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New Tri-State lottery game debuting Sunday

May 9, 2013, 12:52 pm

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By Todd Northrop

A new pick 5-style lottery game called Gimme 5 goes on sale Sunday in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont — the states that collectively are known as 'Tri-State'.

The first drawing for the new Gimme 5 game will be held Wednesday, May 15, 2013.

"The Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine Lotteries are once again joining together to offer our players a new draw game," said Greg Smith, Executive Director of the Vermont Lottery. "Tri-State Gimme 5 is a fresh, easy-to-play game that carries the excitement of an easy win. The name is fun, has a great feel and energy, and we're fortunate to add Gimme 5 to our suite of Tri-State games; Megabucks Plus, Pick 3 and Pick 4."

The arguably odd 'Gimme 5' name comes less than two months after the Maine Lottery's controversial re-naming of its scratch games to Kwikies — a decision that was abruptly reversed the following day after public outcry.

Gimme 5 drawings occur every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday evening at approximately 7:00 Eastern Time.  Tickets will cost $1 each.

In the game, players choose 5 numbers between 1 and 39 and can win a prize by matching as few as 2 numbers.

The top prize in Gimme 5 is a fixed $100,000 lump sum cash payment, and is won by matching all 5 numbers drawn.  If more than one ticket matches all 5 numbers, then the $100,000 prize will be equally split between the winning tickets.

Winning numbers and prize payout amounts for Gimme 5 will be published on Lottery Post's Maine Lottery Results, New Hampshire Lottery Results and Vermont Lottery Results pages minutes after each drawing.

The complete range of prizes and odds are:

  • Match 5 of 5:  $100,000  (odds are 1 in 575,757)
  • Match 4 of 5:  $250  (odds are 1 in 3,387)
  • Match 3 of 5:  $7  (odds are 1 in 103)
  • Match 2 of 5:  $2  (odds are 1 in 10)

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