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Agents/Retailers
Retail merchants licensed by the Lottery to sell tickets, using either a computerized ticket generator for on-ine games, or a ticket supply furnished by a vendor for instant games.
Annuity
A jackpot prize paid out in installments, typically over 25 or 30 years. The player decides at the time of purchase whether to take the Annuity Prize Option, or the (Lump Sum) CASH OPTION. There are exceptions. In Ohio, for example, the method of payment can be changed when the player claims his or her Classic Lotto  prize. They have 60 days from the date of claiming to decide whether to stay with the annual payments, or to opt for the Cash Option.
Autolotto
A betting feature of all Lotto games in which the terminal randomly and AUTOmatically selects six Lotto numbers for play. May also be called, "Autopick."
Bet Slip or Card
A form or record displaying wagers, amount and selections.
Bundle Play
Bundle Play is an Ohio Lottery sample pack. This feature lets you play our most popular draw games, like Powerball, Mega Millions, and more, all for a discounted price. Bundle Play game numbers are randomly selected by the computer.
Cannibalize
Term used to describe the gaming phenomenon occurring when sales for one specific game offered by a lottery suffer due to the attraction of another, often new, game.
Cash Lotto
(Also LITTLE LOTTO) A type of lotto game with odds lower than standard Lotto games, and fixed, lump-sum payouts, often conducted as a multijurisdictional game. CASH LOTTO games typically have a smaller top prize than large jackpot games, more favorable odds of winning that top prize, and require players to select fewer numbers out of a smaller universe. Examples include our “Buckeye 5,” Florida’s “Fantasy 5” and Indiana’s “Lucky 5.”
Cash Option
A large jackpot that the winner elects to receive as a lump sum cash payment rather than an annuity. If the Cash Option is chosen at the time of purchase, the ticket will pay the Cash Option only (See ANNUITY).
Daily Game
This can refer to any game where winners are determined once a day, but usually refers to a Numbers Game such as the “Daily 3” or “Daily 4” games played in many states, or Ohio's PICK 3 and PICK 4 games. Daily Games frequently occur more than once a day.
Draw
(Also, DRAWING) Selection of winning numbers, using tumblers, ball sets or random number generators.
Gaming industry
The industry of legalized wagering, to include pari-mutuels, lotteries, casinos, Indian Gaming, riverboats and on-line wagering.
Instant Game
(Also SCRATCHER, SCRATCH-OFF) A lottery game that offers pre-printed tickets with a latex, scratch-off surface. They commonly sell for $1 - $20 each, and require the player to remove the coating to determine immediately if the ticket is a winner.
Lotto
A lottery game originated in Europe, in which players select a group of numbers from a large set, or Universe, and are awarded prizes based on how many match a second set chosen by a random drawing. 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 selected by the lottery. 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. Examples of Lotto games include Super Lotto Plus, Mega Millions, and Powerball, each played in a number of U.S. jurisdictions, and Canada’s Lotto 6/49. Some form of Lotto is played in every North American lottery jurisdiction. (Also PICK 6.)
Matrix
The basic structure of a game, most often used in reference to Lotto games.
Mega Millions
Formerly known as “The Big Game,” newly named multijurisdictional Mega Millions went on sale May 15, 2002, with the recent addition of Ohio and New York. Washington State has announced plans to join Mega Millions in late September 2002. While most accounting is handled by each member state individually, key duties such as projecting jackpots, budgeting and expenditures, settlements of draw and wagering data, financial settlements (prize expense shares and banking/cash settlements), monitoring of draw data and statistics, public relations, draw show production and broadcasting, software development and legal issues are shared. For each wager, the player selects five numbers from a pool of 1 to 56 and one Mega Ball number from a second pool of numbers from 1 to 46. Each wager costs $1.00, and the player can play up to five times on each Mega Millions ticket, or request AUTO PICK. Mega Millions wagers are valid for the next regularly scheduled drawing, and Advance Wagering is available with the option to play the same numbers for up to ten consecutive draws. Printed Mega Millions tickets, however, cannot be cancelled.
MP Station
The MP (Multi-Play) Station is the Ohio Lottery's self-service ticket vending machine that allows players to purchase Online Game tickets without assistance from the retailer. The MP will verify if tickets are winners, redeem winning tickets (valued at $25 or less) by applying credit to the player’s balance for additional purchases, and direct players to either the retailer or Lottery to claim their winnings.
On-line
Hooked up to a central computer via telecommunications lines, such as ticket generating terminals used in Numbers and Lotto Games.
On-line Agent
An agent selling on-line lottery games through the gaming terminal.
On-line Games
Lottery games played through computer terminals installed in agents’ establishments. The online terminals are linked to a main Data Center at lottery headquarters by dedicated telephone lines. Examples of on-line games include Lotto, Keno and Numbers Games, Sports Pools and Card Lotteries.
Pick 3
Originating in early December 1979, as “The Number,” PICK 3 is a numbers game in which three digits between 0 and 9 are selected at 2 drawings per day, Mid-Day and Evening, for a total of 12 draws per week. Bets may be placed in 50-cent increments from $0.50 to $6, and numbers may be repeated. The variety of bet types which can be placed for the PICK 3 game are Straight, Boxed (3-way and 6-way), Backup (Straight and Boxed), and, Only for PICK 3, Pair and Wheel Wagers (6-Way and 3-Way). Drawings are held daily at 12:29 p.m. and 7:29 p.m., each Monday through Saturday and broadcast statewide.
Pick 3 Boxed Bets
6-Way Box consists of three different numbers. (1, 2, 3)
3-Way Box has 2 same numbers, with three possible winning
combinations. (1, 2, 1)
Pick 4
Initiated in early April 1981, PICK 4 is a numbers game in which 4 digits between 0 and 9 are selected at 2 drawings per day, Mid-Day and Evening, for a total of 12 draws per week. Bets may be placed in 50-cent increments from $0.50 to $6, and numbers may be repeated. The variety of bet types available for the PICK 4 game are Straight, Boxed (4-, 6-, 12- and 24-way) and Backup, or Straight and Boxed. Drawings are held daily at 12:29 p.m. and 7:29 p.m., each Monday through Saturday and broadcast statewide.
Pick 4 Boxed Bets
24-Way Box consists of four different numbers. (1, 2, 3, 4)
12-WAY Box bet has two numbers the same. (1, 2, 3, 3)
6-WAY Box bet has two sets of the same number. (1, 2, 2, 1)
4-WAY Box bet has three numbers the same. (1, 1, 1, 2)
Pull-tab Ticket
(Also Window, Tip) An Instant ticket on which players pull away a tab to reveal the numbers or symbols on the ticket, determining if it is a winning ticket. Charities and some North American lottery jurisdictions sell these tickets
Spiel Game
Prevalent in European Lotteries, a type of “Add-On” Passive game played online as an additional wager made simultaneously with a separate Lotto wager. A Spiel number, usually 6 or 7 digits, is randomly selected and printed on the Lotto receipt ticket for a separate drawing, whether the player chooses to wager on the spiel game or not. Spiel games are found throughout Canada but are not yet common in the United States. Examples of Spiel games include Atlantic Canada’s “TAG,” Ohio Lottery's "KICKER.”
Spot
The Spot in KENO represents the amount of numbers selected by a player in a single KENO wager. For instance, if someone chooses a 6 Spot, that person has chosen 6 numbers to play. The Spot establishes the prize structure for that game and is used to determine whether that player has a winning ticket for that drawing. Odds and payouts increase as the Spot increases. In the Ohio Lottery’s KENO game, the $100,000 top prize can only be won playing a 10 Spot Game.
TPD - Top Prize Drawing
One of the available prizes for all Ohio Lottery Instant games with a price point of $5 or more. One top prize for each game is set aside for a top prize drawing (TPD), so that players have a chance to win a top prize after all or most of the game’s tickets have been sold. Players, who reveal a winning combination with a TPD symbol listed as the corresponding prize, win a set amount of money, based upon the price of the ticket. In order to collect their prize, winners must complete a Claim Form at one of our Regional Offices or Lottery Central. Each Top Prize Drawing occurs at the end of the game, or when all TPD winning tickets have been claimed - whichever happens first.
WinStation
The WinStation is the Ohio Lottery's self-service ticket vending machine that allows players to purchase Instant and Online Game tickets without assistance from the retailer. In addition, the WinStation will verify if tickets are winners, redeem winning tickets (valued at $25 or less) by applying credit to the player’s balance for additional purchases, and direct players to either the retailer or Lottery to claim their winnings.
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