Fans of our “Bingo” scratch games have noticed that there are two versions of the game in stores right now and have asked us why that’s the case. The quick answer is that the supply of tickets in the “Blackout Bingo” game is running low and we needed a new version to replace it, which is called “Bonus Ball Bingo.”
The lottery has dozens of scratch games for sale at any one time, and throughout the year, we replace ending games with new ones as part of our standard procedures.
Sales in the $2 Blackout Bingo game started back in January 2015. It’s been very popular and tickets in that game are nearly sold out, although some retail locations still have a supply left.
Bonus Ball Bingo is the replacement game for Blackout Bingo. Tickets in this newer version of the Bingo scratch game debuted March 13 and are already on sale in many locations. They’ll be added to our game mix statewide as remaining locations run through their supply of Blackout Bingo. Bonus Ball Bingo has a play style similar to Blackout Bingo, but includes a new feature – Bonus Bingo Balls. There are three bonus numbers you can use to complete any Bingo in Cards 1 thru 4, or if any of your three Bonus Bingo Ball numbers appear on Cards 1 thru 4, you win the corresponding prize amount shown below that Bonus Bingo Ball number.
As of this morning, there are still two top prizes of $25,000 yet to be claimed in the Blackout Bingo game. (There were 21 top prizes available in the game, so nearly all of them have been claimed.) The game will remain on sale until the last top prize in it is claimed or the supply of tickets runs out, whichever comes first.
And remember Bingo fans, Bonus Ball Bingo will be the new version to look for at your favorite lottery retailer.