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'All Or Nothing' Game Set To Debut In Iowa And Minnesota

Players In New Lotto Game Will Win Top Prize For Matching All - Or Nothing

Iowa Lottery CEO Terry Rich and Ed Van Petten, executive director of the Minnesota State Lottery   Hear more about this game.

DES MOINES, Iowa - The Iowa and Minnesota lotteries are using a player complaint about lotto drawings as the basis for a new game.

The "All or Nothing" game debuts Tuesday and its name is self-explanatory: Players can win the top prize of $100,000 by matching all of the winning numbers in one of its drawings or none of them.

"We couldn't decide if people should win for matching them all or coming up empty," said Ed Van Petten, executive director of the Minnesota State Lottery. "So we decided, 'Heck, let's do both.'"

Iowa Lottery CEO Terry Rich joined in the fun.

"If you never match anything in lottery drawings, have we got a game for you!" he said.

The lotteries announced the new game during an event Friday at a supermarket in Rochester, Minn., one of the locations where tickets will be sold. All or Nothing is a joint game being offered in both states, with two drawings per day, seven days a week. Players in All or Nothing will choose 12 numbers from a pool of 24. Twelve winning numbers will be selected in each mid-day and evening drawing and plays in the game will cost $1.

The game has an hourglass prize structure offering 10 ways to win, with the $100,000 top prize at the two extremes - for matching all or nothing - and smaller prizes working in from there. Players can win the game's second prize of $1,000 for matching 11 of the winning numbers or just one of them. The $20 prize level is for those who match 10 numbers or two; the $5 level is for those who match nine numbers or three; and players will win $1 for matching eight of the numbers or four. Those who wind up in the middle by matching five, six or seven numbers will not win a prize. The overall odds of winning are 1 in 4.54.

"This is a fun concept that definitely tweaks the traditional lottery drawing," Van Petten said.

Drawings will be held at 12:45 p.m. and 8:45 p.m. daily. Players will be able to buy tickets for the next drawing until about half an hour before it. If they purchase a ticket after the cutoff time, it will be for a subsequent drawing.

Rich said that All or Nothing's catch phrase of "Win either way!" is a perfect way to describe it.

"We're looking forward to this lotto-with-a-twist concept," he said. "And we think our two states will have fun with it, too. Iowans will likely be hoping that our state ends up with 'all' while Minnesota gets 'nothing' - and vice versa."

Games similar to All or Nothing are being offered by a handful of other U.S. lotteries and have proven popular.


Ticket price: $1
Sold in: Iowa and Minnesota
Players choose 12 numbers from a pool of 24
Drawings twice a day, seven days a week, at 12:45 and 8:45 p.m.

10 ways to win:

Numbers Matched Prize Odds Of Winning
12 $100,000 1 in 2,704,156
11 $1,000 1 in 18,779
10 $20 1 in 621
9 $5 1 in 56
8 $1 1 in 11
7 $0  
6 $0  
5 $0  
4 $1 1 in 11
3 $5 1 in 56
2 $20 1 in 621
1 $1,000 1 in 18,779
0 $100,000 1 in 2,704,156


In Iowa, All or Nothing will replace Iowa's $100,000 Cash Game, which offers a top prize of $100,000 and has had drawings six days a week. The final Cash Game drawing will be Saturday (Jan. 25).

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