Monopoly game falling short of expectations

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana lottery officials are dipping into their own funds to cover the state’s share of costs for a new Monopoly game that’s off to a slow start.

The Monopoly Millionaires’ Club game launched in October in Indiana and 22 other states. Tickets cost $5 each, and weekly jackpots can be as high as $25 million.

Sales of the game nationwide were about $22 million short of the amount needed to cover the first $21 million jackpot, which was hit Nov. 7 in New Jersey.

Indiana sales of the game generated more than $403,000 through Nov. 14, but Hoosier Lottery spokeswoman Courtney Arango says the lottery paid the Multi-State Lottery Association $539,000 on Nov. 17 for its share.

Critics say players aren’t willing to spend $5 on a draw game. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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