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Texas Pick 3 Promotion

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DFW, Texas
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Posted: October 4, 2010, 2:24 pm - IP Logged

I noticed the Pick 3 day draw result on the lottery web site looked funny, with a black circle beside the result.  I looked into it and found it was actually a white ball.  Texas has a promotion for the rest of the month in which a white ball or green ball is drawn, and when the green ball is drawn, Pick 3 payouts (not including the Sum It Up feature) are increased by approximately 20%.  The prize chart shown has some interesting math.  The exact order prizes increase by 20% minus a dollar for every $250, but any order or exact/any increase by the full 20%.  I'm not sure what the logic is.

The Pick 3 page of the site contains four information links.  The promotion detail sheet explains that the green ball is guaranteed to be drawn at least once for every 6 draws.  A quote:

At the start of this promotion, five (5) white balls
and one (1) green ball will be placed in a drawing
machine and one ball will be randomly selected
after each Pick 3 day & night drawing.
• If the green ball is selected, winning players will
have approximately 20 percent added to their
regular Pick 3 prize amount.
• Every time a white ball is selected, the white ball is
removed from the drawing machine. This increases
the chances of the green ball being selected in the
next drawing.
• Once the green ball is selected, all five white balls
and one green ball are loaded back into the drawing
machine for the next drawing.