Playing the numbers, legally of course, in Nevada has been launched by Las Vegas Gaming Inc. (LVGI).
Play a $2 ticket, pick five winning numbers and there is a shot at winning a progressive jackpot that started at $5 million. Properties participating in the first phase of Nevada Numbers are Park Place Entertainment casinos ”” Bally’s, Paris, Las Vegas Hilton, Flamingo Las Vegas (beginning July 13), Reno Hilton (beginning July 12) and Flamingo Laughlin (beginning July 13).
Nevada Numbers is the only statewide, mega-jackpot, lucky numbers game.
The game is played nightly with 80 spinning balls. Players can pick their favorite five numbers in one to 50 consecutive games (over a period of 50 days) on a single ticket. Entrants can also play several tickets in one game. Wagers are accepted in person at participating casinos.
Each day at 6 p.m. five winning numbers are drawn at Bally’s with results electronically posted at all participating casinos. Winning numbers are broadcast on the 6 o’clock news on Channel 3 (KVBC-TV), Channel 4 (KRNV-TV) in Reno and Channel 34 (KMCC-TV) in Laughlin. Winning numbers are also posted online after 7 p.m. at nevadanumbers.com and parkplace.com.
LVGI said that the game would be distributed throughout the state based on its initial interest. It’s an easy game for customers to understand. To Nevadans, the game resembles a keno game with a huge jackpot. To visitors, the game looks like state lotteries.
“However,” said Russ Roth, president of LVGI, “the game is neither a keno game nor a state lottery.”
Park Place’s operations executive, Tom Sears, said that the company is excited to hold hands with LVGI in bringing the big participation-jackpot game to Nevada.
“With multiple properties throughout the state, Park Place is uniquely positioned to provide locations to launch a game of this magnitude,” Sears said. “To our knowledge, no other company has introduced a similar statewide promotion before. The multi-market launch ”” with other casino companies poised to join us ”” will help grow the progressive payoff to impressive levels. He said the Nevada Numbers had a positive customer response with a ”˜soft opening’ June 25 with internal promotion only at Bally’s and Paris. The multi-game ticket allows players to take the excitement home with them and check winning number by phone or on the Internet.”
Players can choose five numbers or opt for a Quick Pick (randomly selected computer-generated numbers). Catching four out of five numbers wins $2,000. Three of five wins $20. Catching just two of the five, $2. And, one of five gets $1.