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Monopoly Millionaires Lottery Promises Multiple Winners

The first new multistate lottery game in years offers more chances for players to become millionaires, but the rules also leave room for confusion.

Monopoly Millionaires Lottery Promises Multiple Winners
Maryland Lottery

The Monopoly Millionaires' Club is a new lottery game that offers more chances for you to become a millionaire but also apparently more opportunities for confusion. 

Here's how it'll work: A ticket is $5, and you pick five numbers between 1 and 52. You're randomly assigned a sixth number between 1 and 28. The winners will be drawn every Friday night.

It'll be a multistate game, with 23 states participating to start. Its creators are billing the game as a lottery designed to yield more than one millionaire per draw

And as its name suggests, the Monopoly Millionaires' Club is based on the board game. Jackpots are capped at $25 million. 

That's because after the first jackpot drawing:

MARYLAND LOTTERY: "A second drawing is instantly triggered. This drawing is for the $1 million Millionaires' Club prizes."

Because the jackpots are capped at $25 million, any excess goes to fund more million-dollar prizes, which is how the game guarantees there's more than one millionaire. 

But wait — there's yet another layer: a third chance to win something. Players can enter themselves for a chance to win a trip to Vegas to appear on an accompanying TV game show that begins airing early next year. 

And considering all the ways to win — or — not win — a Philly.com writer is predicting confusion:

"The game might also set records for people who fail to realize they won [as well as] people who mistakenly think they did."

It's been 12 years since a new multistate lottery game has been created. The lotto tickets for millionaire-hopefuls can be purchased starting Sunday.