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1. A method comprising:
 providing, with a ticket printer, a plurality of lottery tickets such that each lottery ticket indicates a first lottery game and a second lottery game;
indicating a first price category in which a lottery ticket for the first lottery game can be purchased;
indicating a second price category in which a lottery ticket for the second lottery game can be purchased, the second price category being greater than the first price category;
providing a first lottery game match prize category in the first lottery game such that a player having a lottery ticket with a match in the first lottery game wins a first lottery game prize;
providing a full match prize category in the second lottery game such that a player having a lottery ticket with a full match in the second lottery game wins a full match prize associated with the full match prize category, the full match being a full match between a set of player numbers and a set of second lottery game drawn numbers;
providing a partial match prize category in the second lottery game such that a player having a lottery ticket with a partial match in the second lottery game wins a partial match prize associated with the partial match prize category, the partial match being a partial match between the set of player numbers and the set of second lottery game drawn numbers;
providing a first multiplier category and a second multiplier category in the second lottery game, without being utilized in the first lottery game, such that;
(i) the first multiplier category is associated with a first multiplier that multiplies the full match prize and the partial match prize of the second lottery game, (ii) the second multiplier category is associated with a second multiplier that multiplies the full match prize and the partial match prize of the second lottery game, and (iii) the second multiplier is greater than the first multiplier;
performing, with a random selection device, a drawing of a set of first lottery game drawn numbers;
performing, with the random selection device, a drawing of the set of second lottery game drawn numbers;
performing, with the random selection device, a drawing of a multiplier for the second lottery game, the multiplier being drawn from a set of multiplier indicators that includes a predetermined quantity of first multiplier indicators corresponding to the first multiplier and a predetermined quantity of second multiplier indicators corresponding to the second multiplier, the predetermined quantity of second multiplier indicators being greater than the predetermined quantity of first multiplier indicators, the set of multiplier indicators being distinct from a set of winning lottery numbers;
providing the first lottery game prize based on a match between a set of player numbers in the first lottery game and the set of first lottery game drawn numbers;
providing the full match prize multiplied by the first multiplier to a player having a lottery ticket with a full match in the second lottery game if the first multiplier is drawn;
providing the full match prize multiplied by the second multiplier to a player having a lottery ticket with a full match in the second lottery game if the second multiplier is drawn;
providing the partial match prize multiplied by the first multiplier to a player having a lottery ticket with a partial match in the second lottery game if the first multiplier is drawn; and
providing the partial match prize multiplied by the second multiplier to a player having a lottery ticket with a partial match in the second lottery game if the second multiplier is drawn.
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A process is provided. The process provides, with a ticket printer, a plurality of lottery tickets such that each lottery ticket indicates a first lottery game and a second lottery game. The process also provides a first lottery game match prize category in the first lottery game such that a player having a lottery ticket with a match in the first lottery game wins a first lottery game prize. Further, the process provides a second lottery game match prize category in the second lottery game such that a player having a lottery ticket with a match in the second lottery game wins a prize. In addition, the process provides a first multiplier category and a second multiplier category in the second lottery game, without being utilized in the first lottery game.
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62 Claims
 1. A method comprising:
providing, with a ticket printer, a plurality of lottery tickets such that each lottery ticket indicates a first lottery game and a second lottery game; indicating a first price category in which a lottery ticket for the first lottery game can be purchased; indicating a second price category in which a lottery ticket for the second lottery game can be purchased, the second price category being greater than the first price category; providing a first lottery game match prize category in the first lottery game such that a player having a lottery ticket with a match in the first lottery game wins a first lottery game prize; providing a full match prize category in the second lottery game such that a player having a lottery ticket with a full match in the second lottery game wins a full match prize associated with the full match prize category, the full match being a full match between a set of player numbers and a set of second lottery game drawn numbers; providing a partial match prize category in the second lottery game such that a player having a lottery ticket with a partial match in the second lottery game wins a partial match prize associated with the partial match prize category, the partial match being a partial match between the set of player numbers and the set of second lottery game drawn numbers; providing a first multiplier category and a second multiplier category in the second lottery game, without being utilized in the first lottery game, such that;
(i) the first multiplier category is associated with a first multiplier that multiplies the full match prize and the partial match prize of the second lottery game, (ii) the second multiplier category is associated with a second multiplier that multiplies the full match prize and the partial match prize of the second lottery game, and (iii) the second multiplier is greater than the first multiplier;performing, with a random selection device, a drawing of a set of first lottery game drawn numbers; performing, with the random selection device, a drawing of the set of second lottery game drawn numbers; performing, with the random selection device, a drawing of a multiplier for the second lottery game, the multiplier being drawn from a set of multiplier indicators that includes a predetermined quantity of first multiplier indicators corresponding to the first multiplier and a predetermined quantity of second multiplier indicators corresponding to the second multiplier, the predetermined quantity of second multiplier indicators being greater than the predetermined quantity of first multiplier indicators, the set of multiplier indicators being distinct from a set of winning lottery numbers; providing the first lottery game prize based on a match between a set of player numbers in the first lottery game and the set of first lottery game drawn numbers; providing the full match prize multiplied by the first multiplier to a player having a lottery ticket with a full match in the second lottery game if the first multiplier is drawn; providing the full match prize multiplied by the second multiplier to a player having a lottery ticket with a full match in the second lottery game if the second multiplier is drawn; providing the partial match prize multiplied by the first multiplier to a player having a lottery ticket with a partial match in the second lottery game if the first multiplier is drawn; and providing the partial match prize multiplied by the second multiplier to a player having a lottery ticket with a partial match in the second lottery game if the second multiplier is drawn.  View Dependent Claims (2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12)
 13. A method comprising:
providing, with a ticket printer, a plurality of lottery tickets such that each lottery ticket indicates a first lottery game and a second lottery game; indicating a first price category in which a lottery ticket for the first lottery game can be purchased; indicating a second price category in which a lottery ticket for the second lottery game can be purchased, the second price category being greater than the first price category; providing a first lottery game match prize category in the first lottery game such that a player having a lottery ticket with a match in the first lottery game wins a first lottery game prize; providing a second lottery game match prize category in the second lottery game such that a player having a lottery ticket with a match in the second lottery game wins a prize; providing a first multiplier category and a second multiplier category in the second lottery game, without being utilized in the first lottery game, such that;
(i) the first multiplier category is associated with a first multiplier that multiplies the prize of the second lottery game, (ii) the second multiplier category is associated with a second multiplier that multiplies the prize of the second lottery game, and (iii) the second multiplier is greater than the first multiplier;performing, with a random selection device, a drawing of a set of first lottery game drawn numbers; performing, with the random selection device, a drawing of a set of second lottery game drawn numbers; performing, with the random selection device, a drawing of a multiplier for the second lottery game, the multiplier being drawn from a set of multiplier indicators that includes a predetermined quantity of first multiplier indicators corresponding to the first multiplier and a predetermined quantity of second multiplier indicators corresponding to the second multiplier, the predetermined quantity of second multiplier indicators being greater than the predetermined quantity of first multiplier indicators, the set of multiplier indicators being distinct from a set of winning lottery numbers; providing the first lottery game prize based on a match between a set of player numbers in the first lottery game and the set of first lottery game drawn numbers; providing the second lottery game prize multiplied by the first multiplier to a player having a winning lottery ticket in the second lottery game if the first multiplier is drawn; and providing the second lottery game prize multiplied by the second multiplier to a player having a winning lottery ticket in the second lottery game if the second multiplier is drawn.  View Dependent Claims (14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24)
 25. A lottery ticket dispensing apparatus comprising:
a payment module that receives a lottery wager that a player selects from a first price category and a second price category, the first price category providing participation in a first lottery game, the second price category providing participation in the first lottery game and a second lottery game, the first lottery game providing a first lottery game match prize category in the first lottery game such that a player having a lottery ticket with a match in the first lottery game wins a first lottery game prize, the second lottery game providing (i) a prize category in the second lottery game such that a player having a lottery ticket with a match in the second lottery game wins a prize in the second lottery game and (ii) a first multiplier category and a second multiplier category in the second lottery game, without being utilized in the first lottery game, such that the first multiplier category is associated with a first multiplier that multiplies the prize of the second lottery game, the second multiplier category is associated with a second multiplier that multiplies the prize of the second lottery game, and the second multiplier is greater than the first multiplier, the match being a match between a set of player numbers and a set of second lottery game drawn numbers, the second price category being greater than the first price category; a random selection device that performs a drawing of a set of first lottery game drawn numbers, a drawing of the set of second lottery game drawn numbers, and a drawing of a multiplier for the second lottery game, the multiplier being drawn from a set of multiplier indicators that includes a predetermined quantity of first multiplier indicators corresponding to the first multiplier and a predetermined quantity of second multiplier indicators corresponding to the second multiplier, the predetermined quantity of second multiplier indicators being greater than the predetermined quantity of first multiplier indicators, the set of multiplier indicators being distinct from a set of winning lottery numbers; a ticket printer that prints a single lottery ticket that indicates the first lottery game and the second lottery game; and a prize distribution module that provides a prize to player with a winning lottery number based on a type of match and lottery game.  View Dependent Claims (26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35)
 36. An electronic lottery game apparatus comprising:
a display module that indicates a first price category and a second price category, the second price category being greater than the first price category; a payment module that receives a lottery wager that a player selects from a first price category and a second price category, the first price category providing participation in a first lottery game, the second price category providing participation in the first lottery game and a second lottery game, the first lottery game providing a first lottery game match prize category in the first lottery game such that a player having a lottery ticket with a match in the first lottery game wins a first lottery game prize, the second lottery game providing (i) a prize category in the second lottery game such that a player having a lottery ticket with a match in the second lottery game wins a prize in the second lottery game and (ii) a first multiplier category and a second multiplier category in the second lottery game, without being utilized in the first lottery game, such that the first multiplier category is associated with a first multiplier that multiplies the prize of the second lottery game, the second multiplier category is associated with a second multiplier that multiplies the prize of the second lottery game, and the second multiplier is greater than the first multiplier, the match being a match between a set of player numbers and a set of second lottery game drawn numbers; a random selection device that performs a drawing of a set of first lottery game drawn numbers, a drawing of the set of second lottery game drawn numbers, and a drawing of a multiplier for the second lottery game, the multiplier being drawn from a set of multiplier indicators that includes a predetermined quantity of first multiplier indicators corresponding to the first multiplier and a predetermined quantity of second multiplier indicators corresponding to the second multiplier, the predetermined quantity of second multiplier indicators being greater than the predetermined quantity of first multiplier indicators, the set of multiplier indicators being distinct from a set of winning lottery numbers; a ticket printer that prints a single lottery ticket that indicates the first lottery game and the second lottery game; a prize distribution module that provides a prize to player with a winning lottery number based on a type of match and lottery game; and a processor that compares the set of player numbers to the set of drawn numbers to determine a type of prize won by a player.  View Dependent Claims (37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46)
 47. A method comprising:
providing a raffle game; providing a prize category in the raffle game such that a player having a winning raffle ticket wins a prize associated with the prize category; providing a first multiplier category and a second multiplier category such that;
(i) the first multiplier category is associated with a first multiplier that multiplies the prize, (ii) the second multiplier category is associated with a second multiplier that multiplies the prize, and (iii) the second multiplier is greater than the first multiplier;printing, with a ticket printer, a set of raffle tickets such that each raffle ticket has a unique raffle number printed thereon; distributing a subset of the set of raffle tickets to a plurality of raffle players; performing a selection of a winning raffle number, with a random selection apparatus, from unique raffle numbers printed on each of the tickets in the subset of the set of raffle tickets; performing a selection, with the random selection apparatus, of a multiplier, the multiplier being selected from a set of multiplier indicators that includes a predetermined quantity of first multiplier indicators corresponding to the first multiplier and a predetermined quantity of second multiplier indicators corresponding to the second multiplier, the predetermined quantity of second multiplier indicators being greater than the predetermined quantity of first multiplier indicators; providing the prize multiplied by the first multiplier to a player having a winning raffle ticket if the first multiplier is drawn; and providing the prize multiplied by the second multiplier to a player having a winning raffle ticket if the second multiplier is drawn.  View Dependent Claims (48, 49)
 50. A raffle ticket dispensing apparatus comprising:
a payment module that receives a single raffle wager that provides participation in a raffle game, the raffle game providing a prize category such that a player having a winning raffle ticket wins a prize associated with the prize category and providing a first multiplier category and a second multiplier category such that;
(i) the first multiplier category is associated with a first multiplier that multiplies the prize, (ii) the second multiplier category is associated with a second multiplier that multiplies the prize, and (iii) the second multiplier is greater than the first multiplier;a ticket printer that prints a set of raffle tickets such that each raffle ticket has a unique raffle number printed thereon; a random selection device that randomly selects a winning raffle number from unique raffle numbers printed on each of the tickets in a subset of the set of raffle tickets distributed to a plurality of raffle players and a multiplier, the multiplier being selected from a set of multiplier indicators that includes a predetermined quantity of first multiplier indicators corresponding to the first multiplier and a predetermined quantity of second multiplier indicators corresponding to the second multiplier, the predetermined quantity of second multiplier indicators being greater than the predetermined quantity of first multiplier indicators; and a prize distribution module that provides the prize multiplied by the first multiplier to a player having a winning raffle ticket if the first multiplier is drawn and the prize multiplied by the second multiplier to a player having a winning raffle ticket if the second multiplier is drawn.  View Dependent Claims (51)
 52. An electronic raffle game apparatus comprising:
a display module that indicates a unique raffle number and a prize category such that a player having a winning raffle ticket wins a prize associated with the prize category and indicates a first multiplier category and a second multiplier category such that;
(i) the first multiplier category is associated with a first multiplier that multiplies the prize, (ii) the second multiplier category is associated with a second multiplier that multiplies the prize, and (iii) the second multiplier is greater than the first multiplier;a random selection device that randomly selects a winning unique raffle number, the multiplier being selected from a set of multiplier indicators that includes a predetermined quantity of first multiplier indicators corresponding to the first multiplier and a predetermined quantity of second multiplier indicators corresponding to the second multiplier, the predetermined quantity of second multiplier indicators being greater than the predetermined quantity of first multiplier indicators; and a prize distribution module that provides the prize multiplied by the first multiplier to a player having a winning raffle ticket if the first multiplier is drawn and the prize multiplied by the second multiplier to a player having a winning raffle ticket if the second multiplier is drawn.  View Dependent Claims (53)
 54. A method comprising:
providing, with a ticket printer, a plurality of tickets such that each ticket indicates a first game and a second game, the second game being a raffle game; indicating a first price category in which a ticket for the first game can be purchased; indicating a second price category in which a ticket for the second game can be purchased, the second price category being greater than the first price category; providing a first game prize indication in the first game such that a player having a ticket with a match in the first game wins a first game prize; providing a second game prize indication in the second game such that a player having a ticket with a match in the second game wins a second game prize; providing a first multiplier category and a second multiplier category in the second game, without being utilized in the first game, such that;
(i) the first multiplier category is associated with a first multiplier that multiplies the second game prize, (ii) the second multiplier category is associated with a second multiplier that multiplies the second game prize, and (iii) the second multiplier is greater than the first multiplier;performing, with a random selection device, a drawing of at least one first game drawn number; performing, with the random selection device, a selection of a winning raffle number for the second game; performing, with the random selection device, a drawing of a multiplier for the second game, the multiplier being drawn from a set of multiplier indicators that includes a predetermined quantity of first multiplier indicators corresponding to the first multiplier and a predetermined quantity of second multiplier indicators corresponding to the second multiplier, the predetermined quantity of second multiplier indicators being greater than the predetermined quantity of first multiplier indicators; providing the first game prize based on a match between at least one player number in the first game and the at least one first game drawn number; providing the second game prize multiplied by the first multiplier to a player having a winning raffle ticket if the first multiplier is drawn; and providing the second game prize multiplied by the second multiplier to a player having a winning raffle ticket if the second multiplier is drawn.  View Dependent Claims (55, 56)
 57. A ticket dispensing apparatus comprising:
a payment module that receives a wager that a player selects from a first price category and a second price category, the first price category providing participation in a first game, the second price category providing participation in the first game and a second game, the first game providing a first game match prize category in the first game such that a player having a ticket with a match in the first game wins a first game prize, the second game providing (i) a prize category in the second game such that a player having a ticket with a match in the second game wins a prize in the second game and (ii) a first multiplier category and a second multiplier category in the second game, without being utilized in the first game, such that the first multiplier category is associated with a first multiplier that multiplies the prize of the second game, the second multiplier category is associated with a second multiplier that multiplies the prize of the second game, and the second multiplier is greater than the first multiplier, the match being a match between at least one player number and a set of second game drawn numbers, the second price category being greater than the first price category, the second game being a raffle game; a random selection device that performs a drawing of at least one first game drawn number, a drawing of a second game number, and a drawing of a multiplier for the second game, the multiplier being drawn from a set of multiplier indicators that includes a predetermined quantity of first multiplier indicators corresponding to the first multiplier and a predetermined quantity of second multiplier indicators corresponding to the second multiplier, the predetermined quantity of second multiplier indicators being greater than the predetermined quantity of first multiplier indicators, the set of multiplier indicators being distinct from a set of winning numbers; a ticket printer that prints a single ticket that indicates the first game and the second game; and a prize distribution module that provides a prize to player with a winning number based on a type of match and a type of game.  View Dependent Claims (58, 59)
 60. An electronic game apparatus comprising:
a price display module that indicates a first price category and a second price category, the second price category being greater than the first price category; a payment module that receives a wager that a player selects from a first price category and a second price category, the first price category providing participation in a first game, the second price category providing participation in the first game and a second game, the first game providing a first game match prize category in the first game such that a player having a ticket with a match in the first game wins a first game prize, the second game providing (i) a prize category in the second game such that a player having a ticket with a match in the second game wins a prize in the second game and (ii) a first multiplier category and a second multiplier category in the second game, without being utilized in the first game, such that the first multiplier category is associated with a first multiplier that multiplies the prize of the second game, the second multiplier category being associated with a second multiplier that multiplies the prize of the second game, and the second multiplier is greater than the first multiplier, the match being a match between at least one player number and at least one second game drawn number; a random selection device that performs a drawing of at least one first game drawn number, a drawing of the at least one second game drawn number, and a drawing of a multiplier for the second game, the multiplier being drawn from a set of multiplier indicators that includes a predetermined quantity of first multiplier indicators corresponding to the first multiplier and a predetermined quantity of second multiplier indicators corresponding to the second multiplier, the predetermined quantity of second multiplier indicators being greater than the predetermined quantity of first multiplier indicators; a ticket display module that provides a single display of the first game and the second game; and a prize distribution module that provides a prize to player with a winning number based on a type of match and a type of game.  View Dependent Claims (61, 62)
1 Specification
This application is a ContinuationInPart application of U.S. patent application Ser. No. 12/141,695, filed on Jun. 18, 2008, entitled Lottery Game Multiplier, 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 portion of the distributed tokens may win a prize. The token can be in the from of a ticket. One of the most popular forms of lottery involves the distribution of lottery tickets. Each lottery ticket includes a plurality of lottery numbers. The plurality of lottery numbers may be selected according to various methods based on the particular lottery configuration that is utilized. For example, the plurality of lottery numbers may be selected by the player, a random number generator, etc. After the lottery tickets have been distributed to the lottery ticket holders, a set of winning lottery numbers is selected. The usual method of selecting the set of winning lottery numbers involves a drawing. The drawing may be a random selection of the set of winning lottery numbers. A random number generator can be utilized to randomly select the set of winning lottery numbers.
Different lottery operators may provide different types of lottery games based on a variety of factors. For example, a lottery operator in a heavily populated jurisdiction may be able to provide a large jackpot prize for a full match and lower prizes, e.g., secondary prizes, for partial matches. However, a lottery operator in a much less populated jurisdiction or a jurisdiction with less interest in lottery participation may not be able to provide a prize structure with a sufficient quantity of prize options. As a result, such lottery operators have had difficulty generating a large amount of interest in their lottery games.
In one aspect of the disclosure, a process is provided. The process provides, with a ticket printer, a plurality of lottery tickets such that each lottery ticket indicates a first lottery game and a second lottery game. Further, the process indicates a first price category in which a lottery ticket for the first lottery game can be purchased. In addition, the process indicates a second price category in which a lottery ticket for the second lottery game can be purchased. The second price category is greater than the first price category. In addition, the process provides a first lottery game match prize category in the first lottery game such that a player having a lottery ticket with a match in the first lottery game wins a first lottery game prize. The process also provides a full match prize category in the second lottery game such that a player having a lottery ticket with a full match in the second lottery game wins a full match prize associated with the full match prize category, the full match being a full match between a set of player numbers and a set of second lottery game drawn numbers. Further, the process provides a partial match prize category in the second lottery game such that a player having a lottery ticket with a partial match in the second lottery game wins a partial match prize associated with the partial match prize category. The partial match is a partial match between the set of player numbers and the set of second lottery game drawn numbers. In addition, the process provides a first multiplier category and a second multiplier category in the second lottery game, without being utilized in the first lottery game, such that: (i) the first multiplier category is associated with a first multiplier that multiplies the full match prize and the partial match prize of the second lottery game, (ii) the second multiplier category is associated with a second multiplier that multiplies the full match prize and the partial match prize of the second lottery game, and (iii) the second multiplier is greater than the first multiplier. The process performs, with a random selection device, a drawing of a set of first lottery game drawn numbers. Further, the process performs, with the random selection device, a drawing of the set of second lottery game drawn numbers. In addition, the process performs, with the random selection device, a drawing of a multiplier for the second lottery game. The multiplier is drawn from a set of multiplier indicators that includes a predetermined quantity of first multiplier indicators corresponding to the first multiplier and a predetermined quantity of second multiplier indicators corresponding to the second multiplier, the predetermined quantity of second multiplier indicators being greater than the predetermined quantity of first multiplier indicators. The set of multiplier indicators is distinct from a set of winning lottery numbers. The process provides the first lottery game prize based on a match between a set of player numbers in the first lottery game and the set of first lottery game drawn numbers. Further, the process provides the full match prize multiplied by the first multiplier to a player having a lottery ticket with a full match in the second lottery game if the first multiplier is drawn. In addition, the process provides the full match prize multiplied by the second multiplier to a player having a lottery ticket with a full match in the second lottery game if the second multiplier is drawn. The process also provides the partial match prize multiplied by the first multiplier to a player having a lottery ticket with a partial match in the second lottery game if the first multiplier is drawn. Further, the process provides the partial match prize multiplied by the second multiplier to a player having a lottery ticket with a partial match in the second lottery game if the second multiplier is drawn.
In another aspect of the disclosure, a process is provided. The process provides, with a ticket printer, a plurality of lottery tickets such that each lottery ticket indicates a first lottery game and a second lottery game. Further, the process indicates a first price category in which a lottery ticket for the first lottery game can be purchased. In addition, the process indicates a second price category in which a lottery ticket for the second lottery game can be purchased. The second price category is greater than the first price category. The process also provides a first lottery game match prize category in the first lottery game such that a player having a lottery ticket with a match in the first lottery game wins a first lottery game prize. Further, the process provides a second lottery game match prize category in the second lottery game such that a player having a lottery ticket with a match in the second lottery game wins a prize. In addition, the process provides a first multiplier category and a second multiplier category in the second lottery game, without being utilized in the first lottery game, such that: (i) the first multiplier category is associated with a first multiplier that multiplies the prize of the second lottery game, (ii) the second multiplier category is associated with a second multiplier that multiplies the prize of the second lottery game, and (iii) the second multiplier is greater than the first multiplier. The process also performs, with a random selection device, a drawing of a set of first lottery game drawn numbers. Further, the process performs, with the random selection device, a drawing of a set of second lottery game drawn numbers. In addition, the process performs, with the random selection device, a drawing of a multiplier for the second lottery game, the multiplier being drawn from a set of multiplier indicators that includes a predetermined quantity of first multiplier indicators corresponding to the first multiplier and a predetermined quantity of second multiplier indicators corresponding to the second multiplier. The predetermined quantity of second multiplier indicators is greater than the predetermined quantity of first multiplier indicators. The set of multiplier indicators is distinct from a set of winning lottery numbers. Further, the process provides the first lottery game prize based on a match between a set of player numbers in the first lottery game and the set of first lottery game drawn numbers. In addition, the process provides the second lottery game prize multiplied by the first multiplier to a player having a winning lottery ticket in the second lottery game if the first multiplier is drawn. Finally, the process provides the second lottery game prize multiplied by the second multiplier to a player having a winning lottery ticket in the second lottery game if the second multiplier is drawn.
In yet another aspect of the disclosure, a lottery ticket dispensing apparatus is provided. The lottery ticket dispensing apparatus includes a payment module that receives a lottery wager that a player selects from a first price category and a second price category, the first price category providing participation in a first lottery game. The second price category provides participation in the first lottery game and a second lottery game. The first lottery game provides a first lottery game match prize category in the first lottery game such that a player having a lottery ticket with a match in the first lottery game wins a first lottery game prize. The second lottery game provides (i) a prize category in the second lottery game such that a player having a lottery ticket with a match in the second lottery game wins a prize in the second lottery game and (ii) a first multiplier category and a second multiplier category in the second lottery game, without being utilized in the first lottery game, such that the first multiplier category is associated with a first multiplier that multiplies the prize of the second lottery game. The second multiplier category is associated with a second multiplier that multiplies the prize of the second lottery game. The second multiplier is greater than the first multiplier. The match is a match between a set of player numbers and a set of second lottery game drawn numbers, the second price category being greater than the first price category. Further, the lottery ticket dispensing apparatus includes a random selection device that performs a drawing of a set of first lottery game drawn numbers, a drawing of the set of second lottery game drawn numbers, and a drawing of a multiplier for the second lottery game. The multiplier is drawn from a set of multiplier indicators that includes a predetermined quantity of first multiplier indicators corresponding to the first multiplier and a predetermined quantity of second multiplier indicators corresponding to the second multiplier. The predetermined quantity of second multiplier indicators is greater than the predetermined quantity of first multiplier indicators. The set of multiplier indicators is distinct from a set of winning lottery numbers. In addition, the lottery ticket dispensing apparatus includes a ticket printer that prints a single lottery ticket that indicates the first lottery game and the second lottery game. The lottery ticket dispensing apparatus also includes a prize distribution module that provides a prize to player with a winning lottery number based on a type of match and lottery game.
In another aspect of the disclosure, an electronic lottery game apparatus is provided. The electronic lottery game apparatus includes a display module that indicates a first price category and a second price category. The second price category is greater than the first price category. Further, the electronic lottery game apparatus includes a payment module that receives a lottery wager that a player selects from a first price category and a second price category. The first price category provides participation in a first lottery game. The second price category provides participation in the first lottery game and a second lottery game. The first lottery game provides a first lottery game match prize category in the first lottery game such that a player having a lottery ticket with a match in the first lottery game wins a first lottery game prize. The second lottery game provides (i) a prize category in the second lottery game such that a player having a lottery ticket with a match in the second lottery game wins a prize in the second lottery game and (ii) a first multiplier category and a second multiplier category in the second lottery game, without being utilized in the first lottery game, such that the first multiplier category is associated with a first multiplier that multiplies the prize of the second lottery game. The second multiplier category is associated with a second multiplier that multiplies the prize of the second lottery game. The second multiplier is greater than the first multiplier. The match is a match between a set of player numbers and a set of second lottery game drawn numbers. In addition, the electronic lottery game apparatus includes a random selection device that performs a drawing of a set of first lottery game drawn numbers, a drawing of the set of second lottery game drawn numbers, and a drawing of a multiplier for the second lottery game. The multiplier is drawn from a set of multiplier indicators that includes a predetermined quantity of first multiplier indicators corresponding to the first multiplier and a predetermined quantity of second multiplier indicators corresponding to the second multiplier. The predetermined quantity of second multiplier indicators is greater than the predetermined quantity of first multiplier indicators. The set of multiplier indicators is distinct from a set of winning lottery numbers. The electronic lottery game apparatus also includes a ticket printer that prints a single lottery ticket that indicates the first lottery game and the second lottery game. Further, the electronic lottery game apparatus includes a prize distribution module that provides a prize to player with a winning lottery number based on a type of match and lottery game. 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 type of prize won by a player.
In yet another aspect of the disclosure, a process is provided. The process provides a raffle game. Further, the process provides a prize category in the raffle game such that a player having a winning raffle ticket wins a prize associated with the prize category. In addition, the process provides a first multiplier category and a second multiplier category such that: (i) the first multiplier category is associated with a first multiplier that multiplies the prize, (ii) the second multiplier category is associated with a second multiplier that multiplies the prize, and (iii) the second multiplier is greater than the first multiplier. The process also prints, with a ticket printer, a set of raffle tickets such that each raffle ticket has a unique raffle number printed thereon. Further, the process distributes a subset of the set of raffle tickets to a plurality of raffle players. In addition, the process performs a selection of a winning raffle number, with a random selection apparatus, from unique raffle numbers printed on each of the tickets in the subset of the set of raffle tickets. The process also performs a selection, with the random selection apparatus, of a multiplier. The multiplier is selected from a set of multiplier indicators that includes a predetermined quantity of first multiplier indicators corresponding to the first multiplier and a predetermined quantity of second multiplier indicators corresponding to the second multiplier. The predetermined quantity of second multiplier indicators is greater than the predetermined quantity of first multiplier indicators. Further, the process provides the prize multiplied by the first multiplier to a player having a winning raffle ticket if the first multiplier is drawn. In addition, the process provides the prize multiplied by the second multiplier to a player having a winning raffle ticket if the second multiplier is drawn.
In another aspect of the disclosure, a raffle ticket dispensing apparatus is provided. The raffle ticket dispensing apparatus has a payment module that receives a single raffle wager that provides participation in a raffle game. The raffle game provides a prize category such that a player having a winning raffle ticket wins a prize associated with the prize category and providing a first multiplier category and a second multiplier category such that: (i) the first multiplier category is associated with a first multiplier that multiplies the prize, (ii) the second multiplier category is associated with a second multiplier that multiplies the prize, and (iii) the second multiplier is greater than the first multiplier. The raffle ticket dispensing apparatus has a ticket printer that prints a set of raffle tickets such that each raffle ticket has a unique raffle number printed thereon. Further, the raffle ticket dispensing apparatus has a random selection device that randomly selects a winning raffle number from unique raffle numbers printed on each of the tickets in a subset of the set of raffle tickets distributed to a plurality of raffle players and a multiplier. The multiplier is selected from a set of multiplier indicators that includes a predetermined quantity of first multiplier indicators corresponding to the first multiplier and a predetermined quantity of second multiplier indicators corresponding to the second multiplier. The predetermined quantity of second multiplier indicators is greater than the predetermined quantity of first multiplier indicators. Finally, the raffle ticket dispensing apparatus has a prize distribution module that provides the prize multiplied by the first multiplier to a player having a winning raffle ticket if the first multiplier is drawn and the prize multiplied by the second multiplier to a player having a winning raffle ticket if the second multiplier is drawn.
In yet another aspect of the disclosure, an electronic raffle game apparatus is provided. The electronic raffle game apparatus has a display module that indicates a unique raffle number and a prize category such that a player having a winning raffle ticket wins a prize associated with the prize category and indicates a first multiplier category and a second multiplier category such that: (i) the first multiplier category is associated with a first multiplier that multiplies the prize, (ii) the second multiplier category is associated with a second multiplier that multiplies the prize, and (iii) the second multiplier is greater than the first multiplier. Further, the electronic raffle game apparatus has a random selection device that randomly selects a winning unique raffle number, the multiplier being selected from a set of multiplier indicators that includes a predetermined quantity of first multiplier indicators corresponding to the first multiplier and a predetermined quantity of second multiplier indicators corresponding to the second multiplier. The predetermined quantity of second multiplier indicators is greater than the predetermined quantity of first multiplier indicators. Finally, the electronic raffle game apparatus has a prize distribution module that provides the prize multiplied by the first multiplier to a player having a winning raffle ticket if the first multiplier is drawn and the prize multiplied by the second multiplier to a player having a winning raffle ticket if the second multiplier is drawn.
In another aspect of the disclosure, a process is provided. The process provides, with a ticket printer, a plurality of raffle tickets such that each raffle ticket indicates a first game and a second game, the second game being a raffle game. Further, the process indicates a first price category in which a ticket for the first game can be purchased. In addition, the process indicates a second price category in which a ticket for the second game can be purchased, the second price category being greater than the first price category. The process also provides a first game prize indication in the first game such that a player having a ticket with a match in the first game wins a first game prize. In addition, the process provides a second game prize indication in the second game such that a player having a ticket with a match in the second game wins a second game prize. The process also provides a first multiplier category and a second multiplier category in the second game, without being utilized in the first game, such that: (i) the first multiplier category is associated with a first multiplier that multiplies the second game prize, (ii) the second multiplier category is associated with a second multiplier that multiplies the second game prize, and (iii) the second multiplier is greater than the first multiplier. Further, the process performs, with a random selection device, a drawing of at least one first game drawn number. In addition, the process performs, with the random selection device, a selection of a winning raffle number for the second game. The process also performs, with the random selection device, a drawing of a multiplier for the second game, the multiplier being drawn from a set of multiplier indicators that includes a predetermined quantity of first multiplier indicators corresponding to the first multiplier and a predetermined quantity of second multiplier indicators corresponding to the second multiplier. The predetermined quantity of second multiplier indicators is greater than the predetermined quantity of first multiplier indicators. Further, the process provides the first game prize based on a match between at least one player number in the first game and the at least one first game drawn number. In addition, the process provides the second game prize multiplied by the first multiplier to a player having a winning raffle ticket if the first multiplier is drawn. Finally, the process provides the second game prize multiplied by the second multiplier to a player having a winning raffle ticket if the second multiplier is drawn.
In yet another aspect of the disclosure, a ticket dispensing apparatus is provided. The ticket dispensing apparatus has a payment module that receives a wager that a player selects from a first price category and a second price category, the first price category providing participation in a first game, the second price category providing participation in the first game and a second game, the first game providing a first game match prize category in the first game such that a player having a ticket with a match in the first game wins a first game prize, the second game providing (i) a prize category in the second game such that a player having a ticket with a match in the second game wins a prize in the second game and (ii) a first multiplier category and a second multiplier category in the second game, without being utilized in the first game, such that the first multiplier category is associated with a first multiplier that multiplies the prize of the second game, the second multiplier category is associated with a second multiplier that multiplies the prize of the second game, and the second multiplier is greater than the first multiplier, the match being a match between at least one player number and at least one first game drawn number. The second price category is greater than the first price category, the second game being a raffle game. Further, the ticket dispensing apparatus has a random selection device that performs a drawing of at least one first game drawn number, a drawing of the second game drawn number, and a drawing of a multiplier for the second game, the multiplier being drawn from a set of multiplier indicators that includes a predetermined quantity of first multiplier indicators corresponding to the first multiplier and a predetermined quantity of second multiplier indicators corresponding to the second multiplier, the predetermined quantity of second multiplier indicators being greater than the predetermined quantity of first multiplier indicators, the set of multiplier indicators being distinct from a set of winning numbers. In addition, the ticket dispensing apparatus has a ticket printer that prints a single ticket that indicates the first game and the second game. Finally, the ticket dispensing apparatus has a prize distribution module that provides a prize to player with a winning number based on a type of match and a type of game.
In another aspect of the disclosure, an electronic game apparatus is provided. The electronic game apparatus has a price display module that indicates a first price category and a second price category, the second price category being greater than the first price category. Further, the electronic game apparatus has a payment module that receives a wager that a player selects from a first price category and a second price category, the first price category providing participation in a first game. The second price category provides participation in the first game and a second game. The first game provides a first game match prize category in the first game such that a player having a ticket with a match in the first game wins a first game prize. The second game provides (i) a prize category in the second game such that a player having a ticket with a match in the second game wins a prize in the second game and (ii) a first multiplier category and a second multiplier category in the second game, without being utilized in the first game, such that the first multiplier category is associated with a first multiplier that multiplies the prize of the second game. The second multiplier category is associated with a second multiplier that multiplies the prize of the second game, and the second multiplier is greater than the first multiplier. The match is a match between at least one player number and a second game drawn number. In addition, the electronic game apparatus has a random selection device that performs a drawing of at least one first game drawn number, a drawing of the second game drawn number, and a drawing of a multiplier for the second game, the multiplier being drawn from a set of multiplier indicators that includes a predetermined quantity of first multiplier indicators corresponding to the first multiplier and a predetermined quantity of second multiplier indicators corresponding to the second multiplier. The predetermined quantity of second multiplier indicators is greater than the predetermined quantity of first multiplier indicators. The electronic game apparatus also has a ticket display module that provides a single display of the first game and the second game. Finally, the electronic game apparatus has a prize distribution module that provides a prize to player with a winning number based on a type of match and a type of game.
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 and apparatus provides a lottery game multiplier that is utilized in a lottery game. In one embodiment, the lottery game multiplier is provided as part of a prize structure for a single wager. In other words, a lottery player may make a single wager to obtain both the opportunity of winning a prize and the opportunity of having that prize multiplied by the multiplier. The lottery performs a random drawing for the set of winning lottery numbers and a distinct random drawing for the multiplier. The random drawing for the set of winning lottery numbers may occur before, after, or simultaneously with the random drawing of the multiplier. Accordingly, the multiplier is determined by the lottery, not on a perplayer basis, and is similarly applicable to the winning lottery players. For example, in one embodiment, a multiplier of two is applicable to the prize of a winning lottery ticket that has a full match and also the prize of a winning lottery ticket that has a partial match. By utilizing the method and apparatus, a lottery can generate interest in what would otherwise be a low volume lottery game.
In one embodiment, two distinct drawings are performed for the lottery game associated with the lottery prize structure 102. A drawing of a set of winning lottery numbers and a drawing of a multiplier are performed. The drawing of the winning set of lottery numbers may be performed with a ball hopper or random number generator. In one embodiment, the multiplier is a nonnumeric based indicia such as a color or shape. Accordingly, the drawing of the multiplier may be performed with a ball hopper having an assortment of the indicia or a random indicia generator. In an alternative embodiment, the multiplier is a numeric based indicia that distinct from the numbers from which the set of winning lottery numbers is selected. For example, the set of winning lottery numbers may be selected from the numbers one through thirty six whereas the multiplier may be chosen from the numbers forty through fifty.
Prior to play of the lottery game, the lottery prize structure 102 indicates the different prizes that may be won by a lottery player having a winning lottery ticket. The match field 104 indicates the types of matches for a lottery ticket to be eligible for a prize. For example, the match field 104 includes a full match 112 such that a lottery ticket that has a set of players numbers that fully match the set of winning lottery numbers, e.g., six players numbers match six winning lottery numbers, wins a prize from a full match prize category 120. An example of the full match prize in the full match prize category 120 is one million dollars. The player numbers may be selected by a player or randomly generated for the player, e.g., a quick pick. The match field 104 also includes a partial match 114 such that a lottery ticket that has a set of player numbers that partially matches the set of winning lottery numbers, e.g., five of the six player numbers match the winning lottery numbers, wins a prize from the partial match prize category 122. An example of the partial match prize in the partial match prize category 122 is ten thousand dollars. The match filed 104 may also include other types of partial matches. The match field 104 may include a partial match 116 such that a lottery ticket that has a match of four of six numbers wins a partial match prize in the partial match prize category 124. An example of the partial match prize in the partial match prize category 124 is one hundred dollars. The match field 104 may include a partial match 118 such that a lottery ticket that has a match of three of six numbers wins a partial match prize in the partial match prize category 126. An example of the partial match prize in the partial match prize category 126 is ten dollars.
Further, the lottery prize structure 102 includes a first multiplier category 108 and a second multiplier category 110. The first multiplier category 108 is associated with a multiplier of one whereas the second multiplier category 110 is associated with a multiplier of two. Each of these multiplier categories is applicable to all of the prize categories, e.g., the full match prize category 120, the partial match prize category 122, the partial match prize category 124, and the partial match prize category 126. In other words, if the multiplier is selected from the first multiplier category 108, the multiplier of one is applied to each of the prize categories such that a full match winning prize 128 is one million dollars, a partial match winning prize 130 for five of six is ten thousand dollars, a partial match winning prize 132 for four of six is one hundred dollars, and a partial match winning prize 134 for three of six is ten dollars. If the multiplier, is selected from the second multiplier category 110, the multiplier of two is applied to each of the prize categories such that a full match winning prize 136 is two million dollars, a partial match winning prize 138 for five of six is twenty thousand dollars, a partial match winning prize 140 for four of six is two hundred dollars, and a partial match winning prize 142 for three of six is twenty dollars.
The selection of the multiplier is performed from a set of multiplier indicators that include a predetermined quantity of first multiplier indicators corresponding to the first multiplier and a predetermined quantity of second multiplier indicators corresponding to the second multiplier. For example, the multiplier indicators may be colors. Accordingly, a predetermined set of nine colored balls may be utilized for the selection. As the second multiplier is greater than the first multiplier, a larger number of balls in the predetermined set of nine colored balls is associated with the first multiplier to make the odds of a first multiplier selection greater than a second multiplier selection. For instance, the set of multiplier indicators may include bronze balls and silver balls. Out of the nine colored balls, six balls may be bronze and three balls may be silver. Therefore, the odds of the lottery randomly selecting a sliver ball are less than the odds of the lottery randomly selecting the bronze ball.
Accordingly, the set of multiplier indicators is distinct from the set of winning lottery numbers. Separate drawings and separate indicia are utilized. Further, the multiplier that is selected is applicable to all players in the particular lottery game. As a result, both a player that obtains a six of six match and a player that obtains a five of six match have their respective prizes multiplied by two if the lottery draws a silver ball as opposed to the two players potentially having different multipliers.
In one embodiment, the multiplier may not be applicable to all of the prize categories. For example, the multiplier may be applicable to only the full match prize category 120 and the partial match prize 122 for the five of six match. The multiplier may even only be applicable to the full match prize category 120. Alternatively, the multiplier may even only be applicable to one of the partial match prize categories.
In one embodiment, the set of multiplier indicators may include advertisers'"'"' logos. For example, the first multiplier indicator may have a first company'"'"'s logo and the second multiplier may have a second company'"'"'s logo. Accordingly, the predetermined quantity of balls may include six balls having the first company'"'"'s logo and three balls having the second company'"'"'s logo. Further, the advertiser may pay a fee based on the ball on which the logo is placed. For example, the second company may pay a higher fee than the first company to have the second company'"'"'s logo placed on the ball for the second multiplier, which results in the higher prize. Therefore, the lottery is able to generate advertising revenue in addition to the sales of lottery tickets. This additional advertising revenue may help lotteries provide larger prizes than would otherwise be provided to help generate interest in the lottery game.
The set of multiplier indictors is not intended to be limited to balls. For example, the multiplier indicators may be a variety of shaped polygons. Further, in an electronic version of the lottery game, the actual company'"'"'s logo may appear as the multiplier indicator without being placed on a ball.
Further, the set of multiplier indicators may include multiple indicia. For example, ball colors in addition to company logos may be utilized. Accordingly, the first multiplier indicator may be a bronze ball having a first company'"'"'s logo where as the second multiplier indicator may be a silver ball having a second company'"'"'s logo. Another example includes a ball color and the amount of the multiplier. For example, the first multiplier indicator may be a bronze ball with ‘X1’ and the second multiplier indicator may be a silver ball with ‘X2’. The indicia of ‘X1’ and ‘X2’ are distinct from the lottery numbers ‘1’ and ‘2’ as ‘X1’ and ‘X2’ have no bearing on whether a full match or a partial match is made.
In one embodiment, the full match prize in the full match prize category 120, the partial match prize in the partial match prize category 122 for the five of six match, the partial match prize in the partial match prize category 124 for the four of six match, and the partial match prize in the partial match prize category 126 for the three of six match are all fixed prizes that are not progressive. In another embodiment, each of these prizes is a fixed prize that is progressive such that a prize may increase after tickets sales surpass a predetermined threshold. In yet another embodiment, each of these prizes is a parimutuel based prize that increases based on ticket sales. In another embodiment, one of the prizes may be one type of prize and another of the prizes may be a different type of prize. For example, the full match prize in the full match prize category 120 may be a fixed prize that is not progressive and the partial match prize in the partial match prize category 122 may be a parimutuel based prize.
In any of the configurations provided herein, the payout for the full match prize in the full match prize category 120, the partial match prize in the partial match prize category 122 for the five of six match, the partial match prize in the partial match prize category 124 for the four of six match, and/or the partial match prize in the partial match prize category 126 for the three of six match 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.
In one embodiment, the multiplier may be associated with merchandise or service rather than a dollar value. For example, a player with a full match may in a drawing of a silver ball win one million dollars and a television. The player may be given a voucher for the merchandise or service, or may simply be given the merchandise or service. In yet another embodiment, the manufacturer or provider of the service has its logo placed on the ball as a multiplier indicia. For example, the manufacturer of a television may have its logo placed on the second multiplier indicator. In one configuration, the manufacturer pays for this advertising. In another configuration, the lottery may place the manufacturer'"'"'s logo as the second multiplier indicator without a fee to help generate interest in the lottery.
The examples of the prizes and multipliers provided herein are not intended to be exhaustive as various prize values and multiplier values may be utilized. For example, a multiplier of ‘X1’ is illustrated in
In one embodiment, the lottery ticket dispensing apparatus 300 has a ticket printer 302 that prints the lottery ticket 304 for the lottery game. Further, the lottery ticket dispensing apparatus 300 may have an input device 306 so that a lottery vendor may input data such as player numbers, price selection, or the like. In addition, the lottery ticket dispensing apparatus 300 may have a display 308 on which the lottery vendor may view data pertinent to a sales transaction for the lottery ticket 600.
Further, the electronic lottery game apparatus 400 may have a plurality of input devices 408, e.g., buttons, that may be utilized by the player to interact with the electronic lottery game apparatus 400. Some or all of the plurality of buttons 408 may instead be utilized as touch screen buttons on the display 402.
In one embodiment, the electronic lottery game having the lottery game multiplier is played over the Internet. Accordingly, a player may utilize his or her own computer, cellular phone, or portable media player (“PMP”) 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. Further, the server may determine the multiplier that is utilized. 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. In addition, the server may determine the resulting prize after being multiplied by the multiplier.
The electronic lottery game provided herein is not intended to be limited for play at a VLT. Accordingly, the lottery game having the lottery game multiplier may be played at any type of kiosk. For example, a kiosk that allows for additional time to be placed on a cellular phone may also be utilized to play the electronic lottery game having the lottery game multiplier. Alternatively, the kiosk may be utilized to buy a paper lottery ticket for the lottery game having the lottery game multiplier. The kiosk may also be utilized to provide both electronic and paper versions of the lottery game having the lottery game multiplier.
The multiplier provided herein is not intended to be limited to lottery games. Accordingly, the multiplier configurations provided herein may be utilized for any game of chance. For example, the multiplier configurations provided herein may be utilized in a raffle game. Further, the multiplier configurations may be utilized in a casino game.
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Any of the multiplier configurations described herein may be implemented as an addon game to a base game. For example, a lottery ticket may be printed with two lottery games. The first lottery game may be a base game, and the second lottery game may be a lottery game having one of the multiplier configurations described herein. However, the multiplier is applicable only to the second lottery game, not the first lottery game. Further, different price categories may be utilized for the first lottery game and the second lottery game. As an example, the first lottery game may be purchased for one dollar, and the first lottery game in addition to the optional addon second lottery game may be purchased for two dollars. In other words, for one dollar a lottery player has an opportunity to win only the first lottery game whereas for two dollars the lottery player has the opportunity to win the first lottery game and/or the second lottery game. Further, by purchasing the two dollar lottery ticket, the lottery player has the opportunity to increase the second lottery game prize, which may be based on type of match, if a multiplier ball is drawn that multiplies the second lottery game prize to a larger amount. In one embodiment, two separate drawings are performed. One drawing is performed for the first lottery game, and a separate drawing is performed for the second lottery game. In one embodiment, a single random selection device, i.e., ball hopper, random number generator, etc. is utilized to perform both drawings. In another embodiment, different random selection devices are utilized to perform each of the drawings.
Further, in one embodiment, the player'"'"'s set of numbers is the same for both the first lottery game and the second lottery game. In another embodiment, two separate sets of player'"'"'s numbers are utilized for each of the two lottery games. In other words, a player'"'"'s set of numbers for the first lottery game is only applicable to the first lottery game and a player'"'"'s set of numbers for the second lottery game is only applicable to the second lottery game.
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In one embodiment, the process 600 may be implemented such that the second lottery game has a full match prize and one or more partial match prizes. Accordingly, the multiplier that is drawn multiplies the full match prize and the one or more partial match prizes in the second lottery game. Further, in one embodiment, the process 600 may be implemented such that the first lottery game has a full match prize and one or more partial match prizes. The multiplier that is drawn does not the full match prize and the one or more partial match prizes in the first lottery game.
Any of the multiplier game configurations described herein may be utilized with games other than lottery games. For example, the multiplier game may be utilized with a raffle game. Further, any of the base and addon configurations described herein may be utilized with games other than lottery games. For example, the base game may be a lottery game and the addon game may be a raffle game.
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The lottery ticket dispensing apparatus 300 and the electronic lottery game apparatus 400 may each be implemented to utilize the base and addon configurations described herein. Tickets may be printed and/or displayed in these configurations or any other configuration described herein such that each ticked may provide participation in the base game or the base game and the addon lottery multiplier game.
In one embodiment, the base game and the addon game may each utilize a different lottery matrix, but with the same format. For example, the base game may utilize a six of forty nine matrix and the addon game may utilize a separate six of forty nine matrix. In an alternative embodiment, the base game and the addon game may each utilize a different lottery matrix with a different format. For example, the base game may utilize a six of forty nine matrix and the addon game may utilize a seven of thirty nine matrix. One or both of the games may not utilize a lottery matrix, e.g., a raffle.
A single random selection device or multiple random selection devices may be utilized to perform the random selections described for any of the configurations described herein. For example, a single random selection device may perform both a lottery number drawing and a multiplier indicator drawing. The single random selection device may also be utilized to perform both drawings for a base game and addon game. Alternatively, one random selection device may perform the lottery number drawing, and a separate random selection device may perform the drawing for the multiplier indicator. Separate random selection devices may also be utilized to perform different drawings for the base game and the addon game.
The multiplier indicators described herein may be any type of indicia. As an example, the multiplier indicators may be numeric. For instance, the drawing of the multiplier indicator in a seven of twenty one matrix lottery game may be a drawing of an eighth ball. If that eighth ball is within the range of one to five, the multiplier is one. If that eighth ball is within the range of six to ten, the multiplier is two. If that eighth ball is eleven, the multiplier is five. If that eighth ball is within the range of twelve to sixteen, the multiplier is three. If that eighth ball is within the range of seventeen to twenty one, the multiplier is four.
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 and systems described herein may also be applied in other types of processes and systems. Those skilled in the art will appreciate that the various adaptations and modifications of the embodiments of the processes 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 and systems may be practiced other than as specifically described herein.