Like millions of others, I play the lottery. I don’t look it is a frittering away hard earned dollars, but more along the lines of investing in a pension. No doubt I will soon win enough to see me comfortably to the end of my days; I figure a couple of million would do me just fine, not being the gluttonous sort.
Over the last several months I have accumulated a number of ‘free games’. Not much cash, but, to be precise, 47 free games. I know because I finally decided it was time to redeem them. Having done so, last Thursday I plunked myself down in front of a Loto-Quebec verifying terminal and checked my tickets, both the free ones I had won, and my usual bought selections, fully expecting a windfall from all those opportunities.
An interesting phenomenon played out before me. From the 47 free plays, clearly indicated as such by the word Gratuit printed on them (French for free) I did not have one penny of winning, nor did I have any free games. Yet when I scanned my six bought plays, I was rewarded with three free plays. Alas not exactly the pension I’m waiting for, but at least something.
I understand there is no way this could be rigged when you consider the numbers on the free tickets, just like those paid for, are printed well before the six ping-pong balls get sucked up into that tube and the pop out to reveal the winning combination. So the initial knee-jerk reaction to claim that tickets marked as Gratuit will never be winners is unfounded. There are no possible grounds to complain, unless, of course, the scanners are fixed to show a non-winning ticket message whenever a free ticket is inserted, which would be pretty devious. But it does strike me as odd; nary a winner among all those free plays, yet a 50% win rate on my six paid plays.
It doesn’t really matter, as I’m sure next week I’ll hit the big one!