Friday 29th January was the 155th birthday of the American state of Kansas. To mark the occasion, the Kansas State Lottery offered a one-time bonus deal for anybody buying a lottery ticket on that day – and only on that day. For every purchase of a $5 Mega Money ticket, the player received a free Super Kansas Cash ticket – normally costing players $2 – for the draw the following day. To be eligible, the $5 Mega Money purchase had to be on a single ticket, but could include multi-drawers. Due to a rollover from mid-week, the jackpot was around $180,000 (£120,000 approx).
The Mega Millions is a national game, operating in 44 states and several overseas territories of the US. The Kansas Lottery operates only in that state and is drawn three times per week – Monday, Wednesday and Saturday. The Mega Millions is drawn twice a week – on Fridays and Tuesdays. Kansas State Lottery was founded in 1986 when around 2/3 of eligible citizens voted to make an amendment to the State Constitution to permit the creation of a state lottery. In 1987, the Kansas Lottery Act enabled its foundation to raise money for the state and offer prizes to lucky winners. Today, it offers “Pull Tab” games, scratchcards and a main lottery game.
As a state, Kansas had already been founded as a nation before the Civil War and violence marred its early period. It was accepted as a state of the USA in 1861 and was a hotbed of battles during The Civil War. When the war ended, it drew in former freed slaves and veterans from both sides who saw it as the answer to their problems. The state of Kansas today is one of the most important agricultural states of the continental USA.