US 20070077989 A1 Abstract A gaming method in which a game is made of several sub-games of a main game, such as a lottery game, and the game payout depends on the payout of each sub-games is disclosed. A player submits a game slip containing game indicia for a plurality of sub-games. The game indicia of each sub-game are compared with lottery game indicia selected by the lottery authority. The winning matches for each sub-game are determined and a total winning match is determined for the game entry. The total winning match is used to select a multiplier, which is then used to compute the total winning for the game entry.
Claims(20) 1. A gaming method in which a game payout to a game player depends on the outcome of a plurality of sub-games played by the game player, the method comprising the steps of:
receiving at least two sets of sub-game indicia from the game player; generating a set of main game indicia; determining a sub-game match number for each set of sub-game indicia for matches between the set of main game indicia and each set of sub-game indicia; determining a sub-game payout for each sub-game based on the sub-game match number; determining a total match number based on the sub-game match number for each sub-game; determining a total payout based on the sub-game payout for each sub-game; determining a game payout based on the total match number and the total payout; and awarding the game payout to the game player. 2. The gaming method of determining a multiplier based on the total match number; and multiplying the game payout by the multiplier. 3. The gaming method of determining a multiplier based on the total payout; and multiplying the game payout by the multiplier. 4. The gaming method of 5. The gaming method of 6. A gaming server for playing a main game in which a game payout to a game player depends on the outcome of a plurality of sub-games played by the game player, the gaming server comprising:
a game input device for receiving a game entry with game indicia for a plurality of sub-games; a storage unit for storing a game payout table and a multiplier table; and a controller capable of
generating a set of main game indicia,
determining a sub-game match number for matches between the set of main game indicia and each set of sub-game indicia,
determining a sub-game payout for each sub-game based on the sub-game match number,
determining a total match number based on the sub-game match number for each sub-game,
determining a total payout based on the sub-game payout for each sub-game,
determining a game payout based on the total match number and the total payout, and
awarding the game payout to the game player.
7. The server of 8. The server of 9. The server of 10. The server of 11. A computer-readable medium on which is stored a computer program for playing a lottery game in which a game payout to a game player depends on the outcome of a plurality of sub-games played by the game player, the computer program comprising computer instructions that when executed by a computer performs the steps of:
receiving at least two sets of sub-game indicia from the game player; generating a set of main game indicia; determining a sub-game match number for each set of sub-game indicia for matches between the set of main game indicia and each set of sub-game indicia; determining a sub-game payout for each sub-game based on the sub-game match number; determining a total match number based on the sub-game match number for each sub-game; determining a total payout based on the sub-game payout for each sub-game; determining a game payout based on the total match number and the total payout; and awarding the game payout to the game player. 12. The computer program of determining a multiplier based on the total match number; and multiplying the game payout by the multiplier. 13. The computer program of determining a multiplier based on the total payout; and multiplying the game payout by the multiplier. 14. The computer program of 15. The computer program of 16. A gaming server for playing a main game in which a game payout to a game player depends on the outcome of a plurality of sub-games played by the game player, the gaming server comprising:
means for receiving a game entry with game indicia for a plurality of sub-games; means for storing a game payout table and a multiplier table; and controller means capable of
generating a set of main game indicia,
determining a sub-game match number for matches between the set of main game indicia and each set of sub-game indicia,
determining a sub-game payout for each sub-game based on the sub-game match number,
determining a total match number based on the sub-game match number for each sub-game,
determining a total payout based on the sub-game payout for each sub-game,
determining a game payout based on the total match number and the total payout, and
awarding the game payout to the game player.
17. The server of 18. The server of 19. The server of 20. The server of Description This application claims the priority of the U.S. Provisional Patent Application, 60/722,855, Lottery Game Having Enhanced Winnings With Predefined Threshold, filed on Sep. 30, 2005, the content of which is incorporated in its entirety by this reference. This application also relates to the US Patent Publication 20050003884, filed Jul. 2, 2003, the content of which is incorporated in its entirety by this reference. 1. Field of The Invention The invention relates to a system and method for implementing a lottery game and, more specifically, relates to a system and method to enhance the payout of a lottery game. 2. Description of Related Art In a typical lottery game, a player purchases one or more plays, each play comprising a set of indicia. These plays are memorialized, such as on a paper ticket, and coordinated with a lottery-sponsored event, such as by date and time. The event is a random determination of indicia that may apply to a group, such as one or more jurisdictions, or an individual event such as via the internet. The outcome of the lottery-sponsored event is a set of indicia. The player compares these lottery-produced indicia to the indicia for each of his plays and determines the number of matches for each play. For each play, he may be awarded a prize based on the number of matches for that individual play. For example, Some lotteries offer progressive value payouts where, for example, if nobody wins the jackpot associated with a drawing, the jackpot is rolled over to the next drawing. Frequently, the jackpot will build over multiple drawings before it is finally won. This can lead to a jackpot that is an appreciable sum of money, which increases player interest and lottery ticket sales. These progressive value payout lotteries, however, often suffer from a lack of interest in drawings immediately after a large jackpot payout, because the jackpot immediately following a large jackpot can be much smaller in comparison. Many players do not participate in a lottery until the jackpot reaches a significant level. Thus, lottery ticket sales typically soar while the jackpot is high, and then drop significantly after the high jackpot is won. Therefore, it is desired to have a lottery game method that maintains player's interest by offering enhanced payout in every drawing and it is to such method the present application is primarily directed. In one embodiment, there is provided a gaming method in which a game payout to a game player depends on outcomes of a plurality of sub-games played by the game player. The method includes receiving at least two sets of sub-game indicia from the game player, generating a set of lottery game indicia, determining a sub-game match number for each set of sub-game indicia for matches between the set of lottery game indicia and each set of sub-game indicia, determining a sub-game payout for each sub-game based on the sub-game match number, determining a total match number based on the sub-game match number for each sub-game, determining a total payout based on the sub-game payout for each sub-game, determining a game payout based on the total match number and the total payout, and awarding the game payout to the game player. In another embodiment, there is provided a gaming server for playing a lottery game in which a game payout to a game player depends on outcomes of a plurality of sub-games played by the game player. The gaming server includes a game input device for receiving a game entry with game indicia for a plurality of sub-games, a storage unit for storing a game payout table and a multiplier table, and a controller. The controller is capable of generating a set of lottery game indicia, determining a sub-game match number for matches between the set of lottery game indicia and each set of sub-game indicia, determining a sub-game payout for each sub-game based on the sub-game match number, determining a total match number based on the sub-game match number for each sub-game, determining a total payout based on the sub-game payout for each sub-game, determining a game payout based on the total match number and the total payout, and awarding the game payout to the game player. US Patent Application 20050003884 describes a lottery game wherein a player purchases multiple plays for one price. In addition to, or in lieu of, the total of his winnings for the individual plays, he is awarded winnings based on the pattern, or quantity, of matches for the ticket taken as a whole. In particular, it is described in US Patent Application This method of assigning prizes via a multi-dimensional look-up table, or database, can be further enhanced using the concept of a “threshold-multiplier” of the present invention. Briefly described, in one embodiment the invention is a gaming method in which a game is made of several sub-games and the game payout depends on the payout of each sub-games. For a lottery game with one or more threshold-multiplier pairs, a player totals his winnings for the individual plays or sub-games. If this total meets a particular threshold, he receives a multiplier that is applied to this total winning. There may be more than one threshold-multiplier pair, in which case, the player is awarded the highest multiplier for which he qualifies. If his total does not meet any threshold, his prize remains the total of his winnings for the individual sub-games (plays). The following embodiments illustrate this concept. Embodiment 1: The player purchases 3 plays for $2. He chooses (or has quick-picked) a set of player game indicia, for example, 5 numbers out of 56. Two additional plays (player game indicia) are quick-picked and the ticket is non-cancelable. An example of such a ticket is in Example 1: If the draw, or the lottery game indicia selected, is 12 45 49 55 56, then the ticket in Example 2: If the draw is 12 45 49 55 56, then the ticket in Example 3: If the draw is 12 45 49 55 56, the ticket in Example 4: If the draw is 12 45 49 55 56, the ticket in Embodiment 2: The player purchases 5 plays for $5. He chooses (or has quick-picked) 5 numbers out of 56. Four additional plays are quick-picked and the ticket is non-cancelable. An example of such a ticket is in Embodiment 2 is conceived as an enhancement to Embodiment 1 at a higher price and can be run concurrently with Embodiment 1 using the same draw. Example 1: If the draw is 12 35 45 49 56, the ticket in Example 2: If the draw is 12 35 45 49 56, the ticket in Example 3: If the draw is 12 35 45 49 56, the ticket in Embodiment 3: This embodiment is based on the lottery game Keno, in which the lottery draws 20 out of 80 numbers. The player purchases 10 plays for $10. He chooses (or has quick-picked) 5 numbers out of 80. Nine additional plays are quick-picked and the ticket is non-cancelable. An example of such a ticket is in Example 1: The ticket in Example 2: The ticket in Example 3: The ticket in This game could be adapted to feature a progressive multiplier. For example, for Embodiment 3, the top threshold is $60, assigned a multiplier of 5,000. An additional 5% per draw (bringing the overall return to 74.4%) could be contributed to a progressive multiplier fund. Once the fund had met a certain threshold, the multiplier could be increased. For example, a pari-mutuel cap of 3 winners could be established for the top prize. This would mean that an increase of the multiplier by 5,000 would increase the payout for the top prize by at most 3×5,000×$60=$900,000. That is, $900,000 would cover a 5,000 increase in the multiplier. When the top prize is hit, the fund is not necessarily depleted (e.g., there may not be enough winners to deplete the fund). The remainder of the fund could be used to seed the fund for the next top prize run. It is clear that any of the above embodiments could be explicitly expressed by a multi-dimensional prize table, or database, as described in US Patent Application 20050003884. For example, Embodiment 3 could be expressed via a 10-dimensional look-up table. The table would have 60,466,176 entries. For example, the entry (3,3,3,4,2,3,3,1,3,3) corresponds to Example 2 of Embodiment 3, as the player matched 3 on the 1 In an alternative embodiment, the multiplier can be chosen not based on the total payout (winning) of all the sub-games, but based on the total number of matches in a game entry. For example, if a player submits a game entry with 3 sub-games and matches 3 numbers in the first sub-game, 2 numbers in the second sub-game, and one number in the third sub-game. The player would win a prize for matching 3 numbers in the first sub-game and no prize for the second and third sub-games. However, the player has a total of 6 matches in the game entry and 6 matches may entitle the player to a multiplier. For example, if matching 3 numbers provides $2 and 6 matches provides a multiplier of 5, then the player would receive a payout of $2×5=$10, instead of $2. If the player matches 2 numbers in each sub-game and the minimum numbers to earn a payout in a single game is 3, then the player would be entitled to nothing even the total number of matches is 6 because the total payout for all sub-games is zero. Those skilled in the art of Mathematics can confirm that the probabilities and other calculations in this description and in the related figures, whether explicitly mentioned in the description or not, are correct. Although preferred embodiments of the invention have been disclosed in the foregoing specification, it is understood by those skilled in the art that many modifications and other embodiments of the invention will come to mind to which the invention pertains, having the benefit of the teaching presented in the foregoing description and associated drawings. Moreover, although specific terms are employed herein, as well as in the claims, they are used in a generic and descriptive sense only, and not for the purposes of limiting the described invention, nor the claims which follow below. Referenced by
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