A field ticket is
typically composed of one group, or field of numbers, and other
different sized groups that combine to make the ways on the ticket. For
instance, you can make a six way eight with one field of seven, and six one spot
The field is usually, but not necessarily the largest group
on the ticket. Consider the four way five marked 4-1-1-1-1. One can image, (and
even imagine playing) a four way five consisting of one king and four groups of
four, 4-4-4-4-1. By our definition, this is also a field ticket though the field
is the smallest group on the ticket. Which ticket is better to play? The
seventeen spot ticket will provide winners significantly more often,
while the eight spot will pay off more though less frequently.
The classic example of a field ticket is the four way nine
grouped 6-3-3-3. In this case the non-field groups of three produce a singular
nine. This ticket is by the way, one of the two best ways to play a four way
The non-field groups on a ticket need not be all the same
size. A good example is the four way nine grouped 4-3-3-2-2.
Tickets may have more than one field on them. Consider the
seven way eleven (7/11) ticket marked 3-3-3-2-2-2-2. In this delightful ticket,
there is a field of nine that combines with the four groups of two, and there is
a field of eight that combines with the three groups of three, all to produce
Let’s mark a group of seven on a ticket, and start adding
kings, and we’ll get a chart (to the left) as we add kings.
You see, once the number
of kings equals the field, the ticket starts losing the qualities of a field
ticket and starts resembling, more and more, a king ticket.
characteristics of a field ticket are more numbers played and higher win
frequency. The general characteristics of a king ticket are fewer numbers played
and higher average winning amounts.
Good luck! I’ll see you in line!