US lottery players can join in with a host of great multi-state lotteries in addition to Powerball and Mega Millions. Find the latest numbers from Cash4Life, Lucky for Life and more on this page. Just choose which multi-state lottery you want for more information for to find out how to play, which states offer the lottery and how to claim your prize should you win.
The Multi-State Lottery Association
The Multi-State Lottery Association (MUSL) is a US non-profit organization of member lotteries. It runs the Powerball game, in addition to a range of other popular American draw games.
MUSL was formed by a group of seven state lotteries in December 1987 to assist with the development of multi-jurisdiction games. The first game, Lotto America, was introduced the following February. The game was rebranded as Powerball and held its first draw in April 1992; its huge jackpots have made it one of the world's most legendary lotteries. MUSL manages Powerball via the Powerball Product Group. Individual members lotteries are responsible for tasks including ticket sales and prize payouts within their jurisdictions.
Mississippi was the latest lottery to join MUSL, in 2019, and the state begin selling Powerball and Mega Millions tickets in March 2020. The games have proven to be very popular with Magnolia State players, who lined up outside retailers at dawn on the first day of sales.
MUSL has 38 member lotteries, including US states as well as the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands.
In August 2021, Powerball moved to three draws a week across all jurisdictions, adding Monday to its Wednesday and Saturday schedule. MUSL said that the aim is to meet player demand for bigger jackpots.
Powerball is also set to begin ticket sales in Australia and the United Kingdom starting in 2022. The original date was 2021 but international sales were pushed back due to the complexities of expansion beyond the US.
Idaho legislators oppose the foreign expansion and previously the state was set to stop ticket sales in August 2021, but with the delay in overseas jurisdictions, Powerball will continue to be available in Idaho, at least for now. The state has made one change, however - from August 23, 2021, the Power Play option is standard on all tickets and cannot be removed, and the price of a ticket increased from $2 to $3 to reflect this.
Powerball and Mega Millions Cross-Selling
Mega Millions was originally launched as The Big Game in six states in 1996; Mega Millions was added to the name in 2002. The multi-game is managed by a consortium of US member lotteries. It has no central office; participating jurisdictions share responsibilties such as projecting jackpots and producing the draw show, as well as less glamorous tasks like budgeting and statistics.
For years, Mega Millions and Powerball tickets could not be sold by the same lottery. Each state had to decide which game to offer. That changed in January 2010, when an agreement between MUSL and the Mega Millions consortium was implemented, allowing MUSL members to sell Mega Millions and consortium members to sell Powerball. The cross-selling deal opened up large new audiences for both games.
Beyond Powerball and Mega Millions, there are a range of exciting multi-state games to try in participating jurisdictions - how many have you played?
Lucky for Life
Lucky for Life's superpower is luck that lasts for a lifetime. The first prize is $1,000 every day for the rest of the winner's life, and the second prize is $25,000 a year for life. Match all five main white ball numbers and the gold Lucky Ball number to win the top prize. Drawings take place daily at 10:38 PM ET.
The popular draw game is offered by 23 US lotteries, after getting its start in Connecticut back in 2009, when it was known as Lucky-4-Life. A fan favorite, the game quickly expanded in Eastern states and 11 more lotteries joined in 2015.
Lotto America is offered by 13 lotteries across the country. Draws take place twice a week on Wednesday and Saturday nights at 11:00 PM ET in Tallahassee, Florida. Match the five red balls plus the Star Ball to win the Grand Prize, which starts at $2 million. The game also offers a range of other great prizes. The All Star Bonus add-on can multiply prizes by up to five times. This popular MUSL game started life as Lotto*America in 1988, with seven lotteries participating.
Cash 4 Life offers a first prize of $1,000 per day for the winner's lifetime, and a second prize of $1,000 every week for life. The game is offered by nine US lotteries, with the draw held every night at 9:00 PM ET in Trenton, New Jersey. The game launched in June 2014 in New York and New Jersey. Match all five white ball numbers plus the green Cash Ball to win the jackpot.
2by2 gives players the chance to win up to $22,000 every day - and the top prize doubles to $44,0000 for eligible tickets on 2by2Tuesdays! 2by2 is managed by the MUSL.
The Tri-State Lottery was the first multi-state lottery, debuting its first game, Tri-State Megabucks, in 1985. The participating jurisdictions are Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont, which currently offer the draw games Megabucks, Gimme 5, Pick 3 and Pick 4, plus the Fast Play instant game.
Hot Lotto ended on October 28th 2017, therefore there will be no new numbers available. If you would like to view historical Hot Lotto numbers, or learn more about how the game was played, visit the Hot Lotto page.