- Associated Press - Monday, June 23, 2014

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - The South Dakota Lottery Commission will consider Thursday the state’s participation in a multistate lottery game with ties to the board game Monopoly and a related cable television show.

The state lottery’s oversight board will discuss details of the new Monopoly Millionaires’ Club game, lottery sales and the rollout of the recently introduced Play It Again game for losing tickets.

The Monopoly lottery game will launch nationally this October and state lottery officials hope to establish rules by then, said Kelly Thompson, director of advertising and public relations for the South Dakota Lottery.

Thompson said most participating states will be ready in October, but some may follow a few months later.

The Multi-State Lottery Association, of which more than 30 states including South Dakota are members, announced that its members are moving forward with the new game.

The show will be broadcast on the Game Show Network and include players of the corresponding lottery game from all states that offer it.

“This is a different type of game,” said Norman Lingle, executive director of the South Dakota Lottery. In addition to possibly winning a spot on the show, he said there are digital add-ons that gamers can access through the Players Club on the lottery website.

Another new game that took off two months ago in the state will be reviewed by commissioners.

Play It Again is a second chance game which allows people with losing tickets to retry for success online. After its first week, the number of weekly entries shot up. Entries leveled off to about 700 or 800 weekly in May and June.

“We’re happy with the launch so far, because it’s totally new for South Dakota,” Thompson said. She added that similar games in the past required payers to mail in their losing tickets. Now people can register in the drawing online.

The tickets entered so far have come from Wyoming, North Dakota, Arizona, Minnesota and Montana in addition to South Dakota.

Instant ticket sales and total revenue from video lottery machines are up fractions of a percent compared to this time last year.

Officials estimate total revenue will still be down $2 million this year compared to 2013. They anticipate $105.5 million in revenue for the fiscal year ending June 30.

The Lottery Commission is made of up seven members appointed by the governor and approved by the state Senate. They will meet Thursday morning in the Capitol in Pierre.

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