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“It’s a real good scheme they got going there,” grumbled longtime player William “Bill” Price of North Miami after finding out about the price hike that took effect Oct. 8. “It looks like they’re just coming up with money-generating stuff.” If you’re not a regular player, you might not have noticed that Florida Lottery’s original six-number Lotto game still exists amidst a bewildering pile of drawings like Powerball, Mega Millions, Picks 2 through 5, Fast Play, Jackpot Triple Play,
Cash 4 Life, and no less than 99 different scratch-off games priced up to $30. Introduced in April 1988 as the Department of the Lottery’s flagship game, the now-twice-weekly drawing cost $1 per chance for 32 years even as the state tacked on higher-cost options and surrounded it with ever-more complex and expensive ways to kiss one’s cash goodbye. The cost to play the multistate Powerball game jumped to $2 in 2012 while the other multistate game Mega Millions followed suit in 2017.
But those price increases led to much-bigger jackpots. The Lotto jackpots did not double along with the ticket prices. However, the amount of money added to “rollover” jackpots — the ones that grow when no one wins — increased from about $500,000 before the price hike to $1 million now. For example, after no one won the $2.5 million jackpot on Sept. 12, it became a $3 million jackpot on Sept. 16. The first jackpot after the price increase — $7 million on Oct. 10 — became an $8 million jackpot on Oct. 14. In an email statement, Keri Nucatola, the lottery department’s director of communications, hailed the changes as improvements for players. “While Florida Lotto is an established brand with a loyal player base, the game has had very few changes over its 30+ year history. The game was in need of a refresh to give players new and more ways to win, bigger prizes, and better odds,” the statement said. But William Price isn’t buying that. He noticed immediately that prize amounts declined for non-jackpot, partial-match payouts for players spending $2 now compared to those who previously bought a $1 ticket and spent another $1 for what used to be called the “Xtra” option. Before the price increase, it worked like this: You spent $1 for the machine at your favorite retail store to print a basic Lotto ticket. After the drawing, if you matched three of five numbers, you’d win $5.
If you hit four numbers, you’d win $70. If you hit five numbers, you’d win $5,000. If you spent the additional $1 for the “Xtra” option, that ticket would be imprinted with a multiplier of 2X, 3X, 4X or 5X, chosen by the machine. A 2X multiplier would turn that $5,000 into $10,000. A 3X multiplier would turn that $5,000 into $15,000 and so on. If you hit four of the six numbers, the 2X multiplier would turn that $70 prize into $140, while the 3X multiplier would turn it into $210. Any of the multipliers would turn the prize for hitting three numbers from $5 into $25. Lotto machines were programmed to generate 2X multipliers most commonly, while 5X multipliers were rarest. Now, a player spending that same $2 for a ticket will automatically get a multiplier. The “Xtra” option is now standard. But the prize amounts that get multiplied were decreased, resulting in lower multiplied payouts.