The Missouri Lottery began selling tickets for a new draw-type game on Sunday. Tickets cost $2 and give lottery-loving punters nine chances to win up $250,000 from a single game.
Each ticket for the new "Triple Play" cash game contains three separate games and each game gives the player three chances to win. The maximum prize set for Game 1 is $250,000, Game 2 has a top prize of $10,000, and $5,000 is the largest payout available from Game 3.
Missouri is the only state to host the Triple Play game.
"All the prizes will be won on tickets bought right here in Missouri," said Scheve Reardon, executive director of the Missouri Lottery.
The overall chances of winning a Triple Play prize are 1 in 6.8, so although the size of the prizes on offer are smaller than those of some other games the chances of winning a prize are higher. The odds of winning a prize in the Missouri Lotto draw are 1 in 20 and US Powerball players only have a 1 in 32 chance of winning a prize.
"Based on the design, we expect to average more than 100,000 winners each month and average more than one winner of a quarter of a million," Reardon explained.
To play Triple Play, players must pick four numbers between 1 and 60 for Game 1. If they prefer players can choose "Quick Pick" and allow the computer to choose their numbers for them. Players then receive 8 more Quick Picks and the Triple Play winning numbers will be drawn on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 20:59 (CST), along with the Missouri Lotto and Pick 3 and Pick 4 games.
"We are very excited about this new Draw Game," Reardon said. "Players are going to love getting so many chances to win on one ticket."