Lotto America History
Lotto America has a rich history that can be traced back to 1987, when the states of Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Oregon, Rhode Island and West Virginia, along with the District of Columbia joined together in an effort to create a lottery that could offer jackpots worth tens of millions of dollars.
The First Drawing
The first Lotto America draw took place on Saturday February 13th 1988 and was run by the Multi-State Lottery Association (MUSL). The game was priced at $1-per-play and required players to select seven numbers from a pool of 40. Any ticket holder able to beat odds of around 1 in 18 million and match all seven numbers would automatically win the jackpot, while prizes were also available for entrants who matched as few as four balls.
New Lotto America Members
The game opened its doors to additional members in 1989 as Wisconsin and Montana joined the game, before Idaho, Maine, Minnesota, Indiana and South Dakota were admitted throughout 1990. Kentucky and Delaware were the final states to join, in January 1991. These jurisdictions, with the exception of Maine, would become the founding members of Powerball.
The game ran until April 1992, when it was replaced by Powerball, as the MUSL aimed to offer bigger jackpots to more players across America. Despite the odds of winning the first prize standing at over 1 in 55 million, Powerball also allowed players to win cash by matching just a single number.
The New Lotto America
Lotto America remained dormant for over 25 years, until MUSL officials opted to reboot the popular lottery game in November 2017 as a replacement for the outgoing Hot Lotto. The new game, which is still available at just $1-per-play, requires players to select five numbers from a pool of 1-52, as well as one Star Ball from a separate pool ranging from 1 to 10. Players can also increase the value of any non-jackpot prize by including an All Star Bonus number.