When you play Florida Lotto, you have an option to spend an extra dollar to play Florida Lotto Xtra. In my opinion, Xtra is a good bet; it should be a must. In a moment I’ll explain why.
First, the Florida Lotto game is a 6/53 game, meaning that to win the jackpot, a player must match six numbers out of a total of fifty-three balls drawn. The odds of matching all six numbers to win the jackpot are approximately 1-in-23-million. There are smaller prizes for matching anywhere from 2 to 5 numbers. When you buy the Xtra option, any of the smaller prizes are multiplied from 2 to 5 times. This multiplier is randomly selected each draw.
Here is why I think that all lottery players in Florida should play Xtra when they purchase a Florida Lotto Ticket: Let’s say, for example that you get 5-out-of-6 numbers and win the second prize, which is normally $5000. The Xtra multiplier, if you paid the Xtra dollar for it, would turn your $5000 win into either $10,000, $15,000, $20,000, or $25,000, depending on what multiplier was chosen at random. In effect, the Xtra multiplier would be the equivalent of buying more tickets with the same numbers. So for example, if the multiplier chosen was 5, it would be like buying 5 more tickets with the same numbers and it would only cost you an extra $1 to do so. Of course, five tickets with the same numbers, in this example, would win you $25,000 instead of $5000. That’s why Florida Lottery Xtra is a good buy.
Not only do you get the benefit of getting up to five times more tickets with the same numbers, you also get the benefit of an additional prize. If you play Xtra, there is an additional prize of a free ticket if you match 2-out-of-6 numbers, whereas that would not be the case if Xtra was not included.