June 29, 2007
Lottery Anticipates Sell-Outs on 7s on July 7
Lottery officials anticipate reaching the liability limit on the combination 7-7-7 in Pick 3 and 7-7-7-7 in Pick 4 early during sales for the day’s Midday and Evening drawings. Once the prize liability limit for a particular combination in each of these games is reached, the combination can no longer be purchased.
"It is standard in the lottery industry to have liability limits on these types of games," said Scott White, on-line product manager for the Missouri Lottery. "Since the payouts are fixed, the Lottery has to ensure that it only sells as many winning tickets as it can pay. We exist to raise money for public education, so we have to be able to limit our potential payout to an amount we can pay, based on the sales we generate in the game."
White said the liability limits in these games are only reached a couple of times a year, when players wager numbers corresponding with special dates or events, like the new millennium or the numbers 3-1-7 on St. Patrick’s Day.
"If you are really interested in buying one of these combinations of 7s, you might want to buy them early," said White.
In addition to the Lottery’s Pick 3 and Pick 4 game, superstitious players may also be buying one of three Scratchers games with the number 7 as the theme: game 630, "Ruby Red 7s," game 643, "Sizzlin’ 7s," and game 649, "Super 7s."