|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!