The Best Ways to Play The Games of The Massachusetts State Lottery

Instant Win Scratch Tickets

Have you ever been to a corner store and witnessed an unusual flood of people there, many in and out of their cars, some just sitting mesmerized in a trancelike state, and wondered, ‘what on earth is going on here’? What you have just witnessed is the result of a new release of an Instant Win Scratch Ticket from the Massachusetts State Lottery. I’m sure it comes as no surprise to you that it’s all about entertainment and money. There really is only one thing capable of generating that type of excitement at corner stores and ‘quick stop gas stations’ throughout the state so, there’s also no wondering why the state holds a ‘legalized monopoly’ on the industry.

You may however, have wondered, ‘how do all those people know when a new instant win game is released’? The answer is, they watch for new release announcements on the New Lottery Instant Game Tickets page of the Massachusetts State Lottery Official Web Site. In this way they are always apprised of new opportunities to hit the jackpot.

As for the sudden furor of it all, it can be explained simply with what’s well know throughout the ‘scratching community’, in an attempt to gain popularity for a game, each new instant games release is saturated with winning tickets.

So, now a week as gone by and the crowds have dissipated at the ‘scratching posts’ and you a have some former presidents burning a hole in you pocket. Short of a cold shower, you decide what to do, buy yourself some instant win lottery tickets! Now comes the dilemma, which games tickets to buy? Before extinguishing those fiery historical figures, refer to the Instant Prizes Claims page of the Massachusetts State Lottery Official Web Site. Additionally you may want to check the Instant Prizes Under 1,000,000 page.

What you are looking for is the claimed vs. total columns on the right side on both of the listing pages. By scanning those two columns you can easily see how many prizes are both available and claimed. Now at this point it becomes perfectly obvious that you only want to purchase tickets for games that have more unclaimed prizes than claimed prizes. After all, why throw away your hard earned money on a 46 claimed prizes out of 50 available prizes game ticket when you can purchase a 28 vs. 66 or 18 vs. 80 and have something on the order of 30 to 60 more chances of winning the grand prize amount! Granted though, all those winners will not be in circulation at the time of your purchase.

This begs the question of how much money to spend on your instant win ticket purchase. Most “professional ‘scratchers’” remark, you must spend at least $100 on one game at one time to have any real chance of winning a jackpot, claiming, you really need several full fresh sheets of tickets in order to better your chances of your scratching revealing that jackpot. However prudence dictates you can only buy as many scratch tickets as your budget will allow. So, if spending $100 simply is not in your budget today, perhaps over time, putting some money aside for a ‘new instant win release treat day’ would be an acceptable way to both play by the ‘rules’ and, make it relatively ‘affordable’ to do so.

Cash WinFall

A ‘one wheel’ game, Cash WinFall, being the Massachusetts State Lotteries newest game, has an interesting twist on its jackpot. The money is rolled down to lesser winners! If no grand prize has been won before the jackpot pool reaches $2 Million, that $2,000,000.00 or more then gets dissipated through to all lower level wins of that draw. Meaning, if the jackpot is $2 Million or more, and there is no jackpot winner, that $2 Million goes to all the prize winners in that drawing. Pretty neat! Now it’s quite obvious when to play Cash WinFall!

Mega Millions

A two wheel game, Mega Millions is the Massachusetts version of the highly popular multi state game PowerBall. Being a 2 wheel game, the odds are quite high against picking all 6 winning numbers. In fact they are quite a bit higher than PowerBall odds. One would naturally assume because the odds are higher, there would be less frequent winners with higher jackpots. That simply is not the case. PowerBall has jackpot winners, on average over the past year, approximately once every 6 weeks (8 winners) with 9 figure jackpots numbering 4. While Mega Millions has jackpot winners, on average over the past year, approximately once every 4 weeks (14 winners) with 9 figure jackpots also numbering 4. One can reasonably assert that those figures are a result of the participating states population and economic demographics.

So how do all those people win? The Official Web Site of Mega Millions states quite clearly on its Winning Picks page [http://www.megamillions.com/winningpicks/download_numbers.asp] that ‘Lottery games such as Mega Millions are random and it is impossible for anyone or any lottery analysis software to predict exactly what will be the next drawn balls. However, patterns can still be observed from the balls that are randomly drawn for different periods of time’. That being said, you can obviously have a better chance of winning through a lottery related form of Statistical Analysis. For more information on Statistical Analysis and how it applies to the Massachusetts State Lottery, visit MassLotteryResult.com. So, when should you play this game? You should really only play Mega Millions about the 4th week after every jackpot winner!

The Numbers Game

A 4 wheel game and the oldest of the Massachusetts State Lottery Games, The Numbers Game has been in operation since 1975. More than 10,000 drawings have made players the happy winners of tens, hundreds and, thousands of dollars every day. Number odds being quite reasonable, one would assume winning this game to be relatively easy. Nothing could be farther from the truth. The fact is, the way you are forced to play this game aids in stacking the odds much farther against you than you may think. With it’s all 4 any 4, first 3 last 3 any or exact, 2 digit combinations, .25c, .50c, $1, $2, and $5 play options, coupled with payouts less than $10,000, playing this game is a real challenge, as too is it’s worthiness of being played. What the designers of this old lottery game seem to have overlooked is,it’s not how to play but what you win, something the newer games embrace fully. That being said, The Numbers Game does have its merits. There are lots of people out there who only want to bet .25c or .50c and, not even Keno offers that option. What this game really needs is a simple ‘any 3’ option including a ‘$5 only’ bet and a maximum $500 payout. That alone could catapult the popularity of The Numbers Game to stratospheric levels. So what’s the best way to play this game? .25c and 50c bets only, any combinations you want. The layman perspective is, pick 4 out of 40 on The Numbers Game and maybe win $10,000. Pick 5 out of 35 on MassCash and definitely win $100,000, spending $1 or more should be saved for MassCash.

MassCash

An older ‘one wheel’ game that, since its inception in 1991, has paid its $100,000 jackpot to more than 2500 winners! With its reasonable odds and reasonable payouts it’s easy to see why this older game continues to be popular. With jackpot winners nearly every drawing, and multiple winner too, you can play this game whenever it’s drawn!

MegaBucks

An older ‘one wheel’ game that, since its inception in 1982, has paid more than 1700 winners varying prize amounts totaling about $2.5 Billion. A fairly tough game to win, jackpot winners are, on average, paid out every 10 -12 drawings. So, naturally you only play this game every 10 – 12 draws after a jackpot winner.

Keno

A ‘newer one wheel’ computer driven game and a masterpiece of modern gambling Keno, is designed for people with a lot of time on their hands. After all, where else can you have a chance to win $1 Million every 5 minutes 21 hours a day, 6 days a week, and 13 hours on Sunday! When should you play this game? Whenever you’ve had just enough to drink to think you can actually pick 12 of the 20 numbers drawn from a pool of 80. Seriously, Keno is a very fun game and, when played correctly, can create hours of enjoyment for little to no money spent. In fact people have been known to play all night and leave no poorer than when they started! How is that? Keno allows you to win if you don’t pick any of the winning numbers! Amazing! Well, maybe not all that amazing as Lottery Officials have obviously figured out that it’s harder to not pick any of the winners than to pick 1, 2 ,3 or 4 winners when playing a 12, 11 or 10 spot game as you don’t win anything for picking less than 5 winning numbers. But, if you are the unluckiest person around you could win all night long! So how do you play this game? The odds are just as good winning a prize on the 7 spot wager as the 1 spot wager so play the 7 spot though the best over all odds are on the 2 spot wager. Simply show up, pick you numbers, pay for however many games your visit will cover and, cash out when you leave.

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!