Scientific Games Corporation has made another attempt to launch a multi-state lottery game under the MONOPOLY MILLIONAIRES' CLUB brand, this time through a new scratch ticket game which will be released later this month alongside a nationally syndicated companion TV game show.
The MONOPOLY MILLIONAIRES' CLUB lottery scratch ticket has been created by Scientific Games under license from Hasbro, with fourteen US states set to take part initially.
It was originally created as a multi-state lottery draw game last year, which was abandoned in December after game sales came in below industry projections.
"This lottery scratch game captures the essence and fun of the MONOPOLY MILLIONAIRES' CLUB game show that has already started production in Las Vegas," Steve Saferin, president of properties group and chief creative officer for Scientific Games commented. "The studio audience reaction to the show has been wildly enthusiastic, and there's no better way to celebrate the 80th anniversary of Monopoly than to give fans of the game yet another way to play."
The scratch ticket will debut later this month, in time for the premier of the MONOPOLY MILLIONAIRES' CLUB TV game show on March 28th and 29th. The show will be hosted by actor, comedian and television star Billy Gardell, and co-hosted by gameshow presenter Todd Newton.
Scientific Games Productions recently kicked off production on MONOPOLY MILLIONAIRES' CLUB at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas inside a custom-built, 48,000 square-foot structure.
During the first week of production, the show had its first two $1m winners and awarded over $3.5m in cash and prizes in total.
"In my 20 years of producing TV game shows, this is definitely the most overwhelming response from an audience based on how quickly two new millionaires were minted during these tapings," executive producer Scott St John said.
With a live studio audience made up of the winners and their guests totalling almost 400 people each day, contestants were selected at random from the registered trip winners to play a series of games, each offering cash and other prizes, with a total value of up to $2.5m per episode.
The final round offers a single lucky contestant a shot at a $1m prize. Plus, each section of the audience shares in their contestant's winnings from the show.
The following states will be the first to roll out new scratch ticket, with more to follow: Arizona, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Minnesota, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota and Tennessee.