Lotto America to Return in Place of Hot Lotto

A new version of Lotto America is to be launched in November 2017 to replace Hot Lotto. The Multi-State Lottery Association has decided to stop offering Hot Lotto after the draw on Saturday 28th October following a decline in sales over recent years.

The Hot Lotto game also became mired in scandal after Eddie Tipton was found guilty of fixing a draw in 2010 during his time as the MUSL’s director of information security. He later tried to claim the prize. MUSL officials feel it is time to give players a new game after 15 years of Hot Lotto and have therefore revived Lotto America.

Lotto America was initially played from 1988 to 1992 before Powerball took its place, but the revamped game will take a different format. Players will select five numbers between 1 and 52, plus a Star Ball from 1 to 10, for the chance to win prizes in nine different tiers.

The jackpot is proposed to start at $2 million and will be won if anyone matches all five main numbers and the Star Ball. Prizes start at $2 for matching just the Star Ball, and players can increase the value of non-jackpot awards by adding the All Star Bonus Number option to their ticket.

Tickets are set to go on sale on 12th November, with 13 of the 14 states currently participating in Hot Lotto expected to take part. These are Delaware, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Minnesota, Montana, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee and West Virginia. The exception is New Hampshire, which will not offer the game from the beginning but may join at a later date.

While the launch of Lotto America is still a few months away, lottery fans in America can still enjoy Hot Lotto until the end of October by visiting authorised retailers in participating states.

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