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Hot Lotto Lottery General Information

Hot Lotto is a multi-state lottery game played in 14 states plus the District of Columbia with a jackpot starting at $1 million and growing until someone wins. Hot Lotto, together with Powerball, Wild Card2, and 2By2 is administered by the Multi-State Lottery Association (MUSL).

The Hot Lotto game consists of two sets of numbers where the player selects 5 numbers 1 through 39 from the first set and one number (called the Hot Ball) 1 to 19 from the second set. Hot Lotto costs $1 per game, but you may optionally spend one more dollar to add a Hot Lotto Sizzler that multiplies lower prizes by 3. Hot Lotto Sizzler is not available in all jurisdictions.

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Hot Lotto drawing schedule: Hot Lotto drawings are held at approximately 10:40 p.m. EST every Wednesday and Saturday night.

Hot Lotto drawing method: The winning Hot Lotto numbers are drawn using computerised methods by a random number generator.



How to play Hot Lotto

Hot Lotto slip

Just like any multi-number game, Hot Lotto is a very easy game to play. Two sample panels from a Hot Lotto playslip are shown here; the actual playslip contains 5 panels.

Select 5 numbers from 1 through 39 on the upper section and one number from 1 through 19 on the lower section. Alternatively, you can mark the Quick Pick (QP) (Easy Pick (EP) in some states) to let the Lottery terminal randomly select your numbers for you. If you want to play more numbers, then fill out panels B, C, etc. Each one costs $1.

If you make an error, DO NOT ERASE, instead mark the Void box for that play.

Hot Lotto Sizzler :If you want to multiply your lower-tier Hot Lotto winnings by 3, then just choose the Hot Lotto Sizzler feature on your Hot Lotto play slip (not shown on our figure and not available in some states).

A typical winning number is reported as,
08-15-24-26-39 HB 06, or as 08-15-24-26-39**06
Since the order in which the numbers are drawn doesn't matter, the winning numbers are reported in their natural order from smallest to highest.

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How Do You Win Hot Lotto? - Prizes and Odds

How much does Hot Lotto pay for matching 5 or less numbers? The following is a summary winner prize payouts and the odds of winning.

MatchPrize Without SizzlerPrize With SizzlerOdds
5-of-5 + HB$1,000,000 +$1,000,000 +1 in 10,939,383
5-of-5$10,000$30,0001 in 607,744
4-of-5 + HB$500$1,5001 in 64,349
4-of-5$50$1501 in 3,575
3-of-5 + HB$50$1501 in 1,950
3-of-5$4$121 in 108
2-of-5 + HB$4$121 in 183
1-of-5 + HB$3$91 in 47
Only HB$2$61 in 39

Note that you do not win anything by matching 1 or 2 numbers without matching the Hot Lotto (Red ball)

Note also that Hot Lotto Sizzler, which does not affect the the jackpot prize, may not be available in your state.

Claiming Hot Lotto Prizes: Usually prizes of less than $600 can be claimed at any retailer. However, every state has its own rules for claiming lottery prizes. Please see your state's info page on this web site or go to the Hot Lotto page of the official site of your state by clicking on the map further below.

Also, how long you have to collect a Hot Lotto prize depends on the state where you bought your tickets. The time period for claiming a prize ranges from 180 days to 1 year from the draw date.

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About Hot Lotto Jackpot

The Hot Lotto advertised jackpot starts at $1 million (about $600,000 actual) and rolls over to the next drawing if nobody wins. Initially the jackpot grows by a several thousands, but later it may grow by a few millions after every draw. When there is a winner it goes back to $1 million. The jackpot is always paid on pari-mutuel basis, that is, it is divided among the winners if there are more than one.

The jackpot winner has the option of choosing the payment method as CASH or ANNUITY. The cash jackpot (about half of the advertised jackpot) is all the money that Hot Lotto has on hand from the sale of tickets in the game. If a player chooses the cash option, then the lottery will pay the entire cash amount to the winner (less income tax withholding amounts required by federal and state laws). In the case ANNUITY option, the jackpot is paid over 25 years, to finally sum up to the advertised amount.

Is the Hot Lotto Jackpot as advertised? ABSOLUTELY NOT! The actual Hot Lotto jackpot is about 60% of what is advertised. What the Hot Lotto people are saying is "You are dumb, we are smart. We can invest your money and double it over 25 years." And the smart jackpot winners sing along Supernem saying "Ain't nobody's fool" and they collect cash prizes.

You can see the list of Hot Lotto jackpot winners here

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Hot Lotto States

Hot Lotto States North Dakota South Dakota Montana Wyoming Colorado Idaho Washington Oregon Nevada Utah California Arizona Nebraska Kansas Oklahoma New Mexico Texas Minnesota Wisconsin Iowa Missouri Arkansas Louisiana Illinois Michigan Indiana Kentucky Tennessee Mississippi Alabama Ohio West Virginia Virginia North Carolina South Carolina Georgia Florida Maine New Hampshire Vermont New York Pennsylvania Massachusetts Rhode Island Connecticut New Jersey Delaware Maryland

The map shows the states where Hot Lotto is currently played. They are District of Columbia, Delaware, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Vermont, and West Virginia.

You can click on a Hot Lotto state to be directed to that state's Hot Lotto page. For DC click here.

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Links to some Hot Lotto Official Web Site Pages

Although we have tried to cover all the pertinent information of the Hot Lotto lottery game, we recommend that you also look at the following pages at the Multi-State Lottery Association official web site.

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Hot Lotto at US-Lotteries.com

The main purpose of this web site (US-Lotteries.com) is to present a well formatted latest and past results; analysis and statistics of past winning numbers, digits, pairs, triads; search to see if your favorite numbers have ever won or have come close to winning the jackpot; mathematical tools such as combinations generators and wheels. The complete list of all Hot Lotto pages of this web site are listed below.







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