New lottery game allows players to go for 'All or Nothing'


A new lottery game set to debut on Tuesday might create some hope for Minnesota gamblers who struggle to pick winning numbers.

"All or Nothing" has players choose 12 numbers from a pool of 24. If players select all of the chosen numbers, or none of them they win $100,000.

"This is a fun concept that definitely tweaks the traditional lottery drawing," Minnesota State Lottery Executive Director Ed Van Petten said.

There are other payouts between all or nothing, according to the Star Tribune. If someone matches 11 or 12 they collect $1,000. It's the same if the player only matches 1 of 12. The prizes shrink from there until matching five, six or seven numbers gets you nothing.

There is one technicality gamblers will want to know. If more than seven players hit the top prize at either end of the scale, the payout goes to a pari-mutuel scheme, according to the Star Tribune. Van Petten said if there are eight winning tickets, each ticket gets 7/8ths of the $100,000.

Lottery officials said the idea for the new game came from a player's complaint about lottery drawings. The overall odds of winning are 1 in 4.54.

The Minnesota State Lottery said over the years it has raised more than $2.2 billion for the state's general fund and the environment. Of every dollar spent on the lottery officials say 24 cents goes back to Minnesota.

It has been a good fall and winter for the lottery.

Lottery officials say the Mega Millions jackpot run up that began in October generated $4.6 million for the Lottery's beneficiaries. That run ended in December with a $648 million jackpot split between winners in California and Georgia.

Of that, lottery officials say $2.6 million went to the state's general fund while another $1.4 million went to the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund. Of the $530,000 remaining, it was split evenly between the Game and Fish Fund and the Natural Resources Fund.

The Star Tribune reports the daily drawings for "All or Northing" will be at 12:45 p.m. and 8:45 p.m.

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