## Sunday, March 2, 2014

### Texas Lottery Chronicles-"Cash Machine"

Today's entry is titled "Cash Machine." Let's hope it is.

Top prize is \$100K and we have 20 chances to win a prize. The top of the ticket has five "winning" numbers. We are hoping to match one of those numbers to win a prize. Other chances to win include getting a "money bag" symbol of a "stack of cash" symbol. The "stack of cash" symbol doubles the prize amount. Sweet!

Overall odds of winning a prize are 3.3 to 1.

Let's get started, shall we?

After scratching off the "winning" numbers row, we'll be looking to match the following five numbers: 27, 34, 30, 18, and 24. My birthday is on the 27th, so that's a good thing. Right?

The prizes varied from \$5 to \$1,000 on the first two lines of the ticket, and as has been our wont, we whiffed on all the numbers. After not winning anything on our first two tickets, and now half of this one, I'd say we're due to hit something.

Onward we go.

The third line included the big one... \$100K, but our number didn't match. We also missed on the other four prizes on the line, so now we're one line away from losing our five bucks.

We got another shot at the big prize on the last line, plus a couple chances at \$500. Not bad if you can hit one of them, which we can't. So after buying three straight losing tickets in our little experiment, the math (3.3 to 1) indicates that the next one should be a winner :)

Unfortunately for us, "Cash Machine" turned out to be exactly that... for the state of Texas.

Tickets                        3
Winners                      0
Investment             \$15.00
Winnings                  \$0
Net                        (\$15.00)