Responsible Gaming

A primary role of The Hoosier Lottery is to recognize and promote ethical behavior, responsible gaming, and community service as a foundation of our success throughout Indiana.

Be an informed player…Know your game…Know your limit…Play within it!

It is important to remember that lottery games are based on random outcomes. These games of chance are a form of entertainment, at a price to you, the player.

Depending on which game you play, your odds of winning vary. Due to the random nature of lottery games, it’s impossible to predict what combination of numbers will be drawn and overall odds for scratch off games apply to the total number of tickets printed for a particular game, not to a consecutive string of tickets. There is nothing you can do to improve your chances of winning, but you can decide how much to spend.

 

Scratch offs – Understanding your odds

Overall odds apply to the total number of tickets printed for a particular game, not to a consecutive string of tickets.  The overall odds of winning a prize are established when a game is printed and are calculated by dividing the total number of tickets printed by the total number of prizes available.

Question:

I bought six tickets for a game where the odds were one in four, and none of them were winners. Doesn't this show that the prizes aren't awarded randomly?

Answer:

No. Consider tossing a coin. It is certainly possible for a coin to come up heads four, five, or more times in a row, even though the odds are one in two. Part of randomness is the concept that every ticket has the identical chance of winning and that the result of one ticket has no impact on the next. Suppose "one in four" meant that out of every four tickets there was exactly one winner. Suppose three tickets in a row lost. In this scenario, you would now know that the next one is a winner. This is not random.

 

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