Nevada Numbers offers lottery-like jackpot

June 10, 2002 5:49 AM
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Although Nevada doesn’t have a statewide lottery, Nevada Numbers comes close. The game is placed every day, the ticket costs $2, and players have a chance to win (at press time) a healthy $5,244, 282.

The game is offered in numerous Nevada casinos, usually in the keno lounge. The player selects five numbers and fills out a card, just like playing keno.

In addition to marking the numbers, players can bet up to 50 games in a row. For each game, five balls are selected from 80 numbered balls. Winning numbers are drawn once a day at 6 p.m. (Pacific Time), seven days a week.

If a player doesn’t feel lucky enough to pick five numbers, he can get a Quick Pick ticket, which will have five randomly selected numbers on it.

The winner need not be at the drawing to win, but winning tickets must be redeemed within one year.

Hitting five out of five numbers pays the progressive jackpot, which starts at $5 million. Catch 4 out of 5 numbers and win $2,000, while 3 out of 5 pays $20, 2 out of 5, $2 and 1 out of 5 pays $1.

The grand prize is paid in 20 equal annual installments. However, the player can opt for a lump sum payment, which will be just over half the estimated jackpot. The amount is determined as the amount that would have been used to purchase a 20-year investment.

The equipment used in the nightly drawing are kept to close tolerances. For instance, the balls are inspected and weighed with a balance accurate to .001 grams before being put into play.

The Nevada Numbers ball draw is conducted by two keno representatives from the host property to ensure the balls are properly entered into the Nevada Numbers computer.