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# Scratcher Payouts

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 Posted: January 23, 2005, 5:01 pm - IP Logged

I have a question regarding the payout percentages of scratchers.

Below is the payout table of a California \$1 Easy 10 scratcher:

How do I figure out the actual payout as a percentage?  Do I multiply the amount won by the odds of winning that prize and sum all the numbers?  I took 1/10+2/31+3/71+...+1000/480000.  When I do that, I get a payout of 58.5% (I counted the free ticket prize as \$1).  This seems really low to me.  May someone please correct me if I am wrong?

Also, does anyone know what is a good payout to play for scratchers.  I used the same method to calculate the payout for a \$3 California scratcher and received a larger payout.  Is it true that the more expensive tickets will yield a larger payout?

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 Posted: January 24, 2005, 12:49 am - IP Logged

You're pretty close to being spot on - the payout percentage sounds about right for scratcher tickets. In any dvent, in order to obtain an exact percentage, one would have to know exactly how many tickets are being printed. Then you would know just how many winners in each category there would be and be better able to translate the odds down into probable decimals to determine how many winning tickets there actually are at each payout level.

Regular California lottery game payouts are all pari-mutuel and set at around 50% of gross receipts. Exceptions are the choice of the cash option for jackpot wins, which lowers payout and percentage.

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 Posted: January 24, 2005, 7:47 pm - IP Logged

John:

I don't think CA cash option winners get less than of those who chose annuity.

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 Posted: January 25, 2005, 5:39 pm - IP Logged

Source: California Lottery website

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What is the Cash Value option?

If you mark the Cash Value box, and you win, you will receive the present cash value of the announced jackpot in one lump sum. This amount will be less than the announced jackpot.  For example, if the announced jackpot is \$7 million, the winner would receive about 52.008% or \$3.64 million in one lump sum (less tax withholding). This example is based on average market costs, as of Jan 2005, of 26 annual payments funded by the U.S. Treasury Zero Coupon Bonds.

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But I guess what irks me about this and any other jackpot lottery with a reduced payout for a lump sum is that they're already into the player for 50% - taking the lump sum option increases the take for the state because otherwise they can defer payments over a long period and normal inflation of the dollar will reduce the liability.

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 Posted: January 25, 2005, 6:06 pm - IP Logged

Does anyone know the scratch off ticket that has the highest payback % of them all. Do any reach 80%?

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