What is numbers game?

Numbers Game

Numbers game, also known as a numbers racket, policy racket or Italian lottery, is an illegal lottery played mostly in poor neighborhoods in the United States and in The Bahamas, wherein a bettor attempts to pick three digits to match those that will be randomly drawn the following day. The gambler places his or her bet with a bookie at a tavern, or other semi-private place that acts as a betting parlor. A runner carries the money and betting slips between the betting parlors and the headquarters, called a numbers bank or policy bank. The name "policy" is from a similarity to cheap insurance, both seen as a gamble on the future.

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WBZ-TV - Programming - Lottery
... During the 6pm Eyewitness News, graphic slides featuring the Lottery and The Numbers Game logos would appear with the nightly results from the Boston and Tri-State (Mai ... response to the Mass Lottery's second major game, Megabuck$, WBZ, in conjunction, created Lottery Live, a series of hosted, 1 minute machine studio drawings done live ... Done in the style of a game-show format (albeit truncated), it meant to not only let viewers see the process of lottery results, but to generate ...
Numbers Game - In Popular Culture
... film noir Force of Evil revolves around the numbers racket, with the plot hinging upon the workings of policy banks ... who is trying to take over all the banks in New York City by rigging the mutuel numbers to come up 776 on Independence Day ... Since everybody plays those numbers for the Fourth of July, the banks will go bankrupt filling the policies ...

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