Saturday, January 25, 2014

New Lottery Game Will Turn Losers into Winners

The Minnesota and Iowa state lotteries have teamed up to bring lottery-loving punters a new game that can make a winner out of even the most die-hard of lottery losers.

The new "All or Nothing" ticket will make its debut on Tuesday, with a top prize of $100,000, and the biggest winners in the game will be those who successfully match all the winning numbers and those who fail to match any at all.

Tickets will cost $1 and there will be two drawings each day. To win the game players will need to correctly pick all 12 of the numbers, drawn from a pool of 24 numbers, or fail to pick any of them at all.

Despite the name of the game players will not need to get all or nothing to win a prize. Players who match 11 of the 12 number will win $1,000. Players who match just one ball will also receive a $1,000 payout. The prize amount then gradually shrinks with each extra number and the only losers in the game will be those who correctly match five, six, or seven numbers.

"This is a fun concept that definitely tweaks the traditional lottery drawing," stated Ed Van Patten, executive director of the Minnesota State Lottery.

But Terry Rich (Van Patten’s counterpart in Iowa) probably put it best when he said, "If you never match anything in lottery drawings, have we got a game for you."

Daily drawings for the new game will be at 12:45 p.m. and 8:45 p.m.