With casino gambling becoming more prevalent in the United States, state lotteries are being forced to make moves to ensure they still compete for gamblers money. The Florida Lottery has come up with their solution to the problem.
Starting this past week, the Florida Lottery has expanded their Pick 3 and Pick 4 games to two draws daily. That means that gamblers will now have the option to try and hit the numbers at lunch time, then again after dinner.
If gamblers in the state played one dollar straight and one dollar box on both a Pick 3 and Pick 4 number for the week, it used to cost them $28. Now, to play it the same way, if they want to be in both draws, it will cost $56.
There is always the option of only picking one draw for gamblers. That would keep their cost down, but would also devastate people if their numbers came out on the other draw for the day.
This is just the latest money making move by the Florida Lottery. They already have unveiled a new plan to raise revenue through the Lotto game. Gamblers can now play $1, $2, or $3, on each of their lottery tickets. The more a gambler risks, the more they can play.
If not for Florida Governor Charlie Crist signing a deal with the Seminole Indians allowing expanded gambling in the state, this latest move by the lottery could be perceived as hypocritical.
While many politicians in the state are opposing Crist’s deal with the Seminoles, they do not have an issue with the latest gambling expansion of the lottery.