Sports Lottery Games or Sports Betting are where
outcomes are determined by the results of sporting events.
In most cases
they represent a hybrid of a lottery and skill game, since in theory, a
knowledge of the sport enhances the players chances
Sports lotteries are the
most popular lottery games in much of the world (where they are frequently
called "toto" or "football pools") but have not achieved this level of
popularity in North America.
They are offered throughout Canada but in the
United States are only sold in Delaware and Oregon.
Toto was introduced in
1923 by Littlewoods Pools of the United Kingdom. Based on soccer matches, it
quickly became popular throughout Europe and Latin America, reflecting the
interest in soccer in these regions. In most countries, Toto uses a far smaller
list of fixtures, frequently 10 to 13 games.
The Nordic countries offer a
wide array of sports games using various formats, including:
- Results-based (players predict the winners of 13
- Odds-based (players bet on spreads set by the
lottery organization); and
- Goals-based (players predict the number of goals
scored in a given game).
The Australian lotteries go a step further than most
in merging the lottery and a sports based game. Players choose six matches out
of a field of 38, trying to predict the six games that will result in the
highest scouring draws. The 6/38 format, however, enables players to pick
numbers at random, much like a Lotto, in addition to which there is a computer
generated number selection option.
Sports-based games also have followings
in Singapore and Israel.
SOURCE: The Whole World Lottery Guide.
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