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State plans new multi-state lottery game

By Tom Precious

ALBANY – Looking to raise cash for the state, the New York Gaming Commission is moving ahead with a plan to enter a new multi-state lottery game that promises jackpots of up to $1,000 a day for life.

The game, Cash 4 Life, was tentatively approved at a recent gaming commission board meeting but published as a proposed rule this week.

The game offers a top jackpot that pays $1,000 a day for life.

Well, with one chilling condition. "In the event that a winner dies prior to the expiration of 20 years, the prize winner's estate would be paid the unpaid portion of a guaranteed prize amount," a state document reads.

The new game, if given final okay by the state, will have drawings every Monday and Thursday. Bettors will have to pick five numbers out of a field of 60 and one additional number out of a field of four.

The estimated odds of winning the top prize: one in 21,846,048.

For the state, Gaming Commission officials estimate the new lottery – to be run with some states now in the Powerball and Mega Millions consortia – will bring Albany about $9 million a year in additional lottery revenues.

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