Catching and battling Pokémon is fun, but sometimes you just want to take a break and engage in that storied pastime known as gambling.
The first of Pokémon Platinum’s games of chance you’ll encounter is the Pokémon Lottery Corner. This is a daily drawing at the Jubilife TV station in which you have the chance to win several prizes based on the ID numbers of your caught Pokémon.
This guide will catch you up to speed on what the Lottery is, how to play it, and steps you can take to boost your odds of winning fabulous prizes.
What is the Pokémon Lottery Corner?
The Pokémon Lottery Corner is a game of luck that takes place in Jubilife City once per day.
If you speak to the clerk at the front desk of the Jubilife TV station, she will offer to draw a Lottery Ticket for you. If any of your Lottery numbers match the numbers of one of your Pokémon’s OT (Original Trainer) IDs, you’ll win a prize.
You’ll only be able to play the Pokémon Lottery after you’ve done the following:
- Defeated Leader Roark at the Oreburgh City Gym
- Returned to Jubilife City via the Oreburgh Gate and Route 203
- Chased off the Galactic Grunts hassling Professor Rowan
Until you’ve met these prerequisites, a Pokétch campaign clown will be blocking the TV station.
After that, however, you’ll be able to play the Pokémon Lottery every day.
Where To Find the Pokémon Lottery Corner
Once you’ve met the requirements to engage with the Pokémon Lottery Corner, head to the Jubilife TV station. Here’s how:
From the Pokémon Center, head northward up the street.
Keep going north until you pass the Poké Mart, then take a left turn at the intersection.
Travel westward and head inside the Jubilife TV station (the building with the giant television screen mounted to the front).
Speak to the receptionist at the front desk.
The receptionist will introduce herself as Felicity, the Pokémon Lottery Corner attendant.
You will interact with Felicity for all your Pokémon Lottery needs.
How To Play the Pokémon Lottery
If you haven’t played the Lottery on a given day, Felicity will ask if you would like to check the current day’s lucky number. Select Yes to start the Lotto drawing.
Felicity will draw a Lottery Ticket and relay your 5-digit Ticket number to you.
After your Ticket is drawn, all of the Pokémon from your party and PC Boxes will be searched to see if any digits from their ID numbers match any of the digits from the Lottery Ticket.
The “ID number” mentioned here is the Pokémon’s OT ID, which identifies the Pokémon’s original trainer—the first person to own the Pokémon.
If any of your Pokémon have an OT ID similar to your Ticket number, you’ll win prizes based on the number of digits that match, starting with the rightmost digit.
Bear in mind that the rightmost digit of an OT ID must match the rightmost digit of your Ticket number for it to count as a match at all.
If the ticket number is “12345,” a Pokémon with the ID number “00045” would count as matching two digits. Whereas a Pokémon with the ID number “12340” would count as matching none, simply because the rightmost digit doesn’t match.
Note: If multiple Pokémon are found to have OT IDs that match your lucky Lottery number, only the Pokémon with the highest number of matching digits will be counted.
All Pokémon Lottery Prizes
Five different prizes can be won from the Pokémon Lottery Corner. The specific prize depends on how many digits from your Lottery Ticket match your most closely-matching Pokémon ID.
The following table lists each of the five prizes in ascending order by the number of matching digits required to win them.
|Pokémon Lottery Corner Prizes|
|An ultra-performance Ball that provides a higher Pokémon catch rate than a Great Ball.|
|It slightly raises the maximum PP of a selected move that has been learned by the target Pokémon.|
|An item to be held by a Pokémon. The holder gets a share of a battle’s Exp. Points without battling.|
|A medicine that revives a fainted Pokémon. It fully restores the Pokémon’s HP.|
|The best Ball with the ultimate level of performance. It will catch any wild Pokémon without fail.|
How To Boost Your Odds of Winning Big
Your odds of winning the Lottery depend largely on the number of unique OT IDs present in your Pokémon collection.
If the only Pokémon in your possession are ones that you’ve caught or obtained personally (that is, Pokémon of which you were the Original Trainer), you will only ever have one Pokémon ID to match Tickets with no matter how many Pokémon you catch.
Therefore, the only way to boost your odds of winning the big-ticket items from the Lottery Corner is obtaining Pokémon that were originally caught by other trainers, both human players and in-game NPCs.
This also includes Pokémon you transfer to Platinum via other games you own, either by trading with yourself from another Gen IV title or transferring from a Gen III title via Pal Park.
As long as the Pokémon originates in a different save file, it will have a different OT ID.
The more total unique OT IDs you have to draw from, the higher your odds of winning.
But just because you trade for a lot of different Pokémon doesn’t mean you’ll be much closer to snagging the elusive higher-ticket prizes.
To put things in perspective:
In Pokémon Platinum there are 65,536 possible ID numbers, but the highest number of individual Pokémon you can have at one time—both in your party and your PC boxes—is 546.
Imagine how much time and attention it would take to collect 546 Pokémon, all from different trainers.
Now consider that if you were to take on this prodigious task of interminable Pokémon trading, your chance of winning the Lottery Corner’s jackpot prize (the Master Ball) would still only be around 0.83% per day.
With that said, all of the prizes in the Pokémon Lottery Corner are worth playing for. And it would be in your best interest to accumulate Pokémon from as many sources as possible in order to boost your odds of winning any of them.
The table below shows both your lowest and highest chances of winning each prize, based on the number of unique OT IDs you have in your collection:
|Likelihood of Matching Digits at the Lottery Corner|
|1 Digit||2 Digits||3 Digits||4 Digits||5 Digits|
|1 Unique ID||~10.00%||~1.00%||~0.10%||~0.01%||~0.00%|
|546 Unique IDs||~100.00%||~99.59%||~42.09%||~5.31%||~0.83%|
Four NPCs in the Sinnoh region will trade Pokémon with you in-game.
And because each of their Pokémon has a different OT ID number, this is an easy way to multiply your chances of winning Lottery prizes if you can’t readily trade with other people.
Each of these encounters work the same way.
First, you’ll speak to the NPC in question to find out which Pokémon they’re seeking.
Then the NPC will name the Pokémon they have to offer.
If you have the Pokémon they’re searching for in your party, you’ll be given the option to proceed with the trade.
After the trade is finished, the Pokémon you receive will show the NPC’s name and OT ID on the first page of its Summary.
The following table lists all in-game trades in Pokémon Platinum, including the ID number attached to each available Pokémon.
|All In-Game Trades|
|NPC||Location||Your Pokémon||NPC’s Pokémon||ID No.|
||Oreburgh City—At the first floor of one of the two-story apartment buildings in the northwest corner of town||
||Eterna City—At the northwest corner of the first floor of the Eterna Condominiums||
||Snowpoint City—Inside the northwestern-most house||
||Route 226—Inside the Meister’s house on the island in the middle of the waterway||