I've run the math and this particular ticket has about a 34% house-edge. Like any state-sponsored scratcher, it's a bad-bet. But, what if you could beat it? I'm interested in hearing how you would go about seperating the winning tickets from the losing tickets - without actually scratching the ticket. In other words, is it possible to determine the 'YOUR LETTERS' based on the letters which are visible in the puzzle?
Because the game has to be regulated, there has to be a pattern. I've purchased (5) of these the other day, and there are in-fact some interesting items to note. For example, within those (5) tickets I purchased, eight letters were revealed every time. Additionally, some of the words have been used multiple times. So-on, and so-forth.
This idea of beating the game always has fascinated me. If you're interested in cracking the code with me, let me know by commenting below. Here is a direct link to the game as provided by the Missouri Lottery.