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Last Updated: September 8, 2015

Lucky 5

Introduction





Lucky 5 is a lottery-based game found as a live-dealer game at some Internet casinos. The game is based on a draw of five out of 42 balls.

Rules



  1. Every five minutes a lovely dealer will appear to draw five balls out of 36 from a large hopper full of balls.
  2. The balls are grouped into four colors of nine numbers each. The colors are blue, red, green, and white.
  3. There are a host of bets the player may make on the ball draw. To avoid repeating myself, please see the full list in the analysis section.

Analysis



The following table shows all the available bets, what they pay, the number of winning combinations out of 376,992, the probability of winning, and the return to the player. All wins are on a "for one" basis, meaning this is the total amount a winning bet will get back. Many bets involved one or more colors. For example, at least 1.5 white balls will be drawn. To avoid repeating myself, I listed such bets once only and said "chosen color."

Lucky 5

Bet Pays Probability Return
One selected ball drawn 6.1 0.138889 0.847222
Two selected balls drawn 40 0.015873 0.634921
Three selected balls drawn 400 0.001401 0.560224
At least two of the five numbers selected are drawn 2.55 0.131982 0.336553
At least three of the five numbers selected are drawn 11 0.012748 0.140231
At least four of the five numbers selected are drawn 94 0.000414 0.038897
All five of five numbers selected are drawn 1700 0.000003 0.004509
Total under 92.5 1.7 0.500000 0.850000
Total over 92.5 1.7 0.500000 0.850000
Count of chosen color is zero 3.9 0.214142 0.835156
Count of chosen color over 1.5 2.3 0.366883 0.843831
Count of chosen color under 1.5 1.3 0.633117 0.823052
Count of chosen color over 2.5 9.5 0.087567 0.831885
Count of chosen color over 3.5 40 0.009358 0.374332
Count of chosen color is five 800 0.000334 0.267380
Count of chosen color exactly one 2 0.418974 0.837949
Count of chosen color exactly two 3 0.279316 0.837949
Count of chosen color exactly three 1.17 0.720684 0.843200
Count of chosen color exactly four 10 0.078209 0.782086
Count of chosen color exactly five 50 0.009024 0.451203
Three or more of same color will be dropped 2.4 0.350267 0.840642
Four or more of same color will be dropped 12.5 0.037433 0.467914
Five of same color will be dropped 200 0.001337 0.267380
Count of two chosen colors more than the other two colors 1.7 0.500000 0.850000
Count of one chosen color more than another chosen color 2.3 0.370034 0.851079
Count of one chosen color equal to another chosen color 3.25 0.259931 0.844777


The table above shows returns ranging from a low of 0.45% to a high of 85.11%. The highest return is one the count of one color being greater than another, for example more red than blue balls, at a return of 85.11%. It is not a misprint that the lowest return is 0.45%. In other words, a house edge of 99.55%. That is on the bet where the player chooses five numbers and the five dealer numbers must match exactly. In my 19 years analyzing casino games, this is the worst bet I have ever seen. It beats a record recently set in the game Bet on Poker, by the same company.

More Screenshots



I think the lovely dealers are the main reason for playing this game. That said, here are some screenshots of more of them.











  • Lucky 7 — Another lottery game by the same company, with a draw of seven balls out of 42.



Written by: Michael Shackleford

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