Ticket sales resume August 25
By Todd Northrop
After the Texas Lottery shut down All or Nothing for nearly 3 months, sales for the lottery game will resume on Sunday, August 25, with the first drawing on August 26 at 10:00 am.
On June 3, 2013, the Texas Lottery stopped sales for the All or Nothing game when it was discovered that the game's design could possibly lead to unusually and unreasonably high prize payouts. Even though the game has more than 2.7 million possible number combinations, players began gravitating to a smaller subset of the number combinations available for selection, raising the possibility that should those numbers be drawn, a sudden massive payout that could wreak havoc on the lottery's finances.
The Lottery Commission said it was notified by GTECH Corp., the lottery operator in Texas, of the game design issue.
(See Texas Lottery suspends sales for 'All or Nothing' game, Lottery Post, June 4, 2013.)
The lottery issued statements that the game shutdown was a precautionary measure, and was not due to a large number of players winning.
To counter the potential for an unreasonably large game payout, the lottery has changed the rules regarding payouts of the game's top prize in the event of many winners.
Under normal circumstances, a player will claim a prize of $250,000 if they win the All or Nothing top prize. That will continue to be the case, as long as there are 20 or fewer top prize-winning tickets in any one particular drawing.
After 937 drawings in the game's nearly two years of existence, the most number of top prize winners in any drawing were two. So the new rules are completely in the realm of theory at this point.
Nevertheless, if any one drawing has more than 20 top prize-winning tickets, the new rules state that the prize will be paid out on a pari-mutuel basis. A total prize pot of $5 million will be split by all the top prize-winning tickets. For example, if there are 25 top prize-winning tickets, each ticket will be paid out $200,000, because $5 million split 25 ways is $200,000 each.
According to the Texas Lottery, the practice of setting a liability cap is a common lottery industry practice for games that offer fixed prizes.
Since All or Nothing launched Sept. 9, 2012, there have been 29 jackpot prize winners. Of those winners, 14 matched all 12 numbers drawn and 15 winners matched none of the numbers drawn.
All or Nothing is drawn four times per day: at 10:00 am, 12:27 pm, 6:00 pm, and 10:12 pm. Players choose 12 numbers out of a pool of 24 numbers. A player wins the top prize by matching either all 12 numbers, or none of the 12 numbers, on their ticket. A variety of other lower prizes can be won by matching fewer than 12 numbers.
The All or Nothing winning numbers are published on Lottery Post's Texas Lottery Results page minutes after each drawing takes place.