How to Identify the Best Pick 4 Lottery Strategy & System

The Basic Pick 4 Lottery Game has 10,000 possible winning Straight numbers ranging from 0000 to 9999. The odds of choosing the winning Pick 4 number straight is 10,000 to 1. These odds are much better than playing the Mega Millions, Powerball, and different State Lotteries which have odds of over 150,000,000 to 1.

Even the State Lottery games that have just 5 numbers to choose from still have much higher odds than the Pick 4. In the Illinois Lottery this game is called “Little Lotto”. Match all five numbers, and the jackpot prize begins with a $100,000 payoff. It increases with non-winning jackpot draws. It recently reached $1 Million. Once someone wins the jackpot it starts over at $100,000.00.

If you have four out of the five numbers, the payout is $100. Three of the five numbers pays the ticket holder $10.00. The last possible payout in the game is $1.00 for having two of the five numbers.

The reason I mention these games is to demonstrate how powerful the Daily Pick 4 Lotto Game is with its odds and its payoffs compared to all these games. Unlike the previously mentioned Lotto Games the Pick 4 Game has two possible wins – one is “Straight” (for the Jackpot Payoff of $5,000 for one $1 bet) and the other is “Box” (matching the four drawn numbers in any order).

The “Box” payouts range from $200 to $1200 for one $1 wager. The Single Pick 4 number is a combination of four different digits (1234). Any single set Pick 4 Number pays $200. There are some people who propose this system as being the best. As an example by choosing “1234” as your Pick 4 set you cover 24 possible numbers to win. These numbers are:

1234….1243….1324….1342….1423….1432 2134….2143….2314….2341….2413….2431 3124….3142….3214….3241….3412….3421 4123….4132….4213….4231….4312….4321

The odds have given you a better chance of winning, not just winning, but winning $200 for the same $1 investment as in any of the above lotto games. The odds of winning now are at 417 to 1.

Using this system by itself as the best system, for example, in April 2009 in Illinois, following are single Pick 4 results:

6273….4896….9702….0861….0563….2504 3501….3172….4938….0165….0379….9742 1358….3260….2380….0281….2765….6847 8479….8960….0869….4389….2537….2836

These 24 of 56 draws represent a 43% winning percentage. But there are 22 different singles represented here. When you add this information to the equation, the winning odds are further reduced. Since two single box forms (0689 & 3489) repeated themselves, this reduces it to 20 different single sets; even the basic “1234” wasn’t drawn.

It’s the basic start-up theory, but it is just not enough. You need more possibilities. The examples from Illinois, April 2009 Pick 4 results, showed that 57% of the winning draws were not single sets. These odds will change from month to month.

The next group of Pick 4 numbers is the “double” sets. Two of the four digits are the same (1123). Double sets cover 12 possible straight winning numbers like the following: 1123….1132….1213…1312….1231….1321 2311….3211….2131….3121…2113….3112.

The good news about double sets is that the payout is $400 per $1 investment. Let’s see how these sets of numbers were drawn in the Illinois Pick 4 April 2009 example:

0068….7080….5499….5363….5524….9593 6268….0449….8737….2010….5099….8048 9757….2990….7336….3351….6463….0727 7151….4140….0455….1626….1819….3404 7719….5626….7330….3225….7662

These 29 winning drawn Illinois Pick 4 numbers represent 50% of the 58 draws during the month. By including additional strategies that include “double” sets you now cover 93% of the April 2009 Illinois Pick 4 Winning Numbers. That’s a great improvement to your winning strategy. In January, single and double sets combined for 95%, and 96% in February and March.

In conclusion, look for a Pick 4 System that has multiple strategies to include more than just the single set of numbers. It is important to increase the winning percentage to 90% or higher of winning Pick 4 numbers. That spells SUCCESS. The Pick 4 Game is the best winnable lotto game available in the United States and Canada. Use and study a Proven and Verifiable Winning Strategy System. The truth is that you can become debt free and gain financial freedom with the right Pick 4 System once you learn it.

10 Lottery Playing Tips for Florida’s Daily Fantasy 5 Lottery Game

The Florida 5/36 Matrix Fantasy 5 Lottery Game is one of the best lottery bets you can make anywhere. The odds of matching all 5 winning numbers in the next Fantasy 5 drawing are 1 in 376,992. The odds of matching 4 of 5 winning numbers are 1 in 2,432 and the odds of matching 3 of 5 winning numbers are 1 in 81.07. Compare Florida’s Fantasy 5 odds to the millions to 1 odds of a 6-number lotto drawing or a 4+1 number mega-money drawing. Top Fantasy 5 prize winners over the past 5-years have won as much as $350,000 in a single drawing and, on those days when there were no top prize winners, players who matched 4 of 5 winning numbers have won as much as $1,150 in a single drawing. Players who match 3 of 5 winning numbers typically win $10, and those players that match 2 of 5 winning numbers win a free Fantasy 5 ticket for the next drawing.

Lottery games such as Florida’s Fantasy 5 are based on a random selection of numbers. It is impossible for any person or any computer software to predict which numbers will be drawn in the next drawing. It is for this simple fact alone that you shouldn’t waste your money on lottery software, lottery wheels or other lottery strategies like those promoted all over the internet. Most self-described lottery “experts” selling such lottery products all advise against playing lottery terminal generated “quick picks”. Fact of the matter is that of all the Fantasy 5 jackpot tickets over the past 5+ years (3,989 jackpot tickets), almost 50% were “quick picks” (1,971 “quick-pick” jackpot tickets)

The best ways to improve your chances of winning 3, 4 and 5 number Fantasy 5 cash prizes are to identify, select and play those number combinations that have historically been drawn more frequently over a long period of time than those number combinations that have rarely been drawn over the same period of time. In other words, play the proven percentages.

A great resource that identifies the 2, 3, 4 and 5 number winning number combinations of 1,825 Florida Fantasy 5 drawings from July 16, 2001 (the start date of the 5/36 Matrix Fantasy 5 game) through July 15, 2006 is the “Florida Fantasy 5 Lottery Facts Report”, which is offered at [http://www.freefantasy5lotterytips.com] for $12.95. The “Report” was published by BESTRACS Consulting, LLC, a firm that has compiled all the Florida Fantasy 5 winning number combinations for the past 5-years. The “Report” includes easy to read tables that accurately depict the number of times each of the 36 numbers was drawn over the 5-year period; the number of times each of the 36 numbers was drawn in each of the 5 positions of the winning number combinations (i.e. 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th position); the number of times each possible 2-number combination (each possible pair) was drawn; all the 3-number combinations that “hit” 7 or more times over the 5-year period; all the 4-number combinations that “hit” 3 or more times over the 5-year period; high/low and odd/even winning number combination ratios; other winning number combination percentages and more.

The “Report” does not definitively tell you which numbers or number combinations to play nor does it suggest any definitive lottery playing strategy or the amount of money to play – it just represents the actual trends of the winning number combinations and number patterns over the 5-year period and calculations derived there from.

The “Report” also includes the winning number combinations from July 16, 2006 through the end of most current previous week as of the date the “Report” is ordered.

The following are some of the playing Tips that are easily derived from the “Florida Fantasy 5 Lottery Facts Report”:

1. Play 3-odd/2-even and/or 2-odd/3-even 5-number combinations. Such odd/even combinations jointly “hit” a total of 1,208 times over the 5-year period (equates to a 66.19% winning percentage).

2. Play 3-low (numbers 1 through 18)/2-high (numbers 19-36) and/or 2-low/3-high 5-number combinations. Such combinations jointly “hit” a total of 1,226 times over the 5-year period (equates to a 67.18% winning percentage).

3. Play number pairs that “hit” frequently over the 5-year period (i.e.”2-35″) with other numbers that “hit” frequently and with “long shot” numbers. There are several of these “winning pairs” identified in the “Florida Fantasy 5 Lottery Facts Report”.

4. Play consecutive number pairs that “hit” frequently over the 5-year period (i.e.”30-31″) with your other numbers. There are several of these “winning consecutive number pairs” identified in the “Florida Fantasy 5 Lottery Facts Report”.

5. Do not play 5-number combinations that “hit” previously over the 5-year period. Only two of the same combinations repeated over the 5-year period.

6. Do not play the same 4-number combinations repeatedly. Only 32 4-number combinations repeated more than two times over the 5-year period.

7. Do not play 5-consecutive number combinations (i.e. “5-6-7-8-9”). No such 5-consecutive number combinations “hit” over the 5-year period.

8. Do not play “all odd number” or “all even number” combinations. “All odd number” combinations “hit” only 55 times over the 5-year period (a 96.99% losing percentage) and “all even number” combinations “hit” only 49 times over the 5-year period (a 97.32% losing percentage).

9. Do not play “all low number” (1 through 18) or “all high number” (19 through 36) combinations. “All low number” combinations “hit” only 41 times over the 5-year period (a 97.75% losing percentage) and “all high number” combinations “hit” only 42 times over the 5-year period (a 97.70% losing percentage).

10. Always include a few “quick picks” in with your daily Fantasy 5 plays.

4 Simple Rules To Bet On Sports

Using the right strategies on sports betting is certain to help with long-term success, and make the entire process more fun and enjoyable. Plus, it benefits to have a suitable bankroll that is capable of absorbing the inevitable losses. Here are four of the simple rules to follow:

Learn basic math

While there are plenty of gamblers that seem to do well by betting on a feel or instinct, the best long-term approach is having the ability to create a proper staking plan. Also, it makes it easier to calculate the probability of success when able to fully understand what the odds mean. Gambling is a numbers game, so the ability to quickly do multiplication or division at a basic level is certain to benefit.

Don’t celebrate too long or dwell on the past

Try to avoid letting past winning or losing runs influence your typical staking plan. Even after experiencing a losing run of four or five games, it is still best to stick with your analysis that has brought success in the past. Also, for those lucky enough to go on a long winning streak, this shouldn’t give a false sense of confidence and lead to the excessive bets that can over extend. The most practical long-term rule is to simply stick with your plan and bet the sensible and affordable amounts.

Multiple betting options

Signing up to multiple sportsbooks makes it possible to compare and get the best possible odds. If you only use a single sportsbook you are certain to be limiting your chances of getting the best returns on your investment. A typical portfolio can benefit from having at least five or six sportsbooks.

Also, there are certain mainstream sportsbooks that may restrict the account for long-term winners, so it is worthwhile doing a little research to check the reputation of the different options.

Long-term sensibility

Long-term sensibility and discipline is essential when it concerns gambling. This activity shouldn’t be seen as a get rich quick scheme. It is a lot more practical to think long-term. Even if you are only able to start with a small bankroll, the slow and steady approach gives a greater opportunity to slowly build up the betting bankroll, and at the same time steadily up the stake for each bet. If you are able to look at the long-term, this makes it easier to enjoy this activity for longer and make some nice pocket-money in the process.

Tattersall Australia Lottery – What Are the Best Games to Play

Australia has a a relatively small population of about 21 million people, yet Tattersall, which runs the Australia Lottery offers many games for people to play. They include Tattslotto, Super 66, Monday & Wednesday Lotto, Super 7’s Oz Lotto, Powerball, and The Pools. But what are the best games to play? I would say Super 7’s Oz Lotto and Monday & Wednesday Lotto are the best games to play, but for different reasons.

For those people that play the lottery because they want to win as much money as possible, no matter the odds, Super 7’s Oz Lotto is the best game for them to play. The odds of winning the jackpot in the game are approximately 1-in-45-million, but the jackpots can be huge. The biggest Super 7’s Oz Lotto jackpot to date was $90 million. That’s big!

Then are people that want to win a lot of money in the lottery, but also pay attention to the odds because they want to play a game where they are more likely to win. The best game for them that Tattersall Australia Lottery offers, in my opinion, is the Monday & Wednesday Lotto. The odds of winning the Monday & Wednesday Lotto are 1-in-1-million and it boasts a guaranteed minimum jackpot of $1 million. Sure the jackpots are smaller than they are in Super 7’s Oz Lotto, but you’re also 45 times more likely to win the Monday & Wednesday Lotto; it’s a fair trade-off.

The great thing about Tattersall Australia Lottery, no matter what game you choose to play, is that if you win the jackpot, you can remain anonymous if that is what you prefer. Unlike in The United States, where media frenzies often surround big winners, big winners in Australia get to keep their privacy.

Craps, a Table Game That’s So Mis-Understood Is Easy to Learn and Play – Here’s How

Many players avoid the casino game of craps at first because the large oval shaped table with numerous betting options seems a bit intimidating to table game players. Craps is actually easy to learn and fun to play, and here’s how:

Start at a five dollar minimum table. You’ll usually find them during non-peak hours. I recommend a buy-in at least 20X the table minimum. A button on the table will read ON or OFF. When it is in the OFF position, place your money on the table and ask the dealer for $5 chips. You will see seasoned players making various wagers. The most popular is the PASS LINE bet. Place a chip(s) in that area in front of you. When you hear the dealer shout “COMMIN’ OUT” that’s when the excitement starts and the designated SHOOTER will toss two dice. Here are the wagering choices:

Pass Line

If the shooter rolls a 7 or 11 on the first roll, you win even money. If a 2, 3, or 12 appear, you lose. Any other number, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, or 10 becomes your POINT. A dealer will mark the point number with the ON button indicating game in progress. In order for you to win, the shooter must roll the point number before he or she rolls a 7. If a 7 appears before the point, the house wins. No other numbers matter on this wager, no matter how long it takes. The game will end only if a point or 7 is rolled.

Odds Bet

This is a wager every pass line bettor should take advantage of because it pays off in TRUE ODDS and has no house edge. If a point number is rolled, you will have the opportunity to take odds on that bet by placing an additional wager behind your pass line bet. Most casinos allow a double odds bet. For example, let’s say 4 is the point. There are three ways to win with the 4: 3 and 1, 2 and 2, or 1 and 3. However there are six ways to lose with a 7: 4 and 3, 5 and 2, 6 and 1, 3 and 4, 2 and 5, 1 and 6.Thus, 6/3 is a two to one payout. Your $10 double odds wager will earn you $20 plus your pass line bet if you win.

Don’t Pass

A very small percentage of players use this option. It works the exact opposite of the pass line. Here you are betting that the shooter will lose the roll. A wager on the don’t pass line will win if the come out shooter rolls a 2 or 3, push (no win/no loss) with a 12, lose if a 7 or 11 is rolled. Odds bets are available however your chances of winning are greater than losing, so you have to lay the odds instead of taking them. If a point is rolled such as 4, you win if a 7 is rolled first. This time 3/6 is a one to two payout so you would have to put up $20 to win $10 plus the don’t pass wager.

Be forewarned that only about 2% of players play the don’t pass, AKA wrong bettor. You will not have many friends at the table when betting wrong.

Come Bets

Come bets work the same way as a pass line bet but can only be made after a point is established. A 7 or 11 wins, a 2, 3, or 12 loses. Any other number becomes your come point and must be rolled before a 7 for you to win. You can also take true odds on your come point after the dealer moves your chip(s) to the appropriate number box. This wager is independent of the pass line wager and your come point may be other than your pass line point. Thus, if the shooter makes his or her pass line point, the game ends but your come point wagers remain active. If a 7 is rolled during the next come out roll, you lose the come bet but your odds are returned to you.

Don’t Come Bets

This play works the same way as a don’t pass wager after a point is established. You may also lay true odds. You want the 7 to be rolled before the don’t come point. Here is the one big exception on a don’t come bet: should the shooter win his or her pass line wager, and the don’t come point is made on the next come out roll, You not only lose your wager but your odds bet as well.

Place Bets

A wager on one or more point numbers (4, 5, 6, 8, 9, and 10). The bet(s) win if the number repeats before a 7 is rolled and lose if a 7 appears first. Payoffs are: 6, 8- pays 7/6, 5, 9- pays 7/5, 4, and 10- pay 9/5.

Buy and Lay Bets

A buy bet is the same as a place bet except you pay a five percent commission to the house when you make the bet but you are paid in true odds if you win. Payoffs are: 6, 8 pays 6/5, 5, 9 pays 3/2, 4, and 10 pay 2/1. A lay bet is the exact opposite of the buy bet. You must bet more to win less because your chances of winning are greater than losing.

Good Luck!

Poker and the Stock Market

I was out of town this weekend in Southern NJ, Atlantic City to be exact. After finishing my business at the convention center, I traveled back to the newest casino, the Borgata where I was staying for the night. I don’t consider myself a gambler and have never enjoyed losing money at the tables. When I do gamble, my preferred games have always been craps and blackjack. Until recently, I had never played at a poker table in a casino environment but I enjoy the game of poker and have only played in backyard and basement games with old buddies. Many people consider the game of poker pure luck but this is not an accurate observation. Many factors run parallel with the game of poker and the game of stock market investing. Luck may play a part but rules, odds and money management are the largest components of the two entities.

When investing in the stock market, it is essential to have a sound set of rules or a system that has been tested in real time, no back testing or historical testing needed. After the system has been tested, the investor needs to follow rules in order to preserve capital and cut losses. The investor must also consider the odds of his/her stock making a gain or making a loss. Price objectives and targets should be a large part of every investor’s system. With proper money management and calculated expectancy, the investor should aim to trade only in situations where the odds are in his/her favor. In a strong bull market, it may not be wise to start shorting many stocks; the odds of making a big gain with this strategy could be very low. Another major component that works its way into investing is psychology and/or human emotion. Stocks are made up of human character traits, similar to the type of people that own them. Some stocks are risky and volatile while other stocks are conservative and predictable. The market repeats cycles and specific chart patterns because humans repeat their actions and character tendencies.

Now, back to the poker table; as I sat down and started to play, my first goal was to become familiar with the character traits of the players around me. With 10 players at the table, I had plenty of time to evaluate the people I was playing with, without risking a great deal of money. After several rounds of play, I was aware that the gentleman to my right would only bet high odd hands and would fold every other hand. He was very edgy and nervous and folded his cards with force when he was angry. The gentleman to the left would also play hands with high odds but I did see him call bets with some hands that were risky with lower odds. One gentleman across the table was the bluffer and always had a smirk on his face with a pair of dark glasses. I challenged this man on several occasions and paid to see his cards because I felt he had nothing. More times than not, I was right and still beat him with an average hand. I could go on but you understand the point I am trying to make: all poker players and investors bring their emotions to the table.

I won’t get into the exact rules of playing poker but I can tell you that only two players are required to bet per round while the other eight can view their first two cards without risking a cent. My game of choice is Texas Hold’em, the current craze across the country and one that excites me when I am in the environment. The two players required to bet represent the big and small blinds. If you are the dealer or anoy other players at the table, you can view your first two cards for free without an bet. If the hand is weak, you can fold and keep your gambling stake.

Here is where it gets interesting; if I have a decent hand, I can decide to call the larger blind and see the next three cards on the flop, which is still a low risk investment. If the flop doesn’t provide me with the cards I need, I can immediately cut my losses short by folding and wait for the next game. The same is true in investing; I can cut a loss short and wait for the next opportunity without risking the farm if I realize an immediate loss. If the cards are good and my probabilities of winning the hand are high, I can call the bet or raise the bet. A fourth and fifth card (the turn and the river) are placed on the table after the flop and betting continues with each round. Again, I can decide if I would like to call, raise or cut my losses short. The connection I am trying to make with investing in the stock market and playing poker relates directly to cutting losses short (capital preservation and money management) and my odds of winning the game (in the stock market this could be called expectancy).

In my opinion, the best game to play at the casino is $1-$2 no limit style. This means that the blinds are held to a minimum and it will only cost you a couple of dollars to see the flop in many cases. The “no-limit” aspect allows your upside potential to be unlimited which carries through to investing. If you cut losses short and ride your winner, the up-side potential in investing can also be unlimited, especially when using options (but that is for another discussion). Last night, I could see my first two cards for free, eight out of every ten hands and I could fold if they were no good. If they were good, I put money on the table after my idea. In the real world, the world of stock investing, you should always put money after your best ideas. The ensuing gain or loss will tell you if you are right. Again, for the umpteenth time in this article, the most important part of both games is cutting losses short and moving on without mixing emotions into the decisions.

All investors and poker players bring emotions to the table, some people control them better while other people employ better systems and understand the odds on a higher level. The bottom line is to understand the situation around you and to use a sound system to raise your odds. Never bet a hand that represents a low chance of winning and never ride a loss that could multiply overnight. Cut losses short and get out of the game and wait for the next opportunity because they are always around the corner.

Is Playing Hospital Lotteries Your Best Chance at Winning a Million Dollars?

Hospital lotteries are becoming increasingly popular in Canada. That’s because, not only do you get a chance to win many terrific prizes, but you also get to donate money to a worthy enterprise – The hospital. And, the money goes to worthy hospital causes, like cancer research. But, of course, the lottery has to sell tickets and many of them do it by claiming to have the best chance to win a million dollars. That means, according to them, that if you are looking for the best odds to win a million dollars, you should buy a hospital lottery ticket rather than a regular lottery ticket.

Is this true? Is playing hospital lotteries your best chance at winning a million dollars? The answer is both yes and no. On the surface, these lotteries do offer the best chance at $1 million. Let’s look at an example. One of the most popular hospital lotteries in Canada is the SickKids Lottery. Tickets cost $100 each and they print a maximum of 99,500. If all printed tickets are sold, then the odds of winning the $1 million grand prize would be 1-in-99,500. That’s actually amazing odds and you can’t beat that.

But, of course, the SickKids Lottery only offers the best odds on the surface. Let’s dig a little deeper. For the $100 that you pay for the SickKids ticket, you could buy many more regular lotto tickets. Take for example the Ontario 49 game which is sold in the province of Ontario. Tickets cost 50 cents each and the game offers a jackpot prize of $1 million. That means that for the $100 that you spend on a SickKids ticket, you could buy 200 Ontario 49 tickets. The odds of winning the Ontario 49 jackpot on a single ticket are 1-in-13,983,816. But, since you could buy 200 tickets, that would better your odds to 1-in-69,919. Those are better odds than the SickKids lottery at 1-in-99,500.

So there you have it, playing a hospital lottery is not your best chance at winning a million dollars. However, the money that you spend on tickets goes to a good cause and so it is still worth it to play.

Baccarat Strategy — A Simple Way To Win

Is there really a Baccarat strategy? Most gamblers will tell you its non-existent. This is really not the case, as there are a variety of options to increase your odds of winning this game.

More than that, there are a number of things you can avoid that make you lose and play the best bet. This is your best Baccarat strategy.

Are there patterns to follow?

If you have ever played or watched baccarat at a casino, you will notice most of the players writing down the results of each hand on special casino scorecards. These people are pattern spotting “chasing” a particular pattern.

These people are trying to discover a hidden pattern for the results of the hands played.

These are the same people who avoid walking if a black cat passes by. Its just superstition, as everyone knows the shoe is used with 8 decks randomly shuffled!

Indeed if they are professors of mathematics, understand the Chaos Theory, use non-linear dynamics, and are very quick in their calculations, they may be on to something no one else knows but don’t bank on it.

One also has to wonder why the casino is so pleased to pass our paper and pencils for this purpose. If charting really worked, they would ban it, not sponsor it.

Does card counting work?

Some people think this works for Baccarat but it doesn’t

Card counting involves keeping track of cards that have been played from the shoe in order to gain an advantage against the house.

This sounds great, and theoretically, as more cards are played from the shoe, the more you know about the cards that remain.

However even if you know the cards remaining, it can be shown the effect is minuscule baccarat.

This is because, unlike blackjack, you can’t change your bet in mid-hand. A card counting based baccarat strategy will see so few situations with an advantage against the casino that the efforts overall are pointless.

The best bet & how to win

The game of Baccarat can be considered at best, a coin toss played with a lot of gloss! It’s a game of chance and for a game of chance you simply need to play the bet with the best odds of success.

Do systems work on coin tosses?

However, if you go over the odds, you will find overwhelmingly they are always better if you bet on the banker and the odds for a game of chance are very good, just a shade over 1% in favor of the house.

Knowing this, is it a good idea to only bet with the banker the answer is yes. Try other bets for variety but this is the one to focus on to win.

Even though the casino does have the advantage in the long run, baccarat is one of the few games that provide a rare opportunity for short term success due to the slim house edge on the best bet.

Therefore, do you best to bank any winnings you gain in your playing session by having a win target and never chase your losses.

All in all, the best possible baccarat strategy is bet on the banker and you will have a real chance of success as the odds are very good for what is a game of chance and also keep in mind Baccarat is a lot of fun!

keep in mind if you win bank and enjoy them.

Connecticut Classic Lotto Game Odds and Prize Payouts

CT Lottery describes its Classic Lotto game as “Connecticut’s game of choice.” Why would it be considered the state’s game of choice? Probably because it has decent payouts, coupled with great odds when compared with some of its big games like Powerball and Mega Millions. This article examines the odds and prize payouts of CT Lottery’s Classic Lotto game.

Classic Lotto is a 6/44 game. That means that to win the jackpot, you must match all 6 numbers out of a possible 44. The odds of matching all 6 numbers are exactly 1-in-7,059,052. How much do you win for matching all 6 numbers? That depends on the size of the jackpot. The jackpot starts at $1 million and keeps increasing if it is not won.

How high can the game’s jackpot grow? The jackpot could potentially rise above $10 million. However, in recent years, $10 million has been the ceiling. A woman named Charlotte Peters won a $10 million jackpot from Classic Lotto on December 2, 2008. Other notable winners in the last few years include:

  • Marilyn Citron, of Mystic, won $9.7 million on January 1, 2010.
  • James and Jean Seitz, of Torrington, won $5.5 million on March 18, 2008.
  • Elsie Febo Carmona, of Waterbury, won $2.4 million on July 7, 2009.
  • Jeri Buonincontra, of Stratford, won $2.3 million on May 13, 2009.
  • Mona Cappuccio, of Newington, won $2.3 million on March 20, 2009.
  • Fotios Vokolos, of New London, won $1.6 million on January 30, 2009.

As you could see the sizes of the jackpots vary.

Aside from the jackpot, the Classic Lotto game offers a few more prizes. Here is the list of the other prize payouts, along with the odds of winning:

  • Matching 5-out-of-6 numbers (1-in-30,961) wins a prize of $2000.
  • Matching 4-out-of-6 numbers (1-in-669) wins a prize of $50.
  • Matching 3-out-of-6 numbers (1-in-42) wins a prize of $2.

The overall odds of winning any prize in are 1-in-39.3.

As you can see, the Classic Lotto game offers decent prizes and the odds are relatively good. So if you live in the great state of Connecticut, be sure to pick up a Classic Lotto ticket. You never know when you will be a big winner!

Sic Bo: Bet Your Numbers Combo, Shake Up Three Dice for a Possible Win on the Outcome

If you’re interested in playing a casino table game that’s diverse from the all too familiar games ala Blackjack, 3 Card Poker, Craps, and Roulette, you may want to try Sic Bo.

The game is very popular in Southeast Asia, Korea and in the world’s newest gaming destination, Macau, China. It is lesser known in the west, although it can be found in some upper end casinos in Las Vegas and Atlantic City, usually confined to areas designated for Asian games.

The Objective of Sic Bo

The objective is to wager on the outcome of various numerical groupings when three dice are rolled. Winning combination payouts from the fifty allowable bets range from 1 to 1 to as high as 180 to 1.

Sic Bo is played on a large rectangular table with a house dealer, although table layouts, components and payouts will vary slightly between jurisdictions. There are fourteen betting stations but there is no limit to the number of players. The table minimum is usually five dollars. Three dice numbering from one to six sit on a vibrating platform under a glass dome.

Bet options are shown in pictorial configuration with their payout amounts. Wagers are placed directly on the desired combination(s). The dealer initiates the first round of the table’s play by activating the vibrating platform. When it stops he will enter each die face number onto a keypad that lights up the winning combinations. Then rotating around the table, each player takes his/her turn at vibrating the dice in the electric cage shaker after placing their bets. The dealer will once again enter the die face numbers onto the keypad.

There are seven different types of bets in Sic Bo:

Small or Big Bet

Betting that the total will be between 4 and 10 (small) or between 11 and 17 (big). A win pays even money at 1 to 1. These are your best odds even though any combination of three equal numbers are a loss to the player, such as a combo of 2-2-2 equaling 6 on the small bet. This provides the house edge of about 3%.

Single Number Bet

Betting that a combination of two particular numbers will appear. Payout 5 to 1.

Three Number Total Sum

Betting on the combined total of all three dice from 4 to 17. Payouts range from 6 to 1 up to 60 to 1 as outlined on the table.

Double Bet

Betting that the resulting roll will contain two of any number. Pays 10 to 1.

Any Triple Bet

Betting that the resulting roll will contain three of any number. Pays 30 to 1.

Triple Bet

Betting that the resulting roll will contain three of a specific number. The payout is huge at 180 to 1, but this is the worst bet in Sic Bo. There are 216 (6x6x6) possible dice combinations and only one can be a winner. True odds; 216 to 1!

You might find this game fun to play in that it’s unlike the other table games.

Good Luck!