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About Hot Lotto

Hot Lotto was a fun game offered by the Multi-State Lottery Association (MUSL), the same organization that oversees Powerball. Unlike Powerball, which is widely available across the United States, Hot Lotto was only available in the following states and jurisdictions:

  • Delaware
  • Idaho
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Maine
  • Minnesota
  • Montana
  • New Hampshire
  • New Mexico
  • North Dakota
  • Oklahoma
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • West Virginia

Hot Lotto was unique in that the state lotteries involved in the game paid jackpot withholding taxes on prizes. This meant that more money stayed in the hands of winners, who never typically received less than the estimated jackpot amount. While Hot Lotto did not offer the mind-blowing top prizes that made Powerball and Mega Millions famous, the prospect of getting exactly what was advertised made the game tempting for many players.

History of Hot Lotto

Hot Lotto was introduced on April 10th, 2002 to celebrate Powerball’s 10th anniversary. The first states to offer the game were Iowa, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, South Dakota and West Virginia. More states joined the game as the years went on, with Tennessee being the latest state to offer Hot Lotto. Vermont stopped participating in the game as of May 17th, 2014.

The game’s rules remained somewhat constant since its inception. The biggest change to Hot Lotto took place in May 2013, when the game began to offer its then-famous taxes-paid jackpot prize.

The final historical moment for Hot Lotto was its last ever draw which took place on October 28th, 2017.

How to Play Hot Lotto

Hot Lotto was easy to play – all you had to do is pick five numbers from 1 to 47 and a Hot Ball number from 1 to 19. Drawings took place on Wednesday and Saturday evenings. Players also had the option to pay an extra $1 for the Sizzler option, where any non-jackpot prize you won could be tripled!

Hot Lotto had a guaranteed minimum $1 million jackpot, which increased by $50,000 every time the jackpot wasn’t won. Here’s a breakdown of the Hot Lotto prizes and the odds of winning based on a $1 play, as well as what you could have won with the Sizzler option:

Numbers Matched Prize Won Sizzler Prize Odds of Winning
5 Numbers + Hot Ball Jackpot N/A 1 in 29,144,841
5 Numbers $30,000 $90,000 1 in 1,619,157
4 Numbers + Hot Ball $3,000 $9,000 1 in 138,784
4 Numbers $100 $300 1 in 7,710
3 Numbers + Hot Ball $50 $150 1 in 3,385
3 Numbers $6 $18 1 in 188
2 Numbers + Hot Ball $6 $18 1 in 253
1 Number + Hot Ball $3 $9 1 in 52
Hot Ball $2 $6 1 in 34
The odds of winning any Hot Lotto prize are 1 in 17.22

Claiming Hot Lotto Prizes

Although the Hot Lotto has ended, the usual rules for your state apply for claiming prizes. The exact claim periods can vary, so check with your state lottery for confirmation of your prize deadline. However, the longest claim period on offer is 365 days, meaning that all Hot Lotto prizes will have expired by October 28th, 2018.

Rules

Hot Lotto players were required to be at least 18 years old. The only exception to this rule was Iowa, where players had to be at least 21 years old.

Hot Lotto ended on October 28th 2017. Access historical results & numbers, plus information about how and where the game was played.

All you need to know about Lotto HotPicks

FEELING ON THE BALL?

This is Lotto with a twist. As part of the nation’s favourite game, Lotto HotPicks could be right up your street. As anyone who’s played will tell you, it’s the chance to be a bit savvy and pick up bigger prizes by matching fewer Lotto numbers. It really could be the smart play.

So how do you play?

Decide how many numbers you want to play with, choose from 1–5.

Pick numbers between 1 and 59 or go with a Lucky Dip ® for randomly selected numbers.

Choose the draw days and number of weeks you’d like to play.

You’re good to go!

You can play Lotto HotPicks online every day from 6am until 11pm. But remember, to play on a draw day, you’ll need to buy your ticket before 7.30pm.

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Draw Days

Play for £1 every Wednesday and Saturday.

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Bigger prizes for fewer numbers. Pick and match 3 balls – win £800.

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You can play up to 4 weeks in advance.

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Use our App on your mobile to see if you’ve won. You can also scan paper tickets for instant results. Get it on Google Play or the App Store.

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All results are published here on the website every Wednesday and Saturday from around 9.30pm.

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Watch all Lotto draws first on our website or YouTube channel at 7.45pm every Wednesday and Saturday.

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