The Lottery in Rhode Island
All About the Rhode Island Lottery
Rhode Island also known as the ‘Ocean State’ created the Rhode Island Lottery in 1974 and is the state’s main source of income to offset the cost of publicly funded projects for the communities within. When the lottery bill was passed, it created the Rhode Island Lotteries Act and the State General Fund. All revenue generated from the lottery is disbursed between the State General Fund and the Distressed Communities Fund.
During the fiscal year of 2006, the lottery was successful in generating net sales that exceeded $1.7 billion and from there was able to turnover more than $323 million to the state’s lotteries fund.
Throughout the years, Rhode Island has provided players with various instant win games along with online games and pull tabs. They also feature their very own progressive online game which in March of 2006 a player broke the records by winning the largest jackpot in the history of the Wild Money Jackpot game. That particular win awarded a player with $601,206 which beat out a previous record of $315,869 held back in April of 2003.
As of today there are more than 4 online games, 20+ scratch-offs in circulation and most retailers offer pull tabs with revenue directly provided for not-for-profit organizations.
The Numbers Game
The numbers game is one of Rhode Island’s popular online games available three times a week and. To play you will need to choose how much you wish to wager with bets starting as low as $0.50 and increasing to $1, $2 and $5. You will be wagering these amounts on how your numbers will be drawn, whether it is a straight or box order.
To win on a 4-digit wager you will need to match all of the 4 numbers drawn. To win on a 3-digit wager you will need to match the first 3 numbers of the last 3 numbers drawn. You can also choose to play the Instant Match option which is available for an additional $1 and adds an extra bonus to the original game. When you play the Instant Match the terminal will automatically generate another set of numbers randomly. If you match any of your Instant Match numbers to the Daily Numbers or you find a “$”sign you will win the amount to the right of the numbers or sign. If you win you can cash in your ticket instantly and another ticket will be printed for the Daily Numbers.
The top prize available to be won in the Daily Numbers is $25,000.
Rhody Poker is only available to players in the state of Rhode Island and is a mix between popular online lottery games and the game of Texas Holdem. Each ticket is purchased for $1 and these games are played instantly, which means you won’t have to wait for a draw date.
To play the game you will receive a randomly generated ticket from the lottery terminal with two cards on it. Once your ticket is printed you can watch the monitor for the dealer to deal a hand. Once all cards have been dealt on the monitor you then use your two cards printed on your ticket in combination with the five community cards to create the best five card hand of poker. You must use at least one of the cards on your ticket if not both. You will then play your hand against three virtual hands provided on the monitor. If your five card hand beats the highest of the virtual hands you are an instant winner. When ordering a Rhody Poker ticket players should note that tickets cannot be cancelled once they have been printed since this is an instant win game.
The top prize available to be won is the Royal Flush which consists of an Ace, King, Queen, Jack and 10 of the same suit and is worth $2,500
Wild Money is an exclusive online game available for players within the state of Rhode Island and is one of the largest besides the Powerball that Rhode Island Lottery offers.
The progressive jackpot starts at $20,000 and will continue to grow until it has been won with all tickets available for purchase at just $1.
To play simply choose five numbers from 1 through 35. If you match all five numbers you will win that draws progressive jackpot. During each draw an extra ball is drawn from the remaining 30 numbers. If you match four numbers plus the bonus ball you will win the second place consolation prize. With wild money you have six different ways to win and you can play this game every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday night.
Video Poker is offered in Rhode Island in conjunction with Delaware and West Virginia to create some very exciting progressive jackpots between the three states. The game Ca$hola starts at $250,000 and continues to grow with each state adding to the jackpots prize pool. The Ca$hola jackpot is available at the Twin River and Newport Grand Raceways.
How the multi-state progressive jackpots works is each state is connected via Video Lottery Terminals from various locations. When these machines are played a fixed amount is contributed to the progressive jackpot. This enables the jackpot to grow and with the games being multi-state they can grow at phenomenal rates sometimes close to a million dollars for one prize. There is no limit on how high the progressive can reach, but can only be won by a player who is playing max bet. Both the Twin River and Newport Grand display the progressive jackpot in real time above the machines so you will always know just how big it is.
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