A new lottery game goes online this week in Kentucky.
Kentucky is one of 33 states now participating in the Mega Millions game, with drawings every Tuesday and Friday, starting Tuesday. Lottery spokesperson Chip Polston says he expects the new game will generate about 27 million dollars in Kentucky ticket sales annually.
“We’re expecting some cannibalization of Powerball. We’re actually expecting to see Powerball sales come down about $10 million dollars from where we thought they’d end the year.”
Polston says he expects customers to switch between Powerball and Mega Millions, depending on the jackpot. The Kentucky Lottery collected 97 million dollars from Powerball last year. Most lottery proceeds in Kentucky are spent on educational initiatives.