|Posted: February 8, 2014, 11:14 am - IP Logged|
Im a newbie from PA and a very recent scracth off addict I have been pretty good with winning here and there but nothing over $100. I decided to do a little more research on the games that I am playing but have been unable to determine how many scratch offs remain currently in any given game. The PA website just gives you the number of remaining winners, (which is great) but without the number of none winners still in circulation how will I know if the game Im playing is a waste of time? If anybody could be of assistance it would be greatly apprecitated
You can calculate the approximate number of tickets remaining by taking the total number of all prizes remaining, multiplied by the overall odds of the game.
But I see that PA does not publish all prizes remaining for every tier, like other states, only down to certain levels like $100/$250. So you can't get that count.
But that method is flawed anyway, as prize tiers are not claimed evenly due to features of some games that make people throw away winners.
A better method is to determine the percentage of tickets remaining, and then multiplying that by the total number of tickets printed. That is provided and you can use the information provided on prizes remaining, typically the lower/middle tier, to estimate the percentage of tickets remaining.