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Lottery eliminates Mega Money, announces replacement game

Mega Money is disappearing, with a new game in its place.

The Florida Lottery is introducing "Lucky Money" on July 2, which it is calling an "enhanced version" of Mega Money. That game ends July 1.

The state added Mega Millions in May 2013, a nationwide game with jackpots often topping $100 million, but the name also was similar to the existing Mega Money game, causing confusion for some players, retailers reported.

Scratch-offs make up about 60 percent of all lottery ticket sales. Powerball, Florida Lotto, Fantasy 5, Mega Millions, Play 4 and Cash 3 all do well (4 to 13 percent). Mega Money makes up about 1.8 percent.

Florida Lottery Secretary Cynthia O'Connell said games are constantly being evaluated.

 “Mega Money was first introduced in 1998 and updates were made over the years, yet we believed the game could be improved. Therefore, we kept the unique features of Mega Money and added new features such as an increased second prize, better overall odds and EZmatch to create a better game for our players.”

  Lucky Money jackpots start at $500,000 (same as Mega Money) and can roll over to reach $2 million before rolling down to increase the lower-prize levels. Players win the jackpot by matching the four white ball numbers plus the Lucky Ball, or by matching any of the non-jackpot winning combinations to win other cash prizes or a free ticket. Tickets tickets cost $1 per play, and for $1 more players can add EZmatch for the chance to win up to $500 instantly.

 Tickets go on sale July 2 and drawings will be held Tuesday and Friday nights at 11:15 p.m., ET, with the first drawing being held on July 4.

Mega Money ticket sales will end at 10:40 p.m. ET on Tuesday, July 1,  with the final drawing being held that evening at 11:15 p.m. If there is not a jackpot winner in the final Mega Money drawing, the jackpot will roll and be carried over to the Lucky Money jackpot for the first drawing.

Players will have until Dec. 28 to redeem winning Mega Money tickets. For more information, go to



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