What Does -1.5 in Betting Mean?

Many people are surprised to learn that when you place a wager on the lotto, you are not actually betting on whether the numbers will match. You are actually placing a wager on a number which will be randomly chosen by the lottery organization. Sometimes this number will be worse than expected and sometimes it will be better. What does this mean for you as a player? Let’s take a look!

The House Advantage

If you’ve ever placed a bet on the Super Bowl, then you know that most places have a house advantage when it comes to sports betting. This means that the organization running the sports book will be willing to take your wager and give you a small amount of credit, even if the game goes into overtime. The idea is to give the customer a better chance at winning and keeping their money in the long run. When you place a wager on an even game, this house advantage usually amounts to around 0.5-1.0% depending on the amount you wager.

The Scratch-Off Advantage

Say you’ve scratched off all the winning numbers on a scratch-off ticket and now you’re trying to make your payoff. You’ve got a small window to make the right choice between cash and more tickets. If you choose the latter, you’ll be doing a disservice to yourself. The reason being is that when you scratch off a ticket, you are actually doing two things simultaneously. You’re scratching off the ticket and revealing the hidden numbers, but you’re also scratching off a layer of protective coating which was preventing your numbers from being revealed. When you choose the cash option, you are basically throwing away a potentially profitable opportunity. This is why the house advantage for scratch-offs is around -1.0%.

The Martingale Advantage

When someone named “Martingale” started placing wagers on the French National Lottery in the 19th century, he made his fortune, partly because people began to believe that he was a bit of a scam artist. It turns out that he was merely taking advantage of a favorable betting odds. Martingales place multiple bets on a single ticket, which results in them winning more often than they should. If you’re unfamiliar, Martingales place high-risk, high-reward wagers, whereby they assume that the odds will eventually turn in their favor. When they do, they have essentially created a type of edge that is referred to as a “martingale advantage.” This can also apply to other lotteries or any type of game with favorable odds, such as roulette, blackjack, and so on.

What About Parlays?

Parlays are a great way to make extra cash when playing lotto. You’re combining multiple numbers from different drawings, with the hopes of getting some big wins. Combining numbers from different drawings is called “parlaying.” If you’re combining the numbers 1, 2, and 3, you are generating a parallel 6, which if you’re lucky, may result in you winning the Jackpot. The downside is that you’re increasing your chances of getting burned. The reason being is that if any of the numbers are incorrect, you will lose your entire wager. You may also end up having to pay back part of your winnings, depending on the state you’re playing in. Many people erroneously believe that parlays are legal in all states. While this may be true for online sportsbooks, it is not true in all states when it comes down to casinos and other types of brick-and-mortar sportsbooks. In those situations, you have to be over 21 to participate. Many states also have restrictions when it comes to the size of your wagers, especially if you are using credit cards. If you travel a lot for work or school, you may eventually want to consider playing at an online sportsbook.

The Gambler’s Advantage

The famous “Gambler’s advantage” is applicable when playing blackjack. If you’ve ever played any type of card game, then you know that when dealt a hand with a higher face value, you’re going to feel more excited about winning or losing. This is because there is more at stake. When you’re playing blackjack, you’re not really playing against the casino, but against the odds. The Gambler’s advantage makes use of this “thrill” factor and encourages you to bet large when you’re winning and fold when you’re losing. This is why people who play blackjack a lot end up making so much money. They learn to control their emotions and keep playing even when they are on the losing end of the dice. This is something that can be mastered, but it takes a lot of practice. If you’re looking for an edge, then this may be the type of advantage that you’re looking for.

The Credit Card Advantage

The credit card industry has become a multi-billion dollar business because people like you and me place wagers every day. The credit card companies make a profit off of these transactions because they’re given a certain percentage of each dollar spent. One way that they can make a profit is by offering credit cards with great rewards programs. Many cards give you points for every dollar you spend, which you can later redeem for free merchandise or discounted services. These perks make the cards worth the cost, even if you’re not carrying a balance. This is why many people choose to use credit cards when playing lotto and other types of games with similar odds, such as roulette and blackjack.


The point of this article is not to discourage you from playing the lotto. To the contrary, we want to encourage you to try out different strategies and see which one works best for you. Remember: you’re playing against the odds, which means that even though you may go home with a loss, it’s not really a loss, because you had a chance to win big. It’s just a matter of knowing how to play the game strategically. Good luck out there!