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Myths and Facts about Gambling

There are many myths about the play of video lottery terminals and ticket lottery products. Here are the facts about many of these common misconceptions: 

Myth - I have been playing the same machine for hours, if I don’t save my seat while I go for a break I will lose my win. 

Fact - The outcome of the next spin changes by the millisecond and is completely random. Saving your seat will not save your win or increase your odds of winning.

Myth - I have been playing the same machine for several hours. Shouldn’t it pay out?

Fact - No, there is no way to predict when a win will occur. As with all games of chance, the outcomes on a VLT are 100% random. Every spin has the exact same chance of being a winner, or loser, as the one before it and the one after it.

Myth - If I press the buttons in a certain order and shake the machine a little, my chances of winning increase. Works like a charm!

Fact - Nothing a player does can influence the outcome of a game. As with all games of chance, the outcomes on a VLT are 100% random. Each round of VLT play is determined by a random number generator that can’t, in any way, be influenced. There is absolutely nothing a player can do to impact when or how much a machine pays out.

- If I play Lotto 6/49 regularly for many years, I'm bound to make a profit over time, right?

Fact - No, there’s no way to predict whether you will win or lose. The house always wins, so in the long run you will likely lose more than you win. You should always think of playing the lottery as a form of entertainment, not as a way to invest or make money.

- I was only one number away from a big win – I was SO close! I really should keep on playing.

Fact - There’s no way to predict when a win will occur. Tickets that look like they were close to winning are no different from tickets that aren’t close at all: they’re both losing tickets. How you did on previous tickets has no effect on how you will do on the next ticket. The chances of winning remain the same every time you play.

- Retailers must know which tickets are winners, so they sell these tickets to friends, family or staff?

Fact - Through strict security procedures, AL ensures that no one knows which lottery tickets are winners. This includes everyone from ticket designers and employees who produce tickets to distributors and retailers. Integrity and honesty are the cornerstones of the lottery and its operations.

Odds of Winning

Atlantic Lottery offers a wide variety of entertaining games that offer a chance to win prizes ranging from a free ticket to millions of dollars. Part of Atlantic Lottery’s mandate for offering our products responsibly is to help players understand the odds of winning our games. The one thing all games have in common is that winning or losing is based on randomness. While the dream of winning is exciting, it’s important to keep in mind what the true chances of winning the top prize are.

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Sports Products

The odds for the sports games PRO•LINE, FANTASY, FUTURES and STADIUM  BETS fluctuate with the sporting events selected by the player. Players can choose to wager on outcomes with higher odds (underdogs) or lower odds (favorites). They can also choose to wager on more events (up to eight on PRO•LINE) or fewer events (as few as one on FUTURES) per ticket. Choosing more underdogs and playing more events on a ticket will increase the potential payout, but it also means a lower likelihood of winning.


Video Lottery

AL offers a wide variety of video lottery products, each with a unique pay table. The frequency of wins and odds of winning vary by game, but all games are designed to return a specific percentage of wagered dollars back to players over time. The payout percentages for each game are identified by province under the Video Lottery section of the website. The top prize amount is dependent on the amount wagered; however, the maximum prize on any single game play is $500. The average odds of winning the top prize on video lottery games are 1 in 50,664.


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