Oh, those many times when lottery players have scrutinized their numbers and were left to utter: Couldn’t even get one number right.
Now, a new game will be offered in Minnesota and Iowa that not only rewards gamblers for hitting all the numbers, but also provides the same payout for getting none of them right.
All or Nothing debuts Tuesday with a $100,000 top prize for hitting either end of the possibilities for gamblers choosing 12 numbers from a pool of 24 in their $1 gambit, lottery officials announced Friday. There will be two drawings every day.
There are payouts in between all or nothing, as well. For example: Match 11 of 12, collect $1,000. Match only one of 12 and you also get $1,000. And the prize money shrinks from there until matching or missing five, six or seven numbers gets you zilch.
Texas has the only other game in the nation using this scheme, offering four drawings a day. Thanks to a much larger population of potential players and a cost of $2 per ticket, Texas’ top payout at each end is $250,000.
“This is a fun concept that definitely tweaks the traditional lottery drawing,” said Ed Van Petten, executive director of the Minnesota State Lottery.
Terry Rich, Van Patten’s Iowa counterpart, added, “If you never match anything in lottery drawings, have we got a game for you.”
Lottery officials said the idea for the game came from feedback offered by gamblers lamenting when they’ve been skunked playing.
Daily drawings will be at 12:45 p.m. and 8:45 p.m.
For the full rundown on the payouts and the odds on collecting, visit http://tinyurl.com/n3vt3mt.
One asterisk that gamblers should be aware of: If more than seven tickets in any one drawing hit the top prize on either end of the scale, the payout goes to a pari-mutuel scheme. Say there are eight winning tickets; each winner then gets ⅞ of $100,000, Van Petten said.
Texas lottery officials, who began All or Nothing in September 2012, got caught off-guard in this payout area and suspended ticket sales in June 2013 for more than two months after they “saw the potential” of an unusually high number of single-drawing top prize payouts, said lottery spokeswoman Kelly Cripe. Texas then began the pari-mutuel payout alternative, which is triggered when there are more than 20 tickets hitting the top prize for any one drawing.
Van Petten said he thinks there’s a “very small chance” his state’s game will see a single drawing yield more than seven winners.