New lottery in Maine, NH, Vt

Posted July 20, 2009, at 1:56 p.m.

Northern New England is getting a new $2 lottery jackpot game: Tri-State Megabucks Plus.

It’s replacing Tri-State Megabucks, which in 1985 became the first multistate lottery game in the nation. The last drawing of that game is Saturday.

Lottery Executive Director Rick Wisler said the rolling jackpots now will all start at $1 million, the second-tier prize will be bigger, and the overall odds of winning are better — 1 in 6, as opposed to 1 in 21.

The tickets go on sale in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont on Sunday.

Megabucks Plus players select five numbers from a field of 1 to 41 and then select one Megaball number from a separate field of 1 to 6. The drawings will be held every Wednesday and Saturday, starting July 29.