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New Hoosier Lottery SKEE-BALL® games are here! Start your summer with chances to win instant prizes with our new $5 SKEE-BALL Fast Play game, or play the all-new $2 SKEE-BALL® Scratch-off. Plus, myLOTTERY members have an exclusive chance to win a home SKEE-BALL® machine of their own! If you’re already a registered member, all you need to do is enter for a chance to win.
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To celebrate all things SKEE-BALL® let’s take a closer look at the famous game’s history. Test your knowledge with some fast facts below!
That’s right, the game is a little more than retro. SKEE-BALL® was invented in 1908, though there’s some dispute on its official inventor. As the story goes, a man named Joseph Simpson Fourestier came up with the game and patented it in Vineland, New Jersey. A few years later, he sold the rights to J.D. Este — the man who popularized it into the arcade game we know and love today.
The “Skee” in SKEE-BALL® actually comes from the word “ski”. At the time of its invention, ski-jumping was becoming a popular activity in America and is said to have influenced the game’s design. In fact, the ramp at the end of a SKEE-Ball® alley (where the ball jumps off to hopefully land in a bullseye ring) is called a “ball-hop” or “skee-jump”.
Original SKEE-BALL® machines were much longer — and arguably more difficult to play — than the ones built today. Early models were designed with 32-to-36-foot-long alleys, and to later make the game less of a hassle to fit in smaller venues, the alleys were shortened. Today, the standard length of a SKEE-BALL® machine is 10-feet.
In its early days, the SKEE-BALL® machine was most popular in east coast amusement venues like boardwalks and arcades. So popular, in fact, that authorities in Atlantic City added it to a list of “noisy amusements” that had to be shut down on Sundays.
Soon after the SKEE-BALL® craze started, fans began playing competitively. The first national SKEE-BALL® tournament was held in 1932 at an Atlantic City venue dubbed SKEE-BALL® Stadium. But competitive SKEE-BALL® isn’t just a thing of the past — the National SKEE-BALL® League (NSBL) was created in 2017 and hosts major events for the best players.
$2 SKEE-BALL® Estimated Overall Odds: 1 in 4.25
$5 SKEE-BALL® Overall Odds: 1 in 3.52
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