Title:

Kind
Code:

A1

Abstract:

A process is provided. The process provides a lottery game. Further, the process indicates a first price category and a second price category from which a lottery player can purchase a lottery ticket. In addition, the process indicates a first partial match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the first price category that has a partial match of a predetermined quantity of numbers between a set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the first price category and a randomly selected set of numbers. The process also indicates a second partial match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the second price category that has a partial match between the set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the second price category and the randomly selected set of numbers.

Inventors:

Frick, Michael D. (Crawfordville, FL, US)

Davis, Mark (San Juan, PR, US)

Wright, Robert J. (Palm Beach Gardens, FL, US)

Davis, Mark (San Juan, PR, US)

Wright, Robert J. (Palm Beach Gardens, FL, US)

Application Number:

12/175329

Publication Date:

05/21/2009

Filing Date:

07/17/2008

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Primary Examiner:

SKAARUP, JASON M

Attorney, Agent or Firm:

PATENT INGENUITY, P.C. (Beverly Hills, CA, US)

Claims:

We claim:

1. A method comprising: providing a lottery game; indicating a first price category and a second price category from which a lottery player can purchase a lottery ticket, the second price category having a second price that is greater than a first price in the first price category; indicating a first partial match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the first price category that has a partial match of a predetermined quantity of numbers between a set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the first price category and a randomly selected set of numbers; indicating a second partial match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the second price category that has a partial match between the set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the second price category and the randomly selected set of numbers such that a first association between the first partial match prize distribution and the first price category has a variable ratio with a second association between the second partial match prize distribution and the second price category, the first association being the first partial match prize divided by the first price category, the second association being the second partial match prize divided by the second price category, the variable ratio being a non-zero value that results from the difference between the second association and the first association; generating the randomly selected set of numbers; and providing a distribution to a player having a partial match with the predetermined quantity of numbers based on price category.

2. The method of claim 1, further indicating a first predetermined number prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the first price category after a predetermined number of other lottery tickets have been sold.

3. The method of claim 2, wherein the first predetermined number prize distribution is in addition to any prize distribution that a player can win based on match type.

4. The method of claim 2, wherein the first predetermined number prize distribution is determined based on a number of lottery tickets purchased from the first price category.

5. The method of claim 2, wherein the first predetermined number prize distribution is determined based on a total number of lottery tickets purchased from the first price category and the second price category.

6. The method of claim 2, wherein the first predetermined number prize distribution is determined based on a total number of lottery tickets purchased from a plurality of price categories.

7. The method of claim 1, further indicating a second predetermined number prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the first price category after a predetermined number of other lottery tickets have been sold.

8. The method of claim 7, wherein the second predetermined number prize distribution is in addition to any prize distribution that a player can win based on match type.

9. The method of claim 7, wherein the second predetermined number prize distribution is determined based on a number of lottery tickets purchased from the second price category.

10. The method of claim 7, wherein the second predetermined number prize distribution is determined based on a total number of lottery tickets purchased from the first price category and the second price category.

11. The method of claim 7, wherein the second predetermined number prize distribution is determined based on a total number of lottery tickets purchased from a plurality of price categories.

12. The method of claim 1, further indicating a first predetermined number prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the first price category and a second predetermined number prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the second price category after a predetermined number of other lottery tickets have been sold.

13. The method of claim 12, wherein the first predetermined number prize distribution and the second predetermined number prize distribution are equal.

14. The method of claim 12, wherein the second predetermined number prize is greater than the first predetermined number prize distribution.

15. The method of claim 1, wherein the first partial match prize distribution is a fixed prize.

16. The method of claim 1, wherein the second partial match prize distribution is a fixed prize.

17. The method of claim 1, wherein payment of the first partial match prize distribution is guaranteed by a third party entity.

18. The method of claim 1, wherein payment of the second partial match prize distribution is guaranteed by a third party entity.

19. A method comprising: providing a lottery game; indicating a first price category and a second price category from which a lottery player can purchase a lottery ticket, the second price category having a second price that is greater than a first price in the first price category; indicating a first partial match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the first price category that has a partial match of a predetermined quantity of numbers between a set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the first price category and a randomly selected set of numbers; indicating a second partial match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the second price category that has a partial match between the set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the second price category and the randomly selected set of numbers such that a first partial match association between the first partial match prize distribution and the first price category has a variable ratio with a second partial match association between the second partial match prize distribution and the second price category, the first partial match association being the first partial match prize divided by the first price category, the second partial match association being the second partial match prize divided by the second price category, the variable ratio being a non-zero value that results from the difference between the second partial match association and the first partial match association; indicating a first subset partial match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the first price category that has a subset partial match of the predetermined quantity of numbers between a set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the first price category and a randomly selected set of numbers, the subset partial match of the predetermined quantity of numbers being less than the predetermined quantity of numbers; indicating a second subset partial match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the second price category that has a partial match between the set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the second price category and the randomly selected set of numbers such that a first subset partial match association between the first subset partial match prize distribution and the first price category has a constant ratio with a second subset partial match association between the second partial match prize distribution and the second price category, the first subset partial match association being the first subset partial match prize divided by the first price category, the second subset partial match association being the second subset partial match prize divided by the second price category, the constant ratio being a zero value that results from the difference between the second subset partial match association and the first subset partial match association; generating the randomly selected set of numbers; and providing a distribution to a player having a partial match with the predetermined quantity of numbers based on price category.

20. A method comprising: providing a lottery game; indicating a first price category and a second price category from which a lottery player can purchase a lottery ticket, the second price category having a second price that is greater than a first price in the first price category; indicating a first partial match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the first price category that has a partial match of a predetermined quantity of numbers between a set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the first price category and a randomly selected set of numbers; indicating a second partial match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the second price category that has a partial match between the set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the second price category and the randomly selected set of numbers such that a first partial match association between the first partial match prize distribution and the first price category has a constant ratio with a second partial match association between the second partial match prize distribution and the second price category, the first partial match association being the first partial match prize divided by the first price category, the second partial match association being the second partial match prize divided by the second price category, the constant ratio being a zero value that results from the difference between the second partial match association and the first partial match association; indicating a first subset partial match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the first price category that has a subset partial match of the predetermined quantity of numbers between a set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the first price category and a randomly selected set of numbers, the subset partial match of the predetermined quantity of numbers being less than the predetermined quantity of numbers; indicating a second subset partial match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the second price category that has a subset partial match between the set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the second price category and the randomly selected set of numbers such that a first subset partial match association between the first subset partial match prize distribution and the first price category has a variable ratio with a second subset partial match association between the second partial match prize distribution and the second price category, the first subset partial match association being the first subset partial match prize divided by the first price category, the second subset partial match association being the second subset partial match prize divided by the second price category, the variable ratio being a non-zero value that results from the difference between the second subset partial match association and the first subset partial match association; generating the randomly selected set of numbers; and providing a distribution to a player having a partial match with the predetermined quantity of numbers based on price category.

21. A method comprising: providing a lottery game; indicating a first price category and a second price category from which a lottery player can purchase a lottery ticket, the second price category having a second price that is greater than a first price in the first price category; indicating a price category independent jackpot prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket having a full match between a set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket and a randomly selected set of numbers irrespective of whether the lottery player purchases the lottery ticket from the first price category or the second price category; indicating a first partial match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the first price category that has a partial match of a predetermined quantity of numbers between a set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the first price category and the randomly selected set of numbers; indicating a second partial match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the second price category that has a partial match between the set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the second price category and the randomly selected set of numbers such that a first association between the first partial match prize distribution and the first price category has a variable ratio with a second association between the second partial match prize distribution and the second price category, the first association being the first partial match prize divided by the first price category, the second association being the second partial match prize divided by the second price category, the variable ratio being a non-zero value that results from the difference between the second association and the first association; generating the randomly selected set of numbers; and providing a distribution to a player based on (i) a type of match and (ii) price category if the type of match is a partial match.

22. A method comprising: providing a lottery game; indicating a first price category and a second price category from which a lottery player can purchase a lottery ticket, the second price category having a second price that is greater than a first price in the first price category; indicating a price category independent jackpot prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket having a full match between a set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket and a randomly selected set of numbers irrespective of whether the lottery player purchases the lottery ticket from the first price category or the second price category; indicating a first partial match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the first price category that has a partial match of a predetermined quantity of numbers between a set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the first price category and the randomly selected set of numbers; indicating a second partial match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the second price category that has a partial match between the set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the second price category and the randomly selected set of numbers such that a first association between the first partial match prize distribution and the first price category has a constant ratio with a second association between the second partial match prize distribution and the second price category, the first association being the first partial match prize divided by the first price category, the second association being the second partial match prize divided by the second price category, the constant ratio being a zero value that results from the difference between the second association and the first association; generating the randomly selected set of numbers; and providing a distribution to a player based on (i) a type of match and (ii) price category if the type of match is a partial match.

23. A method comprising: providing a lottery game; indicating a first price category and a second price category from which a lottery player can purchase a lottery ticket, the second price category having a second price that is greater than a first price in the first price category; indicating a price category independent jackpot prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket having a full match between a set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket and a randomly selected set of numbers irrespective of whether the lottery player purchases the lottery ticket from the first price category or the second price category; indicating a first partial match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the first price category that has a partial match of a predetermined quantity of numbers between a set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the first price category and a randomly selected set of numbers; indicating a second partial match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the second price category that has a partial match between the set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the second price category and the randomly selected set of numbers such that a first partial match association between the first partial match prize distribution and the first price category has a constant ratio with a second partial match association between the second partial match prize distribution and the second price category, the first partial match association being the first partial match prize divided by the first price category, the second partial match association being the second partial match prize divided by the second price category, the constant ratio being a zero value that results from the difference between the second partial match association and the first partial match association; indicating a first subset partial match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the first price category that has a subset partial match of the predetermined quantity of numbers between a set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the first price category and a randomly selected set of numbers, the subset partial match of the predetermined quantity of numbers being less than the predetermined quantity of numbers; indicating a second partial match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the second price category that has a partial match between the set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the second price category and the randomly selected set of numbers such that a first subset partial match association between the first subset partial match prize distribution and the first price category has a variable ratio with a second subset partial match association between the second partial match prize distribution and the second price category, the first subset partial match association being the first subset partial match prize divided by the first price category, the second subset partial match association being the second subset partial match prize divided by the second price category, the variable ratio being a non-zero value that results from the difference between the second subset partial match association and the first subset partial match association; generating the randomly selected set of numbers; and providing a distribution to a player based on (i) a type of match and (ii) price category if the type of match is a partial match.

24. A method comprising: providing a lottery game; indicating a first price category and a second price category from which a lottery player can purchase a lottery ticket, the second price category having a second price that is greater than a first price in the first price category; indicating a price category independent jackpot prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket having a full match between a set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket and a randomly selected set of numbers irrespective of whether the lottery player purchases the lottery ticket from the first price category or the second price category; indicating a first partial match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the first price category that has a partial match of a predetermined quantity of numbers between a set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the first price category and a randomly selected set of numbers; indicating a second partial match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the second price category that has a partial match between the set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the second price category and the randomly selected set of numbers such that a first partial match association between the first partial match prize distribution and the first price category has a variable ratio with a second partial match association between the second partial match prize distribution and the second price category, the first partial match association being the first partial match prize divided by the first price category, the second partial match association being the second partial match prize divided by the second price category, the variable ratio being a non-zero value that results from the difference between the second partial match association and the first partial match association; indicating a first subset partial match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the first price category that has a subset partial match of the predetermined quantity of numbers between a set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the first price category and a randomly selected set of numbers, the subset partial match of the predetermined quantity of numbers being less than the predetermined quantity of numbers; indicating a second partial match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the second price category that has a partial match between the set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the second price category and the randomly selected set of numbers such that a first subset partial match association between the first subset partial match prize distribution and the first price category has a constant ratio with a second subset partial match association between the second partial match prize distribution and the second price category, the first subset partial match association being the first subset partial match prize divided by the first price category, the second subset partial match association being the second subset partial match prize divided by the second price category, the constant ratio being a zero value that results from the difference between the second subset partial match association and the first subset partial match association; generating the randomly selected set of numbers; and providing a distribution to a player based on (i) a type of match and (ii) price category if the type of match is a partial match.

25. A method comprising: providing a lottery game; indicating a first price category and a second price category from which a lottery player can purchase a lottery ticket, the second price category having a second price that is greater than a first price in the first price category; indicating a first full match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the first price category that has a full match between a set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the first price category and the randomly selected set of numbers; indicating a second full match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the second price category that has a full match between a set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the second price category and the randomly selected set of numbers such that a first full match association between the first full match prize distribution and the first price category has a variable ratio with a second full match association between the second full match prize distribution and the second price category, the first full match association being the first full match prize divided by the first price category, the second full match association being the second full match prize divided by the second price category, the variable ratio being a non-zero value that results from the difference between the second full match association and the first full match association; indicating a first partial match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the first price category that has a partial match of a predetermined quantity of numbers between the set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the first price category and the randomly selected set of numbers; indicating a second partial match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the second price category that has a partial match between the set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the second price category and the randomly selected set of numbers such that a first association between the first partial match prize distribution and the first price category has a variable ratio with a second association between the second partial match prize distribution and the second price category, the first association being the first partial match prize divided by the first price category, the second association being the second partial match prize divided by the second price category, the variable ratio being a non-zero value that results from the difference between the second association and the first association; generating the randomly selected set of numbers; and providing a distribution to a player based on (i) a type of match and (ii) price category.

26. A method comprising: providing a lottery game; indicating a first price category and a second price category from which a lottery player can purchase a lottery ticket, the second price category having a second price that is greater than a first price in the first price category; indicating a first full match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the first price category that has a full match between a set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the first price category and the randomly selected set of numbers; indicating a second full match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the second price category that has a full match between a set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the second price category and the randomly selected set of numbers such that a first full match association between the first full match prize distribution and the first price category has a variable ratio with a second full match association between the second full match prize distribution and the second price category, the first full match association being the first full match prize divided by the first price category, the second full match association being the second full match prize divided by the second price category, the constant ratio being a zero value that results from the difference between the second full match association and the first full match association; indicating a first partial match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the first price category that has a partial match of a predetermined quantity of numbers between the set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the first price category and the randomly selected set of numbers; indicating a second partial match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the second price category that has a partial match between the set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the second price category and the randomly selected set of numbers such that a first association between the first partial match prize distribution and the first price category has a variable ratio with a second association between the second partial match prize distribution and the second price category, the first association being the first partial match prize divided by the first price category, the second association being the second partial match prize divided by the second price category, the variable ratio being a non-zero value that results from the difference between the second association and the first association; generating the randomly selected set of numbers; and providing a distribution to a player based on (i) a type of match and (ii) price category.

27. A method comprising: providing a lottery game; indicating a first price category and a second price category from which a lottery player can purchase a lottery ticket, the second price category having a second price that is greater than a first price in the first price category; indicating a first full match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the first price category that has a full match between a set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the first price category and the randomly selected set of numbers; indicating a second full match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the second price category that has a full match between a set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the second price category and the randomly selected set of numbers such that a first full match association between the first full match prize distribution and the first price category has a variable ratio with a second full match association between the second full match prize distribution and the second price category, the first full match association being the first full match prize divided by the first price category, the second full match association being the second full match prize divided by the second price category, the constant ratio being a zero value that results from the difference between the second full match association and the first full match association; generating the randomly selected set of numbers; and providing a distribution to a player based on price category.

28. The method of claim 27, wherein payment of the first full match prize distribution is guaranteed by a third party entity.

29. The method of claim 27, wherein payment of the second full match prize distribution is guaranteed by a third party entity.

30. A method comprising: providing a lottery game; indicating a first price category and a second price category from which a lottery player can purchase a lottery ticket, the second price category having a second price that is greater than a first price in the first price category; indicating a first full match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the first price category that has a full match between a set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the first price category and the randomly selected set of numbers, payment of the first full match prize distribution being guaranteed by a third party entity; indicating a second full match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the second price category that has a full match between a set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the second price category and the randomly selected set of numbers such that a first full match association between the first full match prize distribution and the first price category has a variable ratio with a second full match association between the second full match prize distribution and the second price category, the first full match association being the first full match prize divided by the first price category, the second full match association being the second full match prize divided by the second price category, the constant ratio being a zero value that results from the difference between the second full match association and the first full match association, payment of the second full match prize distribution being guaranteed by the third party entity; generating the randomly selected set of numbers; and providing a distribution to a player based on price category.

31. A method comprising: providing a lottery game; indicating a first price category and a second price category from which a lottery player can purchase a lottery ticket, the second price category having a second price that is greater than a first price in the first price category; indicating a first full match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the first price category that has a full match between a set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the first price category and the randomly selected set of numbers; indicating a second full match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the second price category that has a full match between a set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the second price category and the randomly selected set of numbers such that a first full match association between the first full match prize distribution and the first price category has a variable ratio with a second full match association between the second full match prize distribution and the second price category, the first full match association being the first full match prize divided by the first price category, the second full match association being the second full match prize divided by the second price category, the constant ratio being a zero value that results from the difference between the second full match association and the first full match association; indicating a first partial match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the first price category that has a partial match of a predetermined quantity of numbers between the set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the first price category and the randomly selected set of numbers; indicating a second partial match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the second price category that has a partial match between the set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the second price category and the randomly selected set of numbers such that a first association between the first partial match prize distribution and the first price category has a constant ratio with a second association between the second partial match prize distribution and the second price category, the first association being the first partial match prize divided by the first price category, the second association being the second partial match prize divided by the second price category, the constant ratio being a zero value that results from the difference between the second association and the first association; generating the randomly selected set of numbers; and providing a distribution to a player based on (i) a type of match and (ii) price category.

32. The method of claim 31, wherein payment of the first full match prize distribution is guaranteed by a third party entity.

33. The method of claim 31, wherein payment of the second full match prize distribution is guaranteed by a third party entity.

34. The method of claim 31, wherein payment of the first partial match prize distribution is guaranteed by a third party entity.

35. The method of claim 31, wherein payment of the second partial match prize distribution is guaranteed by a third party entity.

36. A method comprising: providing a lottery game; indicating a first price category and a second price category from which a lottery player can purchase a lottery ticket, the second price category having a second price that is greater than a first price in the first price category; indicating a first full match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the first price category that has a full match between a set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the first price category and the randomly selected set of numbers, payment of the first full match prize distribution being guaranteed by a third party entity; indicating a second full match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the second price category that has a full match between a set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the second price category and the randomly selected set of numbers such that a first full match association between the first full match prize distribution and the first price category has a variable ratio with a second full match association between the second full match prize distribution and the second price category, the first full match association being the first full match prize divided by the first price category, the second full match association being the second full match prize divided by the second price category, the constant ratio being a zero value that results from the difference between the second full match association and the first full match association, payment of the second full match prize distribution being guaranteed by the third party entity; indicating a first partial match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the first price category that has a partial match of a predetermined quantity of numbers between the set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the first price category and the randomly selected set of numbers, payment of the first partial match prize distribution being guaranteed by a third party entity; indicating a second partial match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the second price category that has a partial match between the set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the second price category and the randomly selected set of numbers such that a first association between the first partial match prize distribution and the first price category has a constant ratio with a second association between the second partial match prize distribution and the second price category, the first association being the first partial match prize divided by the first price category, the second association being the second partial match prize divided by the second price category, the constant ratio being a zero value that results from the difference between the second association and the first association, payment of the second partial match prize distribution being guaranteed by the third party entity; generating the randomly selected set of numbers; and providing a distribution to a player based on (i) a type of match and (ii) price category.

37. A method comprising: providing a lottery game; indicating a first price category and a second price category from which a lottery player can purchase a lottery ticket, the second price category having a second price that is greater than a first price in the first price category; indicating a first full match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the first price category that has a full match between a set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the first price category and the randomly selected set of numbers; indicating a second full match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the second price category that has a full match between a set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the second price category and the randomly selected set of numbers such that a first full match association between the first full match prize distribution and the first price category has a variable ratio with a second full match association between the second full match prize distribution and the second price category, the first full match association being the first full match prize divided by the first price category, the second full match association being the second full match prize divided by the second price category, the variable ratio being a non-zero value that results from the difference between the second full match association and the first full match association; generating the randomly selected set of numbers; indicating a first predetermined number prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the first price category after a predetermined number of other lottery tickets have been sold; indicating a second predetermined number prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the first price category after a predetermined number of other lottery tickets have been sold; and providing at least one distribution to a player based on price category.

38. A lottery ticket dispensing apparatus comprising: a payment module that receives payment for purchase of a lottery ticket that provides participation in a lottery game, the lottery game indicating (i) a first price category and a second price category from which a lottery player can purchase a lottery ticket, the second price category having a second price that is greater than a first price in the first price category, (ii) a first partial match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the first price category that has a partial match of a predetermined quantity of numbers between a set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the first price category and a randomly selected set of numbers, (iii) a second partial match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the second price category that has a partial match between the set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the second price category and the randomly selected set of numbers such that a first association between the first partial match prize distribution and the first price category has a variable ratio with a second association between the second partial match prize distribution and the second price category, the first association being the first partial match prize divided by the first price category, the second association being the second partial match prize divided by the second price category, the variable ratio being a non-zero value that results from the difference between the second association and the first association; and a ticket printer that prints a lottery ticket for the lottery game.

39. The lottery ticket dispensing apparatus of claim 38, wherein the lottery game also indicates a first predetermined number prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the first price category after a predetermined number of other lottery tickets have been sold.

40. The lottery ticket dispensing apparatus of claim 39, wherein the first predetermined number prize distribution is in addition to any prize distribution that a player can win based on match type.

41. The lottery ticket dispensing apparatus of claim 39, wherein the first predetermined number prize distribution is determined based on a number of lottery tickets purchased from the first price category.

42. The lottery ticket dispensing apparatus of claim 39, wherein the first predetermined number prize distribution is determined based on a total number of lottery tickets purchased from the first price category and the second price category.

43. The lottery ticket dispensing apparatus of claim 39, wherein the first predetermined number prize distribution is determined based on a total number of lottery tickets purchased from a plurality of price categories.

44. The lottery ticket dispensing apparatus of claim 39, wherein the lottery game also indicates a second predetermined number prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the first price category after a predetermined number of other lottery tickets have been sold.

45. The lottery ticket dispensing apparatus of claim 44, wherein the second predetermined number prize distribution is in addition to any prize distribution that a player can win based on match type.

46. The lottery ticket dispensing apparatus of claim 44, wherein the second predetermined number prize distribution is determined based on a number of lottery tickets purchased from the second price category.

47. The lottery ticket dispensing apparatus of claim 44, wherein the second predetermined number prize distribution is determined based on a total number of lottery tickets purchased from the first price category and the second price category.

48. The lottery ticket dispensing apparatus of claim 44, wherein the second predetermined number prize distribution is determined based on a total number of lottery tickets purchased from a plurality of price categories.

49. The lottery ticket dispensing apparatus of claim 39, wherein the lottery game also indicates a first predetermined number prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the first price category and a second predetermined number prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the second price category after a predetermined number of other lottery tickets have been sold.

50. The lottery ticket dispensing apparatus of claim 49, wherein the first predetermined number prize distribution and the second predetermined number prize distribution are equal.

51. The lottery ticket dispensing apparatus of claim 50, wherein the second predetermined number prize distribution is greater than the first predetermined number prize distribution.

52. The lottery ticket dispensing apparatus of claim 36, wherein the first partial match prize distribution is a fixed prize.

53. The lottery ticket dispensing apparatus of claim 39, wherein payment of the first full match prize distribution is guaranteed by a third party entity.

54. The lottery ticket dispensing apparatus of claim 39, wherein payment of the second full match prize distribution is guaranteed by a third party entity.

55. The lottery ticket dispensing apparatus of claim 39, wherein payment of the first partial match prize distribution is guaranteed by a third party entity.

56. The method of claim 39, wherein payment of the second partial match prize distribution is guaranteed by a third party entity.

57. An electronic lottery game apparatus comprising: a display module that indicates prize categories for an electronic lottery game, the electronic lottery game indicating (i) a first price category and a second price category from which a lottery player can purchase an electronic lottery ticket, the second price category having a second price that is greater than a first price in the first price category, (ii) a first partial match prize distribution that can be won with an electronic lottery ticket purchased from the first price category that has a partial match of a predetermined quantity of numbers between a set of player numbers appearing on the electronic lottery ticket purchased from the first price category and a randomly selected set of numbers, (iii) a second partial match prize distribution that can be won with an electronic lottery ticket purchased from the second price category that has a partial match between the set of player numbers appearing on the electronic lottery ticket purchased from the second price category and the randomly selected set of numbers such that a first association between the first partial match prize distribution and the first price category has a variable ratio with a second association between the second partial match prize distribution and the second price category, the first association being the first partial match prize divided by the first price category, the second association being the second partial match prize divided by the second price category, the variable ratio being a non-zero value that results from the difference between the second association and the first association; a payment module that receives payment from a lottery player for the electronic lottery ticket; and a processor that compares the set of player numbers to the set of drawn numbers to determine a potential match and a potential match type.

58. The electronic lottery game apparatus of claim 57, wherein the lottery game also indicates a first predetermined number prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the first price category after a predetermined number of other lottery tickets have been sold.

59. The electronic lottery game apparatus of claim 58, wherein the first predetermined number prize distribution is in addition to any prize distribution that a player can win based on match type.

60. The electronic lottery game apparatus of claim 58, wherein the first predetermined number prize distribution is determined based on a number of lottery tickets purchased from the first price category.

61. The electronic lottery game apparatus of claim 58, wherein the first predetermined number prize distribution is determined based on a total number of lottery tickets purchased from the first price category and the second price category.

62. The electronic lottery game apparatus of claim 58, wherein the first predetermined number prize distribution is determined based on a total number of lottery tickets purchased from a plurality of price categories.

63. The electronic lottery game apparatus of claim 57, wherein the lottery game also indicates a second predetermined number prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the first price category after a predetermined number of other lottery tickets have been sold.

64. The electronic lottery game apparatus of claim 63, wherein the second predetermined number prize distribution is in addition to any prize distribution that a player can win based on match type.

65. The electronic lottery game apparatus of claim 63, wherein the second predetermined number prize distribution is determined based on a number of lottery tickets purchased from the second price category.

66. The electronic lottery game apparatus of claim 63, wherein the second predetermined number prize distribution is determined based on a total number of lottery tickets purchased from the first price category and the second price category.

67. The electronic lottery game apparatus of claim 63, wherein the second predetermined number prize distribution is determined based on a total number of lottery tickets purchased from a plurality of price categories.

68. The electronic lottery game apparatus of claim 63, wherein the lottery game also indicates a first predetermined number prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the first price category and a second predetermined number prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the second price category after a predetermined number of other lottery tickets have been sold.

69. The electronic lottery game apparatus of claim 57, wherein the first predetermined number prize distribution and the second predetermined number prize distribution are equal.

70. The electronic lottery game apparatus of claim 69, wherein the second predetermined number prize distribution and the first predetermined number prize distribution are equal.

71. The electronic lottery game apparatus of claim 57, wherein the first partial match prize distribution is a fixed prize.

72. The electronic lottery game apparatus of claim 57, wherein the second partial match prize distribution is a fixed prize.

73. The electronic lottery game apparatus of claim 57, wherein payment of the first full match prize distribution is guaranteed by a third party entity.

74. The lottery ticket dispensing apparatus of claim 57, wherein payment of the second full match prize distribution is guaranteed by a third party entity.

75. The lottery ticket dispensing apparatus of claim 57, wherein payment of the first partial match prize distribution is guaranteed by a third party entity.

76. The electronic lottery game apparatus of claim 57, wherein payment of the second partial match prize distribution is guaranteed by a third party entity.

1. A method comprising: providing a lottery game; indicating a first price category and a second price category from which a lottery player can purchase a lottery ticket, the second price category having a second price that is greater than a first price in the first price category; indicating a first partial match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the first price category that has a partial match of a predetermined quantity of numbers between a set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the first price category and a randomly selected set of numbers; indicating a second partial match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the second price category that has a partial match between the set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the second price category and the randomly selected set of numbers such that a first association between the first partial match prize distribution and the first price category has a variable ratio with a second association between the second partial match prize distribution and the second price category, the first association being the first partial match prize divided by the first price category, the second association being the second partial match prize divided by the second price category, the variable ratio being a non-zero value that results from the difference between the second association and the first association; generating the randomly selected set of numbers; and providing a distribution to a player having a partial match with the predetermined quantity of numbers based on price category.

2. The method of claim 1, further indicating a first predetermined number prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the first price category after a predetermined number of other lottery tickets have been sold.

3. The method of claim 2, wherein the first predetermined number prize distribution is in addition to any prize distribution that a player can win based on match type.

4. The method of claim 2, wherein the first predetermined number prize distribution is determined based on a number of lottery tickets purchased from the first price category.

5. The method of claim 2, wherein the first predetermined number prize distribution is determined based on a total number of lottery tickets purchased from the first price category and the second price category.

6. The method of claim 2, wherein the first predetermined number prize distribution is determined based on a total number of lottery tickets purchased from a plurality of price categories.

7. The method of claim 1, further indicating a second predetermined number prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the first price category after a predetermined number of other lottery tickets have been sold.

8. The method of claim 7, wherein the second predetermined number prize distribution is in addition to any prize distribution that a player can win based on match type.

9. The method of claim 7, wherein the second predetermined number prize distribution is determined based on a number of lottery tickets purchased from the second price category.

10. The method of claim 7, wherein the second predetermined number prize distribution is determined based on a total number of lottery tickets purchased from the first price category and the second price category.

11. The method of claim 7, wherein the second predetermined number prize distribution is determined based on a total number of lottery tickets purchased from a plurality of price categories.

12. The method of claim 1, further indicating a first predetermined number prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the first price category and a second predetermined number prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the second price category after a predetermined number of other lottery tickets have been sold.

13. The method of claim 12, wherein the first predetermined number prize distribution and the second predetermined number prize distribution are equal.

14. The method of claim 12, wherein the second predetermined number prize is greater than the first predetermined number prize distribution.

15. The method of claim 1, wherein the first partial match prize distribution is a fixed prize.

16. The method of claim 1, wherein the second partial match prize distribution is a fixed prize.

17. The method of claim 1, wherein payment of the first partial match prize distribution is guaranteed by a third party entity.

18. The method of claim 1, wherein payment of the second partial match prize distribution is guaranteed by a third party entity.

19. A method comprising: providing a lottery game; indicating a first price category and a second price category from which a lottery player can purchase a lottery ticket, the second price category having a second price that is greater than a first price in the first price category; indicating a first partial match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the first price category that has a partial match of a predetermined quantity of numbers between a set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the first price category and a randomly selected set of numbers; indicating a second partial match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the second price category that has a partial match between the set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the second price category and the randomly selected set of numbers such that a first partial match association between the first partial match prize distribution and the first price category has a variable ratio with a second partial match association between the second partial match prize distribution and the second price category, the first partial match association being the first partial match prize divided by the first price category, the second partial match association being the second partial match prize divided by the second price category, the variable ratio being a non-zero value that results from the difference between the second partial match association and the first partial match association; indicating a first subset partial match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the first price category that has a subset partial match of the predetermined quantity of numbers between a set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the first price category and a randomly selected set of numbers, the subset partial match of the predetermined quantity of numbers being less than the predetermined quantity of numbers; indicating a second subset partial match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the second price category that has a partial match between the set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the second price category and the randomly selected set of numbers such that a first subset partial match association between the first subset partial match prize distribution and the first price category has a constant ratio with a second subset partial match association between the second partial match prize distribution and the second price category, the first subset partial match association being the first subset partial match prize divided by the first price category, the second subset partial match association being the second subset partial match prize divided by the second price category, the constant ratio being a zero value that results from the difference between the second subset partial match association and the first subset partial match association; generating the randomly selected set of numbers; and providing a distribution to a player having a partial match with the predetermined quantity of numbers based on price category.

20. A method comprising: providing a lottery game; indicating a first price category and a second price category from which a lottery player can purchase a lottery ticket, the second price category having a second price that is greater than a first price in the first price category; indicating a first partial match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the first price category that has a partial match of a predetermined quantity of numbers between a set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the first price category and a randomly selected set of numbers; indicating a second partial match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the second price category that has a partial match between the set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the second price category and the randomly selected set of numbers such that a first partial match association between the first partial match prize distribution and the first price category has a constant ratio with a second partial match association between the second partial match prize distribution and the second price category, the first partial match association being the first partial match prize divided by the first price category, the second partial match association being the second partial match prize divided by the second price category, the constant ratio being a zero value that results from the difference between the second partial match association and the first partial match association; indicating a first subset partial match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the first price category that has a subset partial match of the predetermined quantity of numbers between a set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the first price category and a randomly selected set of numbers, the subset partial match of the predetermined quantity of numbers being less than the predetermined quantity of numbers; indicating a second subset partial match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the second price category that has a subset partial match between the set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the second price category and the randomly selected set of numbers such that a first subset partial match association between the first subset partial match prize distribution and the first price category has a variable ratio with a second subset partial match association between the second partial match prize distribution and the second price category, the first subset partial match association being the first subset partial match prize divided by the first price category, the second subset partial match association being the second subset partial match prize divided by the second price category, the variable ratio being a non-zero value that results from the difference between the second subset partial match association and the first subset partial match association; generating the randomly selected set of numbers; and providing a distribution to a player having a partial match with the predetermined quantity of numbers based on price category.

21. A method comprising: providing a lottery game; indicating a first price category and a second price category from which a lottery player can purchase a lottery ticket, the second price category having a second price that is greater than a first price in the first price category; indicating a price category independent jackpot prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket having a full match between a set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket and a randomly selected set of numbers irrespective of whether the lottery player purchases the lottery ticket from the first price category or the second price category; indicating a first partial match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the first price category that has a partial match of a predetermined quantity of numbers between a set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the first price category and the randomly selected set of numbers; indicating a second partial match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the second price category that has a partial match between the set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the second price category and the randomly selected set of numbers such that a first association between the first partial match prize distribution and the first price category has a variable ratio with a second association between the second partial match prize distribution and the second price category, the first association being the first partial match prize divided by the first price category, the second association being the second partial match prize divided by the second price category, the variable ratio being a non-zero value that results from the difference between the second association and the first association; generating the randomly selected set of numbers; and providing a distribution to a player based on (i) a type of match and (ii) price category if the type of match is a partial match.

22. A method comprising: providing a lottery game; indicating a first price category and a second price category from which a lottery player can purchase a lottery ticket, the second price category having a second price that is greater than a first price in the first price category; indicating a price category independent jackpot prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket having a full match between a set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket and a randomly selected set of numbers irrespective of whether the lottery player purchases the lottery ticket from the first price category or the second price category; indicating a first partial match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the first price category that has a partial match of a predetermined quantity of numbers between a set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the first price category and the randomly selected set of numbers; indicating a second partial match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the second price category that has a partial match between the set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the second price category and the randomly selected set of numbers such that a first association between the first partial match prize distribution and the first price category has a constant ratio with a second association between the second partial match prize distribution and the second price category, the first association being the first partial match prize divided by the first price category, the second association being the second partial match prize divided by the second price category, the constant ratio being a zero value that results from the difference between the second association and the first association; generating the randomly selected set of numbers; and providing a distribution to a player based on (i) a type of match and (ii) price category if the type of match is a partial match.

23. A method comprising: providing a lottery game; indicating a first price category and a second price category from which a lottery player can purchase a lottery ticket, the second price category having a second price that is greater than a first price in the first price category; indicating a price category independent jackpot prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket having a full match between a set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket and a randomly selected set of numbers irrespective of whether the lottery player purchases the lottery ticket from the first price category or the second price category; indicating a first partial match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the first price category that has a partial match of a predetermined quantity of numbers between a set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the first price category and a randomly selected set of numbers; indicating a second partial match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the second price category that has a partial match between the set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the second price category and the randomly selected set of numbers such that a first partial match association between the first partial match prize distribution and the first price category has a constant ratio with a second partial match association between the second partial match prize distribution and the second price category, the first partial match association being the first partial match prize divided by the first price category, the second partial match association being the second partial match prize divided by the second price category, the constant ratio being a zero value that results from the difference between the second partial match association and the first partial match association; indicating a first subset partial match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the first price category that has a subset partial match of the predetermined quantity of numbers between a set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the first price category and a randomly selected set of numbers, the subset partial match of the predetermined quantity of numbers being less than the predetermined quantity of numbers; indicating a second partial match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the second price category that has a partial match between the set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the second price category and the randomly selected set of numbers such that a first subset partial match association between the first subset partial match prize distribution and the first price category has a variable ratio with a second subset partial match association between the second partial match prize distribution and the second price category, the first subset partial match association being the first subset partial match prize divided by the first price category, the second subset partial match association being the second subset partial match prize divided by the second price category, the variable ratio being a non-zero value that results from the difference between the second subset partial match association and the first subset partial match association; generating the randomly selected set of numbers; and providing a distribution to a player based on (i) a type of match and (ii) price category if the type of match is a partial match.

24. A method comprising: providing a lottery game; indicating a first price category and a second price category from which a lottery player can purchase a lottery ticket, the second price category having a second price that is greater than a first price in the first price category; indicating a price category independent jackpot prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket having a full match between a set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket and a randomly selected set of numbers irrespective of whether the lottery player purchases the lottery ticket from the first price category or the second price category; indicating a first partial match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the first price category that has a partial match of a predetermined quantity of numbers between a set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the first price category and a randomly selected set of numbers; indicating a second partial match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the second price category that has a partial match between the set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the second price category and the randomly selected set of numbers such that a first partial match association between the first partial match prize distribution and the first price category has a variable ratio with a second partial match association between the second partial match prize distribution and the second price category, the first partial match association being the first partial match prize divided by the first price category, the second partial match association being the second partial match prize divided by the second price category, the variable ratio being a non-zero value that results from the difference between the second partial match association and the first partial match association; indicating a first subset partial match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the first price category that has a subset partial match of the predetermined quantity of numbers between a set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the first price category and a randomly selected set of numbers, the subset partial match of the predetermined quantity of numbers being less than the predetermined quantity of numbers; indicating a second partial match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the second price category that has a partial match between the set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the second price category and the randomly selected set of numbers such that a first subset partial match association between the first subset partial match prize distribution and the first price category has a constant ratio with a second subset partial match association between the second partial match prize distribution and the second price category, the first subset partial match association being the first subset partial match prize divided by the first price category, the second subset partial match association being the second subset partial match prize divided by the second price category, the constant ratio being a zero value that results from the difference between the second subset partial match association and the first subset partial match association; generating the randomly selected set of numbers; and providing a distribution to a player based on (i) a type of match and (ii) price category if the type of match is a partial match.

25. A method comprising: providing a lottery game; indicating a first price category and a second price category from which a lottery player can purchase a lottery ticket, the second price category having a second price that is greater than a first price in the first price category; indicating a first full match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the first price category that has a full match between a set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the first price category and the randomly selected set of numbers; indicating a second full match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the second price category that has a full match between a set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the second price category and the randomly selected set of numbers such that a first full match association between the first full match prize distribution and the first price category has a variable ratio with a second full match association between the second full match prize distribution and the second price category, the first full match association being the first full match prize divided by the first price category, the second full match association being the second full match prize divided by the second price category, the variable ratio being a non-zero value that results from the difference between the second full match association and the first full match association; indicating a first partial match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the first price category that has a partial match of a predetermined quantity of numbers between the set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the first price category and the randomly selected set of numbers; indicating a second partial match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the second price category that has a partial match between the set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the second price category and the randomly selected set of numbers such that a first association between the first partial match prize distribution and the first price category has a variable ratio with a second association between the second partial match prize distribution and the second price category, the first association being the first partial match prize divided by the first price category, the second association being the second partial match prize divided by the second price category, the variable ratio being a non-zero value that results from the difference between the second association and the first association; generating the randomly selected set of numbers; and providing a distribution to a player based on (i) a type of match and (ii) price category.

26. A method comprising: providing a lottery game; indicating a first price category and a second price category from which a lottery player can purchase a lottery ticket, the second price category having a second price that is greater than a first price in the first price category; indicating a first full match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the first price category that has a full match between a set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the first price category and the randomly selected set of numbers; indicating a second full match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the second price category that has a full match between a set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the second price category and the randomly selected set of numbers such that a first full match association between the first full match prize distribution and the first price category has a variable ratio with a second full match association between the second full match prize distribution and the second price category, the first full match association being the first full match prize divided by the first price category, the second full match association being the second full match prize divided by the second price category, the constant ratio being a zero value that results from the difference between the second full match association and the first full match association; indicating a first partial match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the first price category that has a partial match of a predetermined quantity of numbers between the set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the first price category and the randomly selected set of numbers; indicating a second partial match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the second price category that has a partial match between the set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the second price category and the randomly selected set of numbers such that a first association between the first partial match prize distribution and the first price category has a variable ratio with a second association between the second partial match prize distribution and the second price category, the first association being the first partial match prize divided by the first price category, the second association being the second partial match prize divided by the second price category, the variable ratio being a non-zero value that results from the difference between the second association and the first association; generating the randomly selected set of numbers; and providing a distribution to a player based on (i) a type of match and (ii) price category.

27. A method comprising: providing a lottery game; indicating a first price category and a second price category from which a lottery player can purchase a lottery ticket, the second price category having a second price that is greater than a first price in the first price category; indicating a first full match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the first price category that has a full match between a set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the first price category and the randomly selected set of numbers; indicating a second full match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the second price category that has a full match between a set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the second price category and the randomly selected set of numbers such that a first full match association between the first full match prize distribution and the first price category has a variable ratio with a second full match association between the second full match prize distribution and the second price category, the first full match association being the first full match prize divided by the first price category, the second full match association being the second full match prize divided by the second price category, the constant ratio being a zero value that results from the difference between the second full match association and the first full match association; generating the randomly selected set of numbers; and providing a distribution to a player based on price category.

28. The method of claim 27, wherein payment of the first full match prize distribution is guaranteed by a third party entity.

29. The method of claim 27, wherein payment of the second full match prize distribution is guaranteed by a third party entity.

30. A method comprising: providing a lottery game; indicating a first price category and a second price category from which a lottery player can purchase a lottery ticket, the second price category having a second price that is greater than a first price in the first price category; indicating a first full match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the first price category that has a full match between a set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the first price category and the randomly selected set of numbers, payment of the first full match prize distribution being guaranteed by a third party entity; indicating a second full match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the second price category that has a full match between a set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the second price category and the randomly selected set of numbers such that a first full match association between the first full match prize distribution and the first price category has a variable ratio with a second full match association between the second full match prize distribution and the second price category, the first full match association being the first full match prize divided by the first price category, the second full match association being the second full match prize divided by the second price category, the constant ratio being a zero value that results from the difference between the second full match association and the first full match association, payment of the second full match prize distribution being guaranteed by the third party entity; generating the randomly selected set of numbers; and providing a distribution to a player based on price category.

31. A method comprising: providing a lottery game; indicating a first price category and a second price category from which a lottery player can purchase a lottery ticket, the second price category having a second price that is greater than a first price in the first price category; indicating a first full match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the first price category that has a full match between a set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the first price category and the randomly selected set of numbers; indicating a second full match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the second price category that has a full match between a set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the second price category and the randomly selected set of numbers such that a first full match association between the first full match prize distribution and the first price category has a variable ratio with a second full match association between the second full match prize distribution and the second price category, the first full match association being the first full match prize divided by the first price category, the second full match association being the second full match prize divided by the second price category, the constant ratio being a zero value that results from the difference between the second full match association and the first full match association; indicating a first partial match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the first price category that has a partial match of a predetermined quantity of numbers between the set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the first price category and the randomly selected set of numbers; indicating a second partial match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the second price category that has a partial match between the set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the second price category and the randomly selected set of numbers such that a first association between the first partial match prize distribution and the first price category has a constant ratio with a second association between the second partial match prize distribution and the second price category, the first association being the first partial match prize divided by the first price category, the second association being the second partial match prize divided by the second price category, the constant ratio being a zero value that results from the difference between the second association and the first association; generating the randomly selected set of numbers; and providing a distribution to a player based on (i) a type of match and (ii) price category.

32. The method of claim 31, wherein payment of the first full match prize distribution is guaranteed by a third party entity.

33. The method of claim 31, wherein payment of the second full match prize distribution is guaranteed by a third party entity.

34. The method of claim 31, wherein payment of the first partial match prize distribution is guaranteed by a third party entity.

35. The method of claim 31, wherein payment of the second partial match prize distribution is guaranteed by a third party entity.

36. A method comprising: providing a lottery game; indicating a first price category and a second price category from which a lottery player can purchase a lottery ticket, the second price category having a second price that is greater than a first price in the first price category; indicating a first full match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the first price category that has a full match between a set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the first price category and the randomly selected set of numbers, payment of the first full match prize distribution being guaranteed by a third party entity; indicating a second full match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the second price category that has a full match between a set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the second price category and the randomly selected set of numbers such that a first full match association between the first full match prize distribution and the first price category has a variable ratio with a second full match association between the second full match prize distribution and the second price category, the first full match association being the first full match prize divided by the first price category, the second full match association being the second full match prize divided by the second price category, the constant ratio being a zero value that results from the difference between the second full match association and the first full match association, payment of the second full match prize distribution being guaranteed by the third party entity; indicating a first partial match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the first price category that has a partial match of a predetermined quantity of numbers between the set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the first price category and the randomly selected set of numbers, payment of the first partial match prize distribution being guaranteed by a third party entity; indicating a second partial match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the second price category that has a partial match between the set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the second price category and the randomly selected set of numbers such that a first association between the first partial match prize distribution and the first price category has a constant ratio with a second association between the second partial match prize distribution and the second price category, the first association being the first partial match prize divided by the first price category, the second association being the second partial match prize divided by the second price category, the constant ratio being a zero value that results from the difference between the second association and the first association, payment of the second partial match prize distribution being guaranteed by the third party entity; generating the randomly selected set of numbers; and providing a distribution to a player based on (i) a type of match and (ii) price category.

37. A method comprising: providing a lottery game; indicating a first price category and a second price category from which a lottery player can purchase a lottery ticket, the second price category having a second price that is greater than a first price in the first price category; indicating a first full match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the first price category that has a full match between a set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the first price category and the randomly selected set of numbers; indicating a second full match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the second price category that has a full match between a set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the second price category and the randomly selected set of numbers such that a first full match association between the first full match prize distribution and the first price category has a variable ratio with a second full match association between the second full match prize distribution and the second price category, the first full match association being the first full match prize divided by the first price category, the second full match association being the second full match prize divided by the second price category, the variable ratio being a non-zero value that results from the difference between the second full match association and the first full match association; generating the randomly selected set of numbers; indicating a first predetermined number prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the first price category after a predetermined number of other lottery tickets have been sold; indicating a second predetermined number prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the first price category after a predetermined number of other lottery tickets have been sold; and providing at least one distribution to a player based on price category.

38. A lottery ticket dispensing apparatus comprising: a payment module that receives payment for purchase of a lottery ticket that provides participation in a lottery game, the lottery game indicating (i) a first price category and a second price category from which a lottery player can purchase a lottery ticket, the second price category having a second price that is greater than a first price in the first price category, (ii) a first partial match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the first price category that has a partial match of a predetermined quantity of numbers between a set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the first price category and a randomly selected set of numbers, (iii) a second partial match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the second price category that has a partial match between the set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the second price category and the randomly selected set of numbers such that a first association between the first partial match prize distribution and the first price category has a variable ratio with a second association between the second partial match prize distribution and the second price category, the first association being the first partial match prize divided by the first price category, the second association being the second partial match prize divided by the second price category, the variable ratio being a non-zero value that results from the difference between the second association and the first association; and a ticket printer that prints a lottery ticket for the lottery game.

39. The lottery ticket dispensing apparatus of claim 38, wherein the lottery game also indicates a first predetermined number prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the first price category after a predetermined number of other lottery tickets have been sold.

40. The lottery ticket dispensing apparatus of claim 39, wherein the first predetermined number prize distribution is in addition to any prize distribution that a player can win based on match type.

41. The lottery ticket dispensing apparatus of claim 39, wherein the first predetermined number prize distribution is determined based on a number of lottery tickets purchased from the first price category.

42. The lottery ticket dispensing apparatus of claim 39, wherein the first predetermined number prize distribution is determined based on a total number of lottery tickets purchased from the first price category and the second price category.

43. The lottery ticket dispensing apparatus of claim 39, wherein the first predetermined number prize distribution is determined based on a total number of lottery tickets purchased from a plurality of price categories.

44. The lottery ticket dispensing apparatus of claim 39, wherein the lottery game also indicates a second predetermined number prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the first price category after a predetermined number of other lottery tickets have been sold.

45. The lottery ticket dispensing apparatus of claim 44, wherein the second predetermined number prize distribution is in addition to any prize distribution that a player can win based on match type.

46. The lottery ticket dispensing apparatus of claim 44, wherein the second predetermined number prize distribution is determined based on a number of lottery tickets purchased from the second price category.

47. The lottery ticket dispensing apparatus of claim 44, wherein the second predetermined number prize distribution is determined based on a total number of lottery tickets purchased from the first price category and the second price category.

48. The lottery ticket dispensing apparatus of claim 44, wherein the second predetermined number prize distribution is determined based on a total number of lottery tickets purchased from a plurality of price categories.

49. The lottery ticket dispensing apparatus of claim 39, wherein the lottery game also indicates a first predetermined number prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the first price category and a second predetermined number prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the second price category after a predetermined number of other lottery tickets have been sold.

50. The lottery ticket dispensing apparatus of claim 49, wherein the first predetermined number prize distribution and the second predetermined number prize distribution are equal.

51. The lottery ticket dispensing apparatus of claim 50, wherein the second predetermined number prize distribution is greater than the first predetermined number prize distribution.

**51**. The lottery ticket dispensing apparatus of claim 39, wherein the second partial match prize distribution is a fixed prize.

52. The lottery ticket dispensing apparatus of claim 36, wherein the first partial match prize distribution is a fixed prize.

53. The lottery ticket dispensing apparatus of claim 39, wherein payment of the first full match prize distribution is guaranteed by a third party entity.

54. The lottery ticket dispensing apparatus of claim 39, wherein payment of the second full match prize distribution is guaranteed by a third party entity.

55. The lottery ticket dispensing apparatus of claim 39, wherein payment of the first partial match prize distribution is guaranteed by a third party entity.

56. The method of claim 39, wherein payment of the second partial match prize distribution is guaranteed by a third party entity.

57. An electronic lottery game apparatus comprising: a display module that indicates prize categories for an electronic lottery game, the electronic lottery game indicating (i) a first price category and a second price category from which a lottery player can purchase an electronic lottery ticket, the second price category having a second price that is greater than a first price in the first price category, (ii) a first partial match prize distribution that can be won with an electronic lottery ticket purchased from the first price category that has a partial match of a predetermined quantity of numbers between a set of player numbers appearing on the electronic lottery ticket purchased from the first price category and a randomly selected set of numbers, (iii) a second partial match prize distribution that can be won with an electronic lottery ticket purchased from the second price category that has a partial match between the set of player numbers appearing on the electronic lottery ticket purchased from the second price category and the randomly selected set of numbers such that a first association between the first partial match prize distribution and the first price category has a variable ratio with a second association between the second partial match prize distribution and the second price category, the first association being the first partial match prize divided by the first price category, the second association being the second partial match prize divided by the second price category, the variable ratio being a non-zero value that results from the difference between the second association and the first association; a payment module that receives payment from a lottery player for the electronic lottery ticket; and a processor that compares the set of player numbers to the set of drawn numbers to determine a potential match and a potential match type.

58. The electronic lottery game apparatus of claim 57, wherein the lottery game also indicates a first predetermined number prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the first price category after a predetermined number of other lottery tickets have been sold.

59. The electronic lottery game apparatus of claim 58, wherein the first predetermined number prize distribution is in addition to any prize distribution that a player can win based on match type.

60. The electronic lottery game apparatus of claim 58, wherein the first predetermined number prize distribution is determined based on a number of lottery tickets purchased from the first price category.

61. The electronic lottery game apparatus of claim 58, wherein the first predetermined number prize distribution is determined based on a total number of lottery tickets purchased from the first price category and the second price category.

62. The electronic lottery game apparatus of claim 58, wherein the first predetermined number prize distribution is determined based on a total number of lottery tickets purchased from a plurality of price categories.

63. The electronic lottery game apparatus of claim 57, wherein the lottery game also indicates a second predetermined number prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the first price category after a predetermined number of other lottery tickets have been sold.

64. The electronic lottery game apparatus of claim 63, wherein the second predetermined number prize distribution is in addition to any prize distribution that a player can win based on match type.

65. The electronic lottery game apparatus of claim 63, wherein the second predetermined number prize distribution is determined based on a number of lottery tickets purchased from the second price category.

66. The electronic lottery game apparatus of claim 63, wherein the second predetermined number prize distribution is determined based on a total number of lottery tickets purchased from the first price category and the second price category.

67. The electronic lottery game apparatus of claim 63, wherein the second predetermined number prize distribution is determined based on a total number of lottery tickets purchased from a plurality of price categories.

68. The electronic lottery game apparatus of claim 63, wherein the lottery game also indicates a first predetermined number prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the first price category and a second predetermined number prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the second price category after a predetermined number of other lottery tickets have been sold.

69. The electronic lottery game apparatus of claim 57, wherein the first predetermined number prize distribution and the second predetermined number prize distribution are equal.

70. The electronic lottery game apparatus of claim 69, wherein the second predetermined number prize distribution and the first predetermined number prize distribution are equal.

71. The electronic lottery game apparatus of claim 57, wherein the first partial match prize distribution is a fixed prize.

72. The electronic lottery game apparatus of claim 57, wherein the second partial match prize distribution is a fixed prize.

73. The electronic lottery game apparatus of claim 57, wherein payment of the first full match prize distribution is guaranteed by a third party entity.

74. The lottery ticket dispensing apparatus of claim 57, wherein payment of the second full match prize distribution is guaranteed by a third party entity.

75. The lottery ticket dispensing apparatus of claim 57, wherein payment of the first partial match prize distribution is guaranteed by a third party entity.

76. The electronic lottery game apparatus of claim 57, wherein payment of the second partial match prize distribution is guaranteed by a third party entity.

Description:

This application is a Continuation-In-Part application of U.S. patent application Ser. No. 10/879,939, filed on Jun. 28, 2004, entitled LOTTERY TICKET DISPENSING MACHINE FOR MULTIPLE PRICED TICKETS BASED ON VARIABLE RATIOS, which is Continuation-In-Part application of U.S. patent application Ser. No. 10/766,676, now U.S. Pat. No. 6,935,948, filed on Jan. 27, 2004, entitled Multiple Pricing Shared Single Jackpot in a Lottery, both of which are hereby incorporated by reference in their entireties. This application is also a Continuation-In-Part application of U.S. patent application Ser. No. 10/766,656, filed on Jan. 27, 2004, entitled A SYSTEM AND METHOD OF PROVIDING A GUARANTEE IN A LOTTERY, which is hereby incorporated by reference in its entirety.

1. Field

This disclosure generally relates to the field of gaming. More particularly, the disclosure relates to lotteries.

2. General Background

A lottery is generally a distribution of tokens such that a subset of the distributed tokens may win a prize. The token can be in the form of a ticket. One of the most popular forms of lottery involves the distribution of lottery tickets. Each lottery ticket includes a lottery number. After the lottery tickets have been distributed to the lottery ticket holders, the winning number is chosen. The usual method of selecting the winning number involves a random selection of the winning number. A random number generator can be used to randomly select the winning number. Some lottery systems require the ticket to have the entire number that is randomly selected while other lottery systems require the ticket to have a superset of an ordered sequence of numbers that are randomly selected.

Lotteries as normally used by jurisdictions reflect a pari-mutuel model in which the prize is funded by a portion of the ticket sales. One potential problem with the parimutuel model is that a sufficient number of tickets need to be sold in order to provide a reasonable lottery prize. However, interest in purchasing lottery tickets is generally stimulated only when the prize becomes substantial. For instance, a large number of lottery tickets are purchased in a $10 million dollar lottery, but a disproportionately large number of lottery tickets are purchased in a $50 million dollar lottery.

In addition, traditional lotteries sell tickets for one price. If there are multiple winners of a jackpot, the winners split the jackpot prize.

In one aspect of the disclosure, a process is provided. The process provides a lottery game. Further, the process indicates a first price category and a second price category from which a lottery player can purchase a lottery ticket. The second price category has a second price that is greater than a first price in the first price category. In addition, the process indicates a first partial match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the first price category that has a partial match of a predetermined quantity of numbers between a set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the first price category and a randomly selected set of numbers. The process also indicates a second partial match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the second price category that has a partial match between the set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the second price category and the randomly selected set of numbers such that a first association between the first partial match prize distribution and the first price category has a variable ratio with a second association between the second partial match prize distribution and the second price category. The first association is the first partial match prize divided by the first price category. The second association is the second partial match prize divided by the second price category. The variable ratio is a non-zero value that results from the difference between the second association and the first association. Further, the process generates the randomly selected set of numbers. Finally, the process provides a distribution to a player having a partial match with the predetermined quantity of numbers based on price category.

In another aspect, a process is provided. The process provides a lottery game. Further, the process indicates a first price category and a second price category from which a lottery player can purchase a lottery ticket. The second price category has a second price that is greater than a first price in the first price category. In addition, the process indicates a first partial match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the first price category that has a partial match of a predetermined quantity of numbers between a set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the first price category and a randomly selected set of numbers. The process also indicates a second partial match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the second price category that has a partial match between the set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the second price category and the randomly selected set of numbers such that a first partial match association between the first partial match prize distribution and the first price category has a variable ratio with a second partial match association between the second partial match prize distribution and the second price category, the first partial match association being the first partial match prize divided by the first price category. The second partial match association is the second partial match prize divided by the second price category. The variable ratio is a non-zero value that results from the difference between the second partial match association and the first partial match association. Further, the process indicates a first subset partial match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the first price category that has a subset partial match of the predetermined quantity of numbers between a set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the first price category and a randomly selected set of numbers. The subset partial match of the predetermined quantity of numbers is less than the predetermined quantity of numbers. In addition, the process indicates a second subset partial match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the second price category that has a partial match between the set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the second price category and the randomly selected set of numbers such that a first subset partial match association between the first subset partial match prize distribution and the first price category has a constant ratio with a second subset partial match association between the second partial match prize distribution and the second price category. The first subset partial match association is the first subset partial match prize divided by the first price category. The second subset partial match association is the second subset partial match prize divided by the second price category. The constant ratio is a zero value that results from the difference between the second subset partial match association and the first subset partial match association. Further, the process generates the randomly selected set of numbers. Finally, the process provides a distribution to a player having a partial match with the predetermined quantity of numbers based on price category.

In yet another aspect of the disclosure, a process is provided. The process provides a lottery game. Further, the process indicates a first price category and a second price category from which a lottery player can purchase a lottery ticket. The second price category has a second price that is greater than a first price in the first price category. In addition, the process indicates a first partial match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the first price category that has a partial match of a predetermined quantity of numbers between a set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the first price category and a randomly selected set of numbers. The process also indicates a second partial match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the second price category that has a partial match between the set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the second price category and the randomly selected set of numbers such that a first partial match association between the first partial match prize distribution and the first price category has a constant ratio with a second partial match association between the second partial match prize distribution and the second price category. The first partial match association is the first partial match prize divided by the first price category. The second partial match association is the second partial match prize divided by the second price category. The constant ratio is a zero value that results from the difference between the second partial match association and the first partial match association. In addition, the process indicates a first subset partial match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the first price category that has a subset partial match of the predetermined quantity of numbers between a set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the first price category and a randomly selected set of numbers, the subset partial match of the predetermined quantity of numbers being less than the predetermined quantity of numbers. The process also indicates a second subset partial match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the second price category that has a subset partial match between the set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the second price category and the randomly selected set of numbers such that a first subset partial match association between the first subset partial match prize distribution and the first price category has a variable ratio with a second subset partial match association between the second partial match prize distribution and the second price category. The first subset partial match association is the first subset partial match prize divided by the first price category. The second subset partial match association is the second subset partial match prize divided by the second price category. The variable ratio is a non-zero value that results from the difference between the second subset partial match association and the first subset partial match association. Further, the process generates the randomly selected set of numbers. Finally, the process provides a distribution to a player having a partial match with the predetermined quantity of numbers based on price category.

In another aspect, a process is provided. The process provides a lottery game. Further, the process indicates a first price category and a second price category from which a lottery player can purchase a lottery ticket. The second price category has a second price that is greater than a first price in the first price category. In addition, the process indicates a price category independent jackpot prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket having a full match between a set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket and a randomly selected set of numbers irrespective of whether the lottery player purchases the lottery ticket from the first price category or the second price category. The process also indicates a first partial match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the first price category that has a partial match of a predetermined quantity of numbers between a set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the first price category and the randomly selected set of numbers. Further, the process indicates a second partial match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the second price category that has a partial match between the set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the second price category and the randomly selected set of numbers such that a first association between the first partial match prize distribution and the first price category has a variable ratio with a second association between the second partial match prize distribution and the second price category. The first association is the first partial match prize divided by the first price category. The second association is the second partial match prize divided by the second price category. The variable ratio is a non-zero value that results from the difference between the second association and the first association. Further, the process generates the randomly selected set of numbers. Finally, the process provides a distribution to a player based on (i) a type of match and (ii) price category if the type of match is a partial match.

In yet another aspect, a process is provided. The process provides a lottery game. Further, the process indicates a first price category and a second price category from which a lottery player can purchase a lottery ticket. The second price category has a second price that is greater than a first price in the first price category. In addition, the process indicates a price category independent jackpot prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket having a full match between a set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket and a randomly selected set of numbers irrespective of whether the lottery player purchases the lottery ticket from the first price category or the second price category. Further, the process indicates a first partial match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the first price category that has a partial match of a predetermined quantity of numbers between a set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the first price category and the randomly selected set of numbers. In addition, the process indicates a second partial match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the second price category that has a partial match between the set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the second price category and the randomly selected set of numbers such that a first association between the first partial match prize distribution and the first price category has a constant ratio with a second association between the second partial match prize distribution and the second price category. The first association is the first partial match prize divided by the first price category. The second association is the second partial match prize divided by the second price category. The constant ratio is a zero value that results from the difference between the second association and the first association. The process also generates the randomly selected set of numbers. Finally, the process provides a distribution to a player based on (i) a type of match and (ii) price category if the type of match is a partial match.

In another aspect, a process is provided. The process provides a lottery game. Further, the process indicates a first price category and a second price category from which a lottery player can purchase a lottery ticket. The second price category has a second price that is greater than a first price in the first price category. Further, the process indicates a price category independent jackpot prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket having a full match between a set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket and a randomly selected set of numbers irrespective of whether the lottery player purchases the lottery ticket from the first price category or the second price category. In addition, the process indicates a first partial match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the first price category that has a partial match of a predetermined quantity of numbers between a set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the first price category and a randomly selected set of numbers. The process also indicates a second partial match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the second price category that has a partial match between the set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the second price category and the randomly selected set of numbers such that a first partial match association between the first partial match prize distribution and the first price category has a constant ratio with a second partial match association between the second partial match prize distribution and the second price category. The first partial match association is the first partial match prize divided by the first price category. The second partial match association is the second partial match prize divided by the second price category. The constant ratio is a zero value that results from the difference between the second partial match association and the first partial match association. The process also indicates a first subset partial match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the first price category that has a subset partial match of the predetermined quantity of numbers between a set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the first price category and a randomly selected set of numbers. The subset partial match of the predetermined quantity of numbers is less than the predetermined quantity of numbers. Further, the process indicates a second partial match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the second price category that has a partial match between the set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the second price category and the randomly selected set of numbers such that a first subset partial match association between the first subset partial match prize distribution and the first price category has a variable ratio with a second subset partial match association between the second partial match prize distribution and the second price category. The first subset partial match association is the first subset partial match prize divided by the first price category. The second subset partial match association is the second subset partial match prize divided by the second price category. The variable ratio is a non-zero value that results from the difference between the second subset partial match association and the first subset partial match association. Further, the process generates the randomly selected set of numbers. Finally, the process provides a distribution to a player based on (i) a type of match and (ii) price category if the type of match is a partial match.

In yet another aspect, a process is provided. The process provides a lottery game. Further, the process indicates a first price category and a second price category from which a lottery player can purchase a lottery ticket. The second price category has a second price that is greater than a first price in the first price category. In addition, the process indicates a price category independent jackpot prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket having a full match between a set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket and a randomly selected set of numbers irrespective of whether the lottery player purchases the lottery ticket from the first price category or the second price category. The process also indicates a first partial match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the first price category that has a partial match of a predetermined quantity of numbers between a set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the first price category and a randomly selected set of numbers. Further, the process indicates a second partial match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the second price category that has a partial match between the set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the second price category and the randomly selected set of numbers such that a first partial match association between the first partial match prize distribution and the first price category has a variable ratio with a second partial match association between the second partial match prize distribution and the second price category. The first partial match association is the first partial match prize divided by the first price category. The second partial match association is the second partial match prize divided by the second price category. The variable ratio is a non-zero value that results from the difference between the second partial match association and the first partial match association. In addition, the process indicates a first subset partial match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the first price category that has a subset partial match of the predetermined quantity of numbers between a set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the first price category and a randomly selected set of numbers. The subset partial match of the predetermined quantity of numbers is less than the predetermined quantity of numbers. The process also indicates a second partial match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the second price category that has a partial match between the set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the second price category and the randomly selected set of numbers such that a first subset partial match association between the first subset partial match prize distribution and the first price category has a constant ratio with a second subset partial match association between the second partial match prize distribution and the second price category, the first subset partial match association being the first subset partial match prize divided by the first price category, the second subset partial match association being the second subset partial match prize divided by the second price category, the constant ratio being a zero value that results from the difference between the second subset partial match association and the first subset partial match association. In addition, the process generates the randomly selected set of numbers. Finally, the process provides a distribution to a player based on (i) a type of match and (ii) price category if the type of match is a partial match.

In another aspect, a process is provided. The process provides a lottery game. Further, the process indicates a first price category and a second price category from which a lottery player can purchase a lottery ticket. The second price category has a second price that is greater than a first price in the first price category. In addition, the process indicates a first full match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the first price category that has a full match between a set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the first price category and the randomly selected set of numbers. The process also indicates a second full match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the second price category that has a full match between a set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the second price category and the randomly selected set of numbers such that a first full match association between the first full match prize distribution and the first price category has a variable ratio with a second full match association between the second full match prize distribution and the second price category. The first full match association is the first full match prize divided by the first price category. The second full match association is the second full match prize divided by the second price category. The variable ratio is a non-zero value that results from the difference between the second full match association and the first full match association. Further, the process indicates a first partial match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the first price category that has a partial match of a predetermined quantity of numbers between the set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the first price category and the randomly selected set of numbers. In addition, the process indicates a second partial match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the second price category that has a partial match between the set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the second price category and the randomly selected set of numbers such that a first association between the first partial match prize distribution and the first price category has a variable ratio with a second association between the second partial match prize distribution and the second price category. The first association is the first partial match prize divided by the first price category. The second association is the second partial match prize divided by the second price category. The variable ratio is a non-zero value that results from the difference between the second association and the first association. The process also generates the randomly selected set of numbers. Finally, the process provides a distribution to a player based on (i) a type of match and (ii) price category.

In yet another aspect, a process is provided. The process provides a lottery game. Further, the process indicates a first price category and a second price category from which a lottery player can purchase a lottery ticket. The second price category has a second price that is greater than a first price in the first price category. The process also indicates a first full match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the first price category that has a full match between a set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the first price category and the randomly selected set of numbers. Further, the process indicates a second full match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the second price category that has a full match between a set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the second price category and the randomly selected set of numbers such that a first full match association between the first full match prize distribution and the first price category has a variable ratio with a second full match association between the second full match prize distribution and the second price category. The first full match association is the first full match prize divided by the first price category. The second full match association is the second full match prize divided by the second price category. The constant ratio being a zero value that results from the difference between the second full match association and the first full match association. The process also indicates a first partial match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the first price category that has a partial match of a predetermined quantity of numbers between the set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the first price category and the randomly selected set of numbers. Further, the process indicates a second partial match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the second price category that has a partial match between the set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the second price category and the randomly selected set of numbers such that a first association between the first partial match prize distribution and the first price category has a variable ratio with a second association between the second partial match prize distribution and the second price category. The first association is the first partial match prize divided by the first price category. The second association is the second partial match prize divided by the second price category. The variable ratio is a non-zero value that results from the difference between the second association and the first association. Further, the process generates the randomly selected set of numbers. Finally, the process provides a distribution to a player based on (i) a type of match and (ii) price category.

In another aspect, a lottery ticket dispensing apparatus is provided. The lottery ticket dispensing apparatus includes a payment module that receives payment for purchase of a lottery ticket that provides participation in a lottery game. The lottery game indicates (i) a first price category and a second price category from which a lottery player can purchase a lottery ticket such that the second price category has a second price that is greater than a first price in the first price category, (ii) a first partial match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the first price category that has a partial match of a predetermined quantity of numbers between a set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the first price category and a randomly selected set of numbers, (iii) a second partial match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the second price category that has a partial match between the set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the second price category and the randomly selected set of numbers such that a first association between the first partial match prize distribution and the first price category has a variable ratio with a second association between the second partial match prize distribution and the second price category. The first association is the first partial match prize divided by the first price category. The second association is the second partial match prize divided by the second price category. The variable ratio is a non-zero value that results from the difference between the second association and the first association. The lottery ticket dispensing apparatus also includes a ticket printer that prints a lottery ticket for the lottery game.

In yet another aspect, an electronic lottery game apparatus is provided. The electronic lottery game apparatus includes a display module that indicates prize categories for an electronic lottery game. The electronic lottery game indicates (i) a first price category and a second price category from which a lottery player can purchase an electronic lottery ticket, the second price category having a second price that is greater than a first price in the first price category, (ii) a first partial match prize distribution that can be won with an electronic lottery ticket purchased from the first price category that has a partial match of a predetermined quantity of numbers between a set of player numbers appearing on the electronic lottery ticket purchased from the first price category and a randomly selected set of numbers, (iii) a second partial match prize distribution that can be won with an electronic lottery ticket purchased from the second price category that has a partial match between the set of player numbers appearing on the electronic lottery ticket purchased from the second price category and the randomly selected set of numbers such that a first association between the first partial match prize distribution and the first price category has a variable ratio with a second association between the second partial match prize distribution and the second price category. The first association is the first partial match prize divided by the first price category. The second association is the second partial match prize divided by the second price category, the variable ratio being a non-zero value that results from the difference between the second association and the first association. Further, the electronic lottery game apparatus includes a payment module that receives payment from a lottery player for the electronic lottery ticket. Finally, the electronic lottery game apparatus includes a processor that compares the set of player numbers to the set of drawn numbers to determine a potential match and a potential match type.

In another aspect, a process is provided. The process provides a lottery game. Further, the process indicates a first price category and a second price category from which a lottery player can purchase a lottery ticket, the second price category having a second price that is greater than a first price in the first price category. The process also indicates a first full match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the first price category that has a full match between a set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the first price category and the randomly selected set of numbers. Further, the process indicates a second full match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the second price category that has a full match between a set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the second price category and the randomly selected set of numbers such that a first full match association between the first full match prize distribution and the first price category has a variable ratio with a second full match association between the second full match prize distribution and the second price category. The first full match association is the first full match prize divided by the first price category. The second full match association is the second full match prize divided by the second price category, the constant ratio being a zero value that results from the difference between the second full match association and the first full match association. Further, the process generates the randomly selected set of numbers. Finally, the process provides a distribution to a player based on price category.

In yet another aspect, a process is provided. The process provides a lottery game. Further, the process indicates a first price category and a second price category from which a lottery player can purchase a lottery ticket, the second price category having a second price that is greater than a first price in the first price category. In addition, the process indicates a first full match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the first price category that has a full match between a set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the first price category and the randomly selected set of numbers. Payment of the first full match prize distribution is guaranteed by a third party entity. The process also indicates a second full match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the second price category that has a full match between a set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the second price category and the randomly selected set of numbers such that a first full match association between the first full match prize distribution and the first price category has a variable ratio with a second full match association between the second full match prize distribution and the second price category. The first full match association is the first full match prize divided by the first price category. The second full match association is the second full match prize divided by the second price category. The constant ratio is a zero value that results from the difference between the second full match association and the first full match association. Payment of the second full match prize distribution is guaranteed by the third party entity. Further, the process generates the randomly selected set of numbers. Finally, the process provides a distribution to a player based on price category.

In another aspect, a process is provided. The process provides a lottery game. Further, the process indicates a first price category and a second price category from which a lottery player can purchase a lottery ticket. The second price category has a second price that is greater than a first price in the first price category. In addition, the process indicates a first full match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the first price category that has a full match between a set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the first price category and the randomly selected set of numbers. The process also indicates a second full match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the second price category that has a full match between a set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the second price category and the randomly selected set of numbers such that a first full match association between the first full match prize distribution and the first price category has a variable ratio with a second full match association between the second full match prize distribution and the second price category. The first full match association is the first full match prize divided by the first price category. The second full match association is the second full match prize divided by the second price category. The constant ratio is a zero value that results from the difference between the second full match association and the first full match association. Further, the process indicates a first partial match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the first price category that has a partial match of a predetermined quantity of numbers between the set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the first price category and the randomly selected set of numbers. The process also indicates a second partial match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the second price category that has a partial match between the set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the second price category and the randomly selected set of numbers such that a first association between the first partial match prize distribution and the first price category has a constant ratio with a second association between the second partial match prize distribution and the second price category. The first association is the first partial match prize divided by the first price category. The second association is the second partial match prize divided by the second price category. The constant ratio is a zero value that results from the difference between the second association and the first association. In addition, the process generates the randomly selected set of numbers. Finally, the process provides a distribution to a player based on (i) a type of match and (ii) price category.

In yet another aspect, a process is provided. The process provides a lottery game. Further, the process indicates a first price category and a second price category from which a lottery player can purchase a lottery ticket. The second price category has a second price that is greater than a first price in the first price category. In addition, the process indicates a first full match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the first price category that has a full match between a set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the first price category and the randomly selected set of numbers. Payment of the first full match prize distribution is guaranteed by a third party entity. The process also indicates a second full match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the second price category that has a full match between a set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the second price category and the randomly selected set of numbers such that a first full match association between the first full match prize distribution and the first price category has a variable ratio with a second full match association between the second full match prize distribution and the second price category. The first full match association is the first full match prize divided by the first price category. The second full match association is the second full match prize divided by the second price category. The constant ratio is a zero value that results from the difference between the second full match association and the first full match association, payment of the second full match prize distribution being guaranteed by the third party entity. The process also indicates a first partial match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the first price category that has a partial match of a predetermined quantity of numbers between the set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the first price category and the randomly selected set of numbers. Payment of the first partial match prize distribution is guaranteed by a third party entity. Further, the process indicates a second partial match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the second price category that has a partial match between the set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the second price category and the randomly selected set of numbers such that a first association between the first partial match prize distribution and the first price category has a constant ratio with a second association between the second partial match prize distribution and the second price category. The first association is the first partial match prize divided by the first price category. The second association is the second partial match prize divided by the second price category. The constant ratio is a zero value that results from the difference between the second association and the first association. Payment of the second partial match prize distribution is guaranteed by the third party entity. Further, the process generates the randomly selected set of numbers. Finally, the process provides a distribution to a player based on (i) a type of match and (ii) price category.

In another aspect, a process is provided. The process provides a lottery game. Further, the process indicates a first price category and a second price category from which a lottery player can purchase a lottery ticket. The second price category having a second price that is greater than a first price in the first price category. In addition, the process indicates a first full match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the first price category that has a full match between a set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the first price category and the randomly selected set of numbers. The process also indicates a second full match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the second price category that has a full match between a set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the second price category and the randomly selected set of numbers such that a first full match association between the first full match prize distribution and the first price category has a variable ratio with a second full match association between the second full match prize distribution and the second price category. The first full match association is the first full match prize divided by the first price category. The second full match association is the second full match prize divided by the second price category. The variable ratio is a non-zero value that results from the difference between the second full match association and the first full match association. Further, the process generates the randomly selected set of numbers. In addition, the process indicates a first predetermined number prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the first price category after a predetermined number of other lottery tickets have been sold. The process also indicates a second predetermined number prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the first price category after a predetermined number of other lottery tickets have been sold. Finally, the process provides at least one distribution to a player based on price category.

The above-mentioned features of the present disclosure will become more apparent with reference to the following description taken in conjunction with the accompanying drawings wherein like reference numerals denote like elements and in which:

FIG. 1 illustrates a single priced lottery system that is based on a pari-mutuel model.

FIG. 2 illustrates a shared multiple-priced single-pool lottery system.

FIG. 3 illustrates an example of a winnings table for the shared multiple-priced single-pool lottery system of FIG. 2.

FIG. 4 illustrates a process that can be used with the shared multiple-priced single-pool lottery system illustrated in FIG. 2.

FIG. 5 illustrates an example of a winnings table of a lottery having two three-dollar ticket winners.

FIG. 6 illustrates an example of a winnings table of a lottery having one three-dollar ticket winner and one one-dollar ticket winner.

FIG. 7 illustrates an example of a winnings table of a lottery having two three-dollar ticket winners and two one-dollar ticket winners.

FIG. 8 illustrates an example of a winnings table of a lottery having one three-dollar ticket winner, one two-dollar ticket winner, and one one-dollar ticket winner.

FIG. 9 illustrates a probabilistic lottery system.

FIG. 10 illustrates a probabilistic software configuration that can be used with the probabilistic lottery system.

FIG. 11 illustrates a method for conducting a variable ratio based multiple-priced lottery system.

FIG. 12 illustrates a graph for a constant ratio between associations.

FIG. 13 illustrates a graph in which a variable ratio exists between at least two associations.

FIG. 14 illustrates a graph in which two different variable ratios exist.

FIG. 15 illustrates a lottery ticket dispensing machine.

FIG. 16 illustrates the internal components of the housing of the lottery ticket dispensing machine.

FIG. 17 illustrates a configuration in which the lottery ticket dispensing machine communicates with a server to receive a price category and the associated distribution of the price category.

FIG. 18 illustrates a configuration in which the lottery ticket dispensing machine communicates with a server to transmit a verification code.

FIG. 19 illustrates a configuration in which a server sends data to the lottery ticket dispensing machine.

FIG. 20 illustrates a multi-priced distribution system. A first price category input module provides a first price category to a multi-priced distribution module.

FIG. 21 illustrates a multi-priced lottery system configuration for intra-shared distributions.

FIG. 22 illustrates an inter-shared lottery distribution system, which encompasses the lottery distribution configuration of FIG. 21.

FIG. 23 illustrates a lottery ticket dispensing system.

FIG. 24 illustrates a lottery prize display having a lottery prize structure that may be utilized to implement a variable ratio configuration with secondary prizes.

FIG. 25 illustrates an alternative configuration to the lottery prize structure illustrated in FIG. 24 such that both the full match prize distribution and the partial match prize distribution are dependent on price category.

FIG. 26A illustrates a predetermined number prize structure that may be utilized in addition to the lottery prize structure illustrated in FIG. 25.

FIG. 26B illustrates a predetermined number prize structure that may be utilized in addition to the lottery prize structure illustrated in FIG. 25 without partial matches.

FIG. 27 illustrates a lottery prize display having a lottery prize structure **2402** that may be utilized to implement a variable ratio configuration with secondary prizes.

FIG. 28 illustrates a process that indicates a variable ratio in a partial match prize level.

FIG. 29 illustrates an electronic lottery game apparatus.

A method of multiple pricing for a predetermined single jackpot in a single lottery game is disclosed. For instance, a lottery ticket that is purchased for one dollar can result in a ten million dollar win, a lottery ticket that is purchased for two dollars can result in a twenty million dollar win, and a lottery ticket that is purchased for three dollars can result in a thirty million dollar win, etc. The difference in increments is not limited to a set increment. For instance, in the example above, a ten million dollar increment existed between the advertised winnings for each price category of tickets. However, any increment can be used. For instance, a lottery ticket that is purchased for one dollar can result in a ten million dollar win, a lottery ticket that is purchased for two dollars can result in a twenty million dollar win, a lottery ticket that is purchased for three dollars can result in a forty million dollar win, etc. In one embodiment, a larger increment can be used to induce purchase of a higher price ticket.

Each price category can be associated with a distribution of a jackpot. For instance, a one-dollar ticket can win twenty five percent of the jackpot, a two-dollar ticket can win fifty percent of the jackpot, and a three-dollar ticket can win one hundred percent of the jackpot. In another embodiment each price category can be associated with a distribution of the jackpot. In one embodiment, the actual winnings are not limited to the advertised winnings. The jackpot can increase with a percentage of each ticket sale being contributed to the jackpot. For instance, if the one-dollar ticket winner is the only winner, the one-dollar ticket winner can win twenty five percent of a larger jackpot than initially advertised. In effect, the one-dollar ticket winner is winning more than twenty five percent of the initial jackpot.

The prizes are won from a single pool. For instance, even if the revenues for the one dollar ticket do not cover the ten million dollar prize, the combined revenues of the one dollar and the two dollar tickets may cover the ten million dollar prize and vice versa. In one embodiment, a shared multiple-priced lottery game with a single pre-determined jackpot is disclosed. For example, a lottery player having a one-dollar ticket attempting to win ten million dollars and a lottery player having a two-dollar ticket attempting to win twenty million dollars can both win a prize. The lottery player having the one-dollar ticket will receive a portion of the ten million dollar prize and will have to share the other portion with the lottery player having the two-dollar ticket. Accordingly, the two-dollar ticket holder receives the remaining portion of the ten million dollars and an additional ten million dollars because the two-dollar ticket holder would have been entitled to twenty million dollars if the two-dollar ticket holder won the lottery alone. The shared multiple-priced lottery game is not limited to one-dollar and two-dollar tickets. For example, a three-dollar ticket could also be provided. The three-dollar ticket holder would share the lottery prize with the two-dollar ticket holder and the one-dollar ticket holder in a manner similar to that in which the two-dollar ticket holder shared the lottery prize with the one-dollar ticket holder.

The average revenue per ticket sold as a result of the multiple pricing structure can result in higher revenue than traditional single-priced lottery systems. A lottery may benefit by paying less to ticket holders that purchase the inexpensive tickets while at the same time attracting more ticket holders who will only play if the jackpot is large and are willing to spend more by purchasing higher priced tickets so as to give themselves the opportunity to win a larger jackpot. The multiple-priced system can be used independently or in conjunction with an entity that guarantees the winnings of the lottery.

In one embodiment, fixed prizes can be offered in addition to or without the jackpot prize. A fixed prize is a prize that is not shared. If a lottery player has the winning number for a fixed prize, the lottery player receives the entire fixed prize. If multiple lottery players have the winning numbers for the fixed prize, then multiple lottery players each receive the entire fixed prize without having to share the fixed prizes with the other players. The fixed prize is different from the jackpot prize in which multiple winners share the jackpot prize. The fixed prizes can be distributed in entirety to multiple players because the fixed prizes are generally much smaller than the jackpot prize. In one embodiment, the fixed prize can be the jackpot prize. Multiple players could win the jackpot prize without having to share the jackpot prize.

FIG. 1 illustrates a single-priced lottery system **100** that is based on a pari-mutuel model. A lottery operator **102** establishes the lottery. The lottery operator **102** can be a jurisdiction such as a country, state, province, city, town, municipality, or any division or department thereof. Further, the lottery operator **102** can be a private organization that a jurisdiction hires to coordinate the lottery. The lottery operator **102** can also be a private organization that is not hired by a jurisdiction. The coordination involved can include establishment, maintenance, operation and oversight and/or winnings determination.

The lottery operator **102** can advertise that a lottery has a prize. For example, the lottery operator **102** can advertise that the lottery prize will be a minimum of ten million dollars. The lottery operator **102** provides the lottery prize from a jackpot **104**. In one embodiment, the jackpot **104** is a variable jackpot that increases through allocation of a portion of the ticket sales. The lottery operator **102** can also provide a fixed prize **106**. In one embodiment, ticket holders **108** purchase tickets at a price of $x per ticket from a ticket seller **110**. The ticket seller then sends the ticket numbers on each of the tickets to the lottery operator, typically through a computer network **102**. If one of the ticket holders **108** wins the lottery, the lottery operator **102** disburses the jackpot **104** to the ticket holder **108**. On the other hand, if multiple ticket holders **108** win the lottery, the multiple ticket holders with the winning tickets split the jackpot **104**. For instance, FIG. 1 illustrates two ticket holders **108** winning the lottery. The lottery operator **102** then splits the jackpot **104** and distributes half of the jackpot to each of the ticket holders **108**.

The lottery operator **102** can also distribute a fixed prize **106**. A ticket holder **108** can win a fixed prize that the ticket holder **108** does not have to share with other ticket holders **108**. For instance, if multiple ticket holders **108** won the fixed prize **106**, the lottery operator **102** would distribute the fixed prize **106** in its entirety to each of the multiple ticket holders **108** that won the fixed prize **106**. In one embodiment, the multiple pricing method and system can be applied to the fixed prize **106**. The ticket holder **106** can qualify for the higher fixed prize **106** by purchasing a higher priced ticket.

In one embodiment, the lottery operator **102** can use a random number generator (not shown) to determine the winning number. In another embodiment, the lottery operator **102** can use a ball draw machine to randomly select the winning number.

One of the difficulties of the single-priced lottery system **100** is that the single-priced lottery system **100** does not optimize the amount spent by a customer and the size of the jackpot **104**. Some ticket holders **108** may want to purchase a less expensive lottery ticket even if the associated prize is relatively small. Further, some ticket holders **108** may not wish to purchase a lottery ticket unless the jackpot **104** is very large. These ticket holders **108** may be willing to pay more for a lottery ticket that provides a larger prize. Further, some ticket holders **108** generally buy lottery tickets in almost any lottery regardless of the size of the jackpot **104**. The single-priced lottery system **100** does not optimize the performance of a lottery since it does not create an optimal incentive for the customer to spend more and thereby increase the revenue of the lottery.

FIG. 2 illustrates a shared multiple-priced single-pool lottery system **200**. A ticket seller **202** provides lottery tickets according to different price categories. A ticket holder **204** can purchase a lottery ticket in a first price category. For instance, the first price category can be lottery tickets purchased for $x. The first price category is associated with a first distribution of a lottery prize that can be won. For example, the ticket holder **204** may have purchased the lottery ticket for one dollar in order to win twenty five percent of the jackpot. In one embodiment, the advertised jackpot is increased with a percentage of ticket sales revenue. Therefore, the ticket holder **204** can win twenty five percent of a larger jackpot than initially advertised. In one embodiment, the jackpot is increased with a percentage of the revenue from each ticket sold. In other words, a minimum amount of ticket sales is not required for the contribution of ticket sales revenue into the jackpot **104**. The addition of a percentage of ticket sales to the jackpot is a progressive jackpot. In essence, a variable prize is offered with a progressive jackpot. The prize can increase with each ticket sale. In one embodiment, the prize increases with a portion of the ticket sales. In another embodiment, the progressive jackpot can be divided among multiple winners. In one embodiment, a minimum amount of ticket sales is not required. The lottery prize can be a variable prize from the outset. A percentage of each ticket sale can be contributed to the variable-prize jackpot.

In one embodiment, the progressive model can be applied so that each price category benefits. If the jackpot increases in size, potential winnings for each price category can increase because the jackpot increases.

In one embodiment, if the only winning lottery ticket or winning lottery tickets are in the first price category, then the first distribution is distributed according to a first price category intra-sharing distribution formula. In one embodiment, the first price category intra-sharing distribution formula requires an even distribution among all the winners in the first price category. In the example above, if two ticket holders **204** have winning ticket numbers, the two ticket holders **204** share the first distribution evenly. In the example, the first distribution of the prize was twenty five percent. Therefore, the two ticket holders **204** would each receive twelve and one half percent of the prize. In one embodiment, if the ticket holder **204** has the only winning ticket in the lottery, the first price category intra-sharing distribution formula provides the entirety of the first distribution of the prize to the ticket holder **204**. In this example, the ticket holder **204** would receive twenty five percent of the prize. In one embodiment, the remaining seventy-five percent of the jackpot **104** would be rolled over to increase the prize for subsequent drawings.

In another embodiment, the first price category intra-sharing distribution formula can be weighted. In one embodiment, the intra-sharing distribution formula can be weighted in favor of the number of tickets purchased in the current drawing of the lottery. For example, if two ticket holders **204** are the only ticket winners in the lottery, one of the ticket holders, **204** may have purchased one hundred lottery tickets in the current drawing whereas the other one of the ticket holders **204** may have only purchased one lottery ticket in the current drawing. A weighting can be established so that the ticket holder **204** that purchased one hundred tickets in the current lottery can win, for example, twenty percent of the prize whereas the ticket holder **204** that purchased one ticket in the current lottery can win, for example, five percent of the prize.

In yet another embodiment, the first price category intra-sharing distribution can be weighted in favor of previous ticket purchases. For example, if two ticket holders **204** are the only ticket winners in the lottery, one of the ticket holders **204** may have purchased one hundred lottery tickets in previous lotteries whereas the other one of the ticket holders **204** may have purchased a lottery ticket for the first time. The first price category intra-sharing distribution formula can include a frequent lottery variable that would provide a larger portion of the first distribution to the ticket holder **204** that previously purchased one hundred tickets. For example, the ticket holder **204** that purchased one hundred tickets may receive twenty percent of the prize whereas the ticket holder **204** that only purchased one ticket may receive only five percent of the prize. This is only one example. The frequent lottery variable can also provide a small change. For instance, the ticket holder **204** that purchased one hundred tickets may receive thirteen percent of the prize and the thicket holder **204** that purchased one ticket may receive twelve percent prize. The lottery operator **102** may find that use of the frequent lottery variable provides more incentive to ticket holders **204** to participate in the lottery. The first price category intra-sharing distribution formula can be determined according to consumer demand. One of ordinary skill in the art will recognize that a variety of formulae can be used for weighting the distribution. The first price category intra-sharing distribution formula can be a variable, a ratio, etc.

In one embodiment, the lottery prize is a jackpot. In alternative embodiments, other types of prizes can be used. The prize is not limited to jackpots.

FIG. 2 also illustrates that a ticket holder **206** can purchase a lottery ticket in a second price category. For instance, the second price category can be lottery tickets purchased for $y. The second price category is associated with a second distribution of a lottery prize that can be won. For example, the ticket holder **206** may have purchased the lottery ticket for two dollars in order to win fifty percent of the jackpot. In one embodiment, if the only winning lottery ticket or winning lottery tickets are in the second price category, then the second distribution is distributed according to a second price category intra-sharing distribution formula. In one embodiment, the second price category intra-sharing distribution formula requires an even distribution among all the winners in the second price category. In the example above, if two ticket holders **206** have winning ticket numbers, the two ticket holders **206** share the applicable distribution evenly. In the example, the second distribution of the prize or in combination of the first and second distributions was fifty percent. Therefore, the two ticket holders **206** would each receive twenty five percent of the prize. In one embodiment, if the ticket holder **206** is the only winning ticket in the lottery, the second price category intra-sharing distribution formula provides the entirety of the second distribution of the prize to the ticket holder **206**. In this example, the ticket holder **206** would receive fifty percent of the jackpot.

In one embodiment, the second price category intra-sharing distribution formula is weighted. The second price category intra-sharing distribution formula can be weighted in a similar manner as the first price category intra-sharing distribution formula. One of ordinary skill in the art will recognize that a variety of formulae can be used for weighting the distribution. The second price category intra-sharing distribution formula can be a variable, a ratio, etc.

In one embodiment, if a ticket holder **204** and a ticket holder **206** have winning lottery tickets, an inter-sharing distribution formula is used to determine how the ticket holder **204** and the ticket holder **206** should share the jackpot. In one embodiment, the lottery operator **102** splits the first distribution so that the ticket holder **204** receives half of the first distribution and the ticket holder **206** receives half of the first distribution. The ticket holder **206** additionally receives the second distribution minus the first distribution. For example, if the first distribution is twenty-five percent and the second distribution is fifty percent, the ticket holder **204** would receive twelve and one-half percent. The ticket holder **206** would receive twelve and one-half percent in addition to twenty-five percent. Therefore, the ticket holder **206** would receive thirty-seven and one-half percent. The inter-sharing distribution formula is not limited to an even distribution. In one embodiment, the inter-sharing distribution formula may be weighted to favor the higher price category. In other words, the ticket holder **206** may be rewarded for purchasing a higher priced ticket. For example, the ticket holder **204** may only receive one-third of the twenty-five percent with the ticket holder **206** receiving two thirds of the twenty-five percent in addition to an entire twenty-five percent.

Although each ticket price is associated with a percentage of the jackpot, the winnings come from a single jackpot. In the example above, even if only one ticket is purchased in the first price category, the ticket holder **204** that has the winning number gets to receive twenty-five percent of a jackpot that may be funded primarily by higher ticket price categories. Variations may occur from lottery to lottery in the numbers of tickets purchased in each price category. The lottery operator **102** increases the chances that the jackpot will be sufficient to cover winnings in each of the price categories by having a single pool from which disbursements are made for winnings in any of the price categories. The use of the single pool for multiple-priced lottery tickets can be used independently of the sharing methodology discussed above. However, the lottery operator **102** can further optimize the performance of the lottery by using the single pool in conjunction with the sharing methodology. Further, the intra-sharing methodology can be used independent of the inter-sharing methodology. However, the lottery operator **102** can optimize performance by using the intra-sharing methodology in conjunction with the inter-sharing methodology.

FIG. 2 also illustrates that a ticket holder **208** can purchase a lottery ticket in a third price category. For instance, the third price category can be lottery tickets purchased for $z. The third price category is associated with a third distribution of a lottery prize that can be won. For example, the ticket holder **208** may have purchased the lottery ticket for three dollars in order to win one hundred percent of the jackpot **104**. In one embodiment, if the only winning lottery ticket or winning lottery tickets are in the third price category, then the third distribution is distributed according to a third price category intra-sharing distribution formula. In one embodiment, the third price category intrasharing distribution formula requires an even distribution among all the winners in the third price category. In the example above, if two ticket holders **208** have winning ticket numbers, the two ticket holders **208** share the third distribution evenly. In the example, the third distribution of the prize was one hundred percent. Therefore, the two ticket holders **208** would each receive fifty percent of the prize. In one embodiment, if the ticket holder **208** has the only winning ticket in the lottery, the third price category intrasharing distribution formula provides the entirety of the third distribution of the prize to the ticket holder **208**. In this example, the ticket holder **208** would receive one hundred percent of the jackpot.

In one embodiment, the third price category intrasharing distribution formula is weighted. The third price category intra-sharing distribution formula can be weighted in a similar manner as the first price category intra-sharing distribution formula. One of ordinary skill in the art will recognize that a variety of formulae can be used for weighting the distribution. The third price category intra-sharing distribution formula can be a variable, a ratio, etc.

In one embodiment, if the ticket holder **204**, the ticket holder **206**, and the ticket holder **208** have winning lottery tickets, a first triplet inter-sharing distribution formula is used to determine how the ticket holder **204**, the ticket holder **206**, and the ticket holder **208** should share the first distribution of the jackpot. In one embodiment, the lottery operator **102** splits the first distribution so that the ticket holder **204** receives one-third of the first distribution, the ticket holder **206** receives one-third of the first distribution, and the ticket holder **208** receives one-third of the first distribution. A second triplet inter-sharing distribution formula is used to determine how the ticket holder **206** and the ticket holder **208** share the second distribution minus the first distribution. In one embodiment, the lottery operator **102** splits the second distribution so that the ticket holder **206** receives one-half of the second distribution and the ticket **208** receives the other-half of the second distribution. The ticket holder **208** additionally receives the third distribution minus the second distribution. For example, if the first distribution is twenty-five percent, the second distribution is fifty percent, and the third distribution is one hundred percent, the ticket holder **204** would receive eight and one-third percent. The ticket holder **206** would receive eight and one-third percent in addition to twelve and one-half percent. Therefore, the ticket holder **206** would receive twenty and five-sixths percent. Finally, the ticket holder **208** would receive eight and one-third percent in addition to twelve and one-half percent in addition to fifty percent. Therefore, the ticket holder **208** would receive seventy and five-sixths percent.

The first triplet inter-sharing distribution formula can require an even distribution of the first distribution. However, in one embodiment, the first inter-sharing distribution formula can be weighted. The ticket holder **206** can be given a greater portion of the first distribution than the ticket holder **204**. Further, the ticket holder **208** can be given a greater portion of the first distribution than the ticket holder **206**. However, different variations are possible. A volume lottery variable (based, for example on the number of tickets purchased or amount spent on tickets) can be used to determine weighting. In other words, the ticket holder **204** could potentially receive the largest portion of the first distribution if the ticket holder **204** has purchased the most lottery tickets. Further, the ticket holder **204** may receive the largest weighting of the first distribution to give incentive to the ticket holder **204** because the ticket holder **204** does not get to receive a portion of the second distribution or of the third distribution. Even if the ticket holder **204** spent an equivalent or a greater amount on purchasing tickets than the ticket holder **206**, the incentive of the ticket holder **206** can be further increased over that of the ticket holder **204**. Similarly, the ticket holder **206** may receive a greater weighted portion of the second distribution than the ticket holder **208** because the ticket holder **206** does not receive a portion of the third distribution or for other reasons related to the weighting formula. In one embodiment, the incentive of the ticket holder **208** can be further increased over that of the ticket holder **204**. These weighted variations can also be used with the second triplet inter-sharing distribution formula.

The example above discusses the possibility of having one winning ticket from each price category. In one embodiment, multiple ticket winners exist in some or all of the different price categories. A divided intra-sharing distribution within each price category is applied so that winners in each price category split the winnings according to a divided intra-sharing distribution formula. In the example above, the ticket holder **204** received eight and one-third percent. In one embodiment, a first divided intra-sharing distribution formula determines how to split the winnings for the first distribution. For instance, in the example above, if two ticket holders **204** had winning numbers, one of the ticket holders **204** could receive approximately four and sixteen one hundredths percent and the other ticket holder **204** would also receive approximately four and sixteen one hundredths percent. In one embodiment, a second divided intra-sharing distribution formula determines how to split the winnings for the second distribution. For instance, in the example above, if two ticket holders **206** had winning numbers, one of the ticket holders **206** would receive ten and five-twelfths percent and the other ticket holder **206** would also receive ten and five-twelfths percent. In one embodiment, a third divided intra-sharing distribution formula determines how to split the winnings for the third distribution. For instance, in the example above, if two ticket holders **208** had winning numbers, one of the ticket holders **208** would receive thirty five and three twelfths percent while the other one of the ticket holders **208** would also receive thirty five and three twelfths percent. The divided intra-shared distributions do not have to be the same across price categories. Further, within price categories, the divided intra-shared distributions can be weighted as discussed above with respect to the intra-sharing distributions.

Although, in the above discussion, the first price category was associated with the ticket holder **204**, the second price category with the ticket holder **206**, and the third price category with the ticket holder **208**, the ticket holders can be associated with different price categories. For instance, the first price category may be associated with the ticket holder **204** and the third-price category may be associated with the ticket holder **206**. The inter-sharing distribution variable as discussed above could be used to share the jackpot if the ticket holder **204** and the ticket holder **206** were the only winning tickets. For instance, the ticket holder **204** would receive one-half of twenty-five percent. The ticket holder **206** would receive one-half of twenty-five percent in addition to seventy-five percent. Further, the methodologies discussed above can be extended to any number of price categories. For instance, there could be a fourth price category. Any number of price categories can be used.

In one embodiment, the shared multiple-priced single pool lottery system **200** can be used with a video lottery game. In another embodiment, the shared multiple-priced single pool lottery system **200** can be used with online lotteries that are provided on a network such as the Internet.

In one embodiment the shared multiple-priced single pool lottery system **300** can be computerized. Software modules can be used to establish and coordinate the multiple-priced single pool lottery system. The use of computerized technologies can help facilitate calculating the sharing distributions. Without the computerized technologies, the quantity of the calculations could be burdensome.

A first price category module can provide a first price category in which a plurality of first price category lottery tickets can be purchased. Further, a second price category module can provide a second price category in which a plurality of second price category lottery tickets can be purchased. In addition, a random number selection module can randomly select the winning lottery number. The random number selection module can be a random number generator, can be coupled to a ball draw machine, or can simulate a ball draw machine. A first price intra-shared distribution module provides a first price category intrashared distribution of the first distribution of the prize if at least one of the lottery tickets in the plurality of first price category lottery tickets has a winning number. Further, a second price category intra-shared distribution module pro-vides a second price category intra-shared distribution of the second distribution of the prize if at least one of the lottery tickets in the plurality of second price category lottery tickets has a winning number. Additional intra-shared distribution modules can be used for additional price categories.

In one embodiment, a divided first price category intra-shared distribution module provides a divided first price category intra-shared distribution of the first distribution of the prize. In addition, a divided second price category intra-shared distribution module provides a divided second price category intra-shared distribution of the second distribution. An inter-shared distribution module provides an inter-shared distribution of the first distribution of the prize if at least one of the lottery tickets in the plurality of first price category lottery tickets has a winning number and if at least one of the lottery tickets in the plurality of second price category lottery tickets has a winning number.

FIG. 3 illustrates an example of a winnings table **300** for the shared multiple priced single pool lottery system of FIG. 2. For example, a lottery can have a jackpot of ten million dollars. Lottery players can purchase a one-dollar ticket, a two-dollar ticket, and a three-dollar ticket. The one-dollar ticket only gives the ticket holder a chance at receiving twenty-five percent of the jackpot. Therefore, the one dollar ticket holder could at best receive two million five hundred thousand dollars if the one dollar ticket holder did not have to share the jackpot with any other winners. The two-dollar ticket holder could at best receive five million dollars if the two-dollar ticket holder does not have to share the jackpot with any other ticket holders. Finally, the three-dollar ticket holder could at best receive the full jackpot of ten million dollars if the three-dollar ticket holder does not have to share the jackpot with any other ticket holders.

FIG. 4 illustrates a process **400** that can be used with the shared multiple priced single pool lottery system **200** illustrated in FIG. 2. The process **400** begins at a process block **402**. The process **400** advances to a process block **404** to provide a first price category. Further, the process **400** then advances to a process block **406** to provide a second price category. The process then advances to a process block **408** to randomly select the winning lottery number. The process **400** then advances to a decision block **410** where it is determined whether there is a winner in both the first price category and the second price category. If there is a winner in both the first price category and the second price category, then the process **400** advances to a process block **412** where the first distribution of the jackpot prize is distributed through an intra-shared distribution as discussed in FIG. 2. The process **400** then advances to a process block **414** where the second distribution of the jackpot prize is distributed through an intra-shared distribution as discussed in FIG. 2. The process **400** then advances to a process block **416** where the first distribution is distributed through an inter-shared distribution of the jackpot so that the winning ticket holders in the second price category receive the appropriate share of the first distribution.

If the decision block **410** determines that there is not both a winner in the first price category and a winner in the second price category, the process **400** advances to a decision block **418**. At the decision block **418**, the process **400** determines if there is a winner in the first price category. If there is a winner in the first price category, the process **400** advances to a process block **420** where the process **400** distributes the jackpot prize through an intra-shared distribution to a winner or winners in the first price category. If the decision block **418** determines that there is not a winner in the first price category, the process **400** advances to a decision block **422** to determine if there is a winner in the second price category. If there is a winner in the second price category, the process **400** advances to a process block **424** where the process **400** distributes the jackpot prize through an intra-shared distribution to winners in the second price category. If there is not a winner in the second price category, the process **400** determines that there are not any winners and the process ends at process block **426**. In one embodiment, there is a roll over. In one embodiment, the undistributed jackpot is used in a future draw. In one embodiment, the roll over includes a percentage of the jackpot for use in a future draw. In one embodiment, the lottery operator **102** takes a percentage of the ticket sales revenue and adds that percentage to a future lottery jackpot even if there is a winner in the present jackpot. The process **400** can be extended to cover three price categories. Further, the process **400** can be extended to cover any number of price categories. In one embodiment, the process **400** can be implemented on a computer readable medium.

FIGS. 5 through 8 illustrate various examples of the multiple-priced single-prize lottery system **200**. FIG. 5 illustrates an example of a winnings table **500** of a lottery having two three-dollar ticket winners. The jackpot is for ten million dollars. The distribution displays one three-dollar ticket winner sharing the ten million dollar jackpot with another three-dollar ticket winner through an intra-sharing distribution. One of the three-dollar ticket winners receives five million dollars at a sharing section **504**. Further, the other three-dollar ticket winner receives five million dollars at a sharing section **506**.

FIG. 6 illustrates an example of a winnings table **600** of a lottery having one three-dollar ticket winner and one one-dollar ticket winner. The jackpot is for ten million dollars. The distribution **602** displays one three-dollar ticket winner that shares the jackpot with one one-dollar ticket winner. The one dollar ticket winner receives one million two hundred fifty thousand dollars at a section **604** through an inter-sharing distribution. Further, the three-dollar ticket winner receives one million two hundred fifty thousand dollars through an inter-sharing distribution at an inter-sharing section **606**. Finally, the three-dollar ticket winner receives seven million five hundred thousand dollars at a section **608** through an intra-shared distribution.

FIG. 7 illustrates an example of a winnings table **700** of a lottery having two three-dollar ticket winners and two one-dollar ticket winners. The jackpot is for ten million dollars. A distribution **702** displays a one-dollar winner receiving six hundred twenty-five thousand dollars at a section **704**, a one-dollar winner receiving six hundred twenty-five thousand dollars at a section **706**, a three-dollar winner receiving six hundred twenty-five thousand dollars at a section **708**, and a three-dollar winner receiving six hundred twenty-five thousand dollars at a section **710**. The one-dollar ticket winners receive their winnings through an intra-shared distribution. Further, the three-dollar ticket winners receive a portion of the twenty-five percent associated with the first price category through an inter-shared distribution of half. [This repeats prior clause so deleted.] Further, each of the three-dollar ticket holders receives an additional three million seven hundred fifty thousand dollars through an intra-shared distribution of the one hundred percent minus the twenty-five percent.

FIG. 8 illustrates an example of a winnings table **800** of a lottery having one three-dollar ticket winner, one two-dollar ticket winner, and one one-dollar ticket winner. The jackpot is for ten million dollars. A distribution **802** displays a one-dollar winner receiving eight hundred thirty three thousand dollars in a section **804** according to an inter-shared distribution of twenty-five percent of the jackpot. The two-dollar ticket holder also receives eight hundred thirty three thousand dollars in a section **806** according to the inter-shared distribution of twenty-five percent of the jackpot. Accordingly, the three-dollar ticket holder also receives eight hundred thirty three thousand dollars in a section **808** according to the inter-shared distribution of twenty-five percent of the jackpot. Further, the two-dollar ticket holder receives an additional one million two hundred fifty thousand dollars at a sharing section **810** through an inter-shared distribution of the second distribution. In addition, the three-dollar ticket holder receives an additional one million two hundred fifty thousand dollars at a sharing section **812** through an inter-shared distribution of the second distribution. Finally, the three-dollar ticket holder receives an additional five million dollars at a section **814** because the third distribution minus the second distribution equals fifty percent. In one embodiment, the ticket holder in the highest price category receives the distribution associated with the highest price category minus the next highest distribution with an inter-sharing distribution. Intra-sharing distribution may occur in this remainder. Alternative embodiments will allow for different methodologies for calculating the remainder.

FIG. 9 illustrates a probabilistic lottery system **900**. The multiple-priced shared lottery system **200** can be used in conjunction with the probabilistic lottery system **900**. A jackpot guarantor **902** assumes the risk that would normally not exist in a pure parimutuel lottery or might be assumed in whole or in part by the lottery operator **920**. In one embodiment, the jackpot guarantor **902** is a private organization other than a jurisdiction. In another embodiment, the jackpot guarantor is a publicly held company other than a jurisdiction. The jackpot guarantor **902** establishes a pre-determined jackpot **940**. In one embodiment, the predetermined jackpot **204** is a very large prize that will entice ticket holders **108** that would not normally purchase a lottery ticket to do so. The lottery operator **920** can advertise the pre-determined jackpot **204** in order to stimulate and increase ticket sales. In one embodiment, the pre-determined jackpot **940** is unfunded. Instead, the jackpot guarantor **902** sets the pre-determined jackpot **940** at an amount that is large enough so that there is a probability that the allocable prize portion of ticket sales will equal or exceed the predetermined jackpot **940**. If the allocable prize portion of ticket sales is less than the pre-determined jackpot **940**, the jackpot guarantor **902** assumes the risk for paying the differential between the ticket sales and the pre-determined jackpot **930**.

In one embodiment, the jackpot guarantor **902** provides a guarantee to the lottery operator **920**. In one embodiment, the guarantee provides that the jackpot guarantor **902** assumes the risk for paying the pre-determined jackpot if the allocable prize portion of ticket sales is not sufficient to cover the pre-determined jackpot. In another embodiment, the guarantee provides that the jackpot guarantor assumes the risk of paying a portion of the predetermined amount of any secondary prizes that are won to the extent that the allocable prize portion of ticket sales is not sufficient.

In one embodiment, the jackpot guarantor **902** provides the guarantee in exchange for a stipulation. In one embodiment, the stipulation includes an obligation by the lottery operator **920** to provide a percentage of revenue generated from future ticket sales in exchange for the guarantee. In another embodiment, the stipulation includes an obligation by the lottery operator **920** to provide a fee in exchange for the guarantee.

The lottery operator **920** receives payments for ticket sales from the point of sale **106**. Further, the lottery operator **920** receives ticket numbers from the tickets sold to the ticket holders **108** from the point of sale **906**. The lottery operator provides the ticket numbers to the winning number selector **910** to determine which are winning tickets.

In one embodiment, the jackpot guarantor **902** allocates the funds to the pre-determined jackpot **940** pool. In one embodiment, the entity has set aside the large prize in a protected account to provide for payment. Therefore, the lottery operator can advertise a large prize because another entity actually has set aside the large prize.

FIG. 10 illustrates a probabilistic software configuration **1000** that can be used with the probabilistic lottery system in conjunction with the multiple pricing shared lottery system **200**. As can be seen from FIG. 10, the probabilistic software configuration **1000** includes software for establishing a guarantee for a pre-determined lottery prize **940**. A guarantee transmission module **404** transmits the guarantee through a network **1008**. The network **1008** can be a wide area network, a local area network, the network, a wireless network, or any other network known to one of ordinary skill in the art. The guarantee transmission module **1004** transmits the guarantee in exchange for a stipulation. In one embodiment, the stipulation can be an obligation for a percentage of future ticket sales. A stipulation reception module **1006** receives the stipulation through the network **408**. In one embodiment, after the stipulation reception module **1006** receives the stipulation, the stipulation reception module **1006** transmits a confirmation that the stipulation was received to the guarantee transmission module **1004**.

A guarantee reception module **1010** receives the guarantee from the network **1008**. In one embodiment, upon receiving the guarantee, the guarantee reception module **1010** provides an instruction to a stipulation transmission module **1012**. The stipulation transmission module **1012** then sends the stipulation through the network **1008**. As discussed above, the stipulation reception module **1006** can receive the stipulation and send the confirmation to the guarantee transmission module **1004** that the guarantee has been sent and the stipulation, in exchange for which the guarantee was sent, has been received.

FIG. 11 illustrates a method **1100** for conducting a variable ratio based multiple pricing lottery system. The terms “variable” and “constant” will be explained in the following discussion.

In one embodiment, the multiple pricing system as discussed above can be implemented with a constant ratio based system. For example, a lottery player can purchase a one-dollar ticket in the hope of winning a lottery distribution of ten million dollars. The lottery player can also purchase a two-dollar ticket in the hope of winning a lottery distribution of twenty million dollars. A first association between the price category of one dollar and the distribution of ten million dollars can be the quotient of ten million divided by one, which equals ten million. Similarly, a second association between the price category of two dollars and the distribution of twenty million dollars can be the quotient of twenty million divided by two, which equals ten million. A constant ratio exists when the first association equals the second association. In one embodiment, a lottery player can purchase one two-dollar ticket as opposed to two one-dollar tickets to avoid having to purchase multiple tickets.

In one embodiment, the multiple pricing system as discussed above can be implemented to induce the purchase of higher priced lottery tickets. For example, a lottery player can purchase a one-dollar ticket in the hope of winning a lottery distribution of ten million dollars. The lottery player can also purchase a two-dollar ticket in the hope of winning a lottery distribution of thirty million dollars. The first association equals ten million (ten million divided by one) and the second association equals fifteen million (thirty million divided by two). A variable ratio exists because the first association does not equal the second association. In one embodiment, this variable ratio provides the lottery player with incentive to purchase a two-dollar ticket. In one embodiment, the lottery ticket holder can purchase the two-dollar ticket as opposed to two one-dollar tickets because the potential distribution is greater by purchasing the two-dollar ticket as opposed to the two one-dollar tickets.

In one embodiment, the association is evaluated by dividing the total distribution by the associated price category. If multiple players share in that distribution, the association is still evaluated by dividing the total distribution by the associated price category. For instance, if two one-dollar ticket holders win and share in the distribution of ten million dollars, the ten million dollars is the number that is divided by the price category (one dollar) to determine the first association. In another embodiment, a ticket holder in another price category (e.g., three dollar) shares the ten million dollar distribution with the winners in the first price category. Even in this situation, the ten million dollars is the number that is divided by the price category (one dollar) to determine the first association. In one embodiment, the potential distribution is the distribution that is divided by the price category to determine the association.

The method **1100** begins at a process block **1102** where a first price category is provided. A plurality of first price category lottery tickets can be purchased in the first price category. The method **1100** then advances to a process block **1104** where a first distribution is established. The first distribution can be won with the lottery tickets in the plurality of first price category lottery tickets having a winning lottery number. The method **1100** next advances to a process block **1106** where a second price category is established. A plurality of second price category lottery tickets can be purchased in the second price category. Finally, the method **1100** advances to a process block **1108** where a second distribution is established so that a first association has a variable ratio with a second association.

FIG. 12 illustrates a graph **1200** for a constant ratio between associations. The graph **1200** illustrates the potential distribution on the y-axis for a price category listed on the x-axis. In one embodiment, a first point **1202** is plotted to illustrate that a potential distribution of ten million dollars can be won for a first price category of one-dollar tickets. The lottery ticket purchaser in the first price category may not actually win the full ten million dollars if there are other winners in the first price category or other price categories for which the lottery ticket purchaser must share the distribution. The second point **1204** is plotted to illustrate that a potential distribution of twenty million dollars can be won for a second price category for two-dollar tickets. Finally, the third point **1206** is plotted to illustrate that a potential distribution of thirty million dollars can be won for a third price category for three-dollar tickets.

In order to determine a first association and a second association in the graph **1200**, any two of the plotted points can be chosen. For instance, the first point **1202** can be used to determine the first association. In one embodiment, the first potential distribution of ten million dollars is divided by the first price category of one dollar to result in the first association being ten million. The second point **1204** can be used to determine the second association. In one embodiment, the second potential distribution of twenty million dollars is divided by the second price category of two dollars to result in the second association being ten million. The second association minus the first association equals zero. In other words, the first association equals the second association. Therefore, a constant ratio exists between the first association and the second association. The graph **1200** illustrates this constant ratio by displaying a straight line between the first point **1202** and the second point **1204**.

Any two points in the graph **1200** can be used to determine the first association and the second association. For instance, the second point **1204** can be used to determine the first association and the third point **1206** can be used to determine the second association. In this instance, a constant ratio also exists between the first association and the second association. The first and the third points can also be used as the first and the second associations. Alternatively, the points can even be used backwards for associations. For instance, the third point can be the first association and the first point can be the second association. Similarly, the second point can be the first association and the first point can be the second association.

FIG. 13 illustrates a graph **1300** in which a variable ratio exists between at least two associations. A first point **1302** is plotted to illustrate a potential distribution of ten million dollars that can be won in the first price category. A second point **1304** is plotted to illustrate a potential distribution of twenty million dollars that can be won in the second price category. The first association is ten million (ten million dollars divided by the one-dollar price category) and the second association is ten million (twenty million dollars divided by the two-dollar price category). Therefore, a constant ratio exists between the first association and the second association.

In other words, an origin line **1308**, which connects the origin with the first point **1302**, has an equal slope to a first line **1310**, which connects the first point **1302** with the second point, **1304**. In one embodiment, the slope does not have to be identical but rather approximately the same to be considered a constant ratio.

However, a variable ratio exists between the first association and the second association when the reference points are the second point **1304** and a third point **1306**. The first association is ten million (ten million dollars divided by the one-dollar price category) and the second association is twenty five million (fifty million dollars divided by the two dollar price category). The second association minus the first association equals fifteen million (twenty five million minus ten million). A variable ratio exists between the first association and the second association when the reference points are the second point **1304** and the third point **1306** because the second association minus the first association is a positive number. The variable ratio is depicted in the graph **1300** because a second line **1312** is displayed between the second point **1304** and the third point **1306**, which has a different slope than the origin line **1308** or the first line **1310**. In one embodiment, a variable ratio would exist between the first association and the second association if the second association minus the first association equals a negative number.

The entire graph may be but is not necessarily entirely constant. For instance, the graph **1300** depicts a constant ratio and a variable ratio. A purchaser of a lottery ticket is provided with an added incentive to purchase a lottery ticket when a variable ratio exists. For instance, the purchaser can purchase a one-dollar ticket to potentially win ten million dollars. The purchaser could purchase two one-dollar tickets or one two-dollar ticket to potentially win twenty million dollars. In one embodiment, the purchaser receives a benefit in purchasing the two-dollar ticket if the purchaser is not the sole winner and has to share the distribution. The two-dollar ticket could potentially end up with a larger share than the two one-dollar ticket winners according to the sharing formulae as discussed above. Whether a sole winner or a shared winner, the purchaser can win a potentially greater distribution by purchasing one three-dollar ticket rather than purchasing three one-dollar tickets. If the purchaser was the sole winner, the purchaser of the three-dollar ticket could potentially win fifty million dollars. On the other hand, if that purchaser instead purchased three one-dollar tickets, the purchaser could at most potentially win ten million dollars. Whether the purchaser has one one-dollar ticket that has a winning number or three one-dollar tickets with winning numbers, the purchaser of the one-dollar ticket can only win in the first price category. The purchaser would share winnings with himself if he or she had multiple one-dollar tickets with winning numbers. Therefore, purchasers are more likely to purchase higher-priced lottery tickets thereby leading to an increase in lottery ticket sales revenues.

FIG. 14 illustrates a graph **1400** in which two different variable ratios exist. A first point **1402** is plotted to illustrate a potential distribution of ten million dollars that can be won in the first price category. A second point **1404** is plotted to illustrate a potential distribution of thirty million dollars that can be won in the second price category. The first association is ten million (ten million dollars divided by the one-dollar price category) and the second association is fifteen million (thirty million dollars divided by the two-dollar price category). The second association minus the first association equals five million (fifteen million minus ten million). Therefore, a variable ratio exists between the first association and the second association. In addition, a variable ratio exists between the first association and the second association when the reference points are the second point **1404** and a third point **1406**. The first association is fifteen million (thirty million dollars divided by the two-dollar price category) and the second association is twenty million (sixty million dollars divided by the three-dollar price category). The second association minus the first association equals five million (twenty million minus fifteen million). These variable ratios are depicted in the graph **1400** because a first line **1410** is depicted between the first point **1402** and the second point **1404**, and a second line **1412** is depicted between the second point **1404** and the third point **1406**. The first line **1410** has a greater slope than an origin line **1408** that is depicted from the origin to the first point **1402** because there is more incentive for a purchaser of a ticket to purchase a two-dollar ticket than a one-dollar ticket. One of ordinary skill in the art will recognize that the term “origin” refers to the point on a graph that has an x-coordinate of zero and a y-coordinate of zero. Further, the second line **1412** has a greater slope than the first line **1410**, thereby illustrating that a purchaser of a ticket has more incentive to purchase a three-dollar ticket than a two-dollar ticket.

In one embodiment, the potential distributions are not limited to specific ratios. For instance, the potential distributions can be established according to a constant ratio, a variable ratio, or a combination of a constant ratio and a variable ratio.

FIG. 15 illustrates a lottery ticket dispensing machine **1500**. The different embodiments discussed above can be implemented with the use of the lottery ticket dispensing machine **1500**, which can be positioned at various point of sale locations. The lottery ticket dispensing machine has a housing **1502** which stores the internal components of the lottery ticket dispensing machine **1500**. In addition, the lottery ticket dispensing machine **1500** also has a user input device **1504** on which a user can input data for the sale of a lottery ticket. For instance, the vendor can input one of the different price categories in the multi-priced lottery system.

The price category that the vendor enters can be displayed on a screen **1508** of a display **1506**. In one embodiment, the display **1506** is a graphical user interface. In another embodiment, the display **1506** displays data other than the price categories.

The vendor can then sell tickets in the respective price categories. When a purchaser would like to purchase a lottery ticket, the vendor enters the purchase information into the lottery ticket dispensing machine **1500** via the user input device **1504**. In one embodiment, the user input device is a keyboard. In another embodiment, the user input device is operated by using a computer mouse. In an alternate embodiment, the user input device is a touch screen. In yet another embodiment, the user input device is voice activated. In an alternative embodiment, the display **1506** displays the purchased information that is entered via the user input device **1504**.

In one embodiment, the lottery ticket dispensing machine **1500** has a payment reception module (not shown) that receives a payment for the purchase of a lottery ticket. In another embodiment, the payment reception module receives an electronic payment.

After the vendor inputs a the data needed to sell a ticket from one of the selected price categories, a ticket **1512** is printed from a lottery ticket printer **1510**. In one embodiment, the ticket printer **1510** is housed within the housing **1502**. In another embodiment, the lottery ticket printer **1510** is positioned outside of the housing **1502** and is operably connected to the lottery ticket dispensing machine **1500**. In yet another embodiment, the lottery ticket printer **1510** receives data from the lottery ticket dispensing machine **1500** through a wireless connection.

FIG. 16 illustrates the internal components of the housing **1502** of the lottery ticket dispensing machine **1500**. The housing **1502** houses a controller **1604**, a price category reception module **1606**, a user input module **1608**, and a lottery ticket printer **1610**. The controller **1604** coordinates the operation of these internal components.

The price category reception module **1606** receives the different price categories in which lottery tickets can be purchased in the multi-priced lottery system. In one embodiment, the price category reception module receives the different price categories and the associated distributions for each of the respective price categories. In one embodiment, a vendor can manually input the different price categories into the lottery ticket dispensing machine **1500**. In another embodiment, the vendor can electronically input the different price categories into the lottery ticket dispensing machine **1500** by inserting a computer readable medium into the lottery ticket dispensing machine **1500**. In yet another embodiment, the price category reception module **1606** receives the data related to the price category reception module from a server through a network.

In one embodiment, the user input module **1608** receives a user input from the user input device **1504**. The user input module **1608** communicates with the controller **1504** so that the controller can provide an instruction to the lottery ticket printer **1610** to print the lottery ticket.

FIG. 17 illustrates a configuration in which the lottery ticket dispensing machine **1500** communicates with a server **1702** to receive a price category and the associated distribution of the price category. The price category and the associated distribution can be determined according to the multi-priced lottery as a variable ratio or as a constant ratio as discussed above. The internal components housed within the housing **1602** are once again illustrated. The server **1702** provides a price category through a network **1704** to the price category reception module **1606** in the lottery ticket dispensing machine **1500**. In one embodiment, multiple price categories are sent simultaneously with their associated distributions. In another embodiment, each price category is sent by itself with its associated distribution.

FIG. 18 illustrates a configuration in which the lottery ticket dispensing machine **1500** communicates with a server **1702** to transmit a verification code. In one embodiment, the housing **1602** also houses a lottery ticket purchase transmission module **1802**. The lottery ticket purchase transmission module **1802** determines when a ticket has been purchased and transmits a verification code to a server **1806** through a network **1804**. Upon the a lottery ticket winner winning a distribution, the lottery operator can verify that the ticket holder purchased a valid lottery ticket by confirming that the verification code printed on the ticket matches the verification code received by the server **1806**. In one embodiment, the lottery ticket printer **1610** prints the verification code on the ticket.

In another embodiment, the lottery ticket purchase transmission module transmits other data to the server **1806**. For instance, the price category of the purchased ticket can be transmitted. The lottery operator can then record how large a jackpot is increasing in order to advertise the size of the jackpot to the public.

In another embodiment, the server **1806** is the same server as the server **1702**. Therefore, the transmission of the price category and the reception of the verification code can be done by one server. In another embodiment, the server **1806** and the server **1702** are located at the same location. Therefore, the server **1702** and the server **1806** can more easily communicate with one another.

FIG. 19 illustrates a configuration in which a server **1902** sends data to the lottery ticket dispensing machine **1500**. The server **1902** provides instructions to a price category module **1904** and to a price category transmission module **1906**. The price category module **1904** determines price categories and distributions according to a variable ratio or a constant ratio in a multi-priced lottery distribution as discussed above. The price category transmission module **1906** then transmits the price category and the associated distribution through the network **1704** to the lottery ticket dispensing machine **1500**. In one embodiment, the price category reception module illustrated in FIG. 17 receives the price categories and associated distributions.

FIG. 20 illustrates a multi-priced distribution system. A first price category input module **2002** provides a first price category to a multi-priced distribution module **2006**. In addition, a second price category input module **2004** provides a second price category to the multi-priced distribution module **2006**. In one embodiment, the multi-priced distribution module **2006** calculates a variable ratio for a multi-priced lottery as discussed above. In another embodiment, the multi-priced distribution module **2006** calculates a constant ratio for a multi-priced lottery as discussed above. In yet another embodiment, the multi-priced distribution module **2006** calculates a variable ratio and a constant ratio for a multi-priced lottery as discussed above. In one embodiment, the first price category input module, the second price category input module, and the multi-priced distribution module are stored on a computing device. In another embodiment, the first price category input module, the second price category input module, and the multi-priced distribution module are stored on a server. In another embodiment, the first price category input module, the second price category input module, and the multi-priced distribution module are stored on a client computer. In yet another embodiment, the first price category input module, the second price category input module, and the multi-priced distribution module are stored on the lottery ticket dispensing machine **1500**.

FIG. 21 illustrates a multi-priced lottery system configuration for intra-shared distributions. A first price category distribution module **2102** receives requests to distribute portions of the first distribution to lottery ticket holders in the first price category. If there are multiple lottery ticket holders in the first price category, the first price category distribution module **2102** sends a request to a first price category intra-shared distribution module **2108**, which distributes portions of the first distribution to the lottery ticket holders in the first price category.

A second price category distribution module **2104** receives requests to distribute portions of the second distribution to lottery ticket holders in the second price category. If there are multiple lottery ticket holders in the second price category, the second price category distribution module **2104** sends a request to a second price category intra-shared distribution module **2110**, which distributes portions of the second distribution to the lottery ticket holders in the second price category.

In one embodiment, a random number selection module **2106** randomly selects a winning lottery number. The random number selection module **2106** provides the winning lottery number to the first price category intrashared distribution module **2108**, and to the second price category distribution module **2110**.

FIG. 22 illustrates an inter-shared lottery distribution system **2200**, which encompasses the lottery distribution configuration of FIG. 21. If there are winners in both the first price category and the second price category, the first price category module **2102** sends a request to a divided first price category distribution module **2202** and the second price category module **2104** sends a request to a divided second price category distribution module **2204**. The divided first price distribution module **2202** and the second price distribution module **2204** provide requests to a first inter-shared distribution module **2206**. The first inter-shared distribution module **2206** calculates the inter-shared distribution according to the inter-shared distribution in the multi-priced lottery system discussed above.

FIG. 23 illustrates a lottery ticket dispensing system **2300**. The lottery ticket dispensing system **2300** includes a server **2302**, which is operably connected to a database **2304**. In one embodiment, the components of the inter-shared lottery distribution system **2200** are stored on the database **2304**. The server **2302** communicates with the lottery ticket dispensing machine **1500** through the network **1704** to provide price categories and associated distributions. In one embodiment, the server **2302** receives a verification code from lottery ticket dispensing machine **1500**. In another embodiment, the server **2302** receives statistical information regarding lottery ticket sales from lottery ticket dispensing machine **1500**.

FIG. 24 illustrates a lottery prize display **2400** having a lottery prize structure **2402** that may be utilized to implement a variable ratio configuration with secondary prizes. A lottery ticket may be purchased from a first price category **2406**, e.g., a one dollar price category, or a second price category **2408**, e.g., a two dollar price category. A match field **2404** indicates a type of match for which a prize may be won. For example, a full match such as a six of six match **2410**, a partial match such as a five of six match **2412**, a partial match such as a four of six match **2414**, and a partial match such as a three of six match **2416** may have a corresponding prize. A lesser partial match may be considered a subset partial match. For example, the four of six match **2414** is a subset partial match of the five of six partial match **2412**. In one embodiment, the partial matches are secondary prizes because a lesser prize is won for a partial match than a full match. In one embodiment, the secondary prizes have at least one variable ratio for a match level. For example, the three of six match **2416** has a variable ratio because the difference between a first partial match association equaling two hundred, i.e., a first partial match prize distribution **2428** of two hundred dollars divided by the first price category **2406** of one dollar, and a second partial match association equaling one hundred fifty, i.e., a second partial match prize distribution **2430** of three hundred dollars divided by the second price category **2408** of two dollars, equals a non-zero value. In one embodiment, one or more of the other secondary prize levels have a constant ratio. For example, the four of six match **2414** has a constant ratio because the difference between a first partial match association equaling twenty five thousand, i.e., a first partial match prize distribution **2424** of twenty five thousand dollars divided by the first price category **2406** of one dollar, and a second partial match association equaling twenty five thousand, i.e., a second partial match prize distribution **2426** of fifty thousand dollars divided by the second price category **2408** of two dollars, equals a zero value. As a further example, the five of six match **2420** has a constant ratio because the difference between a first partial match association equaling one million, i.e., a first partial match prize distribution **2420** of one million dollars divided by the first price category **2406** of one dollar, and a second partial match association equaling one million, i.e., a second partial match prize distribution **2422** of two million dollars divided by the second price category **2408** of two dollars, equals a zero value. In an alternative embodiment, all of the secondary prize levels may have a variable ratio.

In one embodiment, the full match prize distribution **2418** is a jackpot prize that is the same across price categories. Accordingly, a variable ratio exists for the jackpot dollar prize that is independent of price category. As a result, a lottery player with a winning lottery ticket with a full match may win the full jackpot prize irrespective of whether he or she purchased the lottery ticket from the first price category **2406** or the second price category **2408**. However, a lottery player with a winning lottery ticket with a partial match wins a higher prize distribution for purchasing a lottery ticket from a higher price category. Further, the lottery player may win a secondary prize based on a variable ratio for at least one of the secondary prizes so that incentive is provided to purchase the higher priced lottery ticket. As a result, one configuration provides a price category independent full match prize distribution and a price category dependent partial match prize distribution that has at least one prize level with a variable ratio.

FIG. 25 illustrates an alternative configuration to the lottery prize structure **2402** illustrated in FIG. 24 such that both the full match prize distribution **2418** and the partial match prize distribution are dependent on price category. In one embodiment, the full match prize distribution **2418** varies by price category. For instance, a first percentage, e.g., forty percent, of a jackpot prize may be associated with the first price category **2406**. Further, a second percentage, e.g., one hundred percent, of a jackpot prize may be associated with the second price category **2408**. In addition, the six of six match **2410** may have a variable ratio because the difference between a first full match association equaling forty, i.e., the first percentage of the full match prize distribution divided by the one first price category **2406** of one dollar, and a second full match association equaling fifty, i.e., the second percentage of the full match prize distribution divided by the second price category **2408** of two dollars, equals a non-zero value. In another embodiment, the variable ratio may be calculated based on the values that result after the percentages are multiplied by the jackpot value. In yet another embodiment, the percentages of the jackpot may be expressed as the numerical values after the percentages have been multiplied by the jackpot prize. Various indicia for expressing portions of the jackpot prize such as percentages, fractions, or the like may be utilized. In another embodiment, the full match prize distributions may be fixed prizes. For example, a full match prize distribution corresponding to the first price category **2406** may be ten million dollars and a full match prize distribution corresponding to the second price category **2408** may be twenty five million dollars.

FIG. 26A illustrates a predetermined number prize structure **2432** that may be utilized in addition to the lottery prize structure **2402** illustrated in FIG. 25. After a predetermined number of tickets are sold, a prize may be distributed. For example, after 1000 tickets are sold, a twenty dollar prize may be distributed. In other words, this additional prize structure provides a prize that is independent of match type. Accordingly, a variable ratio exists for the twenty dollar prize that is independent of price category. In one embodiment, the additional prize structure is independent of price category such that the same prize may be won irrespective of price category. For example, a lottery ticket holder of a one thousandth ticket **2440** wins a twenty dollar prize **2434** irrespective of whether he or she purchased the lottery ticket from a one dollar price category or a two dollar price category. Further, a lottery ticket holder of a five hundredth ticket **2442** wins a ten dollar prize **2436** irrespective of whether he or she purchased the lottery ticket from a one dollar price category or a two dollar price category. In addition, a lottery ticket holder of a fiftieth ticket **2444** wins a two dollar prize **2438** irrespective of whether he or she purchased the lottery ticket from a one dollar price category or a two dollar price category.

In an alternative embodiment, the prize value in the predetermined number prize structure **2432** depends on price category. For example, a lottery ticket holder of a one thousandth ticket **2440** wins twenty dollars if the lottery ticket is purchased from the one dollar price category, but wins forty dollars if the lottery ticket is purchased from the two dollar price category. In this instance, the prize value is based on a constant ratio as the difference between a first predetermined number association equaling twenty, i.e., a twenty dollar prize divided by the first price category **2406** of one dollar, and a second predetermined number association equaling twenty, i.e., a forty dollar prize divided by the second price category **2408** of two dollars, equals a zero value. As another example, a lottery ticket holder of a one thousandth ticket **2440** wins twenty dollars if the lottery ticket is purchased from the one dollar price category, but wins sixty dollars if the lottery ticket is purchased from the two dollar price category. In this instance, the prize value is based on a variable ratio as the difference between a first predetermined number association equaling twenty, i.e., a twenty dollar prize divided by the first price category **2406** of one dollar, and a second predetermined number association equaling thirty, i.e., a sixty dollar prize divided by the second price category **2408** of two dollars, equals a non-zero value.

In yet another embodiment, the frequency depends on price category. In other words, the predetermined number for a twenty dollar prize may be two thousand tickets for a lottery ticket purchased from the one dollar price category, but only one thousand tickets for a lottery ticket purchased from the two dollar price category. In this instance, the frequency is based on a constant ratio as a two dollar ticket holder has twice the number of opportunities to win the predetermined number prize than the one dollar ticket holder. In the example above, a one dollar ticket holder has only one opportunity to win the predetermined number prize for every two thousand tickets sold, but the two dollar winner has two opportunities to win the predetermined number prize for every two thousand tickets sold. A constant ratio exists because the difference between a first predetermined number association equaling one, i.e., one opportunity to win the predetermined number prize for every two thousand tickets sold divided by the first price category **2406** of one dollar, and a second predetermined number association equaling one, i.e., two opportunities to win the predetermined number prize for every two thousand tickets sold divided by the second price category **2408** of two dollars, equals a zero value. In another embodiment, a variable ratio may be utilized. For example, the predetermined number for a twenty dollar prize may be two thousand tickets for a lottery ticket purchased from the one dollar price category, but only five hundred tickets for a lottery ticket purchased from the two dollar price category. In this example, a one dollar ticket holder has only one opportunity to win the predetermined number prize for every two thousand tickets sold, but the two dollar winner has four opportunities to win the predetermined number prize for every two thousand tickets sold. A variable ratio exists because the difference between a first predetermined number association equaling one, i.e., one opportunity to win the predetermined number prize for every two thousand tickets sold divided by the first price category **2406** of one dollar, and a second predetermined number association equaling two, i.e., four opportunities to win the predetermined number prize for every two thousand tickets sold divided by the second price category **2408** of two dollars, equals a non-zero value.

In another embodiment, a combination of a constant ratio based on prize value and a constant ratio based on ticket frequency may be utilized for the predetermined number prize structure **2432**. For example, a one dollar ticket holder may have one opportunity every two thousand tickets to win a twenty dollar prize, and a two dollar ticket holder may have two opportunities every two thousand tickets to win a forty dollar prize. In yet another embodiment, a combination of a variable ratio based on prize value and a variable ratio based on ticket frequency may be utilized for the predetermined number prize structure **2432**. For example, a one dollar ticket holder may have one opportunity every two thousand tickets to win a twenty dollar prize, and a two dollar ticket holder may have four opportunities every two thousand tickets to win a sixty dollar prize. In another embodiment, a combination of a constant ratio based on prize value and a variable ratio based on ticket frequency may be utilized for the predetermined number prize structure **2432**. For example, a one dollar ticket holder may have one opportunity every two thousand tickets to win a twenty dollar prize, and a two dollar ticket holder may have four opportunities every two thousand tickets to win a forty dollar prize. In yet another embodiment, a combination of a variable ratio based on prize value and a constant ratio based on ticket frequency may be utilized for the predetermined number prize structure **2432**. For example, a one dollar ticket holder may have one opportunity every two thousand tickets to win a twenty dollar prize, and a two dollar ticket holder may have two opportunities every two thousand tickets to win a sixty dollar prize. Various configurations, as provided with respect to FIG. 25, may be utilized for the full match prize distributions in FIG. 26A. Further, a variable ratio or constant ratio may be utilized for the full match prize distributions in FIG. 26A.

FIG. 26B illustrates a predetermined number prize structure **2432** that may be utilized in addition to the lottery prize structure **2402** illustrated in FIG. 25 without partial matches. In other words, the predetermined number prize structure **2432** may be utilized with a prize structure that has only a full match prize distribution, not any partial match prize distributions. In one embodiment, the full match prize distribution is price category independent such that the full match prize distribution is the same across multiple price categories. In another embodiment, the full match prize distribution is price category independent such that a fixed prize or a portion of a jackpot prize increases with the price category. The prize distribution increase may be based on a variable ratio or a constant ratio.

In one embodiment, a lottery player has the opportunity to win both a prize distribution from the lottery prize structure **2402** and the predetermined number prize structure **2432**. For example, if the lottery player has some type of match that corresponds to a prize in addition to a ticket that corresponds to a predetermined number of tickets sold associated with a prize distribution, the lottery ticket holder may win two prize distributions.

The price categories in the configurations described above may be implemented as a stand alone-game or as a base game combined with an add-on game. For example, the first price category **2406** may be a base game that a lottery provides to lottery players. The second price category **2408** may then be added to provide an add-on game. Further, a variable ratio for the full match prize distribution and/or one or more of the second prize distributions as a result of the addition of the second price category. Various configurations, as provided with respect to FIG. 25, may be utilized for the full match prize distributions in FIG. 26B. Further, a variable ratio or constant ratio may be utilized for the full match prize distributions in FIG. 26B

FIG. 27 illustrates a lottery prize display **2700** having a lottery prize structure **2402** that may be utilized to implement a variable ratio configuration with secondary prizes. A lottery ticket may be purchased from a first price category **2702**, e.g., a one dollar price category, a second price category **2406**, e.g., a two dollar price category, or a third price category **2408**, e.g., a three dollar price category. In one embodiment, the first price category **2702** is a base game, and the second price category **2406** and the third price category **2408** are part of an add-on game. A match field **2404** indicates a type of match for which a prize may be won. For example, a full match such as a six of six match **2410**, a partial match such as a five of six match **2412**, a partial match such as a four of six match **2414**, and a partial match such as a three of six match **2416** may have a corresponding prize. In one embodiment, the partial matches are secondary prizes because a lesser prize is won for a partial match than a full match.

In one embodiment, the existence of a variable ratio or a constant ratio can be analyzed with respect to the one or more price categories that are added on to the base game or with respect to all of the price categories regardless of what price category is a base price category or an add-on price category. For example, if the ratio is analyzed with respect to only the add-on price categories, the partial match prize **2428** of two hundred dollars for an additional one dollar forms a variable ratio with the partial match prize **2430** of three hundred dollars for an additional two dollars. In other words, the difference between a first partial match association equaling two hundred, i.e., two hundred dollars divided by the add-on price of an additional one dollar, and a second partial match association equaling one hundred fifty, i.e., a second partial match prize distribution of three hundred dollars divided by the second price the add-on price of an additional two dollars, equals a non-zero value. However, if the variable ratio is analyzed with respect to all the price categories, the partial match prize **2428** of two hundred dollars for two dollars forms a constant ratio with the partial match prize **2430** of three hundred dollars for three dollars. In other words, the difference between a first partial match association equaling one hundred, i.e., two hundred dollars divided by the total price of two dollars, and a second partial match association equaling one hundred, i.e., a second partial match prize distribution of three hundred dollars divided by the total price of three dollars, equals zero value. Accordingly, in an add-on implementation, the ratios can be analyzed in terms of add-on prices or total prices. As an example, the addition of the first price category **2702**, which may be a base game price category, provides a jackpot prize **2418** or other type of full match prize distribution for a full match **2410** of six of six, a partial match prize **2704** of two hundred thousand dollars for a partial match **2412** of five of six, partial match prize **2706** of ten thousand dollars for a partial match **2414** of four of six, and a partial match prize **2708** of one hundred dollars for a partial match **2416** of three of six.

FIG. 28 illustrates a process **2800** that indicates a variable ratio in a partial match prize level. At a process block **2802**, the process **2800** provides a lottery game. Further, at a process block **2804**, the process **2800** indicates a first price category and a second price category from which a lottery player can purchase a lottery ticket. The second price category has a second price that is greater than a first price in the first price category. In addition, at a process block **2806**, the process **2800** indicates a first partial match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the first price category that has a partial match of a predetermined quantity of numbers between a set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the first price category and a randomly selected set of numbers. At a process block **2808**, the process **2800** indicates a second partial match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the second price category that has a partial match between the set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the second price category and the randomly selected set of numbers such that a first association between the first partial match prize distribution and the first price category has a variable ratio with a second association between the second partial match prize distribution and the second price category. The first association is the first partial match prize divided by the first price category. The second association is the second partial match prize divided by the second price category. The variable ratio is a non-zero value that results from the difference between the second association and the first association. Further, at a process block **2810**, the process **2800** generates the randomly selected set of numbers. Finally, at a process block **2812**, the process **2800** provides a distribution to a player having a partial match with the predetermined quantity of numbers based on price category.

The lottery ticket dispensing machine **1500** illustrated in FIG. 15 may also be utilized to dispense one or more lottery tickets having one or more secondary prizes that are based on any of the variable ratio configurations discussed above. In one embodiment, the lottery ticket dispensing machine **1500** has a payment module that receives payment for the purchase of a lottery ticket that provides participation in a lottery game. The lottery game indicates a first price category and a second price category from which a lottery player can purchase a lottery ticket. The second price category has a second price that is greater than a first price in the first price category. The lottery game also indicates a first partial match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the first price category that has a partial match of a predetermined quantity of numbers between a set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the first price category and a randomly selected set of numbers. Further, the lottery game indicates a second partial match prize distribution that can be won with a lottery ticket purchased from the second price category that has a partial match between the set of player numbers appearing on the lottery ticket purchased from the second price category and the randomly selected set of numbers such that a first association between the first partial match prize distribution and the first price category has a variable ratio with a second association between the second partial match prize distribution and the second price category. The first association is the first partial match prize divided by the first price category. The second association is the second partial match prize divided by the second price category. The variable ratio is a non-zero value that results from the difference between the second association and the first association. The lottery ticket dispensing machine **1500** also has a ticket printer that prints a lottery ticket for the lottery game.

In one embodiment, the lottery ticket dispensing machine **1500** may have an input device so that a lottery vendor may input data such as player numbers, price selection, or the like. In addition, the lottery ticket dispensing machine **1500** may have a display on which the lottery vendor may view data pertinent to a sales transaction for the lottery ticket. The lottery ticket dispensing machine **1500** may be utilized to implement a lottery game based on any of the various configurations having at least one prize level with a variable ratio described herein.

FIG. 29 illustrates an electronic lottery game apparatus **2900**. An example of the electronic lottery game apparatus **2900** is a video lottery terminal (“VLT”). The electronic lottery game apparatus **2900** may be utilized by a lottery player to play an electronic version of the lottery game. In other words, the electronic lottery game apparatus **2900** may be utilized by a lottery player to play the lottery game without an actual paper lottery ticket. The electronic lottery game apparatus **2900** has a display module that indicates the prize categories for the electronic lottery game on a display **2902**. The electronic lottery game apparatus **2900** includes a display module that indicates prize categories for an electronic lottery game. The electronic lottery game indicates a first price category and a second price category from which a lottery player can purchase an electronic lottery ticket. The second price category has a second price that is greater than a first price in the first price category. Further, the electronic lottery game indicates a first partial match prize distribution that can be won with an electronic lottery ticket purchased from the first price category that has a partial match of a predetermined quantity of numbers between a set of player numbers appearing on the electronic lottery ticket purchased from the first price category and a randomly selected set of numbers. In addition, the electronic lottery game indicates a second partial match prize distribution that can be won with an electronic lottery ticket purchased from the second price category that has a partial match between the set of player numbers appearing on the electronic lottery ticket purchased from the second price category and the randomly selected set of numbers such that a first association between the first partial match prize distribution and the first price category has a variable ratio with a second association between the second partial match prize distribution and the second price category. The first association is the first partial match prize divided by the first price category. The second association is the second partial match prize divided by the second price category. The variable ratio is a non-zero value that results from the difference between the second association and the first association. The electronic lottery game apparatus **2900** also has a payment module that receives payment from a lottery player for the electronic lottery ticket. Finally, the electronic lottery game apparatus **2900** has a processor that compares the set of player numbers to the set of drawn numbers to determine a potential match and a potential match type.

Further, the electronic lottery game apparatus **2900** may have a plurality of input devices **2908**, e.g., buttons, that may be utilized by the player to interact with the electronic lottery game apparatus **2908**. Some or all of the plurality of buttons **2908** may instead be utilized as touch screen buttons on the display **2902**. The electronic lottery game apparatus **2900** may be utilized to implement an electronic lottery game based on any of the various configurations having at least one prize level with a variable ratio described herein.

In one embodiment, the electronic lottery game is played over the Internet. Accordingly, a player may utilize his or her own computer to communicate with a server that determines the set of drawn numbers and performs the comparison between the set of drawn numbers and the player's numbers. In one embodiment, the player may provide a selection of player numbers to the server. In another embodiment, the server randomly determines the set of player numbers for the player.

The random selection of the player numbers for any of the configurations described above may occur in a single drawing event. However, one or more random selection devices may be utilized at that single drawing event. For example, a drawing of six balls may involve the utilization of two hoppers such that one hopper draws five of the six balls and the other hopper draws the remaining ball. Alternatively, one or more random number generators may be utilized for a single drawing event. Irrespective of how many random selection devices are utilized, a single drawing event produces a set of numbers that a player compares to his or her own player numbers to determine if he or she has a match for a prize.

In any of the configurations provided herein, the payout for the full match prize distribution, partial match prize distribution, subset partial match prize distribution, and/or predetermined number prize distribution may be guaranteed by a third party entity. As a result, a lottery provider may be able to provide a larger lottery prize than might otherwise be the case. Further, any of the configurations provided herein may be utilized as a part of a stand alone lottery game, an add-on lottery game, or both.

The process **2800** shown in FIG. 28 may be implemented in a general, multi-purpose or single purpose processor. Such a processor will execute instructions, either at the assembly, compiled or machine-level, to perform the process **2800**. Those instructions can be written by one of ordinary skill in the art following the description of FIG. 28 and stored or transmitted on a computer readable medium. The instructions may also be created using source code or any other known computer-aided design tool. A computer readable medium may be any medium capable of carrying those instructions and include a CD-ROM, DVD, magnetic or other optical disc, tape, silicon memory (e.g., removable, non-removable, volatile or non-volatile), packetized or non-packetized data through wireline or wireless transmissions locally or remotely through a network.

A computer is herein intended to include any device that has a general, multi-purpose, or single purpose processor as described above. For example, a computer may be a set top box (“STB”), cell phone, portable media player, or the like.

It is understood that the processes, apparatuses, and systems described herein may also be applied in other types of processes, apparatuses, and systems. Those skilled in the art will appreciate that the various adaptations and modifications of the embodiments of the processes, apparatuses, and systems described herein may be configured without departing from the scope and spirit of the present processes and systems. Therefore, it is to be understood that, within the scope of the appended claims, the present processes, apparatuses, systems may be practiced other than as specifically described herein.