Lotto America is a multi-state lottery that offers amazing jackpot prizes, starting from $2 million, and eight additional prize tiers. Discover how this exciting game is played below.
How to Play Lotto America
Lotto America draws take place every Wednesday and Saturday at 23.15 ET/22.15 CT and a standard ticket costs just $1. Entrants are required to select five main numbers from a pool ranging from 1 to 52 and one bonus number, referred to as the Star Ball, from a separate pool of 1 to 10.
It is possible for Lotto America fans to watch each draw live, as the drawings are streamed over the internet from the studio in Tallahassee, Florida.
Two separate ball machines are used to carry out each draw - one to determine the five main numbers and the other to select the additional Star Ball.
13 states currently offer Lotto America tickets:
- New Mexico
- North Dakota
- South Dakota
- West Virginia
These are the states which used to particpate in Hot Lotto, excluding New Hampshire which has decided to temporarily opt out of Lotto America. It is possible that other states may also join the game in the future.
Lotto America Prizes
The jackpot start at $2 million, with the prize fund increasing after each draw without a top prize winner. There is no upper limit set for the Lotto America jackpot.
In order to win the top prize, a player must match all five main numbers and the Star Ball. The game also offers an additional eight prize tiers, with rewards starting from $2 for matching just the Star Ball. Below is a breakdown of the prize tiers, along with the odds of winning each reward:
|Prize Tier||Odds of Winning||Prize|
|5 + Star Ball||1 in 25,989,600||Jackpot|
|5||1 in 2,887,733||$20,000|
|4 + Star Ball||1 in 110,594||$1,000|
|4||1 in 12,288||$100|
|3 + Star Ball||1 in 2,404||$20|
|3||1 in 267||$5|
|2 + Star Ball||1 in 160||$5|
|1 + Star Ball||1 in 29||$2|
|0 + Star Ball||1 in 17||$2|
All Star Bonus Number
For an additional $1 per play, players can multiply any non-jackpot prize by matching the All Star Bonus Number. Prizes can increase by 2x, 3x, 4x or even 5x their original value. Below is a table that details the total value of a prize when the All Star Bonus Number is matched:
|Prize Tier||Base Prize||X2||X3||X4||X5|
|5 + Star Ball||Jackpot||Jackpot||Jackpot||Jackpot||Jackpot|
|4 + Star Ball||$1,000||$2,00||$3,000||$4,000||$5,000|
|3 + Star Ball||$20||$40||$60||$80||$100|
|2 + Star Ball||$5||$10||$15||$20||$25|
|1 + Star Ball||$2||$4||$6||$8||$10|
|0 + Star Ball||$2||$4||$6||$8||$10|
Claiming a Prize
Lotto America prizes must be claimed from the state in which the winning ticket was purchased. Players who believe they have a valid jackpot claim should contact their state lottery.
History of Lotto America
Lotto America was the originally played across the US up until 1992 when the game was rebranded to become Powerball. Following a number of changes to be made by the Multi-State Lottery Association (MUSL) in the fall of 2017, Lotto America returned that November with a new game structure and nine prize tiers.
The game replaced Hot Lotto, which ended on October 28th 2017 after 15 years of draws.