCKS PRIZE DRAWINGS

 

(a) At least once each week, the Commission shall hold a live drawing of the winning lotto numbers in a location to be determined by the Commission. Drawings shall be open to the public and be open to representatives of the various media.

(b) Open mechanical devices in full view of the public shall be employed to determine winning numbers.

 

RULE No. 16 SEVERABILITY OF PROVISIONS

 

(a) The provisions of any rules or regulations contained herein are severable. If any provision of a rule or regulation is invalid, or if any application thereof to any person or circumstance is invalid, the invalidity shall not affect other provisions or applications which can be given effect without the invalid provision or application.

 

RULE No. 17 EXECUTIVE SESSION

 

(a) All meetings of the Commission shall be open to the public. The Commission may go into executive session only upon a unanimous vote of its members. The authority to enter into an executive session shall be governed by the statutes of the state hosting that particular meeting of the Commission.

 

RULE No. 18 LEGAL REPRESENTATION OF THE TRI-STATE LOTTO COMPACT

 

(a) The Tri-State Lotto Compact shall be represented by the Attorney General of the state in which any law suit is filed against the compact or Commissioners.

 

RULE No. 19 AGENTS

 

(a) All agents agree to abide by these rules and regulations as well as the published or established procedures for the game(s). Agents understand and agree that their license to sell tickets can be suspended or terminated by the party Lottery if they violate these rules and regulations or the procedures for the game(s). Agents understand and agree that the party Lottery has the right to establish minimum sales levels which must be met in order for the agents to maintain their license to sell tickets.

 

RULE No. 20 PLAYERS

 

(a) Players understand and agree that by purchasing a ticket or subscription, they shall abide by state law and regulations of the Lottery and, if applicable, the Tri-State Lotto Commission®. Applicable regulations are available at party Lottery headquarters.

 

RULE No. 21 UNACCEPTED BET

 

(a) If for any reason the player's bet is not accepted, then the liability of the party Lottery and its agent is limited to a refund of the amount wagered.

 

RULE No. 22 SALE OF TICKETS

 

(a) All ticket sales must be made through an on-line machine.

 

RULE No. 23 COLLECTION AND DISPOSITION OF REVENUE

 

(a) An agent is entitled to the same Commission for Megabucks® ticket sales as is paid for their Tri-State on-line Lottery ticket sales.

 

RULE No. 24 RETAILERS' CONDUCT, BULK PURCHASE RESTRICTIONS

 

(a) A Lottery retailer authorized to sell Lottery tickets for on-line games, or an employee of a retailer, may not request, demand, or accept gratuities or additional compensation from any person, or agent thereof, in exchange for the purchase of Megabucks® Lottery tickets.

(b)A Lottery retailer authorized to sell Lottery tickets for on-line games must make Megabucks® Lottery tickets available for sale to the public during the hours that sale of Megabucks® tickets are authorized to be sold and that retailer's business is open to the public.

(c) A Lottery retailer authorized to sell Lottery tickets for on-line games may only sell Megabucks® Lottery tickets on the premises described in the retailer's contract, except as specially authorized in writing by the director. No transaction, or any part thereof, for Megabucks® Lottery tickets may be made at the general corporate office of any retailer unless that office is open to the public and has contracted with the Lottery as a separate Lottery retailer.

(d) A Lottery retailer authorized to sell Lottery tickets for on-line games may not enter into any special agreement with any person, group or persons, or agent thereof, for the purchase of over $5,000 of Megabucks® Lottery tickets for any one draw.

(e) A Lottery retailer authorized to sell Lottery tickets for on-line games must immediately report to the Lottery any attempt made by one person, or group of persons, or an agent thereof, to purchase more than 50% of the number combinations for Megabucks® for any one draw.

(f) A Lottery retailer authorized to sell Lottery tickets for on-line games must obtain the name and address of any person purchasing more than $5,000 in Megabucks® Lottery tickets for any one draw and report the information to the Lottery before the sale.

(g) Game Sell Out Prohibited. No member Lottery shall directly and knowingly sell a ticket subscription or combination of ticket subscriptions to any person or entity which would guarantee such purchaser a grand prize win.

(h) Location and Method of Sales. An offer to buy and an offer to sell a Lottery ticket in a Tri-State on-line game shall be made only at a location or only by a method which is licensed, certified, or contracted by the member Lottery.

(i) Entry of Plays. Plays may be entered manually using the Lottery terminal keypad or touch screen or by means of a pre-printed play slip provided by the member Lottery. Facsimiles of play slips, copies of play slips, or other materials which are inserted into the terminal's play slip reader and which are not printed or approved by the member Lottery shall not be used to enter a play. No device shall be connected to a Lottery terminal to enter plays, except as may be approved by the Lottery. (Unapproved play slips or other devices may be seized by the Lottery.)

(j) Hand-Marked Play Slips. All plays made in the game shall be marked on the play slip by hand. No machine-printed play slips shall be used to enter plays. (Machine- printed play slips may be seized by the Lottery.)

(k) All Lottery agents, who sell Tri-State Megabucks® tickets, must service all customers in a timely manner. This means that one person, or one group of persons, may not approach a Lottery terminal and buy 5,000 or more consecutive tickets. Lottery agents will be required to serve other people in line; and have the person purchasing 5,000 or more tickets wait until the line is gone.

(l) The on-line vendor will develop a policy to monitor the system for such a buyout attempt and will notify Lottery officials of such an attempt.

 

RULE No. 25 SUBSCRIPTIONS

 

(a) To play by subscription, a player shall select five (5) different two-digit numbers, between one (01) and a designated number and one Megaball number between one (01) and a designated number.

(b) The following information shall be supplied by the subscriber on any subscription application form:

  1. Name
  2. A mailing address from within the lottery member state in which the subscription is processed
  3. Home telephone number
  4. Work telephone number
  5. If applicable, a name for the gift from field
  6. Number of draws the subscription shall be valid
  7. Five (5) two-digit numbers and one (1) two (2) digit Megaball number.

(c) If the party Lottery allows payment by credit card, and if the player selects payment for the subscription by credit card, the following information shall be supplied by the purchaser on the subscription application form:

  1. Credit card number
  2. Credit card expiration date
  3. Cardholder's name
  4. Cardholder's address
  5. Cardholder's home telephone number
  6. Cardholder's work telephone number
  7. Cardholder's signature

(d) If subscriber selects payment for subscription by check, the check shall be payable to the party Lottery and attached to the subscription form.

(e) The completed subscription form shall be forwarded to the party Lottery headquarters for processing.

(f) Upon receipt of the subscription application, the party Lottery shall enter the subscriber's information into a Lottery approved subscription database program.

(g) The database program will assign the next available effective draw date for the subscription, as designated by the Tri-State Lotto Commission®.

(h) The database program will assign the following identification numbers to the subscription:

  1. Subscriber number
  2. Subscription number

(i) The Lottery will assign the following identification numbers to the subscription:

  1. Batch number
  2. Sequence or certificate number

(j) The party Lottery shall print a subscription confirmation card which shall list the following information:

  1. Subscriber name
  2. Subscriber address
  3. Five (5) two-digit numbers and one (1) two (2) digit Megaball number.
  4. Day, month and year the subscription is effective
  5. Day, month and year the subscription expires
  6. If selected, a gift from name
  7. Subscriber number
  8. Subscription number
  9. Batch number
  10. Sequence or certificate number

(k) The party Lottery shall forward a subscription confirmation card to the subscriber.

(l) It shall be the sole responsibility of the player to verify the following are correct:

  1. Subscriber name
  2. Subscriber address
  3. Subscriber chosen five (5) two-digit numbers and one (1) two (2) digit Megaball number.
  4. Subscription play length
  5. Effective and expiration dates

(m) It shall be the sole responsibility of the subscriber to notify the party Lottery of incorrect data on the confirmation card prior to the effective date of the subscription.

(n) A subscription application form has no pecuniary or prize value and shall not constitute evidence of ticket purchase or of numbers selected.

(o) A subscription does not become effective until the effective date listed on the confirmation card, which shall match the effective date listed in the party Lottery's subscription database.

(p) Any changes to a subscriber's name or address shall be requested in writing by the subscriber.

(q) There shall be no changes to the subscriber's numbers during the effective dates of the subscription unless authorized by the Tri-State Lotto Commission®.

(r) Prizes shall be paid, by check or by expiration date extensions, in accordance with rule number 4.

(s) Subscription renewal forms shall be forwarded to the subscriber by the party Lottery within a time period prior to the subscription's expiration date as designated by the Tri-state Lotto Commission®.

(t) The subscription renewal form shall contain the following information:

  1. Subscriber's name
  2. Subscriber's address
  3. Five (5) two-digit numbers and one (1) two (2) digit Megaball number.
  4. Subscriber number
  5. Subscription number
  6. Expiration date including free play extensions

(u) If the subscriber elects to continue a subscription, the subscriber shall complete the subscription renewal form with the following information:

  1. Number of draws
  2. Change of address if applicable
  3. Payment method
  4. Payment amount enclosed
  5. If subscriber desires a change of numbers, five (5) two-digit numbers and one (1) two (2) digit Megaball number.

(v) If the party Lottery allows payment by credit card, and if the subscriber selects payment for the subscription by credit card, the following information shall be supplied by the subscriber on the subscription renewal form:

  1. Credit card number
  2. Credit card expiration date
  3. Cardholder's daytime telephone number
  4. Cardholder's signature

(w) If subscriber selects payment for subscription by check, the check shall be payable to the party Lottery and attached to the subscription renewal form.

(x) The completed subscription renewal form shall be forwarded to the party Lottery headquarters for processing.

(y) Upon receipt of the subscription renewal form, the party Lottery shall enter the subscriber's information into a Lottery approved subscription database program.

(z) The database program will assign the next available effective draw date for the subscription, as designated by the Tri-State Lotto Commission®.

(aa) The database program will assign the following identification numbers to the subscription:

  1. Subscriber number
  2. Subscription number

(ab) The Lottery will assign the following identification numbers to the subscription:

  1. Batch number
  2. Sequence or certificate number

(ac) The party Lottery shall print a subscription confirmation card which shall list the following information:

  1. Subscriber name
  2. Subscriber address
  3. Five (5) two-digit numbers and one (1) two (2) digit Megaball number.
  4. Day, month and year the subscription is effective
  5. Day, month and year the subscription expires
  6. If selected, a gift from name
  7. Subscriber number
  8. Subscription number
  9. Batch number
  10. Sequence or certificate number

(ad) The party Lottery shall forward a subscription confirmation card to the subscriber.

Lucky For Life Game Rules

 

The following Official Game Rules govern the operation of the “Lucky for Life” game described herein (the “Game”). These Official Game Rules apply unless otherwise inconsistent with the constitutional provisions, statutes, regulations and rules of each Party Lottery jurisdiction (“jurisdictional laws”).

 

PART I — LOTTERIES OFFERING THE GAME.

 

The Connecticut Lottery Corporation, the Maine State Liquor & Lottery Commission, the Massachusetts State Lottery Commission, the New Hampshire Lottery Commission, the Rhode Island Division of State Lottery and the Vermont Lottery Commission (collectively the “New England Lotteries”) are offering the Game for sale.

In addition to the New England Lotteries, other lotteries may, from time to time, offer the Game in their respective jurisdictions (collectively the “Licensee Lotteries”).

The New England Lotteries and the Licensee Lotteries are together referred to as the “Party Lotteries” or individually as a “Party Lottery.”

 

PART II — PURPOSE.

 

The Game’s purpose is to generate revenue for the Party Lotteries through the operation of a multi-jurisdictional lottery game that will award prizes to Game Ticket holders matching specified combinations of numbers randomly-selected in regularly scheduled Drawings.

 

PART III — TERM.

 

The Game shall commence sales no sooner than January 25, 2015 and shall continue until terminated. Upon a decision to terminate the Game in a particular jurisdiction, that Party Lottery shall publicly announce a termination date. The Game’s first Drawing shall be held no sooner than January 29, 2015.

 

PART IV — DEFINITIONS.

 
  1. “Advance Action” or “Multi Draw” shall have the meanings given to them in each Party Lottery jurisdiction.
  2. “Annuitized Payment Option” shall mean the manner in which the Game’s Top Prize or second prize (also referred to as “Prize Level #2”) may be paid in equal payments or installments. The Annuitized Payment Option shall be calculated on an annual basis. The schedule of payments shall be at each Party Lottery’s discretion.
  3. (i) “Cash Option” shall mean the manner in which the Game’s Top Prize or second prize may be paid upon the Winner’s request in one (1) single cash payment as an alternative to the Annuitized Payment Option. (ii) “Lump Sum Cash Payment” shall mean the manner in which the Game’s Top Prize or second prize is required to be paid in one (1) single cash payment when the liability limit is exceeded and no Annuitized Payment Option is available, as set forth more fully in Part VII Paragraph A of these Official Game Rules.
  4. “Claimant” or “Winner” shall mean any natural person or legal entity submitting a winning Game Ticket within the required prize claim period. A Claimant may be the Purchaser, the natural person or legal entity named on the back of a signed Game Ticket, the bearer of an unsigned Game Ticket, or any other natural person or legal entity who may seek entitlement to a prize payment in accordance with each Party Lottery’s jurisdictional laws. No Claimant may assert rights different from the rights acquired by the original Purchaser at the time of purchase.
  5. “Clearinghouse Lottery” shall refer to the Party Lottery or other duly authorized entity who is responsible for collecting and transferring prize payouts on behalf of all Party Lotteries.
  6. “Drawing” shall mean the formal process of selecting Winning Numbers that conclusively determines the number of Winners for each prize level of the Game.
  7. “Game Play(s)” shall mean that area of the Play Slip, also known as a “board” or “panel”, which contains two (2) sets of numbered squares to be marked by the Player: the first set (Matrix 1) contains forty-eight (48) squares, numbered one (1) through forty-eight (48) inclusive; the second set (Matrix 2) contains eighteen (18) squares, numbered one (1) through eighteen (18) inclusive.
  8. “Game Ticket” or “Ticket” shall mean acceptable evidence of Game Play that represents a Wager accepted by a Party Lottery’s On-Line Gaming System, meeting the specifications defined in these Official Game Rules.
  9. “Liability Limit” shall mean a pre-established threshold, as determined in advance by the New England Lottery Directors, for paying Top Prize, second prize and third prize claims, as set forth more fully in Part VII Paragraph A of these Official Game Rules.
  10. “Lucky Ball” shall mean the number selected from the second set of numbers (Matrix 2) in each Drawing.
  11. “On-Line Gaming System” shall mean a computer wagering system or internet-based sales system used by a Party Lottery to issue and validate Game Tickets.
  12. “Play,” “Bet” or “Wager” shall mean the six (6) numbers (the first five (5) from a field of forty-eight (48) numbers inclusive, and one (1) Lucky Ball number from a field of eighteen (18) numbers inclusive) that appear on a Game Ticket as a single-lettered Play, board or panel, and are played by a Player in the Game.
  13. “Play Slip,” “Selection Slip”, “Bet Slip” or any other such term utilized by a Party Lottery shall mean a card used in marking a Player’s Game Plays or Wagers.
  14. “Player” or “Purchaser” shall mean a natural person(s) or legal entity who buys Game Tickets in accordance with these Official Game Rules and jurisdictional laws.
  15. “Quick Pick”, or any other such term utilized by a Party Lottery shall mean the random selection of six (6) numbers resulting in a Wager accepted by a Party Lottery’s On-Line Gaming System.
  16. “Sales Retailer” or “Sales Agent” shall mean a natural person or legal entity licensed and/or authorized by a Party Lottery to sell and redeem Game Tickets.
  17. “Set Prize” shall mean a pre-determined prize payout that is paid in a single cash payment. Set Prizes shall apply to the lowest eight (8) prize levels. They may also apply, however, to the Top Prize and second prize under certain conditions, as set forth more fully in Part VII Paragraph A of these Official Game Rules.
  18. “Selling Lottery” shall mean the Party Lottery that sold a winning Game Ticket.
  19. “Split Prize” shall mean a pre-determined Set Prize payout that is divided equally among the number of winning Game Tickets of a prize level. Split prizes shall only apply to the Game’s Top Prize, the Prize Level #2 and Prize Level #3 Winners under certain conditions, as set forth more fully in Part VII Paragraph A of these Official Game Rules.
  20. “Subscription Ticket”, “Season Ticket”, or any other such term utilized by a Party Lottery shall have the meanings given them in each Party Lottery jurisdiction.
  21. “Terminal” shall mean a device including, but not limited, to Player Activated Terminals (“PATs”), Self-Service Terminals (“SSTs”) and Ticket Vending Machines, authorized to function in an on-line, interactive mode with the On-Line Gaming System for the purpose of issuing and validating lottery transactions.
  22. “Top Prize” shall mean the Game’s first prize.
  23. “Winning Numbers” shall mean the six (6) numbers (the first five (5) numbers from Matrix 1 and the one (1) Lucky Ball number from Matrix 2 ) that are randomly selected in each Drawing and used to determine the winning Plays contained on a Game Ticket.
 

PART V DRAWING PROCEDURES.

 

The New England Lottery Directors shall establish the Drawing procedures for the Game Drawings, including a drawing problem resolution mechanism. All Drawings shall be open to the public and shall be witnessed by an Independent Certified Public Accounting Firm. Any equipment used in a Drawing shall be inspected at least annually. All Drawings, including pre and post test drawings, shall be recorded.

 

PART VI GAME DESCRIPTION AND CHARACTERISTICS.

 
  1. Game Designation. For purposes of identification, the Game shall have a designated game number in the On-Line Gaming System.
  2. Game Design. The Game is a double matrix-style game, drawn each Monday and Thursday, in which Players select five (5) unique numbers in the Matrix 1 from one (1) to forty-eight (48) inclusive, PLUS one (1) Lucky Ball number in the Matrix 2 from one (1) to eighteen (18) inclusive. The additional number may be the same as one (1) of the first five (5) numbers selected by the Player.
  3. Game Purchases. Game Tickets must be purchased from a Terminal operated by a Sales Retailer, a PAT (if available) by using a touch screen or by inserting a Selection Slip, a lottery subscription system (if available), or such other means as approved by a Party Lottery.
  4. Ticket Format. Game Tickets shall include, but not be limited to, the Player’s number selections, Game logo or Game name, Ticket cost, Terminal number, barcode, Quick Pick (if selected), replay (if selected), serial number and Drawing date. Advance Action Tickets shall visibly show the beginning and ending Drawing dates. Game Tickets may also include the selling date, time stamp and any information required by a Party Lottery’s jurisdictional laws pertaining to the validation of Game Tickets.
  5. Ticket Price.
    1. Uniform Price. Each Game Ticket shall be sold at retail for the price set in these Official Game Rules.
    2. Taxes. The Game Ticket price shall include all the applicable taxes that a Party Lottery may be required to collect.
    3. Cost Per Play. Game Tickets may be purchased for two dollars ($2.00) per Play, or multiples thereof, in accordance with these Official Game Rules. The Player receives one (1) Play for each two dollar ($2.00) Wager.
    4. Promotions. A promotion shall mean marketing or advertising intended to increase sales of Game Tickets (excluding Subscription Tickets or Advance Action) through a discount or rebate. A Party Lottery may offer Game Tickets through promotions without approval of the other Party Lotteries for a period not to exceed ninety (90) days in any six (6) month period, as long as advance notification of five (5) days is provided to all Party Lotteries of the terms and dates of the promotional offering.
    5. Tickets as Prizes. A Party Lottery may offer Game Tickets as a prize in any other lottery game after advising all other Party Lotteries of the terms and dates of such action.
    6. Contribution to Prize Pool. A Party Lottery may offer Game Tickets as a prize or as part of an authorized promotion provided that all such Game Ticket sales are assessed and reported to the prize pool at the full gross sales amount.
  6. Play Restrictions and Play Styles.
    1. Ticket Sales to Minors Prohibited. Game Tickets may not be sold to or purchased by minors as defined by each Party Lottery’s jurisdictional law.
    2. Ticket Cashing by Minors. Subject to the each Party Lottery’s jurisdictional laws, Game Tickets may not be cashed or redeemed by minors under the age of eighteen (18) years.
    3. Ineligible Players. Game Tickets shall not be purchased, and a prize won by any such Game Ticket or share, either in whole or in part, shall not be paid to:
      1. A Party Lottery employee, officer, director, board member or commissioner.
      2. A contractor or consultant under agreement with any Party Lottery to perform audit and security procedures.
      3. An employee of the independent certified public accounting firm under contract with any New England Lottery to oversee Game Drawings.
      4. An employee of a Party Lottery’s on-line vendor.
      5. An employee of a Party Lottery’s advertising or public relations provider.
      6. An immediate family member (parent, stepparent, child, stepchild, spouse, sibling or person engaged in a domestic partnership or civil union) of an individual described in Subsections a, b, c, d, e or f residing as a member of the same household in the principal place of residence of any such person.
      7. Those persons designated herein as ineligible to play the Game in one (1) Party Lottery jurisdiction shall also be ineligible to play the Game in all other Party Lottery jurisdictions selling the Game.
      A Party Lottery may expand this list of ineligible players.
    4. Ticket Cancellations Prohibited. A Game Ticket may not be cancelled or voided by returning the Game Ticket to the Sales Retailer or to a Party Lottery. A Game Ticket accepted by the Sales Retailer as a returned ticket and that cannot be resold shall be deemed as owned by the bearer thereof. This prohibition also applies to a Game Ticket that may be printed in error by the Sales Retailer. Subject to each Party Lottery’s jurisdictional laws, no Game Ticket, or physical portion thereof, that may be used to claim a prize, shall be returned to any Party Lottery for credit.
    5. Game Sell-Out Prohibited. A Party Lottery shall not directly and knowingly sell a Game Ticket or combination of Game Tickets to any natural person or legal entity that would guarantee such Purchaser a Top Prize or second prize win.
    6. Claims. A Game Ticket, subject to the validation requirements as detailed in Part VII Paragraph C of these Official Game Rules, shall be the only proof of a Game Play (or Plays) and the submission of a winning Game Ticket to a Party Lottery or its Sales Retailer shall be the sole method of claiming a prize or prizes. A Play Slip has no pecuniary or prize value and shall not constitute evidence of a Game Ticket purchase or of numbers selected. Under no circumstances will a claim be paid for a Top Prize or second prize without a winning Game Ticket. Subject to each Party Lottery’s jurisdictional laws, lost or missing Game Tickets may not be honored or processed for payment or replacement.
    7. Disclosure of Game Winners. Subject to each Party Lottery’s jurisdictional laws relating to the disclosure of lottery winners and in each Party Lottery’s discretion where such disclosure is lawful, the name and town/city of a winner of a Top Prize or second prize (Prize Level # 2) will be disclosed in a press conference and/or in a press release. Such winner may be required to participate in a press conference.
    8. Use of Play Slips. Players may submit a completed Play Slip to any Sales Retailer to have issued a Game Ticket. Play Slips shall be available at no cost to the Purchaser and shall have no pecuniary or prize value, or constitute evidence of purchase or number selections. The use of facsimiles of Play Slips, copies of Play Slips, or other materials that are inserted into the Terminal’s Play Slip reader that are not printed or approved by the Party Lottery, are not permitted. Sales Retailers shall not permit any device to be connected to a Terminal to enter Plays, except as approved by its Party Lottery.
    9. Manual Entry. Players may convey their number selections to any Sales Retailer to obtain a Game Ticket. Such number selections shall be manually entered into the Terminal by the Sales Retailer.
    10. Quick Pick. Players may either request a Quick Pick Game Ticket from a Sales Retailer or may select the Quick Pick option on the Play Slip and submit the completed Play Slip to any Sales Retailer. Quick Pick shall be differentiated from Customer Select in that Quick Pick shall refer to the random selection of numbers made by the On-Line Gaming System rather than by the Player.
    11. Customer Select. Players may select their own numbers by completing a Play Slip or by conveying their number selections directly to any Sales Retailer. Customer Select shall be differentiated from Quick Pick in that Customer Select shall refer to number selections made by the Player rather than the On-Line Gaming System.
    12. Replay Feature. If available in a Party Lottery jurisdiction, Players may utilize the barcodes of already-purchased Game Tickets to duplicate another Game Ticket of the same price and with the same number selections and options. To replay, Players may either make the request of a Sales Retailer or may scan the barcode directly into a PAT or SST, if authorized.
    13. Advance Action or Multi-Draw. Game Tickets may be purchased for multiple future Drawings, if available in a Party Lottery jurisdiction.
    14. Subscriptions or Season Tickets. Game Tickets may be purchased by subscription, if available in a Party Lottery jurisdiction.
    15. Limited to Highest Prize Won. In connection with the Winning Numbers drawn, the holder of a winning Game Ticket may win only one (1) prize per Play, board or panel, and shall be entitled only to the prize won by those numbers in the highest matching prize category.
    16. Prize Claim Period. The prize claim period shall be determined by each Party Lottery.
    17. Player Responsibility. It shall be the Player’s sole responsibility to verify the accuracy of the Game Play (or Plays) and the other data printed on the Game Ticket. The placing of Wagers is done at the Player’s own risk through the Sales Retailer.
    18. Prize Payments. A Party Lottery may not pay prizes that are less than or more than the prize amounts established in these Official Game Rules. The prize won cannot be indirectly increased by promotions or Retailer activity.
 

PART VII PRIZE LIABILITY LIMITS, PRIZE PAYOUTS AND PRIZE LEVELS.

 

The following paragraphs and chart define the Game’s prize liability limits, prize payouts, prize levels and pool percentages, and chances of winning per prize level.

 
  1. Prize Liability Limits. There are 10 prize levels in the Game.
    1. Except as provided in these Official Game Rules, the Top Prize (Prize Level #1) shall be annuitized and based on a Top Prize liability that will be split equally among the number of winning Game Tickets. A Top Prize Winner may request the Cash Option, the amount of which is to be established by the New England Lotteries for a defined period of Drawings. Notice of the amount of and changes to the Cash Option shall be posted on the Game’s website and/or published in each Party Lottery jurisdiction in a manner determined by that Party Lottery at least thirty (30) days prior to the first Drawing to which it is applicable (the “Published Notice”). Under certain circumstances, as detailed below, the Top Prize is required to be paid in a single Lump Sum Cash Payment and no Annuitized Payment Option is available.
      1. One (1) Top Prize Winner. If there is one (1) Top Prize Winner, the annuitized prize value will be seven thousand dollars ($7,000.00) per week for life. As an alternative to the Annuitized Payment Option, the Top Prize Winner may request the Top Prize Cash Option in the amount set forth in the Published Notice.
      2. Two (2) to Fourteen (14) Top Prize Winners. If there are between two (2) and fourteen (14) Top Prize Winners, the Annuitized Payment Option, based on an annuitized prize value of seven thousand dollars ($7,000.00) per week, will be divided by the total number of Top Prize Winners. The minimum annuitized prize value for this category will be five hundred dollars ($500.00) a week for life. Any of these two (2) to fourteen (14) Top Prize Winners may choose the Cash Option as an alternative to the Annuitized Payment Option. The amount of the Cash Option for this category will be the amount of the Top Prize Cash Option set forth in the Published Notice divided by the total number of Top Prize Winners. The minimum Cash Option for this category will be the amount set forth in the Published Notice.
      3. Fifteen (15) or more Top Prize Winners. If there are fifteen (15) or more Top Prize Winners, the Top Prize liability shall be capped at seven million one hundred twenty-five thousand dollars ($7,125,000.00), shall be split equally among all Top Prize Winners, and shall paid in one (1) Lump Sum Cash Payment, without an Annuitized Payment Option. The minimum prize value for this category shall not be less than any lower tier prize paid in that respective Drawing.
      4. The Winner(s) of the Top Prize who do not request the Cash Option shall be paid their appropriate Top Prize share on a weekly basis, or according to such other schedule of payments set at the discretion of each Party Lottery, as permitted in Part VII Paragraph C of these Official Game Rules, for a minimum period of twenty (20) years. The first Top Prize payment will be made when the prize is claimed at the Selling Lottery’s Headquarters.
      5. Measuring Life. For a single Wager, the measuring life of a Top Prize Winner used to determine the duration over which the Top Prize is paid, shall be the natural life of the individual determined by the Selling Lottery to be the Top Prize Winner. If the Top Prize under a single Wager is being claimed by more than one (1) natural person or by a legal entity, the measuring life for that Top Prize Winner shall be twenty (20) years.
      6. If paid in a Lump Sum Cash Payment, Top Prize amounts will be rounded to the nearest whole dollar.
    2. Except as provided in these Official Game Rules, the second prize (Prize Level #2) Winner will be paid twenty-five thousand dollars ($25,000.00) a year for life. A second prize Winner may request the Cash Option, the amount of which is to be established by the New England Lotteries for a defined period of Drawings. Notice of the amount of and changes to the Cash Option shall be posted on the Game’s website and/or by each Party Lottery’s Published Notice. Under certain circumstances, as detailed below, the second prize is required to be paid in a single Lump Sum Cash Payment and no Annuitized Payment Option is available.
      1. One (1) to Twenty (20) Second Prize Winners. If there are between one (1) and twenty (20) second prize Winner(s), the annuitized prize value will be twenty-five thousand dollars ($25,000.00) per year for life. Any of these one (1) to twenty (20) second prize Winner(s) may choose the second prize Cash Option as an alternative to the Annuitized Payment Option. The amount of the Cash Option for this category will be set forth in the Published Notice.
      2. Twenty-one (21) or more Second Prize Winners. If there are twenty-one (21) or more second prize Winners, the second prize liability shall be capped at nine million four hundred thousand dollars ($9,400,000.00), shall be split equally among all second prize Winners, and shall be paid in a single Lump Sum Cash payment, without an Annuitized Payment Option. The minimum prize value for this category shall not be less than any lower tier prize paid in that respective Drawing.
      3. The Winner(s) of the second prize who do not request the Cash Option shall be paid their appropriate second prize share on an annual basis for a minimum period of twenty (20) years. The initial second prize payment will be made when the prize is claimed at the Selling Lottery’s Headquarters; subsequent second prize payments will be made annually thereafter.
      4. Measuring Life. For a single Wager, the measuring life of a second prize Winner used to determine the duration over which the second prize is paid, shall be the natural life of the individual determined by the Selling Lottery to be the second prize Winner. If the second prize under a single Wager is being claimed by more than one (1) natural person or by a legal entity, the measuring life for that second prize Winner shall be twenty (20) years.
      5. If paid in a Lump Sum Cash Payment, second prize amounts will be rounded to the nearest whole dollar.
    3. Except as provided in these Official Game Rules, the third prize (Prize Level #3) will be paid as a five thousand dollar ($5,000.00) Set Prize. If there are more than one thousand (1,000) Winners of this prize level in a single Drawing, the total prize liability of five million dollars ($5,000,000.00) ($5,000.00 x 1,000) will be split equally among the Winners. Under no circumstances, however, will the value of the third prize fall below a minimum prize value of two hundred dollars ($200.00) per Winner, regardless of the number of Winners. Third prizes will be rounded to the nearest whole dollar and paid in a single cash payment.
  2. Entitlement to Prizes by Winners. The holder of a winning Game Ticket shall be entitled only to the prize won by matching the Winning Numbers in the highest matching prize category.
  3. Payment of Prizes. All winning Game Tickets, including the Top Prize and second prize winning Tickets, shall be paid in accordance with these Official Game Rules and jurisdictional laws. Each Party Lottery shall withhold taxes and other required withholdings in accordance with applicable federal and jurisdictional laws. To be a valid Game Ticket and eligible to receive a prize, a winning Game Ticket shall satisfy all the requirements established for the validation of winning Game Tickets sold through each Party Lottery’s On-Line Gaming System, and any other requirements adopted by the New England Lottery Directors. Party Lotteries shall not be responsible for Game Tickets that are altered in any manner.
    1. Top Prize and Second Prize Payments. Except in the case of a Cash Option payment or a Lump Sum Cash Payment paid in accordance with these Official Game Rules, annuitized prize payments shall be made for the measuring life of the Top Prize or second prize Winner. All annuitized payments shall be made for a minimum of twenty (20) years. The measuring life as defined in Section VII Paragraphs A (1)(e) and A (2)(d) of these Official Game Rules shall be determined at the time the Top Prize or second prize is claimed. In the event annuitized prize payments are assigned, if allowable under jurisdictional law, or assigned by a court order, the measuring life at the time the Top Prize or second prize was claimed shall not change and limit or extend the number of annuitized payments due any assignee, court-ordered or otherwise. In the event of the death of a Top Prize or second prize Winner during the annuity payment period, the Selling Lottery, with the approval of the New England Lotteries, upon petition of the estate of that Winner (the “Estate”) to the Selling Lottery, and subject to the Selling Lottery’s jurisdictional laws, may accelerate the payment of all the remaining lottery proceeds to the Estate.
      1. If the annuitant dies during the annuity payment period but before the guaranteed prize amount has been paid, the Estate shall receive the remaining payments equal to the minimum guaranteed prize amount.
      2. If the annuitant dies during the annuity payment period but after the minimum guaranteed prize amount has been paid, all payments shall stop.
    2. Low-Tier Set Prize Payments. All low-tier Set Prizes (all prizes except the Top Prize and second prize) shall be paid in one (1) single cash payment through the Selling Lottery that sold the winning Game Ticket(s). Prizes shall be rounded to the nearest whole dollar. A Selling Lottery may begin paying low-tier cash prizes after receiving authorization to pay from the Clearinghouse Lottery.
  4. Statistical Information. The following table details the Game’s statistical information.  

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    Odds of Winning, Prize Payouts and Prize Funding as a Percentage of Sales
    Prize Level Matches Matrix #1 (5 of 48) Matches Matrix #2 (1 of 18) Odds of Winning: Prize % Sales
    1 5 1 30,821,472.000 $7,000/Week for Life* 10.2201%
    2 5 0 1,813,027.765 $25,000/Year for Life* 11.6380%
    3 4 1 143,355.684 $5,000* 1.7439%
    4 4 0 8,432.687 $200 1.1859%
    5 3 1 3,413.231 $150 2.1973%
    6 3 0 200.778 $20 4.9806%
    7 2 1 249.749 $25 5.0050%
    8 2 0 14.691 $3 10.2103%
    9 1 1 49.950 $6 6.0060%
    10 0 1 32.019 $4 6.2463%
            Total Payout: 59.4335%

    Average Chance of Winning: 1 in 7.769

    *Prize amounts may be split if there are multiple Winners, in accordance with the provisions established in Part VII Paragraph A of these Official Game Rules. Split prizes may be lower than the published prize amounts.

 

PART VIII — DISPUTES.

 

In the event a dispute between a Selling Lottery and a Game Ticket bearer occurs as to whether the Game Ticket is a winning Ticket, and if the Ticket prize is not paid, the Selling Lottery may, solely at its option and in its discretion, reimburse the Game Ticket bearer the purchase price of the Ticket. This shall be the Game Ticket bearer’s sole and exclusive remedy.

 

PART IX — APPLICABLE LAW.

 

In purchasing a Game Ticket, the following provisions apply:

  1. The Purchaser agrees to comply with and abide by the Selling Lottery’s jurisdictional laws and final decisions, as well as all rules established for the conduct of the Game.
  2. Decisions made by the Selling Lottery Director/Commissioner, including the declaration of prizes, the payment thereof, and the interpretation of these Official Game Rules, shall be final and binding on all Purchasers and on every person making a claim in respect thereof. In the event of conflict, however, between these Official Game Rules and the applicable Selling Lottery’s jurisdictional laws, the applicable Selling Lottery’s jurisdictional laws shall control.
  3. Any claims or litigation relating to the Game Tickets and/or prizes: (a) shall be subject to and resolved in accordance with the laws, rules and regulations of the Selling Lottery jurisdiction in which the Game Ticket was purchased; (b) must be brought in and strictly limited to the courts located within the jurisdiction of the Selling Lottery in which the Game Ticket was purchased; and (c) can only be brought against the Selling Lottery in the jurisdiction where such Game Ticket was purchased.

Pick 3/Pick 4 Game Rules

TICKET RESPONSIBILITY

TICKET VALIDATION REQUIREMENTS

GENERAL

RULE NO. 1 DEFINITIONS

 

The following definitions are for the Tri-State Pick 3®/Pick 4® Daily Numbers Game;

(a) "Agent" means the sales agents who are authorized to sell player selection game plays.

(b) "Drawing" means the process which is used to randomly select the daily three (3) digit number and the daily four (4) digit number.

(c) "Game Play", "Play" or "Bet" means the players selection or a computer pick of a set of 3-digit numbers, from 000 through 999; or a set of 4-digit numbers, from 0000 through 9999; or a set of 2-digit numbers, reading from left to right, from 00 through 99, either as the first two digits, middle two digits (for Pick 4) or the last two digits; or a single digit from 0 through 9 in its selected position of a winning number to be played for a specific draw.

(d) "Day Draw" means the Tri-State Pick 3® or Tri-State Pick 4® drawing that is conducted mid-day. "Eve Draw" means the Tri-State Pick 3® or Tri-State Pick 4® drawing that is conducted in the evening.

(e) "Game Ticket" or "Ticket" means a slip of paper produced by an authorized on-line terminal acknowledging the recording of a legal transaction between the Lottery and the recipient for a certain date.

(f) "Commission" means the Tri-State Lotto Commission®.

(g) "Director" means administrative head in charge of day-to-day operations of any party state's Lottery Commission.

(h) "Winning numbers" means the 3 digit numbers from 000 through 999, or the 4 digit numbers from 0000 through 9999, randomly selected at each official drawing to determine winning plays contained on a game ticket on a specific draw date.

(i) "Pick 3®" and "Pick 4®" means on-line terminal Lottery games as defined in Rule 1(C) offered for sale by the Commission.

(j) "STRAIGHT" or "STR" means the player's bet shall match the winning number for the game played in exact order.

(k) "BOX" means the player's bet shall match the winning numbers for the game played in any order.

(l) "FRONT" means the first two digits of a Tri-State Pick 3® or Tri-State Pick 4® number in exact order.

(m) "MIDDLE" means the center two digits of a Pick 4 number in exact order.

(n) "BACK" means the last two digits of a Tri-State Pick 3® or Tri-State Pick 4® number in exact order.

(o) "SINGLE" means one digit of a Pick 3 or Pick 4 number in its selected position.

(p) "Easy Pick" or "Computer Pick" means a computer generated random play to be used as a player's bet.

(q) "Bet Slip" means an authorized slip of paper pre-printed with numbered and play style blocks, completed by the player to designate the numbers and play style to be entered into a drawing. A "bet slip" is not evidence of play.

(r) "Terminal" means a device which is authorized by the Lottery to function in an on-line, interactive mode with the central system, for the purpose of issuing Lottery tickets and entering, receiving and processing Lottery transactions, including purchases, canceling purchases, validating tickets and transmitting reports.

(s) "Board" means that area of the bet slip which contains the designated number of squares.

 

RULE NO. 2 TYPES OF BETS

 

The player shall place any or all of the following bet(s) on the number(s) selected:

(a) All three (3) digits or four (4) digits to be drawn in exact order.

(b) All three (3) digits or four (4) digits to be drawn in any order.

(c) The first two or last two digits of the three (3) digit Pick 3 number in exact order.

(d) The first two or last two digits of the four (4) digit Pick 4 number in exact order.

(e) The two middle digits of the four (4) digit Pick 4 number in exact order.

(f) One (1) digit of the three (3) digit Pick 3 number to be drawn in its selected position.

(g) One (1) digit of the four (4) digit Pick 4 number to be drawn in exact order in its selected position.

 

RULE NO. 3 TICKET PURCHASE; CHARACTERISTICS AND RESTRICTIONS

 

(a) A valid Tri-State Pick 3® or Tri-State Pick 4® ticket shall contain all of the following:

  1. The caption "Pick 3®" or the caption "Pick 4®"
  2. The drawing date(s)
  3. The price for each bet
  4. The total ticket price
  5. The total number of draws
  6. The draw type (Day and/or Eve)
  7. A terminal printed validation number
  8. A terminal printed validation bar code
  9. A ticket stock sequential number
  10. A vendor security-issued number
  11. The player's chosen bet(s) each consisting of numbers containing either four digits, three digits, two digits or one digit with "X"(s) in the unselected positions.
  12. The caption "STRAIGHT", "BOX", "FRONT PAIR", "MIDDLE PAIR","BACK PAIR","1st DIGIT", "2nd DIGIT", "3rd DIGIT" or "4th DIGIT"
  13. Retailer number
  14. Terminal number
  15. Time stamp
  16. Text lines available for lottery messages

(b) A bet shall be placed either by communicating the bet to the agent, or by marking the required numbered squares in any one game board on a bet slip and submitting the bet slip to the agent or by requesting an "easy pick" from the agent.

(c) Bets shall be placed only for drawings that have not yet occurred. A bet placed for a drawing which has already occurred shall be void. The player shall be entitled to a refund from the party Lottery equal to the price of the ticket.

(d) A ticket may be canceled under the conditions established by the Commission in Tri-State Policy No. 9.

 

RULE NO. 4 PRICE

 

Game plays shall sell for the amount determined by the Commission, who shall make a public announcement, at a minimum, through a statewide circulated newspaper. Game plays and tickets may be purchased only through agents.

 

TICKET RESPONSIBILITY

 

RULE NO. 5 POSSESSION

 

Until such time as a signature is placed upon the rear portion of a ticket in the area designated therefore, a ticket shall be owned by the physical possessor thereof. When a signature is placed on the rear of said ticket in the place designated therefore, the person whose signature appears in such area shall be the owner of said ticket and shall be entitled to any prize attributable thereto.

 

RULE NO. 6 SIGNATURE

 

Notwithstanding any name or names submitted on a claim form, the Director shall make payment as directed by the person(s) whose signature(s) appear on the rear of the ticket. In the event of multiple winning players on one (1) ticket, each winner shall be paid their share. In a case of disputed winners of a ticket, the Director shall await such time as a binding determination of entitlement is made.

 

RULE NO. 7 LOST OR STOLEN TICKETS

 

The Commission shall not be responsible for lost or stolen tickets.

 

TICKET VALIDATION REQUIREMENTS

 

RULE NO. 8 PRIZE ELIGIBILITY

 

To be a valid ticket and eligible to receive a prize, all of the following requirements shall be satisfied:

(a) The ticket shall have been issued by the Commission through an authorized agent, via a terminal.

(b) The ticket data shall have been recorded in the central computer system at least five (5) minutes prior to the drawing; even if it appears that a bet is accepted by virtue of a printed ticket, any bet placed other than at least five (5) minutes prior to the drawing, regardless of when the drawing is held, is void.

(c) The information appearing on the ticket shall correspond precisely with the Commission's computer record.

(d) The terminal printed validation number shall appear in its entirety, and correspond, using a computer validation file, to the winning game play or plays printed on the ticket. The ticket shall pass a security check using a black light.

(e) The ticket shall not be defectively printed, fuzzy, produced in error, counterfeit in whole or in part, altered, unreadable, reconstructed, tampered with in any manner, stolen, blank or partially blank, misregistered, or defective. The ticket shall be intact, fully legible, not fuzzy, complete and not miscut, correspond to the art work on file at the Commission and be regular in every respect.

(f) All information appearing on an apparent winning ticket shall correspond to the Commission's records of winning ticket, and another ticket with identical data shall not have been paid.

(g) The ticket shall pass all other security criteria determined by the Commission.

(h) The ticket shall be validated in accordance with the provisions of these rules relating to the procedures for claiming prizes and for the payment thereof.

(i) An apparent winning ticket shall be void unless the ticket is printed on a paper stock roll which was in use at the time of the bet and in a logically correct area of the paper roll that was validly issued to the agent from whom the ticket was purchased.

 

RULE NO. 9 INELIGIBLE PRIZE TICKETS

 

In the event that a ticket fails to pass all the criteria, the ticket shall be deemed void and ineligible for any prize and shall not be paid. In the event of a dispute or other instance of doubt, the decision of the Director shall be final and binding unless appealed to the Commission. If the Commission determines that the ticket is not eligible to receive a prize, then the Commission may, at the Commission's option, for good cause, replace an invalid, defective or otherwise erroneous ticket with a ticket of equivalent sales price from any current Lottery game. Replacement of the ticket shall be the bearer or claimant's sole and exclusive remedy.

 

RULE NO. 10 CANCELLATION OF DRAWINGS

 

The Commission may cancel drawings and/or sale of tickets on holidays, days of special importance, or on days when conditions make conducting the game impractical or inappropriate. The Commission is authorized to conduct drawings and make-up drawings at times, dates, and pursuant to methods determined by the Commission.

 

RULE NO. 11 CLAIMS

 

(a) To receive direct payment of less than $600 or amount required by individual party state, the player shall take the winning ticket to any agent or Commission office within 365 days of the drawing date. The winning ticket shall be signed and turned in to the agent to receive payment.

(b)  If there is any alteration, mutilation, tear, or other ambiguity on the ticket, then the agent is not authorized to make direct payment and a claim form shall be submitted to the Lottery.

(b) Winners shall complete a claim form for prizes of $600 or amount required by individual party state.

(d) All prizes must be claimed as directed within 365 calendar days of the drawing in which the prize was won. For purposes of determining the claim period, the first (draw) day shall be excluded, and the last day included. In the event the last day falls on a Saturday, a Sunday, a legal holiday, or a day or time during which State offices are officially closed, the time to claim shall be extended to close of business on the next day thereafter when Lottery offices are open for business. Any prize not claimed within the specified period shall be forfeited.

(e) Claim forms shall be submitted through the agent, or may be mailed or submitted directly by the claimant to the Commission.

(f) The winning ticket shall be signed by the player and submitted with the claim form.

(g) Claims submitted to the Commission are subject to validation; once validated, the prize shall be forwarded to the player.

(h) The Commission's determination on the validity of tickets and the amounts to be paid is final.

(i) No payments shall be made unless the player possesses the winning ticket.

(j) The following shall be supplied by the claimant on the claim form:

  1. Name
  2. Address
  3. Telephone number
  4. Social Security number
  5. Date of birth
  6. Claimant signature and date signed

(k) Claims submitted to the Commission shall be subject to validation.

 

RULE NO. 12 AGENTS

 

All agents shall comply with these rules as well as the published or established procedures for each game(s). License to sell tickets may be suspended or terminated by the Lottery if the agents violate these rules and regulations or the procedures for the game(s). The Commission shall establish minimum sales levels which shall be met in order for the agents to maintain their license to sell tickets.

 

RULE NO. 13 PLAYERS

 

Players shall understand and agree that by purchasing a ticket they shall abide by State law and rules of the Commission.

 

RULE NO. 14 UNACCEPTED BET

 

If for any reason the player's bet is not accepted, then the liability of the Commission and its agent is limited to a refund of the amount wagered.

 

RULE NO. 15 MINORS PURCHASING TICKETS

 

Minors are not permitted to purchase tickets.

 

RULE NO. 16 CHANGES

 

The Commission has the right to change rules and regulations pursuant to State laws.

 

RULE NO. 17 NUMBER OF DAYS PLAYED

 

The player shall bet from one (1) to twenty-one (21) consecutive drawing days up to forty-two (42) consecutive draws.

 

RULE NO. 18 PRIZE POOL

 

Players are eligible to receive, subject to the validation requirements, only the highest eligible prize for each winning game play as determined by the prize table.

 
Tri-State PICK 3®.

The player who has made and bet on a Tri-State Pick 3® winning selection shall be paid prizes as follows:

 

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BET BET TYPE HOW WON PRIZE
(A)$0.50 Straight Exact match all three digits in exact order. $250.00
(B)$0.50 Box (6-way) Exact match all three unique digits any order. $42.00
(C)$0.50 Box (3-way) Exact match all three digits, two identical digits any order. $83.00
(D)$1.00 Straight Box (6-way)
Both straight and box.
Box only.
$292.00
$42.00
(E)$1.00  Straight Box (3-way)
Both straight and box.
Box only.
$333.00
$83.00
(F)$0.50 Front Pair Exact match first two digits in exact order. $25.00
(G)$0.50 Back Pair Exact match last two digits in exact order. $25.00
(H)$0.50 Single Exact match one digit in exact order. $2.50
 
Tri-State PICK 4®.

The player who has made a bet on a Tri-State Pick 4® winning selection shall be paid prizes as follows:

 

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BET BET TYPE HOW WON PRIZE
(A)$0.50 Straight Exact match all four digits in exact order $2500.00
(B)$0.50 Box (24-way) Exact match all four unique digits any order. $104.00
(C)$0.50 Box (12-way) Exact match all four digits same digits any order. $208.00
(D)$0.50 Box (6-way) Exact match all four digits two pairs of same digits any order. $417.00
(E)$0.50 Box (4-way) Exact match all four digits three same digits any order. $625.00
(F)$1.00 Straight/Box (24-way)
Both straight and box.
Box only.
$2,604.00
$104.00
(G)$1.00 Straight/Box (12-way)
Both straight and box.
Box only.
$2,708.00
$208.00
(H)$1.00 Straight/Box (6-way)
Both straight and box.
Box only.
$2,917.00
$417.00
(I)$1.00   Straight/Box (4-way)
Both straight and box.
Box only.
$3,125.00
$625.00
(J)$1.00 Front Pair Exact match first two digits in exact order. $25.00
(K)$0.50 Middle Pair Exact match center two digits in exact order. $25.00
(L)$0.50 Back Pair Exact match last two digits in exact order. $25.00
(M)$0.50 Single Exact match one digit in exact order. $2.50
 

RULE NO. 19 LIABILITY

 

When the number of bets placed reaches a liability/limit designated by the Commission for that type of bet, the Commission may permit no more bets to be placed on that type of bet. (Pick 3® - $100,000 each state for a total Tri-State limit $300,000; Pick 4® - $200,000 for each state making a total Tri-State limit of $600,000).

 

RULE NO. 20 DRAWINGS

 

Drawings shall be conducted in such manner, with such frequency, with such odds of winning, and at such times and places as the Commission may determine, from time to time, and announced to the public.

 

RULE NO. 21 RETAILER CASHING BONUS

(Adopted 6/1/01) A party state may pay a 1% retailer cashing bonus for prizes paid in Pick 3® and Pick 4®, up to the prize value authorized under Pick 3® and Pick 4® Rule No. 11 (A), if the party state was authorized to pay a retailer cashing bonus for the Pick 3® and Pick 4® games prior to 1995. Amended Pick 3®/Pick 4® Rules adopted August 4, 2000; Amended June 1, 2001; Amended January 10, 2003; Amended May 16, 2003; Amended May 4, 2007; and Amended November 6, 2009.

Fast Play Game Rules

RULE NO. 1 — DEFINITIONS

 

(a) "Act" means the Tri — State Lotto Compact.

(b) "Agent" or "Retailer" means the licensed Lottery agent, authorized Lottery sales agent, or licensed sales agent, who are authorized to sell player selection game plays.

(c) "Commission" means the Tri — State Lotto Commission® created and established by this act.

(d) "Director" means the administrative head in charge of day — to — day operations of any party state's Lottery Commission.

(e) "Easy Pick" means a computer — generated random play to be used as a player's bet.

(f) "Game Ticket" or "Ticket" means a slip of paper produced by an authorized online terminal acknowledging the recording of a legal transaction between the Lottery and the recipient for a certain date.

(g) "Party states," "Party Lottery," or "Lottery" means the Lotteries of the states of New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine. It may also include other states in the event of expansion of the Tri — State Lotto Compact.

(h) "Person" means an individual, partnership, association, organization, club, company, corporation, trust, estate, society, joint stock company, receiver, trustee, assignee, referee, or any other person acting in a fiduciary or representative capacity, whether appointed by a court or otherwise, and any combination of individuals. "Person" shall also mean agencies and instrumentalities of the state, counties, cities, towns and villages.

(i) "Terminal" means a device which is authorized by the Lottery to function in an online, interactive mode with the central computer system, for the purpose of issuing Lottery tickets and entering, receiving and processing Lottery transactions, including purchases, voiding purchases, validating tickets and transmitting reports.

(j) "Fast Play game" means the game(s) that appear on the printed ticket.

 

RULE NO. 2 — GENERAL PROVISION

 

(a) Fast Play is a promotional game dispensed from a retailer terminal where the player learns whether he or she has won immediately following the posting of the wager in the game management system and the printing of the ticket. This promotional game is offered in conjunction with all Tri — State Lotto Commission® games.

(b) By purchasing a Fast Play ticket, the player agrees to comply with all applicable official game rules, revisions and amendments herein.

(c) Revisions and amendments to these rules may be made at any time but must be made in writing and voted on by the Tri — State Lotto Commission®.

 

RULE NO. 3 — GAME CHARACTERISTICS

 

(a) Tickets will be sold and validated via an on — line Lottery terminal in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont.

(b) A Fast Play ticket purchase may only accompany the purchase of a Tri — State Lotto Commission® game and up to five Fast Play selections ($1 per selection) may occur with each transaction.

(c) A "transaction" is a single purchase of a Tri — State Lotto Commission® game.

(d) Fast Play game themes are subject to change. Instructions, prizes and odds of winning are pursuant to approved working papers on file at Lottery headquarters.

 

RULE NO. 4 — TICKET CHARACTERISTICS AND RESTRICTIONS

 

(a) Each Fast Play ticket cost $1.

(b) A player must purchase a Tri — State game in order to purchase a Fast Play ticket. The chosen Tri — State game ticket will print first followed by the Fast Play ticket. The player will receive a minimum of two tickets per purchase, the Tri — State game plus the Fast Play ticket.

(c) Each Fast Play game ticket will print separately. One ticket per $1 Fast Play wager.

(d) Each Fast Play ticket shall contain at least the following:

  1. The Fast Play Game Name
  2. The ticket price
  3. The applicable validation number that corresponds to the party Lottery's computer data files
  4. A terminal printed validation bar code
  5. Vendor security — issued number
  6. A ticket stock sequential number
  7. Retailer number
  8. Terminal number
  9. Game Instructions
  10. Fast Play game(s)

(e) If the Tri — State Lotto Commission® determines a ticket is not eligible to receive a prize, the player's sole remedy shall be to apply to the Commission for a refund of the price wagered, and whether that price is refunded lies solely within the discretion of the Commission.

(f) It shall be the sole responsibility of the player to verify the accuracy of the ticket purchase. The Commission shall not be responsible for tickets printed in error.

 

RULE NO. 5 — TICKET VALIDATION REQUIREMENTS

 

(a) To be a valid ticket and eligible to receive a prize, all the following requirements must be satisfied:

  1. The ticket must have been issued by the party Lottery through a licensed agent, via a terminal, in an authorized manner. The ticket must be intact and must not be mutilated, altered, reconstructed, or tampered with in any manner.
  2. The ticket date must be recorded in the central computer system; even if it appears that a bet is accepted (by virtue of a printed ticket).
  3. The information appearing on the ticket must correspond precisely with the party Lottery's computer record.
  4. The applicable validation number must appear in its entirety, and correspond, using a computer validation file, to the winning game play or plays printed on the ticket. The ticket stock sequential number on the back of the ticket must correspond to the party Lottery's inventory records.
  5. The ticket must not be defectively printed, fuzzy, produced in error, counterfeit in whole or in part, altered, unreadable, reconstructed, tampered with in any manner, stolen, blank or partially blank, misregistered, or defective.
  6. All information appearing on an apparent winning ticket must correspond to the party Lottery's records of winning tickets, and another ticket with identical data shall not have been paid.
  7. The ticket must be intact, fully legible, complete and not miscut, correspond to the art work on file at the party Lottery in every respect.
  8. The ticket must pass all other security criteria determined by the Commission.
  9. The ticket must be validated in accordance with the provisions of these rules relating to the procedures for claiming prizes and for the payment thereof.
  10. An apparent winning ticket shall be void unless the ticket is printed on a paper stock roll which was in use at the time of the bet by, and validly issued to, the agent from whom the ticket was purchased.
  11. In the event that a ticket fails to pass all the criteria set forth in subpart (a) of this rule, the ticket shall be deemed void and ineligible for any prize and shall not be paid. If the director determines that the ticket is not eligible to receive a prize, then the Director may, at the Director's option, replace an invalid, defective or otherwise erroneous ticket with a ticket of equivalent sales price from any current Lottery game. Replacement of the ticket shall be the bearer or claimant's sole and exclusive remedy. In the event of a dispute or other instance of doubt, the decision of the Commission shall be final and binding.

(b) The player is to determine if the ticket is a winner via the game instructions on the ticket and validation will occur through the Lottery retailer terminal.

 

RULE NO. 6 — WAYS TO WIN

 

(a) The player shall determine if the ticket is a winner by following the Fast Play instructions for that game. Instruction of how to play shall be interpreted in accordance with working papers on file with the applicable party Lottery.

(b) Lottery players may have a retailer validate the scratch winning ticket immediately.

(c) Tickets will be validated via the online Lottery terminal.

(d) Tickets shall be validated in the same state they were purchased.

(e) Tickets will display the "Prize" that can be won in each game.

(f) Fast Play tickets may have multiple plays per ticket, each with its own prize for that play.

(g) The total prize awarded will be the sum of all prizes won on that ticket when the ticket is validated.

 

RULE NO. 7 — SELLING FAST PLAY GAME TICKETS ON THE ONLINE LOTTERY TERMINAL

 

(a) All ticket sales must be made through an on — line Lottery terminal.

(b) A player can purchase up to 5 Fast Play tickets per Tri — State game purchase.

(c) All Fast Play tickets will be easy pick.

(d) Fast Play ticket(s) cannot be canceled.

 

RULE NO. 8 — CASHING FAST PLAY GAME TICKETS ON THE ONLINE LOTTERY TERMINAL

 

(a) Fast Play Game tickets can be cashed immediately after purchase.

(b) All prizes must be claimed as directed within 365 calendar days of the ticket purchase. For purposes of determining the claim period, the purchase day shall be excluded, and the last day included. In the event the last day falls on a Saturday, a Sunday, or a legal holiday, the time to claim shall be extended to close of business on the next day thereafter when Lottery offices are open for business. Any prize not claimed within the specified period shall be forfeited.

(c) A prize claim is subject to all Tri — State Lotto Commission® validation requirements. Only original tickets are eligible for validation.

(d) All prizes of $599 or less, depending on requirements of an individual party state, may be paid directly by Lottery sales agents. The claimant shall present his/her ticket to a Lottery agent, fill out his/her name and address on the back of the ticket, and show identification as required by individual states. The agent, after verifying via online Lottery terminal that the ticket is a winning ticket and examining it for alteration, shall pay the claimant directly or to his/her authorized representative.

(e) Prizes of $600 or more, depending on requirements of an individual party state will be paid centrally by the party Lottery office or at a location(s) authorized by the individual state's director. The ticket holder(s) shall complete and sign a claim form, and mail or submit it with the original ticket, to the state Lottery office. The agent or Lottery office shall then attempt to validate the ticket.

(f) The following shall be supplied by the claimant on the claim form:

  1. Name
  2. Address
  3. Telephone number
  4. Social Security number
  5. Claimant signature and date signed
 

RULE NO. 9 — PLAYER RESPONSIBILITY

 

(a) The player bears the risk of loss and the sole responsibility to verify that the purchase requested has been received.

(b) Players understand and agree that by purchasing a ticket, they shall abide by state law and regulations of the Lottery and, if applicable, the Tri — State Lotto Commission®. Applicable regulations are available at party Lottery headquarters.

 

RULE NO. 10 — BEARER INSTRUMENT

 

(a) A Fast Play ticket is a bearer instrument. Until such time as a signature is placed upon the back portion of a ticket in the area designated therefore, a ticket shall be owned by the physical possessor thereof. When a signature is placed on the back of said ticket in the place designated therefore, the person whose signature appears in such area shall be the owner of said ticket and shall be entitled to any prize attributable thereto.

(b) The Lottery shall not be responsible for lost, damaged or stolen tickets prior to validation.

 

RULE NO. 11 — COLLECTION AND DISPOSITION OF REVENUE

 

(a) An agent is entitled to the same Commission for Tri — State Fast Play ticket sales as is paid for their on — line Tri — State Lottery ticket sales.

 

RULE NO. 12 — UNACCEPTED BET

 

(a) If for any reason the player's bet is not accepted, then the liability of the party Lottery and its agent is limited to a refund of the amount wagered.

 

RULE NO. 13 — SEVERABILITY OF PROVISIONS

 

(a) The provisions of any rules or regulations contained herein are severable. If any provision of a rule or regulation is invalid, or if any application thereof to any person or circumstance is invalid, the invalidity shall not affect other provisions or applications which can be given effect without the invalid provision or application.

 

RULE NO. 14 — EXECUTIVE SESSION

 

(a) All meetings of the Commission shall be open to the public. The Commission may go into executive session only upon a unanimous vote of its members. The authority to enter into an executive session shall be governed by the statutes of the state hosting that particular meeting of the Commission.

 

RULE NO. 15 — LEGAL REPRESENTATION OF THE TRI – STATE LOTTO COMPACT

 

(a) The Tri – State Lotto Compact shall be represented by the Attorney General of the state in which any law suit is filed against the compact or Commissioners.

 

RULE NO. 16 — AGENTS

 

(a) All agents agree to abide by these rules and regulations as well as the published or established procedures for the game(s). Agents understand and agree that their license to sell tickets can be suspended or terminated by the party Lottery if they violate these rules and regulations or the procedures for the game(s). Agents understand and agree that the party Lottery has the right to establish minimum sales levels which must be met in order for the agents to maintain their license to sell tickets.

Gimme 5 Game Rules

RULE NO. 1 - DEFINITIONS

 

(a) "Agent" or "Retailer" means a licensed Lottery agent, authorized Lottery sales agent, or licensed sales agent, who is authorized to sell player selection game plays.

(b) "Board" means that area of the bet slip which contains the designated number of squares.

(c) "Commission" means the Tri-State Lotto Commission.

(d) "Director" means the administrative head in charge of day-to-day operations of any party Lottery of the Tri-State Lotto Commission.

(e) "Drawing" means the process which is used to select randomly five (5) winning numbers between one (01) and thirty-nine (39).

(f) "Easy Pick" or "Quick Pick" means a computer-generated random play to be used as a player's bet.

(g) "Game Ticket(s)" or "Ticket(s)" means an authorized slip of paper produced for a certain date by an authorized draw terminal acknowledging the recording of a legal transaction between the Lottery and the recipient for a certain date.

(h) "Party states," "party Lottery," or "Lottery" means the Lotteries of the states of New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine. It may also include other states in the event of expansion of the Tri-State Lotto Compact.

(i) "Person" means an individual, partnership, association, organization, club, company, corporation, limited liability company, limited partnership, limited liability partnership, trust, estate, society, joint stock company, receiver, trustee, assignee, referee, or any other person acting in a fiduciary or representative capacity, whether appointed by a court or otherwise, and any combination of individuals. "Person" shall also mean agencies and instrumentalities of the state, counties, and municipalities.

(j) "Play," "Game Play" or "Bet" means the players' selection or a computer pick of the five (5) numbers between one (01) through thirty-nine (39) which appear on ticket(s) as a single lettered selection for a specific draw(s).

(k) "Play slip" or "Bet slip" means an authorized slip of paper preprinted with numbered and play style blocks, completed by the player to designate the numbers and play style to be entered into a drawing. A "bet slip" is not evidence of play.

(l) "Terminal" means a device which is authorized by the Lottery to function in a draw and interactive mode with the central computer system, for the purpose of issuing Lottery ticket(s) and entering, receiving and processing Lottery transactions, including purchases, validating ticket(s) and transmitting reports.

(m) "Top Prize Pool" means the top prize for each drawing.

(n) "Top Prize Winner" means a game play that identically matches all 5 of the winning numbers.

(o) "Tri-State Gimme 5" means a draw terminal game offered for sale by the Commission.

(p) Tri-State Gimme 5 "Winning Numbers" means the five (5) two-digit numbers between one (01) and thirty-nine (39) randomly selected at each official drawing to determine winning plays contained on a game ticket(s) for a specific date.

 

RULE NO. 2 - TICKET PURCHASE, CHARACTERISTICS AND RESTRICTIONS

 

(a) A valid Tri-State Gimme 5 shall contain all of the following:

  1.     The logo or caption "Tri-State Gimme 5";
  2.     The drawing date(s);
  3.     The total ticket price/number of draws;
  4.     The applicable validation number that corresponds to the party Lottery's computer data files;
  5.     A terminal-printed validation bar code;
  6.     A vendor security-issued number;
  7.     A ticket(s) stock sequential number;
  8.     The player's bet(s) each consisting of five (5) two digit numbers;
  9.     Retailer number;
  10.     Terminal number;
  11.     Time stamp/purchase price; and
  12.     Four text lines available for Lottery messages.

(b) A ticket(s) is subject to the validation requirements of Rule 9 and a play shall be void unless the bet evidenced by the ticket(s) reaches, is accepted by, and is recorded by the central computer.

(c) A bet slip has no pecuniary or prize value and shall not constitute evidence of ticket(s) purchase or numbers selected.

(d) A play is void unless each of the five printed numbers on the Tri-State Gimme 5 ticket has two digits. For example, "03" is a valid number whereas "3" is not.

(e) E. Ticket(s) may be canceled under the conditions established by the Commission in Tri-State Policy No. 9.

(f) In the event that a ticket(s) is invalid in accordance with the provisions of Rule 9, the player shall be entitled to a refund from the party Lottery equal to the price of the ticket.

(g) It shall be the sole responsibility of the player to verify the accuracy of the game plays, amount wagered, and draw day(s). In the event of an error, the player's sole remedy shall be the canceling of the ticket(s), pursuant to Rule 2 (F). The Commission shall not be responsible for tickets printed in error, and its liability shall be limited to the canceling of the erroneous ticket pursuant to Rule 2 (F).

 

RULE NO. 3 - DESIGN OF THE GAME

 

(a) The Commission shall determine the amount of numbers which constitute the field of numbers from which a player may select his-her Tri-State Gimme 5 numbers. The Commission may also change the amount of numbers in that field as well as the amount of numbers to be selected from it.

(b) Tri-State Gimme 5 ticket(s) may be offered for sale at a price that has been determined by the Commission.

(c) The Commission may determine, in its sole discretion, to change the design of the game, frequency of play, and the termination date of the game. If the Commission elects to terminate the Tri-State Gimme 5 game, the Commission shall:

  1.     Publicly announce the final draw date;
  2.     Determine the method for distribution of the final Tri-State Gimme 5 grand prize pool; and
  3.     Determine the method for distribution of all Tri-State Gimme 5 prize contingency accounts.

RULE NO. 4 - DETERMINATION OF PRIZE WINNERS

 

(a) Prizes shall be determined and awarded per $1 bet on the following basis:

  1.     Match 5 numbers to win a share of the $100,000;
  2.     Match 4 numbers of the 5 numbers to win $250;
  3.     Match 3 numbers of the 5 numbers to win $7;
  4.     Match 2 numbers of the 5 numbers to win $2;
  5.     Odds of winning the top prize: 1:575,757; and
  6.     Overall odds of winning a prize are 1 in 8.77.

(b) Only the highest prize won per Tri-State Gimme 5 game play will be paid.

  1.     Top Prize Pool = $100,000 (see rule 4F);
  2.     Low Tier Prize Pool (LTPP) = P * 66.83%;
  3.     Agent Bonus (AB) = 1% of the value of any single winning jackpot ticket, or up to $1,000; and
  4.     Prize Pool (P) = 52.36% of Gross Sales for drawing involved.

(c) The formula for determining the top prize and shares of the top prize pool shall be as follows:

(d) A share of the top prize is determined by dividing the Top Prize Pool by the number of Top Prize Winners. Unclaimed shares, after one year, revert to the Expired Unclaimed Prize Pool. Holders of each "share" shall be paid in a one-time lump-sum cash payment.

(e) The excess value of all low-tier prizes for a drawing that is higher or less than the expected Low Tier Prize Pool shall be added/deducted from the Tri-State Gimme 5 Low Tier Contingency (G5LTC) Account. At the end of a fiscal year, the Commission shall determine the method to zero balance any shortage in the G5LTC, which may include the transfer of available funds from the Prize Reserve Account and/or the expired unclaimed prizes. If the G5LTC account has a positive balance at the end of a fiscal year, the Commission shall determine whether or not to disburse the excess balance and the method of disbursement.

(f) Tri-State Gimme 5 top prize winners will receive their share of a $100,000 grand prize minus state and federal taxes.

 

RULE NO. 5 - PRIZE STRUCTURE

 

(a) The prize structure of Tri-State Gimme 5 shall not exceed fifty-three (53) percent of the total amount for which ticket(s) have been sold and shall consist of a prize pool including:

  1. Prizes paid or committed to winners;
  2. Prizes which are unclaimed for a period of 366 days (see Rule 5 (E)) after the drawing date in which the prize was won and voted by the Commission to be included in a designated drawing or promotion;
  3. Agent bonuses will be 1% of the value of any single winning top prize ticket(s). Whenever a winning Tri-State Gimme 5 ticket(s) is sold in a New Hampshire State Liquor Store, the agent bonus will be paid to the Liquor Commission employees of that store in a manner decided and managed by the Liquor Commission; and
  4. Special prizes or bonuses as specified by the Commission to maintain public interest in the game.

(b) The Commission shall determine the distribution of the prize pool and shall announce the prize structure in appropriate directives.

(c) In the case of an unclaimed jackpot ticket(s), upon the expiration of 366 days (see Rule 5 (E)) after the drawing date in which the prize was won, the prize shall revert to the expired unclaimed prize pool.

(d) At least once a year, the Commission shall be required, no later than September 14, to make a decision as to the disbursement of expired unclaimed prize money.

(e) All prizes must be claimed as directed within 366 calendar days of the drawing in which the prize was won. For purposes of determining the claim period, the first (draw) day shall be excluded, and the last day included. In the event the last day falls on a Saturday, a Sunday, or a legal holiday, the time to claim shall be extended to close of business on the next day thereafter when Lottery offices are open for business. Any prize not claimed within the specified period shall be forfeited.

 

RULE NO. 6 - DRAWINGS

 

Drawings shall be conducted in such manner, with such frequency, and at such times and places as the Commission may determine, and shall be announced to the public.

 

RULE NO. 7 - PRICE

 

Game plays shall sell for the amount determined by the Commission, who shall make a public announcement of the same. Game plays and ticket(s) may be purchased only through licensed agents.

 

RULE NO. 8 - TICKET(S) RESPONSIBILITY

 

(a) Until such time as a signature is placed upon the back portion of a ticket(s) in the area designated therefore, a ticket(s) shall be owned by the physical possessor thereof. When a signature is placed on the back of said ticket(s) in the place designated therefore, the person whose signature appears in such area shall be the owner of said ticket(s) and shall be entitled (subject to the validation requirements of Rule 9) to any prize attributable thereto.

(b) The Lottery shall not be responsible for lost, damaged or stolen ticket(s) prior to validation.

 

RULE NO. 9 - TICKET(S) VALIDATION REQUIREMENTS

 

(a) To be a valid ticket(s) and eligible to receive a prize, all the following requirements must be satisfied:

  1. The ticket(s) must have been issued by a party Lottery through a licensed agent, via a terminal, in an authorized manner. The ticket(s) must be intact and must not be mutilated, altered, reconstructed, or tampered with in any manner;
  2. The ticket(s) date must have been recorded in the central computer system before the draw break and at least five (5) minutes prior to the scheduled drawing; even if it appears that a bet is accepted (by virtue of a printed ticket(s)), any bet not meeting the criteria in this section is void;
  3. The information appearing on the ticket(s) must correspond precisely with the party Lottery's computer record;
  4. The applicable validation number must appear in its entirety, and correspond, using a computer validation file, to the winning game play or plays printed on the ticket(s). The ticket(s) stock sequential number on the back of the ticket(s) must correspond to the party Lottery's inventory records;
  5. The ticket(s) must not be defectively printed, fuzzy, produced in error, counterfeit in whole or in part, altered, unreadable, reconstructed, tampered with in any manner, stolen, blank or partially blank, misregistered or defective;
  6. All information appearing on an apparent winning ticket(s) must correspond to the party Lottery's records of winning ticket(s), and another ticket(s) with identical data shall not have been paid;
  7. The ticket(s) must be intact, fully legible, complete and not miscut, correspond to the art work on file at the party Lottery in every respect;
  8. The ticket(s) must pass all other security criteria determined by the Commission;
  9. The ticket(s) must be validated in accordance with the provisions of these rules relating to the procedures for claiming prizes and for the payment thereof; and
  10. An apparent winning ticket(s) shall be void unless the ticket(s) is printed on a paper stock roll which was in use at the time of the bet by, and validly issued to, the agent from whom the ticket(s) was purchased.

(b) In the event that a ticket(s) fails to pass all the criteria set forth in section (a) of this rule, the ticket(s) shall be deemed void and ineligible for any prize and shall not be paid. In the event of a dispute or other instance of doubt, the decision of the director shall be final and binding. If the director determines that the ticket(s) is not eligible to receive a prize, then the director may, at the director's option, replace an invalid, defective or otherwise erroneous ticket(s) with a ticket(s) of equivalent sales price from any current Lottery game. Replacement of the ticket(s) shall be the bearer or claimant's sole and exclusive remedy.

 

RULE NO. 10 - CANCELLATION OF DRAWINGS

 

The Lottery has the right to cancel drawings and/or sales of ticket(s) on holidays, days of special importance, or on days when conditions make conducting the game impractical or inappropriate. The Lottery is authorized to conduct drawings and make-up drawings at times, dates, and pursuant to methods determined by the Lottery.

 

RULE NO. 11 - PRIZE PAYMENTS AND CERTIFICATION OF WINNERS

 

(a) All prizes of $599 or less, or an amount required by an individual party state, may be paid directly by Lottery retail sales agents. The claimant shall present his/her ticket(s) to a Lottery agent, complete the back of the ticket(s), and show identification as required by individual states. The agent, after verifying that the ticket(s) is a winning ticket(s) and examining it for alteration, shall pay the claimant directly or to his/her authorized representative. Prizes are validated in the state of which the ticket is purchased.

(b) Prizes of $600 or more, or an amount required by an individual party state, will be paid centrally by the party Lottery office or at a location(s) authorized by the individual state's director. A match 5 winning ticket(s) holder(s) shall visit a Tri-State Lottery agent or member state office and present the signed ticket(s) with any required identification. The ticket(s) holder(s) shall complete and sign a claim form, and mail or submit it with the ticket(s), to the applicable state Lottery office. The Lottery office shall then attempt to validate the ticket(s). Upon validation, the ticket(s) holder(s) shall receive a copy of the claim form acknowledging receipt of the claim.

(c) The following shall be supplied by the claimant on the claim form:

  1.     Name;
  2.     Address;
  3.     Telephone number;
  4.     Social Security number;
  5.     Date of Birth;
  6.     Claimant signature and date signed; and
  7.     Other information as required by each party Lottery.

(d) Claims submitted to the Commission shall be subject to validation.

(e) All prizes shall be claimed within 366 days after the drawing date in which the prize was won. Any prize not claimed within 366 days (See Rule 5 (E)) shall be forfeited.

 

RULE NO. 12 - SALE BY PARTY STATES DIRECTLY

 

Any party state may sell Tri-State Gimme 5 ticket(s) at any selling point it establishes in its own state or on state-owned land in other states.

 

RULE NO. 13 - Tri-State Gimme 5 PRIZE DRAWINGS

(a) At least once each week, the Commission shall hold a live drawing of the winning Tri-State Gimme 5 numbers in a location to be determined by the Commission. Drawings shall be open to the public and be open to representatives of the various media.

(b) Open mechanical devices in full view of the public shall be employed to determine Tri-State Gimme 5 winning numbers.

(c) In the event that the mechanical drawing devices are not available, an emergency backup to draw the winning numbers will be instituted.

 

RULE NO. 14 - SEVERABILITY OF PROVISIONS

 

The provisions of any rules or regulations contained herein are severable. If any provision of a rule or regulation is invalid, or if any application thereof to any person or circumstance is invalid, the invalidity shall not affect other provisions or applications which can be given effect without the invalid provision or application.

 

RULE NO. 15 - EXECUTIVE SESSION

All meetings of the Commission shall be open to the public. The Commission may go into executive session only upon a unanimous vote of its members. The authority to enter into an executive session shall be governed by the statutes of the state hosting that particular meeting of the Commission.

 

RULE NO. 16 - LEGAL REPRESENTATION OF THE TRI-STATE LOTTO COMPACT

 

The Tri-State Lotto Compact shall be represented by the Attorney General of the state in which any law suit is filed against the compact or Commissioners.

 

RULE NO. 17 - AGENTS

 

All agents agree to abide by these rules and regulations as well as the published or established procedures for the game(s). Agents understand and agree that their license to sell tickets can be suspended or terminated by the party Lottery if they violate these rules and regulations or the procedures for the game(s). Agents understand and agree that the party Lottery has the right to establish minimum sales levels which must be met in order for the agents to maintain their license to sell tickets.

 

RULE NO. 18 - PLAYERS

 

Players understand and agree that by purchasing ticket(s), they shall abide by state law and regulations of the Lottery and, if applicable, the Tri-State Lotto Commission. Applicable regulations are available at party Lottery headquarters.

 

RULE NO. 19 - UNACCEPTED BETS

If for any reason the player's bet is not accepted, then the liability of the party Lottery and its agent is limited to a refund of the amount wagered subject to the provisions of Rule 2(F).

 

RULE NO. 20 - SALE OF TICKET(S)

 

All ticket(s) sales must be made through an authorized draw machine as defined by the party Lottery or the compact.

 

RULE NO. 21 - COLLECTION AND DISPOSITION OF REVENUE

 

An agent is entitled to the same commission for Tri-State Gimme 5 ticket(s) sales as is paid for their Tri-State Lottery draw ticket(s) sales.

 

RULE NO. 22 - RETAILERS' CONDUCT, BULK PURCHASE RESTRICTIONS

 

(a) A Lottery retailer authorized to sell Lottery tickets for draw games, or an employee of a retailer, may not request, demand, or accept gratuities or additional compensation from any person, or agent thereof, in exchange for the purchase of Gimme 5 Lottery tickets.

(b) A Lottery retailer authorized to sell Lottery tickets for draw games must make Gimme 5 Lottery tickets available for sale to the public during the hours that sale of Gimme 5 tickets are authorized to be sold and that retailer's business is open to the public.

(c) A Lottery retailer authorized to sell Lottery tickets for draw games may only sell Gimme 5 Lottery tickets on the premises described in the retailer's contract, except as specially authorized in writing by the director. No transaction, or any part thereof, for Gimme 5 Lottery tickets may be made at the general corporate office of any retailer unless that office is open to the public and has contracted with the Lottery as a separate Lottery retailer.

(d) A Lottery retailer authorized to sell Lottery tickets for draw games may not enter into any special agreement with any person, group of persons, or agent thereof, for the purchase of over $5,000 of Gimme 5 Lottery tickets for any one draw.

(e) A Lottery retailer authorized to sell Lottery tickets for draw games must immediately report to the Lottery any attempt made by one person, or group of persons, or an agent thereof, to purchase more than 50% of the number combinations for Gimme 5 for any one draw.

(f) A Lottery retailer authorized to sell Lottery tickets for draw games must obtain the name and address of any person purchasing more than $5,000 in Gimme 5 Lottery tickets for any one draw and report the information to the Lottery before the sale.

(g) Location and Method of Sales. An offer to buy and an offer to sell a Lottery ticket in a Tri-State draw game shall be made only at a location or only by a method which is licensed, certified, or contracted by the member Lottery.

(h) Entry of Plays. Plays may be entered manually using the Lottery terminal keypad or touch screen or by means of a pre-printed play slip provided by the member Lottery. Facsimiles of play slips, copies of play slips, or other materials which are inserted into the terminal's scanner and which are not printed or approved by the member Lottery shall not be used to enter a play. No device shall be connected to a Lottery terminal to enter plays, except as may be approved by the Lottery. (Unapproved play slips or other devices may be seized by the Lottery.)

(i) Hand-Marked Play Slips. All plays made in the game shall be marked on the play slip by hand. No machine-printed play slips shall be used to enter plays. (Machine-printed play slips may be seized by the Lottery.)

(j) All Lottery agents who sell Tri-State Gimme 5 tickets must provide service to all customers in a timely manner. One person, or one group of persons, may not approach a Lottery terminal and buy 5,000 or more consecutive tickets. Lottery agents will be required to provide service to other customers wanting to purchase lottery tickets. Any person or persons purchasing 5,000 or more tickets must wait until the Lottery agent can continue the request for 5,000 or more tickets.

(k) The gaming vendor will develop a policy to monitor the system for such a buyout attempt and will notify Lottery officials of such an attempt.

Multi-State Lottery Association Game Rules

CHAPTER Sw 5000 RULES OF MULTI-STATE LOTTERY ASSOCIATION GAMES

  • Statutory Authority: 2009, RSA 284:21-i, VI and 96; RSA 541-A:16, I(b)

PART Sw 5001 MULTI-STATE LOTTERY ASSOCIATION GAMES

Sw 5001.01 Definitions

 

The following definitions shall apply for the New Hampshire multi-state lottery association games:

  1. "Retailer" means an authorized sales outlet, authorized to sell lottery tickets;
  2. "Annuity option" means an election of the player indicating payments from their jackpot share is to be made on an annuitized basis over a period of years;
  3. "Bet" means a combination of different numbers which appear on a ticket as a single lettered selection;
  4. "Bet slip" means a pre-printed piece of paper which contains play panels with sets of numbered squares between to be marked by the player;
  5. "Commission" means the New Hampshire lottery commission;
  6. "Designated number" means a pre-determined number specified by the multi-state lottery association (MUSL) that identifies the highest number available to be chosen in one or more sets of the bet slip;
  7. "Director" means the administrative head appointed by the New Hampshire lottery commission to act on their behalf in the daily decision making process;
  8. "Drawing" means the process used to randomly select different numbers to determine the winning combination for a particular date;
  9. "Easy pick" means an on-line ticket with a selection of numbers randomly selected by a lottery on-line sales terminal;
  10. "Jackpot share" means the jackpot prize pool divided by the number of jackpot winning plays;
  11. "Multi-state lottery game" means an on-line terminal lottery game offered for sale by the lottery commission;
  12. "On-line terminal" means a computer device authorized by the commission to function in an interactive mode with a central computer system, for the purpose of issuing lottery tickets and entering, receiving and processing lottery transactions;
  13. "Pari-mutuel means the calculated prize amount for a prize category by dividing the amount of winning plays for the prize category into the amount of prize money available for the prize category;
  14. "Party states" means all member states of MUSL;
  15. "Subscription" means a multi-state lottery game bet recorded on the commission’s central computer system for a specified range of draw dates;
  16. "Ticket" means a slip of paper produced by an on-line terminal acknowledging the recording of a legal transaction between the commission and the recipient for a certain date;
  17. "Winning numbers" means randomly selected numbers to determine the winning plays on a specific draw date; and
  18. "Multiplier option" means a single multi-state lottery game play for which the player shall pay an extra cost for the option and which shall multiply, by a number selected during the drawing, the value of applicable prizes

Source: #9698, eff 4-24-10

 

Sw 5001.02 Ticket Characteristics, Purchase and Restrictions.

 

To purchase a multi-state lottery game or subscription, an individual shall be 18 years of age or older. An individual under the age of 18 years of age may be the recipient of a multi-state lottery game ticket or subscription, and may redeem the ticket.

Once a ticket has been produced for the player, it shall be the sole responsibility of the player to verify that the following are correct:

  1. Desired draw date;
  2. The player chosen numbers;
  3. The dollar amount wagered;
  4. The number of draws desired
  5. The ticket contains the appropriate multi-state lottery game name;
  6. The ticket contains the caption "New Hampshire Lottery"; and
  7. The ticket contains the affirmative caption if the player chose the multiplier option.

A multi-state lottery game ticket shall not be canceled.

A bet placed for a drawing which has already occurred shall be void

The price of a game play shall be determined by MUSL.

Tickets shall be purchased only through authorized retailers.

A multi-state lottery game ticket shall be a bearer instrument until such time as a signature is placed in the designated area on the back of the ticket.

No prize shall be paid without the physical possession of a winning ticket or to an unregistered or invalid subscriber.

The director shall make payment as directed by the person(s) whose signature(s) appear on the back of the ticket.

When a prize is disputed, the commission in concert with MUSL, shall determine the winner.

The commission shall not be responsible for lost or stolen tickets prior to their redemption.

The commission shall not replace lost or stolen tickets prior to their redemption.

In the event a bet is not accepted and confirmed by the central computer system, the liability of the commission and its agent shall be limited to a refund of the amount wagered.

Source: #9698, eff 4-24-10

 

Sw 5001.03 Validation Requirements.

 

A winning ticket shall be eligible to receive a prize if the following are true:

  1. The winning ticket was issued from an on-line terminal by an authorized lottery retailer;
  2. The winning ticket information was recorded in the central computer system at least 59 minutes prior to the drawing;
  3. All information appearing on the winning ticket corresponds precisely with the commission’s computer record;
  4. The validation number and bar code appears in its entirety;
  5. The winning ticket is intact, fully legible and corresponds to the art work on file at the commission;
  6. The ticket is not defectively printed, fuzzy, unreadable, blank or partially blank, or defective; and
  7. The ticket is not counterfeit in whole or in part, altered, reconstructed, tampered with in any manner, stolen or misregistered.

Source: #9698, eff 4-24-10

 

Sw 5001.04 Ineligible Tickets.

 

If a ticket does not meet the requirements of Sw 5001.03, the ticket shall be deemed void and ineligible for any prize.

Source: #9698, eff 4-24-10

 

Sw 5001.05 Prize Payments.

 

Claims for payment of a winning multi-state lottery game ticket or subscription shall be made in accordance with the requirements set forth in Sw 600.

Claims submitted to the commission shall be subject to validation.

The first annuitized jackpot share shall be made not less than 15 calendar days following the claim.

Source: #9698, eff 4-24-10

 

Sw 5001.06 Payment Election Review.

 

A winner of an annuity option shall have the opportunity to review the election prior to the final claim being made subject to the following:

  1. The winner shall have 60 days from the date a claim is filed to change the election from annuity to a lump sum cash payment;
  2. The winner shall sign a statement furnished by the commission indicating their final election, either annuity or cash payment;
  3. The winner shall be under no obligation to accept the cash payment; and
  4. The winner shall not be allowed to revoke, withdraw or otherwise change their final election.

Source: #9698, eff 4-24-10

 

Sw 5001.07 Jackpot Assignments.

 

Payment of a prize may be made to a person other than the winner pursuant to the requirements of Sw 500.

Source: #9698, eff 4-24-10

 

Sw 5001.08 Original Subscriptions Purchased By Mail, Internet or Phone.

 

To play by subscription, a player shall provide the commission with the following information:

  1. Choice of numbers from a designated field;
  2. Name;
  3. A New Hampshire mailing address;
  4. Home telephone number;
  5. Work telephone number, if applicable;
  6. A gift message, if applicable;
  7. The number of draws the subscription shall be valid;
  8. ffirmation of age eligibility; and
  9. Payment method.

If the subscriber selects payment for subscription by check, the check shall be payable to the New Hampshire Lottery Commission and attached to the subscription application form.

If the player selects payment for the subscription by credit card, the player shall provide the commission with the following information:

  1. Credit card number;
  2. Credit card expiration date;
  3. Cardholder's name;
  4. Cardholder's address;
  5. Cardholder's home telephone number;
  6. Cardholder's work telephone number, if applicable; and
  7. Cardholder's signature, if the credit card information is submitted on a subscription form.

The completed subscription form shall be forwarded to the commission headquarters for processing.

Upon receipt of the subscription application, the commission shall enter the subscriber's information into a lottery approved subscription database program.

The database program shall assign the next available effective draw date for the subscription, as determined by MUSL.

The database program shall assign the following identification numbers to the subscription:

  1. Subscriber number; and
  2. Subscription number.

The commission shall assign the following identification numbers to the subscription:

  1. Batch number; and
  2. Sequence or certificate number.

The commission shall print a subscription confirmation card listing the following information:

  1. Subscriber name;
  2. Subscriber address;
  3. Multi-state lottery game numbers;
  4. Day, month and year the subscription is effective;
  5. Day, month and year the subscription expires;
  6. A gift message, if applicable;
  7. Subscription number;
  8. Batch number;
  9. Sequence or certificate number; and
  10. Multi-state lottery game name.

The commission shall forward a subscription confirmation card to the subscriber.

It shall be the sole responsibility of the player to verify that the following are correct:

  1. Subscriber name;
  2. Subscriber address;
  3. Subscriber chosen multi-state lottery game numbers;
  4. Subscription play length; and
  5. Effective and expiration dates.

It shall be the sole responsibility of the subscriber to notify the commission of incorrect data on the confirmation card prior to the effective date of the subscription.

A subscription application form shall have no pecuniary or prize value and shall not constitute evidence of ticket purchase or of numbers selected.

Once a subscription play is registered with the commission, the registration shall constitute the only acceptable evidence of play for the subscriber.

A subscription shall not become effective until the effective date listed on the confirmation card, which shall match the effective date listed in the party lottery's subscription database.

Any changes to a subscriber's name or address shall be requested in writing by the subscriber and include the previous name and address. Name and address changes shall require a notarized letter from the subscriber.

There shall be no changes to the subscriber's numbers during the effective dates of the subscription unless authorized by the commission as a result of and prior to the implementation of a game change.

Prizes shall be paid, by check or by expiration date extensions.

Prize checks shall be made payable to the subscription name(s) as recorded in the commission’s central computer system.

Subscriptions, once in effect, cannot be cancelled in whole or in part unless authorized by the commission as a result of and prior to the implementation of a game change.

Source: #9698, eff 4-24-10

 

Sw 5001.09 Renewal Subscriptions.

 

Subscription renewal forms shall be forwarded to the subscriber by the commission prior to the subscription's expiration date.

Out-of-state residents shall telephone the commission to renew, by credit card, their original subscriptions purchased in New Hampshire and shall not purchase additional subscriptions.

An out-of-state resident from a state that does not have a state lottery shall not renew his or her subscription.

The subscription renewal form shall contain the following information:

  1. Subscriber's name;
  2. Subscriber's address;
  3. Multi-state lottery game numbers;
  4. Subscriber number;
  5. Subscription number;
  6. Expiration date including free play extensions;
  7. Multi-state lottery game name.

If the subscriber elects to continue a subscription, the subscriber shall provide the commission with the following information:

  1. Subscription play length;
  2. Change of address, if applicable;
  3. Payment method; and
  4. A change of multi-state lottery game numbers, if applicable.

If the subscriber selects payment for the subscription by credit card, the following shall be provided to the commission:

  1. Credit card number;
  2. Credit card expiration date;
  3. Cardholder's name;
  4. Cardholder's address;
  5. Cardholder's home telephone number;
  6. Cardholder's work telephone number, if applicable; and
  7. Cardholder's signature, if the credit card information is submitted on a subscription form.

If the subscriber selects payment for subscription by check, the check shall be payable to the New Hampshire Lottery Commission and attached to the subscription renewal form.

The completed subscription renewal form shall be forwarded to the commission headquarters for processing.

Upon receipt of the subscription renewal form, the commission shall enter the subscriber's information into a lottery approved subscription database program.

The database program shall assign the next available effective draw date for the subscription, as determined by MUSL.

The database program shall assign a subscription number to the subscription.

The commission shall assign the following identification numbers to the subscription:

  1. Batch number; and
  2. Sequence or certificate number.

The commission shall print a subscription confirmation card listing the following information:

  1. Subscriber name;
  2. Subscriber address;
  3. Multi-state lottery game numbers;
  4. Day, month and year the subscription is effective;
  5. Day, month and year the subscription expires;
  6. A gift message, if applicable;
  7. Subscription number;
  8. Batch number;
  9. Sequence or certificate number; and
  10. Multi-state lottery game name.

The commission shall forward a subscription confirmation card to the subscriber.

Source: #9698, eff 4-24-10

 

Sw 5001.10 Original Subscriptions Purchased Through A Lottery Retailer.

 

(a) To play by subscription, a player shall provide the retailer with the following information:

  1. Name of multi-state lottery game;
  2. Choice of numbers from a designated field or have the computer choose the numbers;
  3. The number of draws the subscription shall be valid; and
  4. Choice of the multiplier option, if applicable.

The retailer shall enter the player provided information in to a lottery sales terminal.

After the transaction has been completed, the lottery sales terminal shall produce a player receipt and a registration form.

The sales receipt shall contain the following information:

  1. The date of purchase;
  2. The multi-state lottery game name;
  3. The multi-state lottery numbers selected;
  4. An affirmative caption if the player chose the multiplier option;
  5. The starting draw date; and
  6. The value of purchase.

The registration form shall contain the following information:

  1. A field for the player to add their first and last name;
  2. A field for the player to add their mailing address;
  3. A field for the player to add their phone number;
  4. The date of purchase:
  5. The multi-state lottery game name;
  6. An affirmative caption if the player chose the multiplier option;
  7. The starting drawing date;
  8. The value of purchase;
  9. The number of drawings; and
  10. A unique identifying number assigned to the subscription.

The player shall complete the original registration form and forward it to the commission headquarters for processing.

Upon receipt of the registration form, the commission shall enter the subscriber's information into a lottery approved subscription database program.

The starting date of the subscription shall correspond to the starting date assigned by the lottery’s computer system at time of purchase.

The database program shall assign a subscriber number to the subscription.

The commission shall assign the following identification numbers to the subscription:

  1. Batch number; and
  2. Sequence or certificate number.

The commission shall print a subscription confirmation card listing the following information:

  1. Subscriber name;
  2. Subscriber address;
  3. Multi-state lottery game numbers;
  4. Day, month and year the subscription is effective;
  5. Day, month and year the subscription expires;
  6. A gift message, if applicable;
  7. Subscription number;
  8. Batch number;
  9. Sequence or certificate number; and
  10. Multi-state lottery game name.

The commission shall forward a subscription confirmation card to the subscriber.

It shall be the sole responsibility of the player to verify that the following are correct:

  1. Subscriber name;
  2. Subscriber address;
  3. Subscriber chosen multi-state lottery game number;
  4. Subscription play length; and
  5. Effective and expiration dates.

It shall be the sole responsibility of the subscriber to notify the commission of incorrect data on the confirmation card prior to the effective date of the subscription.

A subscription sales receipt and registration form shall have no pecuniary or prize value.

A subscription sales receipt shall be considered evidence of ticket purchase and shall not be considered ownership of a subscription.

The original subscription registration form shall be the only form accepted as evidence of ownership.

The commission shall not be responsible for a lost, stolen or mutilated registration form.

Once a subscription play is registered with the commission, the registration shall constitute the only acceptable evidence of play for the subscriber.

A subscription shall not become effective until the effective date listed on the registration form and its corresponding confirmation card, which shall match the effective date listed in the party lottery's subscription database.

Any changes to a subscriber's name or address shall be requested in writing by the subscriber and include the previous name and address. Name and address changes shall require a notarized letter from the subscriber.

There shall be no changes to the subscriber's numbers during the effective dates of the subscription unless authorized by the commission as a result of and prior to the implementation of a game change.

Prizes shall be paid, by check or by expiration date extensions.

Prize checks shall be made payable to the subscription name(s) as recorded in the commission’s central computer system.

If the commission does not receive or enter a player’s registration form prior to the subscription’s effective date, the subscription shall start on the date assigned at time of purchase and any prize(s) won and payable by check shall be mailed to the player after the commission processes the registration form.

A player shall forfeit any prize won on a subscription if the registration form is not received by the commission within one year from the date won.

Subscriptions, once in effect, shall not be cancelled in whole or in part unless authorized by the commission as a result of and prior to the implementation of a game change.

Subscription Rules

Refund Policy for Subscriptions

 

In accordance with chapter 3000 of the New Hampshire Code of Administrative Rules including, inter alia Sw 3001.11q and Tri-State Lotto rule 25(q), refunds can only be requested in writing prior to the start date of a subscription or when authorized by the Lottery as a result of and prior to the implementation of a game change.