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Coin Toss Lottery

by Dawn Hotchkin, ADC, CDP

Number of Players

This game can be played in small or large groups.

Setup

  • Copy of the playing card for each player
  • 16 coins (pennies or nickels) for each player
  • Large coin (half dollar or silver dollar) for the coin toss

The object of the game is to be the first player to remove all of the coins from his or her playing card.

To Play

  1. Pass out the playing cards and the coins. Ask players to place one coin in each cell on their playing card. The players can decide in which cells to place the coins heads up and in which cells to place the coins tails up.
  2. Toss a coin and call the result. Players remove one coin from their card that matches the result of the toss.
  3. The first player to clear their card is the winner.

Variations

  • If you don't want to toss a coin, cut some circles out of poster board. Write "heads" on half of the circles and "tails" on the other half. Place all of the circles in a bag. Have players take turns drawing one of the circles and calling out the results. Then, place the circle back in the bag and pass it to the next player.
  • Instead of using coins, have the players write H (for heads) or T (for tails) in each cell. Then, the players cover the cells with coins or other markers. In this case, the first player to cover all of the cells on their card is the winner.
  • The first player to uncover (or cover) four cells in a row diagonally, horizontally, or vertically wins.