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Some Oklahomans baffled by new Pick 3 lottery game

Oklahoma LotteryOklahoma Lottery: Some Oklahomans baffled by new Pick 3 lottery game

A manager of a local convenience store shared his insight on the start-up of the state lottery's scratch-off games versus the Pick 3 game which started earlier this month:  People can't figure the Pick 3 out, he said.

The state has apparently figured that out. Scratch-offs are no-brainers but the Pick 3 requires you to either choose three numbers or let the computer pick them for you.

The Oklahoma Lottery Commission is hoping to remedy that problem with some paid advertising messages with a common theme in coming weeks. "It was designed to say to people, 'This is not that tough,'" Lottery Commission director Jim Scroggins told the Associated Press.

The numbers are drawn each evening on television. Some newspapers reprint the numbers the next day and they are available online. It has brought in a little over $700,000 in the first few weeks, about what Mr. Scroggins predicted based on other state start-ups.

Oklahoma joins the multi-state Powerball lottery Jan. 12. The first drawing is set for Jan. 14.

The number of lottery retailers also is up to nearly 1,800. It seems several waited to see the public response before agreeing to become part of the process.

The lottery commission also is hoping the seasonal games catch on.  The new games are:

  • Winter Wonderland
    • Ticket price: $2
    • Tickets printed: 3,000,000
    • Top prize: $5,000
    • Overall odds of winning any prize: 1 in 4.82
  • Holiday Treasures
    • Ticket price: $2
    • Tickets printed: 3,000,000
    • Top prize: $5,000
    • Overall odds of winning any prize: 1 in 4.82
  • Silver & Gold
    • Ticket price: $5
    • Tickets printed: 3,000,000
    • Top prize: $25,000
    • Overall odds of winning any prize: 1 in 3.17
  • Holiday Gift Tag
    • Ticket price: $1
    • Tickets printed: 4,080,000
    • Top prize: $500
    • Overall odds of winning any prize: 1 in 4.82

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Posted: November 28, 2005, 1:44 pm - IP Logged

It might be tough to know how to play Pick 3 if you've never bought a computerized ticket. But it's not hard to learn.

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    Posted: November 28, 2005, 1:44 pm - IP Logged

    Pick 3 really can't be that hard for most people to figure out can it? lol.

    Dance like no one is watching.

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      Posted: November 28, 2005, 5:01 pm - IP Logged

      You'd be amazed how tough some consumers find it

       

      Part of it is the old "horsetrack" parlance - what is a straight or a box or a combo?

       

      Texas went to "same order" and "any order" and that seemd to help

       

      Sounds like SGI did a bangup job of retailer training

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        Posted: November 28, 2005, 7:40 pm - IP Logged

        And I bet a lot of players have been marking 50/50 (straight/box) and marking 50¢.  That could get ugly when your waiting in line to play and the machine keeps spitting the playslip out.


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          Posted: November 28, 2005, 7:42 pm - IP Logged

          Sure Win:

          OK doesn't have 50c tickets. The minimum is $1, so you would have to play $2 for a straight & box bet.

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            Posted: November 28, 2005, 9:01 pm - IP Logged

            Unless they are real gamblers, a chance to win $50 playing a box/straight pick3 for $1 isn't attractive to the average potential lottery players if all they have ever read about is a chance to win millions of dollars by buying a $1 MM or PB ticket.  The pick3 players are not the casual players that just play when they hear about a big million dollars jackpot, they are the players that enjoy playing every day knowing the best a dollar can get is $500, it takes time to develop this type of following. 

             * you don't need to buy more tickets, just buy a winning ticket * 
               
                         Evil Looking       

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              BILOXI, MISSISSIPPI
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              Posted: November 28, 2005, 10:21 pm - IP Logged

              jan 14 would be pb's  19 draw if no one hits    that would make a nice draw        ga had a slow start with pick 3 it took me 5 years to under stand it 

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                Posted: November 28, 2005, 10:31 pm - IP Logged

                Unless they are real gamblers, a chance to win $50 playing a box/straight pick3 for $1 isn't attractive to the average potential lottery players if all they have ever read about is a chance to win millions of dollars by buying a $1 MM or PB ticket.  The pick3 players are not the casual players that just play when they hear about a big million dollars jackpot, they are the players that enjoy playing every day knowing the best a dollar can get is $500, it takes time to develop this type of following. 

                You are 100% correct "RJOH" People here feel jilted by the new lottery,they keep running these "hokie" ads on tv that people are laughing at. The people at lottery headquarters need to be more informative about what new games are coming and when they are coming...and how much you might win! Pick 3 players in general are a different breed than mega-powerball-lotto players I think?  I think $700,000 in pick 3 sales in 2 weeks ...seems to me alot, imagine when players are offered a chance at 6 figures or millions? With all of the Casino,s and now horsetracks with casino,s around here the lottery commission needs to seize the chance or the money and interest will go elsewhere. For me I will still make the trip to missouri and play there until things get better!

                 Winner Winner Chicken Dinner!!

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                  tulsa
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                  Posted: November 28, 2005, 11:17 pm - IP Logged

                  how do i find out what the numbers where on 11-12-05?

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                    Posted: November 28, 2005, 11:32 pm - IP Logged

                    how do i find out what the numbers where on 11-12-05?

                    www.**don't post links**.com

                     

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                      Posted: November 28, 2005, 11:34 pm - IP Logged

                      how do i find out what the numbers where on 11-12-05?

                      www.**don't post links**.com

                       

                      **don't post links** seems to have a good history!

                       

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                        Posted: November 28, 2005, 11:39 pm - IP Logged
                        Pick 3
                        11-12-2005
                        2, 4, 7

                         Winner Winner Chicken Dinner!!

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                          Posted: November 28, 2005, 11:43 pm - IP Logged

                          you should split the money with me if you won! hehe!Naughty

                           Winner Winner Chicken Dinner!!

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                            Posted: November 28, 2005, 11:45 pm - IP Logged

                            Need to spread the word about Lottery Post to the Oklahomans. Well teach em how to play. Win or loose.
                            You only need to match 3 numbers from 0 thru 9. Seems like it should not be that hard >LOL<

                            MAGA