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All About the Maine Lottery

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The Main Lottery began when Rep. Arthur Genest introduced the bill in 1973. Through an overwhelming majority vote of approval ticket sales started the following year. The first lottery was nothing more than a bunch of rubber balls inside a gumball machine. They were drawn by the then-governor Kenneth M Curtis who awarded the state’s first lottery winner Ivan Lazure with a win of $20.

Since the lottery was first created the law stated that a minimum of 45% of lottery sales must be awarded as prizes. The Maine lottery paid out 63% of lottery sales in prizes during the 2006 fiscal year to players.
During that same year over $50 million dollars was handed over to the General Fund. The General Fund is the state’s biggest financial contributor t public programs and oversees the funding for over 250 different programs within the state including the Outdoor Heritage Fund.

Mega Bucks

Mega Bucks is Maine’s progressive lottery with a minimum of $1,000 ,000 guaranteed each draw. Each time a winner has not been declared this prize pool increases. To play you will need to choose six numbers between 1 through 42. The jackpot is won by matching all six numbers and in most cases can easily reach above the $3 million mark. You can also win a consolation prize with the use of the bonus number which is drawn from the remaining 36 numbers available. A $10,000 prize is available to be won by matching 5 numbers + the bonus number. If you are one of the lucky players to win the Mega Bucks jackpot you can choose your payment to be paid out in one lump sum or annuity payments over a spread of 25 years. The Mega Bucks game is available twice a week from Monday through Saturday.


Paycheck is the newest game released by the Maine Lottery offering a top prize of $2,500 each month for 10 years. The Paycheck is an online game which replaced the previous game Tri-State Triple Play. The draws are held every Tuesday and Friday with each ticket costing only $2. To play choose five numbers between 1 and 39 and match all five numbers during that night’s drawing. Consolation prizes are awarded for tickets that match 2, 3, and 4 numbers.

Pick 3

The Pick3 is a daily featured game with two drawings held each day. Each ticket can be purchased starting at $0.50 followed by increase on $1, $2, $3, $4, $5 with a top prize of $600 by playing a $5 ticket and wagering on a straight. To play simply choose three numbers between 1 and 9 either by filling out a play slip or asking the retailer for a quick pick. You will than bet on how you want to play the game with five different options.

Straight – To win match the winning numbers in the exact order they were drawn
Box – You can match the three numbers in any order
Straight/Box – You can win by matching your numbers in the exact order or any order.

The Pair Games allows you to win by matching only two numbers
Front Pair – Match the first two numbers exactly as was drawn
Back Pair – Match the last two numbers exactly as was drawn

Pick 4

To play Pick 4 you will be given the same options as the other Pick game except this round you pick four numbers instead of three. You will need to choose your numbers from 1 through 9 along with how you want those numbers to be wagered. Tickets can be bet on a Straight, Box or Straight/Box. This game is available Monday through Saturdays and tickets cost as little as $1.

Straight – To win you must match all four numbers in the same order as they were drawn.
Box – This option allows you to match the four winning numbers in any order
Straight/Box – You can win by matching all four numbers either in the exact order or any order.

Scratch Ticket

The Maine Lottery offers various scratch tickets ranging from $1, $2, $3, $5, $10 and $20. Each game has been created to offer a new theme and bonus adding to the excitement of scratching and winning.

The newest scratch ticket to hit the stores is the “Deal or No Deal” game which is based off of the popular game show. This ticket offer to ways two ways to win including a $1,000,000, trips to Hollywood and plenty of instant prizes with a top prize of $100,000. Each Deal or No Deal ticket can be found at most lottery retailers at a cost of $5 per game.

To play start scratching the briefcase one by one with a dollar amount found in each case. Once you uncover a dollar amount you scratch the prize table to remove that amount or the DOND symbol. When you are finished scratching the amount that remains in the prize table is your prize. If there is no dollar amounts left, than the ticket is not a winner. If the Deal or No Deal symbol remains that ticket is a winner of a top prize of $100,000.

Losing tickets can be winners to with the Multi-State Deal or No Deal Drawings. To enter you must mail all your non winning scratch tickets to the lottery headquarters. Multiple draws for a $1,000,000 prize will be held throughout the run of the contest with the final draw date set for September 17, 2008

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