Hot Lotto

Hot Lotto is administered by the Iowa-based Multi-State Lottery Association (MUSL), which is best known for the Powerball game. Hot Lotto is available in 15 jurisdictions; by definition, all 15 offer Powerball. (Because of the 2009 Mega Millions/Powerball cross-selling agreement, the 15 lotteries each also offer Mega Millions, with each Hot Lotto member adding Mega Millions on or after the January 31, 2010 cross-sell expansion.) The Maine Lottery was the most recent to join Hot Lotto, in October 2009.

Hot Lotto began sales on April 7, 2002 (the game was introduced to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Powerball the same month); the first Hot Lotto drawing was three days later. Hot Lotto gives smaller lotteries the opportunity to create the "middle-sized" jackpots that are commonplace in single-jurisdiction games which serve a sizable population base, such as Florida Lotto and Lotto Texas.

Hot Lotto drawings are held every Wednesday and Saturday, the same nights as Powerball, at MUSL's headquarters in Urbandale, Iowa. Normally, the Hot Lotto drawing is immediately following the 9:59 p.m. Central Time Powerball drawing. Unlike Powerball, the Hot Lotto drawings are not televised; its drawings use a random number generator (RNG), instead of rubber balls, or ping-pong balls (the latter with air mixing the balls.)

Hot Lotto drawings have been recorded and shown online since early 2006; prior to that, Hot Lotto's drawings had been televised. While Powerball drawings moved to Florida in 2009 with the Florida Lottery joining that game, the Hot Lotto drawings (and MUSL headquarters) remained in Iowa.

Other than the addition of the Sizzler option, Hot Lotto's format has not been changed; however, the game will be revamped on May 12, 2013; it will include an all-cash, "taxes-paid" jackpot. (See below for more information.)

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... Hot Lotto is available through 15 of the original 33 MUSL lotteries, including Idaho's ... Hot Lotto also is drawn Wednesdays and Saturdays ... numbers from 1 through 39, and an orange "Hot Ball", numbered 1 through 19 ...
South Dakota Lottery - Games - Hot Lotto
... Hot Lotto is played in 15 lotteries including South Dakota's ... Hot Lotto draws five white numbers from 1 through 39, and an orange "Hot Ball", numbered from 1 through 19 ... Hot Lotto also has an option, called Sizzler (similar to the original version of Powerball's Power Play) it triples non-jackpot prizes ...
Maine Lottery - Other Draw Games Played in Maine - Hot Lotto (15 Members)
... Main article Hot Lotto Hot Lotto, begun in 2002, is played the same as Mega Millions or Powerball, except players choose 5 of 39 white ball numbers, and 1 of 19 "Hot Ball" numbers ... (The Sizzler option was added in 2008.) Maine, which joined Hot Lotto in 2009, is its newest member ...
Hot Lotto Jackpot To Become All Cash, "taxes-paid"
... Although membership in Hot Lotto has grown from 6 lotteries in 2002, to 15 since October 2009, the game has not seen any "permanent" changes in its more than a decade of ... Effective May 12, 2013 (with the first drawing under the new rules three days later), the Hot Lotto game will undergo its biggest makeover ... white ball numbers will increase from 39 to 47, although the "Hot Ball" pool will remain at 19 ...

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