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N.Y. Lottery launches record-breaking scratch game

New York LotteryNew York Lottery: N.Y. Lottery launches record-breaking scratch game

The latest New York Lottery scratch game offers the state's biggest scratchoff prize ever — along with the most expensive scratch game in state history.

Lottery officials unveiled the new game last Friday.  The record-breaking game has a top prize of $1 million a year for life.

The cost to play is also a New York record — $30 per ticket — $10 more than the highest-priced instant games peviously on the market in New York.

The "$1 Million a Year for Life" game began Tuesday, Sept. 2.

The first-of-its-kind game gives players a shot at winning the largest jackpot prize on a scratch off ticket in the Lottery's over 40-year history.

The new ticket offers fifteen chances to win a variety of different prizes with overall odds of winning a prize at 1 in 2.93 on tickets randomly distributed statewide.

Lottery spokesman John Charlson calls the new ticket, "The most lucrative prize on a scratchoff ticket in lottery history."

The current top scratchoff prize is the $20 "Win for Life" game with a jackpot of $10,000 a week for life. The odds of winning the jackpot in that game are 3.5 million to 1.

David Gale, executive director of the North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries, said he believes the $1 million a year for life would be the highest payout ever for any state scratchoff game.

The $30 per ticket cost may also be a national record, Gale said.

Plans for the new game drew harsh criticism from gambling opponents, including state Sen. Frank Padavan (R-Queens).

"It's just another way to get people to part with their money, which is unconscionable during this period of economic uncertainty that all people are experiencing," Padavan said.

Padavan said those who can afford it least will likely be the ones shelling out the $30 for a ticket.

"It's morally unethical," he said.

Some New Yorkers were critical because of the cost.

"I can't afford it," said Roseanne Quinones, 55, a receptionist from Bay Ridge. "If I could afford it, I probably would, but $30 is too much. I don't even buy the $5 ones."

Hyquam Dixon, a 42-year-old Brooklyn construction worker, agreed. "It's too much, and the odds are always against you. People rarely buy the $20 tickets."

Scratchoff game revenue totaled $3.6 billion in the 2007-08 fiscal year that ended March 31, the division's annual report says.

One upstate vendor who is selling the $30 instant game said she expects it to do well.

"We've been telling people about it and they seem psyched," the vendor said. "We get a lot of people who already play the $20 tickets, so this isn't that much more."

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21 comments. Last comment 9 years ago by JackpotWanna.
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Hard Luck, Ak
United States
Member #23472
October 13, 2005
283 Posts
Posted: September 3, 2008, 2:52 am - IP Logged

I can think of a lot better things to do with $30.00

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    January 7, 2004
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    Posted: September 3, 2008, 5:32 am - IP Logged

    In NH, most all the $20 and $30 tickets don't even offer a one-time prize/payment of $1 million, nevermind for life!


      charlotte nc
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      January 6, 2004
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      Posted: September 3, 2008, 6:16 am - IP Logged

      Yep $30.00 for a single ticket isn't going to go over to well. I'd rather take that $30.00 and play the mega-million $5.00 twice a week and take my chances.

        United States
        Member #17555
        June 22, 2005
        5582 Posts
        Posted: September 3, 2008, 7:56 am - IP Logged

        I've got some advice for the people in the article complaining about the cost.

        DON'T BUY IT ! !

        Duh !

        Nobody is putting a gun to their heads....

          JackpotWanna's avatar - squiz

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          Member #4121
          March 23, 2004
          817 Posts
          Posted: September 3, 2008, 9:50 am - IP Logged

          I am considering buying once a month. $1 million a year is a life changer!

            barbos's avatar - gold bar-and-cash1.jpg
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            October 17, 2005
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            Posted: September 3, 2008, 7:26 pm - IP Logged

            Itz a scam.  If someone 20-year-old wins, and lives up to 100 years - where will they get 80 millions?   And also it is not the most expensive scratch-off in the nation - I read somewhere Texas used to have (or still has?) a 50-dollar game.

              JackpotWanna's avatar - squiz

              United States
              Member #4121
              March 23, 2004
              817 Posts
              Posted: September 4, 2008, 3:32 pm - IP Logged

              Has anyone bought one yet?

                starchild_45's avatar - spherewall2
                kent, washington
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                January 26, 2004
                465 Posts
                Posted: September 4, 2008, 4:06 pm - IP Logged

                can i buy a ticket. er ah no. i can't buy one because i am on the wrong coast. dang it. i wish i was there and i would buy a few.

                  Trained2beRich's avatar - home
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                  March 13, 2006
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                  Posted: September 5, 2008, 1:44 pm - IP Logged

                  Itz a scam.  If someone 20-year-old wins, and lives up to 100 years - where will they get 80 millions?   And also it is not the most expensive scratch-off in the nation - I read somewhere Texas used to have (or still has?) a 50-dollar game.

                  Actually we have THREE $50 scracth off. 2 of the rolled out last year and one this year.  Wealso have one $30,one $25, and FOUR $20 scratch offs....

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                    Dallas, TX
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                    April 12, 2008
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                    Posted: September 5, 2008, 5:57 pm - IP Logged

                    I'll play from using the winnings of other games. When games offer better odds to be a millionare I'll take it. Of course, with moderation.

                      DC81's avatar - batman39
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                      Posted: September 5, 2008, 6:46 pm - IP Logged

                      I hope someone buys one on their 18th birthday and wins. Then goes on to live for a long long time. Since they're "only" getting a million dollars (before taxes) I'm sure that the revenue taken from this would grow at a faster rate than a million dollars a year.

                      You can't predict random.


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                        January 23, 2005
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                        Posted: September 5, 2008, 10:58 pm - IP Logged

                        I would hope I'd be the doorman, and not the doorman's friend across the street.

                        I don't know what the odds are on the prizes. Maybe there are a lot of winners for $30 back i.e. free plays. Ironically the cheaper scratch-offs can eat more money than the expensive ones because most people they win $2 or so they immediately play it back and keep doing so until they lose whatever they were going to spend. Thus it would make strategic sense to have it chock full of small prize winners.

                        You would have to calculate what is the "return" for the $30 (expected average winning including the top prize) vs. waiting for a $50M Mega or PB prize and buying 30 tickets or whatever. Not to mention the top prize is an annuity only, right? And not to mention forget about systemizing a scratch-off, at least on MM or PB you can filter out bad numbers.

                          player345's avatar - hani
                          buffalo, new york
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                          Member #40531
                          June 3, 2006
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                          Posted: September 5, 2008, 11:07 pm - IP Logged

                          Has anyone bought one?  What are the other prizes?   Are there 30 chances to win on this $30 ticket?  Guess I should go into a store near me and see, huh?  Bash

                          My hubby will buy one!  He isn't afraid to take chances on the scratch-offs.  I would rather put my $30 in the slot machine; the penny ones!  One pull of the penny machine brought me $216.00 last Monday!  Woo Hoo!!   LOL


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                            Member #23835
                            October 16, 2005
                            3590 Posts
                            Posted: September 6, 2008, 12:22 am - IP Logged

                            Alternatively, you could just go to your computer:

                            The odds of winning the top prize are 1 in 3.528 million. Spending the same $30 on MM tickets would give you odds of 1 in 5.857 million. The same $30 in MM tickets would make you about twice as likely to win the 250k 2nd prize as you are to win the 50k prize in the new scratch game.