Maine loses Powerball, Mega Millions during state closure
After Saturday evening, Maine citizens won’t be able to buy some multi-state lottery video games, corresponding to Powerball and Mega Millions, till the state shutdown ends, state officers introduced Saturday.
At comfort shops in Portland on Saturday, a vibrant crimson display screen flashed with “Breaking News” close to money registers, letting consumers know that that they had till nine:30 p.m. to buy Hot Lotto tickets and nine:50 p.m. to shop for Powerball tickets. Mega Millions and Lucky for Life stopped being bought on Friday evening.
“Oh, no — my addiction!” joked Karen O’Shei, after purchasing some scratch tickets at Joe’s Super Variety on Congress Street in Portland. The 55-year-old Portland resident had simply gained $6 from Hot Lotto, a recreation she performs on a weekly foundation. “That’s the only one of the draw tickets I play on a regular basis.”
Instant scratch tickets, in addition to Megabucks, Pick three, Pick four, Gimme5 and World Poker Tour, will stay on sale. However, other people with successful scratch tickets value greater than $600 won’t be able to redeem them till state executive reopens.
Gregory R. Mineo, director of the Maine State Lottery, mentioned the state voluntarily stopped promoting the 4 draw video games as a result of it will be not able to fulfill its contractual duties with a consortium of alternative states. That contract calls for each and every state to ship a portion of its gross sales right into a reserve account, so cash will likely be to be had to any winners.
“During a shutdown, no funds may go out of the state government that were not appropriated by the Legislature and this would fall under that category,” Mineo mentioned.
Megabucks, Pick three and Pick four are tri-state video games presented in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont. Mineo mentioned the ones video games is probably not affected as a result of there’s sufficient cash in reserves to pay winners.
While scratch tickets will proceed to be bought, any giant winners should wait till the shutdown ends. Players with successful tickets value $600 or much less can nonetheless redeem them at shops. However, successful tickets above $600 wish to be redeemed on the Maine State Lottery place of business in Augusta, which is able to stay closed till the shutdown ends.
Mineo mentioned that the state has sufficient reserve price range to reimburse retailer homeowners, as smartly.
Mineo mentioned the state’s lottery dealer, Scientific Games, based totally in Gardiner, will frequently replace lottery distributors and gamers during the shutdown. “It’s a frequent blast on those terminals when those stores are open about what’s going on,” he mentioned.
At the 7-Eleven on Congress Street in Portland on Saturday, an indication hung within the window indicating that the shop had lately had a $nine,000 Hot Lotto winner. Cashier Charles Davis mentioned he had best attempted to promote one Lucky for Life price tag on Saturday, however it would not undergo.
“Only one guy,” Davis mentioned. “And he was upset.”
The 4 draw video games suffering from the shutdown generate $800,000 in weekly gross sales, together with $200,000 in weekly benefit for the state, Mineo mentioned. Like everybody, he is longing for the state executive to reopen.
“We hope it’s not long-lived,” he mentioned.