The Multi-State Lottery Association (MUSL) is a non-profit, government-benefit association owned and operated by agreement of its 33 member lotteries. MUSL was created to facilitate the operation of multi-jurisdictional lottery games, most notably Mega Millions and Powerball.
MUSL was formed in December 1987 by seven U.S. lotteries. Its first game was launched in February 1988, Lotto*America. That game was changed to Powerball; its first drawing was in April 1992. Powerball was a unique game using two drums, suggested to MUSL by Steve Caputo of the Oregon Lottery.
As of 2016, Mega Millions and Powerball were offered in the same 46 jurisdictions, including the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Powerball is also offered in Puerto Rico, where Mega Millions is not currently offered. (Mega Millions became part of MUSL on January 31, 2010, although it is operated by its 12 original members.)
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MUSL’s membership consists of 33 lotteries (including those of the District of Columbia and the Virgin Islands) which offered Powerball prior to the January 31, 2010 beginning of cross-selling with the 12 lotteries operating Mega Millions.
The 33 MUSL members, alphabetically (and when joined):
District of Columbia (1988)
Maine (1990-1992 and 2004–present)
New Hampshire (1995)
New Mexico (1996)
North Carolina (2006)
North Dakota (2004)
Rhode Island (1988)
South Carolina (2002)
South Dakota (1990)
US Virgin Islands (2002)
West Virginia (1988)
Besides Mega Millions and Powerball, MUSL operates the Hot Lotto and 2by2 draw games, and the Monopoly Millionaires’ Club scratch-game series, including the MMC television game show; the game show will air its final episode in April 2016. (Wild Card held its final drawing on February 24, 2016). MUSL coordinates with the consortium of 12 Mega Millions lotteries concerning their participation in Powerball, as well as MUSL member lotteries with Mega Millions.
Since MUSL games are multi-jur