Tip jars -- how to play

November 11, 2002|BY SCOTT BUTKI

Tip jars tickets are similar to raffle tickets.

Players purchase $1 tickets for chances at winning as much as several hundred dollars.

There are dozens of variations on tip jar games. One of the most common is the so-called "club jar," nicknamed the "cookie jar."

Each game is sealed in a manila envelope. The tickets are sometimes dumped into a jar, hence the name.

Each ticket contains four digits, ranging from 0001 to 1600, giving a player four chances to win with each $1 ticket.

There are instant winning numbers and "holders" that offer a chance at the grand prize.

Numbers ending in "77" win $5.

Numbers ending in "55" win $10.

Numbers ending in "00" are called "holders." After the entire jar is sold, someone - usually a bartender - breaks a seal to reveal the winning number.

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