Kentucky is horse racing. Most of the top Thoroughbred racing horses are bred in this state and the bets on Kentucky Derby set new records every year. The biggest horse race of the year is run in this state and the Kentucky Derby horses are the country’s top horses. It makes perfect sense that the state’s lottery would tap into this long-standing and honored position in the entire US horse racing industry.
The new legal horse betting lottery game is appropriately called Win Place Show. It was introduced by the Kentucky Lottery earlier this month in conjunction with the 2020 Kentucky Derby on Sept. 5 and is in perfect harmony with the online sports betting scene in Kentucky. What makes this $2 lottery game special is the tie-in with an actual live race.
Players can purchase $2 Quick Pick tickets on a daily basis. Each ticket highlights the featured race of the day. The player receives three entries in that race along with their names and racing numbers.
Added information covers the details of that particular race. This includes the track and starting time. The Kentucky Lottery will use races starting as close to 5 p.m. (ET) as possible to create some level of consistency for daily players.
The ticket also gives players the ability to scan the QR code with their mobile device. The Win Place Show mobile app can be downloaded for free. The apps have the ability to scan tickets to determine winners. Players can also watch the featured race live or watch it on replay. Other lottery opportunities can be found using a Lotto.com bonus code.
Winning tickets are a match between a player’s three numbers and the win, place, and show results of the race. There are three different ways to win:
- First Prize matches the three numbers on the ticket in the exact order of the race’s official Top 3 result.
- Second Prize matches the three numbers on the ticket in any order of the race’s official Top 3 result.
- Third Prize matches the first two numbers on the ticket in the exact order of the race’s official top two finishers.
If that race is canceled or one of the ticket’s horses was scratched, the Kentucky Lottery will issue a replacement ticket through a participating retail location. The one stipulation for the third prize on the list is that at there must be at least seven horses running in the featured race.
This unique lottery game mirrors a trifecta bet and boxed trifecta bet for that particular race. The third prize mirrors an exacta bet.
Winning amounts are determined by actual prize pools. First prize winners share equally in the first place pool. Second prize winners equally share the second place pool. Third prize winners receive a free ticket for another race.
The official rules for Win Place Show can be found on the Kentucky Lottery’s website. This includes any other terms and conditions tied to this lottery game.
This is the first daily lottery game that is solely based on the outcome of a live horse race in the US. The novel idea is a perfect fit with Kentucky as the home of horse racing in the country. The game can be played through any authorized lottery retailer in the state.
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