What is ‘All or Nothing’?
All or Nothing is a specific variant of lottery games, or Keno at casinos, where all or no correct numbers must be picked from the available selections. Unlike more regular lottery games, these lotteries draw precisely half of their available numbers, giving bettors an equal chance of picking all correct numbers or no correct numbers. The top prize is then won for any bettor who manages to achieve either of these outcomes.
‘All or Nothing’ Explained
In a ‘normal’ lottery game, bettors will be asked to pick a handful of numbers from a large amount – for example, in the UK National Lottery, players choose six numbers from fifty-nine, and six numbers are then drawn.
In All or Nothing lottery, players will instead choose half of the available numbers – ten numbers from twenty is the most common arrangement – and ten numbers are then drawn. This gives players an equal chance of two outcomes with their bet – selecting all drawn numbers, or no drawn numbers. The odds and payouts on All or Nothing can vary quite wildly – the top prizes can be as large as regular lotteries or sometimes far bigger, and much harder to win.
The top prize for the lottery is awarded for any player who chooses all or none of the drawn numbers, giving the game its name. In addition, however, there are often additional smaller prizes available, usually for matching all but one number, only one number, and so on. The variant is a relative newcomer to the gambling circuit – it was first used by the Texas state lottery in 2012, but its popularity has since spread to other states and Keno games in casinos, and can now be found across the world wherever lotteries are played.