Frequently Asked Questions
Do you have a question about an Oregon Lottery® game? Read below for helpful insights regarding our most frequently asked questions.
||The Scratch-itSM game I played had odds of 1 in 4. Doesn’t that mean I should get a winning ticket every fourth ticket purchased?
||The odds stated on the back of all Scratch-it tickets are the overall odds of winning a prize in that game. If the overall odds of winning a prize in a game are 1 in 4, it means that if 4 million tickets are printed, 1 million will be winners. Winning tickets are then randomly placed throughout the Scratch-it games. As with all of our games, receiving one of those winning tickets is simply a matter of chance. While it’s possible to get a string of non-winners in a row, it’s also possible to buy a similar number of tickets and get several winners in a row. While we can’t guarantee that everyone will be a winner, we can guarantee that each player has a fair and equal chance of winning a prize.
||Why doesn’t the Lottery offer subscription play for MegabucksSM, Powerball® and Mega Millions®?
||While the Lottery does not offer a “subscription” system to our players, we have extended the number of advance play drawings players can buy for our draw games, Powerball, Mega Millions, and Megabucks (Oregon’s game). Players are now able to buy 26 consecutive drawings in advance for only $25 for Megabucks.
||Why are Megabucks jackpots only increased by $100,000 per draw?
||Players like big jackpots, and want the jackpot to grow if it isn't won. However, like most jackpot games, the size of the Megabucks jackpot is determined by sales for that game. While the Megabucks jackpot starts at a guaranteed $1 million, sales for the initial jackpot amounts are considerably less. Therefore, it takes numerous draws to fund the jackpot prize being offered, and the Megabucks jackpot is increased by only $100,000 for each draw until the jackpot is fully funded. At the lottery's discretion, additional funding may be available to add to the jackpot.
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