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Posted: January 15, 2010, 8:59 pm - IP Logged

I used to write this made-up newspaper called the "Lemmer Times," in which I made up . It was on the Internet on a family friend's company's web site, but I Googled it last year and it does not seem to be on the Internet anymore. But that is not the point I am trying to make. When I wrote this article I came up with some interesting ideas for lotteries.

Alphabet Soup: Kind of like the Pick-3, but instead of drawing numbers, the official draws 3 letters A-Z. (Maybe someone's proposed it to a lottery office but realized some unsavory 3-letter combinations can be drawn). Odds of winning top prize 1 in 17,576

Roman Lottery: Instead of balls marked 0-9, the official draws balls marked I, V, X, L, C, D, and M. The version in my newspaper used 5 balls for top prize odds of 1 in 16,807.  

Letters 'n Numbers: 36 balls, labeled 0-9 or A-Z, are put in each of five drawing machines. Odds of winning top prize 1 in 60,466,176.

License Plate Game: 3 letters, A-Z, and 4 numbers, 0-9, are drawn. Odds of winning top prize 175,760,000 (comparable to Mega Millions! Did not realize that at the time!)

Ionized Lottery: In addition to drawing a 4-digit number, a positive or negative sign was drawn. 

Binary Lottery: A string of 15 numbers between 0 and 1 was drawn. Odds of winning top prize 1 in 32,768 (checking your ticket for this one would be very confusing).

Later, I came up with two more games. One involves trying to guess what order the balls will come up in. There are 12 balls, labeled 1 through 12, and you have to guess the order that all 12 balls will come up in. I calculated the odds to be 1 in 3,628,800.

There was another one that I came up with, actually 2 years ago today. It is sort of like a graded lottery. For example, they draw 2 numbers from 1 to 10, 2 numbers from 11 to 20, 2 numbers from 21 to 30, 2 numbers from 31 to 40, and 2 numbers from 41 to 50.

Have you come up with any game ideas like these?

Today's winning 3-ball is going to be a number between 000 and 999.

In a lot of states, lotteries benefit education. That makes the REAL winners the only people who can't play!

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    Posted: January 15, 2010, 11:59 pm - IP Logged


    Good stuff! I love the Ionized Lottery.

    One casino in Vegas used to have a free contest you've just got to get a kick out of.

    They had a "match game" with people's initials and zip codes. If all right leters and mumbers matched they won a decent prize, considering there was no entry fee. If four or more matched there were much lesser prizes, a few bucks in slot play, a comp to the coffee shop, etc.

    Here's the deal, night after night the winning initials would be something like QKX (who has those initials?) in a zip code somewhere in Nebraska. Yeah, right. I don't think anyone ever did win the grand prize.

    There was also one casino, and this was pretty clever, replaced the numbers on the Wheel of Fortune game with a deck of cards. A specific card was like getting the Joker, paid 40 to 1. People loved it.

    Here's a few game suggesstions.

    No big prize here but some small prizes for a "bone" for the players, guess the color of the balls drawn. Something like "Two red, one orange, a yellow, and two green", and ten times that prize for guessing them in sequence.

    Even money on whether the first ball out is odd or even. A "two team" parlay on this adding the last ball.

    An Over/ Under on the total of all the balls drawn.

    "Reverso" - say it's a 6/ 52 game. Instead of drawing six balls, 46 are drawn and the six that are not drawn are the winning numbers. I swear people would play this, saying, "That's the game for me, my numbers never come out."

    On Sundays, an Over / Under on all the points scored in football that day.

    Those who run the lotteries love it when players look for consistency in something that's designed not to have any.


    There is one and only one 'proven' system, and that is to book the action. No matter the game, let the players pick their own losers.


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      Posted: January 16, 2010, 12:19 am - IP Logged

      All great ideas, some more than others. I'd definately give the one where you put the 12 numbers in the right order a try.

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