|Posted: March 17, 2014, 1:13 am - IP Logged|
After Northstar had been running the Illinois lottery for a year someone here on LP posted that they were about $20 million short od their promise to the state for lottery revenue.
They've added some games like Hit Or Miss, a "thank you for paying" game, i.e. "Thanks for the donation." The game itself is a copy cat of some other states but Northstar is a little decptive in their payoff charts. The most common result on Hit Or Miss is 5, 6, or 7 of your numbers, but that's not listed on the back of the ticket. The chart on the back of the ticket makes it look like everything wins.
Adding Fireball to Pick 3 and 4 is another way to squeeze an extra dollar out of the player. It only pays if the Fireball gives you a straight hit. At first there was also a blue ball that was "No Fireball" but I guess they got enough complaints that they dropped that.
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With Lucky Day Lotto and Lotto they didn't change the matrix for those games but for Lucky Day they added EZ match - the odds of winning the top prize for that, $500 (Whoopie) are 210,000 to one. Gee, the jp odds are 575,757 to one. Thropw the extra buck at another set of numbers for the jp.
The Lotto odds haven't changed either but the progression is a slow $250,000 at a time and the gimmick here for the extra buck is the Extra Shot. Sweet if you hit 4 of 6 or more but it's strictly a QP and a shot in the dark. I called the 800 number and asked someone how many Extra Shot balls there were and at first they didn't know, they had to ask around before they told me there's 25.
As for scratchers they've added a lot more numbers to the match a nunmber games. Before they took over on tickets like a "Lucky 7" all the losing numbers were single digits. Now they go into the teens and twenties.
One thing though on Iowa hurley, they still use Illinois' Pick 3 and Pick 4.
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.