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Would you play this game?

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Posted: January 21, 2006, 7:54 pm - IP Logged

I'm making this up myself, just curious.

Illinois Little Lotto used to be 5/ 30 with a $200,000 jackpot and aggregate prizes for 3 or 4 hits. The odds on that were about 141,000:1.

Now it's 5/39 with a progreesive jackpot and set amouints of $1, $10 and $100 for 2,3,and 4 hits. the jackpots odds are 575,757:1.

Would a game like this be more popular:

The letters of the alphabet (which would be a field of 26) and four numbers, such as 1,2,3,4. (Would have to always be the same four numbers to keep it a selection grid of 30).

People would probably be playing vanity plates perhaps, or tickets like:

SUZY 124

I'm just curious, would you play such a game?


PS

I'm just a schmuck, I'm not employed by the Illinois lottery.

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    Posted: January 21, 2006, 8:58 pm - IP Logged

    Coin Toss write:

    Illinois Little Lotto used to be 5/ 30 with a $200,000 jackpot and aggregate prizes for 3 or 4 hits. The odds on that were about 141,000:1.

    If there was ever such a game available like that someone would buy every possible combinations for $141,000 and win $200,000 every drawing.  No state would ever have such a game.

    There is a 5/39 game that offer a $100,000 prize in Ohio, it called Rolling Cash5.

     * you don't need to buy more tickets, just buy a winning ticket * 
       
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      Posted: January 21, 2006, 10:11 pm - IP Logged

      Hmm, maybe I have the odds on the old game wrong, but they're certainly not the 575,000:1 of the present game.

      Anyone know the odds against 5/ 30? 

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        Posted: January 21, 2006, 11:16 pm - IP Logged

        RJOh Maybe that's why Illinois dropped it:

         

        Odds against picking 5 out of 5 / 30:

         1 in 142506.00

         http://www.lottogenie.com/cgi-bin/odds.cgi

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          Posted: January 21, 2006, 11:30 pm - IP Logged

          RJOh

          Come to think of it, along with the odds posted above, 142:506:1,

          when you said

          llinois Little Lotto used to be 5/ 30 with a $200,000 jackpot and aggregate prizes for 3 or 4 hits. The odds on that were about 141,000:1.

          If there was ever such a game available like that someone would buy every possible combinations for $141,000 and win $200,000 every drawing.  No state would ever have such a game.

          you are assuming a solo hit. Because you can't guarantee a one-way split, a solo winner, it's really doubtful anyone would risk $142,506 a draw on the hopes of no one else splitting with them. 

           


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            Posted: January 23, 2006, 3:59 pm - IP Logged

            I think Illinois is doing the right thing and going to a 5/39 system with rollovers. However, I think jackpots should start at $50000 just like the California's Fantasy Five.

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              Posted: January 23, 2006, 8:04 pm - IP Logged

              well i feel if your gonna hit it you gonna hit it no matter what the  odds are  long odds are fine with me if the lucky fish call upon ya Hat

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                Posted: January 24, 2006, 5:49 pm - IP Logged

                codmander

                Let's consider keno....you're going to hit 4 of 4 or 5 of 5 before you ever hit 8 of 8, if you ever do. 


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                  Posted: January 24, 2006, 6:05 pm - IP Logged

                  A 36 number game has the odds of over 376,000 to one. The prize would be more like 100,000 or 200,000. Depending on how many shared.

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                    Posted: January 24, 2006, 6:32 pm - IP Logged

                    Hmm, maybe I have the odds on the old game wrong, but they're certainly not the 575,000:1 of the present game.

                    Anyone know the odds against 5/ 30? 

                    We have a 5/31 game, and the odds of a jackpot are 1 in 169, 911

                    It's a progressive jackpot, and I think the highest it ever got to before it was hit was approx 114,000 dollars.  If it ever got above $170,000, someone could buy all the combos...except it is also parimutuel, And if two or more people did the same thing, they'd end up losing there respective shirts, since the jackpot would be split among them !

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                      Posted: January 24, 2006, 6:53 pm - IP Logged

                      I've never seen any lottery game that had a starting jackpot that paid more than selling 50% of its possible combinations could generate.

                      Ohio games:
                      pick3  $1 ticket  odds of 1:1,000    jackpot $500
                      pick4  $1 ticket  odds of 1:10,000  jackpot $5,000
                      Rolling Cash5/39  $1 ticket  odds of 1:575,757  jackpot $100,000

                       * you don't need to buy more tickets, just buy a winning ticket * 
                         
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