BackgroundIt was election day 2004, November 2nd to be exact, that Oklahomans overwhelmingly approved a state lottery. With proceeds earmarked for the state education system, the lottery is expected to greatly benefit the state.
In October of 2005, the initial scratch-off tickets went on sale, and shortly thereafter the Pick 3 followed. In January of 2006, Oklahoma began Powerball, a game with large jackpots that is played among a number of states. Another multi-state game, Mega Millions, was then added.
Types of GamesScratch-Off: Use a coin to scratch the card. There are more than 20 options to choose from including Lucky 7's, Fantasy Blackjack, $40,000 Jackpot and more.
Pick 3 / Cash 5: Simple number picking games. Numbers are available nightly through a link on About OKC.
Powerball / Mega Millions / Hot Lotto: Powerball, Mega Millions and Hot Lotto are number picking games involving multiple states with large jackpots. Players select 5 numbers and a Powerball/Megaball/Hot ball number. Winning numbers are available Wed. and Sat. at 10pm through a link on About OKC for Powerball and Hot Lotto, Tues. and Friday for Mega Millions.
How to Play - Scratch-OffDepending on the specific game, players are attempting to do one of a few different things:
- Match the card's winning numbers
- Achieve the classic Tic-Tac-Toe formation
- Match identical prize amounts
- Or uncover a specific winning symbol
How to Play - Pick 3 and Cash 5The Pick 3 and Cash 5 cards have 5 columns. For Cash 5 games, you select 5 numbers (1-36 only). For Pick 3, you can play one or all five, depending on how much you want to spend, and decide between four play types:
Straight: Numbers in exact order
Box: Numbers in any order
Front Pair: First 2 numbers in exact order
Back Pair: Last 2 numbers in exact order
How to Play - Powerball, Mega Millions & Hot LottoPowerball, Mega Millions and Hot Lotto are all similar, only with different terminology. Cards have 5 panels. You can play one or all five, depending on how much you want to spend. Pick 5 numbers and 1 special number. Players can pick numbers themselves or allow the computer to pick. A muliplier option costs extra but can multiply winnings by as much as 5 times.
Cost and Odds - Scratch-Off & Pick 3Scratch-Off: Overall odds of winning are around 1 in 4.5 and slightly better for some games. Tickets range anywhere from $1 to $5 for $25,000 Jackpot, and payouts range from $1 to $50,000.
Pick 3: Each column costs $1, and each type within that column costs $1. Odds for "front pair" and "back pair" type are 1:100 and pay $50. Odds for "box" type range from 3-6:1000 and pay $80 or $160. Odds for "straight" type are 1:1000 and pay top $500 prize.
Cost and Odds - Powerball & Cash 5Powerball: Each play is $2, and Powerplay option costs $1. 5 matches plus Powerball pays JACKPOT. Winners get from $4 (Just Powerball) up to $1,000,000 (5 numbers). Odds are 1:55 (Just Powerball) up to 1:175 million (Jackpot).
Cash 5: Each play is $1. 5 matches pays the $25,000 (tax free) jackpot. Winners can also get a free ticket. Odds are 1:8 up to 1:376 thousand for the jackpot.