Playing a 13-spot keno ticket isn’t as flaky as it sounds

May 01, 2001 11:58 AM
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This week’s favorite ticket will, I’m sure, bring out the skeptic in many of you. It is a 13 way 13, and I usually play it for a dime per way, making it a $1.30 ticket. I usually play it for a five or 10-game multirace, making it a $6.50 or $13.00 play altogether. I’ve found that most games will accept it when multi-raced for that amount.

Now many of you will ask, "How can I make money on a 13 spot ticket?" and "How can I make money playing for a dime per way?" I can assure you that you can, if lucky, do both! If you are playing a 13-spot ticket, you are not, of course playing to hit a solid 13. Though it is possible, it is improbable, to say the least. However, you can hit 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12 out of 13, and even at a dime per way, the payouts add up. The most I have won on this ticket is a little over $1,900.00 (at a dime per way!) and I have hit many winners over $100.

The ticket is marked using 34 numbers, with one group of seven, two groups of six, one group of five, (these are all lined off following Keno convention) one group of four, one group of three, one group of two, and one king. (These groups of four or less are circled.)

Here is a breakout of the ways:

7-6

=

2 way 13

7-5-1

=

1 way 13

7-4-2

=

1 way 13

7-3-2-1

=

1 way 13

6-6-1

=

1 way 13

6-5-2

=

2 way 13

6-4-3

=

2 way 13

6-4-2-1

=

2 way 13

5-4-3-1

=

1 way 13

Thus the seven combines for five different ways, the sixes combine for nine different ways, the five combines for four different ways, the four combines for five different ways, the three combines for four different ways, the two combines for six different ways, and the king combines for six different ways. It is this diversity of combinations plus the large number of total spots on the ticket that gives it its strength. Remember, on a 34-spot ticket, you will hit, on the average, eight and one-half numbers per draw, and, if you’re lucky, those eight or nine numbers will be distributed on the 13 spot ways in an advantageous fashion!

The 13 spot odds on the ticket is above.

Thus the odds are about 1.7 to one (or about 37% of the time) against getting a 6/13, the first paying catch at most casinos. A little trivia: There are 124,245 distinct possible catches on this ticket.