Pick 4 Strategy Exposes State Lotteries’ Greatest Fear
State Lotteries across the country protect their Pick 4 lottery systems by writing rules and regulations that prevent the Pick 4 lotto results from bankrupting their systems. They shut out Pick 4 lotto players who want to win the Pick 4 by cutting off a popular number.
Sometimes players go to their local retailer to play a Quad type Pick 4 number such as “7777” only to be told that this Pick 4 lotto number is not available. The players are using their favorite Pick 4 Strategy that leads them to choose this number. Or, players play it based on a particular date.
In the Illinois Pick 4 many players around November 11, 2009, started playing “1111” and continued playing this same number hoping the Pick 4 lotto results when drawn would bring them a cash windfall. For months of being shut out when attempting to play, “1111” exposed the State’s Pick 4 Strategy. The interest in this particular number gained renewed life based on the date January 11, 2010, with 1.11.10. Pick 4 lottery systems based on dates continued to prevent players who wanted to win the Pick 4 to be shut out for another six weeks or more in Illinois from playing “1111”.
With the payout of five thousand dollars ($5,000) for every one dollar ($1) Straight Ticket, the State Lottery coffers would have to payout $1 Million for every two hundred ($200) dollars worth of winning tickets sold. The Pick 4 lottery systems that advocate “date play” that form Quads bring fear to the heart and soul of every State Lottery Office in the country. The winning Pick 4 lotto results, in this case, means the State Lottery could incur a major financial loss.
The only way the State Lotteries could prevent themselves from going “bankrupt” is by writing rules and regulations that would limit the number of tickets that can be sold on a particular Pick 4 number. Their Pick 4 Strategy is particularly focused on the Pick 4 lottery results of a “quad” being drawn. The sale of 500 winning tickets at the basic level of one dollar would result in a Pick 4 lotto payout of $2.5 Million Dollars in most States.
Every time a Quad Number is overplayed, because of popularity, the State’s Pick 4 Lottery System has to expose their Pick 4 Strategy by simply cutting off that particular number from being played.
On March 31, 2010, in the Pennsylvania Big 4, 7-7-7-7 was drawn in the evening draw. The PA Lottery had $7.77 Millions in payouts to over 3,100 players who invested wisely in this Big 4 winning number. The PA Lottery had to pay out more than $7.2 million dollars than it took in for that drawing. The Big 4 payout was a staggering 1,573 percent of sales according to the lottery spokesperson. Luckily for the PA Big 4 Lottery, quads which are very popular with pick 4 lotto players, are rarely drawn.
The last Quad to be drawn in the PA Big 4 was 2-2-2-2 on September 8, 2008, with a payout of $3.09 Million to 1,236 Pick 4 lottery players.
The Pick 4 Strategy to play Quads by so many Pick 4 lotto players exposes the strategy most State Lotteries use to counter pick 4 lotto results that could bankrupt them….this is their greatest fear.