Hot Lotto Lottery General Information
Hot Lotto drawing schedule: Hot Lotto drawings are held at approximately 10:40 p.m. EST every Wednesday and
Hot Lotto drawing method: The winning Hot Lotto numbers are drawn using computerised methods by a random
How to play Hot Lotto
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.
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.
|Match||Prize Without Sizzler||Prize With Sizzler||Odds|
|5-of-5 + HB||$1,000,000 +||$1,000,000 +||1 in 10,939,383|
|5-of-5||$10,000||$30,000||1 in 607,744|
|4-of-5 + HB||$500||$1,500||1 in 64,349|
|4-of-5||$50||$150||1 in 3,575|
|3-of-5 + HB||$50||$150||1 in 1,950|
|3-of-5||$4||$12||1 in 108|
|2-of-5 + HB||$4||$12||1 in 183|
|1-of-5 + HB||$3||$9||1 in 47|
|Only HB||$2||$6||1 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.
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
Hot Lotto States
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.
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.
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.