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Instant Games Prize Odds

Instant games are fun to play every day! Buy and scratch off Lottery tickets to enjoy instant games fun. Lottery prizes vary from game to game.

The overall odds of winning lottery prizes in each instant game are printed on the back of each PA Lottery instant game ticket. Odds are calculated in the following way: the total number of tickets in a game is divided by the total number of prizes in that game.  Prizes are distributed randomly throughout the game, and there is no pattern as to where they will occur.

For example:

 

There are 100 marbles in the bag below.  Twenty of them are red marbles and 80 of them are white marbles. The red marbles are prizes. In order to calculate the odds of getting a red marble, divide the total number of marbles (100) by the number of red marbles (20). Since 100 divided by 20 equals five, there is a 1-in-5 chance that blindly reaching into the bag of marbles will produce a red marble.

Of course, it’s important to know that just because the odds of getting a red marble are 1:5, it is possible to reach into the bag and get a giant handful that contains no red marbles. It’s also possible to reach into the bag and get a handful that contains one or more red marbles. It’s a matter of random chance – and that’s part of the fun and excitement of instant games.

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