2003-10-29 10:18:15.39


After 10 years, 25 games, more than $296 million in sales and more than $183 million in prizes, the Missouri Lottery’s bingo-themed games are still going strong. The first "Bingo" extended-play game, the Missouri Lottery’s 84th Scratchers game and first $2 game ever, started 10 years ago on Oct. 30, 1993. Since that time, the Lottery has continued to issue a $2 "bingo" game approximately every six months using a variety of names, themes and prize structures.
"This game is still very popular with a certain group of players," said Bill Burton, instant game product manager for the Missouri Lottery. "Right now the $2 bingo extended-play games account for about 7 percent of our Scratchers sales.
"This year bingo is up 5 percent over last year, he added. "We average about a half of a million in bingo sales per week, and more than $360,000 in prizes to bingo players."
Burton said the early games offered a top prize of $10,000. More recently, the $2 bingo-themed games have top prizes ranging from $20,000 to $30,000.
"All of the bingo games have always been $2," he added. "For the past five years, we have offered a holiday-themed bingo game, and they have been very popular. They are also great to give as gifts."
For a complete list of Scratchers games, including recent bingo-themed games, go to www.molottery.com.

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