Government Shutdown Stops Mega Millions Ticket Sales

Government Shutdown Stops Mega Millions Ticket Sales

Lottery officials in Maine confirmed over the weekend that ticket sales for Mega Millions and other popular multistate games, such as Powerball, have been suspended due to the company not being able to meet "contractual obligations".

The news came as a surprise to many lottery fans on Friday night, as terminals across Maine displayed a message featuring the words “Breaking News”. The message on the lottery terminals explained that four multistate lotteries would be unavailable until the state’s government shutdown ends. Hot Lotto and Lucky for Life are the other games affected. All non-essential governmental expenditure has been halted and a state of civil emergency declared after no decision was reached over a new budget. 

Gregory R. Mineo, director of the Maine State Lottery, commented: “During a shutdown, no funds may go out of the state government that were not appropriated by the Legislature.” As such, Maine’s lottery cannot add to the games’ central reserves and must withdraw from participation.

Fans of Mega Millions in Maine will have to wait until the budget shutdown is lifted to be able to purchase tickets from local authorized retailers. However, players can choose to travel to other participating states to purchase their tickets for Tuesday’s Mega Millions draw. Alternatively, you can pick your numbers online. 

Any players hoping to claim winnings over $600 must wait until the shutdown ends. These claims can be made at the Maine State Lottery office, located in Augusta. 

Tuesday’s Mega Millions jackpot is an estimated $172 Million with a cash value of $106 million. Players can check the results after the draw by heading over to the Latest Numbers page.

You can also stay up to date with other Mega Millions news and latest game developments by visiting the News section.

Page Last Updated: 03/07/2017 16:54:57