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All or Nothing (lottery)

All or Nothing is the name and format of a lottery game where the player chooses half of the numbers in play. Prizes are awarded based on how many of the numbers chosen match the numbers in the official draw. Because the player chooses half of the number matrix, the odds of selecting all numbers drawn and of selecting none of the numbers drawn are identical. Subsequently, identical top prizes are awarded for matching all numbers or nothing, hence the name. Smaller prizes are likewise symmetrical, with the second-prize tier being awarded for matching all but one number, or only one number, and so on. The concept originated in 2012 with the Texas Lottery, and has since been adopted by other states.

Lotteries with "All or Nothing" games

Multiple lotteries in the United States offer versions of the game:

State Start date Draw matrix Draw frequency Price per play Top prize References
Arizona Discontinued May 18, 2014 20 Twice daily $2 $25,000 [1]
Georgia March 2, 2014 24 4 times daily $2 $250,000 [2]
Iowa and Minnesota[note 1] Discontinued January 27, 2015 24 Twice daily $1 $100,000 [3]
Massachusetts July 18, 2016 24 4-minutes
video lottery
$1 $100,000 [4]
North Carolina Discontinued September 7, 2014 24 Twice daily $2 $250,000 [5]
Texas September 10, 2012 24 4 times daily $2 $250,000 [6]
  1. ^ Joint game operated by the Multi-State Lottery Association

The Illinois Lottery once offered Hit or Miss, a game played similarly, with the addition of "The Good Life" number that also was printed for each play. Matching all or none of the 12 out of 24 regular numbers drawn won $250,000 cash; also matching "The Good Life" number, from 1 to 6, won an additional $100,000 per year for 20 years. Drawings were held four times a day, and ran from September 22, 2013, to February 28, 2015.[7]

Outside the US, this format was used by the National Lottery of Ireland between 2009 and 2012 and is used for the Russian state lottery game "12/24", which has a minimum jackpot of 200,000 roubles and is drawn four times per hour.[8]


  1. ^ "Arizona Lottery Announces New All or Nothing Draw Game". May 14, 2014. Retrieved December 1, 2015.
  2. ^ "Georgia Lottery results". Retrieved December 14, 2015.[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ "Welcometo All of Nothing". Archived from the original on 2015-12-15. Retrieved December 14, 2015.
  4. ^ All-or-Nothing at the Massachusetts Lottery
  5. ^ "All or Nothing past results". Retrieved December 14, 2015.
  6. ^ "Texas Lottery – All or Nothing Winning Numbers". Retrieved December 14, 2015.
  7. ^ "Illinois Lottery winning number search". Retrieved December 15, 2015.
  8. ^ 12/24