New billion-dollar Texas Lottery scratch-off game is a bit of a head-scratcher

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You have to lose to win big

Published 9:24 am, Friday, April 14, 2017

A new Texas Lottery scratch-off game inspired by Willy Wonka – and featuring a picture of the late Gene Wilder from the 1971 film – is leaving some Texans scratching their own heads after they scratch the ticket. 

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The $10 Willy Wonka Golden Ticket game offers offers up a $1 billion second-chance prize. The trick is that if you win anything on the ticket you are not eligible for the top prize in the second-chance drawing.

You have to lose to win. Seems simple enough. 

The ticket is huge too, almost as big as a sheet of notebook paper. There 50 chances to win on the ticket and the top prize is $250,000. Not a bad consolation prize for losing a billion dollars. 

Some have asked how the Texas Lottery can afford a billion dollar payout, but according to the Dallas Morning News the billion-dollar game is run out of Las Vegas and includes 11 states. The three games on the ticket — the ones you want to lose — are Texas Lottery games. 

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Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway firm is the underwriter for the big prize. 

The lottery in Texas will pick 20 winners from the Lone Star State to go to Las Vegas, all expenses paid, next year to participate in a contest to determine the winner of the billion dollar prize. 

The lottery commission told DMN’s Dave Lieber that so far the game has been a success, kicking off on March 20, so there at least some Texans who have billion dollar dreams, no matter how improbable they are. 

Most of us would likely settle for the $250,000. 

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