hot lotto rules

Hot lotto rules

Winning HOT LOTTO ® may be claimed within one year of the date of the drawing.

Final Winning Numbers

Saturday, October 28, 2017

HOT LOTTO ® Prize Chart

Play HOT LOTTO ® and you could win a multimillion-dollar jackpot or set cash prize. Add Sizzler to triple your set cash prize!

Overall odds of winning a prize are 1:17.22
*Subject to published HOT LOTTO ® rules, the prize amounts may be modified.
**The Jackpot prize will be paid in cash only. The Jackpot prize will be divided equally among multiple winners.

The Delaware Lottery, the Multiple-State Lottery Association, and the Mega Millions Group may limit the amount of a top prize for certain games when specific conditions are met. In such an event, all money available for that prize level may be divided equally by the number of winning tickets for that prize level (pari-mutuel prize payment). See game pari-mutuel prize descriptions or contact the Lottery Office for details.

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A Grand Prize winner shall receive a “Withholding Taxes Paid Prize”. “Withholding Taxes Paid Prizes” mean prizes where the Party Lottery pays the prize winner a net prize amount, that consists of the Party Lottery reducing the “gross prize value” by the required federal and jurisdictional withholding taxes (if any), and withholding and depositing on behalf of the prize winner the required federal and jurisdictional withholding taxes (if any) on the “gross prize value” and the Party Lottery paying the prize winner the residual amount (subject to any setoff requirements). Grand Prize winners will receive a Withholding Taxes Paid prize determined after deducting all applicable withholding taxes regardless of the “Advertised Grand Prize Amount”, and which may be higher or lower than the “Advertised Grand Prize amount.

Federal and jurisdictional withholding tax rates are subject to change and will be determined at the time the prize is awarded.

The “Withholding Taxes Paid” prize amount reported to the federal and jurisdictional revenue authorities by the Party Lottery as subject to income taxation shall reflect the amount paid to the prize winner and also the amount remitted as withholding taxes to the federal and jurisdictional authorities (if any) on behalf of the prize winner.

The Party Lottery and MUSL are not responsible for additional income or other taxes applicable in excess of the amount withheld and remitted by the Party Lottery that may be due when the prizewinner files all tax returns for the year the prize is claimed; Prizewinners should verify personal tax liability with a financial adviser.

For example, if a single Grand Prize winner wins the “Advertised Grand Prize” of $2,000,000.00 that has a gross prize value of $3,050,000.00, and the federal withholding tax rate is 25% and the jurisdictional withholding tax rate is 6%, the Party Lottery will withhold and remit $762,500.00 in federal tax withholding, $183,000.00 in jurisdictional tax withholding and pay the prize winner $2,104,500.00 in a single cash prize payment (subject to any setoff requirements); at the end of the tax year the Party Lottery will communicate to the prizewinner a W-2G Form showing prize won of $3,050,000.00.

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Hot Lotto

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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.


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.

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