At the beginning of the 20th century, horse racing attracted the majority of bettors with its use of speed, distance, and escalator techniques. Needless to say, owners of tracks started churning out better horses.
Also, during that time there was a plethora of money being bet on races using the methods taught in “runners rules”, and handicapping. The better hands won, and by devising betting devices, which calculated odds, wagering cars, throwing dice, placing bets, the public’s next great innovation was installed- coin operated machines that counted out hunches became really good money machines.
Then, during the 30s, lots of money but not as much quality as before was being bet on races by the squares. During that time, there was a lot of luck, but also a lot of techniques developed in the Derby and other races. Advertising agencies created false races to sell lotteries.
Some of the betting devices were mechanical. Others were telephone-based. The largest was the federal money machine, which was connected via telephone to all the race tracks. Bets were placed one at a time, and the computer provided the count. Of course, there were cheats using the computer, cheating the house by making the computer “infallible”.
But there was no need for cheating. As bettors learned to manage their finances, so did the casinos. Then there was the invention of the Video Lottery terminal, or VLT, the forerunner of the highly successful Keno. VLT’s were small, automatic ticket books that could select the numbers on the paper. They had touch screens, and prizes for a variety of numbers selected. Not surprisingly, they were heavily backed by the house.
During the 1980s, as gambling was rediscovered, lots of state lotteries were started that are now in use. Brewsters (makers of the winning tickets) werearts Frequent Players were offered expertise and training programs.
Then, with the savings from ticket sales, the state lotteries were able to offer reduced (sometimes free) number drawings, first-class lottery administration, and reinspected Pick 3 and Pick 4 games. All this was done in an attempt to increase interest in the lotteries, and provide additional sources of tax revenue.
Pick 3, by far, is the biggest lottery game in the Dewalive. In Florida, it is played along with Easy 5, a different game with a different draw system. In Georgia, the game is played in combinations of 6-11, 6-5-2, 6-4-1, 6-3-2, and 6-2-1. In Illinois, the game is 6-9-3, 6-5-2, 6-4-1, 6-3-2, and 6-2-1. Or if you live in a state where the game is 6-7-3, 6-6-3, 6-5-3, 6-6-2, 6-7-1 and/or 6-7-2, 6-7-1 and/or 6-7-2, you can play the game from your home or any lottery retailer that is willing to pay the $1,000 fine. The fine is $5,000, and the winner can claim up to $2,000 in prize money.
Pick 4, like the Pick 3, is another game withescissions, some of which run as high as $15,000. Most of the time, there’s a matching game included in the Pick 4 and the top prize can reach as high as $100,000. In Indiana, the top prize is $20,000.
In the meantime, new varieties of the lottery are emerging, thanks to modern logistics and advertising. You can now buy more than a single ticket, you can play without leaving your home, you can shop for more than a single set of numbers, and you can get more than one set of numbers in a swatable typeface.
What’s in a name? In the past, there were only two general ways of playing lotteries – buying in syndicates and entering “Quick Picks.” Now, you can play in groups of tens or hundreds of people, Win Four or more, and even Tenebrities have updated their trademark shirts with the same logo.
But the trend has gone further.
Numerous state lotteries have brokered Selective Service Registration (S drying) Lottery tickets. This minicourse lets the interested public choose the numbers and dates of their choice in advance. A hugely popular idea from historical lottery tickets, this concept of lottery syndicate management is especially popular with serious lottery players.