A new national lottery game that billed itself as designed to create "hundreds of millionaires" has quickly gone defunct, with the Monopoly Millionaires' Club slated to hold its final drawing tonight.
The game debuted in more than 20 states, including Pennsylvania and New Jersey, in October and was supposed to eventually have a television game show component.
But lottery officials announced this month that the game would be suspended due to poor ticket sales.
"The game is not resonating with players the way the industry anticipated," Pennsylvania Lottery director Sil Lutkewitte said in a statement.
The final drawing is being held tonight. Sales of the $5 tickets will end at 10:15 p.m., officials said.
The top prize tonight is $25 million. If that prize is won, there will be a second drawing for 22 $1 million prizes.
The game's premise was that many players could become millionaires, rather than one contestant winning a huge jackpot. Monopoly Millionaires' Club was partly like a regular drawing, but also included a millionaire-raffle-like component if the jackpot was won, awarding $1 million prizes to additional players.
Officials had hoped that the chance for many players to win $1 million in a single game, as well as the Monopoly brand, would lead to big ticket sales.
The game was also to include a Las Vegas-based television show, hosted by Mike & Molly star Billy Gardell and expected to debut in February.
Players could enter a code online, collect sets of "property" numbers that correspond to Monopoly game properties and register those tickets online to be eligible to win a trip to become a TV contestant.
Pennsylvania Lottery officials said the future of the show hadn't been determined but all players who had been awarded a game show prize thus far would receive their prizes.
In a Facebook post this week, the Monopoly Millionaires' Club said production for the show was continuing but didn't offer further details.
The game was designed by Scientific Games and operated nationally by the Multi-State Lottery Association, which also operates Powerball.
For the two months of the game's existence, Pennsylvania had led the country in per-capita ticket sales, according to Lutkewitte.