Lottery players around the United States hoping to win big by betting on all nines may have come up empty when they got to the lottery terminal.
Several states reported that Pick 4 combinations 9-9-9-9 and 9-9-0-9, as well as Pick 3 combination 9-9-9, sold out due to heavy buying.
The reason? Today's unique date numbers of 9/9/09 (September 9, 2009).
Lottery officials say people who play daily lotto games such as Pick 3 and Pick 4 tend to make their number choices based on special number combinations.
Despite the popularity of waging the number nine, the Pick 3 and Pick 4 lottery drawings that have taken place so far on Wednesday have not produced a winner for those who snapped up one of the 9-filled tickets.
Both Wisconsin and Ohio confirmed that the states sold out the desired combinations.
Wisconsin Lottery officials say they stop accepting number combinations when enough players choose those numbers that the potential payout would top $3 million.
Ohio Lottery Spokeswoman Jeannie Roberts confirmed that the lottery reached its limit on the Pick 4 drawings on Thursday.
Lottery Post's Daily Numbers Games page (www.lotterypost.com/results/daily) has a daily summary of all Pick 3 and Pick 4 winnin numbers across the United States and Canada.