April 15, 2013
is Coming Soon! Lottery to Launch Hot Lotto Sizzler with ALL Cash Jackpots,
BOISE, Idaho – The Idaho Lottery is
debuting it’s version of tax relief for players that win the Hot Lotto Sizzler
jackpot beginning after May 15, 2013.
The withholding tax will now be paid by the Lottery on behalf of the
lucky winners. The jackpot will be paid
100% in cash. Players who win the
advertised jackpot will receive the entire jackpot amount.
Lotto Sizzler is a unique game that fits well into our draw game portfolio
between Wild Card and Mega Millions for the size of jackpots awarded,” said
Jeff Anderson, Idaho Lottery Director. “We’ve taken this successful game and
improved it. When players win the Hot
Lotto Sizzler jackpot now, they get paid the entire jackpot – every last penny
of the advertised amount in cash.”
of the most common questions we receive when someone wins a big prize is ‘how
much is that after taxes?’” added Anderson.
“We can now say with certainty, that if the jackpot is $2 million, the
player will receive a check from us for no less than the entire amount. We pay
what we say.”
new version of the game will begin sales on May 12, 2013 after 4 a.m. with the
first draw on May 15, 2013. A draw down for multi-draw players commenced on
April 10th, the last day players could purchase a 10-advance
multi-draw ticket for Hot Lotto. Each
subsequent draw will reduce the multi-draw advance purchase by one draw until
May 11. The advance ten-draw feature will be restored on May 12, 2013 when the
new game’s sales begin.
Lotto is played in similar fashion to Powerball and Wild Card, with drawings on
Wednesday and Saturday night. And, like
Idaho’s Weekly Grand game, players win the entire jackpot prize. Hot Lotto
players select five numbers from 1 to 47 and then one Hot Ball number from 1 to
19. Each play with the Sizzler option costs $2.
The Sizzler option multiplies your non-jackpot winning prize by 3. So
the second place prize, with sizzler option, will now be $90,000! Match 4 with
the Sizzler option and the player will win $9,000! Players may also play
regular Hot Lotto for just $1 per play, but any non-jackpot prizes will not be
multiplied by 3.
Hot Lotto is a multi-state game played only in 16 lotteries
across the United States, mostly with smaller populations. The biggest jackpot in the game’s history was
$19.97 million in January 2007. Idaho’s
last Hot Lotto jackpot winner was Steve Colson, Caldwell, who won $2.67 million
on Hot Lotto in June 2012. The current Hot
Lotto jackpot is $4.68 million.
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Idaho Lottery responsibly provides a variety of entertaining games featuring
Powerball, Mega Millions, Scratch GamesTM,
and PullTabs with a high degree of integrity to
maximize the dividend for Idaho public schools and the permanent building fund.
Since their inception in 1989, the Idaho Lottery has sold over $2.3 billion in
products, awarded over $1.3 billion in prizes to players, returned more than
$136.5 million in retail commissions, and distributed $552.3 million in Lottery
dividends to Idaho public schools and the Permanent Building Fund. To learn
more, please visit www.idaholottery.com.