We are asked many questions about how the lottery works. One topic that comes up frequently is the odds. Here is an example to show how they work for instant games.
Let’s say there are 10 million tickets printed for a $5 game, and the odds of winning including break-even prizes are established at 1 in 4. So most tickets don’t win, which is where prize money comes from. Some tickets will win larger prizes – and a few will beat the odds to win a top prize.
If 10 million tickets were 100 marbles, here is what that 1:4 proportion looks like with winning marbles distributed at random. Here, the light blue ones win, the gray-blue ones do not. Now imagine these marbles are in a bag. Every time you reach in, to get a light blue one, you have to be lucky.
So while the overall odds of winning in this example are 1 in 4, that does not mean that every fourth marble grabbed will be light blue. You could reach in 10 times in a row without getting a light blue marble. And, because of luck, a person could reach in three times and get a light blue marble each time, too.
You can’t choose the odds for a particular game. But you can choose to be informed, which promotes responsible play. We’re sharing this as part of Problem Gambling Awareness Month. This year, March 14 is Gambling Disorder Screening Day. For those that might need them, resources are available.
Through the North Carolina Problem Gambling Helpline, licensed counselors can assist 24 hours a day to coordinate free, confidential in-person or phone-based counseling. They can be reached by calling 877-718-5543, texting morethanagamenc to 53342 or by live web chat at morethanagamenc.com.
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Well I posted my question about how the game is play the pick 4 1 off, I am getting a bad feeling about this, because the one minute they are claiming the game is played a certain way, then as soon as I say Ive got the winning ticket, they say its played a different way, then I am just suppose to mail them my ticket? that is pretty dangerous don't you think? I think I am going to get an attorney, and contact the news media, because the machines are paying the wrong number