But at the fair, the chances to win go beyond that: When someone spends $10 on tickets, he or she given a token to put into a drop-down game one booth over. Depending on where that token falls, he or she can win either lottery-labeled promotional gear like a T-shirt or thermos - or can win more tickets and more chances to play.
"Even if you lose with your ticket you still have more chances to win," said Juanita Amrstrong, 49, from Newport News, Va.
Armstrong had won around $35, plus an armful of lottery gear, and she wasn't done playing.
"I just don't win as much at home as I do here," she said.
That may be true, but it may also be a matter of perception.
"When you have a large crowd and they're all scratching them out in the open you see a lot more winning than doing it in the parking lot at the gas station," Burnside said. "People see more winning when there are more people playing."
Either way, at the State Fair, playing the lottery is a different experience than it normally is. It's more about community, less about instant payoff.
"They just have fun playing the lottery," Burnside said. "For a lot of them it's more about the experience than anything else."
Contact writer Shay Maunz at shay.ma...@dailymail.com or 304-348-4886.