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March 23, 2009 3:35 PM

State lottery may soon include Powerball game

Posted by Jennifer Sullivan

You may soon be able to play the Powerball lottery game at your local grocery, deli or convenience store.

A proposal that will be heard before the Senate Ways and Means committee this afternoon would allow the Washington Lottery to link with other multi-state games without getting Legislative permission first.

Currently, the Mega Millions is the only multi-state game played in Washington.

"This bill would allow the lottery to sell additional multi-state games and the only other multi-state game is Powerball," said Jacque Coe, spokeswoman for the Washington lottery.

Coe said that by not selling Powerball tickets the state is losing out on an estimated $4 million to $6 million annually from people crossing into Oregon and Idaho to play the game. Coe said that 29 states participate in the Powerball game.

"This keeps us from losing revenue," Coe said.

Senate Bill 6108 is sponsored by Senate Ways and Means chair Margarita Prentice, D-Renton.

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