Often lottery corporations will print different batches of the same game.
They have found that a particular game sold very well often because it was a fun game to play or people liked the top prize. A few favorites among the different lottery corporations are “$1,000 A Week For Life “, “Crossword”, and “Monopoly™”.
Once all of the tickets have been sold an entirely new run must be printed to ensure the overall odds remain as reported. To differentiate one run from another, a game number is assigned to each printing. Game Numbers are unique to each state and are typically used only once.
Some states do not report game numbers on their website, which makes it a little more difficult to accurately report the prizes remaining.
Why is the game number important?
Often a new printing of a particular game will be printed and distributed to the retailers before the prior batch is still in circulation. If the prior circulation has no more top prizes remaining it will be unfavorable. The new batch, having just been released, will still have top prizes available and would be a better purchase than the prior batch.
So, to prevent you from buying tickets of games that have no top prizes available you need to ensure that you purchase the correct game name and number.
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