New England states start new lottery game Thursday

Insider Buzz: New England states start new lottery game Thursday


Updated Mar. 13, 2012, 11:12 am: New game replaces Weekly Grand Extra.

By Todd Northrop

For the first time ever, the six New England states will jointly run a multi-state lottery game, starting this week.

The new “Lucky for Life” regional draw game begins this Thursday, March 15 for the six following states: Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massechusetts, and Rhode Island.  Ticket sales for the new game started Sunday.

For Connecticut, the new Lucky for Life replaces a similar in-state-only game, Lucky-4-Life.

Also, Lucky for Life replaces the three-year-old Weekly Grand Extra game played  in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont. 

Players of the new Lucky for Life game choose 5 different numbers between 1 and 40, and one “Lucky Ball” number between 1 and 21.  The draw format is similar to other multi-state games, like Mega Millions and Powerball, except there are fewer numbers to choose from, thus making the game a bit easier to win.

Tickets cost $2 each, and drawings are held every Monday and Thursday at 10:38 pm.  The drawings will be conducted by the Connecticut Lottery.

The top top prize in Lucky for Life is $7,000 a week for life — or perhaps in a more tantalizing way, $1,000 a day for life.  It is guaranteed to be paid to winners for a minimum of 20 years.

In addition to its life-changing top prize, Lucky for Life also features a $25,000 second prize and other cash prizes ranging from $2,000 to $2. The overall odds of winning a prize in the game will be 1 in 6.6.

While there will not be a cash option offered on the game’s top prize, all lower-tiered prizes will be paid out in one-time, lump sum payments.  All winning tickets will need to be redeemed in the same state in which they were purchased.

Odds and Prizes

Each $2.00 wager of Lucky for Life matching the selections for that draw will win as follows:

The overall odds of winning a prize in Lucky for Life are 1 in 6.6, based on a $2 play.

Top prize values are subject to a “split-prize” liability, and may be lower than shown, if more than one ticket wins the top prize in a particular drawing.