By Todd Northrop
Starting this Sunday, Connecticut lottery players will have a new "ALL IN" option on the state's 5 Card Cash game offering the chance to win bigger instant prizes, including a new progressive jackpot.
5 Card Cash — now renamed "5 Card Cash with ALL IN" — is a poker-themed game that has become popular in several states and provinces throughout North America in the past few years. The game mixes an instant-win component with a traditional drawing.
Players who purchase a $2 ticket find out instantly if the playing cards shown on their ticket match any of the classic poker wining hands, from a pair of Jacks or better up to a Royal Flush. In Connecticut, players can also win a free ticket by matching a pair of 5s.
In the daily drawing, which takes place at 1:57 PM Eastern Time, 7 days per week, players can win by matching 3, 4, or 5 of the playing cards on their ticket to the five playing cards drawn. The top prize of $255,555 is won by matching all five cards.
Connecticut, which has an A+ rating on Lottery Post's State Lottery Report Card, uses a real lottery ball drawing to choose the winning numbers.
The new ALL IN option that is available starting Sunday, October 18th, can be purchased for an extra $1 per play (for a total of $3 per play). A player can verify that the ALL IN option is active when "ALL IN = YES" appears on their game ticket. Players will also be able to purchase a basic 5 Card Cash ticket without the ALL IN option for $2 per play.
ALL IN players with a Royal Flush, Straight Flush, Four of a Kind, Full House, Flush, Straight, or Pair of 5s "Instant Win" hand automatically win more — up to 100% of the Progressive Jackpot, which starts at a minimum of $10,000.
The ALL IN option only changes the instant-win portion of the 5 Card Cash game — the daily drawing component is the same with or without the ALL IN option.
The overall odds of winning any 5 Card Cash with ALL IN prize (with or without the ALL IN option) are 1 in 4.1.
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