Lottery Expands Bet Options in Racetrax Game

Monday, April 21st, 2014

Adds Superfecta Bets, Exacta Box & Wheel Options

The Maryland Lottery is betting Racetrax fans and novice players will cheer the changes coming to the game on Monday, April 21, to give players more betting options and a play experience more like that at an actual racetrack.

This computer-animated Lottery game offers 3-D graphic animations complete with the sound of snorting horses, the call to the post and the thunder of hooves as the horses race around the track. Each race has 12 horses and lasts up to one minute, with up to five minutes between races.

“Our Racetrax players asked for these changes and we are happy to give them an improved experience,” said Mike Hofferbert, Lottery director of product development. The Lottery began offering Racetrax in 2006.

The latest game changes are extensive and add six bet types: Exacta, Exacta Box, Exacta Wheel, Superfecta, Superfecta Box and Superfecta Wheel. It also cuts the cost of bets for two Trifecta options to 50 cents for the Trifecta Box option and a Trifecta Wheel bet option.

Confused about the bet types? Player information sheets are available at Lottery retailers and will be available online to explain the different type of bets, how to play the game and the cost of each type of bets. Players can still pick their own horses or let the terminal quick pick the numbers.

The revised game will offer more realistic images of horses, riders and the track. When horses cross the finish line in the revised game, players will see the images of the top four, rather than the top three horses freeze as they cross the line. Improved statistical screens and detailed payout information round out the changes. The bonus wheel will still spin before each race to give players who add the Racetrax Bonus option a chance to multiply their winnings by the number shown.

  • mdlottery

    It is currently not in the works, but we can pass your comment to the appropriate department for consideration!

  • mdlottery

    The last 20 games do show up on the monitor but are presented differently that before. As for the arrows when searching for games online, our IT department is currently working on bringing that feature back.

  • mdlottery

    Catti-

    We understand your frustration with this, but please know that we have visited Lottery retailers all over Maryland to educate them on the new Racetrax bet types. Could you provide us the names/locations of the retailers that you visited? We would be happy to revisit these locations and explain the new bet types to them once more.

  • Mary L. Williams

    I have sent several emails via the “General Information” section asking when the “next” button on Racetrax will be working. As of today, you can only go to the first ten races. After that, you have to go back to home and put in the next set of numbers. I really am frustrated by this. Is there any way this can be fixed?
    Thank you.

    • mdlottery

      Hi Mary-

      Thanks for your feedback. Our IT department is currently looking into this issue. We understand your frustration and apologize for the inconvenience.

  • mdlottery

    Thanks for letting us know, we have forwarded this issue to the appropriate department. We will keep you posted on the status.

  • oliver givens

    I will not play racetrack until the last 20 results are back. It was the only tool that we had.It was not that great ,but at least you could see if your numbers had come out.Why would you take them out !!!!!….. I will be back when they are back

    • mdlottery

      Hi Oliver -

      We are sad to hear this, but we will definitely keep you posted on the page. Our team is working to get it back up.

      • Bonnie Dixon

        I totally agree with you … now if you ask for a printout you only get 4 races… again, it was noteworthy to look up and see the last 20 starts flashed across board !

  • mdlottery

    Hi Margie-

    The self-serve terminals will be programmed to accept the new bet types. As far as upgrading the equipment, we are consistently working to improve our equipment to make playing easier for players.

  • carolyn moore

    i can’t play superfecta box with a playslip, it always has to be done manually , is it possible to play with a slip?

    • mdlottery

      Hi Carolyn-

      You should be able to play on a new playslip. What location are you having this issue?

      • carolyn moore

        i play at ballenger creek exxon in frederick, md

      • carolyn moore

        I play at Ballenger Creek Exxon in Frederick, Md. I used the new playslip.

  • mdlottery

    Ernest-

    The 4th horse has been added to the winning numbers page. Enjoy!

  • mdlottery

    Gary-

    Just FYI – the winning numbers page has been updated to include the 4th horse. Good luck!

  • Adam Carte

    I totally agree with fuzzyQ. I will not be playing again until I can see the last 20 race results!

    • mdlottery

      Hi Adam-

      We spoke with the department that handles the page, and they are working on bringing back the last 20 race results.

  • mdlottery

    Hi Gary-
    Yes, the 4th place horse will be added to the website in about a week. Sorry for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience.

  • mdlottery

    Hi Ernest-
    Sorry for the inconvenience. The 4th place horse will be added to the website in about a week. Thank you for your patience.

  • fuzzyQ

    Dear Mdlottery,
    Do you accept all comments as long as they are written respectfully and without any kind of offensive language? If so, what happen to my comment about taking the last 20 races off of the Racetrax? it was here waiting for your approval but apparently you did not approve because it is no longer here. I expressed my frustration with the new format and betting and thought it was a disservice for the lottery to remove the winners of the previous 20 races. This page showing the history is very valuable to Racetrax players. it at least gives them some hope and feeling like they are betting a the real track as you are trying to portray with how bets can be made now. But, without any history how can one feel like they are making a reasonable bet that has chance to win? Just visit some stores and ask the players and they will tell you. Frustration with this new layout is having some folk talking about quitting which includes me.

    • mdlottery

      Hello again-
      Your comment was just now approved and addressed. Please refer back to your previous comment. Thank you again for taking the time to share your comments with us, we greatly value them.

  • fuzzyQ

    The new RaceTrax format gives players an opportunity to win a lot of money without having to hit the 10-11-12. However, to take away the screen that use to show the previous winners is a disservice. It is like the Mdlottery wants to take away any keys to winning money. Players want to see the last 20 winners like before. Most of the folks I play with are frustrated by this and talk about quitting the game, especially not being able to win any money. I may quit this game too. We were all excited about it but it took only one day of playing the new game to start to realize that maybe it is not worth it. Please put the previous winners back on the screen. Thank you

    • mdlottery

      Hello-

      Your comments have been forwarded to the appropriate department. If I receive any feedback I will be sure to update you. Have a great day.

  • dejhzxzx

    Ridgely Liquors in Lutherville, MD had few playslips and no literature on the change, how to play, or how much bets cost. Plus the time in between races are to short andbthe screen that shows previous winners of races never seemed to appear.

    • mdlottery

      We apologize for the inconvenience and will make sure to revisit this location to make sure they are fully prepared for the Racetrax changes. In the mean time, you can read over the new bet types here.

  • mdlottery

    Hi Tamara –

    Could you please let us know which retailer you visited? We will be glad to revisit the location, explain the new bet types and stock the store with more playslips.

    • Tamara Thomas

      Thanks for responding. I never look at the name of the retailers. I just know the locations. Give me a day 2 get you the correct name of them. Ive been to 3 retailers so far who are clueless.



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