|Posted: March 12, 2013, 6:41 pm - IP Logged|
Northstar took over the Illinois lottery a while back and while they are aggressive at marketing haven't really done a whole lot for the players.
They are adept at getting people to go an extra buck on a ticket - all optional, but what was a Pick 5 game for $1 now has an Ez Match option- an extra $1, match one of the EZ match #'s (you only get them if you go for it) and win $! to $500.
The rest of the story is the top Ez match, $500, has odds of over 210,000 to 1. Better off to put the other dollar on the regular game and shoot for $100,000 or up.
The Pick 6 game (6/52) now has an Extra Shot for $1, same prinicple, but IF you match the Extra Shot uo win more than the regular payouts, and if you hit 0 and the Extra Shot you win $5.
A My 3 game was added to go along with Pick 3. It's a Pick 3 with a different payout structure. A straight pays $200 (Pick 3 is $500).
Along with these changes $1 and $2 scratchers are harder to find and the scratchers in general are gettiing tighter and tighter.
Leave the lottos to the states.
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.