SOURCE: Multi-State Lottery Association

July 17, 2007 23:59 ET

Multi-State Video Lottery Game Celebrates First Anniversary!

DES MOINES, IA--(Marketwire - July 17, 2007) - Ca$hola, the first ever multi-state video lottery game in America, is one year old today. On July 18, 2006, the lotteries of Delaware, Rhode Island, and West Virginia joined together in the unique product starting sales of the game at video lottery terminal (VLTs) located at tracks in the three states. Ca$hola features a shared prize pool that creates a progressive jackpot game for players in all three states: a jackpot that currently begins with an annuity value of $300,000 and grows until won.

Over the past year, a total of twelve jackpots have been won in the multi-state game, averaging one jackpot win per month. During the first year, Ca$hola's jackpots have averaged nearly $1 million ($990,799 to be exact): not bad, for a game that is played only in venues within the three states.

Other notable events over the past year include a record-breaking jackpot of $3,718,311 won on June 15, 2007, at the Mountaineer park racetrack in Chester, West Virginia. Just recently two jackpots were won on the same day, just six hours apart. On July 10th, a $589,828 jackpot was won at Charles Town Races in Charles Town, West Virginia and six hours later a $318,760 jackpot was won at Dover Downs, in Dover, Delaware. The game can be played in penny, nickel, or quarter denominations, to be determined by each jurisdiction. There are currently 217 machines feeding these lofty jackpots.

Ca$hola is the first multi-state progressive video lottery game to be offered in the U.S. The three lotteries of West Virginia, Rhode Island, and Delaware have each operated progressive jackpot games at a single location and also at multiple locations within their respective states, but Ca$hola is the first game to tie together VLTs from different manufacturers and different central computer systems located in different states. "Ca$hola was a very challenging game to put together due to its multi-state concept," says Gerry Aubin, Rhode Island Lottery Director and Chairman of the three state group know as the Multi-State Wide Area Progressive (MWATP). "All the hard work has paid off as players have readily endorsed the Game's progressive jackpot concept."

To comply with local laws and rules, each participating machine offers two components of the game: the base game with odds and payouts unique to each jurisdiction, and the common progressive jackpot game available to all players. To qualify for a progressive jackpot win, players must use the max bet option -- a $2.25 play. The odds of winning the jackpot are one in seven million. Ca$hola's jackpot is based on a 30-year annuity and also is also available as a cash option payment.

The jackpot management system (JMS) was specially built for the project by Gtech Corporation. The system's LCD jackpot screens, sales reports, and finances are coordinated through the Multi-State Lottery Association (MUSL), the non-profit organization owned by the state lotteries to run multi-state games such as Powerball.

Ca$hola can be played in Delaware at Dover Downs, Dover; and Delaware Park Race Track & Slots, Wilmington. In Rhode Island the game is available at Twin River, Lincoln; and at Newport Grand Jai Alai, Newport. West Virginia offers Ca$hola at Charles Town Gaming, Charles Town; Tri-State Race Track & Gaming Center, Charleston; Wheeling Island Race Track & Gaming Center, Wheeling Island; and at Mountaineer Park Race Track, Chester.

For information about the Ca$hola game visit www.casholagame.com

Contact Information

  • Contact:
    Wayne Dolezal
    Multi-State Lottery Association
    515.453.1412