Lotto, Lottery, Lotteries - Terms and Explanations
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A seventh ball drawn in the UK National Lottery. Matching 5 numbers and the
'Bonus Ball' wins the second highest prize.
The fee paid to retail outlets for selling lottery tickets.
The lottery results.
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.
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'.
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
The results of a specific lottery outcome.
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).
A random selection of numbers made by computer.
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
The chance of winning. Example: The chance of winning a Lotto 6/49 game is 1
out of 13,983,816!
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.
A way of organizing numbers to play for a straight win so that potential
combinations are not missed. Similar to a 'Wheeling System'.
A way of organizing and playing a set of numbers to improve the chances of
winning multiple prizes.