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"Close Enough" Is No More


New York Lottery fans have one fewer game to play.

The "Close Enough" Numbers and Win4 option rolled out in November 2015. Players were given the option of selecting “Close Enough” as a wager; the winning number combination could be off a digit in either direction and you still claimed a prize.

The option has been discontinued.

A woman who answered the phone at the gaming commission says the game "didn't generate the kind of interest" hoped for, and the lottery is looking for other options.

"Close Enough" sales at lottery terminals have been halted. The game officially ends next Tuesday. Only players who purchased tickets in advance can still participate.

Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.
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