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Lotto, Lottery, Lotteries - Terms and Explanations

Here are explanations of some of the more common terms and phrases used in
lotteries. If you can't find what you are looking for here, please contact us.

Bonus Ball
A seventh ball drawn in the UK National Lottery. Matching 5 numbers and the 'Bonus Ball' wins the second highest prize.

Commission
The fee paid to retail outlets for selling lottery tickets.

Draw
The lottery results.

Syndicate
A group of lottery players who combine their bets and equally share the burden of the cost of playing. Sometimes referred to as a Lottery Pool or Group Play.

Instant Game
A lottery ticket that requires the player to remove a latex coating to determine if the ticket is a winner. Also called 'Scratch-off Game' or 'Scratcher'.

Jackpot
The top prize for a lotto or lottery game. If not won on a particular draw Jackpots usually 'roll over' to the next draw, increasing the amount of the next jackpot.

Lottery Draw
The results of a specific lottery outcome.

Lotto, Lottery
A game where players select a small group of numbers (usually six) from a large set (usually 49) and are awarded prizes based on how many match the randomly drawn result. In a typical lotto game, a player might be asked to select six numbers from a set of 49. At a predetermined time, six numbers are randomly drawn by the lottery people. The player wins a major prize if all six of their numbers match those chosen in the random drawing. The player wins smaller prizes for matching three, four, or five of the drawn numbers. Variants of lotto games include 'Powerball' or 'Power Ball' and 'The Big Game' and 'Lottery Extra' (UK).

Lucky Dip
A random selection of numbers made by computer.

Online Game
A game where tickets are purchased through a network of computer terminals
located at retail outlets. The terminals are linked to a central computer that records the wagers. Examples of online games include lotto, keno and numbers games.

Odds
The chance of winning. Example: The chance of winning a Lotto 6/49 game is 1 out of 13,983,816!

Rollover
An event that occurs when the lottery jackpot or a jackpot game is not won. The jackpot thus 'rolls over' to the next drawing, resulting in a bigger jackpot for that drawing.

Tree System
A way of organizing numbers to play for a straight win so that potential combinations are not missed. Similar to a 'Wheeling System'.

Wheeling System
A way of organizing and playing a set of numbers to improve the chances of winning multiple prizes.