METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR A LOTTERY PRIZE STRUCTURE

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19. A method comprising:
 providing a lottery game;
indicating a first price category and a second price category from which a lottery player can purchase a lottery ticket, the second price category having a second price that is greater than a first price in the first price category;
indicating a first partial match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the first price category that has a partial match of a predetermined quantity of numbers between a set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the first price category and a randomly selected set of numbers;
indicating a second partial match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the second price category that has a partial match between the set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the second price category and the randomly selected set of numbers such that a first partial match association between the first partial match prize distribution and the first price category has a variable ratio with a second partial match association between the second partial match prize distribution and the second price category, the first partial match association being the first partial match prize divided by the first price category, the second partial match association being the second partial match prize divided by the second price category, the variable ratio being a nonzero value that results from the difference between the second partial match association and the first partial match association;
indicating a first subset partial match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the first price category that has a subset partial match of the predetermined quantity of numbers between a set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the first price category and a randomly selected set of numbers, the subset partial match of the predetermined quantity of numbers being less than the predetermined quantity of numbers;
indicating a second subset partial match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the second price category that has a partial match between the set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the second price category and the randomly selected set of numbers such that a first subset partial match association between the first subset partial match prize distribution and the first price category has a constant ratio with a second subset partial match association between the second partial match prize distribution and the second price category, the first subset partial match association being the first subset partial match prize divided by the first price category, the second subset partial match association being the second subset partial match prize divided by the second price category, the constant ratio being a zero value that results from the difference between the second subset partial match association and the first subset partial match association;
generating the randomly selected set of numbers; and
providing a distribution to a player having a partial match with the predetermined quantity of numbers based on price category.
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A process is provided. The process provides a lottery game. Further, the process indicates a first price category and a second price category from which a lottery player can purchase a lottery ticket. In addition, the process indicates a first partial match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the first price category that has a partial match of a predetermined quantity of numbers between a set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the first price category and a randomly selected set of numbers. The process also indicates a second partial match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the second price category that has a partial match between the set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the second price category and the randomly selected set of numbers.
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LOTTERY GAME BASED ON DATES AND METHOD OF PLAYING A LOTTERY GAME BASED ON DATES  
Patent #
US 20150080082A1
Filed 08/23/2014

Current Assignee
Ahmnon D. Moskowitz

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Ahmnon D. Moskowitz

Geographical prize coding system for lottery draw games  
Patent #
US 10,445,981 B2
Filed 07/16/2018

Current Assignee
Christopher M. Jones

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Christopher M. Jones

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76 Claims
 19. A method comprising:
providing a lottery game; indicating a first price category and a second price category from which a lottery player can purchase a lottery ticket, the second price category having a second price that is greater than a first price in the first price category; indicating a first partial match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the first price category that has a partial match of a predetermined quantity of numbers between a set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the first price category and a randomly selected set of numbers; indicating a second partial match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the second price category that has a partial match between the set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the second price category and the randomly selected set of numbers such that a first partial match association between the first partial match prize distribution and the first price category has a variable ratio with a second partial match association between the second partial match prize distribution and the second price category, the first partial match association being the first partial match prize divided by the first price category, the second partial match association being the second partial match prize divided by the second price category, the variable ratio being a nonzero value that results from the difference between the second partial match association and the first partial match association; indicating a first subset partial match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the first price category that has a subset partial match of the predetermined quantity of numbers between a set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the first price category and a randomly selected set of numbers, the subset partial match of the predetermined quantity of numbers being less than the predetermined quantity of numbers; indicating a second subset partial match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the second price category that has a partial match between the set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the second price category and the randomly selected set of numbers such that a first subset partial match association between the first subset partial match prize distribution and the first price category has a constant ratio with a second subset partial match association between the second partial match prize distribution and the second price category, the first subset partial match association being the first subset partial match prize divided by the first price category, the second subset partial match association being the second subset partial match prize divided by the second price category, the constant ratio being a zero value that results from the difference between the second subset partial match association and the first subset partial match association; generating the randomly selected set of numbers; and providing a distribution to a player having a partial match with the predetermined quantity of numbers based on price category.
 20. A method comprising:
providing a lottery game; indicating a first price category and a second price category from which a lottery player can purchase a lottery ticket, the second price category having a second price that is greater than a first price in the first price category; indicating a first partial match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the first price category that has a partial match of a predetermined quantity of numbers between a set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the first price category and a randomly selected set of numbers; indicating a second partial match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the second price category that has a partial match between the set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the second price category and the randomly selected set of numbers such that a first partial match association between the first partial match prize distribution and the first price category has a constant ratio with a second partial match association between the second partial match prize distribution and the second price category, the first partial match association being the first partial match prize divided by the first price category, the second partial match association being the second partial match prize divided by the second price category, the constant ratio being a zero value that results from the difference between the second partial match association and the first partial match association; indicating a first subset partial match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the first price category that has a subset partial match of the predetermined quantity of numbers between a set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the first price category and a randomly selected set of numbers, the subset partial match of the predetermined quantity of numbers being less than the predetermined quantity of numbers; indicating a second subset partial match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the second price category that has a subset partial match between the set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the second price category and the randomly selected set of numbers such that a first subset partial match association between the first subset partial match prize distribution and the first price category has a variable ratio with a second subset partial match association between the second partial match prize distribution and the second price category, the first subset partial match association being the first subset partial match prize divided by the first price category, the second subset partial match association being the second subset partial match prize divided by the second price category, the variable ratio being a nonzero value that results from the difference between the second subset partial match association and the first subset partial match association; generating the randomly selected set of numbers; and providing a distribution to a player having a partial match with the predetermined quantity of numbers based on price category.
 21. A method comprising:
providing a lottery game; indicating a first price category and a second price category from which a lottery player can purchase a lottery ticket, the second price category having a second price that is greater than a first price in the first price category; indicating a price category independent jackpot prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket having a full match between a set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket and a randomly selected set of numbers irrespective of whether the lottery player purchases the lottery ticket from the first price category or the second price category; indicating a first partial match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the first price category that has a partial match of a predetermined quantity of numbers between a set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the first price category and the randomly selected set of numbers; indicating a second partial match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the second price category that has a partial match between the set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the second price category and the randomly selected set of numbers such that a first association between the first partial match prize distribution and the first price category has a variable ratio with a second association between the second partial match prize distribution and the second price category, the first association being the first partial match prize divided by the first price category, the second association being the second partial match prize divided by the second price category, the variable ratio being a nonzero value that results from the difference between the second association and the first association; generating the randomly selected set of numbers; and providing a distribution to a player based on (i) a type of match and (ii) price category if the type of match is a partial match.
 22. A method comprising:
providing a lottery game; indicating a first price category and a second price category from which a lottery player can purchase a lottery ticket, the second price category having a second price that is greater than a first price in the first price category; indicating a price category independent jackpot prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket having a full match between a set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket and a randomly selected set of numbers irrespective of whether the lottery player purchases the lottery ticket from the first price category or the second price category; indicating a first partial match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the first price category that has a partial match of a predetermined quantity of numbers between a set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the first price category and the randomly selected set of numbers; indicating a second partial match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the second price category that has a partial match between the set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the second price category and the randomly selected set of numbers such that a first association between the first partial match prize distribution and the first price category has a constant ratio with a second association between the second partial match prize distribution and the second price category, the first association being the first partial match prize divided by the first price category, the second association being the second partial match prize divided by the second price category, the constant ratio being a zero value that results from the difference between the second association and the first association; generating the randomly selected set of numbers; and providing a distribution to a player based on (i) a type of match and (ii) price category if the type of match is a partial match.
 23. A method comprising:
providing a lottery game; indicating a first price category and a second price category from which a lottery player can purchase a lottery ticket, the second price category having a second price that is greater than a first price in the first price category; indicating a price category independent jackpot prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket having a full match between a set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket and a randomly selected set of numbers irrespective of whether the lottery player purchases the lottery ticket from the first price category or the second price category; indicating a first partial match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the first price category that has a partial match of a predetermined quantity of numbers between a set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the first price category and a randomly selected set of numbers; indicating a second partial match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the second price category that has a partial match between the set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the second price category and the randomly selected set of numbers such that a first partial match association between the first partial match prize distribution and the first price category has a constant ratio with a second partial match association between the second partial match prize distribution and the second price category, the first partial match association being the first partial match prize divided by the first price category, the second partial match association being the second partial match prize divided by the second price category, the constant ratio being a zero value that results from the difference between the second partial match association and the first partial match association; indicating a first subset partial match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the first price category that has a subset partial match of the predetermined quantity of numbers between a set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the first price category and a randomly selected set of numbers, the subset partial match of the predetermined quantity of numbers being less than the predetermined quantity of numbers; indicating a second partial match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the second price category that has a partial match between the set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the second price category and the randomly selected set of numbers such that a first subset partial match association between the first subset partial match prize distribution and the first price category has a variable ratio with a second subset partial match association between the second partial match prize distribution and the second price category, the first subset partial match association being the first subset partial match prize divided by the first price category, the second subset partial match association being the second subset partial match prize divided by the second price category, the variable ratio being a nonzero value that results from the difference between the second subset partial match association and the first subset partial match association; generating the randomly selected set of numbers; and providing a distribution to a player based on (i) a type of match and (ii) price category if the type of match is a partial match.
 24. A method comprising:
providing a lottery game; indicating a first price category and a second price category from which a lottery player can purchase a lottery ticket, the second price category having a second price that is greater than a first price in the first price category; indicating a price category independent jackpot prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket having a full match between a set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket and a randomly selected set of numbers irrespective of whether the lottery player purchases the lottery ticket from the first price category or the second price category; indicating a first partial match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the first price category that has a partial match of a predetermined quantity of numbers between a set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the first price category and a randomly selected set of numbers; indicating a second partial match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the second price category that has a partial match between the set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the second price category and the randomly selected set of numbers such that a first partial match association between the first partial match prize distribution and the first price category has a variable ratio with a second partial match association between the second partial match prize distribution and the second price category, the first partial match association being the first partial match prize divided by the first price category, the second partial match association being the second partial match prize divided by the second price category, the variable ratio being a nonzero value that results from the difference between the second partial match association and the first partial match association; indicating a first subset partial match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the first price category that has a subset partial match of the predetermined quantity of numbers between a set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the first price category and a randomly selected set of numbers, the subset partial match of the predetermined quantity of numbers being less than the predetermined quantity of numbers; indicating a second partial match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the second price category that has a partial match between the set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the second price category and the randomly selected set of numbers such that a first subset partial match association between the first subset partial match prize distribution and the first price category has a constant ratio with a second subset partial match association between the second partial match prize distribution and the second price category, the first subset partial match association being the first subset partial match prize divided by the first price category, the second subset partial match association being the second subset partial match prize divided by the second price category, the constant ratio being a zero value that results from the difference between the second subset partial match association and the first subset partial match association; generating the randomly selected set of numbers; and providing a distribution to a player based on (i) a type of match and (ii) price category if the type of match is a partial match.
 25. A method comprising:
providing a lottery game; indicating a first price category and a second price category from which a lottery player can purchase a lottery ticket, the second price category having a second price that is greater than a first price in the first price category; indicating a first full match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the first price category that has a full match between a set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the first price category and the randomly selected set of numbers; indicating a second full match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the second price category that has a full match between a set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the second price category and the randomly selected set of numbers such that a first full match association between the first full match prize distribution and the first price category has a variable ratio with a second full match association between the second full match prize distribution and the second price category, the first full match association being the first full match prize divided by the first price category, the second full match association being the second full match prize divided by the second price category, the variable ratio being a nonzero value that results from the difference between the second full match association and the first full match association; indicating a first partial match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the first price category that has a partial match of a predetermined quantity of numbers between the set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the first price category and the randomly selected set of numbers; indicating a second partial match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the second price category that has a partial match between the set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the second price category and the randomly selected set of numbers such that a first association between the first partial match prize distribution and the first price category has a variable ratio with a second association between the second partial match prize distribution and the second price category, the first association being the first partial match prize divided by the first price category, the second association being the second partial match prize divided by the second price category, the variable ratio being a nonzero value that results from the difference between the second association and the first association; generating the randomly selected set of numbers; and providing a distribution to a player based on (i) a type of match and (ii) price category.
 26. A method comprising:
providing a lottery game; indicating a first price category and a second price category from which a lottery player can purchase a lottery ticket, the second price category having a second price that is greater than a first price in the first price category; indicating a first full match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the first price category that has a full match between a set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the first price category and the randomly selected set of numbers; indicating a second full match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the second price category that has a full match between a set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the second price category and the randomly selected set of numbers such that a first full match association between the first full match prize distribution and the first price category has a variable ratio with a second full match association between the second full match prize distribution and the second price category, the first full match association being the first full match prize divided by the first price category, the second full match association being the second full match prize divided by the second price category, the constant ratio being a zero value that results from the difference between the second full match association and the first full match association; indicating a first partial match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the first price category that has a partial match of a predetermined quantity of numbers between the set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the first price category and the randomly selected set of numbers; indicating a second partial match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the second price category that has a partial match between the set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the second price category and the randomly selected set of numbers such that a first association between the first partial match prize distribution and the first price category has a variable ratio with a second association between the second partial match prize distribution and the second price category, the first association being the first partial match prize divided by the first price category, the second association being the second partial match prize divided by the second price category, the variable ratio being a nonzero value that results from the difference between the second association and the first association; generating the randomly selected set of numbers; and providing a distribution to a player based on (i) a type of match and (ii) price category.
 27. A method comprising:
providing a lottery game; indicating a first price category and a second price category from which a lottery player can purchase a lottery ticket, the second price category having a second price that is greater than a first price in the first price category; indicating a first full match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the first price category that has a full match between a set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the first price category and the randomly selected set of numbers; indicating a second full match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the second price category that has a full match between a set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the second price category and the randomly selected set of numbers such that a first full match association between the first full match prize distribution and the first price category has a variable ratio with a second full match association between the second full match prize distribution and the second price category, the first full match association being the first full match prize divided by the first price category, the second full match association being the second full match prize divided by the second price category, the constant ratio being a zero value that results from the difference between the second full match association and the first full match association; generating the randomly selected set of numbers; and providing a distribution to a player based on price category.  View Dependent Claims (28, 29)
 30. A method comprising:
providing a lottery game; indicating a first price category and a second price category from which a lottery player can purchase a lottery ticket, the second price category having a second price that is greater than a first price in the first price category; indicating a first full match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the first price category that has a full match between a set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the first price category and the randomly selected set of numbers, payment of the first full match prize distribution being guaranteed by a third party entity; indicating a second full match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the second price category that has a full match between a set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the second price category and the randomly selected set of numbers such that a first full match association between the first full match prize distribution and the first price category has a variable ratio with a second full match association between the second full match prize distribution and the second price category, the first full match association being the first full match prize divided by the first price category, the second full match association being the second full match prize divided by the second price category, the constant ratio being a zero value that results from the difference between the second full match association and the first full match association, payment of the second full match prize distribution being guaranteed by the third party entity; generating the randomly selected set of numbers; and providing a distribution to a player based on price category.
 31. A method comprising:
providing a lottery game; indicating a first price category and a second price category from which a lottery player can purchase a lottery ticket, the second price category having a second price that is greater than a first price in the first price category; indicating a first full match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the first price category that has a full match between a set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the first price category and the randomly selected set of numbers; indicating a second full match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the second price category that has a full match between a set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the second price category and the randomly selected set of numbers such that a first full match association between the first full match prize distribution and the first price category has a variable ratio with a second full match association between the second full match prize distribution and the second price category, the first full match association being the first full match prize divided by the first price category, the second full match association being the second full match prize divided by the second price category, the constant ratio being a zero value that results from the difference between the second full match association and the first full match association; indicating a first partial match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the first price category that has a partial match of a predetermined quantity of numbers between the set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the first price category and the randomly selected set of numbers; indicating a second partial match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the second price category that has a partial match between the set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the second price category and the randomly selected set of numbers such that a first association between the first partial match prize distribution and the first price category has a constant ratio with a second association between the second partial match prize distribution and the second price category, the first association being the first partial match prize divided by the first price category, the second association being the second partial match prize divided by the second price category, the constant ratio being a zero value that results from the difference between the second association and the first association; generating the randomly selected set of numbers; and providing a distribution to a player based on (i) a type of match and (ii) price category.  View Dependent Claims (32, 33, 34, 35)
 36. A method comprising:
providing a lottery game; indicating a first price category and a second price category from which a lottery player can purchase a lottery ticket, the second price category having a second price that is greater than a first price in the first price category; indicating a first full match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the first price category that has a full match between a set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the first price category and the randomly selected set of numbers, payment of the first full match prize distribution being guaranteed by a third party entity; indicating a second full match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the second price category that has a full match between a set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the second price category and the randomly selected set of numbers such that a first full match association between the first full match prize distribution and the first price category has a variable ratio with a second full match association between the second full match prize distribution and the second price category, the first full match association being the first full match prize divided by the first price category, the second full match association being the second full match prize divided by the second price category, the constant ratio being a zero value that results from the difference between the second full match association and the first full match association, payment of the second full match prize distribution being guaranteed by the third party entity; indicating a first partial match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the first price category that has a partial match of a predetermined quantity of numbers between the set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the first price category and the randomly selected set of numbers, payment of the first partial match prize distribution being guaranteed by a third party entity; indicating a second partial match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the second price category that has a partial match between the set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the second price category and the randomly selected set of numbers such that a first association between the first partial match prize distribution and the first price category has a constant ratio with a second association between the second partial match prize distribution and the second price category, the first association being the first partial match prize divided by the first price category, the second association being the second partial match prize divided by the second price category, the constant ratio being a zero value that results from the difference between the second association and the first association, payment of the second partial match prize distribution being guaranteed by the third party entity; generating the randomly selected set of numbers; and providing a distribution to a player based on (i) a type of match and (ii) price category.  View Dependent Claims (52)
 37. A method comprising:
providing a lottery game; indicating a first price category and a second price category from which a lottery player can purchase a lottery ticket, the second price category having a second price that is greater than a first price in the first price category; indicating a first full match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the first price category that has a full match between a set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the first price category and the randomly selected set of numbers; indicating a second full match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the second price category that has a full match between a set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the second price category and the randomly selected set of numbers such that a first full match association between the first full match prize distribution and the first price category has a variable ratio with a second full match association between the second full match prize distribution and the second price category, the first full match association being the first full match prize divided by the first price category, the second full match association being the second full match prize divided by the second price category, the variable ratio being a nonzero value that results from the difference between the second full match association and the first full match association; generating the randomly selected set of numbers; indicating a first predetermined number prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the first price category after a predetermined number of other lottery tickets have been sold; indicating a second predetermined number prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the first price category after a predetermined number of other lottery tickets have been sold; and providing at least one distribution to a player based on price category.
 38. A lottery ticket dispensing apparatus comprising:
a payment module that receives payment for purchase of a lottery ticket that provides participation in a lottery game, the lottery game indicating (i) a first price category and a second price category from which a lottery player can purchase a lottery ticket, the second price category having a second price that is greater than a first price in the first price category, (ii) a first partial match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the first price category that has a partial match of a predetermined quantity of numbers between a set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the first price category and a randomly selected set of numbers, (iii) a second partial match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the second price category that has a partial match between the set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the second price category and the randomly selected set of numbers such that a first association between the first partial match prize distribution and the first price category has a variable ratio with a second association between the second partial match prize distribution and the second price category, the first association being the first partial match prize divided by the first price category, the second association being the second partial match prize divided by the second price category, the variable ratio being a nonzero value that results from the difference between the second association and the first association; and a ticket printer that prints a lottery ticket for the lottery game.  View Dependent Claims (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 49, 50, 51, 53, 54, 55, 56)
 57. An electronic lottery game apparatus comprising:
a display module that indicates prize categories for an electronic lottery game, the electronic lottery game indicating (i) a first price category and a second price category from which a lottery player can purchase an electronic lottery ticket, the second price category having a second price that is greater than a first price in the first price category, (ii) a first partial match prize distribution that can be won with an electronic lottery ticket purchased from the first price category that has a partial match of a predetermined quantity of numbers between a set of player numbers appearing on the electronic lottery ticket purchased from the first price category and a randomly selected set of numbers, (iii) a second partial match prize distribution that can be won with an electronic lottery ticket purchased from the second price category that has a partial match between the set of player numbers appearing on the electronic lottery ticket purchased from the second price category and the randomly selected set of numbers such that a first association between the first partial match prize distribution and the first price category has a variable ratio with a second association between the second partial match prize distribution and the second price category, the first association being the first partial match prize divided by the first price category, the second association being the second partial match prize divided by the second price category, the variable ratio being a nonzero value that results from the difference between the second association and the first association; a payment module that receives payment from a lottery player for the electronic lottery ticket; and a processor that compares the set of player numbers to the set of drawn numbers to determine a potential match and a potential match type.  View Dependent Claims (58, 59, 60, 61, 62, 63, 64, 65, 66, 67, 68, 69, 70, 71, 72, 73, 74, 75, 76)
1 Specification
This application is a ContinuationInPart application of U.S. patent application Ser. No. 10/879,939, filed on Jun. 28, 2004, entitled LOTTERY TICKET DISPENSING MACHINE FOR MULTIPLE PRICED TICKETS BASED ON VARIABLE RATIOS, which is ContinuationInPart application of U.S. patent application Ser. No. 10/766,676, now U.S. Pat. No. 6,935,948, filed on Jan. 27, 2004, entitled Multiple Pricing Shared Single Jackpot in a Lottery, both of which are hereby incorporated by reference in their entireties. This application is also a ContinuationInPart application of U.S. patent application Ser. No. 10/766,656, filed on Jan. 27, 2004, entitled A SYSTEM AND METHOD OF PROVIDING A GUARANTEE IN A LOTTERY, which is hereby incorporated by reference in its entirety.
1. Field
This disclosure generally relates to the field of gaming. More particularly, the disclosure relates to lotteries.
2. General Background
A lottery is generally a distribution of tokens such that a subset of the distributed tokens may win a prize. The token can be in the form of a ticket. One of the most popular forms of lottery involves the distribution of lottery tickets. Each lottery ticket includes a lottery number. After the lottery tickets have been distributed to the lottery ticket holders, the winning number is chosen. The usual method of selecting the winning number involves a random selection of the winning number. A random number generator can be used to randomly select the winning number. Some lottery systems require the ticket to have the entire number that is randomly selected while other lottery systems require the ticket to have a superset of an ordered sequence of numbers that are randomly selected.
Lotteries as normally used by jurisdictions reflect a parimutuel model in which the prize is funded by a portion of the ticket sales. One potential problem with the parimutuel model is that a sufficient number of tickets need to be sold in order to provide a reasonable lottery prize. However, interest in purchasing lottery tickets is generally stimulated only when the prize becomes substantial. For instance, a large number of lottery tickets are purchased in a $10 million dollar lottery, but a disproportionately large number of lottery tickets are purchased in a $50 million dollar lottery.
In addition, traditional lotteries sell tickets for one price. If there are multiple winners of a jackpot, the winners split the jackpot prize.
In one aspect of the disclosure, a process is provided. The process provides a lottery game. Further, the process indicates a first price category and a second price category from which a lottery player can purchase a lottery ticket. The second price category has a second price that is greater than a first price in the first price category. In addition, the process indicates a first partial match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the first price category that has a partial match of a predetermined quantity of numbers between a set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the first price category and a randomly selected set of numbers. The process also indicates a second partial match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the second price category that has a partial match between the set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the second price category and the randomly selected set of numbers such that a first association between the first partial match prize distribution and the first price category has a variable ratio with a second association between the second partial match prize distribution and the second price category. The first association is the first partial match prize divided by the first price category. The second association is the second partial match prize divided by the second price category. The variable ratio is a nonzero value that results from the difference between the second association and the first association. Further, the process generates the randomly selected set of numbers. Finally, the process provides a distribution to a player having a partial match with the predetermined quantity of numbers based on price category.
In another aspect, a process is provided. The process provides a lottery game. Further, the process indicates a first price category and a second price category from which a lottery player can purchase a lottery ticket. The second price category has a second price that is greater than a first price in the first price category. In addition, the process indicates a first partial match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the first price category that has a partial match of a predetermined quantity of numbers between a set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the first price category and a randomly selected set of numbers. The process also indicates a second partial match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the second price category that has a partial match between the set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the second price category and the randomly selected set of numbers such that a first partial match association between the first partial match prize distribution and the first price category has a variable ratio with a second partial match association between the second partial match prize distribution and the second price category, the first partial match association being the first partial match prize divided by the first price category. The second partial match association is the second partial match prize divided by the second price category. The variable ratio is a nonzero value that results from the difference between the second partial match association and the first partial match association. Further, the process indicates a first subset partial match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the first price category that has a subset partial match of the predetermined quantity of numbers between a set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the first price category and a randomly selected set of numbers. The subset partial match of the predetermined quantity of numbers is less than the predetermined quantity of numbers. In addition, the process indicates a second subset partial match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the second price category that has a partial match between the set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the second price category and the randomly selected set of numbers such that a first subset partial match association between the first subset partial match prize distribution and the first price category has a constant ratio with a second subset partial match association between the second partial match prize distribution and the second price category. The first subset partial match association is the first subset partial match prize divided by the first price category. The second subset partial match association is the second subset partial match prize divided by the second price category. The constant ratio is a zero value that results from the difference between the second subset partial match association and the first subset partial match association. Further, the process generates the randomly selected set of numbers. Finally, the process provides a distribution to a player having a partial match with the predetermined quantity of numbers based on price category.
In yet another aspect of the disclosure, a process is provided. The process provides a lottery game. Further, the process indicates a first price category and a second price category from which a lottery player can purchase a lottery ticket. The second price category has a second price that is greater than a first price in the first price category. In addition, the process indicates a first partial match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the first price category that has a partial match of a predetermined quantity of numbers between a set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the first price category and a randomly selected set of numbers. The process also indicates a second partial match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the second price category that has a partial match between the set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the second price category and the randomly selected set of numbers such that a first partial match association between the first partial match prize distribution and the first price category has a constant ratio with a second partial match association between the second partial match prize distribution and the second price category. The first partial match association is the first partial match prize divided by the first price category. The second partial match association is the second partial match prize divided by the second price category. The constant ratio is a zero value that results from the difference between the second partial match association and the first partial match association. In addition, the process indicates a first subset partial match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the first price category that has a subset partial match of the predetermined quantity of numbers between a set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the first price category and a randomly selected set of numbers, the subset partial match of the predetermined quantity of numbers being less than the predetermined quantity of numbers. The process also indicates a second subset partial match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the second price category that has a subset partial match between the set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the second price category and the randomly selected set of numbers such that a first subset partial match association between the first subset partial match prize distribution and the first price category has a variable ratio with a second subset partial match association between the second partial match prize distribution and the second price category. The first subset partial match association is the first subset partial match prize divided by the first price category. The second subset partial match association is the second subset partial match prize divided by the second price category. The variable ratio is a nonzero value that results from the difference between the second subset partial match association and the first subset partial match association. Further, the process generates the randomly selected set of numbers. Finally, the process provides a distribution to a player having a partial match with the predetermined quantity of numbers based on price category.
In another aspect, a process is provided. The process provides a lottery game. Further, the process indicates a first price category and a second price category from which a lottery player can purchase a lottery ticket. The second price category has a second price that is greater than a first price in the first price category. In addition, the process indicates a price category independent jackpot prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket having a full match between a set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket and a randomly selected set of numbers irrespective of whether the lottery player purchases the lottery ticket from the first price category or the second price category. The process also indicates a first partial match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the first price category that has a partial match of a predetermined quantity of numbers between a set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the first price category and the randomly selected set of numbers. Further, the process indicates a second partial match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the second price category that has a partial match between the set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the second price category and the randomly selected set of numbers such that a first association between the first partial match prize distribution and the first price category has a variable ratio with a second association between the second partial match prize distribution and the second price category. The first association is the first partial match prize divided by the first price category. The second association is the second partial match prize divided by the second price category. The variable ratio is a nonzero value that results from the difference between the second association and the first association. Further, the process generates the randomly selected set of numbers. Finally, the process provides a distribution to a player based on (i) a type of match and (ii) price category if the type of match is a partial match.
In yet another aspect, a process is provided. The process provides a lottery game. Further, the process indicates a first price category and a second price category from which a lottery player can purchase a lottery ticket. The second price category has a second price that is greater than a first price in the first price category. In addition, the process indicates a price category independent jackpot prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket having a full match between a set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket and a randomly selected set of numbers irrespective of whether the lottery player purchases the lottery ticket from the first price category or the second price category. Further, the process indicates a first partial match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the first price category that has a partial match of a predetermined quantity of numbers between a set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the first price category and the randomly selected set of numbers. In addition, the process indicates a second partial match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the second price category that has a partial match between the set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the second price category and the randomly selected set of numbers such that a first association between the first partial match prize distribution and the first price category has a constant ratio with a second association between the second partial match prize distribution and the second price category. The first association is the first partial match prize divided by the first price category. The second association is the second partial match prize divided by the second price category. The constant ratio is a zero value that results from the difference between the second association and the first association. The process also generates the randomly selected set of numbers. Finally, the process provides a distribution to a player based on (i) a type of match and (ii) price category if the type of match is a partial match.
In another aspect, a process is provided. The process provides a lottery game. Further, the process indicates a first price category and a second price category from which a lottery player can purchase a lottery ticket. The second price category has a second price that is greater than a first price in the first price category. Further, the process indicates a price category independent jackpot prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket having a full match between a set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket and a randomly selected set of numbers irrespective of whether the lottery player purchases the lottery ticket from the first price category or the second price category. In addition, the process indicates a first partial match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the first price category that has a partial match of a predetermined quantity of numbers between a set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the first price category and a randomly selected set of numbers. The process also indicates a second partial match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the second price category that has a partial match between the set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the second price category and the randomly selected set of numbers such that a first partial match association between the first partial match prize distribution and the first price category has a constant ratio with a second partial match association between the second partial match prize distribution and the second price category. The first partial match association is the first partial match prize divided by the first price category. The second partial match association is the second partial match prize divided by the second price category. The constant ratio is a zero value that results from the difference between the second partial match association and the first partial match association. The process also indicates a first subset partial match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the first price category that has a subset partial match of the predetermined quantity of numbers between a set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the first price category and a randomly selected set of numbers. The subset partial match of the predetermined quantity of numbers is less than the predetermined quantity of numbers. Further, the process indicates a second partial match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the second price category that has a partial match between the set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the second price category and the randomly selected set of numbers such that a first subset partial match association between the first subset partial match prize distribution and the first price category has a variable ratio with a second subset partial match association between the second partial match prize distribution and the second price category. The first subset partial match association is the first subset partial match prize divided by the first price category. The second subset partial match association is the second subset partial match prize divided by the second price category. The variable ratio is a nonzero value that results from the difference between the second subset partial match association and the first subset partial match association. Further, the process generates the randomly selected set of numbers. Finally, the process provides a distribution to a player based on (i) a type of match and (ii) price category if the type of match is a partial match.
In yet another aspect, a process is provided. The process provides a lottery game. Further, the process indicates a first price category and a second price category from which a lottery player can purchase a lottery ticket. The second price category has a second price that is greater than a first price in the first price category. In addition, the process indicates a price category independent jackpot prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket having a full match between a set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket and a randomly selected set of numbers irrespective of whether the lottery player purchases the lottery ticket from the first price category or the second price category. The process also indicates a first partial match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the first price category that has a partial match of a predetermined quantity of numbers between a set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the first price category and a randomly selected set of numbers. Further, the process indicates a second partial match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the second price category that has a partial match between the set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the second price category and the randomly selected set of numbers such that a first partial match association between the first partial match prize distribution and the first price category has a variable ratio with a second partial match association between the second partial match prize distribution and the second price category. The first partial match association is the first partial match prize divided by the first price category. The second partial match association is the second partial match prize divided by the second price category. The variable ratio is a nonzero value that results from the difference between the second partial match association and the first partial match association. In addition, the process indicates a first subset partial match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the first price category that has a subset partial match of the predetermined quantity of numbers between a set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the first price category and a randomly selected set of numbers. The subset partial match of the predetermined quantity of numbers is less than the predetermined quantity of numbers. The process also indicates a second partial match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the second price category that has a partial match between the set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the second price category and the randomly selected set of numbers such that a first subset partial match association between the first subset partial match prize distribution and the first price category has a constant ratio with a second subset partial match association between the second partial match prize distribution and the second price category, the first subset partial match association being the first subset partial match prize divided by the first price category, the second subset partial match association being the second subset partial match prize divided by the second price category, the constant ratio being a zero value that results from the difference between the second subset partial match association and the first subset partial match association. In addition, the process generates the randomly selected set of numbers. Finally, the process provides a distribution to a player based on (i) a type of match and (ii) price category if the type of match is a partial match.
In another aspect, a process is provided. The process provides a lottery game. Further, the process indicates a first price category and a second price category from which a lottery player can purchase a lottery ticket. The second price category has a second price that is greater than a first price in the first price category. In addition, the process indicates a first full match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the first price category that has a full match between a set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the first price category and the randomly selected set of numbers. The process also indicates a second full match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the second price category that has a full match between a set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the second price category and the randomly selected set of numbers such that a first full match association between the first full match prize distribution and the first price category has a variable ratio with a second full match association between the second full match prize distribution and the second price category. The first full match association is the first full match prize divided by the first price category. The second full match association is the second full match prize divided by the second price category. The variable ratio is a nonzero value that results from the difference between the second full match association and the first full match association. Further, the process indicates a first partial match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the first price category that has a partial match of a predetermined quantity of numbers between the set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the first price category and the randomly selected set of numbers. In addition, the process indicates a second partial match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the second price category that has a partial match between the set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the second price category and the randomly selected set of numbers such that a first association between the first partial match prize distribution and the first price category has a variable ratio with a second association between the second partial match prize distribution and the second price category. The first association is the first partial match prize divided by the first price category. The second association is the second partial match prize divided by the second price category. The variable ratio is a nonzero value that results from the difference between the second association and the first association. The process also generates the randomly selected set of numbers. Finally, the process provides a distribution to a player based on (i) a type of match and (ii) price category.
In yet another aspect, a process is provided. The process provides a lottery game. Further, the process indicates a first price category and a second price category from which a lottery player can purchase a lottery ticket. The second price category has a second price that is greater than a first price in the first price category. The process also indicates a first full match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the first price category that has a full match between a set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the first price category and the randomly selected set of numbers. Further, the process indicates a second full match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the second price category that has a full match between a set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the second price category and the randomly selected set of numbers such that a first full match association between the first full match prize distribution and the first price category has a variable ratio with a second full match association between the second full match prize distribution and the second price category. The first full match association is the first full match prize divided by the first price category. The second full match association is the second full match prize divided by the second price category. The constant ratio being a zero value that results from the difference between the second full match association and the first full match association. The process also indicates a first partial match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the first price category that has a partial match of a predetermined quantity of numbers between the set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the first price category and the randomly selected set of numbers. Further, the process indicates a second partial match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the second price category that has a partial match between the set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the second price category and the randomly selected set of numbers such that a first association between the first partial match prize distribution and the first price category has a variable ratio with a second association between the second partial match prize distribution and the second price category. The first association is the first partial match prize divided by the first price category. The second association is the second partial match prize divided by the second price category. The variable ratio is a nonzero value that results from the difference between the second association and the first association. Further, the process generates the randomly selected set of numbers. Finally, the process provides a distribution to a player based on (i) a type of match and (ii) price category.
In another aspect, a lottery ticket dispensing apparatus is provided. The lottery ticket dispensing apparatus includes a payment module that receives payment for purchase of a lottery ticket that provides participation in a lottery game. The lottery game indicates (i) a first price category and a second price category from which a lottery player can purchase a lottery ticket such that the second price category has a second price that is greater than a first price in the first price category, (ii) a first partial match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the first price category that has a partial match of a predetermined quantity of numbers between a set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the first price category and a randomly selected set of numbers, (iii) a second partial match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the second price category that has a partial match between the set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the second price category and the randomly selected set of numbers such that a first association between the first partial match prize distribution and the first price category has a variable ratio with a second association between the second partial match prize distribution and the second price category. The first association is the first partial match prize divided by the first price category. The second association is the second partial match prize divided by the second price category. The variable ratio is a nonzero value that results from the difference between the second association and the first association. The lottery ticket dispensing apparatus also includes a ticket printer that prints a lottery ticket for the lottery game.
In yet another aspect, an electronic lottery game apparatus is provided. The electronic lottery game apparatus includes a display module that indicates prize categories for an electronic lottery game. The electronic lottery game indicates (i) a first price category and a second price category from which a lottery player can purchase an electronic lottery ticket, the second price category having a second price that is greater than a first price in the first price category, (ii) a first partial match prize distribution that can be won with an electronic lottery ticket purchased from the first price category that has a partial match of a predetermined quantity of numbers between a set of player numbers appearing on the electronic lottery ticket purchased from the first price category and a randomly selected set of numbers, (iii) a second partial match prize distribution that can be won with an electronic lottery ticket purchased from the second price category that has a partial match between the set of player numbers appearing on the electronic lottery ticket purchased from the second price category and the randomly selected set of numbers such that a first association between the first partial match prize distribution and the first price category has a variable ratio with a second association between the second partial match prize distribution and the second price category. The first association is the first partial match prize divided by the first price category. The second association is the second partial match prize divided by the second price category, the variable ratio being a nonzero value that results from the difference between the second association and the first association. Further, the electronic lottery game apparatus includes a payment module that receives payment from a lottery player for the electronic lottery ticket. Finally, the electronic lottery game apparatus includes a processor that compares the set of player numbers to the set of drawn numbers to determine a potential match and a potential match type.
In another aspect, a process is provided. The process provides a lottery game. Further, the process indicates a first price category and a second price category from which a lottery player can purchase a lottery ticket, the second price category having a second price that is greater than a first price in the first price category. The process also indicates a first full match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the first price category that has a full match between a set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the first price category and the randomly selected set of numbers. Further, the process indicates a second full match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the second price category that has a full match between a set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the second price category and the randomly selected set of numbers such that a first full match association between the first full match prize distribution and the first price category has a variable ratio with a second full match association between the second full match prize distribution and the second price category. The first full match association is the first full match prize divided by the first price category. The second full match association is the second full match prize divided by the second price category, the constant ratio being a zero value that results from the difference between the second full match association and the first full match association. Further, the process generates the randomly selected set of numbers. Finally, the process provides a distribution to a player based on price category.
In yet another aspect, a process is provided. The process provides a lottery game. Further, the process indicates a first price category and a second price category from which a lottery player can purchase a lottery ticket, the second price category having a second price that is greater than a first price in the first price category. In addition, the process indicates a first full match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the first price category that has a full match between a set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the first price category and the randomly selected set of numbers. Payment of the first full match prize distribution is guaranteed by a third party entity. The process also indicates a second full match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the second price category that has a full match between a set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the second price category and the randomly selected set of numbers such that a first full match association between the first full match prize distribution and the first price category has a variable ratio with a second full match association between the second full match prize distribution and the second price category. The first full match association is the first full match prize divided by the first price category. The second full match association is the second full match prize divided by the second price category. The constant ratio is a zero value that results from the difference between the second full match association and the first full match association. Payment of the second full match prize distribution is guaranteed by the third party entity. Further, the process generates the randomly selected set of numbers. Finally, the process provides a distribution to a player based on price category.
In another aspect, a process is provided. The process provides a lottery game. Further, the process indicates a first price category and a second price category from which a lottery player can purchase a lottery ticket. The second price category has a second price that is greater than a first price in the first price category. In addition, the process indicates a first full match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the first price category that has a full match between a set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the first price category and the randomly selected set of numbers. The process also indicates a second full match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the second price category that has a full match between a set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the second price category and the randomly selected set of numbers such that a first full match association between the first full match prize distribution and the first price category has a variable ratio with a second full match association between the second full match prize distribution and the second price category. The first full match association is the first full match prize divided by the first price category. The second full match association is the second full match prize divided by the second price category. The constant ratio is a zero value that results from the difference between the second full match association and the first full match association. Further, the process indicates a first partial match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the first price category that has a partial match of a predetermined quantity of numbers between the set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the first price category and the randomly selected set of numbers. The process also indicates a second partial match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the second price category that has a partial match between the set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the second price category and the randomly selected set of numbers such that a first association between the first partial match prize distribution and the first price category has a constant ratio with a second association between the second partial match prize distribution and the second price category. The first association is the first partial match prize divided by the first price category. The second association is the second partial match prize divided by the second price category. The constant ratio is a zero value that results from the difference between the second association and the first association. In addition, the process generates the randomly selected set of numbers. Finally, the process provides a distribution to a player based on (i) a type of match and (ii) price category.
In yet another aspect, a process is provided. The process provides a lottery game. Further, the process indicates a first price category and a second price category from which a lottery player can purchase a lottery ticket. The second price category has a second price that is greater than a first price in the first price category. In addition, the process indicates a first full match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the first price category that has a full match between a set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the first price category and the randomly selected set of numbers. Payment of the first full match prize distribution is guaranteed by a third party entity. The process also indicates a second full match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the second price category that has a full match between a set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the second price category and the randomly selected set of numbers such that a first full match association between the first full match prize distribution and the first price category has a variable ratio with a second full match association between the second full match prize distribution and the second price category. The first full match association is the first full match prize divided by the first price category. The second full match association is the second full match prize divided by the second price category. The constant ratio is a zero value that results from the difference between the second full match association and the first full match association, payment of the second full match prize distribution being guaranteed by the third party entity. The process also indicates a first partial match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the first price category that has a partial match of a predetermined quantity of numbers between the set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the first price category and the randomly selected set of numbers. Payment of the first partial match prize distribution is guaranteed by a third party entity. Further, the process indicates a second partial match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the second price category that has a partial match between the set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the second price category and the randomly selected set of numbers such that a first association between the first partial match prize distribution and the first price category has a constant ratio with a second association between the second partial match prize distribution and the second price category. The first association is the first partial match prize divided by the first price category. The second association is the second partial match prize divided by the second price category. The constant ratio is a zero value that results from the difference between the second association and the first association. Payment of the second partial match prize distribution is guaranteed by the third party entity. Further, the process generates the randomly selected set of numbers. Finally, the process provides a distribution to a player based on (i) a type of match and (ii) price category.
In another aspect, a process is provided. The process provides a lottery game. Further, the process indicates a first price category and a second price category from which a lottery player can purchase a lottery ticket. The second price category having a second price that is greater than a first price in the first price category. In addition, the process indicates a first full match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the first price category that has a full match between a set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the first price category and the randomly selected set of numbers. The process also indicates a second full match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the second price category that has a full match between a set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the second price category and the randomly selected set of numbers such that a first full match association between the first full match prize distribution and the first price category has a variable ratio with a second full match association between the second full match prize distribution and the second price category. The first full match association is the first full match prize divided by the first price category. The second full match association is the second full match prize divided by the second price category. The variable ratio is a nonzero value that results from the difference between the second full match association and the first full match association. Further, the process generates the randomly selected set of numbers. In addition, the process indicates a first predetermined number prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the first price category after a predetermined number of other lottery tickets have been sold. The process also indicates a second predetermined number prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the first price category after a predetermined number of other lottery tickets have been sold. Finally, the process provides at least one distribution to a player based on price category.
The abovementioned features of the present disclosure will become more apparent with reference to the following description taken in conjunction with the accompanying drawings wherein like reference numerals denote like elements and in which:
A method of multiple pricing for a predetermined single jackpot in a single lottery game is disclosed. For instance, a lottery ticket that is purchased for one dollar can result in a ten million dollar win, a lottery ticket that is purchased for two dollars can result in a twenty million dollar win, and a lottery ticket that is purchased for three dollars can result in a thirty million dollar win, etc. The difference in increments is not limited to a set increment. For instance, in the example above, a ten million dollar increment existed between the advertised winnings for each price category of tickets. However, any increment can be used. For instance, a lottery ticket that is purchased for one dollar can result in a ten million dollar win, a lottery ticket that is purchased for two dollars can result in a twenty million dollar win, a lottery ticket that is purchased for three dollars can result in a forty million dollar win, etc. In one embodiment, a larger increment can be used to induce purchase of a higher price ticket.
Each price category can be associated with a distribution of a jackpot. For instance, a onedollar ticket can win twenty five percent of the jackpot, a twodollar ticket can win fifty percent of the jackpot, and a threedollar ticket can win one hundred percent of the jackpot. In another embodiment each price category can be associated with a distribution of the jackpot. In one embodiment, the actual winnings are not limited to the advertised winnings. The jackpot can increase with a percentage of each ticket sale being contributed to the jackpot. For instance, if the onedollar ticket winner is the only winner, the onedollar ticket winner can win twenty five percent of a larger jackpot than initially advertised. In effect, the onedollar ticket winner is winning more than twenty five percent of the initial jackpot.
The prizes are won from a single pool. For instance, even if the revenues for the one dollar ticket do not cover the ten million dollar prize, the combined revenues of the one dollar and the two dollar tickets may cover the ten million dollar prize and vice versa. In one embodiment, a shared multiplepriced lottery game with a single predetermined jackpot is disclosed. For example, a lottery player having a onedollar ticket attempting to win ten million dollars and a lottery player having a twodollar ticket attempting to win twenty million dollars can both win a prize. The lottery player having the onedollar ticket will receive a portion of the ten million dollar prize and will have to share the other portion with the lottery player having the twodollar ticket. Accordingly, the twodollar ticket holder receives the remaining portion of the ten million dollars and an additional ten million dollars because the twodollar ticket holder would have been entitled to twenty million dollars if the twodollar ticket holder won the lottery alone. The shared multiplepriced lottery game is not limited to onedollar and twodollar tickets. For example, a threedollar ticket could also be provided. The threedollar ticket holder would share the lottery prize with the twodollar ticket holder and the onedollar ticket holder in a manner similar to that in which the twodollar ticket holder shared the lottery prize with the onedollar ticket holder.
The average revenue per ticket sold as a result of the multiple pricing structure can result in higher revenue than traditional singlepriced lottery systems. A lottery may benefit by paying less to ticket holders that purchase the inexpensive tickets while at the same time attracting more ticket holders who will only play if the jackpot is large and are willing to spend more by purchasing higher priced tickets so as to give themselves the opportunity to win a larger jackpot. The multiplepriced system can be used independently or in conjunction with an entity that guarantees the winnings of the lottery.
In one embodiment, fixed prizes can be offered in addition to or without the jackpot prize. A fixed prize is a prize that is not shared. If a lottery player has the winning number for a fixed prize, the lottery player receives the entire fixed prize. If multiple lottery players have the winning numbers for the fixed prize, then multiple lottery players each receive the entire fixed prize without having to share the fixed prizes with the other players. The fixed prize is different from the jackpot prize in which multiple winners share the jackpot prize. The fixed prizes can be distributed in entirety to multiple players because the fixed prizes are generally much smaller than the jackpot prize. In one embodiment, the fixed prize can be the jackpot prize. Multiple players could win the jackpot prize without having to share the jackpot prize.
The lottery operator 102 can advertise that a lottery has a prize. For example, the lottery operator 102 can advertise that the lottery prize will be a minimum of ten million dollars. The lottery operator 102 provides the lottery prize from a jackpot 104. In one embodiment, the jackpot 104 is a variable jackpot that increases through allocation of a portion of the ticket sales. The lottery operator 102 can also provide a fixed prize 106. In one embodiment, ticket holders 108 purchase tickets at a price of $x per ticket from a ticket seller 110. The ticket seller then sends the ticket numbers on each of the tickets to the lottery operator, typically through a computer network 102. If one of the ticket holders 108 wins the lottery, the lottery operator 102 disburses the jackpot 104 to the ticket holder 108. On the other hand, if multiple ticket holders 108 win the lottery, the multiple ticket holders with the winning tickets split the jackpot 104. For instance,
The lottery operator 102 can also distribute a fixed prize 106. A ticket holder 108 can win a fixed prize that the ticket holder 108 does not have to share with other ticket holders 108. For instance, if multiple ticket holders 108 won the fixed prize 106, the lottery operator 102 would distribute the fixed prize 106 in its entirety to each of the multiple ticket holders 108 that won the fixed prize 106. In one embodiment, the multiple pricing method and system can be applied to the fixed prize 106. The ticket holder 106 can qualify for the higher fixed prize 106 by purchasing a higher priced ticket.
In one embodiment, the lottery operator 102 can use a random number generator (not shown) to determine the winning number. In another embodiment, the lottery operator 102 can use a ball draw machine to randomly select the winning number.
One of the difficulties of the singlepriced lottery system 100 is that the singlepriced lottery system 100 does not optimize the amount spent by a customer and the size of the jackpot 104. Some ticket holders 108 may want to purchase a less expensive lottery ticket even if the associated prize is relatively small. Further, some ticket holders 108 may not wish to purchase a lottery ticket unless the jackpot 104 is very large. These ticket holders 108 may be willing to pay more for a lottery ticket that provides a larger prize. Further, some ticket holders 108 generally buy lottery tickets in almost any lottery regardless of the size of the jackpot 104. The singlepriced lottery system 100 does not optimize the performance of a lottery since it does not create an optimal incentive for the customer to spend more and thereby increase the revenue of the lottery.
In one embodiment, the progressive model can be applied so that each price category benefits. If the jackpot increases in size, potential winnings for each price category can increase because the jackpot increases.
In one embodiment, if the only winning lottery ticket or winning lottery tickets are in the first price category, then the first distribution is distributed according to a first price category intrasharing distribution formula. In one embodiment, the first price category intrasharing distribution formula requires an even distribution among all the winners in the first price category. In the example above, if two ticket holders 204 have winning ticket numbers, the two ticket holders 204 share the first distribution evenly. In the example, the first distribution of the prize was twenty five percent. Therefore, the two ticket holders 204 would each receive twelve and one half percent of the prize. In one embodiment, if the ticket holder 204 has the only winning ticket in the lottery, the first price category intrasharing distribution formula provides the entirety of the first distribution of the prize to the ticket holder 204. In this example, the ticket holder 204 would receive twenty five percent of the prize. In one embodiment, the remaining seventyfive percent of the jackpot 104 would be rolled over to increase the prize for subsequent drawings.
In another embodiment, the first price category intrasharing distribution formula can be weighted. In one embodiment, the intrasharing distribution formula can be weighted in favor of the number of tickets purchased in the current drawing of the lottery. For example, if two ticket holders 204 are the only ticket winners in the lottery, one of the ticket holders, 204 may have purchased one hundred lottery tickets in the current drawing whereas the other one of the ticket holders 204 may have only purchased one lottery ticket in the current drawing. A weighting can be established so that the ticket holder 204 that purchased one hundred tickets in the current lottery can win, for example, twenty percent of the prize whereas the ticket holder 204 that purchased one ticket in the current lottery can win, for example, five percent of the prize.
In yet another embodiment, the first price category intrasharing distribution can be weighted in favor of previous ticket purchases. For example, if two ticket holders 204 are the only ticket winners in the lottery, one of the ticket holders 204 may have purchased one hundred lottery tickets in previous lotteries whereas the other one of the ticket holders 204 may have purchased a lottery ticket for the first time. The first price category intrasharing distribution formula can include a frequent lottery variable that would provide a larger portion of the first distribution to the ticket holder 204 that previously purchased one hundred tickets. For example, the ticket holder 204 that purchased one hundred tickets may receive twenty percent of the prize whereas the ticket holder 204 that only purchased one ticket may receive only five percent of the prize. This is only one example. The frequent lottery variable can also provide a small change. For instance, the ticket holder 204 that purchased one hundred tickets may receive thirteen percent of the prize and the thicket holder 204 that purchased one ticket may receive twelve percent prize. The lottery operator 102 may find that use of the frequent lottery variable provides more incentive to ticket holders 204 to participate in the lottery. The first price category intrasharing distribution formula can be determined according to consumer demand. One of ordinary skill in the art will recognize that a variety of formulae can be used for weighting the distribution. The first price category intrasharing distribution formula can be a variable, a ratio, etc.
In one embodiment, the lottery prize is a jackpot. In alternative embodiments, other types of prizes can be used. The prize is not limited to jackpots.
In one embodiment, the second price category intrasharing distribution formula is weighted. The second price category intrasharing distribution formula can be weighted in a similar manner as the first price category intrasharing distribution formula. One of ordinary skill in the art will recognize that a variety of formulae can be used for weighting the distribution. The second price category intrasharing distribution formula can be a variable, a ratio, etc.
In one embodiment, if a ticket holder 204 and a ticket holder 206 have winning lottery tickets, an intersharing distribution formula is used to determine how the ticket holder 204 and the ticket holder 206 should share the jackpot. In one embodiment, the lottery operator 102 splits the first distribution so that the ticket holder 204 receives half of the first distribution and the ticket holder 206 receives half of the first distribution. The ticket holder 206 additionally receives the second distribution minus the first distribution. For example, if the first distribution is twentyfive percent and the second distribution is fifty percent, the ticket holder 204 would receive twelve and onehalf percent. The ticket holder 206 would receive twelve and onehalf percent in addition to twentyfive percent. Therefore, the ticket holder 206 would receive thirtyseven and onehalf percent. The intersharing distribution formula is not limited to an even distribution. In one embodiment, the intersharing distribution formula may be weighted to favor the higher price category. In other words, the ticket holder 206 may be rewarded for purchasing a higher priced ticket. For example, the ticket holder 204 may only receive onethird of the twentyfive percent with the ticket holder 206 receiving two thirds of the twentyfive percent in addition to an entire twentyfive percent.
Although each ticket price is associated with a percentage of the jackpot, the winnings come from a single jackpot. In the example above, even if only one ticket is purchased in the first price category, the ticket holder 204 that has the winning number gets to receive twentyfive percent of a jackpot that may be funded primarily by higher ticket price categories. Variations may occur from lottery to lottery in the numbers of tickets purchased in each price category. The lottery operator 102 increases the chances that the jackpot will be sufficient to cover winnings in each of the price categories by having a single pool from which disbursements are made for winnings in any of the price categories. The use of the single pool for multiplepriced lottery tickets can be used independently of the sharing methodology discussed above. However, the lottery operator 102 can further optimize the performance of the lottery by using the single pool in conjunction with the sharing methodology. Further, the intrasharing methodology can be used independent of the intersharing methodology. However, the lottery operator 102 can optimize performance by using the intrasharing methodology in conjunction with the intersharing methodology.
In one embodiment, the third price category intrasharing distribution formula is weighted. The third price category intrasharing distribution formula can be weighted in a similar manner as the first price category intrasharing distribution formula. One of ordinary skill in the art will recognize that a variety of formulae can be used for weighting the distribution. The third price category intrasharing distribution formula can be a variable, a ratio, etc.
In one embodiment, if the ticket holder 204, the ticket holder 206, and the ticket holder 208 have winning lottery tickets, a first triplet intersharing distribution formula is used to determine how the ticket holder 204, the ticket holder 206, and the ticket holder 208 should share the first distribution of the jackpot. In one embodiment, the lottery operator 102 splits the first distribution so that the ticket holder 204 receives onethird of the first distribution, the ticket holder 206 receives onethird of the first distribution, and the ticket holder 208 receives onethird of the first distribution. A second triplet intersharing distribution formula is used to determine how the ticket holder 206 and the ticket holder 208 share the second distribution minus the first distribution. In one embodiment, the lottery operator 102 splits the second distribution so that the ticket holder 206 receives onehalf of the second distribution and the ticket 208 receives the otherhalf of the second distribution. The ticket holder 208 additionally receives the third distribution minus the second distribution. For example, if the first distribution is twentyfive percent, the second distribution is fifty percent, and the third distribution is one hundred percent, the ticket holder 204 would receive eight and onethird percent. The ticket holder 206 would receive eight and onethird percent in addition to twelve and onehalf percent. Therefore, the ticket holder 206 would receive twenty and fivesixths percent. Finally, the ticket holder 208 would receive eight and onethird percent in addition to twelve and onehalf percent in addition to fifty percent. Therefore, the ticket holder 208 would receive seventy and fivesixths percent.
The first triplet intersharing distribution formula can require an even distribution of the first distribution. However, in one embodiment, the first intersharing distribution formula can be weighted. The ticket holder 206 can be given a greater portion of the first distribution than the ticket holder 204. Further, the ticket holder 208 can be given a greater portion of the first distribution than the ticket holder 206. However, different variations are possible. A volume lottery variable (based, for example on the number of tickets purchased or amount spent on tickets) can be used to determine weighting. In other words, the ticket holder 204 could potentially receive the largest portion of the first distribution if the ticket holder 204 has purchased the most lottery tickets. Further, the ticket holder 204 may receive the largest weighting of the first distribution to give incentive to the ticket holder 204 because the ticket holder 204 does not get to receive a portion of the second distribution or of the third distribution. Even if the ticket holder 204 spent an equivalent or a greater amount on purchasing tickets than the ticket holder 206, the incentive of the ticket holder 206 can be further increased over that of the ticket holder 204. Similarly, the ticket holder 206 may receive a greater weighted portion of the second distribution than the ticket holder 208 because the ticket holder 206 does not receive a portion of the third distribution or for other reasons related to the weighting formula. In one embodiment, the incentive of the ticket holder 208 can be further increased over that of the ticket holder 204. These weighted variations can also be used with the second triplet intersharing distribution formula.
The example above discusses the possibility of having one winning ticket from each price category. In one embodiment, multiple ticket winners exist in some or all of the different price categories. A divided intrasharing distribution within each price category is applied so that winners in each price category split the winnings according to a divided intrasharing distribution formula. In the example above, the ticket holder 204 received eight and onethird percent. In one embodiment, a first divided intrasharing distribution formula determines how to split the winnings for the first distribution. For instance, in the example above, if two ticket holders 204 had winning numbers, one of the ticket holders 204 could receive approximately four and sixteen one hundredths percent and the other ticket holder 204 would also receive approximately four and sixteen one hundredths percent. In one embodiment, a second divided intrasharing distribution formula determines how to split the winnings for the second distribution. For instance, in the example above, if two ticket holders 206 had winning numbers, one of the ticket holders 206 would receive ten and fivetwelfths percent and the other ticket holder 206 would also receive ten and fivetwelfths percent. In one embodiment, a third divided intrasharing distribution formula determines how to split the winnings for the third distribution. For instance, in the example above, if two ticket holders 208 had winning numbers, one of the ticket holders 208 would receive thirty five and three twelfths percent while the other one of the ticket holders 208 would also receive thirty five and three twelfths percent. The divided intrashared distributions do not have to be the same across price categories. Further, within price categories, the divided intrashared distributions can be weighted as discussed above with respect to the intrasharing distributions.
Although, in the above discussion, the first price category was associated with the ticket holder 204, the second price category with the ticket holder 206, and the third price category with the ticket holder 208, the ticket holders can be associated with different price categories. For instance, the first price category may be associated with the ticket holder 204 and the thirdprice category may be associated with the ticket holder 206. The intersharing distribution variable as discussed above could be used to share the jackpot if the ticket holder 204 and the ticket holder 206 were the only winning tickets. For instance, the ticket holder 204 would receive onehalf of twentyfive percent. The ticket holder 206 would receive onehalf of twentyfive percent in addition to seventyfive percent. Further, the methodologies discussed above can be extended to any number of price categories. For instance, there could be a fourth price category. Any number of price categories can be used.
In one embodiment, the shared multiplepriced single pool lottery system 200 can be used with a video lottery game. In another embodiment, the shared multiplepriced single pool lottery system 200 can be used with online lotteries that are provided on a network such as the Internet.
In one embodiment the shared multiplepriced single pool lottery system 300 can be computerized. Software modules can be used to establish and coordinate the multiplepriced single pool lottery system. The use of computerized technologies can help facilitate calculating the sharing distributions. Without the computerized technologies, the quantity of the calculations could be burdensome.
A first price category module can provide a first price category in which a plurality of first price category lottery tickets can be purchased. Further, a second price category module can provide a second price category in which a plurality of second price category lottery tickets can be purchased. In addition, a random number selection module can randomly select the winning lottery number. The random number selection module can be a random number generator, can be coupled to a ball draw machine, or can simulate a ball draw machine. A first price intrashared distribution module provides a first price category intrashared distribution of the first distribution of the prize if at least one of the lottery tickets in the plurality of first price category lottery tickets has a winning number. Further, a second price category intrashared distribution module provides a second price category intrashared distribution of the second distribution of the prize if at least one of the lottery tickets in the plurality of second price category lottery tickets has a winning number. Additional intrashared distribution modules can be used for additional price categories.
In one embodiment, a divided first price category intrashared distribution module provides a divided first price category intrashared distribution of the first distribution of the prize. In addition, a divided second price category intrashared distribution module provides a divided second price category intrashared distribution of the second distribution. An intershared distribution module provides an intershared distribution of the first distribution of the prize if at least one of the lottery tickets in the plurality of first price category lottery tickets has a winning number and if at least one of the lottery tickets in the plurality of second price category lottery tickets has a winning number.
If the decision block 410 determines that there is not both a winner in the first price category and a winner in the second price category, the process 400 advances to a decision block 418. At the decision block 418, the process 400 determines if there is a winner in the first price category. If there is a winner in the first price category, the process 400 advances to a process block 420 where the process 400 distributes the jackpot prize through an intrashared distribution to a winner or winners in the first price category. If the decision block 418 determines that there is not a winner in the first price category, the process 400 advances to a decision block 422 to determine if there is a winner in the second price category. If there is a winner in the second price category, the process 400 advances to a process block 424 where the process 400 distributes the jackpot prize through an intrashared distribution to winners in the second price category. If there is not a winner in the second price category, the process 400 determines that there are not any winners and the process ends at process block 426. In one embodiment, there is a roll over. In one embodiment, the undistributed jackpot is used in a future draw. In one embodiment, the roll over includes a percentage of the jackpot for use in a future draw. In one embodiment, the lottery operator 102 takes a percentage of the ticket sales revenue and adds that percentage to a future lottery jackpot even if there is a winner in the present jackpot. The process 400 can be extended to cover three price categories. Further, the process 400 can be extended to cover any number of price categories. In one embodiment, the process 400 can be implemented on a computer readable medium.
In one embodiment, the jackpot guarantor 902 provides a guarantee to the lottery operator 920. In one embodiment, the guarantee provides that the jackpot guarantor 902 assumes the risk for paying the predetermined jackpot if the allocable prize portion of ticket sales is not sufficient to cover the predetermined jackpot. In another embodiment, the guarantee provides that the jackpot guarantor assumes the risk of paying a portion of the predetermined amount of any secondary prizes that are won to the extent that the allocable prize portion of ticket sales is not sufficient.
In one embodiment, the jackpot guarantor 902 provides the guarantee in exchange for a stipulation. In one embodiment, the stipulation includes an obligation by the lottery operator 920 to provide a percentage of revenue generated from future ticket sales in exchange for the guarantee. In another embodiment, the stipulation includes an obligation by the lottery operator 920 to provide a fee in exchange for the guarantee.
The lottery operator 920 receives payments for ticket sales from the point of sale 106. Further, the lottery operator 920 receives ticket numbers from the tickets sold to the ticket holders 108 from the point of sale 906. The lottery operator provides the ticket numbers to the winning number selector 910 to determine which are winning tickets.
In one embodiment, the jackpot guarantor 902 allocates the funds to the predetermined jackpot 940 pool. In one embodiment, the entity has set aside the large prize in a protected account to provide for payment. Therefore, the lottery operator can advertise a large prize because another entity actually has set aside the large prize.
A guarantee reception module 1010 receives the guarantee from the network 1008. In one embodiment, upon receiving the guarantee, the guarantee reception module 1010 provides an instruction to a stipulation transmission module 1012. The stipulation transmission module 1012 then sends the stipulation through the network 1008. As discussed above, the stipulation reception module 1006 can receive the stipulation and send the confirmation to the guarantee transmission module 1004 that the guarantee has been sent and the stipulation, in exchange for which the guarantee was sent, has been received.
In one embodiment, the multiple pricing system as discussed above can be implemented with a constant ratio based system. For example, a lottery player can purchase a onedollar ticket in the hope of winning a lottery distribution of ten million dollars. The lottery player can also purchase a twodollar ticket in the hope of winning a lottery distribution of twenty million dollars. A first association between the price category of one dollar and the distribution of ten million dollars can be the quotient of ten million divided by one, which equals ten million. Similarly, a second association between the price category of two dollars and the distribution of twenty million dollars can be the quotient of twenty million divided by two, which equals ten million. A constant ratio exists when the first association equals the second association. In one embodiment, a lottery player can purchase one twodollar ticket as opposed to two onedollar tickets to avoid having to purchase multiple tickets.
In one embodiment, the multiple pricing system as discussed above can be implemented to induce the purchase of higher priced lottery tickets. For example, a lottery player can purchase a onedollar ticket in the hope of winning a lottery distribution of ten million dollars. The lottery player can also purchase a twodollar ticket in the hope of winning a lottery distribution of thirty million dollars. The first association equals ten million (ten million divided by one) and the second association equals fifteen million (thirty million divided by two). A variable ratio exists because the first association does not equal the second association. In one embodiment, this variable ratio provides the lottery player with incentive to purchase a twodollar ticket. In one embodiment, the lottery ticket holder can purchase the twodollar ticket as opposed to two onedollar tickets because the potential distribution is greater by purchasing the twodollar ticket as opposed to the two onedollar tickets.
In one embodiment, the association is evaluated by dividing the total distribution by the associated price category. If multiple players share in that distribution, the association is still evaluated by dividing the total distribution by the associated price category. For instance, if two onedollar ticket holders win and share in the distribution of ten million dollars, the ten million dollars is the number that is divided by the price category (one dollar) to determine the first association. In another embodiment, a ticket holder in another price category (e.g., three dollar) shares the ten million dollar distribution with the winners in the first price category. Even in this situation, the ten million dollars is the number that is divided by the price category (one dollar) to determine the first association. In one embodiment, the potential distribution is the distribution that is divided by the price category to determine the association.
The method 1100 begins at a process block 1102 where a first price category is provided. A plurality of first price category lottery tickets can be purchased in the first price category. The method 1100 then advances to a process block 1104 where a first distribution is established. The first distribution can be won with the lottery tickets in the plurality of first price category lottery tickets having a winning lottery number. The method 1100 next advances to a process block 1106 where a second price category is established. A plurality of second price category lottery tickets can be purchased in the second price category. Finally, the method 1100 advances to a process block 1108 where a second distribution is established so that a first association has a variable ratio with a second association.
In order to determine a first association and a second association in the graph 1200, any two of the plotted points can be chosen. For instance, the first point 1202 can be used to determine the first association. In one embodiment, the first potential distribution of ten million dollars is divided by the first price category of one dollar to result in the first association being ten million. The second point 1204 can be used to determine the second association. In one embodiment, the second potential distribution of twenty million dollars is divided by the second price category of two dollars to result in the second association being ten million. The second association minus the first association equals zero. In other words, the first association equals the second association. Therefore, a constant ratio exists between the first association and the second association. The graph 1200 illustrates this constant ratio by displaying a straight line between the first point 1202 and the second point 1204.
Any two points in the graph 1200 can be used to determine the first association and the second association. For instance, the second point 1204 can be used to determine the first association and the third point 1206 can be used to determine the second association. In this instance, a constant ratio also exists between the first association and the second association. The first and the third points can also be used as the first and the second associations. Alternatively, the points can even be used backwards for associations. For instance, the third point can be the first association and the first point can be the second association. Similarly, the second point can be the first association and the first point can be the second association.
In other words, an origin line 1308, which connects the origin with the first point 1302, has an equal slope to a first line 1310, which connects the first point 1302 with the second point, 1304. In one embodiment, the slope does not have to be identical but rather approximately the same to be considered a constant ratio.
However, a variable ratio exists between the first association and the second association when the reference points are the second point 1304 and a third point 1306. The first association is ten million (ten million dollars divided by the onedollar price category) and the second association is twenty five million (fifty million dollars divided by the two dollar price category). The second association minus the first association equals fifteen million (twenty five million minus ten million). A variable ratio exists between the first association and the second association when the reference points are the second point 1304 and the third point 1306 because the second association minus the first association is a positive number. The variable ratio is depicted in the graph 1300 because a second line 1312 is displayed between the second point 1304 and the third point 1306, which has a different slope than the origin line 1308 or the first line 1310. In one embodiment, a variable ratio would exist between the first association and the second association if the second association minus the first association equals a negative number.
The entire graph may be but is not necessarily entirely constant. For instance, the graph 1300 depicts a constant ratio and a variable ratio. A purchaser of a lottery ticket is provided with an added incentive to purchase a lottery ticket when a variable ratio exists. For instance, the purchaser can purchase a onedollar ticket to potentially win ten million dollars. The purchaser could purchase two onedollar tickets or one twodollar ticket to potentially win twenty million dollars. In one embodiment, the purchaser receives a benefit in purchasing the twodollar ticket if the purchaser is not the sole winner and has to share the distribution. The twodollar ticket could potentially end up with a larger share than the two onedollar ticket winners according to the sharing formulae as discussed above. Whether a sole winner or a shared winner, the purchaser can win a potentially greater distribution by purchasing one threedollar ticket rather than purchasing three onedollar tickets. If the purchaser was the sole winner, the purchaser of the threedollar ticket could potentially win fifty million dollars. On the other hand, if that purchaser instead purchased three onedollar tickets, the purchaser could at most potentially win ten million dollars. Whether the purchaser has one onedollar ticket that has a winning number or three onedollar tickets with winning numbers, the purchaser of the onedollar ticket can only win in the first price category. The purchaser would share winnings with himself if he or she had multiple onedollar tickets with winning numbers. Therefore, purchasers are more likely to purchase higherpriced lottery tickets thereby leading to an increase in lottery ticket sales revenues.
In one embodiment, the potential distributions are not limited to specific ratios. For instance, the potential distributions can be established according to a constant ratio, a variable ratio, or a combination of a constant ratio and a variable ratio.
The price category that the vendor enters can be displayed on a screen 1508 of a display 1506. In one embodiment, the display 1506 is a graphical user interface. In another embodiment, the display 1506 displays data other than the price categories.
The vendor can then sell tickets in the respective price categories. When a purchaser would like to purchase a lottery ticket, the vendor enters the purchase information into the lottery ticket dispensing machine 1500 via the user input device 1504. In one embodiment, the user input device is a keyboard. In another embodiment, the user input device is operated by using a computer mouse. In an alternate embodiment, the user input device is a touch screen. In yet another embodiment, the user input device is voice activated. In an alternative embodiment, the display 1506 displays the purchased information that is entered via the user input device 1504.
In one embodiment, the lottery ticket dispensing machine 1500 has a payment reception module (not shown) that receives a payment for the purchase of a lottery ticket. In another embodiment, the payment reception module receives an electronic payment.
After the vendor inputs a the data needed to sell a ticket from one of the selected price categories, a ticket 1512 is printed from a lottery ticket printer 1510. In one embodiment, the ticket printer 1510 is housed within the housing 1502. In another embodiment, the lottery ticket printer 1510 is positioned outside of the housing 1502 and is operably connected to the lottery ticket dispensing machine 1500. In yet another embodiment, the lottery ticket printer 1510 receives data from the lottery ticket dispensing machine 1500 through a wireless connection.
The price category reception module 1606 receives the different price categories in which lottery tickets can be purchased in the multipriced lottery system. In one embodiment, the price category reception module receives the different price categories and the associated distributions for each of the respective price categories. In one embodiment, a vendor can manually input the different price categories into the lottery ticket dispensing machine 1500. In another embodiment, the vendor can electronically input the different price categories into the lottery ticket dispensing machine 1500 by inserting a computer readable medium into the lottery ticket dispensing machine 1500. In yet another embodiment, the price category reception module 1606 receives the data related to the price category reception module from a server through a network.
In one embodiment, the user input module 1608 receives a user input from the user input device 1504. The user input module 1608 communicates with the controller 1504 so that the controller can provide an instruction to the lottery ticket printer 1610 to print the lottery ticket.
In another embodiment, the lottery ticket purchase transmission module transmits other data to the server 1806. For instance, the price category of the purchased ticket can be transmitted. The lottery operator can then record how large a jackpot is increasing in order to advertise the size of the jackpot to the public.
In another embodiment, the server 1806 is the same server as the server 1702. Therefore, the transmission of the price category and the reception of the verification code can be done by one server. In another embodiment, the server 1806 and the server 1702 are located at the same location. Therefore, the server 1702 and the server 1806 can more easily communicate with one another.
A second price category distribution module 2104 receives requests to distribute portions of the second distribution to lottery ticket holders in the second price category. If there are multiple lottery ticket holders in the second price category, the second price category distribution module 2104 sends a request to a second price category intrashared distribution module 2110, which distributes portions of the second distribution to the lottery ticket holders in the second price category.
In one embodiment, a random number selection module 2106 randomly selects a winning lottery number. The random number selection module 2106 provides the winning lottery number to the first price category intrashared distribution module 2108, and to the second price category distribution module 2110.
In one embodiment, the full match prize distribution 2418 is a jackpot prize that is the same across price categories. Accordingly, a variable ratio exists for the jackpot dollar prize that is independent of price category. As a result, a lottery player with a winning lottery ticket with a full match may win the full jackpot prize irrespective of whether he or she purchased the lottery ticket from the first price category 2406 or the second price category 2408. However, a lottery player with a winning lottery ticket with a partial match wins a higher prize distribution for purchasing a lottery ticket from a higher price category. Further, the lottery player may win a secondary prize based on a variable ratio for at least one of the secondary prizes so that incentive is provided to purchase the higher priced lottery ticket. As a result, one configuration provides a price category independent full match prize distribution and a price category dependent partial match prize distribution that has at least one prize level with a variable ratio.
In an alternative embodiment, the prize value in the predetermined number prize structure 2432 depends on price category. For example, a lottery ticket holder of a one thousandth ticket 2440 wins twenty dollars if the lottery ticket is purchased from the one dollar price category, but wins forty dollars if the lottery ticket is purchased from the two dollar price category. In this instance, the prize value is based on a constant ratio as the difference between a first predetermined number association equaling twenty, i.e., a twenty dollar prize divided by the first price category 2406 of one dollar, and a second predetermined number association equaling twenty, i.e., a forty dollar prize divided by the second price category 2408 of two dollars, equals a zero value. As another example, a lottery ticket holder of a one thousandth ticket 2440 wins twenty dollars if the lottery ticket is purchased from the one dollar price category, but wins sixty dollars if the lottery ticket is purchased from the two dollar price category. In this instance, the prize value is based on a variable ratio as the difference between a first predetermined number association equaling twenty, i.e., a twenty dollar prize divided by the first price category 2406 of one dollar, and a second predetermined number association equaling thirty, i.e., a sixty dollar prize divided by the second price category 2408 of two dollars, equals a nonzero value.
In yet another embodiment, the frequency depends on price category. In other words, the predetermined number for a twenty dollar prize may be two thousand tickets for a lottery ticket purchased from the one dollar price category, but only one thousand tickets for a lottery ticket purchased from the two dollar price category. In this instance, the frequency is based on a constant ratio as a two dollar ticket holder has twice the number of opportunities to win the predetermined number prize than the one dollar ticket holder. In the example above, a one dollar ticket holder has only one opportunity to win the predetermined number prize for every two thousand tickets sold, but the two dollar winner has two opportunities to win the predetermined number prize for every two thousand tickets sold. A constant ratio exists because the difference between a first predetermined number association equaling one, i.e., one opportunity to win the predetermined number prize for every two thousand tickets sold divided by the first price category 2406 of one dollar, and a second predetermined number association equaling one, i.e., two opportunities to win the predetermined number prize for every two thousand tickets sold divided by the second price category 2408 of two dollars, equals a zero value. In another embodiment, a variable ratio may be utilized. For example, the predetermined number for a twenty dollar prize may be two thousand tickets for a lottery ticket purchased from the one dollar price category, but only five hundred tickets for a lottery ticket purchased from the two dollar price category. In this example, a one dollar ticket holder has only one opportunity to win the predetermined number prize for every two thousand tickets sold, but the two dollar winner has four opportunities to win the predetermined number prize for every two thousand tickets sold. A variable ratio exists because the difference between a first predetermined number association equaling one, i.e., one opportunity to win the predetermined number prize for every two thousand tickets sold divided by the first price category 2406 of one dollar, and a second predetermined number association equaling two, i.e., four opportunities to win the predetermined number prize for every two thousand tickets sold divided by the second price category 2408 of two dollars, equals a nonzero value.
In another embodiment, a combination of a constant ratio based on prize value and a constant ratio based on ticket frequency may be utilized for the predetermined number prize structure 2432. For example, a one dollar ticket holder may have one opportunity every two thousand tickets to win a twenty dollar prize, and a two dollar ticket holder may have two opportunities every two thousand tickets to win a forty dollar prize. In yet another embodiment, a combination of a variable ratio based on prize value and a variable ratio based on ticket frequency may be utilized for the predetermined number prize structure 2432. For example, a one dollar ticket holder may have one opportunity every two thousand tickets to win a twenty dollar prize, and a two dollar ticket holder may have four opportunities every two thousand tickets to win a sixty dollar prize. In another embodiment, a combination of a constant ratio based on prize value and a variable ratio based on ticket frequency may be utilized for the predetermined number prize structure 2432. For example, a one dollar ticket holder may have one opportunity every two thousand tickets to win a twenty dollar prize, and a two dollar ticket holder may have four opportunities every two thousand tickets to win a forty dollar prize. In yet another embodiment, a combination of a variable ratio based on prize value and a constant ratio based on ticket frequency may be utilized for the predetermined number prize structure 2432. For example, a one dollar ticket holder may have one opportunity every two thousand tickets to win a twenty dollar prize, and a two dollar ticket holder may have two opportunities every two thousand tickets to win a sixty dollar prize. Various configurations, as provided with respect to
In one embodiment, a lottery player has the opportunity to win both a prize distribution from the lottery prize structure 2402 and the predetermined number prize structure 2432. For example, if the lottery player has some type of match that corresponds to a prize in addition to a ticket that corresponds to a predetermined number of tickets sold associated with a prize distribution, the lottery ticket holder may win two prize distributions.
The price categories in the configurations described above may be implemented as a stand alonegame or as a base game combined with an addon game. For example, the first price category 2406 may be a base game that a lottery provides to lottery players. The second price category 2408 may then be added to provide an addon game. Further, a variable ratio for the full match prize distribution and/or one or more of the second prize distributions as a result of the addition of the second price category. Various configurations, as provided with respect to
In one embodiment, the existence of a variable ratio or a constant ratio can be analyzed with respect to the one or more price categories that are added on to the base game or with respect to all of the price categories regardless of what price category is a base price category or an addon price category. For example, if the ratio is analyzed with respect to only the addon price categories, the partial match prize 2428 of two hundred dollars for an additional one dollar forms a variable ratio with the partial match prize 2430 of three hundred dollars for an additional two dollars. In other words, the difference between a first partial match association equaling two hundred, i.e., two hundred dollars divided by the addon price of an additional one dollar, and a second partial match association equaling one hundred fifty, i.e., a second partial match prize distribution of three hundred dollars divided by the second price the addon price of an additional two dollars, equals a nonzero value. However, if the variable ratio is analyzed with respect to all the price categories, the partial match prize 2428 of two hundred dollars for two dollars forms a constant ratio with the partial match prize 2430 of three hundred dollars for three dollars. In other words, the difference between a first partial match association equaling one hundred, i.e., two hundred dollars divided by the total price of two dollars, and a second partial match association equaling one hundred, i.e., a second partial match prize distribution of three hundred dollars divided by the total price of three dollars, equals zero value. Accordingly, in an addon implementation, the ratios can be analyzed in terms of addon prices or total prices. As an example, the addition of the first price category 2702, which may be a base game price category, provides a jackpot prize 2418 or other type of full match prize distribution for a full match 2410 of six of six, a partial match prize 2704 of two hundred thousand dollars for a partial match 2412 of five of six, partial match prize 2706 of ten thousand dollars for a partial match 2414 of four of six, and a partial match prize 2708 of one hundred dollars for a partial match 2416 of three of six.
The lottery ticket dispensing machine 1500 illustrated in
In one embodiment, the lottery ticket dispensing machine 1500 may have an input device so that a lottery vendor may input data such as player numbers, price selection, or the like. In addition, the lottery ticket dispensing machine 1500 may have a display on which the lottery vendor may view data pertinent to a sales transaction for the lottery ticket. The lottery ticket dispensing machine 1500 may be utilized to implement a lottery game based on any of the various configurations having at least one prize level with a variable ratio described herein.
Further, the electronic lottery game apparatus 2900 may have a plurality of input devices 2908, e.g., buttons, that may be utilized by the player to interact with the electronic lottery game apparatus 2908. Some or all of the plurality of buttons 2908 may instead be utilized as touch screen buttons on the display 2902. The electronic lottery game apparatus 2900 may be utilized to implement an electronic lottery game based on any of the various configurations having at least one prize level with a variable ratio described herein.
In one embodiment, the electronic lottery game is played over the Internet. Accordingly, a player may utilize his or her own computer to communicate with a server that determines the set of drawn numbers and performs the comparison between the set of drawn numbers and the player'"'"'s numbers. In one embodiment, the player may provide a selection of player numbers to the server. In another embodiment, the server randomly determines the set of player numbers for the player.
The random selection of the player numbers for any of the configurations described above may occur in a single drawing event. However, one or more random selection devices may be utilized at that single drawing event. For example, a drawing of six balls may involve the utilization of two hoppers such that one hopper draws five of the six balls and the other hopper draws the remaining ball. Alternatively, one or more random number generators may be utilized for a single drawing event. Irrespective of how many random selection devices are utilized, a single drawing event produces a set of numbers that a player compares to his or her own player numbers to determine if he or she has a match for a prize.
In any of the configurations provided herein, the payout for the full match prize distribution, partial match prize distribution, subset partial match prize distribution, and/or predetermined number prize distribution may be guaranteed by a third party entity. As a result, a lottery provider may be able to provide a larger lottery prize than might otherwise be the case. Further, any of the configurations provided herein may be utilized as a part of a stand alone lottery game, an addon lottery game, or both.
The process 2800 shown in
A computer is herein intended to include any device that has a general, multipurpose, or single purpose processor as described above. For example, a computer may be a set top box (“STB”), cell phone, portable media player, or the like.
It is understood that the processes, apparatuses, and systems described herein may also be applied in other types of processes, apparatuses, and systems. Those skilled in the art will appreciate that the various adaptations and modifications of the embodiments of the processes, apparatuses, and systems described herein may be configured without departing from the scope and spirit of the present processes and systems. Therefore, it is to be understood that, within the scope of the appended claims, the present processes, apparatuses, systems may be practiced other than as specifically described herein.