Looking to add an exciting new option to its roster of jackpot games, the Tennessee Lottery is launching HOT LOTTO on Sunday, May 12. A popular multi-jurisdictional drawing-style game, HOT LOTTO features all cash (not annuitized) jackpots starting at $1 million and averaging $5 to $6 Million. And, unique among the Lottery’s games, the withholding taxes on a HOT LOTTO jackpot are paid by the Lottery.
Tickets for the new game will cost $1 each, with a “Sizzler” option that triples all non-jackpot prizes and costs an extra $1. Drawings will be held every Wednesday and Saturday night.
“We’re delighted to introduce HOT LOTTO here in Tennessee, for it uniquely offers what many players want: A lump sum cash jackpot and withholding taxes paid,” said Rebecca Hargrove, President and CEO of the Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation. “It should prove to be a great addition to our existing array of fun and entertaining games, all the while assisting our mission of raising funds for designated education programs in Tennessee.”
Playing HOT LOTTO is easy and similar to the Lottery’s big jackpot games, Powerball and Mega Millions. Players select (or “Quick Pick”) five numbers from 1 through 47, plus one additional number (called the “Hot Ball”) from 1 through 19 drawn from a separate pool. Eight non-jackpot prizes levels range from $2 to $30,000, all of which are tripled if the player chooses the “Sizzler” option. Overall odds of winning a prize are 1:17.
HOT LOTTO is currently available in 15 other jurisdictions; Tennessee will be the 16th, and the largest in terms of population. Other jurisdictions are: Iowa, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, South Dakota, West Virginia, District of Columbia, North Dakota, Kansas, New Mexico, Idaho, Oklahoma, Delaware, Vermont, and Maine.
About the Tennessee Education Lottery
The Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation operates entirely from the revenue it generates through the sale of its products. Net proceeds from sales of Lottery tickets, currently averaging over $5.3 million per week, fund specific education programs, including college scholarships and after-school programs.
Since the Lottery began selling tickets on Jan. 20, 2004, it has raised more than $2.6 billion for these programs. In addition to the educational beneficiaries, players have won over $6 billion in prizes and Lottery retailer partners have earned more than $659 million in retailer commissions.
For more information, please visit www.tnlottery.com . For information about Lottery-funded scholarships, visit www.collegepaystn.com . To see a county-by-county breakdown of the number of students who benefit, visit www.seehowitaddsup.com.
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