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Mifal Hapayis Exposed – The National Lottery of Israel

Robert J. Cook
Mon, 6-May-2013 12:45
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Mifal Hapayis – Pick Your Chazak Number!

Traveling around the world looking at different lotteries, I came across Mifal Hapayis in Israel. It’s been around since 1951. Mifal Hapayis is the only legal gambling in Israel. It runs a bunch of different lotteries, scratch games, Keno and a bunch of other little games. It’s a little confusing getting information on this lottery especially with so much in Hebrew but I managed to dig into finding out what it’s all about. Here goes!

Games, Games, Games

Mifal Hapayis offers a selection of games. Their main lottery draw “generally” is held on Tuesday and Saturday nights. I tried to get to the bottom of the word ‘generally’ but it appears for various reasons sometimes the draw is deferred and there is also a draw held on the first Thursday of each month. The main lottery game at Mafal Hapyis involves choosing 6 numbers between 1 and 37 and a Chazak number. Chazak in Hebrew means strong and works the same as a Powerball or Lucky Ball in other lotteries. The jackpot starts at around US$ 2,238,160 (NIS 8,000,000) and players have to match all six numbers plus the Chazak. Prizes are paid out down to the seven tiers including matching 3 numbers plus the Chazak. It’s a roll over draw though it is capped.

And More Games at Mifal Hapayis

Chance is a poker style game involving 32 cards of all four suits from the deck (7 to Ace). Participants choose four cards one from each suit and then Mifal Hapayis draws four cards the same way. Players win at matching 1, 2, 3 or 4 cards. The prize pool on this game is US$ 1.1 million.

Mifal Hapayis’s Keno involves players choosing 7 to 9 numbers out of 70. 17 numbers are drawn every half hour 11:00 to 22:00 Sunday to Thursday, with some additional games on Friday and Saturday. 777 (yup another game) is similar to Keno but run at 1 pm and 7:30 pm Sunday through Thursday and then 1:00 pm on Friday and 11:45 pm on Saturday.

And More Games at MIfal Hapayis

Mifal Hapayis’s 123 game is daily and seems to be the only one that is straight forward. Players choose a three digit number from 000 to 999 with 1 in 1000 odds in winning. Players can also win with having the winning numbers in the wrong order and down to one number in the correct position. There is also ‘Hish Gad’ which is scratch games which are also offered on video machines.

She Can’t Stop Winning

I did enjoy reading about the woman in Herzliya who has continually won over 10 years; not big but continually won. It was one of those lovely warm stories. Sometimes, I think the winning is more exciting than the money. Okay – I admit it. The money is attractive but there is nothing like realizing your ticket has won something.

But this is when I got confused again. The article refers to ‘membership cards’ with the named woman having four different cards. She has won on three of them. They weren’t what we would call big wins but even I would smile at US$ 34,000. It’s enough to do something special, but not enough to drag all the quasi friends and relatives out of the closet for their share.

So What Does Mifal Hapayis Do With the Money

This is lottery/games that are set up to fund various civic projects. Prior to 2012, it concentrated on building classrooms, day care centers with about half going to local authorities. The new format allows the Ministry of Finance to oversee how the revenue is spent. Current projects include the new 10,600 seat basketball arena for the 19th Maccabiah Games in Jerusalem summer 2014. It also includes an Olympic sized swimming pool, professional skating rink and 12,000 square feet of commercial and office space.

Mifal Hapayis – Who Are They

Mifal Hapayis is operated by Pollard Banknote Limited. It is one the world’s leading full service lottery vendors serving about 50 lotteries worldwide. They do seem to know what they are doing and have a good reputation. In March 2013, they were awarded a new three year contract.

The Bottom Line at Mifal Hapayis

Overall, I like the fact that when I purchase tickets and I don’t win, my money is going to something more than someone’s pocket. Mifal Hapayis offers a range of games which mostly seem straight forward.

Pros:

pros Regular Draws – Sorta
pros Rollover Jackpot
pros Selection of Games

Cons:

cons I’m Still Not Sure When They Play the Lottery
cons Getting Results Could be A Challenge in Hebrew
cons Average Jackpot

This one gets a thumbs down mostly as the information is limited (probably language barrier) and I really ended up more confused when I read into the different games Mifal Hapayis has to offer. The main lottery seems straightforward but then when I got into reading about membership cards, I got more confused. There are some great jackpots out there that are far more straightforward and I think I’ll stick to them.

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