NYS lotto players could win more often with “Close Enough” option

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Close enough isn’t usually good enough, not in football, baseball, work or otherwise. But in the New York State Lottery, a new option will let players who get close enough come away with money.

New York State officials announced players of the new Numbers and Win4 play slips will have the option of selecting “Close Enough” as a wager both with their favorite numbers or with Quick Picks. According to lottery officials, when numbers are drawn, those players whose numbers are only off by one digit will still win.

Gardner Gurney, the director of the Division of the Lottery, said lotto players have been asking for an option that rewards those who were close but no cigar while reading the winning numbers.

The new “Close Enough” option begins on Nov. 1.

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