Live sports lottery developer EquiLottery Games has firmed up an agreement with Major League Baseball (MLB) that will see it launch a new officially-licensed lottery draw game titled Baseball Bucks. The game, based on pure chance, will feature the official brand marks of MLB and the 30 MLB Clubs.
Based on the patented game platform developed by EquiLottery Baseball Bucks marks the first time a US professional sports league has entered the lottery draw game category. It aims to appeal to a different kind of lottery player than traditional sports gaming and expand engagement with baseball fans.
Players will purchase a quick pick ticket that features 10 games from that day’s MLB regular season schedule. Winning tickets will match anywhere from seven out of 10 winning teams to 10 out of 10 winners, with four prize tiers and overall odds of just six to one.
The partnership also has potential to expand into collaborations on other lottery games based on live baseball, including designs that offer life-changing jackpots similar to popular mainstays such as Powerball and Mega Millions.
“We are pleased to be working with one of the most iconic leagues in professional sports worldwide,” said EquiLottery CEO Brad Cummings. “We have already hit the ground running and the early response from lotteries to Baseball Bucks has been exceedingly positive.
“I want to thank MLB for being exceptional to work with through this process as we develop a game that will increase the engagement with baseball across the US while also returning more money to the good causes lotteries support. As with all of our games, Baseball Bucks is designed to be a win for all parties involved.”
Kenny Gersh, MLB Executive Vice President, Gaming & New Business Ventures, commented: “We are always aiming to work with partners who share our goal of providing innovative ways for fans to engage with live games. Baseball Bucks is a completely new gaming opportunity for lottery players and baseball fans. We’re looking forward to working with Brad and EquiLottery Games to bring Baseball Bucks to as many jurisdictions as we can.”