Lotto America is a multi-state lottery that offers amazing jackpot prizes, starting from $2 million, and eight additional prize tiers. The grand prize rolls over and increases if it's not won, and with no limit to how much it can grow, it's reached well over $10 million at times. Discover how this exciting game is played below.
Buying Lotto America Tickets
If you're ready to play this potentially life-changing game, make sure you pay a visit to your local authorized Lottery retailer.
How to Play Lotto America
Lotto America draws take place every Wednesday and Saturday after 11:00pm ET/10:00pm CT at Florida Lottery headquarters in Tallahassee. A standard ticket costs just $1. To play, simply 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. Match all six numbers drawn to win the jackpot.
All Star Bonus
Players can also add the All Star Bonus option to their play for an extra $1 to multiply the value of prizes below the jackpot by up to 5 times. The All Star Bonus does not increase the jackpot. The All Star Bonus may be 2x, 3x, 4x or 5x, and is drawn separately, then announced with the main draw.
It is possible for Lotto America fans to watch each draw live - 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.