BOISE, Idaho ÔÇô The Idaho Lottery has announced plans to end the Hot Lotto game. After a decade of sales in Idaho, the Hot Lotto game will be retired by the Multi-State Lottery Association with its last draw occurring on October 28, 2017.
"Ending the Hot Lotto game was a decision reached by the member states who participate in the game," said Anderson. "In Idaho, we are charged with providing games that responsibly continue to grow our dividends for our beneficiaries. As part of our business, we routinely replace games with new ones to keep our line-up fresh for our players. We support ending Hot Lotto at this time."
Hot Lotto, a $1 game that offers Powerball-style play but with lower odds and jackpots starting at $1 million, got its start back in April 2002 and began sales in Idaho October 2007. The game is currently sold by 13 other U.S. lotteries as well as Idaho. This group is working on plans to introduce Lotto America, a new $1 draw game scheduled to debut in November of this year.
In anticipation of the game ending, September 27, 2017 is the last date a player will be able to purchase tickets for ten advance draws for Hot Lotto. This number of advance draws will reduce by one draw as the end of the game nears.
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