Decades of Dollars

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Decades of Dollars (DoD) is the name of a lottery game that became available on January 30, 2011 in Georgia, Kentucky, and Virginia;[1] its first drawing was four days later. Decades of Dollars is drawn Monday and Thursday nights, including holidays. DoD became available in Arkansas on May 3, 2011.

Decades of Dollars, in which top-prize winners can choose cash in lieu of the 30 annual payments, replaced Win for Life in Kentucky. (Win for Life ended as a Virginia-only game in September 2014.)

The final drawing for Arkansas, Georgia, and Kentucky players of DoD was held on October 16, 2014; the three states are participating in the launch of Monopoly Millionaires' Club on October 19.

Each Decades of Dollars game costs $2; players choose 6 numbers from 1 through 47. Any game with at least two matching numbers wins as follows:

  • Match 2 of 6: a free Decades of Dollars play automatically generated by a lottery terminal°
  • Match 3 of 6: $10 cash
  • Match 4 of 6: $100 cash
  • Match 5 of 6: $10,000 cash (liability limit $250,000 across the four jurisdictions)
  • Match 6 of 6: $250,000 per year in 30 installments or $4,000,000 cash

°Kentucky players won a free DoD play; Arkansas and Georgia winners won $2.

Matching all six numbers wins $250,000 yearly over 30 installments; these amounts are reduced if a given drawing produces more than two top-prize winners, as the top prize liability is $10,000,000 cash.

Unexpectedly, none of the game's first 112 drawings produced a top-prize winner (of either payment option.) Finally, for the March 5, 2012 drawing, a ticket sold in Georgia matched all six numbers.

Arkansas never produced a top prize in DoD.

To date, all Decades of Dollars top-prize winners have chosen the cash option.

Decades of Dollars drawings were conducted by the Georgia Lottery at WSB-TV in Atlanta (which hosts Mega Millions drawings); the ball sets and drawing machines are moving to Virginia.

The first drawing game which linked Georgia, Kentucky, and Virginia was Lotto South, which began in 2001 and ended in 2006. That game was replaced by Win for Life; the three states offered WFL into 2011, when Kentucky dropped it as part of the launch of DoD. WFL became a Virginia-only game in 2014; it ended a few months later.

Virginia is expected to join Monopoly Millionaires′ Club in 2015; it is not known if DoD will continue beyond then.


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