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18/6/2004 edition

Mystery Six Bet

Here is what Rod Nicholson wrote in his "Rails Run" column in the Sunday Herald Sun, June 13, 2004:

"New bet types are on the TabCorp agenda and one is a pure lottery.

Stand by for the Mystery Six bet, which pays on the winners of six selected races.

The big difference is that punters do not make selections - the numbers are given to them at random in the same way as a mystery Tattslotto ticket.

In that way the professional punters will not have an advantage going for the big pools - and they will be big.

Word is that TabCorp will seed the pool so that a minimum amount is always available - reportedly $500,000."

Our comment:

If you're a punter who is interested in betting sensibly on horse racing, then this bet should be left alone. If you are interested in the skill element betting on horse racing then this Mystery Six bet as detailed here has nothing to do with that. It simply gives you some numbers you hope will be lucky. Unlike Tattslotto you don't even get to choose your lucky numbers.

Can you imagine how you would feel to be given number 14 in the first of the six legs, see four duck eggs against the horse with pre-post odds of $201 and know your bet is most lilely a guaranteed loser?

The relevant points are:

1. What percentage of the pool will be returned to the Mystery Six lotto players. We won't call them punters if they can't choose their bets (their horses).

2. What the prize will be for the lucky numbers' winners.

The Mystery Six Bet as detailed might become an alternative or an addition to Tattslotto for some lotto players. But we doubt it. The big attraction with Tattslotto, apart from the million dollars winner's prize - even though a massive amount of the pool is not distributed - is the ability for players to choose their lucky numbers. Take that away from Tattslotto when it was first introduced and how successful would it have been? The same thoughts apply to a horse racing lottery.

This edition of Punt to Win:
TabCorp and the Mystery Six bet
Get those betting odds
Betting favourites in small fields
Money talks - Randwick, Flemington betting tips from the track
Handicapping tips - weight and class
Future winners - unlucky horses
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